Sat.Oct 06, 2018 - Fri.Oct 12, 2018

How the Sales Negotiation Skills You Were Taught Are Tanking Your Sales

Connect2Sell

It’s the dreaded price question, and this is only your first meeting … the buyer is asking for price information before the needs assessment, before the solution has been crafted, and before value has been established. So, what’s a seller to do? Use these sales negotiation skills.

5 Selling Lessons From the Saddle

Smart Selling Tools

On the 8th September 2018 I sat on the start line for a totally awesome, yet challenging, adventure. Riding the length of the UK from Lands End in Cornwall to John O’Groats in Scotland.

The Race for AI-Driven Sales Success Starts Now

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Anil Kaul Co-Founder and CEO of Absolutdata Artificial intelligence — AI for short — is already changing the world in countless ways. Millions of people use devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home to find out more about products and services they need or to control their home environment.

How to Boost Your Credibility at a Trade Show

The Sales Heretic

A trade show is a challenging sales environment. You don’t have the natural advantages you have when talking with a prospect on your own turf. Your competition is everywhere. And all the exhibits look so similar. How do you stand out and effectively compete?

Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

Dancing with the Competition? Watch your Step.

Jeffrey Gitomer

How do you feel about your competitors? You say, "I have a great relationship with my competitors." Right, if you needed $50,000 or your business would fold, I guarantee your friend, the competitor, would send you a bon voyage note. Get real, man.

Cold Calling Techniques Make Your Pipeline Fat, but Not Fit

No More Cold Calling

Do you really need more leads? Sure, cold calling techniques put lots of leads in the pipe. Enough for management to see that reps made the requisite number of phone calls, email pitches, and social media connections. But are those really leads, or just smoke-and-mirror numbers?

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Which 4 Sales Competencies Best Differentiate Top from Bottom Salespeople?

Understanding the Sales Force

The difference between great salespeople and weak salespeople has been debated for years. The articles in my Blog typically address these differences with science and data to support to my position.

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Get Out Of Yourself!

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. We all would agree, I hope, that actions speak louder than just talk; that success in sales comes from action or execution. So when what one says is in direct contrast to their action, how they execute, it is a concern, but also an explanation as to why despite all the advice available, many in sales are stuck in a rut, sustained only by a healthy market.

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The Elusive Hot Button - How do You Find it?

Jeffrey Gitomer

All sales training includes this line: "If you want to make the sale, be sure to push his hot button." Great, where's that? It's within plain sight, it's within asking distance, it's within listening distance. All you have to do is be alert. Pushing the hot button only works if you can find it.

Necessary Evil: B2B Digital Planning

Sales Benchmark Index

Look across your digital tactics and channels…do your buyers go there? Is their engagement worth the challenges involved in creating these? How do you know?

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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.

How Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Can Use Salesforce to Keep Up with Large Enterprises

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Jon Robinson Some of the biggest companies in the world use Salesforce to meet their business needs.

5 Reasons Why Pre-Call Research Is A Must

MTD Sales Training

Here’s a question to start your day. ‘If If you’re going to make some contacts with prospects today, why should they bother talking to you?’.

Post-it Note your way to achievement.

Jeffrey Gitomer

People are not afraid of achieving success, they just don't know how. Here's one element that will put you on the path. You have several goals you want to achieve, but they are not written down.

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Transforming a Cloud Solution Provider by Being a Sales-Driven CEO

Sales Benchmark Index

Joining us on  is Ryan Tognazzini, Chief Executive Officer for iGrafx, an enterprise class business operations and modeling software that allow it’s users to capture, communicate, improve and optimize every aspect of their business processes.

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.

Impeccable Honesty

John Barrows

I remember reading a study done by Harvard a while back on the characteristics of the top 1% of sales professionals in the US. There was one that stuck out to me since it’s usually not associated with sales professionals but it is something I strongly believe – Impeccable Honesty. They found the best sales professionals were impeccably honest with everything they did at every level. They were honest with their clients, gatekeepers, managers, forecast, everything.

How Smaller and Businesses Can Use Salesforce to Keep Up with Large Enterprises

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Jon Robinson Some of the biggest companies in the world use Salesforce to meet their business needs.

There are 100 billion Customer Types. Go Figure.

Jeffrey Gitomer

Selling is not about defining the type of buyer you're facing. There are a millions of types of buyers. Ever see those "four types" of buyer things? The Driver. The Amiable. The Idiot. The Big Idiot.

Whiteboard Wednesday: 5 Steps to a Killer Sales Demo

DiscoverOrg Sales

Hey, everyone! I’m Monica Stewart from Skaled : A modern sales-consulting firm that helps increase the efficiency and effectiveness of sales organizations through the use of sales technology. Welcome to another Whiteboard Wednesday!

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.

Why ‘Saying’ And ‘Being Believed’ Are Two Different Things

MTD Sales Training

When I was growing up, my uncle had some ideas that, in this modern world, would seem laughable. Yet, in those days, we had no social media and a mobile phone was a brick attached to a 16lb battery! Yes, things were a little different then.

6 Pricing KPI’s for Your Growth Strategy

Sales Benchmark Index

If you opened this blog post looking for the perfect answer to setting pricing KPIs… I hate to tell you that the perfect answer is: There is no answer.  However, I do have some guidance for you.  Let’s think of pricing.

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Are you Committed to be a Sales Crusader?

Jeffrey Gitomer

Is your sales income what it should be? Want to double it? Take 30 minutes and read something about The Crusades. They were much more than a religious war. The Crusades were about people going after what they believed in.passionately. They did it regardless of the hardship and risk. Do you?

How to get past the velvet rope

Sales 2.0

Back in the day when I was selling technology to banks I used my social selling approaches to get a meeting with a super-senior executive in a super-large bank (you know it, but I can’t tell you which one on a blog post.). It turned out this super-senior executive was a very nice bloke and I stayed in touch for many years. What actually happened when I called though is a I spoke to his assistant. So in reality I actually stayed in touch with his assistant–maybe more than I did with him.

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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.

A Lesson In Commitment

A Sales Guy

How often do you commit to something and then not follow through? I get it, it happens a lot. We aren’t perfect. But not meeting a commitment scratches the surface of lying. You didn’t lie, but it has a similar effect.

Getting to Street Price, the Hardest Task in Pricing

Sales Benchmark Index

You’re Blind and You Have a Problem. When you sell entirely through indirect channels you are blind to the street price and how your products or service is valued by the end customer. The gap between the price you sell to.

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"I have to talk this over with my." Uh oh.

Jeffrey Gitomer

You didn't qualify the prospect very well, did you? OK, what do you do now? When others need to approve the deal, besides qualifying the buyer better, you must take four action steps: Get the prospect's approval. Get on the prospect's team. Arrange a meeting with all deciders. Make your entire presentation again. If you think you can get around these steps, think again. It's obvious you're looking for shortcuts or you would have properly qualified the buyer.

The Top Marketing Tools Guide of 2018

Smart Selling Tools

Last week I was in my favorite city – Boston – for the ever popular MarTech East event. If you weren’t there, you missed great sessions like: Building (and finding) a Marketing Technology Team. Solving Human Problems: A Case for MarTech – Design Thinking.

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The Best Learning Methodologies for Developing Elite Sales Leaders

Speaker: Steven Rosen MBA, Author, Executive Coach, Speaker and Top 50 Sales Influencer

It is well recognised that the frontline sales managers are the key to driving performance in sales organizations. If you had to choose between investing in sales manager training vs sales rep training what would you do?

Do’s and Don’ts for your 2019 Sales Kickoff

SalesforLife

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Is Margin Based Compensation Right for Your Organization?

Sales Benchmark Index

It is almost that time of year again for companies both big and small, the dreaded compensation season. Numbers are crunched, budgets are realigned, and a firms overall compensation strategy is brought into the spotlight once again. As your company.

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Got sales goals for next year? Here's how to achieve them.

Jeffrey Gitomer

Where will you be one year from today? Where will your sales be? How will you get there? Are your goals established for next year? Are they written down? If not, next year you'll likely be where you are today. Wishing you were someplace else, without the direction or drive to get there.

Anatomy of a Price Increase: A Nutshell Oral History

Nutshell

On June 1st, 2018—after a massive team effort—Nutshell rolled out a 15% price increase for customers on our “Classic” subscription. This is the story of what happened before, during, and after that price increase, through the perspectives of everyone who was involved.

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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.