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Seeking New Sales Techniques? Look Beyond Digital

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The best prospecting strategies require a human touch. Buyers know everything about our companies, products, and solutions before they ever speak to a salesperson. Believe that? Far too many sales reps do. They think that digital rules.

Want to Get Referrals? (Don’t Do This)

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Don’t assume your team knows how to ask for referrals. Tim told me his team was “doing referrals.” He figured they knew how to get referrals because he told them to do it. I asked how that approach was working for him. Dead silence. And therein lies the problem. A big problem.

Relationships Rule, but Data Drives Sales, Too

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The odds might not be in your sales team’s favor … yet. I’ve interviewed many sales reps over the past two months, trying to better understand the challenges they face in today’s fast-paced, digital-first sales environment. They tell me they’re overwhelmed.

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Why the Best Lead Generation Techniques Are Proactive

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Top sellers don’t wait. At least 57 percent of the buying process is complete before buyers ever contact your company. If you believe this widely quoted but ill-advised statistic, your lead generation techniques are doomed from the start.

Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

This Is Why Your Lead Generation Process Isn’t Working

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Find out how to unclog your sales pipeline. Let me guess. Your lead generation process plays out like this: You don’t have enough leads in your pipe, and your reps aren’t calling high enough.

Why Should I Give You a Referral?

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Referral sales is personal … but it’s still business. I recently received the following email: “I finished your book on referral sales last night, and now I’m building my 100 names so that I can ask for introductions to a couple of decent sales reps with some experience selling to my market.

How to Harness the Power of Business Referrals

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It’s time to get serious about business referrals. In spite of numerous misconceptions and poor implementation, referrals in business are where the power is. But the first step to harnessing this power is understanding just what referral selling is and how it feeds your sales machine.

Don’t Slam the Door on Your Friends

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What’s your gratitude meter? As we begin the New Year, now is the perfect time to pay attention to what’s most important—the people in our lives. That means our clients and prospects, our families and friends, our colleagues. It’s time we remember the value of getting personal.

What Is Sales Enablement and Why Should I Care?

Sales enablement is not really a new concept; it has been around for over 10 years. However, understanding the full application of sales enablement is a very different thing.

Is Technology Tanking Your Lead Generation System?

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Remember, prospecting is all about people. You’ve heard it: Television will kill radio. Video killed the radio star. And technology will eliminate the time-consuming, face-to-face aspect of communication. Um, no. Not in your personal life, and certainly not in your lead generation system.

Is Your Lead Generation Data Leading You Astray?

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You can do what the data tells you, or you can do what works. Which do you trust more—the lead generation data manufactured by sales technology tools and artificial intelligence, or your intuition, which is generated by years of experience and your emotional intelligence?

Are You Caving on Price in Your Sales Negotiations?

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Price isn’t an issue with referral business. More than 10 years ago, a marketing agency told me most sellers cave on price before prospects even ask for a discount. Sadly, that behavior continues in sales negotiations today.

Why Introverts Are Better at Asking for Referrals

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You don’t have to be the life of the party to succeed in sales. She lights up a room when she walks in. She doesn’t have to say a word, but you know she’s there. She looks for every opportunity to show up—at parties, networking events, conferences, you name it. She thrives on the interaction.

Do Women in Sales Really Lack Self-Confidence?

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Don’t believe everything you hear about women. Women don’t speak up, don’t apply for jobs unless they meet 100 percent of the requirements, go unnoticed, and lack confidence. That’s why more of us haven’t broken through the glass ceiling yet. At least that’s what we’ve read in article after article.

Togetherness: Achieving Sales and Marketing Alignment

Speaker: Jeff Davis, Founder, jd2 Consulting Group

Jeff Davis is here to help you think differently about how Sales and Marketing should interact. With increased scrutiny for marketing to prove ROI on their activities and it becoming increasingly hard for B2B salespeople to even get in front of customers, the old way of doing business is no longer an option. This webinar will use evidence-based research and empirical knowledge to propose real-world strategies that work.

2 Reasons Your Account Based Sales Reps Leave

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Sales leaders must take the rap. We used to hire account based sales reps, indoctrinate them with product knowledge and a smattering of business culture, and give them a few lead generation tools. Then we gave them a phone, a list, and, a desk, and expected them to figure out how to book meetings.

Do You Know How the Telephone Works … or How to Prospect?

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What’s trust got to do with it? When we showed my 85-year-old aunt how to use a computer, she told us she still hadn’t figured out how the telephone worked, so don’t bother. She walked out of the room. End of conversation.

Why Productivity Tools Make You Less Productive … and Less Creative

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Even in the age of artificial intelligence, common sense still matters. Technology addiction is running rampant. We spend more time looking at screens than talking to the people who matter.

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Get Leads Without Cold Calling: June Referral Selling Insights

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Here’s what you might have missed last month from No More Cold Calling. Wondering how to get leads? Not just smoke-and-mirror leads, but only qualified leads? Every sales rep asks that question, and surveys of sales leaders confirm that getting leads in the pipeline is their top challenge.

Staying Relevant in Sales as AI and Technology Continue to Take Over

Speaker: John Barrows, CEO, JBarrows Sales Training

As technology and AI advance, and as companies and reps continue to look for technical solutions to increase efficiency throughout the sales process, the human element of sales is being lost.The question we need to ask ourselves is – what can we do that a computer can’t? The answer lies in context; if we as sales professionals are not adding any context to our content, then we bring no additional value to what marketing and technology are already doing. Learn about the importance of context, and where an how to add it throughout the sales process!

5 Reasons Your Account Based Sales Team Flunked Referral Selling

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Pointing fingers doesn’t change anything. Why don’t account based selling teams ask for referrals? Why is asking for referrals ad hoc and not a discipline? It makes no sense at all, because every sales leader and account based sales rep knows that referrals are their hottest leads and best business.

Reps Not Closing? Pay Attention to Your Sales Pipeline

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Cold leads won’t get your team to quota. Closing is never the problem. Never” is a bold statement, but savvy sales leaders recognize that closing is the easy part. It’s sales prospecting techniques that are messed up.

Why Referrals Cut Through the Sales Prospecting Noise

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My new LinkedIn sales training courses take out the guesswork! Is selling really tougher today? It’s more complex, and despite all the tech tools at our disposal, prospecting certainly hasn’t gotten any easier. Forget closing. Just getting prospects to return calls is hard enough.

Do Your Account-Based Selling Teams Need a Strategy?

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Do sales organizations really need a B2B sales strategy? After all, pundits tell us it’s the buyer’s journey that matters. They’re in control, so shouldn’t account-based selling pros just be prepared to wing it?

Using Connected Device Data to Improve Sales

Speaker: Charlie Isaacs, CTO for Customer Connection at Salesforce

Now that you've figured out how to connect your products and devices to the cloud, how do you prove that your investment will pay off? Discover the power of Smart CRM, and find out how companies are leveraging the best ideas from Software as a Service to provide Customer Experience as a Service.

Does Sales Lead Generation Really Require a College Degree?

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Street smarts or book smarts—which is better for sales? We only hired college graduates, or so I thought. So, when the president of my company hired a Sales VP without a degree, I challenged him.

Success Secrets from Eric Schmidt, Reid Hoffman, and Adam Grant

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Do your lead generation strategies encourage persistence and curiosity? A 10-year-old girl was afraid that if she once again asked her brother to teach her to play the guitar, he would think she was being pushy. Hearing her express this fear was enough to set me off.

Stop Buying Digital Snake Oil for Your Account Based Sales Team

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Has digital communication killed traditional sales techniques? A sales VP was frustrated with her account based sales team, as they relied almost exclusively on technology for generating sales leads. Their outreach took too long.

Why Your Account Based Sales Team Will Never Be Good at Referrals

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Does your sales team struggle to get referrals? Here’s why. When I read a checklist of account based sales development strategies that omitted referral selling, I asked the creator why. After a long pause, her response was, “I don’t know.” That sent me over the top.

Salesforce Formulas for the Everyday Admin

Speaker: Steve Molis, Salesforce MVP

Steve Molis has put together a collection of universal formula tips and tricks, along with several of his personal favorites, so that you can get the benefit of a wealth of information without having to trawl through everybody else’s Salesforce problems.

Are You Social Enough? May Referral Selling Insights

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Here’s what you might have missed from No More Cold Calling last month. “My My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 69 now, and we don’t know where the hell she is.”

The Shocking Secret to Make Asking for Referrals Easier

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Describe your ideal client. Does everyone know your ideal client profile? That’s the question I asked more than 500 sales pros. Only 25.31 percent answered yes.

Why There Is No Silver Bullet for Account Based Sales Development

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It’s time to sharpen your sales tools. Every salesperson in their right mind wants to grab every possible tool to accelerate account based sales development, look smarter, shorten prospecting time, and score meetings with decision-makers. But some tools are sharper than others.

Why You Can’t Automate Relationship-Building in Account-Based Sales

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In this month’s guest post, Tim Hughes discusses social media offenses and how account-based selling teams can avoid them. You’re hosting a dinner party at your home.

The Best Learning Methodologies for Developing Elite Sales Leaders

Speaker: Steven Rosen MBA, Author, Executive Coach, Speaker and Top 50 Sales Influencer

It is well recognised that the frontline sales managers are the key to driving performance in sales organizations. If you had to choose between investing in sales manager training vs sales rep training what would you do?

3 Hidden Secrets About Key Account Management

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Account based selling is an art, not a science. Attracting key accounts is the #1 challenge for account based selling teams. (No No big shocker there, right?)

What Millennials Can Teach Us About Lead Generation

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Is it time to change the way you’re prospecting? I’m not a millennial—not even close—but I love the way they think, act, and react … mostly. I don’t love seeing a table of millennials glued to their phones. Gathering for meals used to mean we talked to each other.

Can Women in Sales Overcome Unconscious Bias in High-Tech?

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Women in sales have everything they need to succeed. Daily headlines remind us that unconscious bias exists in its most virulent form. We know bias is there, but we can’t confront it until it’s stated and proven.

Learn How to Get the Gatekeeper on Your Side

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Getting past the gatekeeper shouldn’t be so daunting. Why is getting past the gatekeeper and finding qualified leads so challenging for salespeople? Because the process has gotten incredibly complicated, even though it can almost be a no-brainer.

Your Next Sales Coach is a Machine

Speaker: Matt McDarby & Dan Smaida, Managing Directors, Specialized Sales Systems

World-class sales managers have long used creative means to solve for time and distance. In this webinar, you’ll learn how modern sales managers are using new technology plus old-school sales management to develop their people without burning out.