Understanding the Sales Force

Which is Worse - The Boston Red Sox or Your Sales Team?

Understanding the Sales Force

I wrote the best-seller, Baseline Selling , so it should come as no surprise that I'm a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan. I'll be at Fenway Park for a game this week and I had some thoughts about how the Red Sox compare to many of the sales teams that get evaluated by Objective Management Group (OMG).

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10 Sales Attributes That Don't Differentiate Top Salespeople from Bottom Salespeople

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Here in the US, this Sunday marked the first Sunday of NFL Football. It's the same (as always) but different (new games). In their season debut, my New England Patriots did their best impression of my Boston Red Sox and lost 20-7. Close game.

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Found: A Great Article About How Important Salespeople Are

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Yesterday, although I wasn't looking for it, I found my laptop charger that I misplaced a few weeks ago. Today, I found a shirt I wasn't looking for. It was purchased in May, but I had forgotten about it.

How Closing a Tough Sale is Nearly Identical to Hitting a Home Run

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While you don't need to know a single thing about Baseball to read this, it is another article with a baseball analogy.

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!

The Secret to Account Churn is Not Dedicated Account Managers

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I do my own weeding and that "hobby" takes up a lot of my free time. Weeding is like playing the arcade game wack-a-mole where you pull the weed, use a weed wacker, or poison the weed on Monday and two more weeds appear in its place on Tuesday.

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Must Read - How a 15% Corporate Minimum Tax Will Impact Companies and Sales Teams

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You may have read that the latest legislation out of Washington DC provides $80 billion for the hiring, arming and training of close to 80,000 new IRS (Internal Revenue Service is the US Tax Agency) agents to nearly double the size of the agency. Did you catch the part about arming IRS agents?

How Your Sales Team Can Double its Win Rate in a Recession

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Isn't it awesome when you learn about new tricks your computer, phone or software can do that you weren't previously aware of? I've been using a number of new widgets on the home screen of my iPhone 13 and I love how quickly I can get or enter information!

The Many Different Selling Roles and How They Differ - Part 1

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When you think about cars, you know there are coupes, sedans, crossovers, SUVs, and sports cars. You also know there are luxury cars, mid-range cars and economy cars.

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Can My Car Uncover Sales Qualification Criteria Better Than Most Salespeople?

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If your car was manufactured in the last few years, you probably have a rear camera that helps you see your surroundings when you need to back up, back into a parking space, or drive backwards on the interstate at 65 MPH. Okay, maybe not the last one.

Best Practices for Pay Transparency Around Your Sales Reps

Speaker: Grayson Morris, CEO, Performio & Lisa Wallace, Co-Founder, Assemble

It's no secret that employees are leaving their jobs for greener pastures. Many are frustrated with their compensation and indicate this as a major driver of attrition. Learn how pay transparency around quota-bearing roles can help you retain and motivate your reps in this webinar!

How Many Authors Does it Take to Screw in a LightBulb Highlighting Selling Skills?

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A few years had passed since the last time I wrecked an hbr.com (Harvard Business Review online) article about sales. If you haven't been reading the Blog for the last sixteen years you may have missed my previous fourteen take downs.

Is 28 Years Long Enough for a Sales Assessment Trial ?

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The Sony PlayStation, Gorilla Glue, Aquafina, and The George Forman Grill were all introduced in 1994. You've heard of those but have you heard of Vamp Nail Polish or KoronaPay? They were also introduced in 1994.

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5 Steps to Grow Sales by 33% in 12 Months

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I'm a baseball guy and a die hard Boston Red Sox fan but I can't bear to watch them right now. They are playing the worst baseball since I was 10 years old so that's going back 55 years! It's not hard to understand why they are so bad because the data tells the story.

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Not The Top 20 Attributes of Successful Salespeople

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Several OMG's Partners reached out to me asking if I had seen the email that was circulating about the Top 20 Attributes of Successful Salespeople. "I I have," was my response and, "Look for a blistering review on Monday.".

The Truth About Sales Agility: Separating Fact From Fiction

Speaker: Michelle Vazzana

In this rich, research-based session, Dr. Michelle Vazzana will explain both the powerful research findings on high-performing agile sellers and sales managers, and the interim steps organizations can take to ultimately transform their salesforce.

62% Less Turnover and 80% Higher Quota Attainment When You Hire Salespeople the Right Way

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Buying a snowblower? Pick one, have it delivered, wait for a snowstorm and blow some snow. What's the worst that can happen? Planning to go out for dinner? Choose a restaurant, make a reservation, show up and enjoy. What's the worst that can happen? Hiring salespeople?

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Salespeople Will Close 50% More Business By Changing This One Thing They Do!

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We've gone from don't wear a mask, to wear a mask, to wear 2 masks, back to no need to be masked and now back to wear masks indoors, even if you have been vaccinated.

Salesenomics - Many Sales Organizations Are Stuck in the 1980's

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Today is moving day for Objective Management Group. When we first toured our new space, John Pattison , OMG's COO said, "It looks like something the 1980's barfed up!"

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8-Year Old Houston Astros Fan Demonstrates a Huge Secret of Sales Success

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Walter and I attended a recent Boston Red Sox / Houston Astros game at Fenway Park. It was my first visit to Fenway Park since 2019 and it was exciting to see most of the seats filled.

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.

Do You Know the Accurate Reason Why a Salesperson Is Not Performing?

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How quickly can you determine why a salesperson is failing? Dinger loves to play catch with his ball. He has seven of them but loves his white ball the most. When we're out playing catch and I point to a ball and say, "there it is" or "right there" or "get it" he just can't seem to find it!

Most Sales Processes, Funnels and Pipelines are How Old?

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Have you ever conducted a Google or Amazon search for one thing only to be presented with search results that were completely different than what you were looking for? I was looking for an image of a sales funnel and couldn't believe what I found! My search results can be found here.

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The Difference Between CyberThieves, Hackers and Most Salespeople

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I found it challenging to write this article.

10 Prospect Rules That Salespeople Must Learn to Break

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This is not an article about COVID but I will begin by asking which COVID policy you believe is the most stupid. My vote is for the mask requirement in restaurants because the premise is so moronic.

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!

Top 10 Sales Videos and Rants From Dave Kurlan

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From time to time I record impromptu unscripted rants as well as some that are more well thought-out videos. From among the collection of ten presented below, seven are rants so the rants are much more popular.

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Great Sales Managers are Like Great Baseball Coaches Without the Screaming

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So there will be Major League Baseball in 2022. Suddenly the b g and moaning about the owners has stopped and everyone is just happy that baseball is back. Speaking of baseball and bringing sales into the discussion, let's talk about coaching. First the baseball.

The Philosophy of a Pitching Coach Will Improve Your Sales Team

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I find ideas and material for this Blog everywhere, especially when I'm not looking for them. Yesterday I received a daily email from a Paul Reddick, a baseball coach who was drumming up some business for his baseball institute. It resonated - not for its baseball coaching - but as sales coaching.

A Home Run - How the Right Data Can Help You Hire Your Ideal Salespeople

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Last night Major League Baseball held its annual Home Run Derby. We've seen the home run derbies before. We watch them every year. They are always the same - each slugger tries to hit more home runs than the other sluggers in the contest.

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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.

Sales Forecasts Do Not Have to Be as Wrong as Fortune Cookies

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There has been much talk in the news about forecasts - and while most have been wrong they are still more accurate than Fortune Cookies! Thanks to satellites, computer modeling and doppler radar, weather forecasts are more reliable than ever before.

Nothing Beats This One Tool When You Can't Sell Face to Face

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The "ABC's" is an alternate term for fundamentals. Unless ABC stands for Afghanistan, the Border, and Crime. The US Government has seriously botched the ABC's in 2021 and there's no way to easily undo what's been done.

Siri Can't Help You Close the Deal but Doing These Three Things Can!

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When it comes to navigation I usually opt for Waze but sometimes Siri can find a way out of traffic that Waze can't. On the other hand, try asking Siri to dial a phone number while she's navigating and you'll quickly learn that she can't multi-task.

Top 12 Sales Blogs of 2022 That Make You Think and Sell More

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I conducted a Google search for the Top Sales Blogs and it showed 616,000 results. I can work with that! I started browsing page by page and I found approximately 50 different lists of top sales blogs on the first 6 pages.

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Roadblocks to Delivering a Competitive Buying Experience

Why are buyer-facing teams struggling and what can be done about it? Bigtincan teamed up with Heinz Marketing in a recent research study to discover the roadblocks revenue-generating teams encounter in preparing buyer-facing teams for today’s market. Click here to learn what you can do today to prepare!

The Cold Email I Read Through to the End - Is  There Hope for Salespeople and Marketers?

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I bought my first cell phone in 1985. The enormous device was hard wired to the car, connected to a heavy metal box, and cost $2,000 to install. All calls in and out were billed by the minute and my bill averaged around $1,500 per month.

The Top 10% of All Salespeople are 4,000% Better at this than the Bottom 10%

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This weekend, a deer ran across the highway and hit our car. The deer was injured but she did manage to run away so we were relieved that she wasn't killed. After we returned home, I couldn't find our dog, Dinger.

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Most Salespeople are Underdogs Like the Boston Red Sox

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Anyone who has followed this Blog over the past 15 years knows that other than sales, the only thing I write about nearly as much is baseball. A Google search from within the Blog yields 605 results, and a search on my son playing baseball over the past twelve years yields 208 results.

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A Key Competency That Differentiates Top Sales Performers From Posers

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We were watching an episode of the hilarious comedy series The Goldbergs and one of the themes of episode 4 in season 3 was about authenticity. In this episode, Barry and Erica, the two oldest children, accused each other of being posers. The bottom 50% of all salespeople are posers too.

The 5 Stages of Account-Based Marketing — and How to Win Them All

Successfully complete the five stages of ABM: define, identify, engage, convert, and connect. We’ll show you how to create a unified system with your sales team to help them land more qualified opportunities and connect with prospects like never before.