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Anne-Mie Vansteelant

Anne-Mie Vansteelant

COO | Managing Partner at Living Stone

Recent Posts:

The new matchmaker: inbound recruiting

The internet can be described in many ways, but the root of its success is the power to engage people.

Employer branding is not about gadgets and gifts…

Attract the right new hires with an employer brand. Competition comes in all forms: your business isn’t just trying to get potential clients to notice you, it also needs to attract the attention of the best prospective employees, too. How can you toot your horn the loudest or fly your flag the highest to get the attention of potential top talent? This is a job that calls for a strong and strategic employer brand! You’ve likely heard of employer brands and branding but you’d still like more information. The good news is, your company likely already has the resources, ideas and energy necessary to create an employer brand that will attract new talent to your employee pool and take your organization to new heights of productivity and success.

The “inoffensive close” – a tactic to increase your deal closings?

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a sales bootcamp with HubSpot. You might be wondering why, as I’ve been doing business development at Living Stone for + 25 years … but the experience was very interesting and insightful. Joining together with a group of senior leaders from marketing agencies from across the EU and beyond, and guided by our terrific HubSpot coach David Weinhaus, we shared our experiences and learned from each other.

Change management and big data analytics: need-to-know skills for healthcare marketers

Healthcare changes faster and is more complex than almost any other industry, meaning that healthcare marketers face a unique set of challenges. But change management hasn’t typically been part of the healthcare marketer’s skillset. It’s the same for big data analytics expertise. Increasingly, however, these are emerging as two of the most important skills that a healthcare marketer can have.i

Should you switch to account-based marketing?

If your organization sells enterprise level solutions, you’re likely familiar with the concept of ABM, or account-based marketing. ABM represents the most targeted approach possible: marketing directly to a single company or organization. Under an ABM strategy, you identify the key companies that you wish to do business with, and develop a marketing approach that’s customized for each one of them.

eLearning offers new options for go2market programs

With new drugs, technologies and treatments being launched every day, there’s a constant need for education in the healthcare world. From sales reps to doctors to patients, the demand for relevant and timely information on new developments is ongoing. For healthcare marketers, eLearning programs offer an efficient and practical way to support go2market strategies and new product launch programs, as well as a way to support end customers with information and training.

The rise of the healthcare consumer: what it means for B2B healthcare marketers

We all do it – we experience an ache or a pain, and we turn to Google to help us figure out what’s wrong, and what we should do about it. Health has been one of the most-searched topics since the very beginning of the internet. And it’s just another way that the internet has served as a disruptor – by offering unprecedented access and amounts of information, the internet has in many ways replaced the hard-to-reach G.P. or other healthcare provider.

Create sales enablement tools that sales want to use

In many organizations, sales tools are like an iceberg. There’s the 10% that are above the waterline – the tools that everybody knows and uses - and then there’s the 90% that, for whatever reason, never see the light of day. Whether people simply can’t find these tools, or they don’t like them, the end result is the same – it’s expensive and frustrating to create a library of tools that sales just doesn’t use.

Aligning sales and marketing for better results

Just as the old model of news dissemination has been shattered – a few dominant outlets now replaced by a cacophony of voices - so has the traditional approach to healthcare marketing. Your healthcare B2B customers are turning into B2C right before your eyes, side-stepping your funnel and doing research and evaluation on their own, without seeking a contact with your sales team. According to a 2017 study by research company Forrester, 68% of B2B customers said they preferred to do their own research, rather than interact with a sales rep. This is a big change over 2015, when this figure was only 40%.

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