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Try In July: 6 Top Execs Tell Us Why They Test in the Summertime

By Dave McLaughlin, CEO at Vsnap

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For many businesses that sell enterprise software, July can be a slow month. That makes it a perfect time to be experimenting with new technologies and processes. I reached out to a few contacts to ask them if they think of July in this way. Here’s what they had to say.

Mike Troiano is CMO at fast-growing copy data virtualization company Actifio.

“July is halftime on our year. We use it to regroup, check what’s working and what’s not, and to be sure we’re doing more of the former and less of the latter in the back half of the year. It’s a good discipline, given how different the world usually looks in July than it did in December.”

Michael Nugent is CEO of BISON, which provides data to help fund managers and Limited Partners find the right match in both directions.

July and August are great months to test stuff with hardcore users — those that will use your product despite the natural tendency to go off the productivity grid for the summer.”

This July, Nugent is testing a new connection capability in their product, and a new approach to gathering data directly from GPs.

Matt Bertuzzi, of The Bridge Group, is an inside sales leader and a Salesforce.com MVP.

“July is a great time to try things.  More off-time, fewer coworkers around, less overall grind — it just gives you more space to explore. In essence, a refreshed mind and less cluttered calendar is a requirement for developing and trying new ideas.”

Bertuzzi is currently testing a new Salesforce.com app he has built. Also, as a result of some new strategic thinking, his team has accelerated a major technology purchase that  had been tabled for several quarters.

Joe Moriarty is VP Global Sales & Marketing at Content Raven, which provides security and deep analytics on documents you share.

“People are in the office,” Moriarty says, “but they’re doing less since the decision-makers are less available to give them approvals. That can actually be an opportunity to really capture attention.” Moriarty’s team is using this as an opportunity to test edgier collateral to more aggressively capture attention. That ranges from trying different messages in reps’ talk tracks to actual A/B/C testing of messaging on their site.

I did get some push-back on my premise that July is the time to try and test new tactics.

Emily Green, CEO and Chief Lunch Lady at Smart Lunches, reminded me that many businesses have seasonality, and so the summer months aren’t always the slow time of year. Also, she pushed the perspective that companies should be allocating resources for testing at all times.

“Vibrant learning businesses are always trying things,” Green says. “Fail Fast is the startup mantra — but why isn’t that the motto for every business that wants to grow?”

Andrew Burton, CEO at Logentries, echoed this perspective.  “I’d argue that every month is a great month to do experiments, and often we’re running multiple experiments at one time.”

Burton says it’s easy to empathize with sales leaders who are under pressure and feel they don’t have time for testing. They effectively say, “Our approach may be imperfect but it’s predictable.”

But, says Burton, every organization is resource-constrained — that’s no excuse for sticking with approaches that can be improved on.

“Depending on stage of the company or the area of the business that’s being developed,” says Burton, “I put a percentage of time and effort on execution/scale, and a percentage of time and effort on experiment/build. Striking the right balance is key, but too much of one without the other, and you’re doing an incredible disservice to individuals, the team and the company.”

Conclusion

Test and learn, whether you’re slow or busy. That’s what these leaders say is the recipe for growth. If you can do it year-round, that’s great. But at a minimum, you should be trying new products during your downtimes to help you capture maximum growth during the busier months.

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Recap: Customer Love Meetup Boston #5

By Guillaume Delloue, Director of Marketing at Vsnap

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“Cozy” isn’t a word New Englanders usually throw around in the summertime. But it’s an apt description for this past Tuesday’s Customer Love Meetup. We all gathered at EverTrue’s headquarters to trade stories of customer love and enjoy a beer (or two). Not a bad shelter from the heat! For those of you that couldn’t make it this time around, here are some of the highlights from the evening.

#VoteForNed to show your support for entrepreneurs.

The night kicked off with Taylor Aldredge of Grasshopper. He spoke about #VoteForNed, a new campaign to help make National Entrepreneur’s Day an official U.S. Day. It’s Grasshopper’s way of giving back to the thousands of small business entrepreneurs who built this country. It’s also a great way for Grasshopper to celebrate their customers and bring national attention to their efforts. Read more about it and lend your support by visiting http://voteforned.org.

Help your customers when they need it most.

Next up was our most gracious host, Joanna Vinick of EverTrue. EverTrue has a set of apps that help universities better manage their alumni relations and donor efforts. And they really go the distance for their customers. Not only do they ship EverTrue pennants to every new school that signs up, they also ship “survival kits” during crunch time. By acknowledging and offering relief during their customers’ busiest time of the year, they show how much they care about them.

Give your customers some unexpected recognition.

Christine Del Castillo talked about Wizeo’s recent partnership with folk-singer Melissa Ferrick. At the end of her pop-up set, Melissa announced the winner of an iPad giveaway. To be called on by one of your idols is a dream come true for any fan — and a great way for Wizeo to make their customers feel special. Although not every company has access to a celebrity, it’s always a great idea to have executives or other high-level employees connect with and recognize customers.

Empower your team to surprise customers in real-time.

HubSpot is always finding ways to surprise and delight their customers. But did you know they once paid for someone’s massage? Katherine Yasi shared how one customer called the company’s hold music a “tease” and jokingly said she deserved a free massage. The customer service rep replied that they’d happily pay for a session at her favorite spa. Yes, Brian Halligan approved.

Last but certainly not least was Sean Butler from Leanbox. After his 4th of July plans were cancelled because of the storm, Sean took it upon himself to bring 50 savory pies to one of his client’s offices. They were so delighted by his spontaneous act of generosity that they invited Sean to watch the fireworks from the 45th floor of the John Hancock Tower. How’s that for a 4th of July?

Thank you to Grasshopper and EverTrue for sponsoring the event, and to everyone else who came, you’re all wonderful! To make sure you don’t miss our next Customer Love Meetup, please sign up for the Customer Love mailing list (you’ll only receive emails about the meetups).

 

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13 Tools to Recapture Your Buyer’s Attention [eBook excerpt]

By Dave McLaughlin, CEO at Vsnap

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(This is an excerpt from Tools & Tactics to Close More SQLs, a free eBook that spells out the benefits of focusing on SQLs, provides a case study to illustrate how to improve, then breaks out 11 individual obstacles and the tools to help you overcome them.)

The definition of a Sales Qualified Lead (SQL) is that it has the attributes of a buyer. In theory, every SQL is winnable. You won’t actually win every one of them, but you almost certainly can increase your close rate from what it is today. Doing this requires commitment though, and you may wonder if it’s worth the work.

The following section is excerpted from the eBook.

OBSTACLE: BUYER DISTRACTIONS

There is a constant array of events that will compete for your SQL’s attention. If your rep finds a warm conversation going cold, he will need a plan to re-engage the SQL by means of multiple touches. The emphasis here should be on helpfulness and warmth. Make your engagement personal to the buyer. That means it’s about them, not about you and your product.

SOLUTION: SOCIAL LISTENING

Your SQL may not be engaging with you, but chances are she is sending all sorts of signals on platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Similarly, her company is putting out information that may help you re-engage. You can use social listening tools to help you here. Many companies do this earlier in the funnel, with tools ranging from Radian6 / Salesforce Marketing Cloud to HootSuite, but then forget the value of these tools in the SQL phase. So this is a reminder to take whatever listening tools you’ve already invested in, or use free ones like LinkedIn Updates and Google Alerts, and look at how they can be leveraged to help reps re-engage prospects.

SOLUTION: TRACKABLE TOUCHES

You want reps to use those bits of information they capture as hooks to reach out to the prospect. Reps should not make their touches about their need to get the prospect back into a buying posture. Instead, make them about the prospect, and about the prospect’s needs, to the extent that they can be inferred from what your rep is hearing through the social listening exercise. Work hard to find an opportunity to create some nugget of value for that prospect. Then use a trackable email or video message (Yesware or Signals for email, Vsnap or EyeJot for video messages) to ask for a call to either get him back on track, or to requalify his interest and ability to take action.

SOLUTION: TRACKABLE CONTENT

Another tactic here is to provide rich content that is trackable. Knowing that the prospect has consumed your information is valuable because it allows you to affirm that they still have a certain level of interest. Tools like ClearSlide, PostWire and Brainshark allow you to communicate a lot of complex information. ContentRaven is another product that offers rich insights when you share it.

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To learn about the other 10 common obstacles that can keep you from closing more SQLs, download Tools & Tactics to Close More SQLs for free.

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New Pricing for Vsnap’s September Release

By Dave McLaughlin, CEO at Vsnap
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(New Vsnap logo created by our designer Kate Lindsay!)

We announced last week that Vsnap will be launching a new product on September 1st and that we will be discontinuing our free service. We’ve been getting a lot of questions around the new product, so we’ve pulled together some of the frequently asked questions around pricing.

Why change your current pricing? 
We did not include pricing information in that announcement because we thought that without seeing the new product, any pricing information would feel more or less arbitrary. But we are happy to share more info.

Our new pricing is based on the fact that teams that have committed to learning how to use Vsnap and to measuring their usage are capturing major value, including big revenue increases. For those teams, Vsnap will pay for itself very quickly. And we will be actively investing in the product to increase that ROI even more.

So we’re re-setting the price points to reflect the impact to revenue that our most active clients are capturing by using Vsnap. For example, one of our clients recently shared with us that they closed 34% more of their sales-qualified leads when they used Vsnap to follow up on their inside sales phone calls. For them, that represents $3M in new annual revenue. (See the bottom of this post for more detail on this case study.)

What’s the new pricing exactly?

As of September, we will have just two products, called Team and Enterprise. These will be available as annual subscriptions only. We will not offer a month-to-month subscription.

Team Accounts

The Team account will cost $299 per user per year. It will have from one to 25 users. The features include the following:

  • Management oversight features so that leaders can support their team members and measure their activity

  • Provide a branded experience, richer than in the current product, for the customers watching your vsnaps. Your brand, not Vsnap’s

  • Real-time view notifications when your customer watches that vsnap you sent

  • Dashboards for each account member and for the team as a whole

  • Ability to send as many vsnaps as you want, which we will store and host for 12 months

Enterprise Accounts

An Enterprise Account will be any account that has more than 25 members, or that adds on features that are not included in the Team account. Examples of additional features include our Send As feature, our Salesforce.com integration (more info coming soon), and our APIs that give you greater customization and integration capabilities. Here’s a link to our Viewer API, and we’ll be adding another important API with the new product release.

Enterprise pricing is specific to a given customer. It will start with the $299 Team price as a base, then increases according to the additional features you feel you need.

Tell me more about the trial that everyone will be auto-enrolled in as of September 1st.
All new signups will be given a 14-day free trial so they can try out Vsnap for themselves. No credit card will be required for the trial. All existing Free Vsnap account holders will be transferred into a free 14-day trial when the new product launches, unless you ask us to shut down your account prior to that.

Can we get a sneak preview of the site?
We’ll be sharing more details on the new site as the launch day gets closer. Stay tuned to the blog for some sneak peeks of what it’ll look like and other features.

Where can I read more about the company that used Vsnap to close 34% more of its sales-qualified leads?
There’s a good description of the use case in this free e-book, Tools & Tactics to Close More SQLs. For August, we’ll be providing a more detailed write-up with a broader summary of the benefits that company captured.  

If you have any other questions about the new pricing or want to share some feedback, please feel free to contact us at support@vsnap.com and one of the team will get back to you ASAP. We’ll also be sending a few more updates in the coming months, so stay tuned to your email as well.

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New Vsnap Launching 9/1 - Here’s What That Means For Current Users

[Update: 7/7 - More info on pricing]

Hello Vsnappers -

In September, we’ll be launching a brand new Vsnap. This includes a new look, much greater customization, more features, and more support than we’ve ever had before. It’s going to be awesome, and we’re really excited about it!

As part of this transition, we’ve made the decision to discontinue all Free Vsnap accounts. Going forward, Vsnap will be a paid service with a robust free trial period to allow new users to assess the value that the tool offers them.

We know there are some free account holders who really love using Vsnap, and we wish we could continue to offer you this service for free. But our most active users have been our premium users, and we have to focus our team’s time and energy on our active community. 

On September 1st, we will transfer your free account to the new platform and put you into a Free Trial so that you have a chance to use the new product and see if you find it valuable. This will also ensure that all of your vsnaps are available to you during that time.

Remember, any vsnaps that you’ve sent belong to you. You can download them now, or during the Free Trial that we set up for you on the new account. That way if you choose not to upgrade, you will still have the video files that you created and want to keep. Click here if you need a reminder on how to download videos from the current platform.  

If you have any other questions, you can reach us directly:

by phone

1-855-938-7627

or via email / vsnap

- Trish Fontanilla, VP of Community & Customer Experience - trish@vsnap.com

- Carla Cornejo, Customer Success Manager - carla@vsnap.com

- Bill Harris, VP of Sales - bill@vsnap.com

Thank you for your support and we hope to continue to work with you.

- Team Vsnap

 

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