Sat.Jun 01, 2019 - Fri.Jun 07, 2019

Why Your Sales Contest is Demotivating Your Sales Team (& How to Fix It)

Sales Hacker

Walk into any sales office, and you’ll probably find a sales manager running some sort of contest to motivate their team to increase productivity. You probably won’t find any two sales contests exactly the same, either. No problem: Regardless of how they work, the point is, they work.

Make It Small

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Not a popular refrain among sales types, which may explain why nearly half of B2B reps will miss quota this year. In a world obsessed with ‘big,’ even more so than sales success, make it small may seem counter-intuitive.

The Science Behind Successful Sales

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Lance Tyson In the hypercompetitive field of sales, escalating goals have become standard. In over two decades that I’ve worked in this industry, I’ve never encountered an organization that said to me, “You know what? This year we’d be fine with flat or declining sales.”

Partner Enablement – the Key to a Successful Indirect Go-to-Market Strategy

Sales Benchmark Index

Why Are Your Partners Producing Far Less Than Expected? Selling through the channel can be the most rewarding or painful aspect of your GTM strategy. When a partner takes on the promise of representing your products and brands, it is.

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.

What is Your Attitude Towards Prospecting? 20 Things You Can Do

The Sales Hunter

Is prospecting a four-letter word in your mind? If you had to choose between prospecting and having a root canal, which would you choose? Maybe you wouldn’t choose the root canal; however, you certainly would rather have a cavity filled than have to prospect. Relax! You’re not alone.

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How NOT to Write a Prospecting Email

The Sales Heretic

Email can be a great way to reach your prospects. But there are good emails and not-so-good emails. And then there are emails like this one. I recently received this email from a local hotel. (As

How to Know if You Are You Really Selling Consultatively

Understanding the Sales Force

Most of the CEOs and sales leaders I speak with agree that their sales organizations need to be more effective at taking a consultative approach to selling. At the same time, they insist that they talk about it often and that their salespeople are doing OK with a consultative approach.

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Monday Motivation Video: What Do Successful People Believe?

The Sales Hunter

Successful people go out and make it happen without ever making excuses. They just do it! On the other hand, those who are victims blame this or that and never see themselves as being successful. If you want to be successful, believe that you are not the victim.

Getting Buy-In Before Going Over Price

Mr. Inside Sales

Want to instantly make asking for the sale easier? Then make sure and get buy in that your prospect is sold on your solution before you go over pricing options.

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.

Promoted! The Importance of Sales Force Evaluation

Connect2Sell

As a new manager, you have one distinct advantage. But you won’t have it for long! Coming into this role, you have a fresh perspective. You’re not yet swayed by seller justifications regarding revenue performance, use (or disuse) of enablement tools, and daily practices and priorities.

How to Raise the Incomes of Minimum Wage Workers Without Wealth Distribution or Socialism

Understanding the Sales Force

Hang in there - this will be an article on sales - but you need to get through the big set up. Bernie Sanders spoke at a Walmart shareholders meeting and criticized the company for not paying higher wages.

Sales Ops: Defend your Turf

Sales Benchmark Index

How To Build Value Before Having To Add Value

MTD Sales Training

Many salespeople tell us that the way they differentiate themselves from their competition is by adding value to their products, in order for the customer to see why they are charging the price they are. Nothing wrong with this, of course. It adds meaning to why they are positioned where they are.

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.

How Engaged Accounts Can be Known and Then Treated More Effectively

Smart Selling Tools

Transforming Sales: How Engaged Accounts Can be Known and Then Treated More Effectively. In this series, we ask Sales Tech Executives to describe how their solution can transform sales in a significant way. This week I interview John Steinert , Chief Marketing Officer of TechTarget.

Sales Leadership – 12 Questions You Need to Ask

The Sales Hunter

Congratulations on making your quota for this quarter! It’s the 4th consecutive quarter you’ve made your number and you are feeling good. Instead of only seeing yourself as a salesperson, you’re now seeing yourself as a sales leader. You’ve arrived, but hold on… have you arrived? It’s easy to consider yourself a sales leader when you’re making your numbers, but are you really a sales leader?

Why Episode Analysis Is Vital to Understanding Your Customers

Sales Benchmark Index

If you search “Episode Analysis” your results are flooded by “Game of Thrones” results. There is lots of great content on Customer Journey Mapping as well as Touchpoint Analysis, but why is this vital component overlooked? Let’s briefly define the.

Does Your Product Description Create a Guessing Game?

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: SMM Staff It’s been said that if you can’t clearly explain what a company does in a sentence or two, you shouldn’t buy shares of their stock. The same holds true in marketing.

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.

Knock Knock…Is Your Prospect There?

Anthony Cole Training

In today's world of selling, it is increasingly more difficult to get the attention of a prospective buyer after only a few outreach attempts. We know they're busy but let's face it, we're all busy.

Replacing The Sales Funnel With The Sales Flywheel

Partners in Excellence

Recently, I reread an article by Brian Halligan, Replacing The Sales Funnel With The Sales Flywheel. It appeared in HBR in November, 2018, I keep coming back to it–something about it is disturbing to me. I’ve finally been able to put together some thoughts about it.

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3 Big Problems Sales Leaders Solve with Film Review

Smart Selling Tools

3 Big Problems Sales Leaders Solve with Film Review. The numbers are telling. Teams who coach with film review are 30.2% more likely to hit quota. After analyzing the behaviors of 100 sales managers, we found that top managers spent 30% more time on film review.

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Simon & Garfunkel Were Right (About Selling)

Anne Miller

If you sell on the phone, please don’t do to prospects what a sales rep recently did to me.

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Sales Training Playbook by Lessonl

A step-by-step guide for building a comprehensive training playbook for your sales team.

How to Find and Cultivate Prospects That Fit Your Business

Anthony Cole Training

Today, our customers are bombarded with sales, marketing, and advertising pitches from companies all hoping to win their business. They’re overwhelmed, or, in most cases, they simply tune us out. Questions for Prospects qualifying prospects sales prospects consultative selling how to prospect

Discovery Call Disaster: 7 Deadly Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

Sales Hacker

Say what you will, but from where I sit, running effective discovery calls is THE most important part of the sales process. Two reasons… First, the discovery call can make or break your relationship with a new prospect. Get it right, and you could have a customer for life.

How to Create a Regular Rhythm of Coaching for your Sales Team

Chorus.ai

Some sales teams aren't even having one-to-ones yet. No, wait. Not "some." Ready for the actual number?: 3% In this episode of the B2B Sales Show, guests Dan Hixson and Vinay Ganti share their research on how companies have generally done poorly in prioritizing the process of one-to-one coaching.

Storytelling Outcomes influence Post Sale Customer Expectations

Babette Ten Haken

Storytelling outcomes influence post-sale customer expectations about long-term experiences with products, services and solutions. In addition, the stories you tell impact investor, customer, and co-worker expectations of how it is going to be: working with you, yourself.

Fulfilling Today's (Changing) eLearning Needs

Speaker: Bryan Marriott, President, P1 Learning

eLearning cannot be a “one size fits all” proposition. It’s not enough to post 1,000+ courses and leave training up to chance. Join Bryan Marriott, President of P1 Learning, as he walks through the process of identifying learner needs, and then delivering training that specifically addresses those needs – in a short, effective, and entertaining manner.

Happy Customers are the Best Sales Strategy

Tony Hughes

The best salesperson I know on the face of the planet has this on her LinkedIn profile: "A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all." She believes it passionately and she knows what value she creates and exactly what a happy customer looks like.

Sensemaking: Selling To A Hierarchy Of Challenges

Partners in Excellence

This post is the ninth post in my series on Sensemaking. Like the eighth post, this focuses on how you apply the principles of Cynefin in your sales strategies with your customers. For links to the other posts in the series, go to: Sensemaking, The Big Issue Facing Both Our Customers And Us.

23+ sales forecast templates (and how to use them the right way)

Close.io

Imagine two sales managers walk into a room. Sales Manager #1 wants to crush her quarterly targets and has an idea of what it’s going to take to get there. Who knows, maybe she’ll even take home a plaque for salesperson of the year. Sales Manager #2, on the other hand, doesn’t hope.