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? And as would have it on social, there was a plethora of responses, from which I randomly collected this bakers dozen: 1. Understand your customer’s business issues and what they want.

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. Here is a more challenging question: How well are you doing when it comes to strategy execution ? This is a much more challenging question and there is no easy answer. Business success is a function of brilliant strategies and excellent execution.

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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. They may talk to you, they may be civil to you, they may even appear to help you – but ask them if they wish you were dead or alive, I'm betting on the funeral home.

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. With a niche product like this, the pool of potential customers is small, so you have to make the most of every opportunity. Unfortunately, the closing percentages for this company were low. That’s why they had brought us in. We looked at the sales process.

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7 Keys to Creating Massive Value in Your Sales Meetings

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

Engaging prospects in a strong two-way dialogue is something most reps struggle with. In this session with Marc Wayshak, you’ll discover a data-driven approach to sales meetings that yields significantly better results.

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. So obviously my axe to grind is that I think social selling is the way to go when prospecting as it’s almost 4 (3.66) times more efficient/faster. But there’s more…. Increase your assets.

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. He told me that a few years ago he was working for a company selling an IT solution, and that while dealing with the Director of IT, he suddenly had an opportunity to meet the new CFO. This was unexpected and he had to think fast!

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? sales strategy company success

5 Ways To Sell To The Modern Day Buyer

MTD Sales Training

One of the biggest changes in sales over the years has nothing to do with selling itself. It has to do with the way that the buyer has changed their modus operandi. The process of sales is evolving as technology, globalisation and communication methods advance and progress. But the evolution of the buyer has been exponentially faster. So what do you need to do to keep up with these changes? Here are five up-to-date ways to sell to the modern-day buyer : 1) Be social-media savvy.

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The Forrester Wave™: B2B Marketing Data Providers, Q2 2021

In our 24-criterion evaluation of B2B marketing data providers, we identified the 11 most significant vendors — Data Axle, Dun & Bradstreet, Enlyft, Global Database, InsideView, Leadspace, Oracle, SMARTe, Spiceworks Ziff Davis, TechTarget, and ZoomInfo Technologies — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps B2B marketing professionals select the right one for their needs.

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. So how can you make sure your customer-to-be wins – and feels like they won – while winning business yourself? Here’s how to manage so much winning, with 9 tips from our top sales closers. The Rule of Three.

24 Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp

The Sales Heretic

When it comes to your sales—and pretty much everything else in your life—your brain is your most valuable asset. So it makes sense to do as much as you can to protect it. And it needs protection. The challenges of modern life mean our brains are under assault every day. The enemies of the brain [.]. Sales brain business creativity health motivation productivity self-confidence seminars stress training workshops

Executive Sales Coaching – Frequently Asked Questions

Steven Rosen

The What, Why, How, and When of Executive Sales Coaching. Executive coaching is estimated to be a $2-3 billion/year global industry. There has been dramatic growth in the number of people who are becoming coaches and leaders who are hiring coaches. The rapid pace of change, high levels of uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity in business is forcing both executives and managers to look beyond training for their ongoing development needs.

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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A Pragmatic Guide to ABM Success

Speaker: Howard J. Sewell, President of Spear Marketing Group

In this exclusive webinar, you’ll hear B2B expert Howard J. Sewell detail a pragmatic approach to ABM planning, execution, and orchestration. Step by step, Howard will show how to leverage the Opportunity-Based Marketing (OBM) Framework, a stage-based B2B demand marketing model, in determining the best tactics for your ABM initiative and how to measure ROI.

Yes, a B2B Sales Experience Can Be Euphoric for Your Buyer

Connect2Sell

Buyers are looking for a BSB sales experience that's different. They’re looking for much more than a transaction. They're looking for an experience that is rich and meaningful and includes an opportunity for them to contribute. to take from the experience what's going to be useful for them. It needs to be relevant, and it needs to be something that involves an element of the unexpected. B2B sales effectiveness

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20 Motivational Sales Quotes to Empower Your Team

Zoominfo

As any salesperson knows, motivation comes and goes. At certain points, we are hyper-focused and driven. And on other days, we don’t even feel like picking up the phone. So the question is – where do we find the inspiration to climb out of these sales motivation slumps? Often, it’s helpful to listen to the wise words of those who have already achieved great success. If you’re dragging today and can’t seem to drum up the motivation to get going, we’re here to help.

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. Some of us may reflect and cringe at embarrassing moments we’ve had, hold regrets of what was done or not done, or try to suppress those fears that caused us to self-sabotage. Others, meanwhile, will pat themselves on the back, high-five and with hearts filled with ‘yeah, I did THAT!’, hat tip the year that was. Then we look forward.

Old-fashioned sales techniques

Sales 2.0

Sometimes it pays to do what is “out”. Social selling has become synonymous with technology. Many definitions make it all about using social media to sell. But I think social selling is about being social and actual human beings do more than just hang out on social media platforms. Some other productive people have learned that being tethered to your email is good way to get nothing done other than respond to email.

Top 3 Sales Playbooks to Improve Sales Performance

Discover the top sales playbooks to improve sales performance, which sales play metrics to measure, and how to turn those insights into sales excellence. Download the eBook to find out how you can increase your sales win rates with these top sales playbooks.

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. Tie downs (and trial closes) serve several important functions, including: Getting confirmation that the point you just made was understood and accepted by your prospect.

2 Big Reasons for Abandoned Sales Opportunities

Score More Sales

We walk away from sales opportunities every day - abandoned sales opportunities. You do it, I do it, and a few of us have the discipline to identify why our deal didn’t come to closure. Sales Tips B2B boost sales

Should You Always Agree With Your Client?

MTD Sales Training

“The customer is always right”. I’m sure you’ve heard these oft-quoted words from Harry Gordon Selfridge, the founder of the department store that bears his name. And how often have you thought of those words and cringed when the customer you are with has said something you know is definitely the wrong side of wrong? Alexander Kjerulf is an independent writer and an expert on workplace happiness.

What 15K Demos per Year Taught Us About Converting Inbound Sales Leads

DiscoverOrg Sales

“When I first started at DiscoverOrg two years ago, I joined a group of six other Sales Development Reps (SDRs). We were all green to the role and new to sales in general. We had a team lead, whose job was daily cheerleading – but the role of ‘manager’ on the Inbound team didn’t exist.” ” This is a story we tell to all new hires , to show how quickly we have grown and how far we’ve come. Fast-forward two years later : I am the manager of Sales Development.

Changes in Consumer Habits: Looking Back Over the Last 12 Months of Retail

This large-scale North American survey explores changes in expectations over the last year. You’ll learn what consumers expect, how habits are solidifying, and where to focus to drive the greatest impact.

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 [.]. Sales business crowded different marketing marketplace restaurant sandwich unique

Sales Strategy #5: Develop a Coaching Culture

Steven Rosen

Develop a Coaching Culture. Hi, this is my fifth video on Sales Strategies to Crush Your Sales Numbers, I call it Develop a Coaching Culture. . In the last four video/blogs, I covered: Sales Strategy #1: Upgrading the skills of your front-line sales managers because you have a multiplier effect when their skills get better. Sales Strategy #2 Execute with Excellence because most companies do not execute with excellence. Sales Strategy #3: Invest in Yourself.

Call Me in 6 Months - A Polite Way of Saying No

Jeffrey Gitomer

Pat me on the head and tell me to go away. That's the real meaning of call me in six months (or any nebulous "get back to me" after some period of time). Objections

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've followed them with tips on creating value in sales talks and making the most of your time when you do land these important meetings. value proposition creating value value based selling

Your New Schematic for Next-Level Sales Coaching & Enablement

Speaker: Matthew Hawk, President of B2bTrainers

The term “sales enablement” applies to a dizzying array of best practices and technologies. In addition, there is tremendous competitive pressure not to fall behind. No matter where you are in your current sales enablement strategy, one thing is key: success ultimately rides on the habits of your sales managers & marketers. In this webinar, Matthew Hawk will lay out an in-depth schematic for your next-level sales coaching, demonstrate the key activities that comprise success, and walk you through several examples of sales coaching cadences that apply to all salesforce sizes.

35+ Marketing Jokes to Brighten Your Day

Zoominfo

A little bit of humor can go a long way– even in the marketing world. Today’s marketing professionals must juggle a number of high-priority tasks throughout the day, and often, they find themselves under a significant amount of stress. In these cases, a few lighthearted jokes can ease the tension of the day-to-day marketing job. And, believe it or not, humor does more than just relieve stress– it can actually make marketers better at their jobs.

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’.

Volunteer to be an insider

Sales 2.0

I am the Chairman Emeritus of the Wharton Club of New York. I’ve been the president and the chairman. Over the years these titles have been very useful for my various business and sales endeavors. Probably not surprising as that Wharton word carries some credibility and I’ve found having the title president or chairman of the largest alumni association for the school has some credibility too. How did I achieve securing these positions?