Inside Sales: Listen Up!

No More Cold Calling

What salespeople—and sales managers— need to understand is that calls are either hot or cold. No One Wants to Get a Cold Call I don’t answer cold calls, and I don’t respond to cold emails—and neither do the decision-makers you want to reach.

10 Inside Sales Ideas From Ken Krogue

Score More Sales

Last week I had the pleasure of spending a day with Ken Krogue, co-founder of InsideSales.com , inside sales pioneer, and Forbes columnist It was great. A CSO Insights study found that companies who had put CRM into their sales process only increased revenues by 17%.

Treasure Trove of Inside Sales Tips

Score More Sales

That’s why we went back to the Score More Sales blog vault and put together our top tips from the popular “Inside Sales Tips” series we ran this past year. Get a valuable conversation going with a decision maker.

Inside Sales Power Tip 134 – Show Appreciation

Score More Sales

Those of us in remote, professional selling (also known as Inside Sales) need to be more aware of the massive, incredible power of appreciation. Subscribe to the award-winning blog and the “Sales Ideas In A Minute” newsletter for sales strategies, tactics, and tips in selling.

Inside Sales Power Tip 146 – Strengths

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talking to decision makers? Sales teams that perform the best tend to have specialists at every part of the sales pipeline. How can you focus on your strengths to grow your pipeline and ultimately your sales?

Inside Sales Power Tip 116 – Call Deep

Score More Sales

A common issue among newer remote (inside) sales pros is that we tend to latch on to one person within a company to call on. This is one of the TOP issues I see when meeting with an inside sales team or with individual sellers.

Inside Sales Power Tip 141 – Get a Second Opinion

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In talking with a wide number of sales pros in the last week it hit me that our profession keeps us somewhat isolated. Subscribe to the award-winning blog and the “Sales Ideas In A Minute” newsletter for sales strategies, tactics, and tips in selling.

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.

10 Reasons Why Inside Sales Will Displace Field Sales Teams by 2015

Pointclear

To read an excerpt from her latest book, Smart Sales Manager , click here. Today’s “new normal” sales landscape has sales leaders scratching their heads, wondering about the best way to structure their sales organizations. Should they keep their expensive sales duo: inside sales AND field sales? Or just go with inside sales? The following trends indicate that field sales teams are becoming extinct.

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.

Qualifying: Why Timeline is So Important

Mr. Inside Sales

If there are steps or processes or other decision makers on their end (or competition they are evaluating), then these are the real roadblocks that will stall your deal. The sooner you understand their timing, the sooner you’ll know how to drive the sale.

5 Questions Every Account-Based Marketing Pro Has Answered

Velocify

Sales has been targeting contacts at key accounts for decades. On the marketing side, account-based marketing (ABM) has gained major traction, becoming a key strategy to better align with sales and close quality deals. Sales stages. Individual sales rep effectiveness.

Gatekeepers : Six Things NOT to Do

Mr. Inside Sales

The first step to getting put through to decision makers is to make the receptionist’s job easy. Some sales people think that if they just bully their way in, the gatekeeper will step aside and let them through.

Pitching the Gatekeeper Won’t Get You to the DM

Mr. Inside Sales

One of the biggest mistakes I still hear sales reps making is pitching the gatekeeper or receptionist in hopes of them being so impressed that they will put them through to the Decision Maker (DM). Cold Calling Scripts sales skills cold calling scripts receptionist gatekeeper

Avoid these 3 Mistakes when Dealing with the Gatekeeper

Mr. Inside Sales

In fact, just last week I was reviewing a client’s sales team’s calls, and I repeatedly heard many of the reps making these common mistakes. In fact, when you just give your name and pause, it telegraphs to the gatekeeper that you are a sales rep and that you should be screened out.

3 Reasons Storytelling Skepticism creates Decision Making Mistrust

Babette Ten Haken

When storytelling skepticism creates decision making mistrust, your storytelling strategy falls short of convincing customers to do business with you. Sometimes, even a live inside sales person calls the individual downloading the asset.

Mad Men Era: 3 Timeless Sales Techniques

Velocify

How the sales profession has evolved from the Mad Men era, the tools change but the basics endure. Wining and dining is much less frequent in today’s sales environment with more deals done remotely; however, sales reps have an advantage that didn’t exist 50 years ago — the worldwide web.

Two Killer Questions to Open & Close a Sale

Mr. Inside Sales

Here’s what happened: As he was leaving, and right after meeting with the IT Director, he asked him how he could get in front of the new CFO (knowing that the CFO was the ultimate decision maker). He continued: “This situation revealed the real challenge we face as inside sales reps.

Sales Management: The One Metric That Matters Most

Mr. Inside Sales

I’m here this week presenting at the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals (AA-ISP) Leadership Summit. And the one metric I’ll be speaking about is the one that is the most important one for driving sales and making revenues. Sales Management Sales Tips

Stop Pitching the Gatekeeper – and What to Do Instead

Mr. Inside Sales

One of the biggest mistakes many inside sales reps make is pitching the gatekeeper. To start with, the gatekeeper is just that – someone whose job it is to screen salespeople from getting through to the decision maker. Again, they are gatekeepers – not decision makers.

Putting the Human Back in Sales Conversations

DiscoverOrg Sales

This is second installment detailing DiscoverOrg’s TiLT Sales Development Challenge and it’s 10 core learning modules. Are you leaving money on the table by not empowering your sales development teams with the ability to connect with prospects?

Sales is a Numbers Game | Track Phone Cold Call Lead Activity Daily

Mr. Inside Sales

Find out why sales is a numbers game and why using a daily phone cold call lead activity tracker and prospect management system such as a team goal tracking spreadsheet or calendar is vital to success. Ever ended the month below your sales quota? Some Will, Some Won’t, Whose Next?

The Best Cold Calling Tip Is Stop Immediately (Do This Instead)

No More Cold Calling

percent of sales reps made quota last year. Cold calling doesn’t address the top two challenges that sales teams face. That means sales reps spend a lot of time on the phone, getting absolutely nowhere. Source: Sales Benchmark Index ). They gain access to decision makers.

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

The 7 B2B Sales Books To Read in 2015

HeavyHitter Sales

    The team at RingDNA just released their list of the top seven B2B sales books you should read in 2015. Sales Strategy: Competitive Insights from Interviews with 1,000+ Key Information Technology Decision Makers and Top Technology Salespeople was at the top of their list. 

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How to make sales calls [The Ultimate Guide] – Part 2

OnePageCRM

The ultimate guide to planning, conducting and tracking your outbound sales calls. Since you’re cold-calling, chances are you don’t have a direct line to the decision-maker you’re trying to reach. The first person you speak to is essentially the first decision-maker.

Swag for Days: 13 Don’t-Miss Dreamforce Events 2018

DiscoverOrg Sales

The cultural phenomenon that is Dreamforce – the Burning Man of the sales world – is a testament to the influence wielded by today’s sales and marketing professionals. Have lots of decision-makers involved in sales cycle. Sales and marketing alignment.

Handling & Overcoming Common Objections in Phone Cold Call Prospecting

Mr. Inside Sales

Discover sales training with best tips, rebuttal techniques and responses on how to go about handling and overcoming most common objections in phone cold call prospecting. Prospecting by phone can be hard—gatekeepers screening you out, decision makers don’t want to talk to you, etc.—but

How to Cold Call for Sales | Cold Calling Techniques that Really Work

Mr. Inside Sales

Discover cold calling tips, best practices and techniques to avoid and learn ways that really work on how to make effective B2B cold calls for sales. By following the 3 tips below, you can begin building better rapport with all the sales leads you’ve taken the time to learn more about.

How to find, interview and hire great sales people [ 22 Interview questions included ]

OnePageCRM

That’s the cost of a sales rep mis-hire, according to research by Dr. Brad Smart of Topgrading Inc., a firm that helps companies assess sales candidates. Based on our studies, the average cost of a mis-hire can be six times base salary for a sales rep, 15 times base salary for a manager, and as much as 27 times base salary for an executive.” But how do you identify a great sales hire? Not all sales people come from the same aggressive ABC (Always Be Closing) mold.

Most Popular Article of the Last Two Years!

Mr. Inside Sales

As a sales rep, you need solutions to the problems you face when selling over the phone. And that’s why my blog has thousands of subscribers and why more and more sales teams are added daily. appeared first on Mr. Inside Sales. Sales Tips

The Reason You are calling, is… – Sales eXecution 320

The Pipeline

As a reader of this blog you have heard me say that whoever coined the phrase “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” was not in sales. As more and more sales organizations turn to an inside sales approach, this becomes a greater factor.

Personalize Communications and Win High-Value Clients With Account-Based Marketing

Sales and Marketing Management

An essential tool for doing that deep dive to gain intelligence about the account is your inside sales team or telemarketing firm. That’s because one-on-one conversations are essential for building a genuine human relationship and learning the intricacies of how a buying team makes decisions. It’s not necessary, and perhaps not even wise, to start by talking with the individual who you believe is the ultimate decision maker.

Sales Prospecting in Beast Mode

Score More Sales

What if that decision maker you have been wanting to reach IS around today? ” Lori Richardson is recognized on Forbes as one of the “Top 30 Social Sales Influencers” worldwide. The post Sales Prospecting in Beast Mode appeared first on Score More Sales.

Best Ways & Techniques How to Improve & Increase Closing Sales Process

Mr. Inside Sales

Close More Sales Using More Assumptive Questions. Learn the best ways on how to increase, improve and boost your sales process performance with more effective tips, techniques strategies and ideas including top closing lines and assumptive questions.

Swag for Days: 13 Don’t-Miss Dreamforce Events 2018

DiscoverOrg Sales

The cultural phenomenon that is Dreamforce – the Burning Man of the sales world – is a testament to the influence wielded by today’s sales and marketing professionals. Have lots of decision-makers involved in sales cycle. Sales and marketing alignment.

The Trend That is Changing Sales - Harvard Business Review

HeavyHitter Sales

  My latest Harvard Business Review article titled The Trend That is Changing Sales was based upon in-depth research with over one-hundred vice presidents of sales at leading high technology companies and business services providers.   Sales Organization Development Stage.

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6 steps to get sales and marketing working on the same team

OnePageCRM

Companies with dynamic, adaptable sales and marketing processes report an average 10% more of their salespeople meet their quotas compared to other companies. A loose analogy perhaps, for the age old battle that is sales versus marketing. Benefits of sales and marketing alignment. Shortener sales cycle. Aligning sales and marketing requires commitment from both. At what point does a lead become qualified to be passed onto sales? Sales roles.

The Rise of Social Selling

Sales Benchmark Index

It’s getting harder for your sales reps to get at bats these days. As a result, your sales team is missing out on revenue opportunities. Competitors are beating your sales team consistently. Think about the last 3 meetings you took with a sales rep.

Book Mike Now for Your 2019 Sales Kickoff!

Mr. Inside Sales

Looking for a dynamic speaker for your sales kickoff event? Book Mike Brooks, Mr. Inside Sales, early to ensure your 2019 sales kickoff gives your team both the motivation and the sales skills they need to make next year your best year yet! Sales Philosophy: [link].