October, 2019

Q4 is Here: Let’s Talk Contract Renewals

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Andres Lares According to a US News and World Report study, the probability of attracting a new customer to your business falls between 5% to 20%, while the likelihood of retaining an existing client is over three times that – 60% to 70%. So, where should you focus?

Four Four-Letter Words To Banish from your Sales Vocabulary

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. I have often said that the schoolyard taunt “ sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me ,” doesn’t hold up in sales. Words can kill you, your pipeline, and career.

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How to Create an Epic Coaching Culture (5 Steps & 3 Tips)

Sales Hacker

It’s well known that sales coaching can improve revenue growth — by a whopping 16.7%. . Imagine what could happen if you baked coaching into your day-to-day, creating a coaching culture that steadily improves performance and profits. .

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Bad Data: What It Is & How to Better Visualize Sales Performance [+ Examples]

Hubspot Sales

Between developing a scalable sales process, collecting data, and helping your team sell, it can be hard to properly track your sales team's performance. However, bad data and reporting could result in fewer sales, a decrease in customer satisfaction, and poor decisions.

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!

Beyond the Pay Mix: What Makes Salespeople Tick Today

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Mihai Popoaca, Chief Operating Officer, WorldatWork The massive shifts in today’s economy are changing what drives salespeople to be engaged and productive. Incentives and bonuses are just the starting point.

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How to Sustain While Disrupting: Innovation and Agility in Sales

The Center for Sales Strategy

Today’s consumers are distracted with numerous options and bombarded with loads of information. As a result, they often struggle to find the products or services that best meet their needs.

The ONE Value Proposition You Need

Jill Konrath

If you’re like most sellers, you envision finding the perfect way to position your products/services. You want ONE perfect phrase that’s so attractive to prospects that they immediately respond to your voicemail or email—literally begging you to meet with them as soon as humanly possible.

"Why Do So Many of My Salespeople Fail to Perform as Expected?"

Anthony Cole Training

Why do so many of my salespeople fail to perform as expected? It's a loaded question. Or, is it? In our corporate sales training experience, we've seen that evaluating underperforming salespeople in the pre-hire sales assessment is crucial for success in your business.

How to Use Compensation Benchmarking to Make Your Number

Sales Benchmark Index

As Summer wraps up and a successful third quarter draws towards a close, it’s time for sales leaders to start looking towards 2020 and beyond as part of the annual planning process. Amongst the plethora of reports and discussions to.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Social calling math

Sales 2.0

In my last post I went through the math on traditional cold calling. There’s an alternative way to get meetings with prospective clients, but sales people don’t generally use it. Oddly enough they often do use it when they need a job and in this case they call it “networking”.

Account-Based Success

The Pipeline

The Pipeline Guest Post – Scott Miller. Like most in our profession, I am a big fan of account-based sales and marketing. According to the ITSMA, 87% of respondents agreed Account-Based methodologies deliver a higher ROI than other marketing activities.

The Parallel Between Prospecting and Leading

The Sales Hunter

This morning, during a call with a business owner, he shared with me about their latest product upgrade. As he talked, I could hear passion in his voice about how his product could help others. Without hesitation, he stated why his solution was better than his competitor’s offering.

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How to Improve Critical Thinking Skills: Give Your Buyers Grace

Connect2Sell

Developing your mental prowess requires mastering new techniques and approaches. It’s as much about your mindset as your skill set. critical thinking critical thinking in sales How to Improve Critical Thinking

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Lead Generation Checklist to Get Better Results Now

You spend time, energy, and money to generate demand and get leads. It's how you manage them that makes the difference between success and failure. This checklist gives you an easy way to focus on the most critical tasks to get better results now.

The Probability Scorecard: The 2nd Sales Productivity Tool

Anthony Cole Training

In this article, Tony discusses the Sales Probability Scorecard, the second tool in our 9 Sales Productivity Tools series.

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What 84% of Companies Get Wrong About Annual Planning

Sales Benchmark Index

You see it all the time. An executive leader is scared to make bold decisions required to grow the firm. We call it “Incrementalism.” ” They quickly review minor successes of the past year and re-up. The meagerly reallocate funds towards.

Getting in the door is hard

Sales 2.0

Getting in the door is the #1 problem for most small companies I know. When I first got involved in sales I was a sales engineer. I supported a technology sales force on their sales calls with semiconductor engineers. I always thought I was pretty amazing.

The Telephone In The Age Of Asynchronous Prospecting

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. We all know the expression “the calm before the storm”, but most of us in sales experience the reverse. Selling can feel like the storm before the calm, with the calm is always “just around the corner”.

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.

How Can I Tell If I Have a Qualified Prospect: Confidential Information

The Sales Hunter

So, you think you have a great prospect; however, why do you think they’re even interested in you or what you sell? Sales is a two-way street. You can have all the feelings you want, but the customer’s feelings are really what matter.

How Effective Listening Helps Build Customer Relationships and Close Deals

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Rafael Lourenco When you work for a B2B company, it’s easy to assume that your customers and colleagues make their decisions based only on ROI and other data.

The Similarities Between Politics & Sales

Anthony Cole Training

In this blog, we discuss what it takes to differentiate yourself as a salesperson in the market today, and how sales and politics can often be similar. As the public tends to avoid political candidates that sound like all of the rest, the same can be said in sales.

How Customer Journey Mapping Can Save Your Marketing Budget— and Your Brand

Sales Benchmark Index

Mapping the Customer Journey Is Complex – but It’s Worth the Effort.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Get in any door

Sales 2.0

When I started selling technology I was told to get to the office at 8AM so I could cold call CIOs and catch them before their assistants came in. When I did succeed in catching a CIO on the phone (one in say 50 dials) they nearly all dismissed me as a time waster.

Letting Your Prospects Train You

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Over the years, I have found that some of my best prospect interviews have come as a result of something another prospect asked me. If you approach sales with the right attitude and outlook, you can help customers, make money, and get a free education.

Why Sales Is Not a Profession

The Sales Hunter

Recently, I had a discussion with a sales manager about how to connect with customers. This was no casual conversation; it was serious, because he was with a start-up company who had 18 months at best, to achieve critical mass.

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Key Account Management Strategies

MTD Sales Training

Key Account Managers (KAMs) are the stock-in-trade for many businesses, as they have the responsibility of bringing in much of the business that keeps our business ticking over.

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

Goal Setting is a Crucial Sales Step: Our 4th Sales Productivity Tool

Anthony Cole Training

In our fourth installment of the 9 Sales Productivity Tools, we bring you the next tool in our series, Goal Setting. When we talk about goal setting, we start with personal goals and then help our clients convert those personal goals into business plans.

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Mobilize Your Team to Your Long-Term Vision with Your 2020 GTM Plan

Sales Benchmark Index

Studies have shown that up to 90% of strategies fail to implement. The key reason for lack of implementation comes down to business execution and the inability to mobilize the entire organization towards a common outcome. You probably read a.

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Brexit for cold calling?

Sales 2.0

You may know I’m a Brit. At the time of this post, the UK government is going through it’s 27th vote on Brexit. Actually I don’t know how many votes there have been. It’s unlikely anyone could agree on the definition of “vote” ).