August, 2018

Sell Slower

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Paul Cherry I was working with a manufacturer of medical instruments that use lasers to measure blood flow. The products cost upwards of $50,000 and are sold primarily to medical research facilities.

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Why the Science of Our Decision Making Is Not Always Black and White

Bernadette McClelland

It was a very simple decision between two very simple choices – Do I choose the carrot cake or the friand? I chose neither, and it had nothing to do with calorie counting. In fact, I don’t actually know what it was that made me so uncertain.

A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Networking Events

John Barrows

With Q4 around the corner and event season (September) upon us, we here at JBarrows will be making the rounds at all the events coming up like Tenbound , HyperGrowth , INBOUND , Digital Sales World and of course Dreamforce.

Sales Suffer without Delegation in Management

Connect2Sell

Is there any role in any industry with less clarity and consistency? This is an article for people who hire Sales Managers. It’s an article about the pure role of Sales Manager – a person who does not handle accounts personally but does supervise direct reports (called salespeople) whose primary function is to sell. It is not about “sales managers” who are given this title because they manage accounts or those with dual responsibility for account management and people management.

Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

If the Whole Company Supported Revenue Generation

Score More Sales

If the whole, entire company supported revenue generation, how strong would your customer care or customer service team be? Would nothing ever slip through the cracks? If everyone supported revenue generation, how easily could we detect a disgruntled customer about to leave us?

Social Selling is Just … Selling: A Contemporary Guide

DiscoverOrg Sales

The average American will spend up to 50 minutes browsing through social media today. This means the average user spends approximately 6 hours a week, or 303 hours a year, browsing over Facebook updates, Linkedin notifications, and an abundant amount of tweets.

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I am not a Feminist. I am a Human Being.

Bernadette McClelland

Someone once asked me if I was a feminist and I said ‘no’. The look on their face was a combination of surprise and disbelief. After all, it was at a women’s networking group.

Going Over Someone’s Head Without P **g Them Off

John Barrows

This is one of the hardest things to do in Sales in my experience. You have a good relationship with someone below the Power Line who is telling you what you want to hear and being just nice enough for you to stay with them even though you know they can’t get the deal done for you.

Creating Value in Sales When Selling to the C-Suite

Connect2Sell

As a sales coach and guest on sales podcasts, I get asked a lot of questions about selling to the folks in the C-Suite. Here are some of the questions I hear most frequently.

Do the Best Sales Managers Have the Best Salespeople?

Understanding the Sales Force

We all see the effects that strong leaders have when they surround themselves with either strong, mediocre or weak people. What happens when strong leaders inherit a mixed team? What happens when they hire a mixed team? What happens when we ask the same questions about weak leaders?

In the Race to Win More Customers, Sales Needs Digital Transformation

Salesforce users were surveyed about the forces shaping today's workplace. Discover the results and why investments in digital transformation and automation are pushing sales teams ahead.

There’s No Such Thing as a Warm Call: August Referral Selling Insights

No More Cold Calling

Referrals are HOT, HOT, HOT! Stop rationalizing. There’s no such thing as a warm anything in sales—an email, phone call, social media outreach, or even a knock on the door. Unless your prospect knows who you are and expects to hear from you, you might as well step into a freezer.

Your CRM Isn’t Cutting It; How to Prepare for the New Wave of Analytics.

Sales Benchmark Index

It’s Crunch Time – the Beginning of Q4. Are you going to hit your 2018 number? What’s your forecast for 2019? Do you have the heads, processes, and funding to ensure a successful 2019? Only a handful of Sales Ops leaders can.

The Art of Cold Calling | How to Make B2B Cold Phone Calls for Sales

Inside Sales Training

5 New Cold Calling Openings. By Mike Brooks, [link]. Learn the art of top B2B cold calling opening scripts, tips, techniques and best practices on how to make effective, successful cold phone calls that really work to get appointment for sales.

Why Procrastination Works

John Barrows

I’ve been somewhat of a procrastinator all my life albeit I’m getting much better with age. I used to wait until the last minute to study for a test or to get a paper in on time but somehow I was able to complete and excel at whatever the task was even with my procrastination.

Successful Social Selling Best Practices Guide

This best practices guide focuses on helping you organize, harness and capitalize on the information, buying signals and qualified prospects identifying themselves to you online every single day.

Fine Dining Serves Up a Great Example of Positive Sales Technique

Connect2Sell

Next time you’re enjoying a relaxing meal in a fine dining restaurant, observe these six sales lessons in positive sales technique that will help you get follow-up business from your customers, too. sales and service sales tricks

Elite Salespeople are 26 Times More Effective at This Competency Than Weak Salespeople

Understanding the Sales Force

Dave Kurlan sales core competencies objective management closing deals OMG Assessment delayed closings

Social Selling: What You Should and Should NOT Do

No More Cold Calling

A Complete Guide to Putting the “Social” Back in Social Selling. Social selling has finally (and dangerously) reached buzzword status. Dangerously, because there are misperceptions about what it means, how to do it, and just as importantly, how not to do it.

It’s A Process Not The Bible

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. A sales process is a document that attempts to bring a roadmap, some objective order to an otherwise all too subjective affair. It is not a divine document passed on to Chuck Heston by a white-bearded guy or your VP of Sales.

How to Successfully Coach Your Sales Team to Drive Efficiency

Speaker: Steve Benson, Founder and CEO, Badger Maps

A great sales team starts with a manager who’s a great coach. To stay competitive in today’s market, you need to implement a formal coaching approach that is aligned with your buyer’s journey and internal processes to drive results. Fortunately, Steve Benson is here to help you become that great coach.

Orchestrating a World Class Customer Experience

Sales Benchmark Index

Joining us on SBI TV is Doris Raimundi, SVP of Consumer Banking Sales and Support for US Bank. In today’s show, Doris details how to orchestrate a world class customer experience. Why this topic? The customer experience trend is sweeping.

Marketing Should Market and Sales Should Sell

John Barrows

The line between Sales and Marketing is getting thinner and thinner these days. Marketing is become more targeted with their messaging, while Sales is getting more generic and templated with theirs.

Social prospecting cheat sheet #1

Sales 2.0

If you’ve read any of my previous posts on this blog you will know that I think relationships determine if you will get a meeting with your prospect.

Can Artificial Intelligence Make Sales More Human?

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Steve Woods, Nudge.ai Co-founder and CTO The fear-mongering is everywhere; artificial intelligence will replace humans and kill jobs by automating the things that we do. It’s effective click-bait because it seems like the plot of a Hollywood action movie pitting robots against humans.

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Togetherness: Achieving Sales and Marketing Alignment

Speaker: Jeff Davis, Founder, jd2 Consulting Group

Jeff Davis is here to help you think differently about how Sales and Marketing should interact. With increased scrutiny for marketing to prove ROI on their activities and it becoming increasingly hard for B2B salespeople to even get in front of customers, the old way of doing business is no longer an option. This webinar will use evidence-based research and empirical knowledge to propose real-world strategies that work.

3 Ways to improve Your Customer Retention Scorecard

Babette Ten Haken

Do you have a customer retention scorecard? You know what I am talking about. Any of the plethora of scoring systems which measure customer satisfaction and loyalty. Chances are, your organization already has a scorecard or two.

Seeking New Sales Techniques? Look Beyond Digital

No More Cold Calling

The best prospecting strategies require a human touch. Buyers know everything about our companies, products, and solutions before they ever speak to a salesperson. Believe that? Far too many sales reps do. They think that digital rules.

Are You Treating Your Salespeople Too Well?

The Sales Heretic

If you saw that title and clicked over here to see if you might be treating your salespeople too well, I can guarantee you—you aren’t. In fact, you probably don’t treat your salespeople well enough. Your salespeople are among the most important employees in your company.

How to Sell & Closing More Sales Leads with Follow Up Calls Skills

Inside Sales Training

The Sale is in The Follow Up. By Mike Brooks, [link]. Learn how to sell and improve sales skills with secrets of closing more leads and deals via follow up prospecting message, phone call and letter techniques. As a homeowner, I’m always having to fix something.

Staying Relevant in Sales as AI and Technology Continue to Take Over

Speaker: John Barrows, CEO, JBarrows Sales Training

As technology and AI advance, and as companies and reps continue to look for technical solutions to increase efficiency throughout the sales process, the human element of sales is being lost.The question we need to ask ourselves is – what can we do that a computer can’t? The answer lies in context; if we as sales professionals are not adding any context to our content, then we bring no additional value to what marketing and technology are already doing. Learn about the importance of context, and where and how to add it throughout the sales process!

Relationships rule(s)

Sales 2.0

Over the years I’ve developed a framework for making prospecting calls more effective. I call this framework “social calling”. The three elements of the framework are: (1) having clean contact data, (2) leveraging trigger events and (3) using relationships.

Why You Need Social Influencers

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Jeff Epstein Social media influencers may be this year’s biggest marketing disruptors. B2C companies that harness this trend of reaching ad-skeptical consumers are beefing up their coffers big time, so why are some B2B companies not following suit? The answer isn’t complicated?—?

New Data Shows That Elite Salespeople are 700% Less Likely to Do This

Understanding the Sales Force

How effective are salespeople when it comes to creating urgency? I'm not talking about salespeople who create urgency by telling their prospects that if they don't order today the price will go up or it won't be available.

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What is Intent Data? The Predictive Sales Trifecta

DiscoverOrg Sales

Your prospects are out there right now, hunting for a solution to a problem you can solve. They’re searching online, consuming content, learning about options to relieve their pain, and forming opinions about solutions. But they’re not asking for help from your sales team.

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7 Must-Have Automated Documents for Sales Success

Companies are increasingly implementing technology to bring efficiency to their workforce. Data accessibility aside, teams continuously struggle with manual processes for document generation. Learn why automating your documents is key to sales success.