October, 2017

Just Out! Our Top 20 Sales Tech Vendors to Follow at Dreamforce #DF17

Smart Selling Tools

Dreamforce 2017 is just around the corner. Nov.6-9 in gorgeous San Francisco. I’ve got my ticket [the event SOLD OUT weeks ago] and soon will be packing my bags with flat-heeled shoes and comfy clothes.

The 5 Biggest Sales Hiring Mistakes and the Top 5 Resume Claims That are Fake

Understanding the Sales Force

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4 Common Contact Strategy Mistakes to Avoid

Velocify

One of the major benefits of working at a sales lead management technology company is that we house millions of data points that we can analyze and learn from. We’ve come across four common mistakes that our prospects use with leads that come into their database.

Why Your Account Based Sales Team Will Never Be Good at Referrals

No More Cold Calling

Does your sales team struggle to get referrals? Here’s why. When I read a checklist of account based sales development strategies that omitted referral selling, I asked the creator why. After a long pause, her response was, “I don’t know.” That sent me over the top.

Battle of the Sales Strategies: ABM vs Traditional Sales

Understanding the following 5 core differences between traditional sales and ABM goes a long way in motivating, inspiring, and informing the often necessary shift to ABM.

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It's OK for Salespeople to Lie When This Happens

Understanding the Sales Force

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Sales Technology Best Practices: Superuser Tips for Success

Velocify

New technologies are automating the sales process and making organizations more productive and efficient than ever before, and the impact on business growth is undeniable. However, selecting the perfect vendor and signing a contract is only the first step.

The Truth About Why Salespeople Get No Respect

No More Cold Calling

Here’s how to stop losing deals. Sales leaders complain that their account based sales teams don’t get enough qualified leads, their pipelines are fluff, gatekeepers block their access to the C-suite, and the sales process is way too long.

10 Mistakes that Kill Sales Calls

Sales Benchmark Index

Sales Leaders miss or make the number one sales call at a time. Yet they typically don’t pay enough attention to each call. They look at each rep’s performance to quota. They review the pipeline. These are difficult to control. Sales leaders can. Article Sales Strategy Talent Strategy

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12 Must-Ask Questions for Sales Managers

If you want to improve your sales team's results, you need to start by asking the right questions.

Chairs are Dead—and Other B2B Marketing Hogwash

Pointclear

In 2015, I wrote this blog for Sales & Marketing Magazine: Dead is Dead (in Sales & Marketing). It seemed like, suddenly, a lot of things were dying: cold calling was dead; telephone prospecting was dead; outbound marketing was dead … many said that even marketing was dead. Maybe I was just sensitive. I mean, I grew up at a time when Paul McCartney was supposedly dead (he, thankfully, lives on). Poetry was dead. The theater was dead.

When Paper-based Sign-offs Become Turn-offs

Smart Selling Tools

There is often little margin for error when working and closing a deal. Unfortunately, it’s at the finish line where many sales opportunities stumble and fall, preventing the successful close of the deal.

Why Do Salespeople Use Facts and Logic to Combat Objections?

Understanding the Sales Force

Image Copyright iStock Photos. The easy answer to the title question is that they have been trained to do that since they first arrived at sales kindergarten.

Building an Effective Lead Management Process for High-Growth Sales

Velocify

Demand generation marketers are focused on supporting sales teams, and a large part of their role is ensuring that carefully curated leads are moving through the funnel effectively.

30 Ways to Get Inside the Mind of Your Target Buyer

Trust, support, and transparency: that's what your target buyer really wants. These 30 findings show the path from respect, to relationship, to business win.

Brain Waves: Transform your sales team

Your Sales Management Guru

Brain Waves ; Transform your sales team to higher levels of performance. Ok, let me confess right off. Brain Waves is not my word, search on it and you will find many references to technical concepts that I have read about for the past 15 years.

Sales Compensation: Are You In Line or Off The Rail?

Sales Benchmark Index

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3 Hidden Secrets About Key Account Management

No More Cold Calling

Account based selling is an art, not a science. Attracting key accounts is the #1 challenge for account based selling teams. (No No big shocker there, right?)

Sales Tech Simplified: How to Deliver Accurate Forecasts and Improve Pipeline Management @AvisoInc

Smart Selling Tools

In this series, we ask tech executives to describe the why and how of their solution. We call it Sales Tech Simplified. This week I interview Michael Lock , CEO of Aviso. Nancy: Why does the industry need your solution?

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.

Customers Love to Buy so Why Do Salespeople Struggle to Sell Them?

Understanding the Sales Force

Image Copyright iStock Photos. I just returned from the local car dealer. Have you ever noticed how happy people are when they are buying things? What about you? How did you feel the last time you took delivery of your new car? Was it the new car smell? The finish? The wheels? The look? The brand?

All Data is Not Created Equal: Independent Case Study Proves Why Quality Beats Quantity

DiscoverOrg Sales

For years, sales and marketing teams have been spending money to buy lead generation tools and contact data to grow their email marketing database.

Sales Reps are CRITICAL to Company Success

Score More Sales

Your sales reps – be they inside sellers, field sales, or otherwise are critically important to the success of your planned revenue growth for a very simple reason: A significant portion of the buying journey is done without sales involved and that won’t change. B2B Sales Productivity company success

The Biggest Time Sink for a Sales VP

Sales Benchmark Index

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Account-Based Marketing: A Practical Guide

Your step-by-step manual on all aspects of ABM.

4th Quarter Blitz — What You Need to Be Doing and Need to STOP Doing

The Sales Hunter

The clock is ticking. We’re already halfway through the first week of the 4th quarter. For too many salespeople, this is the quarter that will make or break their year. If you’re in this camp, keep reading for what you need to be doing. Unfortunately, I’m sharing this from first-hand experience, having spent too many […]. Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting Sales Development Training Sales Motivation prospecting sales sales motivation

How Inbound Fits Into A Successful ABM Strategy

Smart Selling Tools

In the B2B marketing arena, Account Based Marketing (ABM) is on fire these days, and it isn’t showing signs of cooling off anytime soon.

Distraction Engagement and Selling Efficiency

Understanding the Sales Force

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Tips On Cold Calling – The Cold Calling Tips Cheat Sheet

MTD Sales Training

Want some tips on cold calling? Here’s the cold calling cheat sheet! I must receive about 20+ emails each month that ask me for specific help and guidance on cold calling so here are some top tips: Sound Like A Human Being. Try not to sound like a robotic cold caller. That’s what 95% of the cold callers sound like. You need to sound as though you are just calling up a colleague for a chat rather than a “have I got a deal for you” salesperson!

Why Marketing, Sales, and Business Owners Love Marketing Automation

Learn what Marketers, Sales and Business Owners each have to say about what Marketing Automation has done for their business.

5 Reasons Your Account Based Sales Team Flunked Referral Selling

No More Cold Calling

Pointing fingers doesn’t change anything. Why don’t account based selling teams ask for referrals? Why is asking for referrals ad hoc and not a discipline? It makes no sense at all, because every sales leader and account based sales rep knows that referrals are their hottest leads and best business.

Before visiting your Key Accounts answer these 10 questions!

Sales Benchmark Index

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Do You Sell Confidence? If Not, You’re Not Selling!

The Sales Hunter

How confident are you in the outcomes you can help your customers achieve? After finishing speaking to an audience recently, I was approached by a salesperson who was seen by his company as a high achiever. This person had won numerous awards and was viewed as a rock star by his peers. Within a minute […]. Blog leadership Prospecting confidence leader sales

Is Your Sales Enablement Enabling the Right Things?

Smart Selling Tools

Sales enablement is a hot topic at the moment, and a key priority for many sales organizations. Yet, as an industry, we’re failing badly at it. According to the CSO Insights 2016 Sales Enablement Optimization Study , 32.7%

Sales Training Playbook by Lessonl

A step-by-step guide for building a comprehensive training playbook for your sales team.