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Why I Won’t Be Celebrating Women in Sales Month

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Recruiting more saleswomen should be a year-round priority. Finally, an article about HOW to attract more women in sales. No platitudes, no history, just the facts … and a challenge. Quit Celebrating ‘Women in Sales Month ’” is true brilliance from my colleague, Lauren Bailey. Love the title?

Darn. It’s Here Again

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Times are tough, but a sales success mindset will help you survive this economic downturn. Darn, it’s here again. We’re on the precipice of another recession, which has happened five times since the turn of the 20th century. It’s almost embarrassing we got into such a mess.

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Why the CEO Should Drive Sales

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Sales responsibility starts a t the top. Ernest, CEO of a CRM company, had sales all figured out … or so he thought. He’d implemented a “perfect” sales process, which he explained to me in detail. He even drew a chart with circles and arrows for each step.

NEWSFLASH: Buyer-Centric Sales Is NOT New

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I was ready to scream! When I read about how sales has evolved to be buyer-centric and relationship-driven, I was ready to scream. Good salespeople have always approached sales this way. Buyer-centric sales is NOT a new strategy. But it has become an increasingly rare one.

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The Next Level of Sales Enablement: Sales Content Management

Speaker: Deniz Olcay, Senior Director of Product Marketing, and Jake Miller, Senior Product Marketing Manager

In this value-packed webinar, Deniz Olcay and Jake Miller will unravel and debunk the top three SCM myths and explain how to get the most from your SCM solution.

Sales Reps Not Closing Sales? Try This

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This broken link is to blame for sales teams’ biggest closing mistakes. “My My salespeople can’t close.” This is the frustrated lament I hear regularly from sales leaders. But not closing sales is never the real problem. It’s just a symptom.

How to Reach Decision Makers Every Time

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A referral is the best way to get a meeting with the decision maker. There are two parts to the sales process: Part One: Getting meetings with decision makers. Part Two: Everything that happens after that. Referrals help you ace Part One and set you up for success in Part Two.

Headline, Headline, Read All About It: Women on the Quarters

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Get those quarters and celebrate women! I was over-the-top excited to learn that the U.S. Mint is releasing five new coins a year between 2022 and 2025—all with women on the quarters.

Why Are You Neglecting Your Customer Relationships?

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Your referral network is your net worth in sales. “How do I ask for a referral from customers I haven’t spoken with in two years?” ” That’s what a client recently asked me, and I was baffled by his revelation.

Celebrating 25 Years in Referrals: My Story

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Why I made referral selling my life’s work. The year was 1996. I was working for a global consulting and training firm. The economy was booming, and my colleagues encouraged me to go out on my own. I had no name for my company, but I knew my focus.

6 Steps to Optimize Your Media Buys

When making media decisions, marketers need to get — and show — results for everything they do. See the 6 steps you can take right now to start optimizing media planning and pacing with a data-driven approach. Get the guide now!

Starting a Small Business? It Doesn’t Have to Be So Tough

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I didn’t know what you need to know before opening your own business. I knew nothing about starting a small business. Luckily, the economy was great in 1996, and my niche was referral selling (still is), so I at least knew how to build a small business sales pipeline.

Your Lead Gen Is Broken (Here’s How to Fix It)

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Not getting the ROI you expected from your lead-gen tactics? Try this instead. Your lead generation tactics aren’t driving bottom line revenue. That’s a fact. Every sales leader says their #1 prospecting challenge is getting leads in the pipe.

It’s Exciting to Manage a Multi-Generational Workforce

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Why entitlement may actually be a good thing. Remember when your parents told you to turn down that loud, obnoxious music? Actually, they yelled, because otherwise you wouldn’t have heard them. They griped about “kids today” and wondered what this next generation was coming to.

Women Sales Leaders: From Pioneers to Modern-Day Trailblazers

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Who paved the way for women in sales? Picture yourself in 1900. You didn’t have the right to vote or run for office. Your job was to take care of your household, your children, and your husband. If you had to work, you only had a few options: nurse, housekeeper, cook, or factory worker.

Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

Why Do Sellers Leave Winning to Chance? [Q3 Referral Selling Insights]

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Your sales strategies are annoying your prospects. Sales leaders, it’s time to put a stop to this madness. Your over-dependence on technology to drive sales has gone too far. It isn’t filling your pipeline, it’s just filling people’s inboxes. And annoying prospects is not a winning strategy.

When to Start Prospecting for 2023?

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It’s time to start your sales prep for 2023. Try these tactics. There’s an old adage in sales: “If you’re on time, you’re late.” If you’ve just started prospecting for 2023, you’re already late. There’s only a few months left to go, and your pipeline won’t fill itself.

Don’t Let This Bad Sales Behavior Derail You [Q3 Referral Selling Roundup]

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Plus, here’s what you might have missed from No More Cold Calling this summer. I’m embarrassed by the bad sales behavior that blasts us every day. Obviously, I’ve never been a fan of cold calling, but now the uninvited sales pitches are multichannel.

Celebrating 7 Trailblazers on International Women’s Day

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Even slow progress is worth celebrating. Today is International Women’s Day, and I’m reflecting on women pioneers—trailblazers who paved the way for women in sales, entrepreneurship, engineering, law, and other male-dominated professions. And that includes women in my own family.

New Ways to Reach, Influence, and Close More Deals with Intent Data

Speaker: Ardath Albee, B2B Marketing Strategist and CEO of Marketing Interactions

Acting on intent data when applied to buyer context can be a game-changer for gaining attention by increasing relevance, which drives purposeful engagement toward purchase. But all intent data is not the same. In this webinar, learn the difference between interest and intent, and the best ways to use the right data.

Referral Selling Insights: Q1 Roundup

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Here’s what you might have missed this year from No More Cold Calling. If you were asked last year how your day was, your answer would have been: “It’s 2020.” That said it all—at least for businesses that were negatively affected by the pandemic.

Bust the Myth You Can’t Read Prospects’ Minds

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Do you know where your clients are? It’s not always about revenue growth. Wow, did I really say that? It surprises me, too, but different times call for different approaches. I was struggling with a new way to position referral selling during a recession.

For Salespeople, Trust Matters Most in Times of Crisis

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Why do you trust some people and not others? Trust is a word we use indiscriminately, but we do not trust indiscriminately. How do we define trust? How do we get our arms around such an emotional word?

Your B2B Lead Generation Sucks … 5 Reasons Why

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How to stop ignoring your best source of new revenue. Remember the Johnny Lee song, “Lookin’ For Love”?

6 Proven B2B Marketing Strategies and How to Use Them

Bold tactics. Innovative ideas. Thriving revenue growth. Behind every great B2B marketing campaign is an amazing story. Learn the strategies behind six winning B2B marketing campaigns — directly from the marketers that made them. Read the stories now!

Research-Backed Benefits of Diversity on Sales Teams

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The research is clear: Diversity drives sales. It’s true. Diverse sales teams can make more meaningful connections with your increasingly diverse customer base.

What LinkedIn Invitations Are You Accepting?

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So much social media, so little time. LinkedIn is supposed to be the place to begin conversations and begin relationships. That’s why it’s called a “social network.”

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.

Look at the Camera Already [The Importance of Eye Contact in Virtual Sales]

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This is the most common mistake sellers make when video conferencing. I really hate my webcam. (Ok, Ok, hate is a strong word.) I have a good camera, but I don’t like the way I look. Unfortunately, the camera doesn’t lie.) I feel totally uncomfortable staring into my camera.

Your Ultimate Guide to the Trends Shaping Marketing Data

In Salesforce’s latest Marketing Intelligence Report, hear from 2,500+ global marketers on how they are leading with their data, from business growth to customer satisfaction, data privacy, and more. Get the report now!

Are You Telling the Truth About Asking for Referrals? [Q3 Referral Selling Roundup]

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Get the latest from No More Cold Calling. I used to think it was just sales newbies who struggled with referral reluctance. They simply hadn’t built their networks or their confidence. When seasoned salespeople started admitting they also felt uncomfortable asking for referrals, I was shocked.

Technology Can Wait … What About You?

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Please take care of yourself. “ The pendulum has swung too far in the direction of superficial online communications at a time people are hungry for true personal connection.”

I’m Most Thankful for Our Human Connection

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This isolating year has been a harsh reminder that human connection still matters. It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S., and I’m taking a break. I’m taking the time to appreciate my amazing family and friends, my clients who have become friends, and my remarkable team at No More Cold Calling.

The Phrase of the Year Is Seller Access

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Are your buyers clamoring to talk to you? My phone rang off the hook the last half of 2020. Why the sudden interest in referral sales? A sudden decline in seller access. When the economy shrinks and companies cut budgets, buyers don’t want to talk to salespeople.

Content Creation & Curation: The Missing Link Between Sales & Marketing

Speaker: Pam Didner - B2B and Tech Marketing Consultant

Content plays a vital role in creating a symbiotic –– and successful –– relationship and alignment between your sales and marketing teams. Join Pam Didner to learn how to create and curate great content to support your sales and revenue goals!

She Said My Experience Wasn’t Research — What Do You Think?

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She said my research wasn’t real research. I told her I ask my clients if they’ve asked every one of their clients for a referral. That’s each person they’ve met during the buying process. The answer is always no. She said this wasn’t her experience and wanted to know the source of my research.

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 Make Real Connections in the Era of Virtual Sales Meetings

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Referral sellers have been relationship-building their way through the pandemic. Video conferencing is a great way to get face to face with clients. But while it may be as close as you can get to in-person, it’s not, and you’re not.

Why Asking for Help Isn’t a Sign of Weakness

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You’re not a wimp—and there’s no reason to apologize. Everything’s changed in our world, and that includes the business world. In sales, asking for help used to mean you were a wuss. Definition, informal : a weak, cowardly, or ineffectual person; a wimp.)

The Essential Guide to the Buying Experience of the Future

The ultimate value proposition is an impactful buying experience that guides people to the best possible decision. But how do you prepare your sales teams to do that? Read "The Essential Guide to the Buying Experience of the Future" to find out how to empower your customer-facing teams and thrive in modern selling environments.