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Is Your Incentive Plan Driving Activity or Performance?

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By Tibor Shanto. Sales pundits love to talk about change, and there is no shortage of opportunity brought about by the changes we face today. But having been at the game for a while the one thing that never changes is the view and approach to incentive or commissions.

What’s Your Margin On That Discount?

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By Tibor Shanto. A dollar here a dollar there, whatever it takes to get the deal and hit quota, right? Let’s worry about the future when it gets here – if we can still afford to. link]. The post What’s Your Margin On That Discount? appeared first on TiborShanto.com.

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New Legs On An Old Stool

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By Tibor Shanto. Some years ago, I wrote a piece about how you should lead a sale in a way that resembles a four-legged stool. The idea is to establish contact and some relationship with people across both the buying and selling organizations.

A Lack Of Transformational Leadership

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By Tibor Shanto. “We We are living in interesting times, with multiple transformations triggers all present at the same time, all equally intense,” said Robert T. Vanderwerf, Transformation Strategy Leader, KPMG LLP.,

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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!

Do I Want To Be Seen Or Heard?

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By Tibor Shanto. Being approachable and easy to deal with is key to helping prospects open up and share their real objective. We are social creatures, so video seems like a natural. But it may not be when it comes to prospecting.

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When It Goes Sideways – A Book with Swagger

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By Tibor Shanto. Sometimes things fall into place even during a pandemic. This coming Monday, May 11, I have the pleasure of having Jeff Bajorek as my guest on the Sales Scrum podcast. It turns out that since that was recorded, he has written a new book you will want to grab.

A Barrier To Trust

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By Tibor Shanto. We have seen the predictable deluge of newly minted experts pontificating on virtual learning. But once you are tired of the hype, you can consider some fact and science-based findings of working and selling remotely.

Urgency May Just Accelerate Unwanted Outcomes

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By Tibor Shanto. Urgency is always a battle cry at sales meetings, one on one or the team. As though creating urgency was like adding volume, “turn it up, let them hear you mean business.”

A Discovery Question You Should Always Ask

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By Tibor Shanto. Discovery is a great opportunity to not only dig in with the buyer but also get to the “Real” of the sale. There is a discovery question you should always ask. More importantly, it is an opportunity to differentiate yourself based on how you sell, not your product.

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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.

No One To Call? B t

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By Tibor Shanto. The tremors just keep on coming and people keep trying to adjust to the daily change. I understand the initial shock of facing a canyon of empty towers; every one has gone home. Seeming like they took all your opportunities with them. Maybe, but I doubt it.

Sales Scrum Podcast Episode #11 – Guest Steve Gielda

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Sales Scrum Podcast Episode #11 – Guest Steve Gielda. Steve Gielda , is the co-founder and CEO of Ignite Selling, and someone I have been looking forward to having on the podcast. Most salespeople do not know why they win or lose deals. If they win it is their charm, personality, and relationship.

BREAKFAST FOR CHAMPIONS – Jeff Bajorek

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Thursday, May 28, 2020, 7:30 AM – LinkedIn Live. Jeff Bajorek. ‘Rethink The Way You Sell?’ ’ Thinking through each step of your process might seem as if it can slow you down, but checking out and mindlessly disregarding steps does not mean that things will move faster.

Prospects Are Not Buyers

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By Tibor Shanto. There are a lot of blurred lines in business and sales, leading to blurred conversations, and longer sales cycles. One blur is the line between who is a buyer and who is a prospect.

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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.

Sales Scrum Podcast Episode #13 – Guest George Brontén

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Sales Scrum Podcast Episode #13 – Guest George Brontén. Lucky 13, I am speaking of my guest on Sales Scrum, George Brontén. As the founder & CEO of Membrain.com, the B2B Sales Enablement CRM, George Brontén is passionate about the art and science of sales.

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Change – Too much of a good thing?

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By Tibor Shanto. Change is a constant , it’s all around us, and it’s hard; keeping up is a continual challenge. And while change does bring good, you know what they say about too much of a good thing? Yet we, pundits and leaders, ask people to take on more change every day.

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Sales Scrum Podcast Episode #14 – Guest Andrew Steane

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Sales Scrum Podcast Episode #14 – Guest Andrew Steane. Want to know who to hire the best candidates? You need to learn about Andrew Steane’s Give A Damn Metre. Andrew Steane is a Senior Director of North American Sales Channels for business software leader, SAP.

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Is Sales Adding A Premium To Intrinsic Revenue Growth?

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By Tibor Shanto. Last week I saw a piece on LinkedIn, that questioned the accuracy of predictions about the future of B2B sales and selling made in the past decade. The piece pointed to a prediction by Forrester around 2015 about the size and nature of B2B sales in 2020.

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.

BREAKFAST FOR CHAMPIONS ? Andrew Jenkins

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Friday, May 29, 2020, 7:30 AM – LinkedIn Live. Andrew Jenkins. Connections Matter More Now Than Ever: . It’s not about just increased social selling activities but IMPROVED social selling.

Smart Calling – Art Sobczak’s Classic Updated

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By Tibor Shanto. Want to split a room of salespeople, just bring up cold calling. Most will tell you it doesn’t work. Which immediately tells you who doesn’t cold call routinely. If they did, they would be singing a different tune.

Sales Scrum Podcast Episode #12 – Guest Shawn Finder

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Sales Scrum Podcast Episode #12 – Guest Shawn Finder. Shawn Finder has always been an entrepreneur at heart. At age 24, he entered the entrepreneurial world after competing as one of Canada’s top-ranked tennis players.

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Cold Calls – Interruption or Disruption?

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By Tibor Shanto. When we were young, we accepted things we were told but knew not to be true. We also understand that ignoring some of the facts can add to the discussion. The example here is the old saying about sticks and stones and words and the ability of these to hurt.

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.

All That’s Changed Is Their Objectives

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By Tibor Shanto. “Starve your distractions, feed your focus.” ” — Daniel Goleman. I had to sit back and think hard about how to jump into the stream of pundit babble about COVID 19.

Let’s Not Confuse Pipeline Trends with Individual Opportunities

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By Tibor Shanto. Data-driven models in sales can be a double-edged sword. While they do help create focus, especially across large swaths of data and opportunities, they also have limitations.

Has Sales Lost Its Sense Of Humor?

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By Tibor Shanto. No joke, I think people in sales and the industries around it, need to lighten up a bit. I know sales is a high-stake endeavour, but it gets that much more difficult if you forget to laugh.

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First Item On My To-Do List

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By Tibor Shanto. Done right to-do lists can be a great productivity tool, ensuring that you focused, not distracted. Done wrong, it can lead to long term issues. I talk a lot about habits, and how they make up 40% of your daily activities.

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.

Sales Scrum Podcast Episode #8

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Sales Scrum Podcast Episode #8 – Guest Brian Carroll.

BREAKFAST FOR CHAMPIONS ? John Moore

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 7:30 AM – LinkedIn Live. Live Today – Breakfast For Champions. John Moore – The Collaborator. The key to great Enablement – remembering the sellersTransforming from inflicting to enabling. HOW TO VIEW.

How They Make Decisions – Not How They Buy

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By Tibor Shanto. I don’t think many salespeople are pleased that there are more people than ever involved in any given B2B buying decision. What’s the last count, 6.8 people ? OK, it’s a b h, but it has been a b h for a few years now, time to move on.

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Sales Scrum Podcast News! & Episode #7

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Sales Scrum Podcast Episode #7 – Guest Karthi Mariappan. Karthi Mariappan is the Co-founder and CEO of Hippo Video. While video as a sales tool, was very much on the rise prior to current events, COVID has made it a must.

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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.

Sales Scrum Podcast Episode #9 – Jeff Bajorek

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Sales Scrum Podcast Episode #9 – Guest Jeff Bajorek. I have been looking forward to airing this episode, Jeff brings a no-nonsense approach to prospecting and sales.

BREAKFAST FOR CHAMPIONS – Bob Apollo

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 7:30 AM – LinkedIn Live. Live Today – Breakfast For Champions. Bob Apollo, . Reprioritizing your target accounts Focusing your energies on high-impact opportunities. HOW TO VIEW.

Normal Is Just Another Word For Yesterday

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By Tibor Shanto. You don’t need to look far today to see someone going off about the “new normal.” While it is easy to understand why people choose this lens, I find it a bit self-serving and potentially risky in the current environment.

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Sellers’ Remorse

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By Tibor Shanto. We are all familiar with the concept of buyer’s remorse. It is the feeling of regret after a purchase, which usually grows with the value and importance of the purchase.

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.”