Scaling Operations

Building a Developer Relations Function

Building a Developer Relations Function
Mary Thengvall leads developer relations at Camunda, and has long been a thought leader in the guide, authoring the book, "The Business Value of Developer Relations" and publishing DevRel Weekly. In this guide, she describes what DevRel is, and how to stand up a function to drive developer awareness, enablement, and engagement.

Building a Sales Development (SDR) Function

Building a Sales Development (SDR) Function
Chris is currently a VP of Marketing who leads the sales development function at Bennie, an employee benefits tool software company. Previously, he was Namely’s first SDR, going on to lead the team and support the growth of the company from 4 to 600 employees and $0 to $65M in ARR.

Building a Sales Enablement Function

Building a Sales Enablement Function
Christi Wall is currently the Head of Revenue Enablement & Operations at SecZetta Inc. Previously, she was the Director of Strategic initiatives at Chainalysis, a blockchain analysis company, where she previously served as Director of Revenue Enablement. She has supported 250+ sellers across her sales enablement roles and has led Training and Enablement at Ping Identity.

Building a Sales Ops Function

Building a Sales Ops Function
Sean Lane has led revenue operations at Drift and Upserve, and hosts Drift's Operations Podcast. In this guide, he explains the different roles sales ops plays, and how to build both the org and processes that make up the function.

Building a Solutions Engineering Function

Building a Solutions Engineering Function
Zach Lawryk is the VP of Solutions Engineering at Slack, and has previously led solutions engineering at Optimizely and Box. In this guide he explains the role of solutions engineering in the presale process, and outlines how to manage key SE responsibilities from demoing to technical discovery to running pilots.

Building an Inclusive Mindset and Culture

Building an Inclusive Mindset and Culture
Noa Gafni is the Executive Director at Rutgers Institute for Corporate Social Innovation, where she educates business leaders on corporate social responsibility, including diversity and inclusion. In this guide, she explains how to create diverse teams, ensure supportive work environments, and reap the innovation benefits that come from a broader perspective.

Capacity Planning

Capacity Planning
Rachel Haley has run capacity planning while in sales ops leadership roles at Snowflake, Sumo Logic, and Salesforce. In this guide, she details the steps of a good sales capacity planning process and the major deliverables that come out of one.

Designing a Category

Designing a Category
John is the VP of Marketing at BlockSpaces, a B2B integration platform, and the Founder and Category Design Consultant for B2B Tech at Flag and Frontier.  He also co-hosts the #CategoryCreation series on the B2B Growth Show podcast. In this guide, he explains how to use category design to capitalize on unclaimed market territory and to help prospects evaluate your product using advantageous criteria.

Designing a Product-led Go-to-Market Strategy

Designing a Product-led Go-to-Market Strategy
Myk Pono is the Director of Product Management focused on Growth & Acquisition at Freedom Financial Network. For the past 12 years, he’s been a product-led growth and go-to-market strategy consultant, author, and advisor. In this guide, he explains what a product growth team is, and how to operationalize a product-led go-to-market strategy.

Designing a Sales Org for a High-velocity Sale

Designing a Sales Org for a High-velocity Sale
Lori is currently the Global Head of Business Development at Cloudflare. She has built high-velocity sales teams at companies across the growth spectrum, from joining early startups as the first sales hire to helping public companies achieve revenue targets of $1B. In this guide she outlines how high-velocity sales teams should design their sales org, set up their processes and leverage tech tools to drive efficiency and productivity.

Designing an Outcome-based Hiring Process

Designing an Outcome-based Hiring Process
Anthony Louis is Recruitment Lead at Beacon, a talent consultancy that helps growing organizations level up their internal hiring programs. In this guide he lays out a roadmap for an outcome-based hiring process, from writing a spec to identifying candidates to running an interview process to making the hire, all with better targeting and less bias.

Driving Sales Velocity in Complex Enterprise Deals

Driving Sales Velocity in Complex Enterprise Deals
Mark Vashon has led sales at major enterprise software providers including AgilOne, SuccessFactors and ServiceMax. In this guide, he describes how startups should navigate the varied stakeholders, established processes, and long sales cycle that comes with enterprise selling.

Email Marketing Strategy

Email Marketing Strategy
Jeanne Jennings is a recognized industry expert and an email marketing consultant and trainer with 25+ years of experience working with both B2B and B2C clients ranging from early-stage startups to major corporations like Capital One and Verizon. In this guide she outlines relevant email regulations, best practices for segmentation and campaign management, and tips for driving conversion rates.

Enabling Service / Consulting Partnerships

Enabling Service / Consulting Partnerships
Zak Pines is VP of Partnerships at Formstack, a workplace productivity platform, where he’s built a team that manages hundreds of consulting and integration partners, responsible for 30% of the company’s new business. In this guide, he lays out the key components of partner enablement, and outlines how to create power-users and advocates at partner agencies and consultancies.

Hiring a Product Marketer

Hiring a Product Marketer
Ryan Goldman is the Global VP of Marketing at Moloco, and has led marketing or product marketing at Soundcloud, Pendo, Sentry, SignalFx, and Cloudera, and over the course of his career, he's managed or hired 15+ B2B product marketers. In this guide, he explains how to find a product marketer who can serve as a bridge between the product, the sales org, and the market.

Hiring Customer Success Managers

Hiring Customer Success Managers
Maranda Dziekonski is currently Chief Customer Officer at Swiftly, and has previously led customer success and support teams at Lending Club and HelloSign. In this guide, she describes the CSM role, where to look for candidates, and how to screen for judgement, proactive mindset and communication skills in interviews.

Implementing Salesforce

Implementing Salesforce
Jen Flanagan is the Director of Sales Operations at Ordergroove, and has built or advised on dozens of Salesforce instances. In this guide, she explains what Salesforce can do natively, with integrations, and with customization and outlines, how Salesforce objects work and how to think about the right setup for your business.

Improving Your Company’s Online Brand

Improving Your Company’s Online Brand
Ryan Erskine is a Brand Strategist with experience at the intersection of digital marketing, brand development, online reputation, and SEO. In this guide, he hones in on two main ways companies can improve their online brand: through better presence on review sites, and through better-branded search results. For both areas, he explains how companies can make sure positive results are the most visible.

LinkedIn Advertising and Prospecting

LinkedIn Advertising and Prospecting
Anthony Blatner is the founder and Chief Advertising Officer of Speedwork Social, an agency specializing in B2B LinkedIn advertising. In this guide, he advises on when to use LinkedIn advertising, when to use Sales Navigator prospecting, and how to make marketing dollars go the furthest given the expense of LinkedIn as a channel.

Managing Scalable ABM Campaigns

Managing Scalable ABM Campaigns
Heidi Vandermeer is the Director of Demand Generation at Resolver and has led account-based marketing at Security Compass and Uberflip, and has won an ABMie award for best ABM campaign at scale. In this guide, she shares how to select an ABM account list, and how marketing and sales should work together to execute ABM campaigns.

Navigating Immigration Law

Navigating Immigration Law
Sophie Alcorn is the Founding Partner at Alcorn Immigration Law and is a Certified Specialist Attorney in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. In this guide she lays out different employment-based visa and green card options available to companies seeking to hire international talent, and when to use them. Please keep in mind that this article is educational only and does not replace individual legal advice. Sophie recommends that you speak with an expert attorney for any legal advice to assess your options if you think you’re ready to move forward. Immigration is not a one-size-fits-all process, and putting your best foot forward requires individualized attention!

Onboarding Salespeople

Onboarding Salespeople
Maggie Callahan has led revenue enablement at OneTrust, Convercent and Four Winds Interactive, overseeing training and onboarding for 80+ AEs and SDRs. In this guide, she explains the key components of sales onboarding and how to design a repeatable process.

Optimizing Paid Search Advertising

Optimizing Paid Search Advertising
Greg is CMO and a Partner at Cypress North, a digital marketing agency, where he specializes in B2B marketing. In this guide, he highlights how to optimize paid search advertising, including picking the right keywords and match types, matching up good landing pages and tracking, and configuring ads that make the most of Google’s settings.

Optimizing Your Support Function

Optimizing Your Support Function
Maranda Dziekonski is currently the Vice President of Chief Customer Officer at Swiftly, and has previously led customer success and support teams at Lending Club, HelloSign, Castlight Health, and Pared. In this guide, she outlines how to set up and tier a customer support function, including how to divert support queries to self-serve channels, and how to work with product and tech teams on bug management.

Planning and Managing Outbound Prospecting

Planning and Managing Outbound Prospecting
Jason Bay is the Founder and Chief Prospecting Officer of Blissful Prospecting, a company that provides training and coaching for outbound sales teams. In this guide, he lays out how cold-calling teams can zero in on the right prospects to target, develop repeatable outreach sequences, and consistently generate meetings with a “prospect first, me second” mentality.

Planning and Running a Community Event

Planning and Running a Community Event
Mark Huber is Head of Brand & Product Marketing at Metadata, where he ran the company’s virtual conference with 4,500 registrants, almost 2,000 attendees, and 20 speakers. In this guide, he lays out how to plan and run a virtual community event for customers and prospects in a way that optimizes the day-of experience and creates reusable content.

Positioning and Launching a New Product

Positioning and Launching a New Product
Dan Murphy has led product marketing at Privy and Drift, where he’s overseen over 70 product launches and more than a dozen large, new product launches. In this guide, he walks through how to position and launch major new offerings, including new products, products introduced to new verticals, acquired products, and important partnerships.

Recruiting and Hiring Account Executives

Recruiting and Hiring Account Executives
Lianne is a sales recruiter with experience hiring hundreds of sellers for companies like Gong, Pluralsight, Zscaler, Anaplan, and SuccessFactors. In this guide, she outlines what to look for when hiring SMB, Mid-market, and Enterprise AE’s, how to apply outreach and sequencing best practices to recruiting, and how to close great candidates.

Recruiting and Hiring for Technical Roles

Recruiting and Hiring for Technical Roles
Jenny Jongejan is a Recruiting Consultant working with fast-growing tech companies. She also currently leads recruiting for CoderPad, a technical interview platform for engineering teams. Previously, as Head of Recruiting at Atrium, Jenny built the recruiting organization and helped the company scale from 10 to over 200 employees. Before that, she managed technical recruiting at HotelTonight (acquired by Airbnb). Over the course of her 15+ year career, Jenny has interviewed thousands of candidates, creatively sourced, recruited, and partnered with internal teams to hire for hundreds of technical roles.

Scaling a Marketplace Product

Scaling a Marketplace Product
Paul Zeckser led product ad HomeAdvisor from 2011-2020 as well as founded Fresh Product Design, a full-service product strategy and development consultancy. He is now the VP of Product Development at Sealed. In this guide he lays out how product, sales and marketing and operations should coordinate to scale marketplaces. He covers metrics to track, how to think about matching, and guidelines for monetizing marketplace transactions.

Scaling Onboarding with Self-guided Pathways

Scaling Onboarding with Self-guided Pathways
Shareil Nariman is the Head of Customer Success at Arrows. Previously, he led customer lifecycle management, including onboarding, at Sprout Social and previously led operations teams at Booking.com. In this guide, he explains how companies that offer lower-priced SaaS products can leverage cross-functional collaboration and automation tools to design high quality self-guided customer onboarding experiences.

Setting a Blog Content Strategy

Setting a Blog Content Strategy
Maria Waida is a SaaS blog expert and the founder of SaaSy Copywriting, where she specializes in content to help companies develop thought leadership positions in their industries and propel inbound sales. In this guide, she describes the types of content that B2B companies should write for their blogs, how to align blogs with overall strategy, and how to tune content for maximum SEO impact.

Setting HR Policies

Setting HR Policies
Linda Fang is the Principal Attorney at Banyan Legal Counsel, a law firm that supports businesses with employment law and business startup and expansion. In this guide she lays out what policies you should have in place for your employees in general, and how to to think about your processes around hiring, onboarding and offboarding employees, managing remote workers, protecting your company’s intellectual property, and more.

Setting SEO Strategy

Setting SEO Strategy
Tory Gray is the Founder of The Gray Dot Company, a consultancy that helps businesses grow ROI through digital strategy, with a focus on strategic and technical SEO. In this guide, she outlines how to plan SEO, from identifying the right keywords, to building a sound keyword matrix, to creating ideal content and optimizing page structure.

Setting Up a Demand Generation Function

Setting Up a Demand Generation Function
Anna Furmanov is the founder of Fumanov Marketing Consulting, through which brings strategy, content, and demand gen expertise to B2B startups. In this guide, she explains what demand gen means in early-stage startups, and how to set a marketing strategy foundation.

Structuring and Scaling a Post-Sales Org

Structuring and Scaling a Post-Sales Org
Rod Cherkas is the CEO of HelloCCO, a consulting firm that partners with Chief Customer Officers and their leaders to develop, execute and scale their post-sale functions. He previously led post-sale organizations at Gainsight, Marketo, RingCentral and Narvar. In this guide, he outlines the responsibilities and typical growth paths of post-sales functions including services, customer success, support, customer education, customer operations, and partner success.

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