Tue.Oct 15, 2019

Timing In Prospecting is a Mug’s Game

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. At one time, I had a co-worker who had a bit of a problem with the horses. He always knew just the right horse, in the right race, cause “today was the day.” He handicapped it, and every day he knew why his timing was just right; each day, it was not. A lot of people in sales remind me of a conversation I had with Leon. They seem to be convinced that not only is sales about timing, but they have divined a way to leverage it to their advantage.

4 Proven Strategies For Success In Negotiations

Anthony Iannarino

Your dream client is going to ask you about your price. More specifically, they are going to ask you if you can lower your price, even though they may use words like, “Can you do something for me?” or “You need to sharpen your pencil !” Your future client is responsible to their company by ensuring they get the best deal possible, and you are accountable to your client for ensuring they make an investment large enough to ensure they receive the new and better results they need.


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The Pros and Cons of Following Sales Playbooks

Smart Selling Tools

The Pros and Cons of Following Sales Playbooks. When you think of a “sales playbook”, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you’re thinking of a plan or guidebook for your sales team to follow, you aren’t too far off. Most of us will agree that planning your work and working according to plan is a good idea. Yet not all sales workflows are created equal – there are some pros and cons to keep in mind before you decide whether a playbook is right for you. What is a playbook?

The 3 Ds of Time Management

The Center for Sales Strategy

It’s no secret time management is one of the highest requirements for succeeding in sales. Consistent questions heard within the industry are, “What are some ways I can improve my time management?” and “How can I be more efficient?”. There are a multitude of strategies to help us be more productive, but they can be difficult to adopt because they force us to go against routines we’ve had for years.

75% of World Trade Flows Through Indirect Channels - Are You Enabling the Right People?

Speaker: Jay McBain, Principal Analyst – Channels, Partnerships & Ecosystems

We are in the middle of a major transformation of how companies go to market – in fact, 76% of global CEOs feel that their current business models will be unrecognizable in the next 3 years – and ecosystems are the main reason why. With the vast majority of business conducted through indirect channels around the world and given structural changes in our economy (before and after COVID-19), new buying journeys, subscription/consumption models, marketplace growth, and emerging technologies, most firms are now considering partner enablement as the key ingredient to survival (and success). The future of partnership ecosystems will be focused on driving intra-firm value creation, network effects, and partner co-innovation – a huge opportunity for firms to grow the right partners and enable them effectively.

Get Your “Foot in the Door” with this Sales Cold Email Template


Cold email is one of the most common and tested tactics in a modern salesperson’s repertoire. And yet, sales reps still look for ways to improve their sales email strategy. It’s not hard to see why — after all, only 24% of sales emails are opened ( source ). Fine-tuning your cold email strategy might not make your open rates skyrocket to 90%, but it can make a major difference.

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What We Learned from Our Customer Community at Highspot Spark


After stepping into The Standard at High Line NYC, Alyce Bernstein, a marketer at Euler Hermes, was hoping to walk away from Highspot Spark with a handful of best practices and new industry connections. What she got was much more. “I have filled multiple pages in a notebook with ideas,” she told our team afterward.

How A CEO Can Effectively Build A Sustainable Company Culture


A company’s values are its lifeblood. When done well, they guide us on how we truly want to operate both as a company and individually as we do our daily jobs. They should be a part of every decision made, which means they must have room to grow and change as a company matures. By treating your values as a set of living principles, you’ll be in a position to build a sustainable, flexible and growth-oriented company culture. thought leadership

Global Sales Training Series: How to Succeed at Localization

Janek Performance Group

Sales training events are always considerable undertakings. When they involve a multinational corporation, however, the process becomes even more arduous. In this three-part series on global sales training, we’ll examine key things to consider in the design, implementation, and execution of a global sales training product. We start by focusing on a narrow, but vital topic: localization. Sales Culture Sales Prospecting Sales Management Selling Strategies

2019 SAAS Private Survey Results- Part 1

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

For the seventh year in a row, we’re proud to work with KBCM Technology Group (formerly Pacific Crest Securities) to share results from a survey of ~424 private SaaS companies. Thank you to the readers of forEntrepreneurs who participated in taking the survey! Thank you also to David Spitz (@dspitz) and the team at KBCM Technology. Startup Help growing SaaS revenue SaaS SaaS business SaaS metrics

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Deal Strategies, Helping The Customer Buy

Partners in Excellence

Recently I wrote, “ What If We Kept The Target Close Date Sacred ?” ” It focused on improving our pipeline management, discipline, and integrity. But the way we address these issues is in our deal strategies and how we engage the customer in each deal. Most of the time and too much of our training focus on the things we must do to sell our solutions to the customer.

7 Sales Enablement Interview Questions to Ask Your Next Hire


As more organizations establish sales enablement functions, there’s a rising need for talented practitioners to lead them

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Tip for Dealing with Price Pressure

Anne Miller

One way to deal with price pressure (there are others) “Persist — with Justification.” ” If you can justify your terms, it is not necessary to change them. Example: WEAK: Seller: That will be $1500. Buyer: You must be joking! I will only pay $1000. Seller: How about $1200. BETTER. Seller: $1500 is a very fair price.

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4 Common Sales Cycle Myths - From Cold to Close


We used AI to analyze more than 5M recorded sales calls, including Cold Calls, Discovery Calls, Late-Stage Calls, and Post-Sale calls. With the data we established best practices to help you close more deals, coach your team to success, and run a more efficient sales process. The report considers 5M calls taken by 300 companies between January and June of 2019. By customizing your findings, you can see how you team compares to benchmarks set by companies of a similar size and stage.

Want to Crush Your Competition? Read How to Build an AI-Powered Selling Roadmap

“If sales reps have the right AI tools and adoption, we see sellers easily closing 3 times as many sales each month.” Hear from 5 experts on steps you can take to reduce non-selling time and use conversational & sentiment analysis to transform how you sell.

Charge Up Your “Passion Battery”

Selling Energy

Think back to the last time you bought something after being convinced by someone else that it was a worthwhile purchase. Chances are the thing you bought was something you weren’t planning to buy. So why did you buy it? You likely bought it because the person selling it wasn’t really selling you anything. They were just insanely passionate about what they were doing or offering. The passion was contagious. You couldn’t help but buy it. Selling Performance


How is Your Data Stored? 5 Questions to Ask Your Hosting Provider

Nimble - Sales

Choosing your next hosting provider is a big deal because digital marketing is critical to your success. If your business crashes and burns online, you’re in big trouble. Recently, our business got itself into a situation where we had to switch hosting providers, which was actually the inspiration for this article. We quickly realized that […]. The post How is Your Data Stored? 5 Questions to Ask Your Hosting Provider appeared first on Nimble Blog. Technology

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PODCAST 79: Transitioning to New opportunities – Healthy approach to Leadership w/ Bryan Caplin

Sales Hacker

This week on the Sales Hacker podcast, we talk to Bryan Caplin, CRO of Andela. Bryan recently left Axiom as GM and Head of North American Sales and Marketing of Axiom to join Andela as CRO. He talks us through that transition–knowing when was the right time to leave, his criteria for evaluating a new company, and what he did in the first 30, 60, 90 days as a new executive.

10 Highly Effective B2B Lead Nurturing Strategies For Your Business

The SalesPro Leader

The article, 10 Highly Effective B2B Lead Nurturing Strategies For Your Business originally appeared first on SalesPro Leads - Connecting You with Tomorrow's Buyers. Blog #B2B

The Revenue Leader's Guide to Prospecting

Speaker: Christopher Ryan, Founder and CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners

Sales & Marketing departments that work together guarantee higher acquisition, better nurturing, and more effective sales. Join Christopher Ryan for this insightful webinar, presenting the wide funnel lead nurturing model. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get your teams working together and your revenue performance optimized.

Are You On Target For This Year’s Finish Line?

Smooth Sale

Attract The Right Job Or Clientele: No doubt your manager is asking, ‘are you on target for this year’s finish line?’ ’ We sometimes feel like we are competing in the Olympics with a laser focus on the end goal. Stress builds due to all of the pieces needing to come together as one. Make your end-goal the primary focus. Leave the noise behind. My Story. Often, the more significant sales do not finalize until near the end of the year.

Why Your Prospects Are Ghosting You (And 3 Ways to Stop It)

Hyper-Connected Selling

You had a great conversation with your prospect. Maybe even a few conversations. Emails flew back and forth. You had done your research, figured out their challenges, and developed solid solutions. You had shown the ROI that would come when they bought from you. It was going great. Or so you thought. Because one day they just weren’t there anymore. Emails didn’t get returned, phone calls always went to voicemail, and your letters were sent back marked “return to sender.”

How to know when it's time for a new sales leader


Your organization's sales leader was likely hired to reach ambitious sales goals , motivate a hungry sales team and unlock new markets. Unfortunately, a great salesperson can sell themselves to a CEO as a great sales leader even when they really aren’t cut out for that job (ie. Michael Scott). It’s not easy to admit when you’ve made a bad hire, but it’s your job to accept reality for what it is and recognize when it’s time to walk away.

TSE 1199: Sales From the Street: "I Almost Quit"

Sales Evangelist

Sales From the Street: “I Almost Quit” We all face challenges and sometimes, the sense of defeat is so strong that the phrase, “I almost quit,” is so relatable. Luigi Prestinenzi struggled in his sales journey as well. His mom was great in sales and worked for Mary Kay, a global cosmetics empire. His mother won awards and was an icon within the company. All the success, however, came to halt when she suffered complete burnout.

7 Keys to Creating Massive Value in Your Sales Meetings

Speaker: Marc Wayshak, Sales Strategist, Best-Selling Author & Founder, Sales Insights Lab

Engaging prospects in a strong two-way dialogue is something most reps struggle with. In this session with Marc Wayshak, you’ll discover a data-driven approach to sales meetings that yields significantly better results. Specifically, you’ll learn how to: • Engage prospects with authority • Keep your prospects’ attention • Achieve buy-in during sales conversations • Get prospects talking about their key challenges, • Gain a strong commitment before presenting your offer. In short, you’ll discover how to implement a process that helps you close more deals than ever before.

Sales Training Programs Washington DC: Not Just for Selling to the Government

Funnel Clarity

Most people hear Washington DC and think: Washington Monument, Smithsonian Museums, the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, and the Federal Government. However, many are surprised to learn that Washington DC is much more than that. the District, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) has become a hotbed for start-ups and privately held businesses. Washington DC has experienced significant private sector growth, hosts 44 of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. and is home to Amazon’s HQ2.

The Bottom Line on the 6 Pillars of Flawless Execution

Anthony Iannarino

Ideas are easy. Execution is difficult. Much of the time, extremely difficult. Whether you are trying to stand up a high-performing sales organization or an operation that serves clients, execution comes with a set of challenges of its own. Without structure and a few disciplines, you make performance difficult at best, impossible at worst. If you want flawless execution, these six pillars will provide you with structure and a guide to making improvements. Goals and Outcomes.

Sales Training Programs Washington DC: Not Just for Selling to the Government

Funnel Clarity

Most people hear Washington DC and think: Washington Monument, Smithsonian Museums, the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, and the Federal Government. However, many are surprised to learn that Washington DC is much more than that. the District, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) has become a hotbed for start-ups and privately held businesses. Washington DC has experienced significant private sector growth, hosts 44 of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. and is home to Amazon’s HQ2.

5 Sales KPI Examples to Predict Growth

criteria for success

So, you want to zero in on key performance indicators (KPIs) to predict sales growth, but you're focused on too many variables, too few, or the wrong ones. Well, you’re not alone. Some people say, “KPIs depend on your industry, market segmentation, and the complexity of your sales process." I say, take this with a [.]. The post 5 Sales KPI Examples to Predict Growth appeared first on Criteria for Success.

[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

Speaker: Sandi Lin & Linda Schwaber-Cohen

In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin shared learnings from Skilljar's recent study and her insights on the state of Customer Education. She dug into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.

Sales Enablement: The Right Tools for the Right Tasks


In my final blog post on the weighty subject of sales enablement. I’m going to discuss the vital importance of having the right sales tools for the right sales tasks. Choosing Tools. In any endeavor, if you don’t have the right tools for the task, you’re not going to be ineffective at accomplishing it. But who chooses the tools? In the construction of a house, it would not be the architect who chose the tools for the builders—carpenters, masons, plumbers, electricians and so on—to use.

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Getting Creative with Prospecting with Craig Rosenberg and Dan Gottlieb {Hey Salespeople Podcast}


Everyone wants value. Craig Rosenberg and Dan Gottlieb, both analysts at TOPO discuss how to think outside of the box when delivering that value to prospects. From storytelling to experimenting with channels beyond just email and phone, Craig and Dan give their best practices for prospecting and advice on how to build connections and engage in a new and creative way. . You won’t want to miss Jeremey’s three immediately actionable takeaways! .

Agile Learning Gives Wholesalers and Advisors “Something to Talk About”


Today’s post is by Joseph D. Kringdon, Principal, Kringdon & Associates/HMC. Joe spent several decades in the Wealth and Asset Management business, managing and leading both Advisors and Wholesaler Investment Consultants. Bonnie Raitt once sang, “Let’s give them something to talk about.” ” This is the dilemma that most client-facing personnel face when walking into a meeting with either a current or prospective client.

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