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How to Hire the Sales Executive Your Company Needs

Hubspot Sales

Finding effective leadership in sales is every bit as difficult as it is vital. You need someone with the authority and experience to set and maintain an effective course for your sales efforts. The term that best captures the nature of a sales executive's responsibilities is guidance.

Aligning Customer Objections to the Buying Process

Sales Benchmark Index

Fix your sales problem in 5 easy steps – sounds great, doesn’t it? One of the biggest problems for sales reps is customer objections. In this article I will address an alternative way to look at objection handling – from the point of view of the buyer. As a sales rep, you have a variety of tools in your bag. ‘A’ Talented sales reps will use this customer insight to expertly handle customer objections. Understanding Customer Objections.

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3 Coaching Tips to Help Reps Overcome Sales Objections

Allego

Yet when it comes to preparing sales reps for customer objections, that’s exactly what many managers tacitly say: “I know we didn’t practice responses, so just be confident and get ready to think on your feet. Salespeople dread dealing with tough customer objections. The solution is for sales managers to have reps practice objection handling using a program that incorporates these 3 tips: Give reps guidance on what to say.

How to Handle (Dull) Company Mandated Presentations

Anne Miller

One of the hardest presentations to give is the “standard” company presentation. You know the one I mean, the confidence-killer one that uses this guaranteed-cure-for-insomnia sequence: “Who the company is, Where they are located, How many clients they have, and What products/services they offer. I recently coached a new hire in the construction industry who had to do one of these. You will be in good company.

22 Responses to the Sales Objection "It's Not a Good Time to Buy"

Hubspot Sales

Sales Objection Responses. “If If money and resources were no object, would you be willing to start with our product today?”. What are your company’s other priorities right now?”. Which part of [product/service] do you think would help your company the most?". "Is Are there any large company events/initiatives coming up that would make this a priority?". "Is Prospects commonly use the sales timing objection to stall or force you to walk away.

Jonathan Farrington's Blog ? How To Construct and Implement a.

Jonathan Farrington

How To Construct and Implement a Successful Business Development Strategy. Whilst I very much hope that the super-efficient amongst you had your strategy for 2012 signed off long ago, it may just be that some of you are still in “construction mode” so this will help…. and do please remember, strategies are just as important for individuals as they are for companies! Many strategic sales professionals merely profile their best existing clients and try to replicate them.

Elements of an Effective Elevator Pitch

Understanding the Sales Force

At Objective Management Group (OMG), we ask salespeople to record their elevator pitch and value proposition as part of the sales force evaluation. Some are OK, most are not, and for most companies, there are tremendous inconsistencies between each salesperson's messages. Elevator pitches and UVP's are usually so poorly constructed I have to wonder if anyone in sales leadership puts any time at all into formalizing their messages.

You Have a Board of Directors, Now What?

DiscoverOrg Sales

The life and leadership of your business might go through phases… For my company, it’s pre-investment and post-investment. In the middle of 2014, our bootstrapped sales intelligence company DiscoverOrg accepted a growth equity investment from TA Associates. We set high goals for year-over-year growth, but if we didn’t meet objectives, we were only letting ourselves down.

Your 6-Step Action Plan When You're Getting Zero Sales

Hubspot Sales

You love your new company and buy into its mission. You've read all your company and product literature. Come week seven, you start to question your basic sales abilities. Here is the six-step action plan to employ when you're doing the work but not getting any sales.

Best practices for sales and marketing alignment

Showpad

In many organizations, sales and marketing teams operate in silos, working independently of each other toward disparate goals. . In order to maximize success, sales and marketing must work in tandem toward a common goal. Why sales and marketing alignment is important.

A Four Letter Word Every Seller Should Learn – Sales eXecution 318

The Pipeline

One attribute many successful sales people possess is clarity of purpose, this helps them plan and execute more effectively, as well as help them review their actions and results more objectively. In case you are wondering, the purpose is usually a balance of helping the customers and their employers achieve their objectives, while ensuring their own success. The also-rans, spend time and energy building up calluses to protect their egos from constructive input, and change.

Show, Don’t Tell: 5 Effective Ways to Coach Your Sales Team

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Matthew Sunshine If you’re a sales manager, you know this to be true: Having that tough conversation with a salesperson who isn’t meeting goals is never fun. Now, even if you’re not talking to a future sales superstar, this information is not breaking news.

7 Proactive Sales Strategies to Implement Today

Hubspot Sales

Let’s take a moment to zero in on that last term — what does it really mean to be proactive when working in sales? To know how to take a proactive approach to selling, it is important to also understand what a reactive approach to sales looks like. Proactive Sales Techniques.

9 Ways to Get the Most from Sales Video Coaching

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Lauren Boutwell As the field of sales enablement has evolved and matured, so, too, have its supporting technologies. Accordingly, video coaching has become a popular tool for driving readiness in sales organizations of all sizes and across industries. Sales coaching like this has many documented benefits – from reinforcing training, to culling and promoting best practices, to even positively impacting the bottom line.

How CEOs Can Lead Sales Change through Historic Times

Alice Heiman

If you’re like most CEOs, in March you watched with growing alarm as massive global companies like Dell, Amazon, Twitter, and Google issued work-from-home mandates, and all trade shows and big events were canceled in response to the outbreak. None of this is good news for your company or your sales team – unless you happen to be one of the companies serving a market or industry that’s actually experiencing growth. Keep Sales Going .

5 Sales Enablement Best Practices for Inside Sales Teams

Hubspot Sales

For many leaders, when we hear the term remote sales management, our blood pressure starts to rise. Sales teams are hard enough to manage already, let alone remotely.". Top-tier firms around the world are quickly adopting sales enablement best practices to ensure that performance standards are not only maintained but improve beyond when training was limited to the classroom. Sales Enablement Strategies for Inside Sales Teams. Sales Enablement

CMO Secrets to Impacting the Sales QBR

Sales Benchmark Index

For many marketing leaders the sales team’s QBR is an afterthought. Marketing typically provides updates to the sales team with a rear-view mirror approach. World Class CMO’s pursue involvement in sales QBRs. In some cases the sales team uses the QBR as an open forum to ambush marketing. Marketing becomes the human piñata for all sales complaints. World Class CMO’s dive into sales QBRs with enthusiasm and active engagement.

The Six Secrets to Superior Sales Kickoffs

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Jim Ninivaggi Many companies have their annual sales kickoff (SKO) meetings approaching. Be sure to involve a well-rounded group of members with the right expertise to maximize the SKO experience and impact – including, for example, senior sales leaders, along with sales enablement, product management, product marketing and event planning personnel. The goal is to ensure the field force is ready to execute the sales strategy for the upcoming year.

The Sales Motion: The Body and Soul of an Effective Sales Effort

Hubspot Sales

Closing a sale doesn't happen by chance. There's generally a blueprint in place for most successful sales efforts and a philosophical framework that serves as a reference point for how those steps should be carried out. The combination of that roadmap and ideology is known as a sales motion. A sales motion is the body and soul of a business's sales efforts. Sales Process. Every sales process has its own version of how each step should be carried out.

The Sales Leader's Guide to Performance Management

Hubspot Sales

As a sales leader, your ability to develop and retain your sales reps is important to your company’s bottom line and future success. Employee retention in the sales field continues to be an issue. In 2018, the average sales professional tenure was reported to be 1.5 Furthermore, the average sales professional turnover rate is 35% — a dramatic number compared to the average turnover rate of all industries, which is just 13%. Sales Training

Designing Sales Compensation Plans for Sales Managers (With Examples)

Xactly

When it comes to sales compensation planning, you can never start prepping too early, right? One of the most important things to consider when designing plans are the different roles on your sales team. Constructing the Commission Plan for Sales Managers: Pay Mix and Upside.

How to Increase Sales Tips & Snippets #20 – No We or I as the Seller

Increase Sales

Once again in the quest of how to increase sales, I received another marketing effort that was not about me as the potential customer or client, but was rather all about “we” or “I” as the seller. Sales Coaching Tip: Sales Buying Rule #2 – People buy first on emotion; justified by logic. Here is the message as part of a LinkedIn request to connect: Hello Leanne, We (insert company), specialize (insert products or services) etc.

An Interview with Henry Schuck: 4 Ways to Move the Sales Performance Needle

DiscoverOrg Sales

But to maintain that level of growth when your company is worth $1 million, $10 million, $100 million? Henry has always seen the sales team as the growth engine of the company. So freshly out of a successful Q1, we asked him how the sales team needs to evolve alongside the company in order to support this kind of aggressive growth goal. What sales activities make the biggest difference? What needs to change as a company evolves?

Sales Questions for Discovery

The Digital Sales Institute

Sales questions for discovery, clarification, engaging prospects or gaining commitments are critical across the entire sales process. Customers never stop thinking, so salespeople should never stop crafting great sales questions that improves the quality of sales conversations. But to have conversations that win, the sales questions, messages, storytelling, marketing content, and sales skills need to work together. Sales Questions.

How to Create a Winning Sales Process: 7 Essential Steps

CloserIQ

And the same is true of sales. An effective process is essential to consistent sales revenue. It doesn’t matter if you have the best sales reps in the world and a value proposition that turns your competitors green with envy. So, here’s how to create a winning sales process in seven steps. . Constructing a customer avatar – which represents your ideal customer persona – is an essential part of this stage. Handle objections and obstacles.

Five Tips for Transitioning Into a Sales Leadership Role

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Chris Mason So many of us begin our sales careers as representatives of a company, product, service or all the above. Others opt for the management route, taking on leadership roles and overseeing teams of sales reps. How will a leadership role differ from being a sales rep? Below are five tips to help make that transition from sales rep to sales leader. Focus on doing your job as a sales representative the right way, and don’t cut corners.

Can Your Team Become Challenger Types?

Braveheart Sales

Ever since CEB (now Gartner) published The Challenger Sale in 2011, the book has attracted much publicity. Constructing Tension. The book also presents the concept of Challengers building “constructive tension” using three elements: Teach – Offers unique perspective and maintains two-way communication. For instance, Dave Kurlan and Objective Management Group have been studying the traits that differentiate top producers from others since 1990.

5 Ways to Improve Sales Efficiency

Hubspot Sales

It's true across the board, and sales is no exception. That's why sales efficiency is one of the most important metrics for businesses to understand, track, and ultimately improve. Sales efficiency is, in large part, a measure of the speed of your sales operations. It shows how quickly your reps are converting prospects into leads or making hard sales while still generating high returns on your investments. Why Sales Efficiency Matters.

Five for 5: Five Tips to Virtualize a 5-Day Sales Certification Bootcamp

Mindtickle

Whether you’re a sales enablement leader responsible for sales certification or an L&D practitioner ensuring your customer-facing teams are trained, you’re likely strategizing on how to engage and coach your remote teams.

Sales 2.0 Conference; The Huge Sales Blitz and Sales Processes

Understanding the Sales Force

Understanding the Sales Force by Dave Kurlan Yesterday, I spoke at the Sales 2.0 Apparently, back in the 1920''s, the Salem Chamber of Commerce recruited dozens of business leaders to raise $500,000 in one week for the construction of the hotel. In the 60''s and 70''s, we would have probably called this a sales blitz, where everyone is singularly-focused on finding new sales. It was terrific to share our common beliefs and alignment on sales process.

How to Develop a Sales Compensation Plan (with Templates)

Xactly

Creating sales compensation plans is a challenging task—it’s all about balance, but sometimes the perfect balance can be hard to strike. You need your incentives to drive the right sales behaviors in order to achieve sales objectives. Sales Comp Sales Planning

5 exceptional habits of effective sales leaders

Salesmate

As a sales leader, you are no different from a chess player. Like a chess player, even you have pieces (sales reps) with different capabilities. Effective sales leaders are in full control of the sales game. 5 habits that successful sales leaders possess. Those few become great sales leaders. The difficulty level in sales is increasing at a great pace, so the sales team needs a leader who can keep them on the right track.

Creating a Custom CRM Solution: The 6 Key Steps to Account for

Hubspot Sales

Almost any business — no matter its scale or industry — stands to gain a lot from leveraging a CRM , but there's no universal, ready-made system that perfectly suits every company. Would you like to shape new sales strategies based on advanced analytics?

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If, When, and How You Should Leverage a Sales Gimmick

Hubspot Sales

I don't know if you've ever thought about this before, but sales and professional wrestling don't have very much in common. Sales and professional wrestling can both be cutthroat. As you can assume, sales gimmicks are quite a bit different. Flash Sales as a Case Study.

4 sales lessons we learned from our dads

Nutshell

Success in sales depends a lot on preparation. If you’ve done all the prospect research you can and taken the time to construct a personalized solution for your buyer, you won’t have to worry about your pitch flying apart as soon as you hit the first bump in the road. Improvising your way through a tricky sale can work in a pinch, but being prepared and having a sound process from the beginning gives you the confidence you need to sell effectively.

The Secret to Building Strong Sales Teams

Sales Hacker

In sales, you only go as far as your team will take you. This makes sales hiring one of the most critical pieces of building a high-performing revenue machine. So, how do you think about what kind of sales team you want to build? I think about building sales teams in very much the same way. From there, it is the company’s responsibility to remove roadblocks and make new salespeople an expert on how to sell your product. Do not skimp on Sales Enablement.

How to Rebuttal and Improve Your Sales Techniques

Xactly

As a sales professional, one of the most common things you hear from prospects is an objection. In sales, objections come every day. It’s important that reps understand that when prospects give an objection, they are still giving you valuable information.

Sales Training is Only One-Third of What You Need to Be Doing for Sales Enablement

Sales Hacker

If the impact of your sales enablement initiative seems disappointing or misunderstood, it could be because of your organization’s (all too common) mistake of confusing sales training with sales enablement. There’s no doubt that sales training is key for reps’ foundational knowledge of their company and the product it equips them with the basics they need to do their jobs. What sales enablement isn’t. What sales enablement is.

How Increased Data Privacy and Security Could Impact Sales

Hubspot Sales

These laws help define what information companies can access, how they can access it, and how they have to notify the users it belongs to — among several other issues and concerns. Tailoring their sales efforts to work within the confines of these laws is part of that process. Here, we'll look at two of the most prominent data privacy laws, how businesses are expected to comply with them, and what that compliance means for their sales efforts. Right to object.

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How to Talk with Customers during Coronavirus Fears

Alice Heiman

It’s also affecting companies of all sizes, across all industries. As sales leaders make any necessary adjustments to their team’s daily routines with health and safety in mind, it’s also a good idea to consider how coronavirus will influence sales conversations with customers. If you haven’t already, prepare your team to have constructive conversations with customers (especially those who express fear, worry, or indecision). Listen: Listen carefully to the objection.