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Win your first customer… and beyond

    Winning first customer is tough! We review here practical insights, methods and tools to execute Business Development for Tech Startups.

    You are launching a  unique tech solution and looking to access the most attractive markets?  It is not “sales”! Many tech startups struggle to identify, attract,  train and retain qualified Business Developers. In addition, a “sales”  approach can backfire if you are starting to sell while a client is  still in “education” mode.

    If the economy continues to head  south, what does it mean for entrepreneurs ready to scale their  business? Should they hold off on growing sales? Should they take a more  conservative approach? My answer is no.
    In my view, a down economy is  the best time to build a sales team.

    Mark Roberge leading Sales at HubSpot during the 2008 crisis.

    The success of a Business Development for Tech Start is directly linked to two aspects of outbound Sales:

    First, the Team skillset and attitude.

    Selling novel, unique solutions is not business as usual. Salespeople need both product knowledge and market knowledge—an understanding of market trends and customer buying patterns. They bring a strong understanding  of the technology, combined with great listening skills. They are also resilient, acknowledging that this is a marathon, not a sprint.

    Second, the good tools and methods.

    A great team strives for executing a robust business development process, which is very selective and focused to capitalize and protect your unique value proposition. You want to foster efficiency from the initial  market segmentation, target focus, initial outreach all the way to the  lead qualification. This also requires discipline to delete less  promising prospects.

    We provide practical insights on how to build and manage a team with the right attitude. It also provides hands-on guidance on how to execute an efficient business development process. It includes answers to questions like:

    • How should I organize and prioritize my customer outreach?
    • Is it best to go wide and shallow or focused and deep?
    • Can I adapt my outreach depending on product complexity and sales cycle?
    • How do I get in touch with the right decision maker?
    • What does it really mean to qualify a lead?

    We talk with Lugas Raka Adrianto, Business Development Associate at Sparksense. He draws from his real-life experience working with start-ups and share his passion for sustainable technology to provide exciting insights, practical  examples and answer live questions.

    This podcast is an opportunity to discuss tried and tested, street-smart approach to Boost customer acquisition for your B2B Tech Startup.

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