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Digital selling is Not Optional

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Stormy clouds covering the Serengeti while on game-drive on the way to Seronera. We are starting to reopen but it’s pretty clear things will be different. Things will be some kind of new but not the same as before. The good news is that some things will be better. than before.

It’s a great time to start upgrading your clients

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It’s a really tough time for most companies to sell their products and services. Much buying is “paused.” Buyers are wondering what the future holds for their companies–and themselves–and are having a tough time committing to purchases.

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Do you need an Enterprise Selling Plan (ESP)?

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Don’t panic. We will return to normalish, at some point. We will start selling at some reasonable rate again, soonish. Budgets will be back in place and buyers will need things, in a little whileish. When all this happens, you may easily forget the lessons of this panic/pandemic.

Build a prospecting team

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The biggest challenge facing most sales people and small business owners is getting meetings with prospective clients. Cold prospecting techniques get harder-and-harder every day.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Sales may be about to get harder

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I’m getting that feeling right now that I am living in a movie. Big events are happening so quickly it’s hard to keep up. One of the lessons I’ve learned is a crisis is not the time to get stuck. It’s time to take action…and to do so soon.

Data Gopher

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I have to admit that I’m doing this right now. I am looking for contact information in some target enterprise accounts. It takes time. If you’re not careful, a lot of time. And I’ve done this many (many) times in my sales career and used many (many) hours of time on this.

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Sales lessons from a virus

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Urban crowds of people from above. This is entirely 3D generated image. If you didn’t believe that we humans are connected before COVID-19, you should now. As you know, the virus has been transmitting itself exponentially through populations around the world.

The crisis gift horse

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There are some green shoots of spring out there. Some sales inquiries are finally coming in. Maybe the end of the world is not nigh. Time to breathe again. It’s possible that we are climbing out of the deepest part of the COVID-19 trough from a business perspective.

It’s a great time for ideas

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Data from Bloomberg’s economists say we are in a recession. We’re starting to get familiar with how our lives are affected by the health issues inherent in this COVID-19 crisis but the economic consequences are just kicking in.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Getting in the door is hard

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Getting in the door is the #1 problem for most small companies I know. When I first got involved in sales I was a sales engineer. I supported a technology sales force on their sales calls with semiconductor engineers. I always thought I was pretty amazing.

How would you do on the Newlywed Game?

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How would you do if you and your clients (and prospects) were on the Newlywed game? The Newlywed game was a classic game show (it ran from 1966 to 2013–I thought it ended in the 70’s but that’s the problem with watching too much Netflix).

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Walking in your prospect’s shoes

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You’ve heard this before but how much do you “walk the talk” when it comes to knowing your prospects? Information is power in sales. The more you know about your prospect and their situation, the more likely you are to make a sale.

Get in any door

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When I started selling technology I was told to get to the office at 8AM so I could cold call CIOs and catch them before their assistants came in. When I did succeed in catching a CIO on the phone (one in say 50 dials) they nearly all dismissed me as a time waster.

Lead Generation Checklist to Get Better Results Now

You spend time, energy, and money to generate demand and get leads. It's how you manage them that makes the difference between success and failure. This checklist gives you an easy way to focus on the most critical tasks to get better results now.

Google thyself!

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When you send a prospect an email or leave them a voicemail what do many of them do? They Google you (as well as your company.). As you know, buyers are seriously concerned about burning their time these days.

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Social Capital changes prospecting results

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The big difference between a cold call and a referral call is social capital. Social capital is the currency of relationships. It’s the currency of trust. If you’ve been in sales doing it the old school cold calling way long enough you may start to believe social capital does not mean anything.

Pull the trigger

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In this post, I want to tell you about something that boosts prospecting results: trigger events. A “trigger event” is when something changes in your prospect’s world. Change is good for you when you’re selling as when something changes in your prospect’s world, it often creates a need.

The benefits of social proximity selling

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In my last post I was talking about how you can greatly increase your prospecting odds by leveraging people you know for an introduction. In this post I am going to talk about how to greatly increase your prospecting odds without an introduction.

Want to Crush Your Competition? Read How to Build an AI-Powered Selling Roadmap

“If sales reps have the right AI tools and adoption, we see sellers easily closing 3 times as many sales each month.” Hear from 5 experts on steps you can take to reduce non-selling time and use conversational & sentiment analysis to transform how you sell.

Dust off some CRM records

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This post is about an interesting place you can look for “suspects” when you are prospecting. This is a place that is super-obvious, but as with many real world things, often not utilized: your company’s own CRM/old contact lists. I’ve seen the scenario umpteen times.

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Prospecting goggles

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Don’t sell to anybody. OK, I mean don’t sell to just anybody. You really should be careful who you invite to give you their money. The problem is every deal seems great until you actually “get married” to your prospect and they become your client.

Social calling math

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In my last post I went through the math on traditional cold calling. There’s an alternative way to get meetings with prospective clients, but sales people don’t generally use it. Oddly enough they often do use it when they need a job and in this case they call it “networking”.

Talk to grandma in an elevator

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It can happen in an elevator or at a networking event or at the weekend barbecue. Most often these days it happens when you write a prospecting email. You need to say what you do.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Want to be an “A” student?

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There’s still plenty to do. Back in 2006 I coined the term “Sales 2.0” (see the logo on this website). My concept of Sales 2.0 was, and is, “taking the sales profession to the next level”. In my opinion we’ve come a long way since 2006 but we still have a long way to go.

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Volunteer to be an insider

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I am the Chairman Emeritus of the Wharton Club of New York. I’ve been the president and the chairman. Over the years these titles have been very useful for my various business and sales endeavors.

How to become a rich sales geek

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Testing is for marketing not sales. Does that sentence seem logical to you? It doesn’t to me. The more time I spend in sales and marketing, the more I see overlap between these areas.

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Brexit for cold calling?

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You may know I’m a Brit. At the time of this post, the UK government is going through it’s 27th vote on Brexit. Actually I don’t know how many votes there have been. It’s unlikely anyone could agree on the definition of “vote” ).

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

Call low

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I used to do it. I would get to the office extra early and I’d start dialing before 8AM. I wanted to become a rock star sales dude and I was mentored by my boss that the trick was to call CIOs (Chief Information Officers) early in the morning.

Do you want to be a miner?

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What do you want to be when you grow up? Sales has come a long way in the last decade when we started playing around with the concept of “social selling” and deploying “sales 2.0” technologies.

Factory worker or owner?

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When I first started writing about sales in 2007 my main angle was that we should “bring science to selling”. As an engineer, I could not understand how we had applied virtually no science to how we sold. Everything seemed to be left up to the individual sales person.

Old-fashioned sales techniques

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Sometimes it pays to do what is “out”. Social selling has become synonymous with technology. Many definitions make it all about using social media to sell. But I think social selling is about being social and actual human beings do more than just hang out on social media platforms. Some other productive people have learned that being tethered to your email is good way to get nothing done other than respond to email.

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.

How to be great at sales and still get sacked

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This is one I’ve seen several times over my (getting long) career. Someone is one of the top performers in a sales team and they still get sacked. How is this possible? The trick is be super customer-focused and take the opposite approach when dealing with people in your own company.

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Google thyself!

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When you send a prospect an email or leave them a voicemail what do many of them do? They Google you (as well as your company.). As you know, buyers are seriously concerned about burning their time these days.

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Treat yourself to some social selling

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OK I need to come out of the closet. In the last two posts I did a bunch of math. I wanted to boil down cold calling vs. social selling data so we could do a somewhat fair comparison. Here’s the punchline. Cold calling: 11 hours to get an appointment. Social selling: 3 hours to get an appointment.

Help me! (Really)

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We sales people have evolved. We don’t always pitch our product or service, sometimes we’re helpful enough to send over a white paper or blog post that may be of interest. But as it goes with good ideas, content is getting overused.

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How ZoomInfo Helps Overcome the Top Pain Points of Inside Sales

Recent digital transformation has shifted the B2B landscape by ushering in the era of buyer empowerment. With more access to user reviews, analyst opinion, and industry research, decision-makers are more informed than ever while navigating what is now known as the “buyer’s journey.”