January, 2024

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Achieving Sales Team Excellence – the Motivation Competency

Anthony Cole Training

The dream of every dedicated sales leader and the key to achieving sales team excellence is understanding what drives and inspires their people to perform at their highest potential. What are the competencies and behaviors of those leaders who seem so talented at helping others achieve their very best? We rely on the pioneer and #1 sales management evaluation by Objective Management Group to help understand exactly what it takes to ‘motivate’ a sales team.

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4 Tips to Effectively Implement GenAI Across Sales Processes

SBI Growth

We’ve all heard stories of how generative AI has been amazing for so many people out there, with some companies using the technology to create significant gains in productivity. But chances are that you may not be able to picture what complete integration of generative AI across sales processes looks like.

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Selling Is Not About Your Product or Service

Sales and Marketing Management

Product-led sales no longer works in an era of self-educated buying teams. Julie Thomas discusses the new era of value selling. The post Selling Is Not About Your Product or Service appeared first on Sales & Marketing Management.

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How Driving Down the Highway Will Help You Close More Sales

Understanding the Sales Force

Have you ever been on the road, lost in thought, just driving down the highway (oh-oh, already sounds like a country song), when you realized you blew past your exit about thirty miles ago? One minute ago everything was perfect and then, all of a sudden, reality sets in and you’ve traveled an hour out of your way. That exact same thing happens to salespeople on their sales calls.

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The New GTM Playbook: 18 Ways to Future-Proof Your Sales Team

Longer sales cycles. Increasingly discerning buyers. More meetings. Intensifying competition. Economic uncertainty. Go-to-market teams of every size, in every industry, are grappling with these challenges firsthand. Thankfully, there’s an answer. We’ve developed an entirely new way for GTM leaders to identify and execute proven, data-driven strategies that drive revenue.

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Overwhelmed With Your Goals? Do This!

Mr. Inside Sales

Happy New Year! Overwhelmed by all your “to-do” goals? If so, then take a tip from Brian Tracy and do this: Make a list of your top ten goals for the year. Think about what’s most important to you in the different areas of your life and write down ten things. Next, prioritize that list so that the most important goal is number one. Then: throw away the other nine goals and make a commitment to making that number one goal a reality in the next twelve months.

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The Key to Accelerating Your Sales Initiative

Force Management

A sales training initiative is a big investment - one you want to ensure provides a long-term return. The key to ensuring a return on the investment is increasing the breadth and depth of your engagement, ensuring long-term adoption and extending training to all customer-facing professionals, not just the direct sales team. Today’s top enablement teams are expanding their efforts to a wider set of roles to ensure new strategies permeate into the daily sales motion.

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Are Your Salespeople ATMs?

Anthony Cole Training

Bank ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) have been around for a while.According to Investopedia, Barclays Bank of London in 1967 was the first to have an ATM in use. I remember using my first ATM – Jeanie Machine – in Cincinnati in 1979. But the ‘ATMs’ I’m referring to have been around, well a long, long, long time.

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Aligning Your Sales Process to the Buyer's Journey

The Center for Sales Strategy

Are you tired of struggling to close deals and wondering why your sales process is not bringing in the results you desire? It's time to align your sales process to the buyer's journey. By understanding the stages your customers or clients go through before making a purchase, you can effectively tailor your sales approach to meet their needs and expectations.

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Turning Vision into Action

Steven Rosen

Keith Rzucidlo , Vice President of Sales at Miller Electric, joins the Sales Leadership Awakening podcast to discuss how to turn visions into actions in sales leadership. Keith shares the importance of patience and reflection in driving behavior change and advises sales leaders on coaching and change management. “I think framing it up in a manner that would resonate with them was the critical piece.” – Keith Rzucidlo on implementing change and effective coaching across existing sales leade

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Supercharge Your Sales: 5 Steps to Effortless Selling

Sales teams often lose precious time hunting for updated sales materials, while marketing struggles to keep these assets accessible and current. It's not just about managing; it's about seamlessly finding, presenting, and sharing critical sales content. All of this takes place within an intuitive, unified platform. Dive into Showell's groundbreaking content management realm.

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How to Handle, “We’re Already Working with Someone.”

Mr. Inside Sales

I don’t know why sales reps still have trouble handing this typical blow off. They know it’s coming; they get it daily or weekly, yet many still struggle to handle it effectively. The way to not only handle it, but to overcome it is to be prepared in advance with a proven, scripted approach. Like this: “I’m sure you do, and that’s why I’m calling you today.

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How to Plan Engaging Sales Meetings that Motivate Your Team

SBI Growth

If you have ever run a sales meeting, you know that most salespeople aren’t thrilled to attend and prefer to spend time selling. However, with the right approach, sales meetings are an excellent opportunity to transform your team into high-performers fueled by a shared vision of success. Let’s look at what you can do as a sales manager to create an environment where your team actively participates, embraces new ideas, and emerges with a renewed sense of purpose.

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How Our Veterinarian Can Help Improve Your Win Rate

Understanding the Sales Force

Back in August, I wrote an article about Dinger’s torn ACL and how the Veterinarian went about her sales process to strongly recommend (sell us) the most expensive surgery. She also set expectations by telling us that when a dog tears one ACL, it’s not uncommon for them to tear the other ACL. When Dinger was fully recovered from his surgery, and on the very first day he was allowed to chase a ball, he tore the other ACL while he was returning the ball to me.

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Strong Sales Performance Management Begins with Setting Standards

Anthony Cole Training

The sales performance management activities that we are performing today are creating the results we are achieving today. Many or few, consistent or irregular, planned or impromptu, the sales performance management activities that we, as sales managers, use to motivate, train and hold our sales team accountable are at least partly responsible for the success or lack of success of those we manage.

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Redefining the CDP: 8 Data-Driven Designs for Successful Customer Journeys

In this guide, discover 8 use cases for how a customer data platform can tackle common challenges faced by marketing, commerce, service, and sales teams. With helpful diagrams and simple explanations in each use case, see how Salesforce’s CDP, Data Cloud for Marketing, powers personalized, real-time experiences across marketing, with capabilities that include: Optimizing ad spend Powering dynamic website content Increasing upselling and cross-selling Resolving service cases with marketing data B

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Is Email the Best Way to Engage With an Audience?

Smooth Sale

Image – CC0 License Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Is Email the Best Way to Engage With an Audience? Nowadays, it can be easier to market on social media than via email, and we may think that social media has a far better reach. However, email marketing can be a far more invaluable tool, raising the issue that it is always best to examine all perspectives upfront.

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Start the Year Strong: Resolutions for Each Member of Your Revenue Team

Force Management

There’s no doubt that the way sales organizations and their customers interact has shifted in the past few years. From a new remote-first approach to rapid digital technology advancement, the customer journey is new and requires active participation from more than just your sales team. The companies that succeed in 2024 will be those who adopt a cross-functional revenue mindset , equipping every customer-facing role to articulate and negotiate on the value of their solution.

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Sales Talk for CEOs: Using My Time: Drink Your Coffee While it’s Hot! (S5Ep18)

Alice Heiman

This week Alice shares her reflections after having time to think during the holidays. In this podcast she considers how CEOs should use their time to do what is most important to them and that are things only they can do. She talks about how CEOs need to stay in their genius zone and find others to do the rest. It’s tempting to continue doing so many things, just because you can, when someone else could do them better and leave you to do what you do best.

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[Testing] Where do you invest when business slows down? (Clone)

SBI Growth

Discover unique research resources that aid you and your team in implementing innovative strategies to reach your growth objectives, optimize commercial productivity, boost sales, and foster organizational growth

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Retail Tech: Empower Associates, Optimize CX, and Boost Productivity

Speaker: Andrew Regan, Managing Partner at BlueSeed Retail Ltd.

Did you know that 70% of new retail technology fails to deliver expected benefits and can often decrease customer value, service, and experience? With that in mind, how can we empower our store associates to leverage new technology to optimize the customer experience and boost productivity? This exclusive webinar with Andrew Regan will dive into strategies to empower retail associates for success with new technology.

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Sales Process for the Anti-Sales Process Crowd

Understanding the Sales Force

Earlier this week, I was interviewed by John Radkins, for his Sales Machine Blog, and he asked me to explain sales process for those who don’t want to be restricted by sales process. I’ll repeat the explanation here because it is a perfect analogy for people who don’t like the implication of a sales process, and it comes from a different perspective than I’ve previously shared.

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Managing a Salesperson Who Consistently Misses Their Goals

The Center for Sales Strategy

Managing a sales team can be challenging, especially when salespeople consistently miss their budget or sales targets. While it's natural for sales professionals to have their ups and downs, it's essential to address performance issues promptly and effectively to ensure the overall success of your team and organization. In this blog, we'll explore strategies and tips for managing salespeople who miss their budget, helping you turn underperformance into improved results.

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How to get ready for the upcoming changes to email authentication requirements

Nutshell

To help improve deliverability and protect against fraudulent uses of email like spam and phishing attempts, Google , Yahoo , and AOL recently announced updates to their email authentication requirements. These updates go into effect in February 2024—it’s important to make sure you’re ready so your emails continue making it to your audience’s inboxes.

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How to Align Multiple Functions Around Your Sales Negotiation Strategy

Force Management

Many companies mistake sales negotiation as a function conducted exclusively by sellers. We consider negotiation a team effort. In a complex B2B sales environment, it is rare for an individual seller to negotiate an entire deal on his/her own without the support, guidance and active participation from the rest of the organization. There are multiple functions and teams involved in negotiation alongside the sales team.

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3 Sizzling Ways to Warm up Cold Calls

Even in today’s data-driven sales world, cold calling remains a fact of life for many go-to-market professionals. Fortunately, today’s sales leaders have a crucial advantage over their predecessors: market intelligence and outreach platforms that can warm up virtually any introduction.

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Jan. Metaphor Minute: Shake Up Your Brain

Anne Miller

When it comes to finding a good metaphor, many people begin with a concept and often turn to ChatGPT for the best metaphor that will communicate that concept. For example, you need a better way to position your service, or an answer to an objection, or a clever opening to a speech. But, suppose you have a different challenge. Suppose you need to come up with a brief, clear, NON-metaphorical way to explain a wordy technical issue.

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Letting Our Customers Ask Us The Wrong Questions!

Partners in Excellence

It’s SKO season, yesterday I was leading a discussion with a great sales team. One of the sellers asked a question about dealing with customer questions and queries about the products, particularly deeply technical questions. As we spoke, it struck me how we revel in these questions. Customers asking us about the product capabilities, drilling deeply into what the products and solutions do.

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Wouldn’t Sales Call Play-by-Play Analyses be Fun?

Understanding the Sales Force

We are only two weeks away from the 2024 Super Bowl and it got me thinking. You may have recently watched an NFL playoff game, or an NBA or NHL game and listened to the broadcasters breathlessly describe the way the last points were scored. You probably have the same stories showing up in your news feed as me. 300,000 illegals crossed the US southern border in December, wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, car-jacking, theft and violence in the major cities, and continuing inflation, especiall

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The Quest for 100% Superstars: Rethinking Recruitment and Training

The Center for Sales Strategy

Every sales organization dreams of having a team composed entirely of superstars. Imagine a workforce where each member consistently exceeds targets, possesses exceptional communication skills, and demonstrates unwavering dedication. While building an entire team of superstars may seem ambitious, it's a goal worth pursuing.

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Connect, Care, Convert: Secrets to Establishing Trust with Niche Markets and Turning Them Into Clients

Speaker: Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach®

Niche markets represent a huge opportunity for the financial services industry in America. From college students and women to communities of color and low-to-moderate-income households, niche populations have specialized financial needs – but they often underutilize many valuable financial products and services. How can you better connect with these consumers?

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How to get ready for the upcoming changes to email authentication requirements

Nutshell

To help improve deliverability and protect against fraudulent uses of email like spam and phishing attempts, Google , Yahoo , and AOL recently announced updates to their email authentication requirements. These updates go into effect in February 2024—it’s important to make sure you’re ready so your emails continue making it to your audience’s inboxes.

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Effective Ways to Improve Sales Planning and Add Value for Your Team

Force Management

Many sales organizations struggle with building consistent, qualified pipeline because their sales teams are spending too much time “working around the opportunities.” The key to driving qualified pipeline is focusing your team on the territory, not the opportunities. When your sales team views their territory as their own business unit, they’re more accountable for the forecast and able to execute on next-level pipeline building.

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Are You Caught In the Circle of Life?

Smooth Sale

Photo by Placidplace via Pixabay Attract the Right Job Or Clientele: Are You Caught In the Circle of Life? We work hard to advance our careers, but suddenly, feeling like we are back where we started can be very frustrating. The situation raises our blog question: Are you caught in the circle of life? No doubt, many people experience the situation, but how we handle it is the differentiator for success ahead.

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