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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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.

The Showpad Sales Transformation Maturity Model

The Showpad Sales Transformation Maturity Model helps organizations understand where they are today in terms of meeting buyer expectations — and how key teams can drive transformation that impacts the bottom-line. Download the free eBook for a pragmatic approach to growing sales maturity.

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 [.].

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The Future of Your Sales Role Questionnaire

Score More Sales

There is a lot of talk about artificial intelligence taking over many sales positions soon. Do you feel like your job might be one of them? Here is a quick questionnaire to help you know if it is or not: sales strategy profession of sales

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.

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.

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.

Humans and Bots: How to blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth

Join Genesys for this webinar to learn how leading companies are using blended AI to drive customer intimacy and revenue growth.

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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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.

5 Ways To Ensure Great Sales Communications

MTD Sales Training

You’ll no doubt agree that one of the most important key skills you need to develop today as a salesperson is that of communication.

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.

Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

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.

The CMO’s Key to Return on Marketing Investment: Persona Driven Lead Generation

Sales Benchmark Index

The number one way to demonstrate Return on Marketing Investment (ROMI) is by driving revenue through Lead Generation. However, few CMOs are driving top-line revenue growth with their lead generation activity. The problem? It is in the statement. Activity. Activity.

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.

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!

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.

5 Ways To Sell To The Modern Day Buyer

MTD Sales Training

One of the biggest changes in sales over the years has nothing to do with selling itself. It has to do with the way that the buyer has changed their modus operandi. The process of sales is evolving as technology, globalisation and communication methods advance and progress.

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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.

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.

Digital Self Assessments and The Role They Play in Hiring “A Player” Talent

Sales Benchmark Index

As the head of HR, your CEO and peers depend on you to identify high-quality candidates in a timely manner. But no matter how many candidates you supply for every opening, most companies are overly dependent upon a traditional interview.

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.

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 To Uncover Your Prospects Needs & Wants With 1 Question

MTD Sales Training

We all know the benefits of using quality questions in uncovering the current position our prospects are in. The better the quality of the questions, the more information you will gain. Now, imagine if there was one simple question you could ask that would uncover a whole load of information.

9 Strengths of Consultative Sellers

Anthony Cole Training

“It’s not you, it’s me!” I love that scene from Seinfeld

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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.

Open Ended Sales Probing Questions for Qualifying Prospective Clients

Mr. Inside Sales

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!

What Does World Class Pipeline and Forecasting Management Take?

Sales Benchmark Index

Everyone knows that as a highly effective sales leader you should inspect the key leading and behavioral indicators of your team as a predictor of future sales success. What always amazes me is how many sales organizations just do the.

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.