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A Sales Funnel…or a Sales Pipeline?


Okay, this might seem to be a strange title for an article. But knowing the clear difference between a sales funnel and a sales pipeline can mean a great deal to your company, your sales organization and your salespeople—and greatly influence your choice of a CRM solution. The Sales Funnel We’ve all seen a funnel. […]. The post A Sales Funnel…or a Sales Pipeline?

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How Sales Coaching May Lead to this Unintentional Result

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Sales coaching continues to grow from internal coaches, sales managers to the hiring of external coaches.  Yet quite often this unintentional result happens as I was reminded by this statement made by a respected colleague: Prescription without diagnosis is malpractice. This statement is also true for workplace culture consulting to talent management. Credit

Sustainable Sales Success - Tip #18 - Energy

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Do you ever watch those Ted Talks ?  The one common characteristic of the presenters is energy.  Those who achieve sustainable sales success always appear to be in energy even when they are speaking quietly. Their energy radiates and draws their listeners close and closer. Credit How many times have you bought from a low energy, boring salesperson?  Share on Facebook.

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Deploy Your Customer Retention Game Plan

Babette Ten Haken

When do you deploy your customer retention game plan? Every time you consummate that sale, each time a customer signs off on the dotted line, your next move continuously focuses on retaining that customer. That is why it is so important to be proactive. Create your customer retention game plan long before you close a sale. There’s not much forethought in that tactic. Or so it seems.

Are Your Sellers Ready to Sell?

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

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Don't Bother With Strategic Planning If.

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Strategic planning is essential for any business from the one person solo entrepreneur to the Fortune 50 firms. Yet if you are thinking about engaging in this process, don’t bother if you are seeking: The quick fix. team building activity. feel good; look at me. Weekend off site bonding experience. What executive leadership is expected to do. Demands intentional action. Share on Facebook.

Holiday Sales Treat - A Mashup of Two Classic Songs

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Negotiation strategy – positioning the glass as half full

Sales Training Connection

Negotiation Strategy. There are a substantial number of skill sets and bodies of knowledge that constitute the discipline of sales negotiation. In the end, however, the ability to craft and execute a thoughtful and creative plan for the negotiation is a bottom line for achieving a successful end result. The concept recognizes the old adage – “how you say it is as important as what you say.”

In Sales Push Your Comfort Zone

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Michael Phelps, Olympic Gold Swimming Champion, was known to say “I think goals should never be easy – they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.”. Doing big things – in your sales career or in sales leadership - requires you to find something within you that you may not know you have. You must really push yourself to success. B2B sales leadership sales strategy

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The Art of Social Selling -- Summarized by getAbstract

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

Using 3D Animations As A Sales Tool


Shrinking attention spans are not to be taken lightly when you are a sales professional. There will be no deal to close if you can’t first captivate an audience long enough to highlight the fantastic features of the product or service you are offering. Keep the following in mind when you want to dazzle: Unique […]. Entrepreneurs sales tool

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A Bit of Holiday Tradition to Spice up your Selling

Understanding the Sales Force

What is your favorite part of the holiday season? Do you have traditions that you follow every December? For the past 15 years an important part of our holiday season is going to see the Boston Ballet perform the Nutcracker. You wouldn't think that a show like the Nutcracker would correlate to selling, but it does. Dave Kurlan sales process Nutcracker major account sales

Make Voice Mail Work For You In Prospecting

The Pipeline

By  Tibor Shanto  –  . Sales people are strange when it comes to prospecting, specifically telephone prospecting. Many find all kinds of reasons (excuses) to rationalize (excuse) why they fail to make call in order to engage with prospects to fill the gap in their pipelines. Some tell me they do not want to phone people because no one ever answers the phone these days.

The Productivity Challenge for 2017

The Sales Hunter

More Sales Less Time: Surprisingly Simple Strategies for Today’s Crazy-Busy Sellers The last couple of months, I’ve been on a mission to try and make as much of my time focused on “RPA” as possible.   “RPA” stands for Revenue Producing Activity. We in sales and, for that matter, everyone in life struggle with being […].

Winning Consensus-Based Sales

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

Sales Success (sometimes) Depends on Losing the Sale


Too much attention in sales is placed on making the sale. And it is reinforced by reward and compensation programs that hail the salesperson of the year as a hero if they post the most annual sales. Salespeople behave the way the compensation plan dictates: if sales revenue is comp’d, that’s what they focus on. […]. For Sales Pros sales salespeople

The Forgotten Word in Social Media

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Social media has taken front and center stage in the B2B marketplace.  Yet as another report, the 2016 State of Social Business ,  has revealed this one word – engagement – appears to be necessary in the digital marketing evolution. Yet from my experience in working with B2B salespeople and SMB owners this word is dramatically missing. People buy from people they know and trust. 

10 Essential Answers to Build a Sales Operations Department

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Today’s article is about how to build a sales operations department from scratch. The best growth executives understand that sales ops is the most strategic sales function in the company. They understand that when deployed correctly, sales ops can impact revenue.

Jill Konrath New Book – More Sales Less Time

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Secrets to Successful Inside Sales Management

Learn a variety of best practices, techniques and ideas to both tactically and strategically increase the efficacy, success and impact of your inside sales organization.

Become IoT Sales Savvy to retain IoT Customers

Babette Ten Haken

Are you IoT sales savvy? Become Become comfortable and conversant selling within the connected Internet of Things ecosystem. This strategy is a must for IoT customer acquisition and retention. Help customers overcome their IoT overwhelm. Customers are overwhelmed with the tsunami of digitization required to become more competitive. They are set in their ways. First things first. Then get to work.

How to Set Up Default Appointment Duration in Pipeliner CRM


With the Pipeliner CRM Continuity release we updated Pipeliner CRM with even more productivity features. Last week we wrote about how to set up default reminders for tasks with due dates. This time we will take a closer look at appointments. We know that as a sales rep you have to make a lot of calls in […]. Tips and Tricks

One Sales Call Does Not Do It All

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Wouldn’t it be great that with one sales call the customer would buy and become a loyal customer for life?  We all know selling in the B2B marketplace and sometimes in the B2C marketplace takes more than one call. So if we as salespeople know that then why do so many in sales stop at one, two or even three sales calls? 44% of salespeople give up after one follow-up  (Source: Scripted). If people buy from people they know and trust, then how can one contact ever be enough? The average salesperson makes two attempts to reach a prospect. Source: Sirius Decisions). Today, not so much.

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Sales Strategy: Winning the Business

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Successful Selling

Matt Heinz explains how to attract, manage, close and keep more business in a buyer-centric world.

You Are the Defining Differentiator

The Sales Blog

The article posted here is about how businesses are being pulled to be more transactional or create much higher value. It filled up my inbox with questions about how you are supposed to differentiate your offering when you are in an industry that is perceived as being a commodity. The fact that the question is being asked provides the answer. The person asking is missing something.

Pain Leads To No Gain In Prospecting!

The Pipeline

A few weeks ago, I posted a piece titled “No Pain – No Game?” ” , playing off the old weight exercise motto. In case you didn’t bother rushing to read the piece, it suggests that if you can only sell to buyers who have a self-declared pain or need, you will be in trouble, as 70% of the market, the Status Quo, is immune to the pain argument. Click To Tweet. Join Now!

Jill Konrath’s New Book is a Sales Productivity Must Read

Babette Ten Haken

Need a sales productivity must read book to catalyze new habits and mindset? Who doesn’t these days. Lack of sales productivity can be a real sales-killer. Unfortunately, most sales people think that “looking busy” is the same as conducting business productively, profitably and intelligently. That goes for non-sales people as well. Read on, my friends. Guess what? We also make more mistakes.

Isn't It Time to Let Go of the Hope Sales Fallacy?

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Have you ever heard this hope sales fallacy from a SMB owner or salesperson “I hope to make this sale?” ” or “I hope sales improves?” ” Many years ago before the book Hope Is Not a Strategy , my 4’10” Swedish grandmother told me “Hope did get me to America.” ”   No she planned for it and then worked her plan for 20 years. Sales plan.

Social Capital is Like Credit, Build it Before You Need It

A Sales Guy

I received a LinkedIn message from a past employee the other day.  He had just lost his job and wanted my thoughts on his next move and wondered if I could help.  I hadn’t heard from him in a long time. almost never see him on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook. For all intents and purposes, he doesn’t exist in my world or online. who are looking to change jobs, promote a new business, etc.,

How to Avoid the Need to Defend Your Price

The Sales Blog

I’ve written a lot about defending your price. But I haven’t yet shared what you can do to not have to defend your pricing in the first place. What can you do to preempt ever having to have a conversation about lowering your price? Here’s the best recipe I know: Open opportunities and get there early. Get in early. Create massive value. You can’t play small ball and command a higher price. Go big.

25 Things Successful People Refuse To Do.

Dan Waldschmidt

Successful people refuse to make excuses for their own mistakes. They learn and grow and improve obsessively. Successful people refuse to whine when things don’t go their way. They figure out a way to win in spite of setbacks. Successful people refuse to copy what other people have done to be successful. They ignore the crowd and do their own thing. Successful people refuse to stay down when they get knocked down or fail. They pull themselves together and come back stronger. Successful people refuse to avoid doing the hard work that success demands. They sweat, fight, and bleed for their cause.

Meeting the IoT Leadership Challenge

Babette Ten Haken

How will your C-Suite meet the IoT leadership challenge, moving forward? Will today’s leadership team be the same team leading the organization in 2020? The relentless pace of the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem challenges how we work and make decisions. Technological advances wait for no one individual or organization to play catch up. These companies represent IoT leadership by example.

10 Ways to Make Social Selling Work for You

The Sales Hunter

#SocialSelling is all the rage, but before we get carried away with it, let’s realize something our mothers told us growing up — “Too much of anything will make you sick.” ” Social selling is ONE sales tool. Do not think of it as THE only sales tool, because doing so will get you in trouble […]. Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting high-profit prospecting prospect prospecting sales prospecting social media