ZoomInfo and LinkedIn Sales Navigator are powerful tools for business to business (B2B) sales, and both boast features that increase sales, productivity, and operational efficiencies. Both platforms are an investment that promise significant returns, but which is the best bang for the buck? What is the difference between the two when it comes to fuctionality and cost?

LinkedIn Sales Navigator: A Powerful Prospecting Tool

LinkedIn Sales Navigator allows you to engage with contacts and accounts within the LinkedIn platform. With its insight into extended networks and personalized algorithms, Sales Navigator is designed to connect your company with the right decision maker and build trusted relationships. Using the Sales Navigator, you can filter to find your ideal customer profile, easily build your list of target customers, and then reach out with personalized content, customizations, discounts, and offers.

LinkedIn Sales Navigator

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Users rave about Sales Navigator’s Prospecting and Advanced Search features. The Prospecting tool surfaces strong leads for your business, and the Advanced Search tool lets you apply over 20 filters, with the keywords, title, and company fields allowing you to perform a Boolean search. Sales Navigator also offers a suite of other advanced features that can enhance your lead generation, including recommended sales leads, job change alerts, specific keyword mentions, and automated messaging. (In fact, Startup Grind, a Bay Area company, credits LinkedIn’s messaging tool for saving more than 2300 leads and improving its response rate when compared to its emailing efforts.)

Additionally, Sales Navigator reviewers tout the social component of the platform, which keeps lead generation fun and refreshing without compromising accuracy and efficiency. Users praise the InMessaging feature, which gets them access to B2B buyers who would otherwise shut the door on cold calls and emails. This aspect of Sales Navigator leads to quality conversations and timely conversations with the right decision-makers. 

Reviewers also note a few drawbacks: the interface is not the most user-friendly and can feel a bit cluttered. And given its price, Sales Navigator is a better fit for large companies. Small to midsize businesses may have a tough time realizing value from their investment. 

ZoomInfo: Your All-In-One Sales and Marketing Solution

What makes ZoomInfo stand out is that it’s effectively a one-stop shop for all of your prospecting and sales needs. In its simplest form, ZoomInfo is a business contact database, but its reach and accuracy give you the exact kind of information that can build your sales pipeline and lead to higher conversion rates.

ZoomInfo

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ZoomInfo earns its title as the “highest quality and quantity B2B data on the market” through rigorous maintenance of its database, which we’ve confirmed is more than 90% accurate. While similar applications use manual procedures to collect and update information, the ZoomInfo database is curated by a huge network of volunteer contributors who add new information, validate existing information in real time, and review 44 million signature blocks each day. ZoomInfo’s proprietary machine learning scans 38 million online sources of data daily, while its 150-person verification team oversees algorithm performance and enhances data collection in order to source inside information about companies. 

This gives you continuous access to on-demand, direct-dial phone numbers, email addresses, and other background information for your prospects, which you can organize into targeted contact lists in just a few minutes. Additionally, ZoomInfo:

  • Gives your sales leadership relevant opportunity alerts and predictive insights; 
  • Minimizes wasted time on in-depth prospect research or CRM database cleanup;
  • Allows your marketing and demand generation team to source, segment, engage, and identify the top prospects at the right time; and 
  • Provides your sales and operations teams with a standardized, enriched, and self-cleaning marketing and sales contact database that is seamlessly integrated into your workflows

With new features, such as ZoomInfo Streaming Intent and integration with marketing and sales workflows like WebSights and Google Analytics, the ZoomInfo platform provides you the kind of critical insight that can fuel your business development and sales strategies. (Check out Workfront, which used ZoomInfo to increase its pipeline by 90% year over year and had twice the number of conversions using its systematic outreach process.) 

ZoomInfo users note some accuracy errors and a few limitations when conducting more niche searches, like specific IT specialities within a broader IT title search. But on the whole, reviewers cite ZoomInfo as the best intelligence tool available with a few limitations that are readily addressed by ZoomInfo support. 

Our Verdict on ZoomInfo vs. LinkedIn Sales Navigator

Personally, we use ZoomInfo to source leads for cold outreach in target industries and then use its personalization tool to “warm up” our 1-to-1 email outreach. And like ZoomInfo’s other reviewers, we’ve found ZoomInfo to have a user-friendly interface and responsive customer support service that make it easy to target the right buyer at the right time with customer-centric marketing campaigns. With such an extensive and intuitive toolkit, ZoomInfo is our preferred intelligence solution for all our sales, marketing, and enterprise needs.

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