Social Selling: King Content, Context and the Sales Cycle - Part 2

September 27, 2016
Hosted by Bonnie D. Graham

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The buzz: Beyond monarchy. In the late 1990s, Sumner Redstone and Bill Gates declared 'Content is king', which became a mantra for Internet marketers and SEO practitioners. In 2012, wine marketing guru Gary 'V' Vaynerchuk raised the bar: 'If content is king, then context is god.' Aha! Getting the right content to the right audience at the right time is key to building your brand, developing trusted relationships and impacting a buyer’s journey. How to do it right? The experts speak. Hilary Carter, InTune Communications: 'When you invent the plane, you also invent the plane crash' -Paul Virilio. Charrele Robinson-Brown, SAP: 'Marketing is telling the world that you're a rockstar. Content Marketing is showing the world that you are one' -Robert Rose. Kirsten Boileau, SAP: 'Content fails when you create materials that speak to very broad audiences' -Mark Yeager. Join us for Social Selling: King Content, Context and the Sales Cycle – Part 2.

Social Selling with Game Changers, Presented by SAP

Tuesday at 7 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel

Game-changing technology strategies are transformational, exciting and disruptive for a reason. They shake up your status quo. They get you thinking about new ways to scale, compete and grow. They move you in amazing new directions.

Join host Bonnie D. Graham as she invites you to take an additional Coffee Break with Game-Changers for our special series on Social Selling. We’ll explore the fundamentals of Social Selling, the implications on the buyer journey, how Social Selling impacts an organization in terms of alignment and accountability, and the struggle to measure the influence that Social has on the bottom line.

Learn how you can become the savvy Leader who takes your company across the finish line as you look ahead to the next wave of business innovation. Social Selling with Game Changers, presented by SAP, can be heard live Tuesdays on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel.

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Bonnie D. Graham

Bonnie D. Graham has been producing and hosting live talk radio since 1998. She is the creator, producer and host of the weekly business talk series, “Coffee Break with Game-Changers, presented by SAP” that debuted in Fall 2011.

SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device, SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. We do this by extending the availability of software across on-premise installations, on-demand deployments, and mobile devices.

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A citizen of the world with boundless energy and a genuine passion for human potential, William Arruda is the founder of Reach, the global leader in personal branding with representatives in 45 countries and products used by a million+ people. He is a corporate branding veteran and accomplished entrepreneur credited with turning the concept of personal branding into a global industry. William has seen first-hand how personal branding ignites potential and bolsters trust, loyalty and engagement between an organization and its people. Clients include Adobe, British Telecom, Gucci, IBM, J&J, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Pepsi and Target. As a thought-leader, he has appeared on BBC TV, Discovery, Fox News and NPR and has been featured in publications including Time, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur. William is the bestselling author of, Ditch. Dare. Do! and Career Distinction and writes a column for Forbes. He holds a Master’s degree in Education. View Guest page

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Lindsey Boggs

LinkedIn’s Head of Marketing, Justin Shriber, refers to Lindsey Boggs as a “Legend in the Realm of Social Selling” and someone who “knows how to sell”. Receiving the highest Social Selling Index (SSI) score at the 2015 LinkedIn Sales Connect conference, Lindsey was recognized for her unique and effective outreach for prospecting. Making President’s Club her first year in sales at Bronto Software (a Netsuite company) set the stage for what was to come. Her creative prospecting efforts continue to be exercised at Bronto; her records are still unbeaten. Currently, Lindsey leads a high performance sales team at SmarterHQ, venture funded by Battery Ventures and Simon Venture Group. Sales have tripled since she joined SmarterHQ. Determination, motivation, and persistence were founded in her previous career as an opera singer. She has toured the world, won national singing competitions, and sung for U.S. Presidents, Congressmen and private events all over the country. View Guest page

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Kirsten Boileau


Kirsten Boileau is a Director of Digital Experience at SAP. She is responsible for the training, enablement and thought leadership for Social Selling at SAP. As a member of the Global Marketing team and ten-year veteran of SAP, Kirsten is an expert in social selling, training development, business development and enterprise software sales. Kirsten has deep expertise in personal branding, LinkedIn and LinkedIn Sales Navigator, and was recently ranked #40 on the Top 100 Social Selling Influencers list. View Guest page

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Chris Boudreaux


Chris Boudreaux is an executive at EY, where he helps clients transform their business operations through digital and social media. He leads the largest social selling deployment in the world, and is a core member of the recently formed alliance between LinkedIn and EY. He publishes thought leadership through EY and his personal site, SocialMediaGovernance.com. Prior to EY, Chris created the Social Media Technology practice globally at Accenture, and built a social business consulting practice at the social media agency, Converseon, serving some of the world’s largest brands. In 2013, he published his second book on social media, The Most Powerful Brand on Earth, to help organizations thoughtfully empower employees in social media to support the organization’s goals. His work has been featured by the Harvard Business Review, Inc. magazine, Consulting magazine, Forrester and Gartner. In 2012, iMedia included Chris in their 2012 Top 25 Internet Marketing Innovators and Leaders. View Guest page

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João Branquinho


João Branquinho is the SAP Marketing Vice-president in Latin America and the Caribbean for Partner&SME (Small and Medium Enterprises), and Digital, based in Miami. Previously Joao was responsible for the same role in CIS, based in Moscow, and before that, he was responsible for Marketing in Portugal, always at SAP. Thanks to his vast Marketing experience and good results with Digital and SMEs, Joao was regularly invited to help onboard several Marketing teams at SAP (like in Dubai) and to share his best practices all over Europe – this gave him a rich and diverse cultural experience. Joao’s passion for the digital and social world can also be seen on his hobby, aquariums, where he created a successful online community with more than 70.000 members. View Guest page

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Hilary Carter

Hilary Carter is an advocate for leadership and accountability on Social Media. She is the founder of InTune Communications, a strategic communications company that consults to businesses, individuals, and community-based organizations on Social Media best practices, manages Social Media accounts, and creates customized communications solutions. She is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail’s Leadership Lab series, writing on digital leadership, online branding, digital reputation, image-based communications, and the importance of establishing trust in organizations. Hilary holds a Master of Science in Management from the London School of Economics. Her career began in the financial services industry where she conducted market research and managed international client relationships for leading Canadian, American, and Swiss financial institutions. Witnessing the impact of mobile technology on the publishing industry, Hilary was inspired to create InTune Communications. View Guest page

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Jim Fields

Jim Fields is Vice President of Customer Experience Marketing for SAP, where he is responsible for innovating new models of engagement and generally finding margin between the organizational silos. Jim is a frequent blogger, brand journalist, speaker at industry events, and mentor to early talent. View Guest page

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Maggie Fox


Maggie Fox is the Senior Vice President of SAP Experience, Global Marketing at SAP. She is responsible for delivering a unified digital experience to SAP customers and the market. Prior to joining SAP, Maggie was founder and CEO of Social Media Group, established in 2006 and was one of the world's most highly respected independent agencies helping businesses navigate the socially engaged Web. She has been interviewed about social and digital trends by Inc. Magazine, The Washington Post, CBC Radio, The Globe and Mail, CBC News, CTV News and The Financial Post, among others. In 2011, The National Post named her one of Canada's Top Innovators. Fox sits on the boards of GetElevate.com and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. View Guest page

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Russ Fradin

Russ Fradin, CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Signal, is a digital media industry veteran with more than 15 years of experience in the online marketing world. He co-founded and was CEO of Adify, which was acquired by Cox in 2008, and he also co-founded SocialShield. Russ was also SVP of Business Development at Wine.com, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at comScore, and was among the first employees at Flycast, which was acquired by CMGi in 2000. He is an active angel investor and is on the Boards of comScore ($SCOR) and TubeMogul ($TUBE). View Guest page

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Barbara Giamanco

Barbara Giamanco heads up Social Centered Selling. She’s the co-author of The New Handshake: Sales Meets Social Media and authored the Harvard Business Review article Tweet Me, Friend Me, Make Me Buy. Known internationally as a thought leader in Social Selling, Barb is a sought-after Sales and Social Media Advisor and Speaker. Barb has a proven, 30-year track record in generating sales and capped a corporate career at Microsoft, where she led sales teams and coached executives. Through the years she has sold $1B in sales. Barb has spent the last 10 years learning what works and what doesn’t when implementing social media as part of a business and sales strategy. She is consistently recognized as a Top Sales and Business Blogger, a Top 25 Influential Leader in Sales, a Top 25 Sales Influencer on Twitter and one of Top Sales World’s Top 50 Sales and Marketing Influencers for the 3rd year in a row. Her LinkedIn profile ranks in the Top 1% of all profiles viewed. View Guest page

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Reuven Gorsht

Reuven Gorsht is a strategy and transformation executive with over 15 years of experience. Reuven’s unconventional views on business and leadership are honed by his passion, and deep experience in strategy, leadership, and organizational culture. Throughout his career, Reuven has been a catalyst in establishing and scaling new businesses and products. Most recently, as the Global Vice President of Customer Strategy at SAP, Reuven led the creation and execution of the company’s new Go-to-Market strategy, transforming SAP to a dominant player in Cloud computing. His work on leadership, change and innovation has been featured in leading publications such as Forbes and BusinessWeek. He further inspires action by speaking at conferences and corporate events around the globe. Reuven holds degrees in Business and Human Resources and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School. View Guest page

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Jack Kosakowski


Jack Kosakowski is a passionate practitioner and visionary in the B2B social selling space. He was just ranked as the #2 globally for social selling influence. Jack was with Act-On software as Regional Sales Manager for 2.5 years where he generated over a million dollars in revenue heavily influenced by his social selling process. He is now the Global Head of B2B Social Sales Execution at the Creation Agency. His content has been published on LinkedIn, Sales Hacker, Convince and Convert, Forbes, and Act-On Software's blog. View Guest page

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Bryan Kramer

Bryan Kramer is one of the world’s foremost leaders in the art and science of sharing, and has been credited with shaping the #H2H human business movement in marketing and social. He’s also global keynote speaker, bestselling author and strategist who consults Fortune 500 clients such as IBM,Cisco and Pitney Bowes on humanizing business through social media. His second book, Shareology, was listed on USA Today’s Top 150 Book List, as well as #1 on Amazon in four categories. Bryan is the President and CEO of PureMatter, a content, social and digital marketing agency in San Jose, CA, and one of the fastest growing private companies in Silicon Valley. View Guest page

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Phil Lurie


Phil Lurie is Vice President of Sales Technology at SAP and heads Social Selling for SAP’s global sales organization. He has been in the software industry for 40 years and has held various leadership roles in large and small companies. Phil has recently written about breaking down silos in big organizations and how social selling is just the latest evolution in a classic art form. View Guest page

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Mario Martinez Jr


Mario M. Martinez Jr. is the CEO of M3Jr Growth Strategies, LLC, and is a leading #SocialSelling Evangelist & Keynote Speaker. Counted among some of the top Social Selling leaders in the world, Mario teaches sales leaders, reps, and business owners how to grow company revenues, develop an engaging personal brand, and attract today’s modern buyer using social networks! He has spent the last 72 consecutive quarters in Sales and Leadership, growing and managing hundreds of millions of dollars a year in sales revenue in the Global, Enterprise, Commercial, SMB and Public Sector segments. As a sought-after keynote speaker, he has spoken to crowds of up to 20,000 listeners, and has been asked to speak by brands such as LinkedIn, SAP, and Cisco Capital, to name a few. Follow Mario on LinkedIn at www.LinkedIn.com/in/mthreejr, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/M_3jr and view his website at www.m3jr.com. View Guest page

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Lorraine Maurice


Lorraine Maurice, Senior Director, Global Indirect Channel Marketing at SAP, is a results-oriented leader with an impressive track record in communications, social media, channel marketing and business development within high tech and telecom industries. For over 25 years, she has defined and managed complex go-to-market channel strategies and developed compelling messaging and content for each step of the buyer’s journey. Lorraine has a strong balance of entrepreneurial thinking and corporate governance and effectively brings together the right mix of people, resources, and processes to meet the most complex challenges. View Guest page

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Liam McLaughlin

Liam McLaughlin is the InStruct Program Manager for LinkedIn. Liam spent 10 years in sales (both b2b and b2c) before joining LinkedIn almost 2 years ago. He has always been proactive about analyzing his industry to have a very in-depth knowledge of the product and service offerings available, ultimately aimed at being educated to make better recommendations for clients and making sure their expectations are exceeded. Liam has a great interest in technology, startups, social selling and during his little spare time likes to try his hand at golf. View Guest page

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Tom Nusko

Tom Nusko is with Integrated Digital Marketing at SAP. As Social Media Lead for Middle and Eastern Europe, he´s driving the digital transformation within his region by providing strategy development, consulting and training on digital marketing topics. Tom is passionate about modern marketing, well told stories and captivating technology. View Guest page

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Shawn Robertson

Shawn Robertson is currently the Global Vice President of Management Excellence, Social Selling, and E-Center Optimization for SAP’s fastest growing RTM. His responsibilities include all matters that relate to ensuring the sales leaders have the best tools, processes, and strategies to be successful. Shawn started his management career with SAP nine years ago in Scottsdale AZ. Since joining, Shawn has been a pioneer in building new sales teams for SAP’s most strategic and innovative products and services. In his previous role of Sales Vice President in North America Shawn successfully started and cultivated five unique businesses for SAP from the ground up. These businesses ranged from a channel sales business to starting Cloud Inside Sales. Shawn is happily married to his wife of twelve years and currently resides in Scottsdale AZ. View Guest page

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Nick Robinson

Nick Robinson is the Digital Strategy Lead for SAP North America, where he is responsible for staying on top of digital trends and equipping the marketing organization to compete. Nick is also co-host of the Creators Class podcast and co-author of StumbleUpon for Dummies. He has a strong background in web development, marketing, and entrepreneurship. His professional experience with the web dates back to 1997 when he coded his first Geocities website. When not working, you can find Nick at the gym, traveling, and spending time with family and pets. View Guest page

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Charrele Robinson-Brown


Charrele Robinson-Brown is a Director of Digital Experience who supports Social Selling in the Experiential Marketing & Strategic Programs Division. She is charged with infusing Gamification throughout Social Selling at SAP as well as running the BOSS Program. Charrele is also a Design Thinking Professional who is very passionate about this process. She has been with SAP for 3.5 years and has worked in a number of divisions from Consulting to Information Architecture/User Experience Design. In addition, she trains others in Design Thinking. Charrele is also piloting a program called Early Innovators. This construct pairs SAP with Middle and High School Students to create an environment of sharing, introduces students to corporate business, but most importantly, it exposes SAP to a generation of innovators who have innate technological prowess where both audiences can learn from each other and create. View Guest page

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Jill Rowley


Jill Rowley, Chief Evangelist at #SocialSelling and Startup Advisor to numerous technology companies including Vidyard, HubSpot, TrackMaven, DataRPM, Nudge, Influitive, Accompany, and most recently, Allbound and Engagio. Sales professional trapped in a marketer’s body. 52 quarters on quota as an individual contributor at Salesforce and Eloqua. Jill spent a year leading Social Selling at Oracle after the Eloqua acquisition. She’s currently spending most of her time speaking internationally and advising global companies on the Why, What, and How to Do social selling at scale. View Guest page

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Casey Ryan

Casey Ryan is the Senior Communications and Training Specialist for SAP’s Partner Service Delivery (PSD) team. He is responsible for driving effective training and communications across PSD globally through enhancement of the overall training framework and delivering a focused communications strategy including social media management. Casey has a deep-rooted passion for communication, successfully promoting PSD via various SAP news outlets and enjoying his own weekend pop culture talk-radio show and social media feed. View Guest page

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Koka Sexton

Koka Sexton is an action oriented, data junky on social media. Starting his career in sales, he was a pioneer in social selling and helped pave the way for how social media was used by sales professionals. He has had the opportunity to speak to companies all over the world about how sites like LinkedIn and Twitter can connect buyers and sales professionals. The social selling methodology he has developed has helped over 10,000 sales professionals. Koka developed the social and content marketing program at LinkedIn and focuses on how social media can be used to build your professional brand, connect with decision makers and generate new leads. He’s not a fan of vanity metrics and if the end result isn’t tied to revenue, he’s not interested. Connect with him on LinkedIn and see for yourself. View Guest page

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Jamie Shanks

Jamie Shanks is the CEO of Sales for Life, the world's largest Social Selling training program for mid-market and enterprise companies - leveraging a crowdsourcing curriculum system. Sales for Life has trained over 60,000 sales and marketing professionals, in dozens of industries around the globe. View Guest page

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Kurt Shaver

Kurt Shaver is CEO of The Sales Foundry, seven-year old a training company specializing in social selling training. As a former corporate sales rep and VP of Sales, Kurt knows what it takes to reach executive decision makers as well as how to implement new skills across a sales organization. He is the creator of the Social Selling Boot Camp and has spoken at events like Dreamforce, Sales 2.0, and LinkedIn's Sales Connect conference. His blog on Social Selling was recently named Top Sales Blog and he is a regular contributor to Selling Power magazine, Top Sales World, and Business2Community. Sales Foundry clients include Hewlett Packard, TelePacific Communications, Maritz, Nexus, and City National Bank. View Guest page

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Brynne Tillman

Brynne Tillman is the CEO of Social Sales Link and author of LinkedIn and Social Selling for Business Development. She links traditional sales training with social media for lead generation and prospecting. She works with individuals, sales teams, sales management, business owners and professionals who are responsible for client acquisition to prospect more effectively, make more qualified appointments, reduce the sales cycle, and close more business. She teaches a unique approach to leveraging LinkedIn and social media for business development and is a National LinkedIn Speaker. Brynne teaches techniques and strategies on how to leverage LinkedIn to build business relationships, and maximize the site’s capabilities; how to connect with prospects; create an SEO (search engine optimization) profile so you can be found; and utilize group members and discussions to engage prospects. View Guest page

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Kevin Thomas Tully

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Gabe Villamizar

Gabe Villamizar is recognized as a leading Social Selling influencer by Inc.com, MarketingProfs and Forbes. Gabe currently leads the social selling training and coaching efforts at HireVue, a SaaS company that uses digital video and predictive analytics to build and coach the world’s best teams. Prior to HireVue, Gabe was part of the sales and marketing teams at InsideSales.com where he tested, learned and developed his social selling training program. View Guest page

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Gabe Villamizar


Gabe Villamizar is the Social Selling Director at HireVue, where he trains and coaches 66 sales reps on the science of social selling. Over the past five years, he’s focused on social selling lead generation, social media marketing, and online marketing strategy in the SaaS B2B industry. He is recognized as a global social selling influencer and leader by Forbes, LinkedIn, and Inc.com. View Guest page

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Julio Viskovich

Julio Viskovich is the Vice President of Marketing at rFactr, a social selling enablement and employee advocacy platform for the enterprise. He is one of the pioneers of social selling and a Forbes Top 30 Influencer. Julio speaks regularly with the Global Social Media Institute and published his first book called Sellarketing - a tweet-able book on aligning sales and marketing. View Guest page

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Jeff Zelaya

Jeff Zelaya is a leading social selling expert and the Head of Sales at the venture-backed startup, Triblio. As one of LinkedIn’s most recommended speakers, Jeff travels across the US teaching business executives, students, HR professionals and entrepreneurs all about how to leverage LinkedIn for professional success. Past clients include Home Depot, Sears, Netflix, Rosetta Stone, Vistaprint, Megabrands, and Xaxis. Jeff earned a B.A. in Marketing Management at Florida International University and a Certificate in Sales & Customer Relationship Management. View Guest page

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