Stop Sacrificing CRM Usability for Your Sales Process!

Zendesk Sell

The more your company grows, the more complex your sales process becomes. When configuring a CRM to fit your process, this complexity becomes overwhelmingly evident. The usability of a CRM tends to be the first sacrifice made when attempting to account for every sales action and task in a sales cycle. Not only will your forecast be inaccurate, but you will also lose the opportunity to gain valuable insights into the success of your sales process as a whole.

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75 Mind-Blowing Sales Statistics That Will Help You Sell Smarter in 2017

Hubspot Sales

Every time I think I've gotten a grip on the weird, wonderful world of sales, I learn something new that forces me to change my perspective and question my beliefs. The only professions with less credibility include car sales, politics, and lobbying. Sales Statistics [2017].

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Improving Your Sales Process: How To Hit The Bull’s Eye?


Sales are what drive a business. If you are not managing very well in this department in the long term, it’s time to focus almost solely on sales or prepare for an eventual fading out. This is not to say that your sales process was bad.

2017 Social Selling App and Article Roundup #6

Adaptive Business Services

Face-to-Face Meetings: The Ultimate Guide – Thanks to communication tools like Skype, chat, and email, face-to-face meetings sales meetings are less common than they used to be. Overlooked an issue in your sales process for a dangerously long time? Enter: CRM software.

7 Must-Have Automated Documents for Sales Success

don’t move as quickly as they’d like--especially when it comes to sales teams. Sales teams, in particular, waste precious time and resources on repetitive tasks and manual data. entry when preparing quotes, proposals, and contracts--so much so that sales reps. proposal process.

How Your Company Can Benefit from Cloud CPQ Software

Sales and Marketing Management

The sales process too has been drastically affected. Working with software that’s even a little bit obsolete is kind of like driving on an interstate highway with a Model T. To adapt, sales agents need to create and send quotes more quickly, which in turn allows them to close deals faster and more accurately. Cloud-based CPQ software. First, let’s look at the sales environment. Sales teams have massive churn.

Is Your Sales Enablement Enabling the Right Things?

Smart Selling Tools

Sales enablement is a hot topic at the moment, and a key priority for many sales organizations. According to the CSO Insights 2016 Sales Enablement Optimization Study , 32.7% of surveyed organizations had a sales enablement function in 2016 (up from 25.5%

Are You Trying to Complete the ABM Marathon – Before the ABM 5k?

DiscoverOrg Sales

Many sales and marketing team today are trying to implement account-based marketing – but not at the expense of their current marketing efforts, and without hiring a new, ABM-focused team. This doesn’t have to be a painful, drawn-out process.

Sales Management Software: Don’t Forget CPQ!

Cincom Smart Selling

Sales management software tools cover a vast amount of functional territory. The sales management process involves many things that are not directly tied to selling. Complex organizations often require sales managers to oversee many mundane tasks and processes that support the organization itself but offer little in return in the form of increased sales, shorter closing times or happier customers. After-sale support.

Sales Management Software: Don’t Forget CPQ!

Cincom Smart Selling

Sales management software tools cover a vast amount of functional territory. The sales management process involves many things that are not directly tied to selling. Complex organizations often require sales managers to oversee many mundane tasks and processes that support the organization itself but offer little in return in the form of increased sales, shorter closing times or happier customers. After-sale support.

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

persistent needs, helping them use automation to build effective, integrated processes that rework old, inefficient systems into. specific to sales, legal, and information technology professionals. But on a fundamental level, it is a process that. outdated processes.

If You Don’t Have a Sales Lead Management Process You’ll Fail


James Obermayer, founder of the Sales Lead Management Association , recently spoke with SLMA Radio program host Paul Roberts on how lack of a sales lead management process hampers company growth. JO: A couple of months ago we had Michael Alexander, one of our advisers, on our blog, and he's the one who made the statement, "Those companies without a sales process aren't running a business. Sales Process Sales Leads

Win Probability is the First Rule of Ultra-High Sales Performance – Guest Post

The Pipeline

Author of Sales EQ: How Ultra High Performers Leverage Sales-Specific Emotional Intelligence to Close the Complex Deal. Managing probability is how ultra-high performers play sales. There is not a one-size-fits-all solution for every sales situation.

How to Implement a Sales Process: The Complete Guide


Building a sales process gives your future sales efforts a much greater chance of success, but your work isn’t done until it’s part of your organization’s DNA. According to Sales Benchmark Index , a well implemented sales process can improve your team’s win rate by 24%, reduce your sales cycle length by 20%, and increase your average sale price by 15%. Missed the last installment of our sales process series?

8 Quintessential Ingredients for Outbound Sales Success

Sales Hacker

I run a European based sales agency for software and technology companies. In this article, I will summarize what I’ve learned about the most important ingredients for a successful outbound sales process. This has an impact on your sales approach.

Is AI impacting Inside Sales Rep Revenue? Mike Plante of InsideSales Says it Is.


At the Funnel Media Group we believe that AI is the future of sales and marketing operations. Because of this, CRM Radio and the sister program SLMA Radio, have been interviewing executives on the subjects of the marketing and sales uses of Artificial Intelligence. Now there is a rush for software and computers to reason (yes, that is the right word) and to take action for sales and marketing revenue increases by people or in a programmatic fashion.

The Most Important Sales Metrics You’re Not Tracking @DeidreWM

Smart Selling Tools

The Sales analytics category has exploded in recent years, both in number and diversity. Metrics are the bedrock of any sales function (in fact, one could argue that no enterprise function is tracked, measured and analyzed more than sales!). Correlation to Sales Performance.

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3 Software Tools That Can Speed Up Your Sales Cycle

Cincom Smart Selling

If you asked a any modern business how it would want to improve, there’s no doubt the sales cycle would come up. This cycle represents the critical stages of bringing on new customers, the art of moving a lead to a sale. According to Implisit , the average B2B sales cycle is 102 days, with 84 of those days allocated for the lead-to-opportunity process, and 18 days for the average opportunity to close. CRM Software. CPQ Software. ERP Software.

4 Reasons Women in Sales Rock at Account Based Selling

No More Cold Calling

You may have already heard about the Google software engineer who wrote a 10-page memo explaining why women are incapable of doing a man’s job in Silicon Valley—namely that we’re neurotic and lack professional drive. Women in sales also know a thing or two about unconscious biases.

Why CEOs Are Failing Account Based Sales Reps

No More Cold Calling

Are sales managers really at fault? You don’t hear that phrase very often anymore, but account based sales reps still carry a bag. percent of sales reps made quota in 2016. The problem is that many sales managers were raised in Sales 1.0 It’s not a sales department.

Jobs To Be Done: The Secret Weapon for Boosting Cold Email Response Rates

Sales Hacker

Jobs to Be Done (JTBD) is a process that’ll help you find the exact messages you need to make your communications with leads and prospects relevant. Unlike other ways of selling, JTBD says that people buy things – software, gym memberships – to do specific jobs for themselves.

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Sales Hacker’s Top Sales Trends & Predictions You MUST Be Aware Of In 2018

Sales Hacker

The race to the 2017 finish line is in full throttle – While last minute closed deals are still trickling in, B2B organizations are researching how to shape next year’s sales strategy to align with the top sales trends that are expected to emerge in 2018.

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Mixing Phone Conversations With Social Listening for B2B Sales Success

Sales and Marketing Management

In order to reach, pitch and ultimately close a deal, sales professionals need to be engaging with prospective decision-makers (6.8 Called “social selling,” this process is a coordinated set of online activities designed to generate awareness and build relationships with potential prospects to accelerate the sales process. But reps cannot rely only on social selling because sales was, is and will always be, the result of human to human communication.

Jack in the Inbox: 3 Ways AI Will Cure Modern Email Woes

Sales and Marketing Management

Software equipped with artificial intelligence can sort through your inbox like a personal assistant. With Natural Language Processing (NLP), an AI system can hunt through your emails for not just keywords but actual context. It’ll specifically look for those inflection points in the sales cycle in which speed of response means the difference between pushing toward a sale and losing the deal altogether.

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[5 IDEAS] How Data Fuels Closed-Loop Sales Communication

DiscoverOrg Sales

A lot of sales organizations today have a sales communication strategy that looks something like a black hole. The organization works hard to get lead data, either from their own marketing team, an in-house list from sales, or elsewhere (This is the most economical way to research.) They then communicate with those leads via email, phone, and social media with a variety of messaging – but with little or no quantitative feedback on their process or content.

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Sales Tips: Garbage In, Garbage Out

Customer Centric Selling

Sales Tips: Grading Opportunities - Garbage In, Garbage Out. Ultimately programs process data by executing rigid rules. The major reason Sales Force Automation (SFA) failed was that technology absent process merely speeds up the mess.

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The Ultimate Guide to Relationship Selling

Hubspot Sales

Relationship sellers prioritize their connection with the customer over all other aspects of the sale. A transactional sale is quick and unpersonalized. Relationship selling process. There are six steps to the relationship-based sales process: Add value.

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5 Skills Every Sales Development Rep Needs to Master in 2018

Hubspot Sales

And from where I stand -- as the manager of an inside sales team -- one thing is clear. The standard process for SDRs or BDRs (whatever your organization calls them) of sending out sequenced emails, calling, leaving voicemails, rinse and repeat? Sales Prospecting Recommended

30 Responses to the Dreaded Sales Objection "It Costs Too Much"

Hubspot Sales

Price objections are common in sales -- primarily because most prospects have learned pushing back on cost will get them a discount. While discounting has its place in the sales process, being too discount-happy will destroy your margins and lower your product’s perceived value.

Sales Technology Best Practices: Superuser Tips for Success


New technologies are automating the sales process and making organizations more productive and efficient than ever before, and the impact on business growth is undeniable. Read on for superuser tips from Velocify customers on how to get the most out of your sales solution.

Want Referrals? Ask Women [September Referral Selling Insights]

No More Cold Calling

The responses got me thinking about why women in account based sales are especially adept at referral selling, and why women receive ( and give ) more referrals than men—many times unsolicited. This month, I dedicated two blog posts to women in sales.

Sales Operations Demystified: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How To Do It Right

Sales Hacker

What is Sales Operations? Sales operations refers to the unit, role, activities and processes within a sales organization that support, enable, and drive front line sales teams to sell better, faster, and more efficiently. Sales Ops: Table of Contents.

The 33 Best Sales Training Video Channels on YouTube

Hubspot Sales

in 2013 on hiring sales training companies, one of the top five outsourced training expenditures, according to Training Industry. Clearly, if your team needs sales training, there's a lot of options out there. Best Sales Videos. Sales Videos by Well-Known Selling Experts.

The Ultimate Guide to Sales Prospecting: Tips, Techniques, & Tools to Succeed

Hubspot Sales

It’s the one aspect of sales that just never changes. As we’ve all experienced, sales essentially boils down to two things: Numbers. Truth is, sales is changing -- quickly. Decision-maker: The person in charge of making a final decision on the sale. HubSpot Sales.

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Re-Engineering Your Revenue Supply Chain to Avoid the ‘Amazon Effect’

Sales and Marketing Management

To counter this macro change in buyer behavior, companies that rely on B2B sales are re-engineering their revenue supply chain. Re-engineering the Sales Process. Auto manufacturers have successfully streamlined their manufacturing process by removing the constraints of inventory. Similarly, sales organizations are re-engineering their sales process to remove the constraints associated with filling their sales pipelines.

Sales Tips: 4 Tips to Maximize Email ROI and Improve Business Development

Customer Centric Selling

Sales Tips: 4 Tips to Maximize Email ROI and Improve Business Development. Guest blog post provided by Sage Software. Sales Training sales tips selling tips sales training workshop sales training workshops sales process sales methodology sales training company improve sales performance sales training success sales approach sales training approach selling process sales technique sales tip selling technique sales performance selling approach

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Should a CEO Lead the Sales Team? The Good, the Bad, and the Surprising

Hubspot Sales

Part of sales is positioning yourself for a good outcome, whether you’re trading Pokémon cards on the playground or selling an analytics platform to digital marketers that lets them gain insight into campaign performance. 1) Improving Sales Conversations. software for money).

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The Simple Test That Reveals Whether Prospects Will Actually Buy

Hubspot Sales

Recently, I asked my colleague Dan Sally, a HubSpot and sales veteran, what he thinks is the most important skill a sales rep should develop. Sales success is dependent on resource allocation. Custom recommendation based on what I've already learned about their sales process].

5 Keys to Successfully Selling to Fortune 500 Companies

Hubspot Sales

Map the decision-making process. Expect an extended sales cycle. To give you an idea, you may always reach out to the startup’s head of sales. 2) Map out the decision-making process. The larger the company, the more complex their decision-making process usually is.

The 30+ Most Desirable Sales Skills & Traits You MUST Develop To Become An Unstoppable Rep

Sales Hacker

Modern sales teams need competent professionals with a variety of talents, skills and abilities. But in a hyper changing landscap e, which are the most crucial sales skills and traits that reps must possess (or develop) in order to exceed targets and deliver consistent sales success?