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Sales Prospecting: Are You Doing It Right?


Condensed from a Pipeliner SalesChats Interview with Dan McDade Interview by John Golden Dan McDade is certainly qualified to talk about leads. He founded PointClear in 1997, and for over 20 years he’s been instrumental in developing strategies that assure that 100% of the leads delivered to his company’s client sales organizations are fully qualified […].

The #1 Key to Making Sales Forecasts Accurate Again

Understanding the Sales Force

What is they key to accurate sales forecasts? Sure, it's all of the things I've written about before, like sales process, uncovering compelling reasons to buy, selling value, thoroughly qualifying, etc. But haven't you witnessed more than enough opportunities where all of that was completed at an acceptable level and the business still failed to close? So what is it?

Customer Follow-up Improves With Automation

Fill the Funnel

Why is customer follow-up important? It’s not enough to get your customer to buy. You need to keep them buying by building a long-term relationships. One key to doing this effectively is to offer sincere, timely follow-up customer service. Smart business people spend a great deal of time, work and effort on effective customer follow-up, and this is why automation can help. An Email Course.

Do You Truly Love Sales?

Increase Sales

Everyone is in sales.  Mothers sell eating healthy to their children. Teachers sell learning to their students.  Business owners sell their vision to their customers both internal and external. Sales people sell their products and services to potential customers. recent survey indicated that the number one open position within the United States business arena is sales.  Is selling easy? 

CSO Insights: Sales Enablement Optimization Study

This year's report reveals a picture of sales organizations in dire need of support.

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Sustainable Sales Success - Tip #12 Disqualification

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One would think disqualifying sales leads would be something most salespeople would do especially if they want sales success. However from my experience with SMB owners and sales professionals, this simple step of sales lead disqualification as well as sales leads qualification is one often overlooked. Most of the reason for not qualifying sales leads returns to the lack of a strategic plan. 

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Is it Your Salespeople or Did You Make a Bad Decision?

Understanding the Sales Force

Consider buying a car that had an insanely cheap price, with every option you could imagine, as well as options that you never thought you could use. But, you can't drive it until you hire an after market specialist to install instrumentation on the dashboard, a steering wheel, brakes, and gas pedal in the driver's area. You can't trade it in, and now you're stuck with it.

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Bubble in the Funnel


Per Healthline Media, an air embolism, also called a gas embolism­, occurs when one or more air bubbles enter a vein or artery and block it. These air bubbles can travel to your brain, heart, or lungs and cause a heart attack, stroke, or respiratory failure. We generate, qualify and nurture leads using Account-Based Marketing processes. Their “reward”? No more support in 2017. The result?

[Exclusive Sneak Peek] Recurring Tasks are Coming to Pipeliner CRM


One of the most asked for and voted ideas in our idea forum is recurring tasks. For that reason we are super excited to announce that with the upcoming release of Pipeliner CRM, you will be able to set up recurring tasks. This is the second part in our Sneak Peek series related to the upcoming Pipeliner CRM […]. Tips and Tricks

The Metrics of Bad Sales Interactions: A Sales Experience Benchmark Report

What is the impact of a bad sales meeting?

Possible To Automate Content Creation?

Fill the Funnel

You can automate nearly any aspect of your business. Once you get started looking at automation options, it’s pretty incredible what you can do. But there’s one area of marketing that’s essential and usually time consuming – content creation. Can you automate content creation? Is it wise to do so? The simple answer is, “Yes.” Generating Ideas. Typing.

How Quickly Do You Get Uncomfortable

A Sales Guy

Seth Godin wrote a fantastic post the other day. In it, he talks about our alertness for differences. For as long as we’ve been keeping records, human beings have been on alert for the differences that divide us. Then we fixate on those differences, amplifying them, ascribing all sorts of irrelevant behaviors to them. Until, love this post and agree. However, I think there is more.

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The Benefits of Completely Bashing Your Competition

Understanding the Sales Force

meowu%20/ 123RF Stock Photo">Image Copyright: 123RF Stock Photo. The circus will be coming to an end in just under 2 weeks. Everyone has seen at least some of the show and some have seen the entire production, including reruns, reviews, commentary and highlight videos. In the past 60 days I'm certain that even if you don't live in the United States, you've seen at least part of the circus.

How Your Sales Leads May Be Starving Your SMB

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Sales leads happen in all seasons.  Without sales leads,  sales revenue is not generated to pay the vendors, the employees, the overhead, the government and most importantly you, the SMB owner.  So what type of sales leads are you hunting? Credit There are 4 types of sales.  First there are the rabbits.  They are quick and easy, but last for only one meal or a day. 

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6 Best Practices for Optimizing Salesforce Orgs After Mergers or Acquisitions

Considerations When Merging Disparate Sales Organizations and Salesforce Instances

Seven Productivity Boosting Foods and Drinks: Improving Brain Power Though Biology

The Productivity Pro

“You are what you eat.”—Traditional ”—Traditional English-language axiom. You probably know by now that staying hydrated and eating well are excellent ways to ensure high levels of productivity, because the better you feel, the easier it is to be productive. Some of the items on the productivity list make intuitive sense, but you might be surprised by a few of them. Salmon.

Marketing Automation First Step is Social Media

Fill the Funnel

If you’re ready to get started with marketing automation, the easiest place to start is with social media. It’s very simple to start automating certain social media tasks, and you’ll quickly see how this saves you time for more value-added activity. In fact, automation can do some tasks we human beings can’t on our own. Set Your Goal. To drive traffic to a website.

No Pain – No Game?

The Pipeline

By  Tibor Shanto  –  . Despite all the tools available, both for sales people to execute their craft, and for companies to “enable” them, the narrative for many in sales has remained woefully unchanged over the last thirty years. While it is easy to point at sales people, the pundits have to take credit, or blame. Join Now! The post No Pain – No Game?

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Customer Experience Foresight requires Organizational Collaboration

Babette Ten Haken

Customer experience foresight requires a deep dive into organizational hindsight. The result? Providing 20-20 strategic insights. Start looking for patterns in current as well as legacy data. Make decisions on how to better serve customers today and in the future. However, to successfully execute this strategy, an organization must collaborate across departmental silos and legacy mindset. How realistic is executing this strategy within your organization? Deploying company-wide actions from historical customer experience (CX) and user experience (UX) insights takes guts. And then what happens?

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Are Your Sellers Ready to Sell?

A quick read on how video technology can help your sales team realize its full potential.

Your Greatest SMB Asset Is.?

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What is the greatest SMB asset?  Your solutions (products or services)? Your building or location? Your customer base?  Your bank balance? Yes, these are all great assets. However, your greatest SMB asset should be your people. Too often SMBs fail to protect this greatest asset.  For people are not view as capital, but as liabilities.  Remember, your people will make or break your company.

The #1 Reason Your Referral Program Won’t Work

No More Cold Calling

Your marketing strategy is doomed without practice. Why is it that companies spend tons of money on client events, company celebrations, sales incentives, and work-life balance perks like childcare, but then they skimp on investing in building permanent, repeatable sales skills for their teams? That’s when the pushback begins: They can’t spare that much of their sales reps’ time. That’s it.

10 Strategies to Close More Business at Year End

The Sales Hunter

We’re fast approaching the end of the year and that makes planning even more important. Plan today so tomorrow you don’t panic! Below are 10 strategies you can set up now to allow you to close more business at year end: 1. First off, review your calendar and find out now what days your company […]. Blog Consultative Selling Professional Selling Skills Prospecting prospecting sales prospecting sales strategies sales tips

Is it Your Salespeople or Did You Make a Bad Decision?

Understanding the Sales Force

Consider buying a car that had an insanely cheap price, with every option you could imagine, as well as options that you never thought you could use. But, you can't drive it until you hire an after market specialist to install instrumentation on the dashboard, a steering wheel, brakes, and gas pedal in the driver's area. You can't trade it in, and now you're stuck with it.

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The Complete Guide to Lead Nurturing

Download this guide to learn more about how nurturing can benefit your sales and marketing teams, plus get some campaign inspiration.

EP73. Matt Egelhoff: How To Grow Your Business With a Mobile App

Tony Durso

Matt Egelhoff grew up as the oldest of 3 boys in a military family, so he learned the importance of starting fresh and being flexible early on. Moving to Texas in year 2000, he acquired his degree in Radio and TV communications. Moving to Texas in year 2000, he acquired his degree in Radio and TV communications.

Mining Legacy Data allows CIOs to extract Business Insights

Babette Ten Haken

Mining legacy data to extract business insights about the connected customer sounds like digital transformation heresy. Think about it. Who else but your CIO has the best understanding of the trove of legacy data currently residing in data kingdoms? By turning to back to basics and looking at already-existing data, the transformational CIO helps the enterprise mine for gold that’s been hiding in plain sight. Focused on connecting analytics back to business value creation. Harness “what’s old” with “what’s new.”. The “right people asking the right questions” were not yet employees.

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Closed Ended Questions Are Not to Be Ignored

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In sales, the emphasis on asking open ended questions continues.  Salespeople are discouraged from asking closed ended questions as this type of questioning fails to provide additional fact finding information. But is that really true? All of these skills centered around sales prospecting from the one word equity to the question sales pitch to the Pixar Story. ”   I agreed with them.

What’s Your End Game for Social Media?

The Sales Hunter

What’s your strategy when it comes to how you use social media? We’re all challenged with how we use our time and, at the same time, we’re challenged to use social media more. We’ve all reached a breaking point, and as a result we have to ask ourselves if we’re being smart. The end game […]. Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting high-profit prospecting prospect prospecting sales prospecting social media

The Art of Social Selling -- Summarized by getAbstract

Find and engage customers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networks.

Will the Lack of Sales Talent Get You Fired in 2017?

Sales Benchmark Index

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High Profit Prospecting – Book Review

The Pipeline

By  Tibor Shanto  –  . It seems prospecting is back in style, we’re talking proactive, resource and process based methodical approach to professionally engaging with potential buyers, by leveraging all the tools and techniques available to them. And most specifically, that cold calling is (was) dead. And let’s face it, if you can’t prospect, you can’t sell.

Activity Metrics for Adults

The Sales Blog

Outcomes are better than activity. If you could have the outcome without having to do the work, that would be the right thing to do. You could reserve your time, energy, and resources for something else, having already achieved the outcome. One law of this Universe is the law of cause and effect. Without a cause, there is no effect. Two Different Approaches. Poor activity leads to poor results.

Are You Sales Prospecting in All the Wrong Places?

Increase Sales

Do you remember the song “Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places?” ” Many SMB owners and sales professionals may have this as their theme song because they are sales prospecting in all the wrong places. These three gaps appear quite frequently. #1 – No Ideal Customer Profile Gap. Part of the reason for this misdirected activity is the lack of an ideal customer. 

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Winning Consensus-Based Sales

Learn how progressive companies refine their commercial strategy to overcome buyer dysfunction and guide customers to consensus.