May, 2024

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3 Barriers to Connecting with Prospects

Anthony Cole Training

In today’s world of banking and insurance, it is increasingly more difficult to get the attention of a prospective buyer after only a few outreach attempts. We are all busier than ever before with multi-media coming from every direction. So, how do you stay consistent (and persistent) in your outreach with a prospect while remaining sensitive to their daily lives and the distractions they face?

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Relationship Selling Begins with Asking the Right Questions

Anthony Cole Training

According to the 2023 Edelman Trust Barometer, “Only 59% percent of the 32,000 global respondents to the firm’s 23rd annual trust and credibility survey trust financial services to do what is right, compared to 75% who trust technology and 71% who trust education and food & beverage companies — the top 3 most trusted industries. In the United States, 57% of consumers trust financial services, an increase of 9 percentage points over 2022 findings.

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How to Boost B2B Sales Using AI

Sales and Marketing Management

Incorporating AI into B2B sales is not just about embracing technology; it’s about setting the stage for a more personalized, efficient and engaging sales process. The post How to Boost B2B Sales Using AI appeared first on Sales & Marketing Management.

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Cultivating Sales Success: How Serving Transforms Connections Into Harvests

Sales and Marketing Management

Transforming your sales approach from a transactional to a relational process mirrors the gardener's journey from planting to harvesting and requires similarly patient nurturing. Here are six steps sales professionals can take to create a flourishing customer base. The post Cultivating Sales Success: How Serving Transforms Connections Into Harvests appeared first on Sales & Marketing Management.

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Secrets of a Successful Sale: Optimizing Your Checkout Process

Speaker: David Nisbet, Everett Zufelt, and Michaela Weber

Once upon a time, in the vast realm of online commerce, there lived a humble checkout button overlooked by many. Yet, within its humble click lay the power to transform a mere visitor into a loyal customer. 🧐 💡 Getting checkout right can mark the difference between a successful sale and an abandoned cart, yet many businesses fail to make payments a part of their commerce strategy even when it has a direct impact on revenue.

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How to Become a STAR Sales Leader

Steven Rosen

In this episode of the Sales Leadership Awakening Podcast, Margo Edris , Regional VP of Sales at Salesforce, shares insights on sales leadership and discusses topics such as handling challenges gracefully, preparing for coaching, and integrating fun into the workplace. She also provides valuable advice for women in male-dominated industries and stresses authentic interactions for success.

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3 Actions to Grow Recurring B2B Sales Revenue

Force Management

In our recent webinar with Force Management Managing Director and Facilitator Brian Walsh, an audience member posed a question that we hear often in our work with B2B sales organizations:

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Would You Dare to Walk Away from a Sales Opportunity?

No More Cold Calling

Test your integrity quotient to meet your quota…or not. If you regularly read my blog, you know about the PITA client —”pain in the ass” prospects who drain your team’s time, resources, and morale. I’ve made the case many times that salespeople should walk away from a PITA sales opportunity as fast as you can. However, there are other reasons to walk away that I never considered.

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Your Buyers are Evolving: Here’s How to Get Ahead

SBI Growth

The buying environment faced by many sellers today is volatile: it almost seems as if the once-reliable commercial approaches no longer apply. But for CEOs and GTM leaders looking to capture the immense growth potential in 2024, it’s time for them to consider a revolution in how their companies approach their customers' shifting concerns and expectations.

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Leading a High-Performing Sales Team

Steven Rosen

In this episode of the Sales Leadership Awakening podcast, Brandon Nye , Vice President of Sales for Inmode, shares the key qualities to look for when hiring salespeople, including a proven track record in B2B sales and a competitive mindset. They also explore the challenges of managing high-performing sales reps and the importance of creating a collaborative and supportive team culture.

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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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Cultivating Business Acumen as a Sales Superpower

Anthony Cole Training

Business or sales acumen is the ability to connect with prospects and clients on a deeper level by understanding their unique problems, anticipating their needs, and leveraging knowledge of their business and industry to recommend the best possible solution — regardless of whether or not it results in a closed deal.

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“How Are You?” Ask It—Or Not?

Mr. Inside Sales

Who do you think knows why your prospect buys? If you have followed me for a while, you may know that my opinion on whether to ask a prospect, “How are you,” has changed over the years. What I’ve discovered, is that asking this simple and socially accepted icebreaker is more important than you might think. Here’s why: Selling over the phone is challenging because you don’t have all the visual cues an outside sales rep has—and uses.

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Time for Closing Arguments

Understanding the Sales Force

In case you have been vacationing in a cave, there has been a controversial trial taking place in Manhattan and earlier this week the Jury heard closing arguments. In a jury trial, closing arguments can take several hours or even days! You would think that Closing Arguments would have much in common with the Closing competency in sales but that’s not the case.

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How MEDDICC Helps Win with Decision-Makers

Force Management

MEDDICC is an industry standard for determining the strength of a deal and charting the path to get the deal closed. Many times, deal qualification can hinge on whether your team can identify the Economic Buyer and build enough influence in the organization to both access and evangelize them. But the power of MEDDICC for influencing deal decision-makers extends far beyond the “E” in the acronym.

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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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Growth Risks 2024: B2B Buying Behaviors are Evolving

SBI Growth

An improving economic outlook for 2024 presents a golden opportunity for CEOs to capitalize on rising demand: 87% of surveyed CEOs see growth as a core element of their value creation strategy this year. However, buying behaviors are also changing, and not all companies are prepared to overcome the new challenges created by a dynamic buying environment, slowing growth and potential revenue capture.

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Unleashing AI in a 124-Year-Old Company

Steven Rosen

In this episode of the Sales Leadership Awakening Podcast, Rob Ulsh , VP of Dealer and International Sales for Great Dane, discusses the use of AI in sales leadership. He shares his awakening moment as a leader during the COVID-19 pandemic and how he embraced AI to adapt to the changing landscape. He also explores the practical applications of AI in sales, including prospecting, customer retention, and pre-call planning. “AI is a featured benefit that you can interact with, and it will ac

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Raising the Bar - Take Responsibility

Anthony Cole Training

“Did I hire my salespeople this way or did I make them this way?” This is the question every sales manager must ask. Fixing performance problems always starts with Standards and Accountability.Accountability means taking responsibility for outcomes – good or bad. A sales leader’s primary responsibility is to put the BEST team into the marketplace.Much like a general manager in sports, a director of a theatre company or an orchestra leader of a symphony, you have a job and a responsibility to hir

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Celestial Navigation And Sales Leadership

Partners in Excellence

When I was a kid, my father taught me how to sail. At first I sailed in racing dinghy’s never far from the shore. In high school, we graduated to cruising boats. While we never intended to do oceanic cruising, but the shoreline was beyond sight, and one of the challenges was knowing where we were and if we were going in the right direction. My dad’s solution to this was to teach me celestial navigation.

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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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Pump it Up for Sales Performance

Understanding the Sales Force

Perhaps you thought I was going to write about the inflatables locations called Pump it Up, where young children go to birthday parties. I recall that we hosted a couple of parties there when our son was small and probably attended several more for his little friends. This is not an analogy about inflatable trampolines, but it is about the analogy between pumps and sales and for variety, it will be two separate stories instead of one culminating in pumping up sales.

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Reduce Churn and Drive Renewals with Customer Success Alignment

Force Management

Customer Success (CS) is a critical component of a successful customer engagement process. Growing revenue requires your organization to be cross-functionally aligned on buyer value and solution differentiation before and after the sale. Capturing that value after the initial deal is essential for driving recurring revenue and expansion opportunities within accounts.

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Managing Positive Churn is Not the Answer to Improving Commercial Productivity

SBI Growth

CEOs have set the stage for success in 2024 with a solid growth strategy, but they need their talent to be ready to execute on revenue capture opportunities. They think they have the secret to improving commercial productivity: managing positive churn. However, our surveys reveal that there is more to managing our hires and getting the experts on board; CEOs must also overcome longer ramp times and create sustainable growth for the road ahead.

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(4:58 Video) “Navigating the Challenges of Managing Top Performers”

Steven Rosen

In this 4:58 video, Brandon Nye discusses the challenges of transitioning from a player-coach to a leader and the importance of letting go of old muscle memory. He shares insights on managing high-performing sales reps, emphasizing the need to understand their drivers and view their challenges as positive. He highlights the significance of emotional intelligence and adaptable mindsets in sales managers, enabling deeper connections with team members and adept responses to challenges, ultimately f

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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 Market Like A Big Business On A Small Budget

Smooth Sale

Photo by Geralt via Pixabay Attract the Right Job Or Clientele: How to Market Like A Big Business On A Small Budget Scaling the marketing mountain might seem like a task reserved for the giants in the business world, but hey, even the underdogs have their days of glory. Fear not if your budget reads more like a grocery list than a corporate expense report!

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Consistently High Performing Organizations

Partners in Excellence

I suspect it’s trite to say, every leader wants to create a high performance organization or that people want to be part of high performing organizations. But what does it mean to be a high performing organization? In selling, is high performance “hitting our numbers?” Is it max’ing our comp plans? Is it about our personal success?

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Everyone is an Expert in Something: Embracing Your Unique Knowledge

Fill the Funnel

In today’s fast-paced world, the value of experience and expertise is more significant than ever. Each of us has a unique journey filled with experiences, challenges, and lessons learned. Whether it’s a professional skill, a hobby, or a life lesson, we all possess knowledge that others can benefit from. This idea—that everyone is an expert […] The post Everyone is an Expert in Something: Embracing Your Unique Knowledge appeared first on Fill the Funnel com.

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How to Help Your Sales Team Give More Impactful Product Demos

Force Management

The product demo is an important part of any sales process, but they can also be a tricky stage to navigate while maintaining a value selling approach. We often advocate for sellers to move away from the 'features and functions' conversation in favor of discussing business problems and solutions. The demo is a time to discuss both. That can be a difficult balance to strike, especially when selling complex technical solutions.

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Strategic ABM Gifting: A CMO’s Silver Bullet to Engage the Enterprise

Today’s customers are hungry for human connections, but how do you break through the digital noise? How do you connect on a more personal level? A strategic ABM gifting campaign can help. You can target accounts and prospects by sending gifts or direct mail. It will help you stand out from the crowd and increase your chances to connect. Download Sendoso’s complimentary eBook to learn: Effective ways to level up your gifting strategy for the enterprise customers.

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5 Productive Lead Sources for Fast Revenue

The Center for Sales Strategy

As a sales manager, you know the frustration of watching your pipeline slow down to a trickle. When you need a boost of new opportunities to drive revenue quickly, it's time to look beyond your typical marketing channels. Here are five lead sources offering a "short route to revenue" to help fill your funnel quickly.

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Clutch Ranks SocialSellinator As An Industry Game-Changer

SocialSellinator

Nowadays, ensuring your business’ online visibility is a must, especially considering how saturated and competitive markets have become. Search engine optimization is one of the best ways to stand out and make sure consumers are able to find your brand.

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Compare Possibilities for Returning to Business and Career Growth

Smooth Sale

Photo by TungArt7 Attract the Right Job Or Clientele: Compare Possibilities for Returning to Business and Career If you want to get back into business after a time away, consideration of the possibilities is well worth your time. Getting back into the business game can be challenging for some people, and for others, it’s simple. At stake is how much effort you’re willing to put in.