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

STAR Results

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.

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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.

Strategic ABM Gifting: A CMO’s Silver Bullet to Engage the Enterprise

Today’s customers are hungry for human connections, and marketers want to deliver. But how do you break through the digital noise? Download Sendoso’s new eBook to discover new ways to engage the enterprise buyer with strategic ABM gifting.

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

Top 3 Sales Strategy Priorities of CEOs

SBI Growth

Our guest today is Rob Hornish, the President of Americas Sales for Polycom. Rob has 20 years of sales leadership experience in the high-tech industry sector, with a proven record of building, scaling and developing high performing teams. Rob and.

Demystifying Intent Data to Drive Demand in B2B

Speaker: Ardath Albee, B2B Marketing Strategist and CEO of Marketing Interactions

Acting on intent data when applied to buyer context can be a game-changer for gaining attention by increasing relevance, which drives purposeful engagement toward purchase. But all intent data is not the same. In this webinar, learn the difference between interest and intent, and the best ways to use the right data.

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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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.

Finally!  Science Reveals the Actual Impact of Sales Coaching

Understanding the Sales Force

You must have heard the joke that 73.6% of statistics are made up! I have read and even reported that sales leaders who coach their salespeople see a boost in revenue of around 27%. It sounds like a realistic number but I have not seen any science to back it up. Until now. Check this out! Dave Kurlan Consultative Selling Sales Coaching sales improvement sales core competencies omg Closing Sales sales growth sales qualification sales data

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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Why Gifting is the Secret to Successful ABM Campaigns

The digital landscape is getting crowded, and marketers are looking for new ways to reach their prospects. Download Sendoso’s guide to learn the key ingredients of successful ABM campaigns, and how to deliver brand affinity with proven ROI through gifting.

Why Fear Is Holding Back Your Sales Performance and Your Gut is the Answer

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Tony Hughes When I sell, there's usually something nagging at my conscience that I'm avoiding. I start the day and there's someone I'm afraid to call. Maybe the timing isn't right or they're too senior. Shoulda, woulda, coulda, becomes didn't. Yes, I'm human. But to transcend, I use fear as a guide that points me to what I should do next. Repetition is the mother of skill, but it also gives us another profound gift which is the development of 'gut instinct.' Trust your gut.

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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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

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.

Delivering a More Human Marketing Experience

It’s essential to reach customers and create human connections, especially in a world where in person meetings aren’t always possible. Download this eBook to learn why an integrated sending platform takes your marketing strategy to the next level.

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.

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.

Did You Set the Right Sales Quotas?

SBI Growth

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. Podcast Sales Strategy SBI for SMB john young quota quota setting sales enablement sales force effectiveness sales leader sales quota

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22 Ways To Critique Your Sales Meetings

MTD Sales Training

One of the best salespeople I ever worked with gave me a hint into his working life and what made him so successful. He once said to me, “Sean, what do you do after a sales meeting that ensures the next one will be even better?”. That question struck me because, basically, I hadn’t considered it much before. I used to simply write up my notes, put them on the CRM system and carry on from there.

Buyer Enablement: The Key to B2B Sales Success

B2B sales reps who are product champions can help simplify the buying process and win big. Learn how.

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.

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.

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

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. Virtually all automakers are exploring self-driving car technology. Retailers are seriously considering plans for delivery drones.

The 5 Stages of Account-Based Marketing — and How to Win Them All

Successfully complete the five stages of ABM: define, identify, engage, convert, and connect. We’ll show you how to create a unified system with your sales team to help them land more qualified opportunities and connect with prospects like never before.

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

Elf on the Shelf Alleged to Be Government Spying Program

The Sales Heretic

The Christmas toy, “Elf on the Shelf” has been accused of being part of a nefarious scheme to illegally gather intelligence on millions of unsuspecting families. The controversy erupted when Santa Claus let slip recently that the popular elves don’t actually work for him. “I’ve I’ve been keeping an eye on kids for centuries, long before [.]. Sales Christmas Elf on the Shelf Santa

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?