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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.

Do Account-Based Sales Reps Really Need SDRs?

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Here’s how to land and expand outside the box. “I’ve I’ve been waiting my whole life to say this.”. That was the subject line of an email I received from my daughter. She explained that my granddaughter, age six and in kindergarten, wanted to wear high-heeled play shoes to school.

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Want Qualified Sales Leads? Stop Your Team from Cold Calling

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Lead generation shouldn’t be that tough. Let’s be honest. Cold calling is bottom-of-the-barrel prospecting. It can take eight to 14 touches to just to reach a prospect who isn’t expecting a call from your sales rep. He’s “dialing for dollars” (read: “wasting time”), and who has time to waste?

Why CEOs Are Failing Account Based Sales Reps

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Are sales managers really at fault? Salespeople used to say “I carried a bag” to prove that we knew selling. We were the feet on the street—literally. You don’t hear that phrase very often anymore, but account based sales reps still carry a bag.

12 Must-Ask Questions for Sales Managers

If you want to improve your sales team's results, you need to start by asking the right questions.

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?

Why Closing is Never a Problem in Account Based Selling

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Sales symptoms are prospecting traps. You’d be surprised how often I hear, “My account based selling team can’t close.”. Closing is never the problem. Never” is a bold statement, but savvy sales leaders will nod their heads in agreement. Closing is the easy part of account based sales development.

How Account-Based Sales Reps Can Win New Clients from Lost Deals

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Referrals might be your silver lining. I have been in B2B sales so long that I’ve probably forgotten more deals than I remember. But there’s one I’ll never forget. It was 20 years ago, when I was working as an account-based sales rep , and I lost the biggest deal of my career.

How Can Tech Companies Attract More Women in Sales?

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Women have everything it takes to succeed in sales. Ask any B2B sales leader about their lead generation challenges, and you’ll get specific answers about why their teams can’t get access to buyers, how sales processes have gotten too long, or why they’re losing to the competition.

30 Ways to Get Inside the Mind of Your Target Buyer

Trust, support, and transparency: that's what your target buyer really wants. These 30 findings show the path from respect, to relationship, to business win.

Are Account-Based Sales Reps Motivated by Money?

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New research from Xactly suggests it’s more complicated than that. The title of this post is a question—a seemingly ridiculous one. Of course, account-based sales reps are motivated by money. Who isn’t? But that’s not all that matters to them. It matters that their clients get results.

How to Hack Lead Generation with this Simple Principle

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Don’t expect sales leads to pour in without it! I stared at the download form, trying to decide if it was worth it. A colleague had recommended I read this whitepaper, and the content certainly sounded interesting. But as usual, the free download came at a cost: my contact information.

Reasons Cold Calling Is No Good for Account-Based Sellers

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Can one call generate leads better than ten? You already know my point of view on cold calling. No salesperson should ever have to cold call to generate sales leads. It’s an ineffective prospecting strategy and a nuisance to buyers, most of whom ignore cold calls.

Why Your Account Based Selling Teams Are Lagging Behind

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Can sales managers influence the buying process? It’s common knowledge that revenue is a lagging indicator. You can’t manage revenue. If sales close, you win. If they don’t, you lose. There’s no in-between. Then why are so many account based selling teams given revenue targets and let loose?

5 Tips for Women in Sales: Get Ready to Change the Game

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Believe it or not, women have the advantage in selling. Growing up, I had sales all wrong. I believed salespeople were life-of-the-party types—extroverts who could talk to a wall. I wasn’t like that, and I´m still not. But charisma isn’t what makes a good salesperson.

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.

Think Robots Will Replace B2B Sales Reps?

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Buyer 2.0 needs us more than ever. Eliot Burdett, CEO of Peak Sales Recruiting, explains why in this month’s guest post. Have B2B sales reps gone the way of CD players, the Rolodex, and analog radio—replaced by technology that gets the job done faster and better?

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Think Sales Reps Will Become Obsolete? Think Again

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The most effective sales techniques don’t require a device. You’ve heard it. Television will kill radio. Video killed the radio star. And social media and the internet will eliminate the time-consuming, face-to-face aspect of sales. Um, no.

Social Selling: What the Sales Pros Do Differently

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What makes the most influential sellers so successful on social media? Any sales professional who says it’s easy to keep up communication on social networks is either lying or doing it incorrectly. Done right, social selling is a time-consuming task that requires thought and focused effort.

Do Generational Differences Matter in Account Based Sales?

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Stop fretting about Millennials and embrace your inner Perennial. 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.

Account-Based Marketing: A Practical Guide

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How to Score More Sales Leads: Don’t Believe the Buyer 2.0 Myths

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Do your sales reps really prospect based on fairy tales? A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away … Well, you know the ending to that famous story. You also know it’s just a myth, a fable, a legend. It’s entertaining, but not real.

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Are You Derailing Your Prospecting Success?

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You can’t make a living off future promises. It’s tough to shut up. We’re salespeople. We get paid to talk up our solutions. But we must also sell them. We’ve all made this prospecting mistake: The customer told us her challenges.

Why Cold Calling and Stupid Prospecting Don’t Work

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Are your sales reps missing this crucial step in the sales process? Bluebirds are great, aren’t they? A prospect is ready to buy and reaches out to your sales reps, who close the deal with little effort. It’s a lucky break, a win/win.

#1 Way Account-Based Sales Reps Resolve the Gatekeeper Problem

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Want to land and expand? Stop trying to get around the gatekeeper. If account-based sales reps want to reach C-suite prospects, the secret is calling at night or on weekends, when their gatekeepers are off duty. Seriously?!

Why Marketing, Sales, and Business Owners Love Marketing Automation

Learn what Marketers, Sales and Business Owners each have to say about what Marketing Automation has done for their business.

How to Actually Unclog Your Sales Pipeline

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You can’t choose your family, but you can choose your clients.

5 Questions to Guarantee Qualified Lead Generation

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Are your sales reps having trouble closing? The problem might be a lack of qualified leads. “ We chose someone else.” ” “We’re staying with our current vendor.” ” “We’re not adding any new solutions this year.”

How Social Selling Got Me 21 Meetings in 2 Days

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Never forget that selling is social. The magic number is 21. No, I’m not playing blackjack. That’s the number of people I’m meeting for the first time at the Sales Innovation Expo in London this month. I’ve never spoken with any of them. I met them all on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Why Reps Hate Asking for Referrals Just as Much as Cold Calling

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Here’s how to cure your prospecting problem. Let’s set the record straight: Most everyone on your sales team has call reluctance—whether they’re cold calling or asking for referrals. Surprised? I was. What’s to fear about prospecting? After all, I only talk to people who want to talk to me.

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

Beware This Really Big Gap in Your B2B Sales Strategies!

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Neglect referral plans at your own risk. Mind the gap ” is a famous phrase in London. It alerts travelers to the potentially dangerous space between the platform and train on the London underground system. This gap occurs on curved platforms.

The Truth About Why Salespeople Get No Respect

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Here’s how to stop losing deals. Sales leaders complain that their account based sales teams don’t get enough qualified leads, their pipelines are fluff, gatekeepers block their access to the C-suite, and the sales process is way too long.

Could the Best Man for the Account Based Sales Job Be a Woman?

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Research shows women in sales are a good bet. Men say they don’t understand women. Women say men don’t listen. Men say the best account based sales reps they know are women, but they also say we should stop talking so much and get to the point.

This Is the Biggest Lead Generation Mistake on Social Media

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A LinkedIn connection is not a sales lead. It happened again.

The Art of Social Selling -- Summarized by getAbstract

Find and engage customers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networks.

Sales Managers—Pay Attention to How Your Reps Communicate

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Do your salesmen and women sound more like teenagers than professionals? Can your sales reps put a sentence together? The words salespeople use define them in the eyes of customers, just as their voices and demeanor do. But in the digital world, strong communication is becoming a lost art.

Do You Make Time for Your Sales Reps to Practice?

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No one wins the game without putting in the practice. “From this day on I’d like to be known as ‘The Big Aristotle’ because Aristotle once said, ‘Excellence is not a singular act; it’s a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.’”

3 Important Ways Account-Based Sales Teams Can Stay Relevant

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What does it take to increase sales in today’s uncertain business environment? This is a time of great change and uncertainty. Now more than ever, sales leaders and their account-based sales teams must be prepared for change.

How to Identify Strategic Accounts for Your Account-Based Sellers

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What’s the best approach to account segmentation? How should sales leaders segment accounts for their account-based sellers? The solution seems simple: Decide which companies to target based on predictive analytics and client history with your company.

Secrets to Successful Inside Sales Management

Learn a variety of best practices, techniques and ideas to both tactically and strategically increase the efficacy, success and impact of your inside sales organization.