April, 2024

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Required for Sales Success Today – A Strong Sales Technology Competency

Anthony Cole Training

Technology is transforming businesses and disrupting entire industries, including the world of selling, which has traditionally been categorized as primarily a “people business”. From prospecting to closing, today’s mobile, social, big data, and cloud technologies are revamping the sales process in ways that would have been inconceivable a few decades ago.

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8 Ways to Improve Your Team’s Prospecting

SBI Growth

Prospecting is a numbers game with a high rejection rate, so it is easy for reps to get discouraged. Just asking your reps to make more calls can produce a vicious cycle of poor results, discouraging reps with less prospecting and obtaining even worse results. Compounding this problem is that sales reps are busy managing existing sales opportunities and customers.

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Exposing the DIY Sales Organization

Understanding the Sales Force

During most of April, I’ve been frequenting a Smoothie Bar near the place we are staying and when I take my first sip each day, one thought occurs to me each time. “Why don’t the smoothies I make at home taste this good and why doesn’t the texture of my made-at-home smoothie compare?” I asked the owner and he said, “I use the same ingredients!

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Baseball, The Toad and Coaching Unresponsive Salespeople

Understanding the Sales Force

I walked into the house with Dinger and a baby toad hopped in with us, snuck under the closet door and disappeared. When I first spotted the toad, I thought it was a tiny piece of mulch and didn’t give it a second thought. When it disappeared into the closet, I thought about it a lot! Eventually, I found it and reintroduced it to the great outdoors.

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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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5 Tips for Asking Your Prospect Better Questions

Anthony Cole Training

You don’t want to look, act, or sound like every other salesperson when asking your prospect questions. There is an art and a science to being masterful at asking your prospect better questions and building a strong, credible relationship with them. Read on to learn 5 tips for asking meaningful, exploratory, and courageous questions.

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Power of a Salesperson’s Training, Knowledge, Spirit of Service

SMEI

In the world of sales, it’s a common misconception that a great product is enough to guarantee success. As the excerpt from “Open the Mind and Close the Sale: The secret to success in Selling!” reminds us, building a better mousetrap doesn’t necessarily mean the world will beat a path to your door. In reality, many potential customers may never even hear about your product, and others may find alternative solutions or get used to doing without.

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How to Set Up New Managers for Success

Force Management

Top sales teams differentiate themselves with a proven system for finding and attracting elite talent. But landing strong candidates is only the first step in the journey. The best organizations know how to retain sellers with the most potential and ensure they’re positioned to perform and excel as they advance up the ranks. Making the move from sales rep to manager is a common career pathway.

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Closing the Gap: Aligning Sales Expectations and Reality for Appointment Success

The Center for Sales Strategy

I think we can all agree that securing appointments is foundational to achieving sales goals. However, findings from the recent Media Sales Report found a persistent gap between the expectations and reality of salespeople and their managers when it comes to the actual number of scheduled appointments.

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7 Habits of Highly Successful Prospectors, According to Sales Leaders

Hubspot Sales

Thoughtfully calculated, well-executed prospecting is central to virtually every successful sales engagement. It sets a tone — giving you the momentum and perspective you need to lock in on viable sales opportunities and ensure the rest of your sales process goes as smoothly as possible. But as with any other skill, some salespeople have a better grip on prospecting than others — and we, here at the HubSpot Sales Blog, want to do our part to make sure you prospect as effectively as possible.

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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 Align with CFOs in a ‘Show Me’ Year for B2B Marketers

Sales and Marketing Management

Chief marketing officers are being asked to show measurable results of their budget. That's a positive thing. The post How to Align with CFOs in a ‘Show Me’ Year for B2B Marketers appeared first on Sales & Marketing Management.

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Unlocking Success: Strategies to Avoid Costly Hiring Mistakes

Steven Rosen

In this episode of the Sales Leadership Awakening podcast, Steven Rosen and Colleen Stanley discuss the high cost of making a bad hire in sales. They emphasize the importance of creating an ideal hiring profile with hard and soft skills and non-negotiables. They also stress the need for a systematic hiring process, including behavioral interviews and assessments.

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The Death of Decision Making

Anthony Cole Training

There have always been two certainties in life – death and taxes. But I have now become convinced that there is a third certainty if you are a salesperson and that is the slow and painful death of decision making.

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How NOT to Follow Up on an Email

Mr. Inside Sales

I hope you’re not making this common mistake when following up on an email you sent: “I’m just calling to see if you got the email I sent you?” While this may sound like a reasonable way to follow up after sending an email, do you see how you’re providing your prospect with the perfect stall? How many times you hear: “Ah, when did you send it?” Or “I haven’t had time to look at it yet.

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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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You're making it harder to buy. 3 ways sellers contribute to stalled deals.

SBI Growth

Many companies experienced an inconsistent and underwhelming year for business in 2023—and with promising forecasts for demand in 2024, many executive teams are eager to take their companies back on the path to rapid growth. However, the flat to declining commercial productivity among many sales teams today still poses an obstacle to that goal.

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Ominous Signs for Sales Teams and Baseball Can Help

Understanding the Sales Force

The Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra is known for his many “ Yogisms.” The one we are most familiar with is, “It ain’t over til it’s over.” He is also known for saying, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Based on the conversations I have been having with sales experts, CEOs and CROs over the past two weeks, the common themes are: The first quarter sucked Way more delayed closings than we’ve ever seen Budgets being slashed It’s harder

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Business Began, But Now How Do I Scale??

Smooth Sale

Photo by Alexas Photos via Pixabay Attract the Right Job Or Clientele: Business Began, But Now How Do I Scale? ? The effort was highly challenging, but you did it—you started your own business. Clients love you, so they continue to send you referrals. You hoped you would have enough clients to stay afloat a while back, but now you are hoping for only a few more at a time.

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You Have to Stop Avoiding Difficult Conversations

Steven Rosen

Difficult conversations are as inevitable as they are necessary. These discussions, whether addressing underperformance, behavioural issues, or compensation adjustments, are crucial for maintaining a healthy sales environment and driving performance. However, a surprising number of sales managers avoid these critical conversations, a trend that undermines team potential and poses a significant threat to organizational success.

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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 Coaching DNA: A Critical Component to Achieving Sales Team Excellence

Anthony Cole Training

DNA is a molecule called deoxyribonucleic acid, which contains the biological instructions that make each species unique. So, what makes up the very unique and coveted Sales DNA? Is there a genetic code for successful sales managers and if so, wouldn’t every company like to crack that code?

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One Key to Combatting Negativity

Mr. Inside Sales

Good morning everyone! I just returned from a “Day of Development” seminar in Charlotte with the Jon Gordon company. Several of his books include: “The Power of Positive Leadership,” “The Energy Bus,” etc. Check them out on Amazon if you’re interested in learning more. There was a lot of great stuff in the meeting, and one thing I wanted to share with you all is a way to combat the recurring negativity that silently creeps into our heads every so often.

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The 3 Pillars of Effective Marketing Campaigns

SBI Growth

Marketing is a core part of an effective revenue engine, but for CMOs looking to amplify their impact on the bottom line, it can be difficult to get started. After all, marketing has so many moving parts, what should leaders focus on to ensure their campaigns have the reach and impact they seek? Understand your target and position, then use the right people and tools to execute your campaign effectively.

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Driving a Revenue Mindset: 5 Takeaways from Our Conversation with Brian Walsh

Force Management

We recently hosted a live session on Driving a Revenue Mindset with our Managing Director and Facilitator Brian Walsh. He shared insights on what’s changing in sales, what remains critical, and what the most successful organizations are focusing on to maintain revenue momentum. Be sure to check out the full on-demand recording here.

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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 Attract Investors to Your Business

Smooth Sale

Photo by Geralt via Pixabay Attract the Right Job Or Clientele: How To Attract Investors to Your Business Excitement is yours as you announce your business; you’re excited about the future, and now you’re thinking, “Maybe it’s time to bring in the investors.” Good move! Getting investors on board is like turbo-charging your business. It’s not just about the cash—though let’s be honest, that part is significant.

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How To Become The Best Place To Work In The World

Steven Rosen

In this Sales Leadership Awakening podcast, Gerilyn Horan , Hilton’s VP of Group Sales, shares strategies to become the best place to work In the world. She shares insights on creating a supportive environment and the importance of feedback, coaching, and company culture for employee engagement and retention. They also touch on Hilton’s top global workplace ranking and successful coaching programs for high employee retention and satisfaction.

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It’s The Little Things That Count….

Partners in Excellence

It’s human nature to focus on the big things. Whether it’s a BHAG, a closing presentation for a major deal, a big job opportunity, a critical event. We obsess about how we succeed. We develop strategies, contingency plans, prep and rehearse. We are driven to succeed for those big things. We treat the little things differently. We may skip them, thinking they aren’t important.

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Discount Dilemmas: How to Stand Firm on Your Fee

SalesProInsider

Have you ever tried to buy something with a verbal promise? Or deposit a compliment in your personal or business bank account? Of course not! You would be laughed at! Yet, that’s what can happen when discussing fees for service with prospective clients. Never Accept This Payment: Promises Won’t Pay Your Bills True story: An advisor in NJ had two great conversations with a prospective client who could not believe the services they would receive working with him compared to another option.

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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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Report: Investing in New Markets Despite Gaps in Confidence

SBI Growth

For much of 2023, volatile markets and unforeseen challenges held CEOs back from executing aggressive value creation plans. But with Q1 2024 going by without much issue, it seems like the perfect opportunity for business leaders to accelerate growth and capitalize on new opportunities. Yet, even with a clear plan in mind, leaders are still hesitant about their ability to execute it successfully, ensuring that CEOs stay vigilant despite hopeful outlooks.

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Announcing Email Booster 

Nutshell

Love Nutshell’s ability to send templated sales emails to your prospects and customers so you can type less and sell more? Want to be able to use email templates right from your email inbox? Introducing Email Booster, the second half of Nutshell’s Revenue Booster add-on ! Email Booster helps you send and customize Nutshell email templates from Gmail, ensuring Nutshell works where you do.

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Will You Accept Full Responsibility for Business Success?

Smooth Sale

Photo by Geralt via Pixabay Attract the Right Job Or Clientele: Will You Accept Full Responsibility for Business Success? Business ownership is a delicate balance. It doesn’t matter who you are or the number of resources you have; we only have 24 hours each day, and we all need to use them differently! As such, managing a company entirely on your own is one of the most challenging tasks to embrace, and embracing it is crucial!