December, 2016

Being Comfortable Is for Babies Not Top Sales Performers

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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.

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.

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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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1st Quarter 2017, Are you set up for success?

Your Sales Management Guru

First Quarter 2017. Are You Set Up for Success? Ken, are you crazy? I have not finished the fourth quarter yet! But as budget planning begins and business strategies begin to be set, it is your responsibility to be ready for 2017. What do you need to have on your to-do list for the next 60 days?

30 Ways to Get Inside the Mind of Your Target Buyer

Trust, support, and transparency: that's what your target buyer really wants. These 30 findings show the path from respect, to relationship, to business win.

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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.

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.

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.

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.”

Successful Social Selling Best Practices Guide

This best practices guide focuses on helping you organize, harness and capitalize on the information, buying signals and qualified prospects identifying themselves to you online every single day.

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.

Don't Look Now Your Real Leadership Ethics Are Showing

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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.

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.

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.

Account-Based Marketing: A Practical Guide

Your step-by-step manual on all aspects of ABM.

How to Sell A Pencil – Or Any Product or Service

Inside Sales Training

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.

[VIDEO] The Cost of Bad Data

DiscoverOrg Sales

Welcome to the first of our DiscoverOrg Whiteboard Wednesday series! Today, let’s talk money. Right – that’s what motivates sales guys? You know what motivates me almost As much as making money? Finding out I’m wasting money!

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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?”

Facing a Fear Greater than Cold Calling

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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.

Why Marketing, Sales, and Business Owners Love Marketing Automation

Learn what Marketers, Sales and Business Owners each have to say about what Marketing Automation has done for their business.

Sales Strategy: Winning the Business

Sales Benchmark Index

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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!

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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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B2B ABM: Seven Sales & Marketing Tips for 2017 - Tip #1: Should you leave a Voicemail?

Pointclear

Should you leave a voicemail? One of the best responses to this question that I have seen is from a somewhat dated (2015) article in Eyes On Sales in which the author asks: “How many callbacks do you get if you DON'T leave a voicemail?”. The following is from my favorite author (“New Sales.

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Sales Training Playbook by Lessonl

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

Wake Up! It’s 2017! Your Old Habits Must Go!

The Sales Hunter

I found myself reading a magazine… yes, a magazine! Wow, how old school is that? I was struck by an article about how it’s important at this time of year to organize your office. The article listed step-by-step instructions as to how to be more efficient. The author said to have a file folder (what […]. Blog leadership Motivational Sales Speaker Professional Selling Skills Sales Motivation productivity sales leadership sales motivation

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

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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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Win More with a Sustainable Customer Experience Advantage

Sales Benchmark Index

Today’s article is focused on how to make the customer experience a competitive differentiator. As a guide to the conversation, download our 10th annual workbook, How to Make Your Number in 2017. Turn to the customer experience design phase on pages.

A Bit of Holiday Tradition to Spice up your Selling

Understanding the Sales Force

What is your favorite part of the holiday season? Do you have traditions that you follow every December? For the past 15 years an important part of our holiday season is going to see the Boston Ballet perform the Nutcracker.

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The Art of Social Selling -- Summarized by getAbstract

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

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 […].

Who Had the Greatest Impact on My Year? Amy and Michael Port, That’s Who!

Score More Sales

My good friend, Jim Keenan, author of Not Taught, speaker, and colleague started this meme for people to share who impacted them the most in their business growth in 2016. I have heard a lot of negativity about 2016, and yet, in professional B2B selling there is always lemonade to be had from your lemons.

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The Productivity Challenge for 2017

The Sales Hunter

More Sales Less Time: Surprisingly Simple Strategies for Today’s Crazy-Busy Sellers The last couple of months, I’ve been on a mission to try and make as much of my time focused on “RPA” as possible. “RPA” stands for Revenue Producing Activity.

Start 2017 Sales With This Aim Small, Miss Small Focus

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One of my most favorite quotes is in the movie The Patriot where the father reminds his sons to “aim small, miss small.” ” I only wish those seeking to increase 2017 sales would heed this advice. Credit www.pixabay.com.

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.