Direct Dials: More than Meets the Eye

DiscoverOrg Sales

A lot of people don’t dig very deep into the possibilities of direct contact information – but in today’s whiteboard session, you’ll see the real impact on your sales team. This was just bang the phones, get the decision makers, sell the deals.

Inside Sales Power Tip 100 – Personalize

Score More Sales

If you are an inside sales person, it is important to put yourself in the receiver’s shoes – the person who you are trying to connect to. Uh, I have a sales team of 2, ok? I can be harsh about it, but it is for your sales survival.

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.

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.

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

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Jeff Kalter If you’re implementing account-based marketing, you’re likely well aware that your success in attracting and converting your target accounts hinges on customizing your communications. An essential tool for doing that deep dive to gain intelligence about the account is your inside sales team or telemarketing firm. It’s not necessary, and perhaps not even wise, to start by talking with the individual who you believe is the ultimate decision maker.

In Sales, How to Climb out of a Slump

Don on Selling

We all experience highs and lows in sales. Your sales manager loves you. Unless you are working for a company with a short sales cycle, you usually won’t experience a slump unless it’s during an industry’s slow season. Meet with your sales manager.

7 tips to improve your cold calling and lead generation

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

In spite of the fact that in the past pushy salespeople and poorly trained marketers have tarnished the image of the phone, I still believe that smart cold calling is still a very useful lead generation tool. Always ask if there is an alternative decision-maker available as well.

Buckle Up! Sales Reps Share Perceptions of Marketing-Generated Leads

Pointclear

A new eBook reports on sales rep perceptions of marketing-generated leads, and the findings run from surprising to shocking to downright scary. Note the following question and responses: What Percentage of Marketing-Generated Leads do you Feel Fit your Sweet Spot?

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B2B Marketing Guide

OutboundView

Why Did We Write This B2B Marketing Guide? This B2B marketing guide was written to provide a high-level overview of the key components included in a B2B Predictable Pipeline Strategy. Who is This B2B Marketing Guide For? How much do you spend on sales and marketing?

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Four Proven Responses to: “We’re all set”

Mr. Inside Sales

Many sales reps still have trouble handling the initial resistance statement: “We’re all set,” or “We already have a dealer/supplier/vendor for that.”. Response One: “That’s great, and I’d just like to see if we could get on your vendor list for the next time you’re in the market.

B2B Marketing: 6 essentials for testing your teleprospecting

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

For years, marketers have been testing messages on emails, websites and pay-per-click ads to determine which ones drive the most sales. We do this by developing a research plan, which has: A primary research question – Which statement will help us reach a decision-maker faster?

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The Proven Process for Developing a Go-to-Market Strategy

Hubspot Sales

Pick a sales strategy. When your unveiling a new product, the last thing you want is to waste time and resources bringing a product to market where or when it’s unnecessary. But first, what is a go-to-market strategy? What is a go-to-market (GTM) strategy?

The Biggest Contributor to B2B Revenue

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

In most B2B companies with complex products or services, marketing-sourced leads rarely account for even half the revenue and often it is much less. After reading her outstanding new book, The Sales Development Playbook , I asked Trish Bertuzzi her thoughts on creating the model right.

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. Best Dreamforce sessions for Marketing. Have a relatively small target market.

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. Use Act-On for all your online marketing campaigns. Fantasy Sales Team.

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.

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. First, you invest a lot of money in a content marketing strategy to drive traffic to your website.

How optimization increased sales development rep leads by 304%

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

There’s something I wish I would have known when I wrote my best-seller, Lead Generation for the Complex Sale. Anyone who has worked in inside sales knows that sales professionals are always informally testing to learn what works and what doesn’t.

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. Best Dreamforce sessions for Marketing. Have a relatively small target market.

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?

How Much is Your Address Book Worth?

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

Sohail Khan is the author of Guerrilla Marketing and Joint Ventures: Million Dollar Partnering Strategies for Growing ANY Business in ANY Economy (Morgan James Publishing, Nov. B2B : What is a strategy you use for connecting with a decision maker if you have never had contact with them before?

Lead Generation: Does your teleprospecting deliver value to prospects?

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

Lead generation teleprospecting is the art of acquiring sales-ready leads for a sales staff. After all, the knowledge you acquire can be applied to several facets of your marketing efforts, including what you emphasize online. Inside Sales customer-centric

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.

The Lament of Sales Development Reps: Data Everywhere, but Who’s Ready to Buy?

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

Nearly every company I talk to does some kind of lead scoring but rarely do those lead scores align with their database in a way that allows their sales teams to determine – at a glance – which prospects are the right fit at the right time. Inside Sales

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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.

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. In fact, that’s why many buyers shy away from gated marketing content.). You call a lead that marketing has “qualified.” Source: Sales Benchmark Index ).

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?

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.

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. Response Four: “I understand – I didn’t expect to catch you in the market right now.

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.

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

3 Principles for Effective Teleprospecting that Drove an 839% Increase in Leads

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

Although I did not realize I was following a defined outline at the time, after completing MarketingSherpa’s B2B Marketing Advanced Practices Online Course , I was able to see the improvements I made broken down into three basic principles for effective teleprospecting : Be human Build a relationship Be knowledgeable Of course, it’s difficult to translate these blanket statements into applicable action. The great rule in sales is to ask open-ended questions.

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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Everything Has Changed In Buying/Selling, Except Us!

Partners in Excellence

Reflect back on your career in sales. In complex B2B buying, it has become a consensus decision, instead of a decision maker, there are 6.8. The majority of buying decisions end in no decision made, primarily because buyers struggle with their own internal processes.

Three Simple Ways LinkedIn Helps Sales Grow

Score More Sales

There are dozens and dozens of resources showing ways to use LinkedIn to help sales grow. Here is a page I created to help sales professionals with a variety or resources. Social Marketing Manager at LinkedIn, rated the #1 Social Sales Influencer offers a good example with his profile.

3 Ways for Better Follow Up in Sales

Score More Sales

A startling fact, presented over and over in b2b studies shows that most sales reps do not follow up enough – despite the few we know of who seem to overcall – or follow up too many times with unqualified opportunities.

The Top Ten Changes In Sales Over The Past Ten Years

Bernadette McClelland

Very much like the sales profession. On my return home, I was asked to prepare for an interview and one of the questions was whether I had seen any changes over the past few years in the B2B sales space and if so, what were those changes? Marketing has also impacted the sales landscape.

This may hit your Sweetspot

Sales 2.0

It’s a framework aimed at getting you access, setting up those oh-so-important initial sales meetings. I first created this framework from stressing out about the lousy results my inside sales team was getting cold calling. Prospecting Sales 2.0