In general terms, human memory is the natural storage for the data right in the human brain. It reacts to the outer stimuli, collects the data, processes it and organizes in different ways. Also, it enables a person to access the needed data collected in the memory when it’s needed.
As a business development person in a machine learning company, I get confronted every day with the changes happening in the role of sales.
As organizations evolve to become ready for the disruption of automation, there's a growing need to understand what these technologies can and cannot do.
In this blog post, we’ll take a look at what these changes entail through the lens of the customer journey. More precisely what implies for a SaaS B2B company.
It's a framework that maps the experience of a typical consumer, from the moment it first encounters a brand till it becomes a paying customer. Excellent explanations of this model found here and here.
Following this framework we can identify three prototypical stages of the journey:
Through all of this process, marketing and sales teams try to align themselves with the objectives the buyer has in each of the different stages.
In the sales department, each of the stages of the journey maps to specific actions that are needed to help the buyer move forward in its path.
These actions usually are:
Machine Learning is revolutionizing how teams approach these actions. Through automation of the most boring and repetitive tasks as well as helping to gather more and better insights.
Machine learning clustering algorithms can be used to identify the patterns in the customer demographics, buying habits, attitude, social sentiment, timing, location, goals etc.
Tools like Madkudu can take in-app behavior & demographic data to identify your best customers and predict which leads are ready to buy.
A perfect example is the Sales Navigator from Linkedin. It recommends leads based on several factors such as your sales preferences, search history, and profile interactions to help you identify new prospects.
By scraping company websites, job boards, PR news, and other sources companies like Predictleads can create machine learning models to find triggers for potential leads.
Instead of having to go through all previous conversations, documents, and public data to prepare for a call. Sales representatives can now outsource this task to intelligent assistants like Nudge.ai, that deliver actionable insights right into your email or browser.
Having to read and answer email responses can be a tedious and time-consuming task. With classification algorithms, you can now better prioritize the emails you receive and use a model to detect the level of interest in an email response to pay attention to those opportunities ready to close.
With automatic data capturing models, companies like Clari can save countless of hours for sales representatives by updating CRM data on the fly.
Products like Zensight will guide any sales representative to offer the right content and message based on each lead characteristics.
No more reactive solutions. Companies like Salesforce with its AI offering, Einstein, are now leading the way with proactive suggestions to move deals forward. From identifying when immediate responses are needed to automate follow up activities.
At MonkeyLearn we are focusing in processing natural language in the form of unstructured text with Machine Learning. By providing a horizontal tool to marketing and sales teams, they can leverage all of their text data across any department to understand their customer's journey.
Social Media is an excellent channel to find new leads and opportunities, unfortunately, it’s full of noise and chatter. With this sales hack, you can dissipate the mist and identify and engage with real prospects at the right time: when they are unhappy with their current provider (competitor).
By building the following Zap, we'll monitor mentions of competitors on Twitter, automatically analyze them with MonkeyLearn and detect whenever someone is complaining about the competition and alert us right away via Slack.
As we have seen, it's fairly simple to start learning and making use of AI, even as a salesman like me. Hope you can get inspired by this post and come up with your own ideas on how to leverage machine learning.
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September 14th, 2017