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A Means to an End

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. One of the most stressful moments for most salespeople comes at the point when they have to decide whether or not to go around someone they have been dealing with to that point, be they client or prospect.

The Wrong Salespeople are Hired 77% of the Time

Understanding the Sales Force

94% of sales managers are optimistic about their salespeople. That's a very surprising statistic for a couple of reasons: 50% or more of their salespeople won't hit their quotas this year and haven't since at least 2008.

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Do you want to be a miner?

Sales 2.0

What do you want to be when you grow up? Sales has come a long way in the last decade when we started playing around with the concept of “social selling” and deploying “sales 2.0” technologies.

Examples of How Salespeople Lose Credibility with Their Prospects

Understanding the Sales Force

You probably thought I would write a world series article but there wasn't much tension or anxiety in this series as the Sox dominated. So instead of an epic baseball related article, you're going to read about trust and credibility.

Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

World Series MVP Has Lessons for Sales

Score More Sales

Years ago, our company name was intentionally changed to Score More Sales because of the great analogies between professional, collegiate, Olympic sports and professional selling. sales leadership profession of sales

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How Badly Do You Want Others to Succeed?

The Sales Heretic

I’m going to talk about basketball for a moment, so if you’re not a basketball fan—or a sports fan in general—just bear with me. The point I want to make is important, and it will help you boost your organization’s sales and performance.

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Selling Above The Crowd

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. A few weeks back I wrote about the state of sales from a broader and collective perspective , spoiler alert: we have issues.

How I Realized That Selling is Just a Bunch of Crap

Understanding the Sales Force

Those are strong words and probably quite surprising coming out of my mouth but I'll explain it all. Earlier this week I was leading another Sales Leadership Intensive and during a break it came to me.

5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Boost Productivity in Sales Ops

Sales Benchmark Index

Artificial Intelligence (AI) isn’t just a buzzword in the data world. When used correctly, it will save you time, which frees up your team to execute on strategic sales initiatives empower the sales team. AI is growing increasingly prevalent in.

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Five Words That Will Make You a Better Salesperson and Leader

The Sales Heretic

Whatever your job is in your organization’s sales channel, you want to be better at it. Which means you’re always on the lookout for tips, tricks, and hacks to make you more effective and productive. Well here’s a simple yet powerful one.

In the Race to Win More Customers, Sales Needs Digital Transformation

Salesforce users were surveyed about the forces shaping today's workplace. Discover the results and why investments in digital transformation and automation are pushing sales teams ahead.

How to be great at sales and still get sacked

Sales 2.0

This is one I’ve seen several times over my (getting long) career. Someone is one of the top performers in a sales team and they still get sacked. How is this possible? The trick is be super customer-focused and take the opposite approach when dealing with people in your own company.

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7 Questions to Build Rapport in Sales

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Mike Schultz, President, RAIN Group Before buyers will open up to you about their needs and desires, they have to first be comfortable with you. Comfort (and trust) begin with rapport. Building rapport is sometimes dismissed as a ploy to make a superficial connection with a buyer.

The Other Half of Sales Team Development

Connect2Sell

As a seller, your job was to deliver results. You were measured by and rewarded for performance. Your priority was to reach your sales quotas. leadership development sales managers sales performance

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Three Reasons Companies Struggle to Execute Value-Based Pricing Strategies

Sales Benchmark Index

Most companies acknowledge the merits of value-based pricing as an ideal. Why then, do so many companies struggle to execute it in practice? There are three reasons we frequently encounter: Confusing Product Value with Customer Value. Back in the early.

Successful Social Selling Best Practices Guide

This best practices guide focuses on helping you organize, harness and capitalize on the information, buying signals and qualified prospects identifying themselves to you online every single day.

Pitch Perfect: Selling into Human Resources (HR)

DiscoverOrg Sales

A candid interview with Jill Konrath and David Kingsley, Chief People Officer at Vlocity (via Salesforce and Mulesoft). Workplace services. Compensation. Recruitment. New employee orientation. Human Resources owns a growing piece of the budget pie – but how do you break in?

Machine Learning Makes Life Easier

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Carson Conant The use of sales and marketing technologies has become a critical piece of the puzzle for organizations looking to increase their sales productivity. Yet, chances are most organizations are missing out on a substantial opportunity to boost their sales revenue.

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Social Selling Suicide!

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. I know you may think I have the title wrong, but I mean it, it seems social selling is dying and just stinking out the neighborhood. I have read my share of “cold calling is dead” articles, and what made them amusing is that they were all emotion based.

Maximizing Throughput in the Indirect Sales Channel

Sales Benchmark Index

Joining us on SBI TV is Joe Vitalone, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Razberi Technologies, and the top expert at developing and executing a sales strategy at scale through channel partners. Razberi Technologies offers a reliable, secure, and network-friendly.

How to Successfully Coach Your Sales Team to Drive Efficiency

Speaker: Steve Benson, Founder and CEO, Badger Maps

A great sales team starts with a manager who’s a great coach. To stay competitive in today’s market, you need to implement a formal coaching approach that is aligned with your buyer’s journey and internal processes to drive results. Fortunately, Steve Benson is here to help you become that great coach.

Step 1 for Managing, Training & Selling with Emotional Intelligence

Connect2Sell

It's human nature to focus on self. On top of that, the perception (fair or not) is that sellers are even more self-oriented than people in most other professions.

Cold Calling vs. Asking for Referrals: Which Is Scarier? (October Referral Selling Insights)

No More Cold Calling

Here’s what you might have missed this month from No More Cold Calling. Most sales reps dread cold calling, but they don’t exactly fear it. After all, they have no skin in the game. If someone hangs up or sprays them with expletives, they move onto the next name on the list.

Why Product-Agnostic Content Wins in B2B Marketing

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Ryan Gould In the context of content marketing, a product-agnostic approach is one that focuses on your expertise and knowledge around a product, technology or service rather than your brand.

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How To Map Out Your Buyer’s Journey Pre & Post-Sale

MTD Sales Training

Here’s a question to get you thinking: What do you need to do today, tomorrow and next week that would have the biggest impact on your business growth? It’s a far-reaching question that determines how and where you should be spending your valuable time.

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Togetherness: Achieving Sales and Marketing Alignment

Speaker: Jeff Davis, Founder, jd2 Consulting Group

Jeff Davis is here to help you think differently about how Sales and Marketing should interact. With increased scrutiny for marketing to prove ROI on their activities and it becoming increasingly hard for B2B salespeople to even get in front of customers, the old way of doing business is no longer an option. This webinar will use evidence-based research and empirical knowledge to propose real-world strategies that work.

When to Pivot from an Indirect to Direct Sales Model

Sales Benchmark Index

A indirect selling model has plenty of benefits. Startup companies generally leverage channel partners to get instant scale without inheriting fixed cost. Hiring a direct sales team is expensive. A fledgling company looking for additional capital to bring on headcount.

Last Day Madness on the Sales Force - That's One Kind of Urgency

Understanding the Sales Force

The 2018 World Series is in the rear view mirror, my family can go to sleep at a normal time again, and sports fans can finally devote their attention to Basketball, Hockey and Football (and soccer okay? You got me to say it).

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Do Words Make a Difference for Women in Sales?

No More Cold Calling

Watch what you say, and do what you say. . “I I want you to know it hasn’t gone unnoticed that there are no women on our sales team.” That comment came from the CEO of a fast-growing software company. Not only were there no women, but the sales team was all white men of a certain age.

Building A B2B Sales Force That Works

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Anand Srinivasan The typical B2B sales process goes through four distinct stages. It begins with Discovery, and then moves into Diagnosis and Design before it ends with Delivery. Among these four steps, Diagnosis and Design is where a lot of organizations falter.

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Staying Relevant in Sales as AI and Technology Continue to Take Over

Speaker: John Barrows, CEO, JBarrows Sales Training

As technology and AI advance, and as companies and reps continue to look for technical solutions to increase efficiency throughout the sales process, the human element of sales is being lost.The question we need to ask ourselves is – what can we do that a computer can’t? The answer lies in context; if we as sales professionals are not adding any context to our content, then we bring no additional value to what marketing and technology are already doing. Learn about the importance of context, and where and how to add it throughout the sales process!

How To Articulate Your Value Proposition In 5 Minutes Flat

MTD Sales Training

What’s most important to your prospects? When we ask this question, many salespeople we train will answer “to save money!”. And, while that’s often the main topic of conversation, it rarely transpires as the REAL criteria prospects use to make a decision to go with you.

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How Better Storytelling Generates More Revenue

Sales Benchmark Index

Joining us on SBI TV is Jim O’Gara. And Jim is the CEO of StoryDimensions. StoryDimensions is a sales enablement technology company that captures, develops, and delivers real customer insights and stories that B2B sales professionals can use to establish.

Free Sales Training: 6 of My Favorite Sales Tips

John Barrows

There is no shortage of free sales training resources out there. Today there are more videos on YouTube than you could watch in your lifetime and more books on Amazon or Audible than you could ever get through even if you read one a day.

4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Get the Referral on LinkedIn

No More Cold Calling

How to connect beyond the click when asking for referrals. My client, Sue, identified a colleague on LinkedIn who knew her prospect, George—a high-profile, very senior buyer.

7 Must-Have Automated Documents for Sales Success

Companies are increasingly implementing technology to bring efficiency to their workforce. Data accessibility aside, teams continuously struggle with manual processes for document generation. Learn why automating your documents is key to sales success.