Talking to people face to face vs Online
Nilangan: We’ve already talked about how the pandemic brought you good people, but have there also been drawbacks you’ve had to handle?
Florian: Not many, thankfully. Early on in the pandemic, it took everyone a few weeks to understand the situation and get back to normal. But after that initial adjustment period, things turned out well for us because our customers needed transparency to run their business. We help them find containers, reposition them, and organize everything from payments to insurance. All these things had to continue, so it was perfect for us. Working from home was a challenge or at least a (significant) change, but our team has adapted to it. Still, not being in the same office to come up with ideas brought its own learning curve.
Nilangan: Before the pandemic, did you speak with your customers online or face to face?
Florian: We tried to visit most of the regions we deal with at least once or twice a year to meet up face to face, and attended a few conferences, but other than that we have always relied on Zoom and other digital communication tools.
Nilangan: I don’t think this process of meeting people and going to expos will go away, because there’s a special kind of bond that takes place when you meet people face to face, wouldn’t you agree?
Florian: Yes, meeting people face to face always wins because it’s easier to build a lasting relationship.
Nilangan: I hope the next few years are fun for you as you grow and as things are opening up. We would see what you guys do.
Florian: I hope the next years will be fun for us and having you guys as a partner.
On Using Salespanel
Nilangan: On that note, what made you sign up with Salespanel and what were you looking for?
Florian: Attribution is always important. What we understood is that we can track so many things both within and without our CRM system, but connecting the data between Pipedrive and what was happening on our website was very difficult. This was impacting our sales performance, so it was important for us to see what captured people’s interest—after a demo, for example. It was immediately clear how we could benefit from the data. I am always interested in giving our sales team as much data as possible. Now, when I hand over a lead and they know a customer has visited such and such a website or read an article about us in a magazine, this strengthens our SDRs in preparation for phone calls.
Nilangan: We here at Salespanel believe that tracking is important, especially with regard to what people do before initiating a conversation or signing up for a service. Whether it’s live chat, emails, or phone calls, we want to make tracking as seamless as possible. For instance, we recently made an update to our tracking code allowing you to instantly capture leads from any pop-up or live chat without the need for additional integration. It works right out of the box. I have written an article about it that you might want to check out.
Since you rely heavily on our sales intelligence, we strive to bring the information to you so your sales team knows exactly what the people visiting your website are doing. Another recent update allows you to see how long people watch a video and what buttons they click (on your website). If somebody watches a webinar for 20 minutes, your sales team will know that, down to the second.
Florian: Of course, you have all these nice features that make so much sense. But what I would like to highlight is that during our free trial phase, Salespanel was not able to capture information from pop-ups. We were using Hello Bar at the time. It only took you one or two weeks to figure that out and publish it. Now everything works properly. I really appreciate that level of speed and how much you listen to your customers.
Nilangan: Thank you for that. Yes, we do like to work with our customers closely. It was helpful for us to bring that fundamental feature to make tracking as seamless as possible. CRMs try to do everything and provide you with their own live chats, pop-ups, or platforms, but sometimes you have different requirements. I would like to thank you for suggesting this because it helped us bring this feature faster and with more clarity.
Florian: You’re welcome.
On Getting the Team on Salespanel
Nilangan: On Salespanel, usually, when people sign up for a trial, they add a few team members at first during the trial. They are other decision-makers or leaders of other departments who will also benefit from the product. The team members they add initially also spend time on call with us. Only after they decide that they would continue to use Salespanel, they add more team members.
You, on the other hand, talked to us about adding your team shortly after joining and added almost your entire team in a very short span of 2-3 days during the trial. You clearly seem like a guy with a plan and you already knew what to do. Can you help me understand how your team uses it?
Florian: I’ve been telling them about Salespanel for quite some time. You guys gave me demos and information about the content, so it was obvious that I needed to test it with the people who were actually going to use it. In the case of an inbound lead, it’s helpful to know where they come from, what they do, and what pages they visit, but we also really like the lead scoring feature, which helps us determine whether a lead is interesting for us or not. For instance, we like to track how often our newsletter subscribers visit our pricing page, use our public search, download public reports, and more. This data gets pushed to Pipedrive, and that’s how we build our calling lists around high lead scores. This is really attractive for us. Another point: you can see the companies that visit your website, which is important for account-based operations. This information then gets used by some of our SDRs.
Nilangan: We also have a feature to target a specific person from a company through social media like Facebook or Gmail and show them customized content, even when you don’t know their identity. In addition, our 2-way data sync feature allows Salespanel to bring all information to Pipedrive in real-time while syncing data from sales to your Salespanel account. For example, if a lead changes their deal stage, that can be brought back to marketing, which can trigger a campaign. What do you think about our integration with Pipedrive?
Florian: I really like it. What I tell my sales team is that they don’t need to use Salespanel every day precisely because of the Pipedrive integration. That’s one of the benefits—not using two tools simultaneously all the time.
Nilangan: The functionalities available within Salespanel’s software are best for marketing people. For sales, we sync the data to their CRM because salespeople like to stay within their CRM workspace.
Nilangan: What do you think about our software and services overall?
Florian: I am impressed by the speed with which you move. Salespanel is the perfect tool for smaller marketing organizations that don’t have internal resources to build up their own data warehouse. It’s also vital for understanding what’s happening before someone becomes a lead when they talk to your sales team or even outside your CRM system. It gives you so much data that you can use to update your marketing, better time follow-ups, and equip your sales team with information. I can only recommend it.
Suggestion for Startup Marketers
Nilangan: That’s great to hear. Before closing, what would you suggest to starter marketers, especially in new small companies or SaaS companies?
Florian: I think you have to prove your value pretty quickly. If you start a new job in marketing, the company wants to know they made a good hire in the first week or two. You need to get in those early wins to buy you some time to build everything else. SEO takes time, but you need to balance short-term success and long-term sustainable growth. Therefore, channels like email outreach or PR campaigns, or even something like social media, can be really beneficial in the beginning.
Nilangan: That’s it for today. Thank you for joining again. I hope you have a good day.
Florian: Thank you as well. You are on a great path. We really like working with Salespanel and are proud to be one of your partners.