October, 2018

Who Are We Fooling?

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. A bit of fantasy is good for the soul; it would hard to get through days and projects if not for a little mental cheating and false illusions; it is entirely another to base your own or your company’s future on it. Stats – The Drug of Choice.

The Race for AI-Driven Sales Success Starts Now

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Anil Kaul Co-Founder and CEO of Absolutdata Artificial intelligence — AI for short — is already changing the world in countless ways. Millions of people use devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home to find out more about products and services they need or to control their home environment.

Let’s Keep Talking

John Barrows

The feedback from the recent “We Need to Talk” webinar was so positive that we wanted to summarize some of the key points we discussed, share the resources we’ve compiled and keep the conversation by introducing the Slack community we’re building called Sales Done Right.

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Volunteer to be an insider

Sales 2.0

I am the Chairman Emeritus of the Wharton Club of New York. I’ve been the president and the chairman. Over the years these titles have been very useful for my various business and sales endeavors.

Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

Strategy Is Sexy, Execution is Boring

Steven Rosen

Business success is a function of brilliant strategies and excellent execution. How are your sales to date? Every sales leader I have spoken with could easily answer this question. I am sure you can as well.

Examples of How Salespeople Lose Credibility with Their Prospects

Understanding the Sales Force

You probably thought I would write a world series article but there wasn't much tension or anxiety in this series as the Sox dominated. So instead of an epic baseball related article, you're going to read about trust and credibility.

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Selling Above The Crowd

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. A few weeks back I wrote about the state of sales from a broader and collective perspective , spoiler alert: we have issues.

World Series MVP Has Lessons for Sales

Score More Sales

Years ago, our company name was intentionally changed to Score More Sales because of the great analogies between professional, collegiate, Olympic sports and professional selling. sales leadership profession of sales

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Your #1 Competitor…

John Barrows

Recently I’ve noticed reps and companies spending a lot of time worrying about their competition and trying to figure out what they’re doing or how to defend against them, etc. I don’t know why but I’ve never really worried too much about competition.

Why Your Sales Talent Program is Failing

Sales Benchmark Index

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.

How I Realized That Selling is Just a Bunch of Crap

Understanding the Sales Force

Those are strong words and probably quite surprising coming out of my mouth but I'll explain it all. Earlier this week I was leading another Sales Leadership Intensive and during a break it came to me.

24 Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp

The Sales Heretic

When it comes to your sales—and pretty much everything else in your life—your brain is your most valuable asset. So it makes sense to do as much as you can to protect it. And it needs protection. The challenges of modern life mean our brains are under assault every day. The enemies of the brain [.].

One Powerful Way to Learn More About a Prospect

Inside Sales Training

Let’s start with the obvious: Sales reps talk too much. Whether it’s nervousness, fear, inexperience, or just the conviction that if they stop talking the prospect will say “Not interested” and hang up, it doesn’t matter.

The No. 1 Skill Top Salespeople Must Master

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Lee B. Salz At a young age, I was told that I should pursue a career in sales. I heard it in high school, again in college and, yet again, post-graduation. Perhaps, people told you that you have what it takes to be a great salesperson.

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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.

Our Dreamforce 2018 Recap

John Barrows

With Morgan, Lucas, and John attending Dreamforce last week, we wanted to all share our perspectives from Morgan’s second time attending, Lucas’ first, and John’s countless time at Dreamforce. In no particular order, here are our top takeaways from Dreamforce 18. The power of voice.

3 Ways to Deliver Greater Results from Your Sales Process

Sales Benchmark Index

Virtually every sales organization has invested in the creation of a sales process. The most obvious key to designing a sales process is to focus on the customer. For years, Sales Operations and Enablement leaders have heard this same message.

New Data Shows that You Can Double Revenue by Overcoming This One Sales Weakness

Understanding the Sales Force

My wife and I have been watching 24 for the last few months and we've made it to season 7. Once in a while, one or both of us falls asleep during late-night episodes but we are always saved by: PREVIOUSLY ON 24.

Five Words That Will Make You a Better Salesperson and Leader

The Sales Heretic

Whatever your job is in your organization’s sales channel, you want to be better at it. Which means you’re always on the lookout for tips, tricks, and hacks to make you more effective and productive. Well here’s a simple yet powerful one.

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.

Old-fashioned sales techniques

Sales 2.0

Sometimes it pays to do what is “out”. Social selling has become synonymous with technology. Many definitions make it all about using social media to sell. But I think social selling is about being social and actual human beings do more than just hang out on social media platforms. Some other productive people have learned that being tethered to your email is good way to get nothing done other than respond to email.

Machine Learning Makes Life Easier

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Carson Conant The use of sales and marketing technologies has become a critical piece of the puzzle for organizations looking to increase their sales productivity. Yet, chances are most organizations are missing out on a substantial opportunity to boost their sales revenue.

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Dancing with the Competition? Watch your Step.

Jeffrey Gitomer

How do you feel about your competitors? You say, "I have a great relationship with my competitors." Right, if you needed $50,000 or your business would fold, I guarantee your friend, the competitor, would send you a bon voyage note. Get real, man.

5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Boost Productivity in Sales Ops

Sales Benchmark Index

Artificial Intelligence (AI) isn’t just a buzzword in the data world. When used correctly, it will save you time, which frees up your team to execute on strategic sales initiatives empower the sales team. AI is growing increasingly prevalent in.

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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.

Salespeople With This Weakness Score 47% Worse at Reaching Decision Makers

Understanding the Sales Force

A lot of the salespeople I coach have a weakness in their Sales DNA - their need to be liked. Approximately 58% of all salespeople have this weakness and on average, salespeople score 76% in that competency.

Do You Care About the Wrong Thing?

The Sales Heretic

You have an amazing product or service. It’s awesome. It’s the best on the market. It’s unique. It has the most features and benefits. It has the longest and most comprehensive warranty. And it’s the best value. Naturally, you love your product or service. You’re proud to sell it.

Where Politics & Business Collide: Political Donations of B2B Decision Makers

DiscoverOrg Sales

As the 2018 midterm election cycle heats up, demographic research and new insights about American voters has never been more in demand.

How to Handle: I looked it over and not interested

Inside Sales Training

I’ve been getting a lot of requests lately from readers who are getting blown off when they call a prospect back. To help with this, I’ve been asked to give some scripts to handle this initial blow off before a close.

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!

Should You Always Agree With Your Client?

MTD Sales Training

“The customer is always right”. I’m sure you’ve heard these oft-quoted words from Harry Gordon Selfridge, the founder of the department store that bears his name.

Three Reasons Companies Struggle to Execute Value-Based Pricing Strategies

Sales Benchmark Index

Most companies acknowledge the merits of value-based pricing as an ideal. Why then, do so many companies struggle to execute it in practice? There are three reasons we frequently encounter: Confusing Product Value with Customer Value. Back in the early.

Cold Calling Techniques Make Your Pipeline Fat, but Not Fit

No More Cold Calling

Do you really need more leads? Sure, cold calling techniques put lots of leads in the pipe. Enough for management to see that reps made the requisite number of phone calls, email pitches, and social media connections. But are those really leads, or just smoke-and-mirror numbers?

The Other Half of Sales Team Development

Connect2Sell

As a seller, your job was to deliver results. You were measured by and rewarded for performance. Your priority was to reach your sales quotas. leadership development sales managers sales performance

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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.