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The causes of objections when selling insurance

The Science and Art of Selling

It is an important fact in human nature that each person’s mind tends to construct and live in its own mental world and to resist invasion. It is, of course, difficult to determine the real basis of objections in any individual case.

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

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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.

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 Performance Reviews Can Kill Organizational Culture

Partners in Excellence

We know the litany of complaints, bad implementations, poor communication of expectations, poor or no coaching for performance improvement, poor/misguided review process, and meaningless reporting to keep HR off our backs. Sometimes those comparisons are fair, objective, even constructive.

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. For instance, Dave Kurlan and Objective Management Group have been studying the traits that differentiate top producers from others since 1990.

How B2B Reps Use Social Debt to Get Sales Support

Sales Benchmark Index

B2B Sales Reps compete with their peers for sales support resources. Good Sales Reps consistently secure these resources and create their own virtual teams. You can cash in on Social Debt to build your virtual sales support team. The Sales and Support Relationship.

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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.

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

How to Design a Sales Manager Compensation Plan (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 Commissions in a Sales Manager Compensation Plan.

The step-by-step guide to building an effective sales strategy

Zendesk Sell

In construction, it’s impossible to erect a building if you don’t have one critical document — a blueprint. In this post, we’ll break down what a sales strategy actually is and how you can create your own. What is a sales strategy? Identify sales goals.

How to Run An Ultra-Effective Daily Sales Huddle

Sales Hacker

Few would argue with how important it is for sales leaders to meet with their sales people on a regular basis. Common interactions typically include the monthly or weekly 1-on-1, sales kickoffs, weekly sales team meetings , and the quarterly performance review.

4 ways to use your CRM to power your sales and marketing feedback loop

Zendesk Sell

Aligning sales and marketing teams is a struggle for many companies. The sales department grows frustrated because they don’t have the necessary material (i.e., blog posts, white papers, eBooks) to make a sale. Therefore, marketing may become annoyed when sales doesn’t even use what they produce. The language adopted by marketing to communicate with customers is also often different from the jargon used by sales. How will SQLs be passed on to sales?

What Sales Attitudes Do You Seek When Hiring?

Increase Sales

You want top sales performers. From your own past selling experience, you know top sales performers have the right sales attitudes reinforced by certain sales skills. Yet, how do you find if those sales skills really exist beyond the standard hiring interview?

Warning: Your Lack of Data Insight is Killing Your Career

Sales Benchmark Index

Your credibility, value and career in Sales Ops hinges on your use of data. The cycle of data capture/report, data capture/report is totally inadequate. Below, I offer the Sales Ops Analytics Guide to help. Big Brain Bill supports eastern US sales.

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A Playbook for Data-Driven Sales Enablement

Mindtickle

According to research from CSO Insights, “organizations with successful sales enablement programs see 67% quota attainment, compared to only 42% for companies that admit their enablement programs fall short of expectations”. How can you tell whether an individual rep is sales-ready?

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3 Things Sales Leaders Must do to Stay in Sync with Their Sales Team

A Sales Guy

You have a sales process in place, but the sales manager and sales people are using separate spread sheets with additional stages, because the current sales process doesn’t meet their needs. Hold yourself accountable TO the sales team: .

7 skills you’ll need to become a sales manager

Close.io

So you want to become a sales manager ? Making the leap from sales practitioner to sales manager doesn’t have as much to do with being a rockstar that boasts the highest close rate on your team—as it’s concerned with your ability to motivate, lead and elevate others to achieve more.

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.

All-Time Top Kurlan Sales Article

Understanding the Sales Force

Understanding the Sales Force by Dave Kurlan As promised for today, I'm revealing the single article, from among my former 999 blog articles which my readers voted "best", to be my 1,000th post. The assessment to which he referred was a personality assessment marketed as a sales assessment.

CRM Implementation Best Practices: Your Nifty 4-Point Checklist

Sales Hacker

A sales manager’s role in this successful implementation. Even more troubling, you aren’t seeing the lift in sales performance that you used as justification for your substantial investment. ” What Role Does a Sales Manager Play Here? There’s a lot of data being reported in your sales force right now. One of our clients was distributing 28 sales management reports every month to its front-line sales managers.

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The MBO Bonus – Definition, Tips, and Considerations

Xactly

To be successful, these bonuses and objectives should stem directly from higher-level organizational targets. Download our "Ultimate Guide to Sales Compensation Planning" for incentive best practices and everything you need for a sales comp plan design project.

When Business Is Slow, It's Time to Work on These 13 Things

Hubspot Sales

However, that tendency in startups can lead to burned-out sales reps and a business ill-prepared to scale. There are times when business is slow for a sales department. Your sales department can be experiencing slow business for a variety of reasons. Pipeline Sales Metrics.

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.

The Modern Manager’s Guide to a Productive Coaching Session

LevelEleven

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, coaching is crucial to success in sales. According to CSO Insights 2016 Sales Enablement Report , “Sales coaching is a leadership skill that develops each salesperson’s full potential.”

Warning: Your Lack of Data Insight is Killing Your Career

Sales Benchmark Index

Your credibility, value and career in Sales Ops hinges on your use of data. The cycle of data capture/report, data capture/report is totally inadequate. Below, I offer the Sales Ops Analytics Guide to help. Big Brain Bill supports eastern US sales.

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You Have a Board of Directors, Now What?

DiscoverOrg Sales

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.

5 Proven Steps to Sell Smarter

Sales Benchmark Index

A field Sales Rep should be spending around 64% of those available hours selling. The statistics I share below are from SBI’s 2012 Sales & Marketing Research. These tools will help you excel in your current and future sales positions. No direct reports?

How MindTickle’s Best-in-Class ‘Missions’ Virtual Role-Play Got Even Better in 2019

Mindtickle

In addition, MindTickle customers are creating Missions to target use cases in all sales stages. Admins can quickly create visibility around managers/reviewers who take the extra effort in providing the most constructive feedback. Sales Coaching

Why You Need Social Influencers

Sales and Marketing Management

In fact, a Social Media Examiner study reports that 19 percent of B2B marketers engage on Twitter, 30 percent favor Facebook, and a whopping 41 percent show LinkedIn love. What has allowed social media influence to help these brands generate B2B sales?

The 5 Essential Components of Digital Transformation

DialSource

Digital Transformation in Sales. How is the digital uprising, and the concurrent shift to the knowledge economy, impacting the sales environment? Sales teams need to be smarter when it comes to serving the new digital consumer. – Salesforce State of Sales Report 2018.

How to Setup a Commission Plan in Six Steps

Xactly

Motivating your sales reps is one of the key factors of sales success. In most sales organizations, the sales commission plan is the best way to do this. Your sales commission plan is a portion of your sales compensation plan. Optimize Your Sales Plan.

Sales coaching at scale in 2019: How to improve performance across Sales teams

Showpad

Successful Sales is a combination of art and science. Modern analytics platforms provide data at a breakneck pace that can galvanize the Sales process. But Sales is still about the perfection of communication, at its essence. That’s why Sales coaching is so important. .

Tapping Into Your Soft Side with Emotional Intelligence in Sales

Sales Hacker

And that’s why achieving your success potential in sales is directly proportional to your emotional intelligence in sales. Sales is tough, but even that is an understatement. And more than a third reported that their career negatively impacts their personal life.

How Can CPQ Help with Sales Effectiveness?

Cincom Smart Selling

That, along with making a profit, is the whole point of sales. To make this easier, some best-in-class businesses have chosen to use Configure-Price-Quote (CPQ) applications to help within their sales processes. But what can CPQ do to make your sales process more effective? CPQ users are 38 percent more likely than other firms to take this strategic action, and their business results as reported above show how they accrue valuable benefits.

How to Master the Deal Review

Altify

I’m a big fan of a strong operating cadence in a sales organization. Weekly and sometimes daily sales forecast reviews have become commonplace in most sales teams today. Worse yet, they rarely get constructive feedback that will truly help them advance the deal.

Sales Training Tips to Sell Smarter

Customer Centric Selling

Sales Training Article: 5 Proven Steps to Sell Smarter. By Dan Bernoske, Sales Benchmark Index (SBI) Of the 365 days in a year, you can spend 232 of them selling (See Exhibit A). A field Sales Rep should be spending around 64% of those available hours selling. No direct reports?