Force Management: The Seller's Command Center

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Force Management: The Seller's Command Center

Matt Payne is a seasoned sales enablement executive, with extensive experience in software. A certified Command of the Message Facilitator, Force Management worked with Matt at Jama Software helping the company align the sales strategy with the organization’s growth goals.

Joining Remotely: 7 Tips for Great Virtual Sales Conversations

Force Management: The Seller's Command Center

Remote and virtual selling is nothing new. For many of us, we are often moving opportunities forward via conference calls and video chats. However, in times of uncertainty, it is critically important that you are differentiating yourself as a trusted adviser, as someone who adds value in every conversation. Use this guide as a refresher checklist or an outline to share with your teams. Brushing up on your conversation skills is never a bad idea, even for veteran sellers and sales leaders.

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Align Your Differentiation to Your Prospect's Needs

Force Management: The Seller's Command Center

We often write about the importance of discovery. Our facilitators frequently say that deals are won and lost in discovery. It's critical that you use this time in the sales process to uncover needs, and at the same time, align your differentiation to what the buyer needs.

Don't Move Your Deal Forward Without These Three Things

Force Management: The Seller's Command Center

If you are trying to move a sales opportunity forward, there is no better way than to ensure you're linking a solution to an issue that's mission critical to an organization. Sales Messaging

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Podcast: How to Use Metrics in Your Sales Conversation

Force Management: The Seller's Command Center

Metrics can be a tricky concept for salespeople, especially those who are new to our Command of the Message® methodology. Typically we find these sellers are using metrics in the wrong way in the sales conversation. Metrics are important, but they're not the whole story.

Our Best Sales Tips For Handling an RFP

Force Management: The Seller's Command Center

We are asked frequently about handling request-for-proposals, especially by our Command of the Message Alumni. What if you're late to the RFP process? What if you know your prospect is going to issue one, but hasn't yet. How can you be ready? Sales Productivity

Strategies to Increase Sales: Asking Bold Discovery Questions

Force Management: The Seller's Command Center

Discovery is the most important part of the sales process. This is where you lay the groundwork for all future interactions with the client and build a relationship that will provide value over the long term.

Why You’re Struggling With Metrics in the Sales Conversation

Force Management: The Seller's Command Center

We’ve done hundreds of deliveries around our Command of the Message® methodology and there’s one topic that frequently comes up in our initial facilitation, even when we do refresher sessions for experienced reps. People continually struggle with defining the metrics in a sales conversation.

When to Leave A Voicemail

Force Management: The Seller's Command Center

The role of the Sales Development Representative (SDR) has become more relevant today than any other time in the past.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

You Secured the Meeting, Now What?

Force Management: The Seller's Command Center

There are several milestone achievements the SDR/BDR attains during the front end of the sales cycle. One is to successfully prospect, engage and finally qualify a potential prospect who will consider buying a solution to solve one, or many, of the problems they might have.

Podcast: Aligning with Your Buyer in Sales Conversations

Force Management: The Seller's Command Center

Effective discovery can make the difference between closing a great deal and consistently missing your quota. Uncovering business problems provides you, as a salesperson, the ability to effectively map your solutions to the customer's required capabilities.

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How to Ensure You're Audible-Ready in Your B2B Sales Conversations

Force Management: The Seller's Command Center

When you hear "audible-ready", the first thing you probably think of is football. Specifically, when a quarterback steps to the line and changes the play call to one that takes advantage of weak defense. In a matter of seconds, the quarterback analyzes the defense and changes the play.

BDRs/SDRs: How to Prepare for that First Call

Force Management: The Seller's Command Center

In the fast-paced world of sales development, you’re often confronted with hot inbound leads that need follow-up fast. According to research, your odds of qualifying a lead decrease by 21 times after the first five minutes.

Lead Generation Checklist to Get Better Results Now

You spend time, energy, and money to generate demand and get leads. It's how you manage them that makes the difference between success and failure. This checklist gives you an easy way to focus on the most critical tasks to get better results now.

Consulting Services: Putting the Client First in Sales and Delivery [Podcast]

Sandler Training

Brian Sullivan, VP of Sandler Enterprise Selling, speaks with Steve Moritz, thirty year veteran of the technology industry and CEO of Moritz Consulting Group about Consulting Services: Putting the client first in sales and delivery. Listen Time: 40 Minutes. Professional Development

Digital selling is Not Optional

Sales 2.0

Stormy clouds covering the Serengeti while on game-drive on the way to Seronera. We are starting to reopen but it’s pretty clear things will be different. Things will be some kind of new but not the same as before. The good news is that some things will be better. than before.

It’s a great time to start upgrading your clients

Sales 2.0

It’s a really tough time for most companies to sell their products and services. Much buying is “paused.” Buyers are wondering what the future holds for their companies–and themselves–and are having a tough time committing to purchases.

Do you need an Enterprise Selling Plan (ESP)?

Sales 2.0

Don’t panic. We will return to normalish, at some point. We will start selling at some reasonable rate again, soonish. Budgets will be back in place and buyers will need things, in a little whileish. When all this happens, you may easily forget the lessons of this panic/pandemic.

Want to Crush Your Competition? Read How to Build an AI-Powered Selling Roadmap

“If sales reps have the right AI tools and adoption, we see sellers easily closing 3 times as many sales each month.” Hear from 5 experts on steps you can take to reduce non-selling time and use conversational & sentiment analysis to transform how you sell.

How a Software CMO Has Led COVID Recovery Efforts

Sales Benchmark Index

For years, the evolution of Marketing leaders has transformed drastically. Today, those changes are even more significant than what their role looked like nearly 90 days ago. Still, there is no telling what the second half of the year will.

Do I Want To Be Seen Or Heard?

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Being approachable and easy to deal with is key to helping prospects open up and share their real objective. We are social creatures, so video seems like a natural. But it may not be when it comes to prospecting.

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The Impact of Poor Data Quality on Sales and Marketing

Sales Benchmark Index

Data is becoming a core component of every business. As a result, the quality of the data being gathered, stored, and consumed is becoming increasingly important. We have all seen the impact that poor data quality can have on a.

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5 Ways You Can Leverage Sales Leadership to Close the Sales Gap

Steven Rosen

Unleash the 10X Factor to Close the Sales Gap. Do you want to close the sales gap? Doing nothing is not an option! Businesses are starting to open, which hopefully is a good thing.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

How a Digital Sales Culture Drives Revenue in Key Accounts

Sales Benchmark Index

There has been exponential growth in the amount of data generated since the start of the digital age. This has enabled almost every industry and business to become more productive, but a function like sales that is largely relationship-based (especially.

How Sales Leaders Are Prospecting in a COVID-19 World

Sales Benchmark Index

Waking up today, there is a lot of uncertainty in your world as sales leaders. The way you are interacting with customers and even your own sales team have changed overnight. As my colleague points out in his recent post, Article Sales Strategy Uncategorized

A Lack Of Transformational Leadership

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. “We We are living in interesting times, with multiple transformations triggers all present at the same time, all equally intense,” said Robert T. Vanderwerf, Transformation Strategy Leader, KPMG LLP.,

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New Legs On An Old Stool

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Some years ago, I wrote a piece about how you should lead a sale in a way that resembles a four-legged stool. The idea is to establish contact and some relationship with people across both the buying and selling organizations.

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

Build a prospecting team

Sales 2.0

The biggest challenge facing most sales people and small business owners is getting meetings with prospective clients. Cold prospecting techniques get harder-and-harder every day.

A Barrier To Trust

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. We have seen the predictable deluge of newly minted experts pontificating on virtual learning. But once you are tired of the hype, you can consider some fact and science-based findings of working and selling remotely.

You Need To Trust You

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Now that almost all of North America is back on the path to complete reopening, the hype machine is about to go into overdrive. As people ascend from their quarantine, fix up their hair, and realize their sales, or specifically quota retirement, needs attention.

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Sales may be about to get harder

Sales 2.0

I’m getting that feeling right now that I am living in a movie. Big events are happening so quickly it’s hard to keep up. One of the lessons I’ve learned is a crisis is not the time to get stuck. It’s time to take action…and to do so soon.

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.

How To Go From Order Taker To Trusted Advisor

MTD Sales Training

Order Taker? Trusted Advisor? Or Cheese Monster? How do your customers view you? From the customer’s point of view there are 4 types of relationships that they have with their suppliers.

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Urgency May Just Accelerate Unwanted Outcomes

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Urgency is always a battle cry at sales meetings, one on one or the team. As though creating urgency was like adding volume, “turn it up, let them hear you mean business.”

Survey Results: How Market Leading Companies Plan to Make the 2020 Number

Sales Benchmark Index

We recently wrote about the emergence of the Chief Customer Officer and took that opportunity to survey CCO’s about how they will make their 2020 number. We found that companies had initially been planning on nearly 31% of their 2020.

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Retention is the New Growth – Why Customer Success Is Critical Today

Sales Benchmark Index

Going into 2020, Market Leaders were already counting on the majority of their revenue coming from their existing customer base. Most companies build their 2020 Revenue plans on an assumption of GDP growth, and this assumption has shifted. As my.

How ZoomInfo Helps Overcome the Top Pain Points of Inside Sales

Recent digital transformation has shifted the B2B landscape by ushering in the era of buyer empowerment. With more access to user reviews, analyst opinion, and industry research, decision-makers are more informed than ever while navigating what is now known as the “buyer’s journey.”