June, 2018

What 15K Demos per Year Taught Us About Converting Inbound Sales Leads

DiscoverOrg Sales

“When I first started at DiscoverOrg two years ago, I joined a group of six other Sales Development Reps (SDRs). We were all green to the role and new to sales in general.

Admin Inefficiencies are Dragging Your Inside Sales Productivity Down

Sales Benchmark Index

Inside sellers should perform essentially the same role as field sellers, the only difference being the inside sales team does not visit customers or prospects face to face. Role Corruption Results in Poor Sales Performance. With the inside sales team in the.

How to Sell Smarter than Automated Communication and Artificial Intelligence

John Barrows

Cars can drive themselves. Filmmakers can replace actors with CGI. Conversations can be automated with a computer program.

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What Do You Mean No?

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. For such a small word, ‘NO’ seem to cause a lot of havoc. Tidal waves of fear leading salespeople to imagine they will spiral endlessly to failure just at the sound of NO.

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.

Google thyself!

Sales 2.0

When you send a prospect an email or leave them a voicemail what do many of them do? They Google you (as well as your company.). As you know, buyers are seriously concerned about burning their time these days.

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7 Ways Recruiters Can Find Great Passive Candidates (& 3 Things to Avoid)

DiscoverOrg Sales

You already know how to recruit active candidates. They’re easy to find. They’re the ones with the ready-to-go resume and up-to-date website. They’re attending networking events, following your company on social media, and applying for your open positions.

Why Top Sales Reps Will Be Unemployed In 2 Years

Sales Benchmark Index

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Cold Calling – Insights from Chris Orlob at Gong

John Barrows

Episode 57 of the Make It Happen Mondays podcast featured Chris Orlob of Gong.io and it was filled with so much value, we decided to try something new and transcribe it as a blog post. If you enjoy this format, please let me know in the comments or by hitting me up on social.

B2B Emotional Sales Formula - Curiosity. Obsession. Fever. Action. Passion.

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Tony Hughes You may be struggling thinking, "What on Earth am I doing, I hate this job!". I know, you fell into sales, and perhaps from there, sales management. I think of what powers me to prevent burnout and I think of these five words. So I want to deconstruct each one as an emotional manual for sellers in this quick post in reverse chronological order. Ruminate on each one, chew the cud. Curiosity – Curiosity is my North star. How do I stay fired up when I prospect?

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Sales Training Playbook by Lessonl

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

How to Build Trust and Generate Leads with a Referral Program

No More Cold Calling

Because what you’re already doing isn’t working. Your lead generation tactics aren’t driving bottom line revenue. That’s a fact. I’ve just returned from three conferences, and the #1 challenge I heard sales pros repeat again and again was how to get leads in the pipe.

‘NO’ Is Deceiving

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Last week I looked at the power of the small word ‘NO’ in halting sales, preventing President’s Club, and more; but we looked at it in the context of the prospecting experience, very early in the process. But objections are dynamic, just like the buy/sell cycle, and as such our ability to recognize them and deal with them effectively needs to be as or probably more dynamic.

3 Ways Sales Can Help the Marketing Team (and Help Themselves)

DiscoverOrg Sales

Let’s agree that the goal of your marketing team should be to help your sales team. Sound good? Awesome. But as sales professionals, how can you feed your sales intelligence in to your marketing team and how can they use that intelligence to better help you close sales?

What Role Does Your Marketing Team Play in The Revenue Desk?

Sales Benchmark Index

There is an emerging best practice in Key Account Management that successful B2B firms are quickly deploying. The best practice is a “Revenue Desk”. In this blog, I will outline the role of Marketing in this critical new Key Account.

Fulfilling Today's (Changing) eLearning Needs

Speaker: Bryan Marriott, President, P1 Learning

eLearning cannot be a “one size fits all” proposition. It’s not enough to post 1,000+ courses and leave training up to chance. Join Bryan Marriott, President of P1 Learning, as he walks through the process of identifying learner needs, and then delivering training that specifically addresses those needs – in a short, effective, and entertaining manner.

The Qualification Call Follow Up Process

John Barrows

As most of you know I’m not a huge fan of templated e-mail cadences but I do appreciate creating efficiencies throughout the sales process and adding structure where appropriate. One area in which we can add structure to is how we follow up with a prospective client after a good discovery call.

Why Pre-Call Research Is A Must, How To Beat Procrastination, Aristotle On How to Be Excellent

MTD Sales Training

Episode 18 – Why Pre-Call Research Is A Must, How To Beat Procrastination, Aristotle On How to Be Excellent. This podcast includes: Why you must do your pre-call research. Different ways to beat procrastination. An inspire me quote from Aristotle on how to be excellent.

Cold Calling Techniques: Overcoming & Handling Common Sales Objections

Mr. Inside Sales

Overcoming Objections: “We are already working with someone.”. By Mike Brooks, [link]. Learn cold calling techniques for handling and overcoming the most common objections in telemarketing phone sales including the best call rebuttal responses for “not interested.”

How to Grow Your Referral Network

No More Cold Calling

Salespeople are only as good as the people they know. When is it time to toss the technology and start talking to people? When internet leads and a call script no longer reap new business. When it interferes with the most powerful tool in your toolbox—you. Don’t get me wrong.

4 Steps to Developing Your Customer Care Strategy

The quality of a customer care strategy can make or break a company, but simply resolving a customer service issue or complaint is no longer enough. Learn the 4 steps that address the major points you need to consider when building a customer care roadmap.

Father’s Day Advice from a Dad and CEO: Your Baby WILL Sleep & Your Outbound Sales Efforts WILL Work

DiscoverOrg Sales

I celebrated my first Father’s Day as a dad two years ago. My wife and I had our first baby, a beautiful girl – Grace. At that same time in 2016, DiscoverOrg was going through a growth spurt.

Transform Your Selling Team to Hit their Growth Targets

Sales Benchmark Index

Jennifer Bakunas, the Senior Vice President of Americas Sales for Monotype, has a wealth of experience, from spinning up successful start-ups to running enterprise sales teams. Jennifer took over the sales leadership role at Monotype last year and we join.

Know thy products

Sales 2.0

For those that have parachuted into this blog from Google, this is part of a series of posts about how to save your sales job. This first batch of ten posts is about preparing to go to market when you get that new sales gig or greenfield opportunity.

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6 Questions To Ensure You Build Value For Your Customers

MTD Sales Training

You know well how customer don’t buy on price alone. The risk that is taken when they buy the cheapest option is sometimes too great and so other components are taken into account when decisions are made. We often say that we should sell the concept of value, as it appears in the eyes of the prospect. But how can you generate that value? How do you know what would be valuable to a client? We have to analyse what we can do to increase that value early on in our planning.

Sales Training That Gets Results – With or Without Classroom ILT

Speaker: Mike Kunkle, VP Sales Enablement Services, SPASIGMA

Most sales ILT (instructor-led training) has historically not been very effective, if we consider “effective” to mean “changes behavior, improves results, or produces a ROI.” In this webinar, sales enablement expert Mike Kunkle will break down how modern technology removes the need for ILT in sales training - and will also explain how to effectively integrate ILT into your modern training, if you want to continue using it!

AI and Inside Sales: 3 Things You Need to Know Now

Mr. Inside Sales

Quick: Can you tell me, in three sentences or less, exactly what AI is and how it is going to impact your sales career or company? If not, then don’t feel bad. It’s kind of like when the word “cloud” started being used to describe cloud-based computing.

What Do They Need YOU For?

The Sales Heretic

Sales has changed. These days, buyers can get virtually anything they want online. And not just consumers, but business, government, and educational buyers as well. Which brings up an important question: What do buyers need you for?

Sales’ Product Epidemic

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. No doubt addiction is a terrible thing, regardless of whether one is addicted to drugs or any dependency addicts struggle with, it has a heavy human toll, both on the victim, those around them, and the unintended devastation experienced by those who depend on the addict. In the mid-West, this addiction is to opioids, in Sales the addiction to ‘product’ is as severe and crippling.

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The Product Leader’s Secret Weapon: The Win-Loss Call

Sales Benchmark Index

Jeff Bezos is famous for his “customers come first” philosophy. In a world where choices are ample, and the customer rules, Bezos has done amazingly well putting the customer first. He has developed a systematic way to understand and anticipate.

Supercharge Your Sales Training ROI with eLearning

Speaker: Ray Makela, CEO, Sales Readiness Group, and David Jacoby, President, Sales Readiness Group

Companies spend about $20 billion a year on various forms of sales training, but many sales leaders report a low ROI from their sales training initiatives. Join us, along with Ray Makela and David Jacoby from Sales Readiness Group, as they break down the five essential factors to achieve sustainable success from your sales training investment, and how to leverage eLearning to maximize results.

Prospecting goggles

Sales 2.0

Don’t sell to anybody. OK, I mean don’t sell to just anybody. You really should be careful who you invite to give you their money. The problem is every deal seems great until you actually “get married” to your prospect and they become your client.

Will “Demo Automation” Work for Your B2B Sales Organization?

Smart Selling Tools

As a Senior Director of Sales Consulting at Oracle, Tod and his team of Sales Engineers and Solution Consultants support the sales team in their division and are responsible for onsite and remote demos. Like a lot of presales leaders, he was in a resource crunch, being asked to more with less.

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Artificial Intelligence AI & Sales Automation Software Tools Platforms

Mr. Inside Sales

AI and Inside Sales: 3 Things You Need to Know Now. By Mike Brooks, [link]. How Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Sales Automation Software Tools Platforms are Affecting Inside and Outbound Sales.