December, 2016

A Sales Funnel…or a Sales Pipeline?

Pipeliner

Okay, this might seem to be a strange title for an article. But knowing the clear difference between a sales funnel and a sales pipeline can mean a great deal to your company, your sales organization and your salespeople—and greatly influence your choice of a CRM solution.

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Being Comfortable Is for Babies Not Top Sales Performers

Increase Sales

Top sales performers who I know are the least comfortable people. They are always going beyond their comfort zones, stretching themselves especially when it comes to sales prospecting. Credit www.gratisography.com.

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Selling at C-level and the too late-too little puzzle

Sales Training Connection

Selling to C-Suite Puzzle. In major accounts sales success at the C-level is a “do or die” proposition. What makes it particularly challenging is “one strike and you’re out.” ” There’s no second chance to get it right.

Is Excuse Making Actually the Biggest Obstacle to Increasing Sales?

Understanding the Sales Force

I've talked a lot about excuse making and the powerful difference between using your index finger, which points outward, versus your thumb, which points inward. Today, Brandon Steiner wrote a great little article about taking responsibility.

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Accelerate Your Sales Performance

While most business is digital, and business-to-business and business-to-consumer transactions - and the work that supports them -- are almost entirely digitized, most organizations still rely on paper for the “last foot” of the process - the sign-off.

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Who Helped Me the Most in 2016 - George Richardson A Gentleman's Gentleman

Increase Sales

One of my colleagues, Jim Keenan, wrote a blog posting about who helped him the most in 2016. He then went on to answer how this person helped him.

Thirty Seconds or Never: The Role of Impulse in Productivity

The Productivity Pro

“ Once begun, half done.” ” – Ancient Chinese proverb. Sometimes, it can be supremely hard to get up off your “buts” and get moving—as we’ve all discovered at some point in our careers.

What CEO's and Sales Leaders Care About the Most - Are They Trends for 2017?

Understanding the Sales Force

Image Copyright: 123RF Stock Photo. I reviewed the 88 articles I wrote in 2016 (nearly 1,600 articles on the Blog) and was surprised to discover what I wrote about the most. It wasn't about sales force evaluations, sales candidate assessments or attacks on the Harvard Business Review.

Get Your Website Built Before Year End

Fill the Funnel

Still time to get your new Website Built in 2016! I was looking at my calendar for the balance of the year and realized I had nothing on my calendar the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. I know many of you are in the same boat and I have created a project for […].

The Playbook for Account-Based Marketing (ABM)

Account-Based Marketing is a Strategy, Not a Solution | Get this step-by-step playbook to implement an ABM strategy that fits your company’s objectives and resources.

How Account-Based Sellers Make Money with a Proven Referral Program

No More Cold Calling

Tired technology just can’t compete now. Let me let you in on a secret: Account-based selling isn’t anything new. This lead generation strategy is the source of much hype in our industry. There are even new acronyms and monikers, such as “land and expand” and “seed and grow.”

Sales Success (sometimes) Depends on Losing the Sale

Pipeliner

Too much attention in sales is placed on making the sale. And it is reinforced by reward and compensation programs that hail the salesperson of the year as a hero if they post the most annual sales.

Don't Look Now Your Real Leadership Ethics Are Showing

Increase Sales

Funny how a simple action can reveal the real leadership ethics of an individual. Let me explain. Credit www.pixabay.com. Earlier this week a colleague received a completely unfair review of his book on Amazon.

Five Reasons to Take Ergonomics Seriously… Whether or Not Your Company Does

The Productivity Pro

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ” — Jim Rohn, American motivational speaker. You’ve probably read and heard a lot about ergonomics during your career. But are you taking the topic seriously?

Sales Training Playbook by Lessonl

A step-by-step guide for building a comprehensive training playbook for your sales team.

Companies Rush to Get This One Thing in Place for their Sales Teams Before January

Understanding the Sales Force

I've been writing about the importance of having a milestone-centric sales process for a decade and Objective Management Group's (OMG) data is showing that companies - and their salespeople - have finally begun to make some serious progress in this area.

#1 Website Tool of 2016

Fill the Funnel

Igloo has been my #1 best-selling web page software in 2016. It builds stunning web pages, landing pages, webinar registration pages, and with this new update – MEMBERSHIP sites. Works with WordPress or standard HTML websites. Anyone can use this – even with no previous experience.

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8 Things Top Performing Salespeople Do Each January

The Sales Hunter

You’re ready to make this your year to break out from the pack and become a top performer. Thinking about success is simply not going to be enough. It takes a plan and one of the best things you can do is emulate what other top performers do. Don’t build your plan to […].

Using 3D Animations As A Sales Tool

Pipeliner

Shrinking attention spans are not to be taken lightly when you are a sales professional. There will be no deal to close if you can’t first captivate an audience long enough to highlight the fantastic features of the product or service you are offering.

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The Art of Social Selling -- Summarized by getAbstract

Find and engage customers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networks.

Facing a Fear Greater than Cold Calling

Increase Sales

Mention cold calling to some salespeople and watch the fear in their eyes. Yet there is a greater fear within not only the sales world, but the overall professional and personal worlds. That fear is discovering and facing the truth about yourself.

CRO Dave Wirta: Getting New Sales Reps Productive Quickly

Sales Benchmark Index

Today’s topic is how to improve the efficiency of a sales team by getting new hires productive quickly. To help you capture the key points, download our 10th annual workbook, How to Make Your Number in 2017 and turn to.

5 Year-End Awards from Top Sales World

Understanding the Sales Force

I am always honored when my work is recognized and this year is no exception. The judges at Top Sales Awards named Objective Management Group (OMG) the Top Sales Assessment Tool for 2016. That marks the 6th consecutive year that OMG has won the Gold!

Ten 2017 Sales Kick-Off Meeting Ideas

Your Sales Management Guru

Ten 2017 Sales Kick-off Meeting Ideas. . While working with a client last week it became obvious that we are moving into the time to finalize 2017 budgets, compensation plans and something most sales managers don’t take enough in developing their 2017 Sales Kick Off meeting.

Secrets to Successful Inside Sales Management

Learn a variety of best practices, techniques and ideas to both tactically and strategically increase the efficacy, success and impact of your inside sales organization.

10 Questions to Challenge You Next Year

The Sales Hunter

What are you planning to do differently next year? When I say “differently,” I mean really different. Too many times we make only minor changes, and then we wonder why we achieve only minor improvements.

How to Set Default Reminders for Tasks with Due Dates

Pipeliner

With Pipeliner CRM we are demonstrating absolute continuity in optimizing the application, and in streamlining and supercharging sales activities throughout the world.

Maybe Sales Quotas Are Only Part of the 2017 Business Growth Equation?

Increase Sales

For the last several weeks to maybe months, sales managers and salespeople are looking to 2017 business growth. Within this annual or quarterly activity is the setting of sales quotas or goals.

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10 Essential Answers to Build a Sales Operations Department

Sales Benchmark Index

Today’s article is about how to build a sales operations department from scratch. The best growth executives understand that sales ops is the most strategic sales function in the company. They understand that when deployed correctly, sales ops can impact revenue.

Successful Selling

Matt Heinz explains how to attract, manage, close and keep more business in a buyer-centric world.

How to Sell A Pencil – Or Any Product or Service

Inside Sales Training Blog

NOTE: While this article talks about using this technique as an interview question to determine what kind of sales rep you’re about to hire, it’s also a great technique for managers to use to diagnose what is wrong with reps who may not be hitting quote consistently.

5 Sales Activities that Lead to Success: Are Your Salespeople Assertive Enough?

Anthony Cole Training

Assertive (not aggressive) salespeople win more business than others. They care so much about doing the right thing for their clients that they are willing to risk the relationship and the deal in order to make sure the prospect or client makes the right decisions. Does that describe your people?

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Quit Trying to Define Value for Your Customer!

The Sales Hunter

Would you pay $85.00 for a rock wrapped in leather? I suspect it’s not high up on your gift list, but for somebody it sure is. Check this out: Nordstrom is selling a rock for $85.00. Does that have you thinking, “Who in their right mind would buy that?”

Sales Enablement in the Digital Age

Pipeliner

Automated marketing strategies, syndicated content feeds, and real-time customer feedback are just three examples of how the digital age is touching and transforming the way we sell today.