Why Your Inside Sales Reps Don't Last

Sales Benchmark Index

Throughout our history with the company, we performed multiple projects- Sales Process, Sales Structure, and Channel Management. Register here for a copy of our Inside Sales talent management scorecard to see how Inside Sales Reps should be evaluated.

12 inside sales skills you need to master to be a top-performing rep

Close.io

If you’ve got ambitions of becoming a top inside sales rep at your company, you’re going to have to build and sharpen these critical sales skills first. Want to master today's most important sales skills? GET FREE ACCESS TO THE SALES LIBRARY NOW. Closing the sale.

Your Channel Partners Aren’t The Enemy!

Partners in Excellence

They can’t afford to hire enough sales people to cover the markets, they don’t have enough deep expertise in certain markets, they need to collaborate with others to provide a complete solution to their customers. Most organizations have found they need to leverage some form of partner or channel to reach all the potential customers, maximizing their ability to sell and grow. In the end, through this benign neglect, the channel never quite reaches it’s potential.

Rethinking The Sales Organization

Partners in Excellence

In the “old days” the structure of the sales organization was pretty simple. Hire a bunch of people, give them territories with goals and turn them loose to sell. Customers order products from the web, not needing much sales engagement.

Inside vs. Outside Sales: How to Structure a Sales Team for Success

Hubspot Sales

Inside vs. Outside Sales. Inside sales reps often sell remotely, from an office base, while outside sales reps travel, brokering face-to-face deals. 47% of all salespeople work in inside sales, with 53% representing outside sales. Outside Sale

Hiring a Sales Manager - External or Internal?

Sales Benchmark Index

"Should we hire an external Sales Manager or promote from within?". Open Sales Management positions are bad for sales organizations. Having the wrong Sales Manager (SM) is worse. This post helps you decide between hiring an internal or external Sales Manager.

Is Anyone Leading Lead Management?

Pointclear

Sales Lead Management is a complicated process. Sales lead management is a tough subject to truly get your arms around. There are dozens of outside vendors who say they manage some portion of the sales lead process and more than two dozen internal departments that contribute to the process and the decision making. My point is this—you need a Sales Lead Manager to pull all of the competing departments and managers together to obtain the best revenue per lead for your company.

How to Identify your Team’s Most Effective Prospectors

LeadIQ

It doesn’t matter what you call the role: the sales development rep (SDR), the business development rep (BDR) or the inside sales rep (ISR). Measuring a sales development rep’s effectiveness matters. Many sales managers know this. By: Doug Dzina.

How to Identify your Team’s Most Effective Prospectors

LeadIQ

It doesn’t matter what you call the role: the sales development rep (SDR), the business development rep (BDR) or the inside sales rep (ISR). Measuring a sales development rep’s effectiveness matters. Many sales managers know this. By: Doug Dzina.

Don’t Just.

A Sales Guy

hire a two new sales reps. redo the sales process. change the sales strategy. promote a new sales manager. establish new territories. create a sales operations function. establish and inside sales team. build an outside sales team. develop a channel strategy. ” or “Let’s just create and inside sales team.” You can’t just. create a new comp plan and commission structure.

Inside/Outside, Is It Even Relevant Anymore?

Partners in Excellence

Sometimes I wonder about the discussions I hear about Inside versus Outside/Field/Direct sales. In ancient times, when I started selling (the ’80’s), I started as a direct/field sales person. We field sales guys were, honestly, relieved.

Sales productivity – it’s the time, stupid

Sales Training Connection

Increasing sales productivity. Senior sales leadership spends a great deal of time thinking about how to improve sales productivity. They invest in sales training . They change compensation systems and territorial designs. Adding Channels. Sales Training.

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Why Sales Organizations Fail-Harvard Business Review

HeavyHitter Sales

Here’s one of my recent Harvard Business Review articles titled the  Why Sales Organizations Fail.           What prevents a sales organization from achieving success? The Build stage is when the sales organization is first establishing itself.

If Your Sales Strategies Don’t Include at Least One of These, You’re in Trouble

A Sales Guy

For sales leaders, this means identifying and executing on a new set of sales strategies to make our new number. Unfortunately, for most sales organizations there is very little strategy and a whole lot of goals. If you’re head of sales and you’re responsible for growth goals you need strategies NOT just goals. At the end of the day growth strategies are going to be different based on the industry, the company, the sales organization, the products and more.

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 reps can use DocuSign right from within Salesforce CRM. Fantasy Sales Team.

Sales Compensation Best Practices

The Sales Leader

Countless commission structures fail despite the best intentions of sales leaders. More fail when sales managers don’t explain their plans properly. Review and edit the plan with your sales manager, and bring a non-sales manager into the discussion for a different point of view.

Quantifying Sales & Marketing Maturity

OutboundView

Quantifying Sales & Marketing Maturity for VCs, Corporate M&A, & Private Equity. They were in the middle of uncovering just how much work they had to do on the sales and marketing front. The existing sales and marketing leadership was really struggling with everything from top of funnel lead generation to building the right org structure. And, from a maturity perspective, how mature is the sales and marketing organization compared to those key competitors.

SalesProCentral

Delicious Sales

Sales (12918). Sales Management (2614). Inside Sales (849). Channels (799). Outside Sales (81). Sales Process (1775). THE SALES HUNTER AUGUST 12, 2013 Is Your Sales Process Slow or Fast? Is your sales process slow or fast? sales

The Sales Stack, Another View

Partners in Excellence

My friend, Jim Keenan, wrote an interesting post on “The Sales Stack.” So let’s look at what an “OSI model of sales” might look like (at least my view). As we (our companies) develop our Go To Market Strategies and our Sales Stacks, we have to start with the customer. Too often, we don’t do a good job of this, wasting lots of time and resource by having sales people chase the wrong deals. Layer 3: First line sales management.