February, 2019

How to Adapt to the Well-Educated Modern Buyer

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Kelly Bosetti Salespeople once played a significant role in educating buyers about their options and helping them come to a decision regarding a product or service, but times are changing.

Move The Close Date – Not The Open Date

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Salespeople are preoccupied with closing; makes sense, that seems to be where the pay-off is for everyone, at times even the prospect. However, the biggest challenge most sales organizations have is not closing but opening.

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How To Handle A Client That Wants A Bigger Discount

MTD Sales Training

There are many times when a sale can stall in its progress and there are many reasons for it occurring. One of the most common is the issue of price, where a prospect has not yet seen the value of paying the price for your products or services. Why does this happen?

The Secret of What Creates a Positive Mindset

Jeffrey Gitomer

From Mindful to Mindset, Part 2. MINDSET is preceded by MINDFUL. Mindful, or self-mindfulness, is the first, and most important step to your mindset. Positive outcomes start with MINDFULNESS, not MINDSET.

A Sales Enablement Tool for the CEO

Sales Benchmark Index

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How to Be a Memorable Salesperson Part 6: Take Risks

Connect2Sell

In a research study with 530 B2B buyers, we gathered information about buyer experiences with sellers. In related research, we collected over 500 stories from sellers about their own personal best in selling. Every single one of the sellers’ stories had something in common.

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Set Yourself Up for Successful Prospecting: Truths 41-50

The Sales Hunter

Sales is not a destination; sales is a journey of continual learning. Throughout my many years of selling, I have been constantly gaining new insights and ideas. The discussion continues about whether sales is an art or a science.

Follow These 5 Steps When Preparing For A Sales Meeting

MTD Sales Training

Having achieved the goal of setting a sales meeting with a customer or prospect, what would be the best way to ensure, as much as possible, its success? Follow these five ideas in order to make sure you are fully prepared and confident when approaching the meeting: 1) Have a clear purpose.

The Secret Code to Mastering Mindset

Jeffrey Gitomer

From Mindful to Mindset, Part 1. The personal development buzzword for the last decade or so has been MINDSET. Here’s a bit of history and explanation…. NAPOLEON HILL is the grandfather of MINDSET.

Why You Can’t Get Your Reps to Sell the New Products: The Importance of a Sales Enablement Plan

Sales Benchmark Index

How to Be a Memorable Salesperson Part 7: Encourage Your Buyers

Connect2Sell

Now that we’re more than halfway through this CONNECT2Sell series on how to become a more memorable as a seller, be sure to go back and catch up on any posts you’ve missed. We’re covering 12 different ways you can make a lasting impression with buyers.

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Friday Five - Attitude for Success

Score More Sales

Positive and negative information is handled in different parts of our brains. Anything with a negative emotion tends to involve more thinking and this information is processed more heavily in our brain than positives. boost sales accountability

The Data Will Bring Us Together: Relationship Therapy with Sales and Marketing

DiscoverOrg Sales

The process of sales and marketing alignment is so fraught with assumptions, misunderstandings, and disagreement that we think both departments need a relationship therapy session! Marketing has certain data needs. Sales has others.

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What Is Sales?

The Sales Hunter

Sales leadership is nothing more than interacting with others to make a positive impact. We can break it down even further and say that sales leadership is just people connecting with people. Sales and leadership are one and the same. Sales is only as complicated as we want to make it.

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When was the last time you changed your sales process?

MTD Sales Training

Sales is a complicated, never-ending process of building relationships with prospects, building trust, answering questions, and moving the whole procedure through to the commitment stage.

Should Your Field Marketing Team Own a Number?

Sales Benchmark Index

Pick five non-marketing employees at random, and ask them what value your field marketing team brings to your organization. If you’re reluctant to do this exercise, it’s likely because you want to avoid blank stares and wild guesses that humble you.

Make Your Sales Force Your Loyalty Program

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: John Larson A few weeks ago I was having lunch with a friend, a successful executive who has run large sales organizations for three different companies. She is a forceful executive with clear ideas of how “things should be done.”

Friday Five - Professional Development

Score More Sales

Resource #1. Modern Sales Pros virtual Google group and in-person meetings. They are totally focused on peer knowledge sharing and whether virtual or in-person, you’ll learn from them. Professional Development

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Mission Impossible: Making Hard Choices as a First-time CMO (Part 2)

DiscoverOrg Sales

Fear isn’t a luxury the CMO can afford. Neither is hesitation. Today’s CMO position – “ a minefield where many talented executives fail ” – requires the courage of conviction to survive. If you’re a first-time CMO, this goes double.

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Monday Motivation Video: Celebrate Success!

The Sales Hunter

Look back at all that you accomplished last week. Take a moment to celebrate your successes! Don’t dwell on your failures. Keep your mind focused on the good and positive. This will give you the jumpstart you need to be successful this week!

How to Be a Memorable Salesperson Part 4: Be a Giver

Connect2Sell

When it’s time to buy, a buyer will reach out to a seller who left a memorable impression. No one likes to start from scratch and take a chance. No one likes to go through the vetting process of talking to multiple sellers (and then dodging their follow-up calls for months).

Building an Accurate Business Model is the Key to Ensuring Product Launch Success

Sales Benchmark Index

So, you have a new product investment you are excited about. How do you ensure that your idea holds up to leadership scrutiny, and has a big enough ROI to be considered a success? Understanding and building a business model.

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The Forgetting Curve Has a Cure

No More Cold Calling

What do you remember from your last training? The way we’ve been learning is all wrong. Remember cramming for tests? I do, and while I usually did well on my exams, I didn’t retain much of anything.

Is Your Current Sales Opportunity Real?

Anthony Cole Training

In this article, we discuss and identify the three main reasons why salespeople get duped into believing a specific opportunity will close and why some deals are not worth chasing. They are: Weak pipeline. Failure to ask tough questions. Afraid to pull the plug.

3 Proven Voicemail Tips

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. While it has been near 40 years that voicemail has been the constant companion to sales professionals, it still seems to challenge many, especially when it comes to connecting with unknown buyers. How do you get them to call you back and still hold your own?” Most salespeople I speak to, opt out and don’t leave a message the first time to an unknown prospect.

Hiring Salespeople Should Not be Like a Coin Flip

Understanding the Sales Force

Hiring the right salespeople has always been problematic for most companies but with the shortage of quality sales candidates, it's more difficult than ever. The pressure to fill a role often causes sales management to hire the best of the pool of candidates instead of the right candidate.

How to Be a Memorable Salesperson Part 5: Create Value

Connect2Sell

Being memorable matters! You work far too hard and put in way too many hours to be easily forgotten. You don’t want to be part of the ho-hum background noise in other peoples’ days. You’re better than that. You have more to offer than that.

Does Your Resource Plan Start at the C-Suite?

Sales Benchmark Index

“Strategy is simply resource allocation. When you strip away all the noise, that’s what it comes down to.” ” – Jack Welch. As the CEO, your job is to execute against your corporate strategy. To do this, you must align your resources.

A Conversation with SalesLoft CEO, Kyle Porter

John Barrows

I couldn’t be more excited for SalesLoft’s upcoming Rainmaker19 conference held in Atlanta on March 11-13th. This is one of my favorite conferences of the year put on by one of my favorite companies.

5 Commonly Overlooked Sales Tools

Anthony Cole Training

In a business world filled with an abundance of technologically advanced CRM tools, there are 5 tools that salespeople must use and sales managers must implement throughout their day-to-day activities and agendas, in order to be successful.

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There’s a Difference Between Being Alone and Being Lonely

No More Cold Calling

“Imagination is the highest form of research.” Albert Einstein. Ever have a good idea pop into your head, seemingly out of nowhere?

How to Use the Your Experience with Turbulence to Overcome Resistance

Understanding the Sales Force

We were on a JetBlue flight from Florida to Boston and the turbulence was much worse than usual. More dramatic, longer lasting, and bad enough for the flight attendants to remain seated for the entire flight. You've probably experienced a flight like that too.

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Was Your Prospect Interested In Your Pitch?

MTD Sales Training

How many times have you walked away from a sales meeting, returned to your office and stated that the sale is in the bag, and it’s just a matter of getting the signature on the contract?

Ending Sales Team Resistance to Your Pricing Initiatives

Sales Benchmark Index

A sales rep’s mind can be their worst enemy when it comes to pricing initiatives. You have probably heard the comments in the hall-way and board rooms. “We don’t have good products/solutions to command those types of prices” “My customer.