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Many top sellers using account-based selling are within large tech and SaaS companies. In today’s episode of The Sales Evangelist, Donald is joined by sales coach and consultant Ian Koniak to discuss how those large enterprise companies create and coordinate successful sales strategies.

Transitioning from transactional to strategic selling:

  • He tried to approach his sales techniques in a more activity-scientific manner instead of qualitative.
  • When Ian transitioned to Salesforce, quantity and hustling didn’t work. It wasn’t practical to get in the door or drive change.

Three qualities for top-performing sellers in tech:

  • They’re authentic. People have a bad image of salespeople, but top performers are genuine and there to help their prospects and clients solve a problem.
  • They care for the clients before, during, and after the commission check.
  • They have Integrity for the work. The best sellers help potential clients solve their problems to ensure the client’s long-term success.

Differentiating a top seller:

  • Their work habits are different, they’re focused and organized, and they value their time.
  • They determine the different needs and solutions a specific company might have and build relationships across multiple stakeholders to understand those issues.
  • Identify where employees spend their time and how your solutions can apply to them.
  • They understand where the company wants to go, what’s stopping them from getting there, and what they can do about it.

It all comes down to focus.

  • The seller knows when to say no, and focuses on strategic accounts and strategic executives within those accounts.
  • They invest their time in the change agents who can make the largest impact within the company.

Connect and contact Ian for more content and coaching on LinkedIn, YouTube, and his website untapyoursalespotential.com.

This episode is brought to you in part by LinkedIn Sales Navigator.

The Great Resignation has become the Great Reshuffle, meaning it can be difficult for sales professionals like you to find leads and close deals. Luckily, Sales Navigator from LinkedIn is here for you!

Sales Navigator from LinkedIn is the only tool that uses real-time alerts and up-to-date insights to help you know when prospects are ready to buy. And, with over 30 advanced filters, sales professionals can quickly find genuine leads with the intent to purchase.

Gain the advantage of accurate, quality lead generation data from LinkedIn Sales Navigator. You can get a 60-day free trial of Sales Navigator at www.LinkedIn.com/TSE

This episode is brought to you in part by Skipio.

Are you sick of crickets? As a salesperson, the pain of reaching out with phone calls or emails and not receiving a response is real.

But all text messaging is not created equal. 85% of people prefer text over email and phone calls because they want to engage in a conversation, not listen to bots. Be more like people and start having conversations that end in the conversions you want. Try Skipio at www.Skipio.com.

This episode is brought to you in part by Closers.io.

Closers.io helps sales reps land their dream remote sales gig, where they can set their own hours, work from anywhere, and make six or even multi-6 figures per year. That sure sounds good to us!

Committed to helping sales reps make a shift, Closers.io will place you in an available sales role that will increase your commissions and help you live the life you want. Apply for free now at go.closers.io/TSE.

This episode is brought to you in part by Scratchpad.

Are you tired of a digital workspace cluttered with notes, folders, files, and half-filled spreadsheets? (Not that we’re speaking from personal experience.) Luckily, we’ve found the solution.

Scratchpad is the first Revenue Team Workspace specifically designed to adapt to each salesperson’s workflow, so you don’t have to change your habits. Scratchpad creates a streamlined workflow that allows everyone to be a little more productive each day without the hassle of updating a database with whatever info you can find. Get Scratchpad free at Scratchpad.com

As one of our podcast listeners, we value your opinion and always want to improve the quality of our show. Complete our two-minute survey here: thesalesevangelist.com/survey. We’d love for you to join us for our next episodes by tuning in on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Stitcher, or Spotify. Audio provided by Free SFX, Soundstripe, and Bensound. Other songs used in the episodes are as follows: The Organ Grinder written by Bradley Jay Hill, performed by Bright Seed, and Produced by Brightseed and Hill.

Direct download: TSE_1568.mp3
Category:Modern Selling Strategies -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

The days of “spray and pray” selling are over. So how can sellers maintain a consistently full pipeline of prospects and leads? Through targeted and account-based selling. In today’s episode of The Sales Evangelist, Donald is joined by the VP of Sales Management at Crunchbase, Ang McManamon, to discuss how she uses account-based selling in her own work.

Why go into account-based selling?

  • A year ago, Ang’s team talked to their best clients and saw an appetite for account-based selling.
  • Prospects would use Crunchbase for funding and capital management news, and people liked the database options for prospecting.
  • There are so many sales tools today, yet finding high-quality accounts and decision-makers is still tricky.
  • Before, there were no strategic ways of looking at accounts and contacts. Now, you can be intentional with your actions.

Setting up Crunchbases’s account-based selling:

  • First, figure out the target audience. Companies say they do it, but they frequently don’t get precise enough to best impact the audience.
  • Narrow down organizations by size, but look for people based on many factors.
  • Ang targeted 50 accounts per person on her 35-person team. Then, they researched the messaging, cadence, and outreach that would best apply to those targets.
  • Look at the potential buyer intent. What web pages have they visited on your website?
  • Luckily, Crunchbase has great name recognition. However, prospects often don’t know the specific things they can do with the platform.

It takes diligence as a leader to hold sellers accountable.

  • While the account list is a priority, it’s not necessarily a restriction. If the seller isn’t getting anywhere with a target account, they should be able to move on and find new targets.
  • For outbound selling, sellers use Crunchbase to view recommended accounts or new contacts within those accounts. Then, they create an automatic email from Outreach and set up a cadence.
  • Sellers use strategic intent tools to inform them of their best outreach method, and they use Salesforce to track data and activity.

Potential problems (and solutions) with ABM:

  • Initially, Ang’s team wasn’t using Crunchbase and wasn’t ‘surrounding’ the sale, interacting with 1-2 people rather than 4-5 who could impact the sale.
  • Incentivizing the sale for larger-scale prospects can help get your foot in the door.
  • Finds reps with a higher sense of ownership when using account-based selling because sellers feel more in control over the process.
  • When working with strategic accounts, win rates increase roughly 48%, but the cycle is slightly longer. It sounds like a great trade-off to us.

Ang’s major piece of advice? Account-based is here to stay, and it’s a better and more strategic way to sell your products. It takes time to nail down, but it’s worth it. Visit Crunchbase.com or email sales@crunchbase.com to see what the Crunchbase platform offers.

This episode is brought to you in part by LinkedIn Sales Navigator.

The Great Resignation has become the Great Reshuffle, meaning it can be difficult for sales professionals like you to find leads and close deals. Luckily, Sales Navigator from LinkedIn is here for you!

Sales Navigator from LinkedIn is the only tool that uses real-time alerts and up-to-date insights to help you know when prospects are ready to buy. And, with over 30 advanced filters, sales professionals can quickly find genuine leads with the intent to purchase.

Gain the advantage of accurate, quality lead generation data from LinkedIn Sales Navigator. You can get a 60-day free trial of Sales Navigator at www.LinkedIn.com/TSE

This episode is brought to you in part by Skipio.

Are you sick of crickets? As a salesperson, the pain of reaching out with phone calls or emails and not receiving a response is real.

But all text messaging is not created equal. 85% of people prefer text over email and phone calls because they want to engage in a conversation, not listen to bots. Be more like people and start having conversations that end in the conversions you want. Try Skipio at www.Skipio.com.

This episode is brought to you in part by Closers.io.

Closers.io helps sales reps land their dream remote sales gig, where they can set their own hours, work from anywhere, and make six or even multi-6 figures per year. That sure sounds good to us!

Committed to helping sales reps make a shift, Closers.io will place you in an available sales role that will increase your commissions and help you live the life you want. Apply for free now at go.closers.io/TSE.

This episode is brought to you in part by Scratchpad.

Are you tired of a digital workspace cluttered with notes, folders, files, and half-filled spreadsheets? (Not that we’re speaking from personal experience.) Luckily, we’ve found the solution.

Scratchpad is the first Revenue Team Workspace specifically designed to adapt to each salesperson’s workflow, so you don’t have to change your habits. Scratchpad creates a streamlined workflow that allows everyone to be a little more productive each day without the hassle of updating a database with whatever info you can find. Get Scratchpad free at Scratchpad.com

As one of our podcast listeners, we value your opinion and always want to improve the quality of our show. Complete our two-minute survey here: thesalesevangelist.com/survey. We’d love for you to join us for our next episodes by tuning in on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Stitcher, or Spotify. Audio provided by Free SFX, Soundstripe, and Bensound. Other songs used in the episodes are as follows: The Organ Grinder written by Bradley Jay Hill, performed by Bright Seed, and Produced by Brightseed and Hill.

Direct download: TSE_1567.mp3
Category:Modern Selling Strategies -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Sometimes the best way to close more deals isn’t by adding new people to your pipeline (though that’s always a good thing.) Instead, the best thing is to address the issues that make a deal fail before they fail. In today’s episode of The Sales Evangelist, Donald is joined by the CEO of Challenger, Andee Harris, to get her take on failed deals and how to address those issues directly with our prospects. 

Challenger is a sales training company:

  • The Challenger Sale by Matthew Dixon and Brent Adamson explains many of the principles Challenger uses in their training.
  • Early sellers might be timid, which usually leads to a failure to recognize when a deal isn’t moving in the right direction.
  • In Andee’s experience, continuous feedback is a great way to course-correct throughout the sales process to tailor the experience and selling strategy to the specific prospect. 
  • Passive selling isn’t the best form of selling for either party - taking control of the purchase and helping the buyer buy the product is your job.

Three ways to notify deals before they go south:

  • Integrate an avenue for continuous feedback. If a buyer likes you as a sales rep, they’ll want to share methods to improve their experience. 
  • Realize that one size doesn't fit all. What works for one client might not work for another. 
  • Constantly be learning. Be curious, and look to understand and be self-aware of your strengths and weaknesses. 

Andee’s final takeaway? Understand that we’re in a complex selling environment. Multiple factors influence the selling process, but it isn’t impossible to create wins and do phenomenally well. To get in touch with Andee, visit challengerinc.com or connect with Andee on LinkedIn.

This episode is brought to you in part by LinkedIn Sales Navigator.

The Great Resignation has become the Great Reshuffle, meaning it can be difficult for sales professionals like you to find leads and close deals. Luckily, Sales Navigator from LinkedIn is here for you!

Sales Navigator from LinkedIn is the only tool that uses real-time alerts and up-to-date insights to help you know when prospects are ready to buy. And, with over 30 advanced filters, sales professionals can quickly find genuine leads with the intent to purchase.

Gain the advantage of accurate, quality lead generation data from LinkedIn Sales Navigator. You can get a 60-day free trial of Sales Navigator at www.LinkedIn.com/TSE

This episode is brought to you in part by Skipio.

Are you sick of crickets? As a salesperson, the pain of reaching out with phone calls or emails and not receiving a response is real.

But all text messaging is not created equal. 85% of people prefer text over email and phone calls because they want to engage in a conversation, not listen to bots. Be more like people and start having conversations that end in the conversions you want. Try Skipio at www.Skipio.com.

This episode is brought to you in part by Closers.io.

Closers.io helps sales reps land their dream remote sales gig, where they can set their own hours, work from anywhere, and make six or even multi-6 figures per year. That sure sounds good to us!

Committed to helping sales reps make a shift, Closers.io will place you in an available sales role that will increase your commissions and help you live the life you want. Apply for free now at go.closers.io/TSE.

This episode is brought to you in part by Scratchpad.

Are you tired of a digital workspace cluttered with notes, folders, files, and half-filled spreadsheets? (Not that we’re speaking from personal experience.) Luckily, we’ve found the solution.

Scratchpad is the first Revenue Team Workspace specifically designed to adapt to each salesperson’s workflow, so you don’t have to change your habits. Scratchpad creates a streamlined workflow that allows everyone to be a little more productive each day without the hassle of updating a database with whatever info you can find. Get Scratchpad free at Scratchpad.com

As one of our podcast listeners, we value your opinion and always want to improve the quality of our show. Complete our two-minute survey here: thesalesevangelist.com/survey. We’d love for you to join us for our next episodes by tuning in on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Stitcher, or Spotify. Audio provided by Free SFX, Soundstripe, and Bensound. Other songs used in the episodes are as follows: The Organ Grinder written by Bradley Jay Hill, performed by Bright Seed, and Produced by Brightseed and Hill.

Direct download: TSE_1566.mp3
Category:Modern Selling Strategies -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Whether you’re the person in charge of leads, a small business owner, or anyone looking to do more business through prospecting (which should be everyone), this episode is for you. In today’s episode of The Sales Evangelist, Donald is joined by Mike Moll to learn how to attract high-quality leads without ads by using modern techniques and platforms.

Sales professionals can’t rely on marketing to supply enough leads.

  • Video outreach is an effective strategy to supply your ideal client.
  • Once you’re connected with someone, you’re guaranteed a 100% delivery rate platform through LinkedIn messaging.
  • Make videos right on the LinkedIn platform. Other options include BombBomb and Loom, but asking a prospect to click a video link might dissuade some from watching.

Sending a video far outclasses automated messages.

  • With the pandemic ending in-person conferences, many B2B sellers turned to LinkedIn to conduct business, resulting in a surplus of auto-generated LinkedIn outreach messages. 
  • Sending 50 impactful videos will make far greater headway than frustrating people with spammy-sounding auto-generated messages.

Sending messages to build connections:

  • There are two big mistakes: forcing yourself as a needed solution to the prospect and removing a prospect’s autonomy in decision-making.
  • Don’t be overly friendly. People buy from people, so if they don’t like you, they will not buy.
  • Start video messages with a “hello” and a quick introduction. Make the intro as quickly as possible to focus instead on addressing their pain points.
  • Consider listing the features of your product, which can continue to discuss the negative results that arise when that solution isn’t present.

Mastering the follow-up strategy:

  • Plan one more video or text follow-up. Typically, if someone doesn't respond to either of those, move to email for a 3-5 message campaign.
  • Sending 100 personalized videos per week typically results in booking ten meetings, and when they come on the call, the cadence and familiarity is already present.

Mike’s final takeaway? Video doesn’t have to be perfect. Leave in minor mistakes - we’re all human, and those mistakes convey that human element. Don’t make it perfect, just make it! Connect with Mike on Instagram @themikemoll for more content and to stay up-to-date on his pursuits.

This episode is brought to you in part by LinkedIn Sales Navigator.

The Great Resignation has become the Great Reshuffle, meaning it can be difficult for sales professionals like you to find leads and close deals. Luckily, Sales Navigator from LinkedIn is here for you!

Sales Navigator from LinkedIn is the only tool that uses real-time alerts and up-to-date insights to help you know when prospects are ready to buy. And, with over 30 advanced filters, sales professionals can quickly find genuine leads with the intent to purchase.

Gain the advantage of accurate, quality lead generation data from LinkedIn Sales Navigator. You can get a 60-day free trial of Sales Navigator at www.LinkedIn.com/TSE

This episode is brought to you in part by Skipio.

Are you sick of crickets? As a salesperson, the pain of reaching out with phone calls or emails and not receiving a response is real.

But all text messaging is not created equal. 85% of people prefer text over email and phone calls because they want to engage in a conversation, not listen to bots. Be more like people and start having conversations that end in the conversions you want. Try Skipio at www.Skipio.com.

This episode is brought to you in part by Closers.io.

Closers.io helps sales reps land their dream remote sales gig, where they can set their own hours, work from anywhere, and make six or even multi-6 figures per year. That sure sounds good to us!

Committed to helping sales reps make a shift, Closers.io will place you in an available sales role that will increase your commissions and help you live the life you want. Apply for free now at go.closers.io/TSE.

This episode is brought to you in part by Scratchpad.

Are you tired of a digital workspace cluttered with notes, folders, files, and half-filled spreadsheets? (Not that we’re speaking from personal experience.) Luckily, we’ve found the solution.

Scratchpad is the first Revenue Team Workspace specifically designed to adapt to each salesperson’s workflow, so you don’t have to change your habits. Scratchpad creates a streamlined workflow that allows everyone to be a little more productive each day without the hassle of updating a database with whatever info you can find. Get Scratchpad free at Scratchpad.com

As one of our podcast listeners, we value your opinion and always want to improve the quality of our show. Complete our two-minute survey here: thesalesevangelist.com/survey. We’d love for you to join us for our next episodes by tuning in on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Stitcher, or Spotify. Audio provided by Free SFX, Soundstripe, and Bensound. Other songs used in the episodes are as follows: The Organ Grinder written by Bradley Jay Hill, performed by Bright Seed, and Produced by Brightseed and Hill.

Direct download: TSE_1565.mp3
Category:Modern Selling Strategies -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Creating a mindset for sales involves building credibility and rapport with the prospect, that’s always been clear. But should we apply logic or emotion to our negotiations and social selling strategy? In today’s episode of The Sales Evangelist, Donald is joined by Andres Lares to discuss.

The principles of negotiation are the same, regardless of the negotiation subject.

  • As negotiators, we tend to focus on logic. However, we should instead focus on emotion.
  • Statements and facts mitigate feelings of risk, but they aren’t a driver for decision-making.
  • At the end of a call, there needs to be trust and rapport beyond what facts can deliver.

Why do we tend to go to logic for negotiating? Because it’s easier.

  • You can have the same approach for every client and situation instead of emotionally tailoring conversations to the prospect’s problem. 
  • You have to ask questions and determine which features give them the benefits they want.

So what should we do? Why focus on emotions?

  • Especially with hybrid work, there are fewer opportunities to spend time with a prospect. We’re battling against less time and less attention through the screen.
  • Telling stories that share the problems and solutions signal many elements that help keep a prospect’s attention.
  • It’s so much more believable than standing by good statistics. This showcases a “behind-the-scenes” perspective that has highs and lows.
  • Building credibility is essential. Statements against self-interest, when not used to manipulate the prospect, show that you care about them.

People are motivated by achievement.

  • Why do they do that? Because we’re motivated by achievement.
  • If you set expectations for someone, they’re more likely to live up to them.
  • Facilitate action by limiting options. If you want an answer from someone, provide 3-5 options to make the prospect feel like they’re making their own decision.

Andres’s final takeaway? People make decisions emotionally and justify them rationally. For more great content from Andres, visit his company’s website, Shapiro Negotiations Institute, or connect with him on LinkedIn

This episode is brought to you in part by LinkedIn Sales Navigator.

The Great Resignation has become the Great Reshuffle, meaning it can be difficult for sales professionals like you to find leads and close deals. Luckily, Sales Navigator from LinkedIn is here for you!

Sales Navigator from LinkedIn is the only tool that uses real-time alerts and up-to-date insights to help you know when prospects are ready to buy. And, with over 30 advanced filters, sales professionals can quickly find genuine leads with the intent to purchase.

Gain the advantage of accurate, quality lead generation data from LinkedIn Sales Navigator. You can get a 60-day free trial of Sales Navigator at www.LinkedIn.com/TSE

This episode is brought to you in part by Skipio.

Are you sick of crickets? As a salesperson, the pain of reaching out with phone calls or emails and not receiving a response is real.

But all text messaging is not created equal. 85% of people prefer text over email and phone calls because they want to engage in a conversation, not listen to bots. Be more like people and start having conversations that end in the conversions you want. Try Skipio at www.Skipio.com.

This episode is brought to you in part by Closers.io.

Closers.io helps sales reps land their dream remote sales gig, where they can set their own hours, work from anywhere, and make six or even multi-6 figures per year. That sure sounds good to us!

Committed to helping sales reps make a shift, Closers.io will place you in an available sales role that will increase your commissions and help you live the life you want. Apply for free now at go.closers.io/TSE.

This episode is brought to you in part by Scratchpad.

Are you tired of a digital workspace cluttered with notes, folders, files, and half-filled spreadsheets? (Not that we’re speaking from personal experience.) Luckily, we’ve found the solution.

Scratchpad is the first Revenue Team Workspace specifically designed to adapt to each salesperson’s workflow, so you don’t have to change your habits. Scratchpad creates a streamlined workflow that allows everyone to be a little more productive each day without the hassle of updating a database with whatever info you can find. Get Scratchpad free at Scratchpad.com

As one of our podcast listeners, we value your opinion and always want to improve the quality of our show. Complete our two-minute survey here: thesalesevangelist.com/survey. We’d love for you to join us for our next episodes by tuning in on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Stitcher, or Spotify. Audio provided by Free SFX, Soundstripe, and Bensound. Other songs used in the episodes are as follows: The Organ Grinder written by Bradley Jay Hill, performed by Bright Seed, and Produced by Brightseed and Hill.

Direct download: TSE_1564.mp3
Category:Modern Selling Strategies -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Staying ahead of the curve and the competition is the key to getting ahead as a seller. In today’s episode of the Sales Evangelist, Donald discusses some of his top social selling strategies and current selling trends as we enter the second half of 2022.

By definition, “modern” selling is always changing.

  • Modern selling is the ability to use new tools, modern techniques, and social selling strategies to find and engage with prospects. 
  • In 2022, post-pandemic sales strategies largely revolve around social selling strategies geared toward a remote audience.
  • Modern sellers use tools like Zoom and have mastered how to work with people, even if you can’t see them on the screen.

Modern tools for a modern seller:

  • Tools like Gong and Fathom help you conduct meetings that prompt sellers to better engage with the prospect.
  • Modern sellers are used to remote work, which means a microphone like the ATR2100 or Yeti helps you take advantage of your environment. 
  • Gone are the days you could send a blank phone call or email. Instead, use platforms like LinkedIn Sales Navigator to engage with prospects, giving thoughtful comments on their content to be a part of their community.
  • Your organization can have the opportunity to use AI to know what buyers want before they buy, and you can use that information to do personal follow-ups. 

Modern sellers take advantage of digital tools.

  • 44% of millennials prefer purchasing without a sales rep in B2B purchase scenarios. 
  • While the sales rep position is still necessary, it might look drastically different than what was initially considered. 
  • We must adapt to these types of buyers, engaging with them through LinkedIn or automation to help them guide themselves through the process.
  • For more stats about selling in 2022, download Gartner’s 2022 Sales Transformation report.

This upcoming series is all about building rapport in the modern environment - find out how to find out more about your ideal seller and become a modern seller.

This episode is brought to you in part by LinkedIn Sales Navigator.

The Great Resignation has become the Great Reshuffle, meaning it can be difficult for sales professionals like you to find leads and close deals. Luckily, Sales Navigator from LinkedIn is here for you!

Sales Navigator from LinkedIn is the only tool that uses real-time alerts and up-to-date insights to help you know when prospects are ready to buy. And, with over 30 advanced filters, sales professionals can quickly find genuine leads with the intent to purchase.

Gain the advantage of accurate, quality lead generation data from LinkedIn Sales Navigator. You can get a 60-day free trial of Sales Navigator at www.LinkedIn.com/TSE

This episode is brought to you in part by Skipio.

Are you sick of crickets? As a salesperson, the pain of reaching out with phone calls or emails and not receiving a response is real.

But all text messaging is not created equal. 85% of people prefer text over email and phone calls because they want to engage in a conversation, not listen to bots. Be more like people and start having conversations that end in the conversions you want. Try Skipio at www.Skipio.com.

This episode is brought to you in part by Closers.io.

Closers.io helps sales reps land their dream remote sales gig, where they can set their own hours, work from anywhere, and make six or even multi-6 figures per year. That sure sounds good to us!

Committed to helping sales reps make a shift, Closers.io will place you in an available sales role that will increase your commissions and help you live the life you want. Apply for free now at go.closers.io/TSE.

This episode is brought to you in part by Scratchpad.

Are you tired of a digital workspace cluttered with notes, folders, files, and half-filled spreadsheets? (Not that we’re speaking from personal experience.) Luckily, we’ve found the solution.

Scratchpad is the first Revenue Team Workspace specifically designed to adapt to each salesperson’s workflow, so you don’t have to change your habits. Scratchpad creates a streamlined workflow that allows everyone to be a little more productive each day without the hassle of updating a database with whatever info you can find. Get Scratchpad free at Scratchpad.com

As one of our podcast listeners, we value your opinion and always want to improve the quality of our show. Complete our two-minute survey here: thesalesevangelist.com/survey. We’d love for you to join us for our next episodes by tuning in on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Stitcher, or Spotify. Audio provided by Free SFX, Soundstripe, and Bensound. Other songs used in the episodes are as follows: The Organ Grinder written by Bradley Jay Hill, performed by Bright Seed, and Produced by Brightseed and Hill.

Direct download: TSE_1563.mp3
Category:Modern Selling Strategies -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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