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”!].

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. I am not talking about superficial changes or updates in packaging, but real substantive change, the kind you only get when you change behaviors.

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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 [.].

75% of World Trade Flows Through Indirect Channels - Are You Enabling the Right People?

Speaker: Jay McBain, Principal Analyst – Channels, Partnerships & Ecosystems

We are in the middle of a major transformation of how companies go to market – in fact, 76% of global CEOs feel that their current business models will be unrecognizable in the next 3 years – and ecosystems are the main reason why. With the vast majority of business conducted through indirect channels around the world and given structural changes in our economy (before and after COVID-19), new buying journeys, subscription/consumption models, marketplace growth, and emerging technologies, most firms are now considering partner enablement as the key ingredient to survival (and success). The future of partnership ecosystems will be focused on driving intra-firm value creation, network effects, and partner co-innovation – a huge opportunity for firms to grow the right partners and enable them effectively.

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.

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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?

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

How a CMO Acquires Customers For Life

Sales Benchmark Index

Iconic customer programs generate fierce loyalty and accelerate revenue growth. CX professionals also realize that a poor customer experience goes far beyond just a negative review – it places future deals at risk. In his final interview segment, Ryan Hollenbeck, CMO at.

Sales Scrum Podcast Episode #16 – Guest Milena Regos

The Pipeline

Sales Scrum Podcast Episode #16 – Guest Milena Regos. We recorded this episode with Milena Regos just before all hell broke loose with COVID 19; little did we realize how the hustle will change overnight. Milena shares her journey to be a co-founder of Unhustle.

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7 Keys to Creating Massive Value in Your Sales Meetings

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

Engaging prospects in a strong two-way dialogue is something most reps struggle with. In this session with Marc Wayshak, you’ll discover a data-driven approach to sales meetings that yields significantly better results. Specifically, you’ll learn how to: • Engage prospects with authority • Keep your prospects’ attention • Achieve buy-in during sales conversations • Get prospects talking about their key challenges, • Gain a strong commitment before presenting your offer. In short, you’ll discover how to implement a process that helps you close more deals than ever before.

Getting Buy-In Before Discussing Price

Mr. Inside Sales

If your sales process involves giving a presentation (virtual or otherwise), and at the end of it you provide pricing options and then close, then this article is for you.

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.

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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. And at various points in the process, people from five different companies promised to call us back. And never did. When [.]. Sales business buyer customer phone profits prospect revenues stress

What Straw Bales Can Teach You About Nurting Leads

Connect2Sell

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[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

Speaker: Sandi Lin & Linda Schwaber-Cohen

In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin shared learnings from Skilljar's recent study and her insights on the state of Customer Education. She dug into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.

The 4 Pillars of Flawless Marketing and Sales Alignment

Sales Benchmark Index

As a native marketer, I’ve only been on the same wavelength with the sales team at one company and was always surprised (not so much anymore) about how marketing and sales teams do not get along well. Does the following sound.

Voicemail for Buyers vs. Voicemail for Prospects

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Nothing points to a lack of consensus on a topic than a myriad of alternative opinions. If there were two or three altering opinions, you can sort of pick camps to be safe. But when there is a multitude of opinions or options, the only sure thing is that no one knows.

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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…. I can’t tell you how many recordings I listen to each week where sales reps are still struggling to deal with objections because they insist on trying to overcome them. It’s a lot of work. Not only that, but after you’ve given your response, have you ever found that your prospect just comes up with another objection?