July, 2020

Disrupted, Not Derailed–Your Pipeline in the Time of Covid

Sales 2.0

This is a guest post by my friend David Krieger. David Kreiger is the President and Founder of SalesRoads. SalesRoads is a leading B2B Appointment Setting and SDR Outsourcing firm. FYI from Nigel: you should contact them if you need this kind of help. They are the “real deal”!]. This year’s coronavirus pandemic and the resulting shutdown of much of the US economy has had an impact on just about everything: how we live, how we work, and even how we sell.

Is Your Incentive Plan Driving Activity or Performance?

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Sales pundits love to talk about change, and there is no shortage of opportunity brought about by the changes we face today. But having been at the game for a while the one thing that never changes is the view and approach to incentive or commissions.

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5 Common Sales Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Integrity Solutions

No matter how rapidly and dramatically external events may change, the top sales challenges seem to stay the same, year after year. Why aren’t salespeople and sales organizations able to make much headway in overcoming these common struggles? It’s not for lack of activity. Training is regularly implemented, new sales techniques are tried out, and the latest and greatest technology is implemented as the surefire antidote to a complex, competitive marketplace. But the sales challenges persist.

Sell the Drill, NOT the Hole

The Sales Heretic

A common cliché in sales training is “Sell the hole, not the drill.” This maxim stems from the idea that if a person is buying a drill, it’s not because they really want a drill, but because they want a hole. And you should focus on the problem they want to solve, rather than your [.]. Sales cliché closing follow up listening skills price prospect retail training

How to Drive Revenue Through Retention Marketing & Sales Enablement

Speaker: Ruth Stevens, President of eMarketing Strategy

In a pandemic, it’s more important than ever to focus on retaining and expanding current customers. So, how can sales and marketing support the retention effort? Join Ruth Stevens as she dives into this fast-paced session and reviews the 7 key strategies for current customer marketing, to enable sales and expand customer value.

The Greatest Opportunity in 70 Years to Hire High-Performance Salespeople

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Christopher Croner The current global health crisis and lockdowns are putting most companies under extraordinary stress. Many companies have frozen hiring until they can determine the effects of the lockdown and when the economy will bounce back. And yet, some of the greatest fortunes in history have been made in times of crisis, and a window of opportunity has indeed opened up. This is the greatest opportunity to hire high-performance sales talent since World War II ended.

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A Simple Test for Distinguishing Features From Benefits

Hubspot Sales

Salespeople are often told to sell benefits, not just features. But the distinction can sometimes feel blurry. Is the product’s ability to scale with a prospect’s growth a feature or a benefit? What about its best-of-class quality? Or its ease of use? Understanding the difference between features, advantages, and benefits is crucial to a rep’s success. A truly holistic approach to selling means conveying all three to prove value and provide emotional significance to prospects.

Social Media Recommendations During COVID-19: Why You Need to Be on Social Media During – And After – The Crisis

SocialSellinator

The coronavirus disease continues to spread around the world with no signs of slowing down. It already infected millions of people and killed tens of thousands worldwide. It also caused widespread unemployment, as well as permanent or temporary business closures. Digital Marketing social media marketing Digital marketing strategy Covid-19 Coronovirus

Nine Ways to Boost Your Optimism

The Sales Heretic

These are turbulent, uncertain, scary times. Which makes a sense of optimism even more important than usual. How can you stay optimistic in the face of so much negativity and uncertainty? Here are nine things you can do. Reminisce Write down times when you faced a challenge whether it be in sales, another area [.]. Sales business motivational Optimism speaker strategies

Telephone Prospecting By The Numbers

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Anything worth doing is worth doing right, and in sales, telephone prospecting is something worth doing and doing right. Challenge is that many don’t do it right, making the whole thing that much harder, and eventually not done. You can tell how salespeople go through these phases by the predictability of the excuses offered. One of my favorites is that the phone just doesn’t work anymore, no one answers their phone and other similar hits.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Data Shows Sales Commitment and Motivation Changed During Quarantine

Understanding the Sales Force

Steve Taback and I started our respective sales training firms at the same time back in 1985. We became great friends and he became the second licensee of Objective Management Group (OMG) in 1990. He emailed me asking if I had seen a change in any of the scores of the 21 Sales Core Competencies since the Pandemic had hit. Specifically, he was wondering if there was an increase in the number of salespeople who lacked Commitment or whose Outlook wasn't good.

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How to Crush Adversity with a Strong Sales Culture

The Center for Sales Strategy

You hear it every day, “these challenging times,” “the new normal,” “the pandemic.” It’s no surprise that we are all facing adversity and uncertainty, but it doesn’t mean all doom and gloom. In fact, you can crush adversity and come out on the other side stronger, successful, and more skilled than ever. What is the secret to weathering the storm? Start with your sales culture as your foundation and proactively instill and foster resilience. company culture communication work from home

We Need New Sales Ethics

Pipeliner

Greed Has Damaged Our World—We Need New Sales Ethics. We can easily see, and it is shown by the Austrian School of Economics, that trade (and therefore sales) has a peacekeeping component. If two parties, or two countries, are engaged in trade, it’s impossible to engage in conflict or war. If we’re going to proceed into a successful, happy world, sales must have an ethical factor to keep it at this level.

A Curious Way To Creating Urgency

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Ask a salesperson what they would like most in an opportunity and ‘urgency’ is near or at the top of the list. Ask executives what they would like to experience more in sales meetings? Most point to a more prepared rep who takes an interest in their success. Most salespeople don’t recognize that the decision-makers are so underwhelmed by the experience they’re in no hurry to continue.

Want to Crush Your Competition? Read How to Build an AI-Powered Selling Roadmap

“If sales reps have the right AI tools and adoption, we see sellers easily closing 3 times as many sales each month.” Hear from 5 experts on steps you can take to reduce non-selling time and use conversational & sentiment analysis to transform how you sell.

What Motivates Your Sales Team?

Anthony Cole Training

In today's blog post, we discuss motivation in sales. The problem, in many cases, is that the sales executive in charge of getting more out of their sales team has no idea what motivates those people on the team.

Why So Urgent?

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Stop rushing your buyers along, and find more prospects instead. You wouldn’t need to drive your only prospects if actually went out and prospect for more. Stop driving your prospects, and drive your activity. link]. The post Why So Urgent? appeared first on TiborShanto.com. 01 - Prospecting Prospecting Sales Mistakes Tibor Shanto Video

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What Straw Bale Gardening Can Teach You About Sales Productivity

Connect2Sell

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Urgent! Action Required to Close the Gap

Steven Rosen

For most businesses, the first half of 2020 is a write-off! COVID-19 has hurt the economy, and many companies have suffered. If you want to close the gap you need to act now! Sales leaders I speak with have done a fabulous job keeping their sales teams motivated, helping them transition to virtual selling and whatever else they needed to do to adapt to the new normal. They have survived phase 1 of this pandemic. No one has a crystal ball as to what to expect in the next 6 months.

The Revenue Leader's Guide to Prospecting

Speaker: Christopher Ryan, Founder and CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners

Sales & Marketing departments that work together guarantee higher acquisition, better nurturing, and more effective sales. Join Christopher Ryan for this insightful webinar, presenting the wide funnel lead nurturing model. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get your teams working together and your revenue performance optimized.

Sales is Like Baseball and Baseball Can Save Capitalism and Liberty

Understanding the Sales Force

Unless you've been living in a cave, not paying attention to the news, or watching stations that are glorifying what is taking place in major US cities, we are in trouble - again. Cities continue to be overrun by rioters and looters, police have not been able to stop the epidemic of assaults, robberies and murders, some police departments have been defunded and there are plans to dismantle others.

With All the Change, It’s Still About the Client

Pipeliner

COVID-19…….so so much has changed. And we’re all evolving our strategies as we head towards that worn-out term – the New Normal. The challenge for all selling organizations is to examine the durability and viability of their business models to make adjustments and often major overhauls. But wait. Before you virtually assemble your management teams on Zoom calls for the cursory SWOT analysis updates, looking through the internal microscope, reach for your telescope instead.

More Than a Moment—How a CMO Creates a Holistic Journey for Customers

Sales Benchmark Index

Often, those who are in a selling role find it challenging to distinguish the customer journey from the buyer journey and what that means for them and their quota. However similar they may seem, their touchpoints, and the overall experience.

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What’s Your Margin On That Discount?

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. A dollar here a dollar there, whatever it takes to get the deal and hit quota, right? Let’s worry about the future when it gets here – if we can still afford to. link]. The post What’s Your Margin On That Discount? appeared first on TiborShanto.com.

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The 5 Keys to Sales Emails That Set More Meetings

Speaker: Marc Wayshak, Sales Strategist, Best-Selling Author & Founder, Sales Insights Lab

So many reps' email efforts could be yielding more meetings--simply by using a better strategy. Watch the webinar with Marc Wayshak, Sales Strategist and Best-Selling Author, to get lots of great strategies on how to set up meetings via email! <

Call Me the %&#$ Back

The Sales Heretic

I recently helped my 82-year-old aunt move from Maryland to Texas. Part of that effort included contacting a variety of businesses: the moving company, the title company, utilities, banks, two phone companies, and more.

A Reminder to Isolate the Objection

Mr. Inside Sales

Want to make dealing with objections easier? Then remember to always use the powerful technique of isolating the objection instead of answering it….

The Psychology Behind Unexpected Rewards

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Luke Kreitner The element of surprise has been proven to be a powerful motivational tool. Scientific studies show that unexpected incentive rewards stimulate areas of the brain connected to behavior development and learning.

What Straw Bales Can Teach You About Nurting Leads

Connect2Sell

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How You Can Triple Your Results With a More Personalized, Empathetic Approach

Speaker: Brian Carroll, CEO and Founder of markempa

Marketing and sales feel pretty tricky right now. What worked before now feels out of touch, but have you made plans for how you'll continue to move forward? You've likely tried everything: expert recommendations, best practices, the latest tools, and automation. But your results are falling short. Here's the thing: All the automation tools, best practices, data analytics won't help get better results now until you master empathizing with your customers. In this webinar, you'll learn how to go beyond rational-logic based sales/marketing and adjust your sales enablement strategy to better understand how buyers feel so that you can connect and help them on their journey.

Insights From Market-Leading CROs on the Next Normal

Sales Benchmark Index

To kick off the summer, SBI held a virtual meeting comprised of an intimate group of market-leading B2B Chief Revenue Officers (public and private, $240M to $8B in revenue) as part of their advisory board program. These global CRO’s gathered.

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Do I Want To Be Seen Or Heard?

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Being approachable and easy to deal with is key to helping prospects open up and share their real objective. We are social creatures, so video seems like a natural. But it may not be when it comes to prospecting. While in other parts of the sales cycle video may add to the experience, but it can also limit impact. When it comes to buyers, seeing doesn’t always lead to believing, For real impact, ask yourself “do I want to be seen or heard?

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What Recruiting in the “New Normal” Looks and Sounds Like

Anthony Cole Training

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many changes. While some businesses have hit rock bottom, some are thriving and hiring at scale. Businesses in customer care, retail, healthcare, digital marketing, and online training industries are actively hiring because of the new market demands. But unfortunately, recruitment techniques that have been used for years aren’t the same anymore.

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