John Barrows

Podcast 142: What’s Changed? With The JB Sales Executive Team

John Barrows

We’ve moved away from the usual format for this episode of the podcast and pulled in the JB Sales leadership team to discuss what’s going on right now. Christopher Merrill and Meghan Forgione have been through economic downturns before and are using what they learned before, right now.

Podcast 141: Getting Through This With Michael Sadeghpour

John Barrows

We’ve broken away from our usual format with this episode of the podcast, because the world is totally different right now compared to how it was literally weeks ago. Michael Sadeghpour is helping a ton of people keep their mindset in check, even in the most testing times.

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James Picks Brains: Work Life Balance With John Barrows

John Barrows

In the first of my brand new series, I’m pumped to have a long-term mentor sit and talk to me for 20 minutes about how he sets himself up for a successful day, every day.

Podcast 113: The Inside View at High Growth Companies

John Barrows

This week we’re excited to have 2 killer guests on the podcast. We have a duo from Looker, Rafael Jara-Simkin , Director of Eastern Americas as well as Talal Assir , Director of Sales Engineering.

Why B2B Contact and Account Data Management Is Critical to Your ROI

64% of successful data-driven marketers say improving data quality is the most challenging obstacle to achieving success. Given data’s direct impact on marketing campaigns, reporting, and sales follow up, maintaining an accurate and consistent database is a top priority for B2B organizations. This latest eBook aims to help marketing leaders understand the impact of data management on their company’s ROI.

Timing is Everything

John Barrows

The more experienced I get in business the more I realize how important timing is with almost everything. I can’t tell you how many ideas I’ve heard about (or come up with myself) that were great ideas at the time, but failed because the market wasn’t ready for them. Good Ideas, Bad Timing.

James Picks Brains: Leadership Style With Tom Williams

John Barrows

What’s your leadership style? Tom Williams isn’t one to shout and scream at his team. His leadership style is based around leading by example and clearly setting deadlines and expectations, with the aim of helping his team hit their potential.

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Interview: The Structure of Prospecting Teams With Josh Roth

John Barrows

What’s going to happen to SDRs and prospecting teams in the future? The sales development function is always changing. We spoke to Josh Roth to hear how he thinks prospecting teams and the role of an SDR is going to change.

The Battles of Starting Your First Prospecting Role

John Barrows

Starting a new gig can be challenging. No matter how versed we are at something, when we switch roles, companies, responsibilities, and projects, it can be overwhelming. I recall moving into the SaaS space from a 15-year kitchen career, and feeling inadequate for months.

Why Sales Reps Must Stop Trying To Create Urgency

John Barrows

One of the hardest things to do in sales is “create urgency” when it’s seemingly not there. Sales reps try to manufacture urgency all the time by proactively offering discounts at the end of the month, but that’s just sad. But how do you actually “create” urgency? Let me be clear – you can’t.

2020 Database Strategies and Contact Acquisition Survey Report

As buyer expectations continue to heighten, marketing and sales teams are feeling pressured to deliver authentic messaging to buyers at every point of their customer journey. This report aims to highlight the current state of B2B database and contact acquisition strategies, and organizations’ goals to leverage data to fuel their go-to-market strategies in 2020 and beyond.

Podcast 110: The Changing Role of SDRs in Sales With Amir Reiter

John Barrows

In this week’s episode we have Amir Reiter on the podcast, the CEO of outsourced sales company CloudTask. Amir has traveled far and wide having started businesses young and learn the hard way.

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The Biggest Sin In Sales

John Barrows

Do you know the biggest sin in sales? It’s not to lose a deal. It’s to take too long to lose a deal. You know the ones: they sit in our pipeline or forecast as the 20 percenters and get pushed out month over month over month because we’re “saying there’s a chance.”

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Podcast 125: Setting Yourself Up for Sales Success with Jordan Arogeti

John Barrows

This week on the podcast, we’re excited to welcome a baller on the sales team at SalesLoft, Jordan Arogeti. She’s crushing it and is here to tell us about how she found her sweet spot in sales, how she picked the right company to work for and embraced their culture.

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Podcast 130: What World Class Sales Coaching Looks Like With Dave Kennett

John Barrows

We’re pleased to welcome Dave Kennett to the podcast this week. Dave is the CEO of Replayz, helping sales reps learn the lessons they need to go through to be more successful.

Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

As frustrating as contact and account data management can be, this is still your database – a massive asset to your organization, even if it is rife with holes and inaccurate information. Entrusting a vendor to help maintain its accuracy and completeness is no ordinary engagement. Download ZoomInfo’s latest data-driven eBook aimed to help marketing leaders understand the best practices around choosing a B2B contact data provider.

Podcast 137: Making Prospecting A Math Game With Ryan Reisert

John Barrows

We’re pleased to have Ryan Reisert on the podcast this week. Ryan’s strength is turning prospecting into a math game so you can reverse engineer the activities you need to generate the outcome you need.

Podcast 140: True Enterprise Selling With Ian Koniak

John Barrows

What is true enterprise selling really like? Ian Koniak is crushing it at Salesforce selling 7 and 8 figure deals and we’re pleased to have him on the podcast to understand how he’s doing it.

James Picks Brains: Being A StartUp CEO With Amy Volas

John Barrows

Being a startup CEO is TOUGH. Amy Volas knows this because she’s living in the sales, marketing, customer success and every single other side of her business, every day. In this episode of James Picks Brains, we wanted to know what it’s like to be that person with a hand in everything.

Podcast 116: Sales Lessons From Coaching The Yankees With Coach Dana Cavalea

John Barrows

This week it’s an honor to have Coach Dana Cavalea on the podcast. He’s spent years working with the Yankees on their strength and conditioning, working with elite athletes every day. We’re talking about people who win every day.

Cold Calling Tips and Tricks

In recent years, cold calling has become synonymous with rejection and failure. But the numbers aren't that clear; while less than 2% of today’s cold calls actually result in meetings, 78% of decision-makers have taken an appointment or attended an event as a result of a cold call. What’s the verdict?

Podcast 136: How SDRs Can Hit 225% of Quota With Armand Farrokh

John Barrows

Armand Farrokh has a winning formula that is allowing him to crush quota repeatedly. Hitting 100% of quota is one thing but getting above 200% is a whole new ball game.

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We Give Waaaay Too Much in Sales

John Barrows

We are givers in Sales. We give and give and give in the hopes that at the end of the sales process, we get what we want – which is the signed contract and commission. The problem is we tend to give a bunch of stuff away without really getting much in return.

Podcast 139: What Great Prospecting Outreach Looks Like With Doug Landis

John Barrows

We’re pleased to welcome a good friend of the team onto the podcast this week, Doug Landis joins us not too long after he sat with John and Keanu Reeves in the airport watching the Superbowl.

How I Prospect Every Day

John Barrows

I always refer to myself as a sales rep who happens to train rather than a trainer who happens to sell. While the days of making 400 cold calls a week (and they were truly cold calls) are over, I still prospect every single day to keep a big fat pipeline.

How to Overcome the Pain Points of Your CRM

When used effectively, a CRM can be the life blood of your sales team – keeping everyone organized, efficient, and at peak productivity. However, as a company, sales stack, and database grow, it becomes difficult to uphold structure and governance to keep a CRM up-to-date. The result? Less organization, more confusion, and fewer deals closed. Leveraging leading industry research from industry analysts, this eBook explores how your sales team can gain back valuable time.

Interview: Prospecting Personalization At Scale With Jordan Barta

John Barrows

Prospecting personalization is the hottest thing in sales at the moment. Everybody wants to work out how to do prospecting personalization at scale. Some say it’s not possible, some say there are hacks you can use to do it.

Podcast 129: Trademarks of Top Sales Reps With Tom Williams

John Barrows

We’re pleased to welcome DealPoint.io’s CEO Tom Williams onto the podcast. Tom joins us and brings a ton of ideas on how top sales reps can be their best-self and make those small tweaks that really make the difference.

James Picks Brains: Morgan J Ingram’s Inspiration In Sales

John Barrows

Welcome back to another episode of our James Picks Brains series, this time we’ve got our very own Morgan J Ingram on as the guest. James digs deep into Morgan’s inspiration in sales and tackles the work/life balance debate.

How Not to Close End of Quarter Deals

John Barrows

For many of us, April marks the start of a new quarter, fresh targets and quota and new opportunities to focus on. Sometimes you hit your quarterly number with weeks to spare, other times you’re pushing in any deal you can to Make It Happen by the end of that third month.

3 Mistakes Organizations Make While Developing ABM Programs

While B2B research suggests organizations are thriving through successful ABM programs, getting just one campaign off the ground is more difficult than it seems. From building an account universe to understanding to orchestrating sales and marketing alignment around touchpoint and messaging, there are a number of variables to consider before launching a program.

Podcast 135: The Broken Prospecting & Sales Process With Jake Dunlap

John Barrows

Jake Dunlap joins us on the podcast this week to talk about where and why the prospecting/sales process is broken. Jake’s seen a lot of companies change their thinking on sales methodologies, activity metrics and their general approach to the sales process. But what’s broken?

Podcast 112: Transparency in Sales with Todd Caponi

John Barrows

This week we’re honored to have Todd Caponi on the podcast. Todd spent 3 years building PowerReviews, as well as being a part of ExactTarget’s executive team through their IPO and eventual exit to Salesforce back in 2013.

How I knew I was going to lose a $200k deal

John Barrows

There are a bunch of key indicators that happen throughout the buying/selling process that help us understand the true ‘health’ of any opportunity we’re working on and whether we’re in a good or bad position to win the deal.

LinkedIn Voice Messages

John Barrows

You may have heard about the benefits of LinkedIn voice messages. Many sales reps, including Morgan, are using them with great success. Of the 125 Morgan has sent, he’s seen 50 responses and booked 25 meetings. That’s a 40% response rate, and 20% success rate in getting next steps.

The Impact of Direct Dials on Sales Productivity

Leveraging the latest industry research, this eBook highlights the impact of direct dial phone numbers on sales productivity with the goal of empowering reps to have more conversations with prospects, and consequently, schedule more meetings, increase opportunities, and close more business - fast.

Podcast 134: New Technology Powering Prospecting Teams With Shruti Kapoor

John Barrows

We’re pleased to have Shruti Kapoor on the podcast this week to lift the lid on the state of automation in sales right now.

A Conversation with SalesLoft CEO, Kyle Porter

John Barrows

I couldn’t be more excited for SalesLoft’s upcoming Rainmaker19 conference held in Atlanta on March 11-13th. This is one of my favorite conferences of the year put on by one of my favorite companies.

Podcast 133: Barriers To Successful Prospecting With Matt Green

John Barrows

This week we’re pleased to welcome Matt Green to the podcast. Matt’s building an amazing community of sales, CS and marketing professionals in Chicago with Sales Assembly and is always learning from what they’re doing to crush their market.

Interview: Using LinkedIn To Approach IT Buyers With Matt Reuter

John Barrows

Matt Reuter is leading his SDR team at GTT to book tons of meetings with IT buyers. We know the IT space can be difficult to sell into, especially if you want to use social media.

Five Essential Pieces of a Prospecting Solution

As organizations chase new revenue targets, B2B sales leaders must examine cutting edge prospecting solutions that proactively help reps identify, connect with, and close qualified buyers faster. This eBook aims to help B2B sales leaders better understand the five essential features your prospecting solution must include.