Sales Reps Love Their CRM!

Smart Selling Tools

Sales reps love their CRM. In fact, who doesn’t love a good forecast session with their sales manager? Not only that, sales reps see tremendous value in the information reported back to them from the CRM. IT HASN’T AUTOMATED THE SALES PROCESS, SO WHAT?

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Uncover the Blind Spots in Your Territory

Sales Benchmark Index

When your territory is changed, it opens a lot of questions for Sales Reps. Good Managers can provide answers, but typically from the “big picture” perspective. But can you, the Sales Rep, make a living in this new patch? To answer those questions, we built a Territory Evaluator. This downloadable tool helps you evaluate your new territory in relevant terms: Selling time as required to meet quota. Why Territories Change. Account Management Time.

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CRM’s Big Blind Spot: Measuring Sales Managers

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Jason Jordan Question: Why does senior leadership buy CRM? For most organizations, the answer is to gain visibility into the activities of individual sales reps. If leaders can’t see what salespeople are doing, they can’t manage what their reps are doing. Nor can they make smart investments in improving sales capability. Basically, we buy CRM to measure and improve our front-line sellers’ performance. Management Matters.

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The top 9 sales management software tools of 2020

Nutshell

Sales managers are responsible for growing revenue. The right sales management software helps managers achieve all of these goals, from the daily tasks to the big picture. What is sales management software? Sales dashboard. Sales reporting.

7 Must-Have Automated Documents for Sales Success

don’t move as quickly as they’d like--especially when it comes to sales teams. Many companies have adopted technologies like customer relationship management. CRM) platforms, lead funnel strategies, and new communications tools to accelerate. State of Sales Productivity Report.

Five Elements of an Effective Sales Territory Map

Xactly

The sales territory is a geographical area that is managed by a sales rep or sales team. A territory can be defined by sales potential, history, geography, or a combination of the above. See if your sales territories have room for improvement.

The Key to Sales Territory Mapping

Xactly

In order to manage your sales performance, you need effective sales territory mapping. Sales territory design must be a thoughtful process that involves data and a balancing act to ensure every sales rep has adequate sales potential within their territory.

5 Benefits of Territory Mapping Software

Xactly

Your sales territories are geographical areas managed by a sales rep or sales team. A territory can be defined by several factors, but most commonly, territories are mapped based on sales potential, sales history, geography, or a combination of factors.

Five Elements of an Effective Sales Territory Map

Xactly

Your sales territories are geographical areas managed by a sales rep or sales team. A territory can be defined by several factors, but most commonly, territories are mapped based on sales potential, sales history, geography, or a combination of factors.

How to Optimize Sale Territories for a Strategic Advantage

Xactly

Effective territory design is the basis of strategic sales planning. Balanced territories allow you to set fair quotas, which have a huge impact on your incentive compensation and success of your salesforce. Ultimately, if your sales territories aren’t optimized, you hinder sales reps’ motivation and performance. The Effect of Bad Territory Planning on Sales Performance. Lower sales rep morale and decreased motivation.

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. Let''s say Hanna, Sale''s HR Business Partner, must find a new Sales Manager. Hanna has two candidates to help Sales decide between: Iris and Eddie.

The Scalable Sales Manager: the Key to Unlocking Your Sales Teams’ True Potential

Smart Selling Tools

The Scalable Sales Manager: The Key to Unlocking Your Sales Teams’ True Potential. The role of Sales Manager has always been one of the hardest jobs in sales. To say that sales managers have their work cut out for them would be a massive understatement.

20 CRM Myths That Hinder Organizations from Achieving Sales Greatness

Accent Technologies

Many sales reps are apprehensive about learning and using a CRM, and some organizations are therefore reluctant to invest in a platform that their reps “won’t use.”. A lot of CRM apprehension stems from misunderstandings. CRM Usage Myths. Quote management.

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Practical Market, Territory and Account Planning

Pipeliner

Off the Cuff Instant Interview Question: “What are some tips for doing practical market, territory and account planning?”. While those of us in sales are usually viewed as not the best of planners, my experience is that we welcome practical, streamlined planning that helps win business. Market Understanding – The fundamentals are the bedrock for sound business decisions, focusing on: Accounts: Verticals, challenges, sizes, sales cycles, market attraction, etc.

Firing Your Sales Manager or Boss

Pipeliner

The job of a sales manager is to provide a succeeding environment for salespeople. Beyond that, it’s providing viable territories and targets, proper support levels, tools for training and enablement, demand generation leadership, and the removal of internal roadblocks. But he was not able to provide me with a viable territory. If I’m to make my number I need additional territory while building this new vertical which I’m happy to do.”.

10 Reasons To Hug Your Sales Manager

Tony Hughes

Sales Management is without doubt the most important link in the revenue chain. It’s also the toughest role in a company because it’s where the person is squeezed between the relentless expectations of executive management and sellers who struggle to differentiate in ferociously competitive markets. If you’re a sales person you probably don't fully understand what your sales manager really does for you beyond approving your expenses and hassling you about the forecast.

The Crucial Points of CRM Implementation

Pipeliner

When it comes to CRM implementation, I definitely know of what I speak. Pipeliner CRM implementation can be done in a fraction of the time of our competitors — without a consultant. For any CRM, here are the fine points of implementation. For CRM implementation, there are 4 basic roles: Project Owner. Sales Manager. Note that the “project owner” is the person who is overall responsible for CRM implementation. Sales Manager.

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Drama: It Costs Sales Management

Pipeliner

It’s Monday morning and Jennifer in Sales Management needs to provide feedback about sales performance and attitude to Joe, a team member. So she puts off the feedback meeting again, hoping that Joe will magically improve his attitude and sales performance. As a result, he leads a comfortable life and continues to produce status quo sales results, which creates a status quo sales culture. Improve your sales-management skills.

Sales Management Software: Don’t Forget CPQ!

Cincom Smart Selling

Sales management software tools cover a vast amount of functional territory. The sales management process involves many things that are not directly tied to selling. Complex organizations often require sales managers to oversee many mundane tasks and processes that support the organization itself but offer little in return in the form of increased sales, shorter closing times or happier customers. After-sale support.

Sales Management Software: Don’t Forget CPQ!

Cincom Smart Selling

Sales management software tools cover a vast amount of functional territory. The sales management process involves many things that are not directly tied to selling. Complex organizations often require sales managers to oversee many mundane tasks and processes that support the organization itself but offer little in return in the form of increased sales, shorter closing times or happier customers. After-sale support.

Sales Management Review Cadence

Partners in Excellence

I’m not sure anyone looks forward to the Sales Management Review (sometimes these are called QBR’s, but there are other reviews). It’s unfortunate, because there’s a huge amount of value in the review process–both for sales people and managers. No value to the sales person. In this post, I want to focus on the last point — the cadence for the management review process.

New sales managers – starting off on the right foot

Sales Training Connection

New Sales Managers. Customers now want sales reps who are trusted advisors not product facilitators. All this means that in order for a sales team to be successful in the years ahead, front-line managers need be highly skilled. It is not an overstatement to suggest that front-line sales managers truly have become the pivotal job for sales success. Let’s look at how a new sales manager can get off on the right foot.

7 Key Responsibilities of Sales Managers

Pipeliner

Before, salespeople armed with price structure, territory and targets did fine as long as they managed their territory and produced results. Sales management provided oversight, bridged with corporate and could be hands-off. A study by Docurated found that only one third of a sales rep’s day is actually spent selling, while another third is spent searching for or creating content. 25 percent goes to reporting, administrative and CRM-related tasks.

8 KPIs Every Sales Manager Should Measure in 2018

Hubspot Sales

KPIs for Sales Managers. Sales Volume by Location. Sales managers -- and particularly field sales managers -- can often feel like they are trapped in a fog. The best way for field managers to gain visibility into their team’s activity is to collect and measure both team and product performance through KPIs. Download our free report here to learn the top 3 metrics ranked by sales professionals. Sales Volume by Location.

Sales managers – 6 tips when transitioning to a new sales team

Sales Training Connection

Sales manager with a new sales team. As most in sales leadership would share – the front-line sales manager is the pivotal job for building and sustaining sales success. And, perhaps the most critical time for any sales manager is when first taking over a new sales team. Let’s take a look using the scenario of an existing sales manager from inside the company taking over an existing sales team in another region.

15 Job Interview Questions to Ask a Sales Manager Candidate in 2018

Hubspot Sales

Questions for Interviewing a Sales Manager. Why do you want to be a sales manager? Pretend I'm a sales rep who has missed quota three months in a row. What made you successful as a sales rep? How will your processes inform how you manage your team? What do you like and dislike about the sales process? What does a good manager need to do within this organization? Sales Manager Interview Questions. Sales Interviewing

Sales Tech Game Changers: @InsideView – How to Identify New Market Opportunities

Smart Selling Tools

In this series, we ask Sales Tech Executives to describe how their solution can change a sales organization in a significant way. We call it Sales Tech Game Changers. Nancy: What are the top 3 ways your solution changes the game for a sales organization?

CRM, Sales 2.0 And Compliance

Partners in Excellence

Hang around any conference about CRM or any of the Sales 2.0 Compliance is basically code for, “How do we get the sales people to use this stuff?” ” Virtually every CRM system has standard reports for managers to look at compliance. I think the issue is the value of these tools is obvious and critical to sales people. A sales person would never fight the use of Word, PowerPoint, or Excel.

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I Don’t Want Your Stinkin’ CRM System

Partners in Excellence

I allow myself to get sucked into discussions about CRM systems. Basically the arguments are sales people versus management. The sales people are using all the classic arguments—”it wastes my time and diverts me from selling activities,” “it doesn’t help me sell more,” “it’s management’s way of micromanaging me,” “all I do is spend endless hours doing reports, I’m supposed to sell!”

CRM Plus CPQ vs. The Sales Rep from Hell

Cincom Smart Selling

In the classic play and movie, Glengarry Glen Ross , Blake, the somewhat strident troubleshooter from downtown, informs us that “ Sales is a tough racket. ”. Selling is not only tough on the sales rep, it is also tough on the company. Companies frequently find themselves prey to unscrupulous or incompetent sales reps or simply bad business practices. As a VP or director of sales, you’re ultimately responsible for the actions of your sales team.

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How Much Time Will Our CRM System Take From Me?

Partners in Excellence

I’m working with an organization implementing it’s first CRM system. One of the managers just came to me, saying, “The people are worried. How much time should the be spending on the CRM system each day?” It’s one that I know concerns sales people and managers, but most don’t have the courage to ask. They think of using CRM as another task piled onto already packed, often unrealistic agendas.

The Pipeline ? Shrink Your Way To Success

The Pipeline

The Pipeline Renbor Sales Solutions Inc.s Stored in Attitude , Business Acumen , EDGE Sales Process , Metrics , Productivity , Sales Success , Territory Alignment , execution. They say you can’t shrink your way to success, but perhaps there are situations in sales where you can. By shrinking your territories, strategically where it make sense. logically shrink territories. Not all sales people have the same skills. HR Management.

10 Ways To Optimize Your Sales Process Through Sales Data

Sales Hacker

You’re collecting all this sales data but are you really getting your best use out of it? Your data is the key to optimizing your revenue engine and kicking your sales process into high gear. Here are 10 ways to improve your sales process by leveraging your CRM data.

Choosing the best CRM for sales [Insider’s guide]

OnePageCRM

“I remember the first time I got my own CRM for sales, nearly 10 years ago” recounts author and sales coach Adam Metz. And that’s thanks for the most part, to good data management.” ” There are two main reasons sales CRM adoption fails for sales teams trying to increase their performance. But first let me get the basics out of the way to get everyone up to speed on the terminology and what a sales CRM is.

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The insider’s guide to choosing the best CRM for your sales organization

OnePageCRM

“I remember the first time I got my own CRM system, nearly 10 years ago” recounts author and sales coach Adam Metz. And that’s thanks for the most part, to good data management.” ” There are two main reasons CRM adoption fails for sales teams trying to increase their performance. But first let me get the basics out of the way to get everyone up to speed on the terminology and what a CRM is. Do you need a CRM? Sales leads.

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The Pipeline ? Talking Long-Term ? Acting Short-Term ? Sales.

The Pipeline

The Pipeline Renbor Sales Solutions Inc.s Talking Long-Term – Acting Short-Term – Sales eXchange – 109. Stored in Attitude , Business Acumen , Buying Process , Communication , EDGE Sales Process , Funnel management , Interactive Selling , Proactive , Proactivity , Sales Leadership , Sales Success , Sales eXchange , Sell Better , Shorter sales cycle , execution. But in ways that sabotage the sale but scaring and/or alienating the buyer.

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The Pipeline ? Retarded Sales Behavior and The Reasons We.

The Pipeline

The Pipeline Renbor Sales Solutions Inc.s Retarded Sales Behavior and The Reasons We Under-Perform. Stored in Attitude , EDGE Selling , Guest Post , Proactivity , Sales Strategy , Sales Tool , execution. We’ve become a generation of retarded under-performing sales semi-professionals. Instead of being thought-leaders we’ve become frenetic, selfish territory managers. Trading one Mickey Mouse sales idea for the next. Sales Fun.

The Pipeline ? ?But we're not IBM?

The Pipeline

The Pipeline Renbor Sales Solutions Inc.s “But we’re not IBM” Stored in Attitude , Business Acumen , Communication , Communication Strategy , Guest Post , Prospecting , Sales 2.0 , Sales Strategy , Sales Success , Social Selling. If you are in sales and your mandate is to sell to companies within your geographical territory, you have probably faced a scenario similar to the one that follows. A Random Walk Up Sales Street.

Performance Management Friday — Compliance Is Not The Point Of CRM Systems!

Partners in Excellence

There’s always a lot of discussion in the Sales 2.0, CRM worlds about compliance. While some of the vendors would claim it’s important, the goal of CRM is not system utilization. CRM is supposed to help sales people be more effective and more efficient. It’s supposed to help them better manage their opportunities, territories, and time. But managing our deals, pipelines and territories are much more complex.

4 Free Tools to Streamline Your Remote Sales Force

InsightSquared

For those of us in the sales profession, we are fortunate to have a remote work option (in most cases) that allows us to continue working. However, this is uncharted territory for many, and can be difficult to adapt to. While we cannot impact the behavior of your buyers, we can ensure that you and your sales organization do not skip a beat during this time of uncertainty. Sales Funnel. There is no better time to closely monitor your sales funnel than now.

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