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CXO Engagement: Can It Scale?

Posted by Sharon Gillenwater on Nov 29, 2016 5:05:45 PM
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Is CXO engagement a priority at your company? If so, you are probably having discussions about how to scale.

Successful CXO engagement programs are like drip irrigation. The goal is to deliver small, but highly relevant doses of insight to targeted CXOs based on what you know about them and their business. Over time, you build credibility and trust and earn the right to a deeper conversation, and, if all goes well, trusted advisor relationship status.

The challenge is that this journey is typically a long one and most companies don’t have the patience to stick it out. There is just so much to know and do before you even get to the point where you have earned the right to a meeting with a CXO. With sales and marketing teams so focused on automation and scalability—as well as proof of short-term ROI—CXO engagement efforts often fail or fizzle simply because they do not lend themselves to any of these things. While automated tools can help you scale account-based marketing programs, the type of one-to-one engagement required when selling or marketing to CXOs takes both time and a lot of heavy lifting—and can’t be automated.

So what can you do?

You can start small with a relatively short list of CXOs to target—less than 500 is a good number, based on our experience with our customers. And, you can come up with a more efficient and effective process for gathering and using critical CXO insight that helps you break through the vendor noise and get your foot in the door in the first place. Knowing what a CXO cares about and wants to talk about is the essential first step—without this knowledge you likely won’t get very far. That’s where the heavy lifting comes in. But it doesn’t mean you personally actually have to do it.

Customers who use Boardroom Insiders executive profiles consistently tell us three things:

  1. We help them get in the door: “I used information from your profile to write the CIO a personalized email about how we could help her with one of her business goals and she responded right away.”

  2. We help them feel more confident: “I felt very prepared for the meeting after reading her profile—I felt like I knew so much about her going into it.”

  3. We help them build credibility and trust: “Our meeting was scheduled for 15 minutes but she spoke with us for more than an hour.”

Not all good things can scale. Sometimes heavy lifting is required. But if you could accomplish the three things above with your CXO engagements, would it be worth it? If so, we’d love to help you. Interested? Let’s talk.

To understand better how we help salespeople close bigger deals faster, take a look at this short video.

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Topics: Executive engagement, CXO Insight, C-Suite Selling, CXO Priorities

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