January, 2019

Yes, Gender is a Factor in B2B Buying Decisions: Selling to Men and to Women

DiscoverOrg Sales

Are there differences selling to men and women in a B2B sales process? That was the question we set out to discover. My husband and I are avid remodelers, which means I’ve spent a lot (A LOT) of time at Home Depot and Lowe’s over the last 15 years.

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Would you like to buy some Girl Scout Cookies? I did!

Jeffrey Gitomer

Paula Kearney just spent the weekend selling door to door. She made more than 150 sales. Paula is 7. Paula's success has her so pumped to sell more, her parents have to dampen her enthusiasm with the reality of homework, school, household chores and bedtime.

The Science of Strategy – What Steve Jobs and I Have in Common

Bernadette McClelland

Strategy is one of those words that, to a right brain creative like me, every now and then sends ‘this does not compute’ messages through the brain. Not dissimilar to a strategist hearing words such as ‘creativity’, I guess.

How Do You Measure Customer Experience?

Sales Benchmark Index

Recently, my colleague Sid Nakappan wrote an article on How the CEO can jumpstart the Customer Experience Transformation. If your boss put this article on your desk, you are probably getting started. With the interest of beginning with the end.

Why Conversational AI Is Key to Customer Service in the Customer Experience Era

In today’s hyper-competitive market, every business must become a customer experience-first business. Customer satisfaction has become more important than price or any individual feature. Read the new Tractica white paper to learn how important conversational AI is to your CX strategy.

Dave Kurlan's 10 Surefire New Years Resolutions For All Salespeople

Understanding the Sales Force

Like most people, this year I intend to make good on my New Year’s resolution. It’s actually more of a life resolution than it is a New Year’s resolution in much the same way that salespeople should make theirs a career resolution. If it’s important enough then it shouldn't be for only one year.

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5 Components Of A Successful Salesperson’s Belief System

MTD Sales Training

What is a belief system? Wiki would have it described as a mental representation of an attitude oriented toward the likelihood of something being true. I like that concept, because it identifies a model that supports the way someone likes to behave, based on a system that supports those beliefs.

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Are Small Business Owners Salespeople in Disguise?

Jeffrey Gitomer

The success of a small business rests on the owner's ability to sell. Small business owners have about 50 different hats to wear, but sales is the biggest hat an entrepreneur wears. Actually without the sales hat, the other hats are useless.

Is Buying From You Too Risky?

The Sales Heretic

I have weird feet. Seriously. My forefeet are wide, I have very long toes, and my right foot is nearly a half size larger than my left. Which makes shoe shopping a challenge. Roughly 98% of the shoes I try on don’t fit comfortably. So when I recently purchased several pairs of shoes online, I [.].

Implementing an Advocacy Process as Part of Customer Success

Sales Benchmark Index

Advocacy is on fire! Because harnessing passion from advocates is an authentic way to drive customer intimacy and revenue growth. Research from the Demand Gen Report shared that as much as 84% of buyers seek input from their peers.

How to Level Up Your Marketing Strategy with Video

Building brand awareness and acquiring customers is never easy, but how can you improve your marketing strategy with limited resources? Vidyard has you covered with their 3-in-1 guide on how to use video across your marketing efforts without breaking the bank.

The Top 8 Requirements for Becoming a Great Salesperson

Understanding the Sales Force

If you're young enough, some of the questions in the first few paragraphs won't apply because you haven't experienced the world without the innovations mentioned below. Don't let that prevent you from reading this because after the milestones, we'll get to the good selling stuff.

A Critical Mistake In Handle Prospecting Objections

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. People will tell you that the number one reason sellers do not like to prospect, specifically telephone prospecting, is rejection.

How To Set Big, Hairy A * Sales Goals

MTD Sales Training

We’re always told to think big, aim high and challenge ourselves. It can give us motivation and drive to go where we might not have thought we could and achieve things we might not have thought possible.

Don't Dread Cold Calls, Laugh Them Off.

Jeffrey Gitomer

You will no longer dread the dreaded cold call after you read this column several hundred thousand times. There is a fear and dislike many salespeople have when it comes to cold calling.

4 Steps to Developing Your Customer Care Strategy

The quality of a customer care strategy can make or break a company, but simply resolving a customer service issue or complaint is no longer enough. Learn the 4 steps that address the major points you need to consider when building a customer care roadmap.

Nine Attitudes for Sales Success

The Sales Heretic

Ask any sales expert, and they’ll tell you that the right attitude is essential for success. But it’s not just one attitude that’s necessary—there are several. I would suggest there are nine different—but related—attitudes you need to nurture in order to be successful in sales.

Hiring Additional Sales Reps is Not the Only Way to Make Your Number in 2019

Sales Benchmark Index

Entering 2019 your organization has aggressive revenue goals. You are on the hook to deliver a human capital recommendation that can support the aggressive plan.

How to Use the Tech Stack to Displace Competitors

DiscoverOrg Sales

More data = more noise, amirite? More stuff to comb through, more “analysis paralysis,” more time wasted. It’s a comment Brandon Battey hears all the time.

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How to Write a Winning Direct Mail Sales Letter

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Warren Fowler Sales teams and marketers focus on digital communication so much that they seem to forget the power of offline promotion channels.

Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

How to Be a Memorable Salesperson: Part 1

Connect2Sell

What does it mean to be memorable? sales strategies sales questions sales process sales effectiveness

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Your Personal Mission Statement. Write it. Live it.

Jeffrey Gitomer

Going places? Have big dreams? The first person to tell is yourself. The first person to convince is yourself. The first person to affirm is yourself. Ken Blanchard in his legendary, "One–Minute Manager," recommends that everyone write their Personal Mission Statement. The results are startling.

Seven Steps to Creating a Powerful Prospecting Plan

The Sales Heretic

Do you have a prospecting plan? If you want to boost your sales, it can be a huge help. A prospecting plan is like a business plan for your sales efforts. It’s a planning tool that helps you sketch out your goals, your best prospects, how to reach them, and more. Sound complicated? Don’t worry, [.].

The Top 5 Technologies to Support Revenue Enablement

Sales Benchmark Index

Your buyers are behaving differently. Now more than ever, they have access to increasing amounts of intelligence and will scrutinize every aspect of your solution against your competitors. Recently, HBR identified 40 unique points of value that your buyers consider before.

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.

Great News! The Latest Data Shows That Salespeople are Improving

Understanding the Sales Force

Some really terrific news came across my desk this week when John Pattison, Objective Management Group's (OMG's) COO, showed me two graphs he had created. For the first time in recent memory, salespeople as a profession GOT BETTER!

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4 Negotiation Strategies to Help Your Sales Process

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Dean Kaplan As the head of a collections agency, I work with many different kinds of businesses. One thing many businesses with collection issues have in common is that they focus too strongly on making a sale, and not strongly enough on improving their sales process.

Size Matters: Digging in to Employee Counts and Social Media Discrepancies

DiscoverOrg Sales

If you work in sales and marketing, I’ll bet you think a company’s employee count on LinkedIn is the absolute best way to determine how many employees work at that company. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: It’s not the best way. I would know.

8.5 Qualities of a Sales Leader. How Many Have You Got?

Jeffrey Gitomer

Take me to your leader. If you have one. Are you a leader? Do you aspire to be one? Are you a true leader or a leader in name (or title) only? Leadership is the true challenge for the next decade.

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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.

37 Ways to Inspire Confidence in Your Prospects

The Sales Heretic

In my last post, I discussed the role risk plays in preventing people from making purchasing decisions. The greater the risk, the less likely a person is to buy. Which means, the more you can reduce the perception of risk in buyers’ minds, the more sales you’ll make.

Does Lack of Intelligence Put Your Corporate Strategy at Risk?

Sales Benchmark Index

As CEO, you are responsible for driving your corporate strategic direction: You identify objectives and goals, initiatives and timelines. You identify budget allocations and expected ROIs. You set revenue targets both short and long term. You are placing a big bet on being a.

Crikey, I Shipped It!

Bernadette McClelland

I have always said to my kids, ‘behave yourself because you never know who’s watching’. Like all kids, without fail, they listen to their mum (she says tongue in cheek!). But the point I am making is you never know who is watching you.