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How to Attract Business in a Volatile Economy [March Referral Selling Insights]

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Waiting could be your Achilles heel—plus, everything you missed from No More Cold Calling this month. When the economy slows, the pace of decision making must pick up. Ram Charan , author of 25 books and consultant to CEOs, said that many years ago, but it’s even more relevant now.

Sales Pipeline Dried Up? The #1 Way to Land Top Prospects Now

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Don’t panic—here’s how to get your phones actually ringing again. It’s a very scary time, with lots of uncertainty as we stay shuttered in place. We see deals in our sales pipeline postponed or disappearing. So, what do you do? You take action.

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Why You Might Need to Quit Your Job

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You don’t have to work 60-hour weeks to be successful. My niece quit her job because she couldn’t handle the 60-hour workweeks while raising a family. She was stressed, had a short fuse, and didn’t smile much. I was getting increasingly worried about her health and was relieved when she quit.

Why Would I Refer You if You Don’t Follow Up? [February Referral Selling Insights]

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Don’t ghost people. You’ll end up paying for it. A woman I know from my business group met me for coffee. She wanted to discuss having me speak to her team about referrals. We brainstormed the topic and discussed her investment.

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.

Hey Sales Manager, Get Your Head Out of That Spreadsheet

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Poor leadership will cost you $3.5 million per sales manager. Message to Management: Your job is to get the rocks out of the road for your salespeople so they can do what they were hired to do—sell!”.

How to Get Referrals and Finally Conquer Your Fear

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Asking for referrals feels riskier than cold calling. “I’m I’m not sure of the reason, but I have never been comfortable asking for referrals.”

Surprise! All Intuition Isn’t the Same

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Did you know we have three different types of intuition? Darn, I wish I’d trusted my gut.” I won’t even try to count the times I’ve said that. Eventually, most of us learn that trusting our gut makes sense—which is a non sequitur, because making sense is not intuitive.

Why Technology Is Ruining Our Mental Health

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Do you really need to sleep with your phone? Call or text me anytime. You won’t disturb me. My phone and smartwatch are turned off when I’m sleeping. They’re nowhere near me. They’re in the kitchen charging. There’s nothing so urgent in my business that my sleep needs to be disturbed.

Leaders Without Moral Courage Let Their Employees Down

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Has management ever told you to take a break? Our pace is too frenetic. We take shortcuts when we know we shouldn’t. We’re conflicted whether to stay in a job we don’t like or jump ship. We want to spend more time with our families, to exercise more, to be happy … really happy.

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.

Why Customer Experience Should Be Top of Mind for Sales Leaders

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Are you creating an experience that drives revenue and referrals? How much did you say that cost?” I asked the barista. I knew I heard him correctly, but I still couldn’t believe it was $5.50 for a cup of coffee—not a mocha, not a latte, not a cappuccino, just coffee.

If Done Right, Your Referral System Won’t Actually Cost a Thing

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Referral makers don’t want your money. They want to know you’re trustworthy. You’re going to pay me how much for referral business? No thanks! When I refer you, I put my reputation on the line, so I need to trust that you’ll take care of my connection as I would.

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How Getting Fired Actually Launched My Referral Business

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There’s always a silver lining to getting sacked. I didn’t plan to start my referral business so soon. But then I was fired. Just like that, my manager gave me the news. I had a sense something might be going on, since I’d recently lost a big deal to a competitor. But I didn’t expect to be fired.

How to Ask for Referrals: A Comprehensive Guide

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This is a truthful and proven guide for how to ask for referrals. You won’t read that referrals are easy or that all you have to do is ask. What you will read are lessons and insights that I have gleaned from working my referral system with clients for the past 23 years.

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.

What You Can Do About the Glass Ceiling

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Here’s why women are good for the bottom line. When I published “ The Glass Ceiling Hasn’t Shattered Just Yet ” in February 2015, the post sparked more than 80 comments. Many said the same bias exists for immigrants, even those who are extremely qualified and speak English fluently.

Sales Managers: Think You’re Ready for Referrals?

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Here are five important steps to make your team referral sales experts. If salespeople were self-motivated, they wouldn’t need sales managers or metrics. Yep, most of us are lazy and lack discipline. I’m including myself here. It’s a lonely world for account executives.

The Number of LinkedIn Contacts You Have Doesn’t Matter

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Connections and relationships are what count. Should I accept every LinkedIn invitation? I’m frequently asked that question. It’s a personal choice. Some people do. Some people only connect with people they know in real life.

What Saleswomen Do Really, Really Well

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Women in sales have a natural advantage. When you think about salespeople, you probably picture men. History and Hollywood have made sure of that. Yet, many saleswomen outperform their male colleagues, and many men have admitted that to me when the other guys were out of earshot.

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?

Small Business Owners Don’t Want to Learn How to Sell

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Hiding behind technology doesn’t drive sales—THIS WILL. Next week is National Small Business Week in the United States. For more than 50 years, the U.S. president has issued a proclamation that dedicates the first full week in May to celebrating America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

The Forgetting Curve Has a Cure

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What do you remember from your last training? The way we’ve been learning is all wrong. Remember cramming for tests? I do, and while I usually did well on my exams, I didn’t retain much of anything.

You’re No Different Than Your Competition

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Don’t believe everything you hear about selling in a digital world. You’ve probably heard the often-quoted statistic that says 57 percent of the buying process is complete before a customer talks to a salesperson. Rubbish. Believe that, and you’ll look like everyone else to your buyers.

Without Call-Backs, Your Lead Gen Is Dead in the Water

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Here’s how to generate leads and get call-backs. Has selling really changed in the last decade? Well, sure.

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.

Selling with LinkedIn: Save 50%

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Use Black Friday code 50OFFJB. My colleagues at Vengreso created an amazing online course on Selling with LinkedIn for Individuals. I’ve taken it. Well, most of it.) It’s dynamic and highly detailed, and I’ve learned a ton. (A A caveat: We differ about asking for referrals.

To Get B2B Leads, Pick Up the Damn Phone!

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Have you forgotten that selling is social? Turn off your computer. You’re actually going to have to turn off your phone and discover all that is human around. Vintage telephone on old table sepia photo.

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5 Reasons Your Team Doesn’t Know How to Get Referrals

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Asking for referrals might be hard, but it pays off big! Ask most anybody for the secret to how to get referrals, and they’ll probably tell you the first step is to simply ask. That might be true, but it’s far easier said than done.

How to Ask for a Referral from a Client

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Your customers are your best source of qualified sales leads. “If If your customers aren’t selling for you, you won’t have customers.”

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.

Stop Overlooking This if You Really Want Qualified Leads

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Watch out for the gap in your referral business! It’s an epidemic. Every sales exec says they need more leads in the pipe. That’s a prospecting problem that hasn’t changed in. decades and won’t anytime soon. What these sales execs don’t say is they need more qualified leads.

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Why You Should Live (and Work) in a State of Awe

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What jaw-dropping moments have you had this year? Our blackout lasted for three (obviously stressful) days. We left the dark house each morning and returned late at night to sleep. When I pulled into our driveway one night, I got out of the car and looked up at the sky. I was in awe.

Truth or Lies: Can You Tell the Difference? [November Referral Selling Insights]

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Even the CIA didn’t believe the truth when it was right in front of them. How could the CIA miss signals and overlook deception from a long-time work colleague—someone they believed had integrity? A person they knew to be upright, truthful, and who “played by the rules?”

How to Ask for a Referral Without Getting Embarrassed

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Referrals aren’t favors. Salespeople often downplay the importance of referral networks or just don’t know how to ask for a referral. Don’t get distracted; don’t get embarrassed. Relationships and referrals are what business is all about!

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.

Your Referral Network Is Shrinking [Why That’s a Good Thing]

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Do you really need more people in your business network? Well, yes and no. I’m sure you have people in your business network you never talk to. And while I want to remain connected with them, how I stay in touch depends on the value we provide each other.

How Warren Buffett Spends His Time [The Life Punchcard Theory]

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Are you “all in” or just dabbling? Most people (especially sales leaders) share the same frustrations: How do I fit everything in? How do I catch up? How do I innovate? How do I balance work and family? There aren’t enough hours in the day.

A Winning Sales Strategy Starts with Your Customer, Not with Digital

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Put people before technology in your prospecting. Digital isn’t a sales strategy, hope is not a strategy, referrals are not a strategy, marketing is not a strategy. Sales strategy isn’t yours or mine. It’s your company’s strategy for attracting customers. Not much has changed over the years.

How to Actually Scale Your Referral Business

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If you think referrals don’t scale, you’re just doing it wrong. Sales leaders often tell me that referral leads are their most qualified, most convertible leads. Then in the next breath, they tell me referral business doesn’t scale.

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.