What is Expand Selling?

Posted by Steve Frost on 4/12/18 5:00 AM

TSIA Expand Selling research provides clear guidance on how to utilize Services and Customer Success teams in the Sales process for cost-effective revenue growth from existing customers. The name “expand selling” is derived from the third stage in TSIA’s Land, Adopt, Expand, Renew (“LAER”) customer engagement model. It is rooted in TSIA’s belief that selling can be the natural, helpful outcome of a Services conversation, as long as it is taken within the mindset of helping the customer solve their problem, achieve their goals, and drive value from their technology investment.

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Topics: services, sales, expand selling, LAER, collaboration, cross-sell, upsell, trusted advisor, touchpoint calculus

Professional Services and Sales Working Together to Deliver Customer Outcomes

Posted by Bo Di Muccio on 3/9/18 5:00 AM

The themes for our Technology Services World events are more than mere organizing principles for our conferences. They are expressions of the most pressing challenges that technology companies are facing. More than just helping structure the conference content, they are a direct reflection of what is trending in TSIA research, our extensive community of over 35,000 technology and services leaders, and the industry as a whole.

In other words, the TSW conference themes both drive and are driven by the broader concepts, content areas, and service business challenges that animate us and our member organizations. This has always been the case, and the theme for our upcoming TSW San Diego 2018 conference, “Blending Service and Sales Motions,” is no exception.

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Topics: services, professional services, sales, customer outcomes, professional services sales, Blending Service and Sales Motions

Learn How to Get Services Involved in the Sales Process in This Virtual Summit

Posted by Nicole Dornsife on 3/6/18 5:00 AM

Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 29, for a free virtual summit all about how to cost-effectively grow your revenue by getting your Services teams more involved in the sales process. During this 3-hour event, you’ll learn from industry experts about when, where, and how Services teams should (and should not) be involved in revenue generation.

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Topics: services, sales, expand selling, summit, webinars

[Events] Learn from TSIA Experts at These Industry Summits and Conferences

Posted by Tom Anderson on 2/15/18 5:00 AM

Whenever a new trend emerges in the world of technology and services, TSIA is already active in developing new research, frameworks, and expertise around what that trend can mean for your business and the future of our industry. To share their latest insights on customer success, growing customers, improving the customer journey, and improving cross-functional communication within your organization, TSIA executives will be presenting at several upcoming conferences and speaking engagements, including: CCO Summit, Totango’s 2018 Customer Success Summit, Technology Services World San Diego 2018, and Gainsight Pulse 2018. 

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Topics: customer success, technology services, sales, summit, marketing, Technology Services World Conference, TSIA events

Why All Tech Executives Should Care About Blending Service and Sales Motions

Posted by J.B. Wood on 2/13/18 5:00 AM

At our upcoming Technology Services World conference this May, we’re going to be sharing a lot of insights following our theme, “Blending Service and Sales Motions.” Though our conference is called Technology Services World, the content we present relates to many roles within today’s technology companies. While Services, Sales, and Marketing leaders will absolutely benefit from this unique learning opportunity, I wanted to talk about 4 specific C-suite and executive titles that will benefit by attending and taking in all of the valuable lessons and insights from this event.

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Topics: services executives, sales, marketing, lead generation, Technology Services World Conference, sales costs, Blending Service and Sales Motions

The Data Analytics Take on “Helping Will Sell, Selling Won’t Help”

Posted by Jeremy DalleTezze on 2/9/18 5:00 AM

The message, “Helping will sell, selling won’t help,” is something that we repeat often here at TSIA, through our books, conferences, and research. That is because it is a concept that we truly believe in, because we’ve seen it in action time and again. If we apply this thought to data analytics, would it imply that data insights for the customer will sell, but data insights for the salesperson won’t help? I suppose it depends on the type of insights you’re able to gather.

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Topics: services, sales, data analytics, consumption analytics, marketing, predictive analytics, Blending Service and Sales Motions

Sales, Services, and a New Year’s Resolution That Sticks

Posted by Steve Frost on 1/2/18 5:00 AM

In my role as head of TSIA’s Expand Selling line of research, I’ve talked to dozens of companies who have tried to more tightly integrate their Services and Sales efforts. In some cases, they have attempted to utilize their Support or Customer Success teams to capture low-cost leads. In other cases, they’ve tried to involve their Professional Services or Managed Services delivery teams in the pre-sales process in order to more effectively sell services or increase margins. Most of the time, even with the best intentions and sometimes with substantial financial investments, these plans just don’t take root and flourish. They fizzle out after a few months.

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Topics: sales, expand selling, Blending Service and Sales Motions

What Sales and Services Can Learn from Your Local Mall Santa

Posted by Steve Frost on 12/12/17 5:00 AM

This past weekend, I found myself at the mall doing some unexpected Holiday shopping. It was relatively uncrowded, which serves as a testament to the impact that e-tailers have had on the retail landscape. But, while there wasn’t much of a line at Banana Republic or Wetzel’s Pretzels, there was still a 45-minute wait to talk to Santa. I’m sure some of those families were just looking for the photo op, but the majority of the people were there to give their kids access to the one person who just might bring them what they want, and from whom they don’t have to pretend that they want something practical.

Last December, I talked about the lessons your B2B tech company can learn from e-tailers on how to “grow the shopping cart,” so this year, let’s take a look at what your Sales and Services teams can learn from your local mall Santa.

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Topics: services, sales, data analytics, expand selling, cross-sell, upsell, relationship equity

How to Free Up Time for Your Sales Team to Be Heroic

Posted by Steve Frost on 11/9/17 5:00 AM

TSIA’s CEO, J.B. Wood, has often stated that “Growing Annual Recurring Revenue is a process, not a heroic act,” and we at TSIA believe this to our core. We have seen that the process, rather than any one individual or team, “owns” the customer. But when it comes to big deals, especially with new customers or new groups within your customers, your company’s top salespeople are still the only ones for the job. Only they can accomplish the tough tasks of gaining stakeholder alignment, negotiating price and contractual terms, and casting strategic visions. No one else at your company can do what your best salespeople can do. Unfortunately at most companies, that’s not what your salespeople are doing. 
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Topics: sales, expand selling, cross-sell, upsell

The Digital Transformation Journey: Growing Customers Successfully

Posted by J.B. Wood on 9/21/17 5:00 AM

Pivoting your company’s portfolio to subscription-based, recurring revenue offers, either in whole or in part, is a two-step intellectual journey for senior executives. The first step is deciding if customer demand is changing sufficiently enough to warrant making all the changes and facing all the challenges of effectively moving to XaaS offers. The previous five blogs have focused on that decision-making journey. Once you have made that decision, with all its myriad implications, you are ready for the second major step: What changes do I make in my go-to-market (GTM) model? That is the focus of our final blog in "The Digital Transformation Journey" series.

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Topics: customer success, XaaS (x-as-a-service), sales, LAER, customer success manager, recurring revenues, digital transformation, The Digital Transformation Journey

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