September, 2018

9 B2B Sales Closing Techniques You Can Use Today

DiscoverOrg Sales

First things first: People buy from people first, product second , according to Director of Sales Steve Wernke. They want to feel good about who they’re buying from, and they want to walk away feeling good. As they negotiate, they want to feel like they won.

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10 Ways To Prepare For Your First Cold Call

MTD Sales Training

Sometimes, even the words ‘cold call’ can send shivers down salespeople’s’ spines.

The Worst 4 Letter Words In Sales

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. No need to go to the gutter right away, there is a lot to be said for words in sales before we have to go blue. Given that there so many words, every day bringing more, that the word we’ll focus on today is a proxy for words rather than just one guilty word. The word I am talking about is talk, and the often silly way sellers use words, but more specifically the obsession to be delivering words, talking, sometimes (usually), jusf for the sake of talking. Fear of Silence.

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How a Sandwich Can Transform Your Business

The Sales Heretic

Let’s say you own a restaurant. And let’s say on your menu you have a Reuben sandwich. The Reuben is a classic, which is why it’s on the menus of approximately 98.7% of all restaurants. And therein lies the problem. If I’m in the mood for a Reuben, I can go literally anywhere to get [.].

Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

The Why?

John Barrows

I’m re-sharing this post from last year because I really want to highlight that Sales, when done right, is the best profession in the world. When done wrong, it’s the worst.

How to become a rich sales geek

Sales 2.0

Testing is for marketing not sales. Does that sentence seem logical to you? It doesn’t to me. The more time I spend in sales and marketing, the more I see overlap between these areas.

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Where Can You Find the Best Salespeople?

Understanding the Sales Force

Maybe you drink the finest wines, stay at the most luxurious hotels, dine at the best restaurants, purchase the best brands and drive the fanciest cars. Or not. Either way, you'll at least want to know where you can find the best salespeople in the world, right?

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B2B Sales Emails that Open Conversations with Executives

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Sabrina Ferraioli When you try to call business executives, you’re up against some substantial hurdles — gatekeepers, voicemail, caller ID and their not-a-minute-to-spare schedules.

Sell More by Giving Things Away

The Sales Heretic

The most powerful four-letter word in sales and marketing is “free.” Everybody loves getting something for nothing. And giving things away can be an extremely powerful sales tactic.

Confusing Customer Service Delivery with Customer Experience Delivery?

Babette Ten Haken

Do we really understand the difference between customer service delivery and customer experience delivery? Or, do we use the two terms interchangeably? At times, our self-focused perception leaves customer service delivery up to everyone with “service” as part of their job titles.

In the Race to Win More Customers, Sales Needs Digital Transformation

Salesforce users were surveyed about the forces shaping today's workplace. Discover the results and why investments in digital transformation and automation are pushing sales teams ahead.

Call low

Sales 2.0

I used to do it. I would get to the office extra early and I’d start dialing before 8AM. I wanted to become a rock star sales dude and I was mentored by my boss that the trick was to call CIOs (Chief Information Officers) early in the morning.

Prospecting is Not About Selling

John Barrows

At least it’s not about selling your products or services. Can you sell your product or service in a 30-second pitch? Can you sell it in a one-page e-mail? I hope not. If you could your company wouldn’t need you. Prospecting is about selling the next step. It’s about selling time.

Finally!  Science Reveals the Actual Impact of Sales Coaching

Understanding the Sales Force

You must have heard the joke that 73.6% of statistics are made up! I have read and even reported that sales leaders who coach their salespeople see a boost in revenue of around 27%. It sounds like a realistic number but I have not seen any science to back it up. Until now. Check this out!

The Best Referral Programs Start with a “Referral Culture”

No More Cold Calling

How does your team work when no one is looking? For the first time ever, clients are asking me how to build a “referral culture.” Sales VP Sam told me he wants to create a referral culture, as did CRO Sue, and CEO Amanda.

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.

Eleven Ways to Boost Your Presentation Skills

The Sales Heretic

Whether you’re a salesperson, executive, or business owner, presentation skills are vital to your success. But presentation skills are rarely taught in school, and too many companies don’t invest in such training for their people.

A Hopscotch Client Retention Strategy will not boost Client Success

Babette Ten Haken

If you practice a hopscotch client retention strategy, do not get your hopes up. Making clients successful is hardly child’s play. Co-partnering in your client’s success involves more than adhering to a mostly-linear protocol.

Being more remarkable in virtual sales meetings

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: TIM RIESTERER, CHIEF STRATEGY AND RESEARCH OFFICER, CORPORATE VISIONS In our last column in this space, we recalled the Bell phone system’s catchy commercial slogan, “Long distance. It’s the next best thing to being there.”

Swag for Days: 13 Don’t-Miss Dreamforce Events 2018

DiscoverOrg Sales

One of you. 171,000 other people. 27,000+ sessions. 150 after-parties. Free swag for days. The cultural phenomenon that is Dreamforce – the Burning Man of the sales world – is a testament to the influence wielded by today’s sales and marketing professionals.

How to Successfully Coach Your Sales Team to Drive Efficiency

Speaker: Steve Benson, Founder and CEO, Badger Maps

A great sales team starts with a manager who’s a great coach. To stay competitive in today’s market, you need to implement a formal coaching approach that is aligned with your buyer’s journey and internal processes to drive results. Fortunately, Steve Benson is here to help you become that great coach.

The Top 12 Factors that Cause Delayed Closings and What to Do About Them

Understanding the Sales Force

Over the past 3 months, my wife and I have been up and down the east coast driving our son to and from baseball tournaments and college showcases. Invariably, each drive back home has taken twice the time it should have because of road construction.

Open Ended Sales Probing Questions for Qualifying Prospective Clients

Inside Sales Training

A Simple Lesson From the NFL to Close More Business. By Mike Brooks, [link]. Learn the top strategies, ideas, ways and examples on how to increase sales qualified leads with the top open ended sales probing discovery questions for qualifying prospective clients. Ahhhhh…. The NFL is back!

How to Nail a Prospecting Call

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Sure, how many times have you seen that from pundits and talking heads like me. Well, I don’t claim to have any secrets, offer cracked codes or other usual empty promises.

Social Communication is not ever Permission to Sell

Babette Ten Haken

Social communication etiquette is going over the top. Have you noticed? In spite of the topics I scheduled on my editorial calendar, the theme of this week’s posts is rapidly becoming Communication. Communication between leadership, management and front line employees.

Togetherness: Achieving Sales and Marketing Alignment

Speaker: Jeff Davis, Founder, jd2 Consulting Group

Jeff Davis is here to help you think differently about how Sales and Marketing should interact. With increased scrutiny for marketing to prove ROI on their activities and it becoming increasingly hard for B2B salespeople to even get in front of customers, the old way of doing business is no longer an option. This webinar will use evidence-based research and empirical knowledge to propose real-world strategies that work.

Defining the Real Buyer

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Alicia McCarty As we are all very well aware, today’s buyers expect us to speak to them personally, not in their general direction; increasingly, customers want businesses to know what they want before they do and to serve them hyper-targeted, relevant content and offerings.

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The Account Manager Position is an Endangered Species

Sales Benchmark Index

The emergence of the Customer Success Professional is an existential threat to account managers. As you create your headcount plan for 2019, you’re starting to think of how to cover your accounts, and whether you need Account Managers, Customer Success.

How to Achieve Short-Term Explosive Growth from your Sales Team

Understanding the Sales Force

Explosive Growth. Positive Momentum. Better Morale. Greater Confidence. Improved Capabilities. Dave Kurlan Sales Coaching sales management training sales leadership training sales data

How much pre-call prep time is just right?

Sales 2.0

“This porridge is too hot!” ” she exclaimed. So, she tasted the porridge from the second bowl. “This porridge is too cold,” she said. So, she tasted the last bowl of porridge. “Ahhh, this porridge is just right,” she said happily and she ate it all up.

Staying Relevant in Sales as AI and Technology Continue to Take Over

Speaker: John Barrows, CEO, JBarrows Sales Training

As technology and AI advance, and as companies and reps continue to look for technical solutions to increase efficiency throughout the sales process, the human element of sales is being lost.The question we need to ask ourselves is – what can we do that a computer can’t? The answer lies in context; if we as sales professionals are not adding any context to our content, then we bring no additional value to what marketing and technology are already doing. Learn about the importance of context, and where and how to add it throughout the sales process!

Sales Prospecting & Cold Calling Tips Techniques Tools Ideas & Methods

Inside Sales Training

Why You’re Turning Off Your Prospects. By Mike Brooks, [link]. Learn the best cold calling and sales prospecting tips, ideas, techniques, strategies, tools and methods on how to make effective successful business calls for sales. It happened just now. Phone rang at our office and I picked it up.

Would You Encourage Your Children to Pursue Sales?

No More Cold Calling

If not, what does that say about the state of sales ethics? The facilitator asked a provocative question: How many of you would tell your children to pursue a sales career? Everyone laughed, but no hands went up.

The Process that Could Be Making You Non-Compliant, Without You Even Knowing

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Jeffrey Weil Thanks to the surge of high-profile and costly cyberattacks in the last year, coupled with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), businesses everywhere have been making security and compliance their No. 1 priority.

Do You Have an Agile Annual Plan?

Sales Benchmark Index

News flash to all CEO’s. Gone are the days of the 5 year strategic plan. While market-leading companies still typically possess a strategic road map, SBI’s research shows that they have shifted, they have adopted a new motion. We refer.

7 Must-Have Automated Documents for Sales Success

Companies are increasingly implementing technology to bring efficiency to their workforce. Data accessibility aside, teams continuously struggle with manual processes for document generation. Learn why automating your documents is key to sales success.