March, 2018

Why These Noticeable Details Will Lead You To Greater Success

Bernadette McClelland

We’ve more than likely had people in our lives offer us advice or have given feedback that sticks in our mind. Possibly because it was repeated enough times that we had no choice but to remember it, or probably because there was an element of truth behind the message.

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A Channel Strategy to Out-punch Your Weight Class

Sales Benchmark Index

Our guest on SBI TV is Burney Barker, SVP of Worldwide Sales at Gigamon. Follow along as we learn from a transformative global sales leader with success at EMC, Dell, and now with Gigamon. With 96%+ of Gigamon’s revenue coming.

Why Focus is the Key to Connecting with Prospects in 2018

John Barrows

People ask me all the time which medium is the best one to connect with prospects these days. Is it phone, e-mail, Inmail, text, social? Historically, one of these has always been somewhat of the killer app.

3 Tweaks to Your Sales Approach Are Steps Toward Sales Greatness

Understanding the Sales Force

Consider how frustrating it is to approach a traffic circle, or as we call them in Massachusetts, a rotary, during rush hour.

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The Showpad Sales Transformation Maturity Model

The Showpad Sales Transformation Maturity Model helps organizations understand where they are today in terms of meeting buyer expectations — and how key teams can drive transformation that impacts the bottom-line. Download the free eBook for a pragmatic approach to growing sales maturity.

Can You Fix Your Sales Hiring Mistakes?

Score More Sales

Sales leaders tell us they have a good percentage of reps who are not pulling their weight. Not only are some of their reps not making quota, but they are not working hard. It seems in many cases that they have unmotivated (or de-motivated) reps

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How A Seagull Changed My Career and Taught Me Twelve Home Truths

Bernadette McClelland

The year was 1986. I had not long gone through a divorce that was quite harrowing and confusing.

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Diagnosing Your Sales Productivity Issue

Sales Benchmark Index

In this line of work, I run into many turtles on fence posts. If you have never heard the expression, it refers to a management fable that goes like this: When you walk down the road and see a turtle.

The #1 Thing I Would Tell My 22-Year-Old Self

John Barrows

A little while ago someone asked me – if there was one thing I could go back and tell your 22-year old self what would it be? The first thing that came to mind was to bet the farm on the 2004 Red Sox when they were down 0-3 to the Yankees in the ALCS. The second thing was to A/B split test everything you do. I’ve written and spoken a lot about how we need to become more scientific with our approach to selling to learn, succeed and survive in sales.

10 Ways to Determine if Your Sales Prospect was Engaged

Understanding the Sales Force

It was like losing my favorite pair of gym shorts, forgetting where I parked my car, or not being able to get my computer to restart. The past week presented me with its share of technology challenges.

Humans and Bots: How to blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth

Join Genesys for this webinar to learn how leading companies are using blended AI to drive customer intimacy and revenue growth.

Great Thoughts on Sales, Business, and Success X

The Sales Heretic

Everyone can use a good dose of inspiration and encouragement now and then. I know I certainly can. That’s why I regularly review the brilliant thoughts of others, share hem in my keynote speeches and seminars, and tweet them out daily. Here are some of my current favorites. “A

Do you challenge your prospects?

Sales 2.0

I just finished reading The Challenger Sale. (I I know, a bit late but finally done.). I have to go back and find where they decided to name the type of sales person that is most successful these days “challenger” I suspect there was some good debate on that name.

‘Let’s talk about CEX, baby’

Bernadette McClelland

(Punch it, Hurb Yo, I don’t think we should talk about this. Come on, why not? People might misunderstand what we’re tryin’ to say, you know? No, but that’s a part of life). So ,just like the lyrics from hip-hop group Salt-n-Pepa, what are people misunderstanding?

Top 3 Revenue Growth Trends Impacting the Financial Services Industry

Sales Benchmark Index

Our guests on SBI TV are Clayton Collins, the CEO, and Jacob Gaffney, the Editor in Chief, of HousingWire. As the authority voice for mortgage and banking news to the finance industry, HousingWire is here today to share the top.

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Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

I Need Home Office Approval Before I Can Buy. NOT!

Jeffrey Gitomer

More than half the time you hear the line, "I need home office approval," it's a lie. A stall tactic that frustrates and deceives. The challenge this objection presents is to find out if it's the truth (or true objection). Objections

The Proper Way to Follow Up on a Lead

Mr. Inside Sales

In my book, Power Phone Scripts , I reveal the secret of sales: 90% of selling situations are recurring selling situations, which means if you want to become a superstar sales person, then you have to take the time to script out a best practice response to them.

Eleven Mistakes that Torpedo Your Trade Show Sales

The Sales Heretic

Trade shows are a vital component of many companies’ marketing mix. From general shows to specialty functions; tiny, local shows to gigantic, international affairs; consumer shows to industry events, trade shows are a 13 billion dollar-a-year industry in the U.S. alone.

It’s about the qualified leads

Sales 2.0

I think it’s all about qualified leads. What do you think? So I’ve tried most forms of sales and marketing techniques now. (I’m I’m getting old/older!) But whichever way I slice it, it all comes back to the revenue bottleneck being qualified leads.

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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.

Meet The ‘A Listers’? Who Are Ruining Their Selling Careers

Bernadette McClelland

I read an article the other day, well it wasn’t an article, it was a bit of banter on LinkedIn, and a question was posed as to why only 20% of salespeople make quota. And seriously, the answers that came back and who they came back from, caused me some concern.

Customer Success: Fundamentally Advance Your Business Strategy

Sales Benchmark Index

Either you’re launching Customer Success or have already started on this journey. This type of transformation involves many people, departments, and functions. To be successful, a change management program is necessary. While an established framework, John Kotter’s 8 step change management.

10  Top of Funnel Fundamentals

Score More Sales

Whether you are new in your sales role or have been in sales for a while, it is easy to get wrapped in in the latest new sales tool that could help you, or that one magic bullet to specifically help YOU in your role. boost sales sales enablement onboarding

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Why People Hate Cold Calling – And What to Do About It

Mr. Inside Sales

The words “cold calling” still make sales people sweat. I was on the phone with a client just a moment ago, while writing this, and he told me the biggest problem with his sales team is call reluctance. When I asked him why they won’t make more calls, he said they hated being rejected.

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.

Why Consultative Selling Doesn't Work Anymore

Connect2Sell

Consultative selling doesn’t work anymore. I realize that's a provocative statement, but I think it's a fair one. consultative selling SSSL

How to Take the Path of Least Resistance

Jill Konrath

After going through a difficult period in my personal life, my work habits had deteriorated pretty badly. I knew it was time to turn things around again, but darn, it was so freaking hard. Success Mindset Working Smarter

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What Happens When You Force a Square Sales Peg into a Round Sales Hole?

Understanding the Sales Force

Can you imagine attaching a snow plow to a Lamborghini and hiring yourself out to clear parking lots? Back in April I wrote that we had gotten a new puppy. He's a year old now and has grown - a lot - but could you imagine putting a saddle on him and selling rides on the beach?

Is Your Sales Compensation Plan Aligned to Your Corporate Objectives?

Sales Benchmark Index

A new sales comp plan should seek to (a) attract and retain top sales talent, (b) motivate productive sales activity, and (c) remain within budget. One requirement of comp plans that is too often overlooked, however, is establishing and maintaining.

Marketing and Sales Alignment for A Supercharged LinkedIn Strategy

Speaker: Candyce Edelen, CEO, PropelGrowth

Used properly, LinkedIn is the ultimate prospecting tool for B2B sales. It feeds a customer-centric sales process and enables a human-to-human interaction with very low cost compared to other prospecting methods. LinkedIn prospecting BLOWS AWAY the results from typical email marketing campaigns. You will receive far more positive replies from this than from any other outbound lead generation strategy. Join Candyce Edelen, CEO of PropelGrowth, to learn how over the course of 6 months, she was able to book hundreds of sales calls using LinkedIn.

The Story of Sales - the Admirable Profession of Sales

Score More Sales

Have you seen the new documentary called The Story of Sales? It is now viewable through the Salesforce website , who funded the project. There are also some upcoming viewings in cities around the country. I know firsthand how dedicated the interviewers, producer, director and everyone involved in the production were. Ask Lori profession of sales

How Effective is Your Prospecting? 10+ Questions to Ask Yourself.

The Sales Hunter

The number of salespeople and companies that share with me how they do not feel their prospecting plan works always amazes me. Then again, I have to admit I am continually assessing my own prospecting plan to determine its effectiveness, too. If we’re not prospecting effectively, then how do we expect to be able to […]. Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting customer lead leads prospect prospecting sales prospecting

The curiosity consultant

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Paul Nolan General Electric executive Beth Comstock called Brad Grossman “human CliffsNotes.” Oscar-winning Hollywood producer Brian Grazer found Grossman to be literally irreplaceable as his “cultural attache.”

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