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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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Is Your Lead Generation Data Leading You Astray?

No More Cold Calling

You can do what the data tells you, or you can do what works. Which do you trust more—the lead generation data manufactured by sales technology tools and artificial intelligence, or your intuition, which is generated by years of experience and your emotional intelligence?

Leadership Begins First and Foremost within Each of Us

Increase Sales

Yesterday I received some course catalogs from a well known university advocating a plethora of leadership courses. What these courses and other books fail to recognize is leadership must begin, first and foremost, with each of us.

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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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.

Selling Tips for People Who Aren’t Comfortable with Selling

Connect2Sell

Everyone sells. You’re selling ideas, decisions, vision, and more every day even if sales is not your chosen career. Or maybe you are in a sales role but feeling a little uncomfortable with some of the “sales-y” things you think you’ll have to do. These selling tips – based on research with buyers and stories from sellers - will give you a different way of approaching sales.

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.

‘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?

Is Technology Tanking Your Lead Generation System?

No More Cold Calling

Remember, prospecting is all about people. You’ve heard it: Television will kill radio. Video killed the radio star. And technology will eliminate the time-consuming, face-to-face aspect of communication. Um, no. Not in your personal life, and certainly not in your lead generation system.

Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

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 The Reaction – Not The Action

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. “I may make you feel but I can’t make you think” Gerald Bostock. Those of you who have followed Gerald over the years know that he has dabbled in careers from banking to preaching, but had he picked sales as a career, he could have leveraged his observation above and found a stable, rewarding and reliable source of income.

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.

How To Boost Client Retention – Without Customer Service or Account Reps

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Ajay Gupta It’s well-known that keeping customers is much more cost-effective and profitable than securing new clients. Harvard Business Review estimated that customer acquisition is 5 to 25 times as expensive as customer retention. What’s more, a Bain & Company study found that increasing customer retention rates by a mere 5% boosts profits by 25% to 95%. But awareness and action are two different things.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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

4 new ways to engage your sales force

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Tim Houlihan Is HR telling you your millennial sales reps don’t like their incentive plans? Are you really going to have a different incentive for the 26-year-old white female than the one for the 45-year-old Asian male?

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

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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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.

The Proper Way to Follow Up on a Lead

Inside Sales Training

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.

There’s No Nobel Prize For Prospecting

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. One of the best ways to ensure you maximize your prospecting is to commit to a time in your day or week, where you are doing and thinking about nothing else but prospecting. Most are familiar with the concept of “time blocks” or “chunking,” setting time aside in advance for specific and necessary tasks; I assume that you all agree that prospecting is a necessity.

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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