“This might be the best top 10 I’ve seen since David Letterman went off the air,” – Anonymous
Full disclosure, I am the author of that quote. I really miss Letterman. But as much as I miss the King of Late Night, I’m equally fascinated by the world of Competitive Objection Handling. You might not know for sure, but you can safely assume that your prospects are talking to your competition. You can also assume that they’ll be using some “alternative facts” to deposition you. Sellers have to handle all kinds of objections in competitive selling. And the maxim ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ definitely applies here. But thanks to a stellar team of expert sellers here at Klue, I’ve managed to mine their brains and come up with the 10 of the best Objection Handling Tips around. Make sure to click through to our blog to read the whole article, featuring quotes from experts like: Best-selling author Anthony Iannarino Sales guru Kevin “KD” Dorsey Klue’s Erin Neal & Jacob Gebrewold
⭐️ Competitive Enablement Show LIVE ⭐️
But you also lose sometimes
If you missed this month’s Competitive Enablement Show LIVE webinar, you really missed out.
This past week, host Adam McQueen was joined by Product Marketing Manager at LeadIQ Mitch Comstock, Account Executive at Klue Qayam Noorani, and hundreds of other guests for our second-ever Competitive Enablement Show LIVE!
Mitch and Q are two of the best PMMs and competitive sellers in the game.
They share their expert takes on:
The most valuable sales collateral sellers need at each part of the buyer cycle.
Where to draw the line when it comes to competitive intel ethics.
How to identify which competitors are also in the deal.
A big thank you to everyone who joined live, came on camera to ask their questions, and sent questions beforehand.
Make sure to click the ‘Watch Now’ button to watch the whole session.
You can also give it a listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
And keep your eye on our social channels to register for next month’s live event.
Where Does Competitive Enablement Fit in the Org Chart?
The Klue Diaries: Competitive Musings from a Competitive Expert
Where does Competitive Enablement sit?
This is a real slide that I presented when I was interviewing for the competitive enablement role at Klue. In fact, I defined the role myself.
After partnering with hundreds of organizations (and speaking with thousands more) we’ve learned that Competitive Intelligence / CI typically sits as a TASK within the Product Marketing team.
There are 3 problems with this:
Compete becomes a hot potato that no single PMM wants to fully own. ➡️ Compete becomes an after-thought, lower on the priority list than product launches, customer marketing, etc “Competitive Intelligence” is siloed and disconnected from sales and revenue teams
Enter Competitive Enablement.
CE sits within the Product Marketing team at Klue. But it’s a specialized role that fully owns compete — from intel collection, to analysis, to revenue *enablement*. CE works closely with sales and revenue enablement, but also CS, product, and strategy.
Interestingly, we see many of our Enterprise clients (>5000 employees) adopt a similar structure, but many fast-growing growth-stage companies (1000 – 5000 employees) are letting Compete get muddled in with myriad PMM tasks…
= PMMs are stretched thin as-is. Foster specialization within your team. Create a Competitive Enablement position.
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