2018

The Science of Basic Selling Skills

Bernadette McClelland

And the basics of selling are….? It’s a question I’ve asked a couple of times in workshops and online, and it’s a question that was triggered by a few ‘posts’ I read, stating that. salespeople today don’t execute on the basics. And my response was, what are the basics then?

Strategy Is Sexy, Execution is Boring

Steven Rosen

Business success is a function of brilliant strategies and excellent execution. How are your sales to date? Every sales leader I have spoken with could easily answer this question. I am sure you can as well.

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.

Sell Slower

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Paul Cherry I was working with a manufacturer of medical instruments that use lasers to measure blood flow. The products cost upwards of $50,000 and are sold primarily to medical research facilities.

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Humans and Bots: How to blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth

Join Genesys for this webinar to learn how leading companies are using blended AI to drive customer intimacy and revenue growth.

What to Call Women in the Business Workplace

Score More Sales

I have spent an entire career in sales since my early 20’s being called a guy. Filling out forms that said “Salesman Number”. Being invited to sales incentive and award events at cigar bars. sales leadership B2B

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Treat yourself to some social selling

Sales 2.0

OK I need to come out of the closet. In the last two posts I did a bunch of math. I wanted to boil down cold calling vs. social selling data so we could do a somewhat fair comparison. Here’s the punchline. Cold calling: 11 hours to get an appointment. Social selling: 3 hours to get an appointment.

Two Killer Questions to Open & Close a Sale

Mr. Inside Sales

I was having breakfast with a client in Denver before a training program I was giving, and we were talking about the importance of asking questions and listening.

If the Whole Company Supported Revenue Generation

Score More Sales

If the whole, entire company supported revenue generation, how strong would your customer care or customer service team be? Would nothing ever slip through the cracks? If everyone supported revenue generation, how easily could we detect a disgruntled customer about to leave us?

Did You Set the Right Sales Quotas?

Sales Benchmark Index

Did you set the quotas right to drive revenue growth? The purpose of today’s show is to demonstrate how to link the company objectives to sales targets through quota setting. Leverage this use-case to evaluate how you set your quotas.

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Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

Examples of How Salespeople Lose Credibility with Their Prospects

Understanding the Sales Force

You probably thought I would write a world series article but there wasn't much tension or anxiety in this series as the Sox dominated. So instead of an epic baseball related article, you're going to read about trust and credibility.

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?

7 Quick Wins for Sales and Marketing Alignment

DiscoverOrg Sales

We hear a lot about sales and marketing alignment: How important it is for B2B, and how so few of us are doing it right. SALES: Marketing leads are crap. MARKETING: Sales is lazy. You guys take forever to follow-up on our leads – and you wonder why they don’t convert? Rolls eyes.]

The Sales Letter Will Work if You Get it Write.

Jeffrey Gitomer

How important is a sales letter/email? Presentation Skills

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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.

Who Are We Fooling?

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. A bit of fantasy is good for the soul; it would hard to get through days and projects if not for a little mental cheating and false illusions; it is entirely another to base your own or your company’s future on it. Stats – The Drug of Choice.

Creating Value in Sales When Selling to the C-Suite

Connect2Sell

As a sales coach and guest on sales podcasts, I get asked a lot of questions about selling to the folks in the C-Suite. Here are some of the questions I hear most frequently.

I gotta question for ya

Bernadette McClelland

Hello there! With the New Year about to kick off again we may do one, or both, of two things. We may reflect on the year just gone or project on the year ahead.

5 Voicemail Tactics to Get More Callbacks

John Barrows

Reps always ask me whether or not they should even leave voicemails anymore since they almost never get a callback. My response is yes – as long as they are good ones. If you’re leaving ‘touching base’ and ‘checking in’ voicemails then I would not to waste the prospect’s time.

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.

Why Aren’t You Using More Tie Downs & Trial Closes?

Mr. Inside Sales

I don’t know why tie downs aren’t used more by sales reps selling over the phone. I was listening to an experienced rep the other day just pitch and ad-lib to a good prospect, and at the end of the call, she had no idea about the prospect’s level of interest, nor did she qualify the prospect.

The Future of Your Sales Role Questionnaire

Score More Sales

There is a lot of talk about artificial intelligence taking over many sales positions soon. Do you feel like your job might be one of them? Here is a quick questionnaire to help you know if it is or not: sales strategy profession of sales

Why Your Sales Talent Program is Failing

Sales Benchmark Index

The Wrong Salespeople are Hired 77% of the Time

Understanding the Sales Force

94% of sales managers are optimistic about their salespeople. That's a very surprising statistic for a couple of reasons: 50% or more of their salespeople won't hit their quotas this year and haven't since at least 2008.

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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.

How a Sandwich Can Transform Your Business

The Sales Heretic

Let’s say you own a restaurant. And let’s say on your menu you have a Reuben sandwich. The Reuben is a classic, which is why it’s on the menus of approximately 98.7% of all restaurants. And therein lies the problem. If I’m in the mood for a Reuben, I can go literally anywhere to get [.].

9 B2B Sales Closing Techniques You Can Use Today

DiscoverOrg Sales

First things first: People buy from people first, product second , according to Director of Sales Steve Wernke. They want to feel good about who they’re buying from, and they want to walk away feeling good. As they negotiate, they want to feel like they won.

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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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How To Answer The Only Question That Counts

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Last week in this blog I made the argument that sellers have to answer one question above all, the one all buyers other than owners and Board Chairmans or Persons to be somewhat PC, the question: “ If I go ahead with this, will I get fired?

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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.

The Other Half of Sales Team Development

Connect2Sell

As a seller, your job was to deliver results. You were measured by and rewarded for performance. Your priority was to reach your sales quotas. leadership development sales managers sales performance

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The Real Competition

Bernadette McClelland

We think it’s the company that sells the same as us, Or the paperwork we have to do, Or the meetings we have to run, Or the slackness of our admin team, Or the lack of urgency of our buyers. The real competition is ‘no change’.

The Why?

John Barrows

I’m re-sharing this post from last year because I really want to highlight that Sales, when done right, is the best profession in the world. When done wrong, it’s the worst.