Mr. Inside Sales

Is Cold Calling Dead?

Mr. Inside Sales

I received an email last week from a real estate rep asking me if cold calling was dead.

Sales Advice from Pablo Picasso

Mr. Inside Sales

I read a great quote from Picasso (yes, the famous painter) the other day, and it really resonated with my sales philosophy. Here it is: “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”.

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A Better Way to Upsell

Mr. Inside Sales

So, here’s what happened last week: I bought a new car and called a local window tinting franchise to get it tinted.

Happy Holidays!

Mr. Inside Sales

Just a quick holiday greeting to all our readers: We hope you have a very merry Christmas (if you celebrate), and a wonderful and safe New Year. It’s our pleasure to post a tip once a week, and we sincerely hope it helps make your selling careers easier and more enjoyable.

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.

Sound Like a Professional in 2020

Mr. Inside Sales

How good (or bad) does your sales team sound when prospecting over the phone? Have you recorded and listened to their calls lately? On Friday, (Jan 3 rd ), I received a sales call that went like this: Me: “Good morning, Mike Brooks here, how can I help you?”.

3 Secrets to Reaching Your Financial Goals in 2020

Mr. Inside Sales

Now that December is here (by golly, half over…), it’s time for me to solidify my goals for 2020. I always balance my goals in all areas to maximize my growth both as a person and as a professional.

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The Only Black Friday Sale that Matters

Mr. Inside Sales

It’s that time of year again–the time when every company has a black Friday sale. . I’m going to make this easy for you: We’re offering just one product on sale–the best product we have at the lowest price it has EVER been offered. .

The Sales Presentation: Things to Keep in Mind

Mr. Inside Sales

Here is another excerpt from a really good book on sales I’ve been reading—and quoting from—this summer: “The Salesman’s Book of Wisdom” by Chriswell Freeman. The Presentation”. “In In 1914, Thomas J. Watson, was named president of the company that would come to be known as IBM.

Two Killer Questions to Open & Close a Sale

Mr. Inside Sales

I was having breakfast with a client in Denver before a training program I was giving, and we were talking about the importance of asking questions and listening.

Sales Training Playbook by Lessonl

A step-by-step guide for building a comprehensive training playbook for your sales team.

Should You Use: “Is this a good time”—Yes or No?

Mr. Inside Sales

The debate of whether to open your calls asking, “Did I catch you at a good time?” or “Is this time still good for you?” (for for demo call backs), is alive and well—unfortunately.

Overcome ALL Objections with This ONE Question

Mr. Inside Sales

Want to know a secret about objections ? There are really only two types: Real concerns that need to be addressed, and, once you do, you can then close on, and, Smokescreen objections hiding something else (like the real reason your prospect isn’t buying).

3 Ways to Overcome Call Reluctance

Mr. Inside Sales

Do you or your team suffer from call reluctance ? Would you rather send emails than make calls? If you have to pick up the phone for a living, then I’ll bet making cold calls isn’t one of your favorite activities. And if you struggle making those calls, then take comfort in knowing you’re not alone.

Sell More! New Online Training—Early Bird Pricing!

Mr. Inside Sales

Want to get your team excited about selling again? Would you like to be motivated to pick up the phone instead of sending yet another email? Do you want to be confident when speaking with gatekeepers and decision makers? Are you ready to double or even triple your sales—in 2019? You can.

7 Marketing and Sales Strategies to Grow Your Revenue Fast

Speaker: Christopher Ryan, Founder and CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners

Many companies have the core marketing and sales elements to take their revenue to the next level, but are still missing out on some key opportunities. Join Christopher Ryan, CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners and writer of the recent book "The Expert’s B2B Revenue Growth Playbook," to discover seven steps that you can immediately take to grow your company’s revenue quickly and consistently!

“Can You Email That to Me?”

Mr. Inside Sales

What’s the number one blow off/stall prospects use these days? Can you email that to me?”. They aren’t saying no, but they are still getting rid of you, aren’t they?

Close More Sales with this One Training Tip

Mr. Inside Sales

Do you want to be a top producer in sales? If yes, then do what I did: Get the best training you can and use what you learn. Enroll yourself or your team in next week’s 7-week online training program. See it here.

How to Handle: I looked it over and not interested

Mr. Inside Sales

Don’t you hate when this happens? You felt like you had a really qualified and interested prospect, set the demo call, looked forward to what you thought was for sure your next sale, and…. Right out of the gate, they won’t even give you the chance to pitch them!

Do This to Develop the Attitude of Top Producers

Mr. Inside Sales

Legendary basketball player and coach John Wooden said something years ago that I have adopted as a life philosophy: “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”.

Fulfilling Today's (Changing) eLearning Needs

Speaker: Bryan Marriott, President, P1 Learning

eLearning cannot be a “one size fits all” proposition. It’s not enough to post 1,000+ courses and leave training up to chance. Join Bryan Marriott, President of P1 Learning, as he walks through the process of identifying learner needs, and then delivering training that specifically addresses those needs – in a short, effective, and entertaining manner.

Avoid this “Ghost” of Christmas Future

Mr. Inside Sales

When was the last time you read the classic book: “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens? If it’s been a while, I highly recommend it. Dickens is a superb storyteller, and there is a reason this is a “classic.”.

One Technique to Avoid Ghosting

Mr. Inside Sales

We’ve all been through it: You set an amazing demo or presentation call and, and…they don’t show up! Or, you have an amazing and, what you think is an, engaging demo call and you set a call back and, and…they don’t show up! What’s wrong?” you think. Why didn’t I see that coming?”.

One Question to Close More Demos

Mr. Inside Sales

Have you ever gotten to the end of your demo and wondered how it was going to end? Wondered not only if the prospect was going to move forward, but also what it would take and how long that might take?

Three Ways to Get a Prospect to Respond

Mr. Inside Sales

I received this question from a reader of my blog last week: “Mike, I have a question for you. Being that people are more accessible with iPhones, text, laptops, computers, email, messenger, FB, Instagram to name a few, why are business owners/decision makers so hard to reach?

4 Steps to Developing Your Customer Care Strategy

The quality of a customer care strategy can make or break a company, but simply resolving a customer service issue or complaint is no longer enough. Learn the 4 steps that address the major points you need to consider when building a customer care roadmap.

Metrics—Which One is Most Important?

Mr. Inside Sales

Feeling a little overwhelmed by all the new technology that seems to come out every month (almost every week)?

The Harder You Work, The Luckier You’ll Get

Mr. Inside Sales

I was working with a sales manager last week—he manages a team of 20 inside sales reps with a direct report manager who helps manage half that team—and I asked him what kind of producer he was when he was selling. “I I was number one!” he answered proudly.

Getting Buy-In Before Going Over Price

Mr. Inside Sales

Want to instantly make asking for the sale easier? Then make sure and get buy in that your prospect is sold on your solution before you go over pricing options.

Gatekeeper Best Practices

Mr. Inside Sales

Last week I was contacted by the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals and asked if I would share my best practices for dealing with the gatekeeper. Sure! I said. In under 10 minutes they recorded a slide presentation, and I want to share that with all of you.

Sales Training That Gets Results – With or Without Classroom ILT

Speaker: Mike Kunkle, VP Sales Enablement Services, SPASIGMA

Most sales ILT (instructor-led training) has historically not been very effective, if we consider “effective” to mean “changes behavior, improves results, or produces a ROI.” In this webinar, sales enablement expert Mike Kunkle will break down how modern technology removes the need for ILT in sales training - and will also explain how to effectively integrate ILT into your modern training, if you want to continue using it!

A Gift to Our Readers: MIS Wins 2019 Service Provider Award!

Mr. Inside Sales

Chicago: AA-ISP Leadership Summit: I’d like to take a quick moment to acknowledge all my readers and clients who nominated MIS in two categories this year, 2019. At the Summit in Chicago last week, MIS was awarded (for the third year in a row!) the “2018 Service Provider of the Year Award”!

The Harder You Work, The Luckier You’ll Get

Mr. Inside Sales

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”. Vidal Sassoon. The world remembers Thomas Edison as an inventor, but he was also a spectacular salesman. Edison understood that simply inventing a product, no matter how useful, was not enough.

How do You React to Adversity?

Mr. Inside Sales

Sales—and life—can be hard at times. In sales, you face a lot of rejection, daily, and yet you need to persevere and overcome in you want to succeed. In life, too, there is adversity and things don’t always go your way.

Why Aren’t You Using More Tie Downs & Trial Closes?

Mr. Inside Sales

I don’t know why tie downs aren’t used more by sales reps selling over the phone. I was listening to an experienced rep the other day just pitch and ad-lib to a good prospect, and at the end of the call, she had no idea about the prospect’s level of interest, nor did she qualify the prospect.

Supercharge Your Sales Training ROI with eLearning

Speaker: Ray Makela, CEO, Sales Readiness Group, and David Jacoby, President, Sales Readiness Group

Companies spend about $20 billion a year on various forms of sales training, but many sales leaders report a low ROI from their sales training initiatives. Join us, along with Ray Makela and David Jacoby from Sales Readiness Group, as they break down the five essential factors to achieve sustainable success from your sales training investment, and how to leverage eLearning to maximize results.

Continuing Education: The Key to Immediate & Long-Term Success

Mr. Inside Sales

“Selling is a skill, and like all skills, it must be learned through study and practice.” – Thomas J. Watson. “A A salesperson’s education is never completed: each day offers new opportunities to learn.