The 5 Essential To-Dos for Every Inside Sales Leader

Smart Selling Tools

Tweet AA-ISP Inside Sales Summit. Four hundred Inside Sales leaders attended the 2-day American Association of Inside Sales Professionals (AA-ISP) Summit last week in Dallas. After an inspiring opening by Bob Perkins, AA-ISP Founder and CEO, Jill Konrath got the audience roaring with her skit that deftly demonstrated the reality of today’s sales world, all the while making a very serious point.

5 Tips to a Clean, Profitable Sales Pipeline for Inside Sales Managers

Sales Hacker

This article takes you through 5 crucial tips to efficiently manage your sales pipeline. Before we jump right in, let’s define what a sales pipeline is. A sales pipeline is a systematic and visual representation of your sales process. Based on how your buyer journey looks, example, Awareness, Interest, Decision, and Action, your sales pipeline stages may also vary. Ensure your reps take ownership for their individual sales pipelines.

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How To Connect And Engage With C-Level Executives

InsideSales.com

At Abstrakt , we’ve scheduled more than 100,000 B2B sales meetings in the last eight years, so we have unique insight and hundreds of thousands of hours put into mastering this skill. ” According to Anthony Parinello in the book Selling to Vito , targeting the CEO/President/Owner will result in: A shorter sales cycle. As a sales rep, you should know that you should try and get to your C-level decision-makers as soon as possible.

The Cycle Of Customer Loyalty: 8 Tips To Live By

InsideSales.com

RELATED: How to Transform Customer Service into a Sales Machine. A loyal customer will buy from you even if you’re not on sale. If you didn’t know it already, your most valuable customers are repeat buyers. They may not always make big purchases, but over time, their continuous purchase may even top those of your one-time, big-time buyers. Your sales reps can also leverage email marketing to reach out to customers for announcements and on special occasions.

7 Data-Backed Sales Best Practices

InsideSales.com

In this post, you’ll learn how to use predictive analytics and big data to improve your team’s inside sales skills. Follow these sales best practices to improve your sales reps’ selling skills and turn regular salespeople into sales superstars.

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The 13 Least Known Sales Technologies

Velocify

Did you know that high-growth companies are more likely to be familiar with the different types of sales technologies on the market? In fact, given a list of current sales technologies, high-growth companies were more familiar with 95% of the categories listed than flat or declining revenue companies, which on average, were 56% more likely to be unfamiliar with each technology. Percentage of participants who were unfamiliar with each type of sales technology.

Why a Customer-First Approach Is Essential for Company Growth

Velocify

A customer-first approach is essential for company growth, and sales reps that put the customer’s needs first are rewarded with loyal customers, industry credibility, respect and referral business. In terms of customer relationships, that first impression comes in the form of sales, and how salespeople handle themselves has lasting implications for the company. The Sales Incentive for Prioritizing Customer Needs.

How To Reach Your Sales Quota During The Holidays [INFOGRAPHIC]

InsideSales.com

Meeting a sales quota during the holidays can be very challenging for the sales reps. Here’s how sales managers can help. In this article: The Importance of Sales Goal Setting for the Holidays. What Is a Sales Quota? Sales Quota Definition and Types.

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What’s Your Time Worth

The Pipeline

While it may be realistic to expect inside sales teams to sell more than 23% of their time, it is not for others. 23% would mean over two hours a day in front of buyers; let me know when you do that consistently, and we’ll talk. Buyers know that sellers will trade time for cash. Buyers know they will be offered price incentives to bring a deal in sooner, like “end of the quarter.” By Tibor Shanto.

Money Monday – Are You a Sales CLOSER?

Score More Sales

In Ken Krogue’s full day session on Business Development – inside sales tips, strategies, tools, and methodology, this acronym was one of the highlights of his session because it brings everything you need in sales together. Ken has identified over 27 types of inside sales campaigns. The idea is that you can try many different campaigns, or ways to reach potential buyers. The post Money Monday – Are You a Sales CLOSER?

Sales Hacker’s 35 Most Influential Women in Sales

Sales Hacker

Welcome to Sales Hacker’s first-ever Influential Women in Sales list! In this exclusive list, we wanted to honor not just female leaders that promote their own sales platform (no shame in that!) They say “You can’t be what you can’t see,” and the sales floor is no exception.

A Sales Leader’s Blueprint for 2014

Sales Benchmark Index

Your Sales Strategy. It is one thing to have a sales strategy. VPs of Sales are asking the question “What have I done before?”. VPs of Sales are asking questions like: Is our Sales Process good enough? Are my Sales Managers good enough? Do This— Start with a Sales Strategy Blueprint. To have a sales strategy you can execute, it must follow a structured path. By doing so, you will receive: A copy of a Sales Strategy Blueprint.

Sales tactics encyclopedia: 15+ strategies for prospecting, qualifying, and closing

Nutshell

There are hundreds of different sales tactics that you can use to find prospects, qualify leads, and make a sale. It’s typically an outbound marketing method that salespeople or sales development reps (SDRs) are tasked with. There are many ways to find potential buyers.

7 Virtual Alternatives to Generating Leads at Trade Shows

Hubspot Sales

Whether you specialize in inside sales or are a field sales pro, you have likely picked up a lead or two at an event or trade show at some point in your career. You want to make sure you are attracting the right potential buyers, not just anyone with an internet connection.

Is It Time for B2B Sales Teams to Ignore Speed-to-Lead?

Chili Piper

This stat comes from a Harvard Business Review study and for today’s B2B sales and marketing teams, it has several problems…. Speed-to-lead is typically measured as the length of time between a demo request form submission and the first contact attempt from a sales rep. Sales

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7 Virtual Alternatives to Generating Leads at Trade Shows

Hubspot Sales

Whether you specialize in inside sales or are a field sales pro, you have likely picked up a lead or two at an event or trade show at some point in your career. While trade shows can be an effective place to meet and connect with qualified potential buyers, there are alternatives to finding these high-quality leads when attending a live event isn’t in the cards. Here are some ideas: Promote the sale of a specific product or service (number of units sold from an email).

Laurie Page: “Calling Should Ultimately Be Part of Your Touch Cadence”

Cience

As Managing Partner, she leverages her colleagues’ experience in sales process methodology, measurement and metric development, project management, and recruiting to build high performing teams for clients. A trusted advisor, coach, and mentor, Laurie uses her two decades of strategic sales management experience to build the capacity of The Bridge Group and each of its inside sales consultants. The Bridge Group has been a powerful supporter of sales development.

How to work from home as a salesperson: 9 remote sales tips to live by

Nutshell

If you’re a salesperson, this working arrangement has probably been a tough transition—making sales calls from your kitchen table while the kids fight over the remote in the living room isn’t what we’d call an ideal work environment. The Sell to Win Playbook collects 55 of the best expert sales tips we’ve ever published. Or use Nutshell’s click-to-call to make unlimited sales calls on the job.). 16 sales process templates for B2B pipelines.

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Sales Team Gamification and the Virtual #SalesSummit

Smart Selling Tools

The event was deemed the world’s largest virtual sales trade show with a record setting, 15,000 registered participants. Inside Sales” Brooks , and Mark Organ. They work because they create a reason for buyers to pay attention. What Cracker Jack® and now just about every other consumer products manufacturer has figured out is that prizes, games, and contests are a powerful way to get buyers to take action. The objective off the game is to close more sales.

SalesProCentral

Delicious Sales

Sales (12918). Sales Management (2614). Inside Sales (849). Incentives (379). Outside Sales (81). Buyer (2086). Sales Process (1775). THE SALES HUNTER AUGUST 12, 2013 Is Your Sales Process Slow or Fast? Is your sales process slow or fast? MORE >> THE SALES INSIDER AUGUST 13, 2013 What Shakespeare Can Teach You About Predictive Analytics Predictive analytics and Shakespeare have more in common than you think.

Top 20 Sales & Marketing Vendors to Follow on Twitter @Dreamforce ’14

Smart Selling Tools

More than 1400 sessions, more than 350 exhibitors, 18 keynotes, 20 parties, 2 rock concerts, and 5 opportunities to help charities on site, there is perhaps no bigger event for sales and marketers. Sales is all about pursuit: pursuit of the right prospects, pursuit of the right message, pursuit of the right applications. Sales managers love ClearSlide for the insight it offers into their team’s activities, and sales people love the automatic activity logging.

Frank Cespedes: How to Build and Manage Your Multi-Channel Marketing

Cience

His most recent book is Aligning Strategy and Sales: The Choices, Systems, and Behaviors that Drive Effective Selling (Harvard Business Review Press), which was cited as, “the best sales book of the year” ( Strategy + Business ), “a must read” ( Gartner Group) , and “perhaps the best sales book ever” ( Forbes ). His next book is Rethinking Sales: What’s Changing, What’s Not, And Why Knowing the Difference Matters (Harvard Business Review Press, forthcoming). .

Are Your Prospects Reverse-Sandbagging?

Smart Selling Tools

Financial incentives and personal pleas are two options for changing a buyer’s behavior. We selected it as one of the must-have tools in our recent “Smart Inside Sales Tools” ebook and it’s the one I use. Here are a few examples of how Echosign can help change a buyer’s behavior and help your Reps book business quicker. Product Reviews Sales Effectiveness Sales Management echosign esignatures sales software sales tools sandbagging

Sales Hacker’s Top Sales Trends & Predictions You MUST Be Aware Of In 2018

Sales Hacker

The race to the 2017 finish line is in full throttle – While last minute closed deals are still trickling in, B2B organizations are researching how to shape next year’s sales strategy to align with the top sales trends that are expected to emerge in 2018. 2017 was a YUGE year in the world of sales, and we’re predicting that 2018 will be even bigger. Powerful buyer influence of software review sites like G2Crowd & Capterra. Sales Operations Guide

How to launch a cold canvassing campaign: 5 simple steps

Close.io

It’s a great addition to your sales skills , pave the way for closing more business, and become a top-performing sales rep. What is cold canvassing in sales? However you also engage them in your sales process and open opportunities for selling down the road.

Sales dashboard templates, examples & KPIs for high-performing teams

Close.io

Sales data can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, data can help you make smart decisions, uncover new opportunities, and crush sales targets. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, and only deal with the sales data that matters most? The answer: with a sales dashboard. The same goes for your sales team. Choosing, tracking, and optimizing for the wrong sales metrics is a death sentence for you and your team. What is a sales dashboard?

5 Ways that Sales Can Engage with Prospects without Blind Calling

Cincom Smart Selling

That’s Not Selling ) was greeted with many constructive comments and a surprising number of positive reactions on the part of sales folks. Many of these folks correctly guessed or figured out that I have been involved in sales myself. Indeed, I have carried a briefcase around a territory, lived on draws and commissions and also more recently actually looked after a group of inside sales agents. As indicated in the previous piece, the role of Sales is changing.

Seismic Acquires Percolate to Create Exceptional Content Experiences at Every Point in the Customer Journey

Smart Selling Tools

Seismic , the market leader for sales enablement platforms, today announced the acquisition of Percolate, a leading marketing campaign orchestration and content management platform. Seismic, the market leader for sales enablement platforms, today announced the acquisition of Percolate, a leading marketing campaign orchestration and content management platform. Due to rapid changes in buyer behavior and expectations, non-personalized content is now an unacceptable marketing practice.

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