Comparing UserGems vs. LinkedIn Sales Navigator for tracking job changes

When comparing UserGems vs. LinkedIn Sales Navigator for tracking job changes there are 3 important things to consider that only UserGems can do.
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Look, B2B prospecting can leave you feeling like you’ve been burning the candles at both ends 😩

It doesn’t help that you’re competing against a deluge of LinkedIn messages, emails, cold calls, and advertising. And even with in-person events and other networking opportunities coming back soon (hopefully), growing your pipeline seems more challenging than ever.

So, it isn’t surprising that most B2B revenue team have adopted a more deliberate and targeted approach. One that accounts for sales trigger events that signal a company may be in the position to close a deal, such as: hiring and firing of executives, business growth, strategy shifts, etc.

By taking advantage of trigger events, your emails are timely, not spammy. And your calls relevant, not cold.

Bottom line? Tracking, identifying, and acting on your sales triggers can drive thoughtful engagement, grow your pipeline, and restart closed lost opportunities.

Why sales triggers matter in the UserGems vs. LinkedIn Sales Navigator debate?

Let’s keep it real. Most of our customers use both LinkedIn Sales Navigator and UserGems.

So, we aren’t saying kick Sales Navigator to the curb.  It’s a great product.

And according to this image from Brian Carroll, CEO & founder of markempa, both products are focused on a vital sales trigger: Hiring and Firing of Executives.

B2B sales triggers

Which means if you’re here because you’re evaluating UserGems vs. LinkedIn Sales Navigator for tracking job changes, or looking for Sales Navigator alternatives, then you’re already doing the right thing by looking out for a tool that’ll help you turn customer job changes into hot leads and deals.

But what you don’t want to do is have your sales reps manually looking up contacts to check for these sales triggers. 

And if the numbers are anything to go by, that seems to be the case. According to the folks at Salesforce,

Sales reps spend 2/3 of their time for data entry and non-selling activities.

UserGems vs. LinkedIn Sales Navigator for tracking job changes: What’s the difference?

That’s a fair question. And if we’re being honest, we are a tad biased (obviously, we think our software is the best).

But instead of writing another side-by-side list of features (you can find that here if that's your thing 😁), we thought to keep things simple and sent Slack messages (we’re remote, baby) to a few of our reps and demand gen. folks, asking:

“If you had to put a page up on our website breaking down the top reasons why people pick UserGems vs. LinkedIn Sales Navigator to track customers' job changes, what would you say?”

They had some swell answers that should help you clear up any confusion. 

The top 3 things only UserGems can do:

Graphic with text 3 things only UserGems can do = streamline automation + supply actionable data + provide a complete view of your customers


It’s true that Sales Navigator flags contacts in Salesforce as “No longer there.”

But what really matters is “Then what?”

You don’t want your team burning calories by manually tracking and updating these job changes in Salesforce instead of focusing on selling. 

“We hired you to do data entry” - said no sales manager ever

Every manual step slows down your sales rep’s efficiency and increases the likelihood of human errors.

Manual steps also decrease the chance that your reps will act on these high-value sales opportunities. 

That’s why companies miss 85% of these job-change trigger opportunities (Source: Internal analysis of 50+ midsize and enterprise B2B SaaS companies). 

In today's highly competitive sales universe, it is all about optimizing your sales rep’s efficiency

With UserGems, your team:

  • Tracks every one of your users on a monthly basis - not only contacts associated with an opportunity (which is LinkedIn Sales Navigator does).
  • Doesn’t need to manually enter data. The new leads are automatically created directly in Salesforce with their professional emails and the old leads flagged as outdated.
  • Automates prospecting emails with Outreach, SalesLoft, Marketo, etc.
  • Doesn’t need to go through the hassle of integrations and onboarding a new tool. Everything happens in Salesforce.

That way, none of these hot leads slip through the cracks.

“The key is to reach out to your alumni customers at the right time with the right message. UserGems helps us achieve that at scale” - Steve Jones, VP of Demand Generation at UserTesting 

CASE STUDY: How UserTesting Hit 18X ROI Using UserGems


We’ve done a lot of benchmarking to compare our data accuracy against Sales Navigator, ZoomInfo, and others. (See Industry-Leading Data Quality And Accuracy)

But even accurate data is useless if it isn’t actionable. 

UserGems enriches data and brings it into your existing workflows so your team can act on them immediately:

  • Contact information — new work email, phone numbers, LinkedIn profile, and location
  • Tie the present to the past – we link the person’s new record with their old one together in Salesforce – so that your team always has the full context when reaching out
  • We provide human validation to make sure all leads are relevant to you so you won't feel like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic

No wasting time on unqualified leads. 

“We found the 'Left Company' flag that LinkedIn provides to be highly error prone, and there was no way to update the user records and create the new leads except by using an inefficient manual process.” - Michael Goldberg, Head of Global Business Operations at OneLogin


Think about the sort of growth you could fuel by reconnecting with previous end-users that changed jobs? Or, the risk of losing out on all that information when an account owner leaves?

Today’s executives often look to their team for tool recommendations. These influencers might not have buying power, but their advocacy can kickstart conversations to get your team in the door. Think of Slack, Asana, Zoom, etc.

So if you focus on only tracking contacts at ‘Closed Won Opportunities” (like what Sales Navigator does), you are missing out on:

  • Power users 🏋️
  • Daily active users 🏃🏽
  • Contacts at “Closed Lost Opportunities” ⛔
  • Contacts at open (mid-funnel) opportunities 💰

Every job change you miss is a missed opportunity. UserGems tracks ALL of your contacts and end-users -- inside and outside of CRM -- for any job movements.

“We had several demos booked in the first hour with opportunities we wouldn't have found otherwise. We also identified current clients that had our main contact leave. This level of insight is invaluable” - Dwight Richards, VP of Sales & Client Success at iWave

Key things to consider when evaluating software that tracks job-change triggers:

  1. How are new leads added to your CRM and workflows?
  2. How will you tie the lead to their past activities on your CRM?
  3. Are these leads enriched with contact info (e.g. email, phone, etc.)?
  4. Can you track everyone on your CRM —customers, prospects, etc.?
  5. How committed is the vendor on this job-change product?

Try UserGems now

Whether you are a marketing leader looking to generate high-quality warm leads, or a sales leader looking to make prospecting easier for your reps, you can start tracking your alumni customers for job changes and stop missing out on millions of dollars in revenue with UserGems.

That's how BrightTALK generated millions in the pipeline and got an 8x ROI in 90 days in actual Closed Won.


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