March, 2020

Sales may be about to get harder

Sales 2.0

I’m getting that feeling right now that I am living in a movie. Big events are happening so quickly it’s hard to keep up. One of the lessons I’ve learned is a crisis is not the time to get stuck. It’s time to take action…and to do so soon.

Retention is the New Growth – Why Customer Success Is Critical Today

Sales Benchmark Index

Going into 2020, Market Leaders were already counting on the majority of their revenue coming from their existing customer base. Most companies build their 2020 Revenue plans on an assumption of GDP growth, and this assumption has shifted. As my.

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A Discovery Question You Should Always Ask

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Discovery is a great opportunity to not only dig in with the buyer but also get to the “Real” of the sale. There is a discovery question you should always ask. More importantly, it is an opportunity to differentiate yourself based on how you sell, not your product.

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Empathy and EI: Soft Skills and Sales Results

Connect2Sell

These are the questions buyers ask themselves about sellers. These back-of-the-mind questions influence buyers’ decisions to meet with you and buy from you. emotional intelligence selling skills soft skills for sales professionals Soft Skills and Sales

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

How to Move Forward and Increase Sales During Uncertain Times

Anthony Cole Training

In this blog post, we pray for the health and safety of those at risk or sick during this time in human history.

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Here’s to the REAL men!

Bernadette McClelland

Here’s to the amazing ones. The men. The supporters. The dependables. The backstops on the field of home runs. The ones who see their women very differently. Who respect their ambition, Their dreams and their skills. And fuel their insane and innate drive. To just go for it!

During a Crisis, CEOs Should Lead Internal Communications

Sales Benchmark Index

Market-leading CEOs work closely with their leadership teams to maintain strong and transparent communication with not only their customers but also their employees. Every employee is an ambassador of the brand, and without clear guidance and communication internally, external messages.

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No One To Call? B t

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. The tremors just keep on coming and people keep trying to adjust to the daily change. I understand the initial shock of facing a canyon of empty towers; every one has gone home. Seeming like they took all your opportunities with them. Maybe, but I doubt it.

Storytelling Is One of the Essential Soft Skills to Succeed in Selling

Connect2Sell

Maybe you’ve heard: Storytelling is the most powerful tool in your selling toolbox. Natasha Che, Entrepreneur.com. Storytelling is a must-have sales skill. Sean Pinegar, Tenfold. Top sellers use the power of story to mesmerize. Mike Schultz, RAIN Group. Stories trigger emotional responses.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

The Best Advice Sales Managers Can Give to Help Increase Sales

Anthony Cole Training

In this blog article, we discuss the best advice sales managers can give their salespeople, and that is to "keep moving." If you want to increase sales within your organization, you must keep moving throughout the ups and downs, the missed opportunities, the clients who "ghost" you, and more.

What’s Holding You Back?

Steven Rosen

What’s Holding You Back? It’s a new year and a new decade. It is time to reflect on where you are, where you would like to be and commit yourself to get there. Like most sales leaders, you want to achieve your sales objectives.

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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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What Virtual Selling Means for Your ‘Field’ Sellers

Sales Benchmark Index

Your field sellers are certainly not strangers to phone or web meetings, but until we’re clear of CoVid-10, that’s ALL they can do to continue selling. Does that mean your entire sales organization just shifted to an inside sales model?

The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.

Change – Too much of a good thing?

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Change is a constant , it’s all around us, and it’s hard; keeping up is a continual challenge. And while change does bring good, you know what they say about too much of a good thing? Yet we, pundits and leaders, ask people to take on more change every day.

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Other-Orientation Is Essential for Mastering the Softer Side of Sales

Connect2Sell

One of the most unfortunate stereotypes about sellers is that we are self-centered. Buyers wrongly assume that all sellers are only after their money and only care about themselves. That’s why buyers are guarded.

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Storytelling in Leadership Starts With These Questions

Score More Sales

Sports fans inherently know the importance of storytelling. Unless they’re the type who look at the score or the outcome… and nothing else. No highlights. No recaps. No interviews. No social media. No conversations with other fans. B2B sales leadership

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How Did You Do in the First Week of Coronavirus?

Steven Rosen

You have just gone through the first week of the COVID-19 crisis. Pat yourself on the back because no one else will with social distancing rules in effect. Have you: Successfully transitioned your sales team to WFH status? Held at least one online team meeting?

The Time-Saving Power of Intent Data for Sales

By using the power of intent data, capturing buyer interest has become more feasible for sales. Not only that, but using it will save immense time during your workflow; a win-win on all fronts.

Social Capital changes prospecting results

Sales 2.0

The big difference between a cold call and a referral call is social capital. Social capital is the currency of relationships. It’s the currency of trust. If you’ve been in sales doing it the old school cold calling way long enough you may start to believe social capital does not mean anything.

How to Reset Your Forecast Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sales Benchmark Index

With the uncertainty of CoVid-19 looming over your market and your customers’ markets, are you finding your already taxed forecasting processes are reaching their breaking point or leaving you with more questions than answers?

All That’s Changed Is Their Objectives

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. “Starve your distractions, feed your focus.” ” — Daniel Goleman. I had to sit back and think hard about how to jump into the stream of pundit babble about COVID 19.

Soft Skills for Sales Professionals During a Global Pandemic

Connect2Sell

Sales professionals, we need to talk. There’s a global pandemic. People are dying. Businesses are hurting. Every single person in the world will be affected in some way – physically, emotionally, mentally, psychologically, physiologically, relationally, financially, or otherwise. sales performance soft skills for sales soft skills for sales professionals

How ZoomInfo Enhances Your Database Management Strategy

Forward-thinking marketing organizations have continuously invested in a database strategy for enabling marketing processes. Download this ebook to learn how to maintain a strategy that includes refreshed information, database cleanses, and an accurate analysis at the same time.

28 Sales Traits to Identify When Hiring Better Salespeople

Anthony Cole Training

In this blog post, we ask the question, "Are you looking to hire better salespeople or are you looking to hire salespeople that will simply replace your former employees?".

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Salespeople

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Randy Illig In 1990, I’d just started a business that would prosper or die based on my sales success. No sales, no company. At the time, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” was making waves on the bestseller lists, so I picked it up.

Focus on What You Can Control

Jill Konrath

Times are tough right now. That's the reality of our sales environment. People are being laid off. Decisions take longer—and will be more difficult to make. Risk is now a big issue. Working Smarter

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Keeping the Lights on Through the Crisis – What Do We Do Now?

Sales Benchmark Index

An executive team sits in front of their computers watching the concerned and, in some cases, confused faces of one another. They have completed the gut-wrenching discussion about who stays and who goes, either permanently or temporarily, to provide some.

How ZoomInfo Enhances Your ABM Strategy

For marketing teams to develop a successful account-based marketing strategy, they need to ensure good data is housed within its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software. More specifically, updated data can help organizations outline key accounts for their campaigns. And to begin the targeting process, marketing teams must develop an Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) with appropriate firmographic and behavioral data to ensure they’re going after the correct audience.Download this eBook to learn how to start improving your marketing team's data!

First Item On My To-Do List

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Done right to-do lists can be a great productivity tool, ensuring that you focused, not distracted. Done wrong, it can lead to long term issues. I talk a lot about habits, and how they make up 40% of your daily activities.

23 Tips for Working from Home

The Sales Heretic

The world has changed. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most states in the US—and many other parts of the world—are under “Shelter at Home” orders. Which means that millions of people who used to go to an office every day are now working at home. Most of them for the first time. If you’re one [.].

The New York Times' Misleading Article on Assessments and Their Use Cases

Understanding the Sales Force

I'm not usually late but I'm really late on this topic! Back in September The New York Times, which is often accused of publishing fake news, published an interesting article comparing personality tests to astrology.

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