June, 2020

5 Ways You Can Leverage Sales Leadership to Close the Sales Gap

Steven Rosen

Unleash the 10X Factor to Close the Sales Gap. Do you want to close the sales gap? Doing nothing is not an option! Businesses are starting to open, which hopefully is a good thing. You are still responsible for generating your company’s revenue, and your colleagues are counting on your efforts and that of your entire team. Now is the time to get sales on track.

Why Are My Salespeople Not Perfoming 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.

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Urgency May Just Accelerate Unwanted Outcomes

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Urgency is always a battle cry at sales meetings, one on one or the team. As though creating urgency was like adding volume, “turn it up, let them hear you mean business.” While there is no escaping the logic and allure of leveraging urgency, trying to create it fraught with risk for sellers. Careful what you wish for, creating the wrong sense of urgency may just accelerate unwanted outcomes, like losses. Wrong Premise.

Pricing challenges posed by a pandemic

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Paul Nolan. Under normal circumstances, you may have been able to set a competitive but fair price for your company’s goods or services and stick with it. These are anything but normal circumstances. In a blog post about pricing in the pandemic for marketing research firm Forrester SiriusDecisions, Lisa Singer says companies trying to rebound from the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic must look for opportunities to offer low-cost or free offerings.

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How to Drive Revenue Through Retention Marketing & Sales Enablement

Speaker: Ruth Stevens, President of eMarketing Strategy

In a pandemic, it’s more important than ever to focus on retaining and expanding current customers. So, how can sales and marketing support the retention effort? Join Ruth Stevens as she dives into this fast-paced session and reviews the 7 key strategies for current customer marketing, to enable sales and expand customer value.

Customer Experience Isn’t a Straight Line, It’s a Complex Ecosystem

Sales Benchmark Index

Customer Experience is more important now more than ever, as lockdown orders remain in place across the country, many companies are being forced to serve customers outside of traditional channels. Customer Experience is no longer a buzzword or the next. Article Customer Experience Strategy Customer Success Strategy Marketing Strategy Uncategorized

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How Do You Deal with Rude People When You Cold Call?

Anthony Iannarino

What makes a call “ cold ” is that the person you are calling is not expecting your call. Because they are not expecting your call, you interrupt their day, even if they aren’t doing anything important when you call them. You can never know who you are calling, and even looking at Linkedin before dialing the phone doesn’t provide any information about their general disposition or their current mood.

Prospecting, Mistakes You Need to Avoid Now

Mr. Inside Sales

What’s the biggest mistake sales reps make with prospecting or cold calling? They call with what a client of mine once called, “commission breath.”. You know, that desperation sales people have when they finally get someone on the phone. It’s the same kind of attitude that you feel and don’t like when a salesperson gets you on the phone. How do you avoid that? You avoid the three mistakes below.

Prospects Are Not Buyers

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. There are a lot of blurred lines in business and sales, leading to blurred conversations, and longer sales cycles. One blur is the line between who is a buyer and who is a prospect. Assuming buyers and prospects are the same and the words interchangeable perhaps explains the output numbers year after year. You need to accept that prospects are not buyers, which is a good thing for us. Prospects are entirely different than buyers.

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67 Quotes for Getting Through Tough Times

The Sales Heretic

A global pandemic. Record unemployment. Business closures. Racial protests. To say these are tough times is an understatement. We’re all stressed, frustrated, anxious, and discouraged. Which means we can all use some words of encouragement. Here are some of my current favorites for helping me stay in the right frame of mind. Don’t let [.]. Sales failure fear hope inspiration profitability quotes success tough times

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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!

Your B2B Lead Generation Sucks … 5 Reasons Why

No More Cold Calling

How to stop ignoring your best source of new revenue. Remember the Johnny Lee song, “Lookin’ For Love”? The lyrics perfectly sum up the most common B2B lead generation mistakes: “I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places, Lookin’ for love in too many faces, Searchin’ their eyes and lookin’ for traces, Of what I’m dreaming of.”. Are you looking for your B2B sales leads in all the wrong places?

You Need To Trust You

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Now that almost all of North America is back on the path to complete reopening, the hype machine is about to go into overdrive. As people ascend from their quarantine, fix up their hair, and realize their sales, or specifically quota retirement, needs attention. The tendency will be to go to all the usual sources, usually determined by volume, not quality. How typical for the tribe.

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SMS sales: How B2B sellers can close more deals with text messages

Nutshell

Cold calling is great—if your prospects actually pick up the phone. Many buyers are more comfortable with texting than phone calls, which means you have to get comfortable with it too. Learn to leverage this underrated communication channel, and SMS sales just might become the secret weapon in your selling arsenal. Here are a few quick facts to prove it to you: The average American checks their phone 96 times a day. SMS open rates are as high as 98%.

How Much Has Video Impacted the Way We Sell?

Understanding the Sales Force

Back in the old days, when you wanted to copy something, you would have said, "I'm going to Xerox this." And for years when you needed a tissue you would have asked for a Kleenex. And when you wanted to clean your ears you would have asked for a Q-Tip. All three of these are examples where the brand and the product were one in the same. We're getting to that same point with Zoom video, where more than half of all salespeople are now using Zoom!

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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.

Develop Your Sales Pipeline to Increase Sales

Anthony Cole Training

Sales pipelines are similar to the story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears. This one is too fat, this one is too skinny, and the rarest one of all; this one's just right.

Practice DOESN'T Make Perfect

The Sales Heretic

The dojo where I’ve been training in aikido for the past dozen years recently reopened for class on a very limited basis. Despite numerous safety precautions, however, a lot of students are—understandably—not yet comfortable returning to train. In fact, at a recent class, I was the only student. Which was awesome! I got a full [.]. Sales closing practice presenting prospecting qualifying training

New Email Messaging for Covid-19

Mr. Inside Sales

One of the ways you stay ahead of your competition is to stop sounding like them. I don’t know about you, but all my LinkedIn requests and emails from vendors now begin the same way: “I hope you and your family are staying safe…”. This was an appropriate sentiment three months ago, when we were all hunkering down and sheltering in place, but times have changed—and you need to change with them. What’s happening now?

We are the sum of our actions, not our words

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Paul Nolan Editor’s Note: Just as I resolved to live with the unending loop of coronavirus-themed commercials from the Walmarts and Amazons of the world praising their frontline employees (whom they had to be pressured into paying something close to a livable wage), the George Floyd murder and subsequent protests happened. The flood of protesters in the streets was followed by a steady flow of corporate messages expressing solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

The Revenue Leader's Guide to Prospecting

Speaker: Christopher Ryan, Founder and CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners

Sales & Marketing departments that work together guarantee higher acquisition, better nurturing, and more effective sales. Join Christopher Ryan for this insightful webinar, presenting the wide funnel lead nurturing model. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get your teams working together and your revenue performance optimized.

Can you Walk Your Story Talk or just Spiel the Blah-Blah-Blah?

One Millimeter Mindset

Do you credibly walk your story talk through every phase of each project? Not only to create a compelling business case or project narrative. End of story. But also, to build strategic relationships throughout the breadth and depth of your own and your clients’ organizations? The never-ending story. Similarly, do you spiel the sales blah-blah-blah long enough to close a contract? Without any real intention of walking your story to create post-sale continuity to retain clients?

Call a Sales Audible!

Anthony Cole Training

In today's blog post, we discuss the importance of calling a sales audible at the line of scrimmage. Like an elite Quarterback, an elite salesperson must be willing to change things up when they're not working and be open to trying something completely different in the field.

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A Lack Of Transformational Leadership

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. “We We are living in interesting times, with multiple transformations triggers all present at the same time, all equally intense,” said Robert T. Vanderwerf, Transformation Strategy Leader, KPMG LLP., When four or five significant drivers are changing at the same time, the business environment becomes highly complex.” I know, you’re thinking, another voice in the chorus of COVID insta-experts offering sage, yet all too obvious advice.

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CMOs: Use Your Revenue Marketing Strategy to Drive Sales and Marketing Alignment

Sales Benchmark Index

Any gap in alignment between the Sales and Marketing organization will endanger the commercial success of a company. The Revenue Marketing Strategy, when thoughtfully crafted, allows best-in-class marketing organizations to focus their energy on demonstrable revenue generation instead of debating.

The 5 Keys to Sales Emails That Set More Meetings

Speaker: Marc Wayshak, Sales Strategist, Best-Selling Author & Founder, Sales Insights Lab

So many reps' email efforts could be yielding more meetings--simply by using a better strategy. Watch the webinar with Marc Wayshak, Sales Strategist and Best-Selling Author, to get lots of great strategies on how to set up meetings via email! <

The Real Reason Why So Many Salespeople are So Bad at Selling

Understanding the Sales Force

Would you like to start a business? Can't figure out what business to start? I have three ideas for you: In the past four weeks, I have tried and tried and tried to get a glass company to replace the tabletop for a large outdoor patio table after the glass exploded in an early April storm. Four weeks laster, we still don't have the glass replaced. One of our garage door openers needs to be replaced because in every five out of six attempts to lower the door, the opener sends it back up again.

5 Questions to Ask Every Inbound Lead

Mr. Inside Sales

A company I’ve been working with for over a year now gets a portion of their leads via inbound email requests for information on their services. Another company recently reached out to me wondering if there is a best practice approach for handling inbound leads. There is! I’ve written on this subject before but let me remind you of what I said: New marketing funnels and lead nurturing campaigns have created what has always been a salesperson’s dream: more inbound leads.

How COVID-19 could reshape sales

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: LIZ PULICE The COVID-19 pandemic has caused sales organizations to adapt overnight to a new world of social distancing and digital-only collaboration. The comfortable confines of the corporate office are off limits; customer calls are virtual-only; and plans for sales kickoffs, trade shows and other in-person events have shifted to a virtual model (or been cancelled altogether). And yet, as is so often the case, with disruption comes opportunity.

Negotiating on the First Tee (Part 2)

Anthony Cole Training

In Part 1 of "Negotiating on the First Tee, we discussed the practice of negotiating with your prospect before you begin your presentation. In Part 2, we continue this discussion and add more to the conversation.

[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

Speaker: Sandi Lin & Linda Schwaber-Cohen

In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin shared learnings from Skilljar's recent study and her insights on the state of Customer Education. She dug into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.

Sales Scrum Podcast Episode #13 – Guest George Brontén

The Pipeline

Sales Scrum Podcast Episode #13 – Guest George Brontén. Lucky 13, I am speaking of my guest on Sales Scrum, George Brontén. As the founder & CEO of Membrain.com, the B2B Sales Enablement CRM, George Brontén is passionate about the art and science of sales. In this episode, George and I explore some of the faulty assumptions people make in sales, the selection of CRMs, and other areas of selling.

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How a CRO Balances Growth from Legacy and New Products

Sales Benchmark Index

For a CRO leading a transformation, one of the major challenges of evolving a product portfolio is preserving the core customer base while innovating. In his final interview segment, Steve King, CRO of Hexagon PPM, shares his experience in not only retaining.

New Data Reveals Interesting Differences in Salespeople's Ability to Work From Home

Understanding the Sales Force

You wake up, the sky is blue, the sun is shining, you open the door and it's freezing cold outside. Or there is the opposite of that, when there are thick clouds, it's drizzling, you open the door and it's hot and humid as hell! Things aren't always what they appear to be. In early April, during the earlier stages of the virus-required lockdown, I wrote this article about some of the remote selling challenges that companies were experiencing.

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