2017

Chairs are Dead—and Other B2B Marketing Hogwash

Pointclear

In 2015, I wrote this blog for Sales & Marketing Magazine: Dead is Dead (in Sales & Marketing). It seemed like, suddenly, a lot of things were dying: cold calling was dead; telephone prospecting was dead; outbound marketing was dead … many said that even marketing was dead. Maybe I was just sensitive. I mean, I grew up at a time when Paul McCartney was supposedly dead (he, thankfully, lives on). Poetry was dead. The theater was dead.

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3 Steps to Mastering the Art of Focus

Steven Rosen

Success Starts with Mastering Focus. Are you determined to make 2017 the year you will have breakthrough results? In my previous video, I talked about FOCUS being the key factor for success. I don’t care if you are the CEO, an executive, manager or sales rep, you are inundated with back to back meetings, phone calls, and voice messages, literally hundreds of emails, and numerous texts. If you work in an office, people may be standing at your door to speak with you.

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An Inside Look Premiere: A True Story of Executing Account-Based Everything

DiscoverOrg Sales

Account-based marketing (ABM) is a hot topic of conversation, and momentum is building to expand this person-first approach from Marketing to Sales and beyond, breaking down department barriers with shared goals: Enter account-based everything (ABE). But there’s a lot of confusion about what works, what doesn’t, and what’s really involved an account-based program. “It’s It’s not old wine in a new bottle,” says Dave Sill, our Senior VP of Sales. “It’s

5 Ways Sales Managers Can Improve Their Leadership & Culture At Work

MTD Sales Training

Last week, the CMI and Glassdoor published their research findings on management trends in their paper ‘Leadership and Culture at Work.’. It’s always interesting to see how companies are adapting to the wildly-changing world of business, and it’s studies like these that help us as sales managers and sales directors to understand how we need to shape up for future business opportunities.

Essential Guide to Sales Engagement – Overcome the Challenges of Remote Selling

Sales Engagement leverages process, tools, and training to align your efforts to your buyer’s journey and exceed their expectations. See how to equip sellers to effectively prospect, create meaningful connections and manage a sales cycle from beginning to closed-won! Download the guide today!

Why Discounting Your Price is a Bad Idea

The Sales Hunter

The customer is not refusing your price because it’s too high. They’re refusing it because the value is too low. The real reason you had to cut your price is because you failed to match the value you offer to the outcome the customer was desiring. I just bought a new suitcase and I paid […]. Blog pricing discounting discounts price

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Tackling the Impossible Sales Challenge

Jill Konrath

How do you get a targeted account if all your previous attempts have failed? If you want to catch a big fish, perhaps the sports fishermen of New Zealand can give you some ideas. After all, they face a very difficult, if not insurmountable, challenge that would stop most fisherman entirely. Wild Card Success Mindset Working Smarter

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The Top Ten Changes In Sales Over The Past Ten Years

Bernadette McClelland

On a recent trip to Pennsylvania, PA, I ticked off a bucket list item and stayed on an Amish dairy farm.The learnings were incredible. How a community still maintains ‘the old ways of doing things’, yet adapts enough to be part of the greater community, especially from an economical perspective, was such an eye opener. Of course, those who refuse to adapt even slightly, are still very much alive and well, just diminishing in numbers. Very much like the sales profession.

What Makes a Sales Manager Awesome or Awful?

Score More Sales

Al Martin was the best sales manager I ever had. He led by example and you could often see a split second of decision making before Al would give you an answer based on his very clear sense of right and wrong. Once Al and I went in person to a sales call. The executive we were to meet with was running late. Rather than sit and wait, Al (who was about 6’5”) stood up in the waiting area and slowly paced – occasionally checking his watch.

Why Introverts Are Better at Asking for Referrals

No More Cold Calling

You don’t have to be the life of the party to succeed in sales. She lights up a room when she walks in. She doesn’t have to say a word, but you know she’s there. She looks for every opportunity to show up—at parties, networking events, conferences, you name it. She thrives on the interaction. That’s exactly the kind of people account based sales reps are—life-of-the-party types, not fearful of confrontation, can talk to anyone about any subject, blazing extroverts. Well, that’s what I believed.

The Definitive B2B Sales Playbook: Proven Path to $ Multi-Million Revenues

Sales is at the forefront of revenue growth, and so organizations with highly streamlined sales operations consistently outperform competition. How do you create a path to success and fast-track your way to multi million dollar revenues? Read the eBook.

7 Steps to a Quota-Busting Sales Force

Sales Benchmark Index

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6 Things Good Lead Generation Vendors Do Right (That You May Be Doing Wrong)

Pointclear

There’s plenty of mediocrity in lead generation—both in-house and outsourced. However, there are a lot of things good insourced operations and lead generation companies do well. While lead generation (or teleprospecting) is not rocket science, there are a lot of moving parts in a well-run lead generation machine. Failure to execute and coordinate all of the moving parts leads to poor results.

7 Obstacles to Executing with Excellence

Steven Rosen

Why Companies Fail to Execute. I find it shocking that statistics show that 60%-90% of companies fail to execute their strategies. HBR quotes a survey where more than 400 global CEO’s found that business execution excellence was the number one challenge facing corporate leaders. The CEO’s were from Asia, Europe, and the United States. Execution headed the list which included 80 issues which included innovation, geopolitical instability, and top-line growth.

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5 Ways to Supercharge Your Sales Enablement Efforts

DiscoverOrg Sales

Attempts to get sales enablement right are on the rise , as organizations grapple with the idea that shorter product life cycles, a more informed customer base, and global competition make the way they sell just as important as what they are selling. In fact, according to the CSO Insights 2016 Sales Enablement Optimization Study , the number of businesses with a dedicated enablement function has increased from 19% to 33% since 2013.

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.

7 Habits Of Highly Successful Business Development Managers

MTD Sales Training

A habit can be defined as ‘any behaviour that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously’. When we work on something continuously, we start to lay down a pattern of behaviour that is reflected every time that specific situation occurs. This behaviour becomes the norm for us and we see it as such; a normal way of doing things. So, what should a business development manager (BDM) develop as habits, the normal way of behaving? Here are seven habits that will help all BDMs succeed.

It’s Not the Number of Leads You Have. It’s the Quality that Counts!

The Sales Hunter

What does your sales funnel look like? Is it full of junk? What is the % of leads at the top of your funnel that actually become customers? I see way too much time being spent on keeping names in a sales funnel just for the sake of keeping a sales manager happy. It’s time […]. Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting lead lead generation prospect prospecting sales prospecting

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17 Sales Tips from Influence ‘17

The Sales Heretic

As a professional keynote speaker and sales trainer, I am—naturally—a member of the National Speakers Association. So of course I was in Orlando last week for NSA’s annual convention, known as Influence 2017. More than 1200 of the world’s best professional speakers gathered for four days to learn from each other. The result was an [.]. Sales business convention customer influence keynote NSA professional prospect service speaker stories trainer trust video

17 Essential Sales Assumptions

Jill Konrath

Yesterday, Dianna Geairn (The Irreverent Sales Girl) and I were musing about some of our big sales wins. As we talked, we realized that our underlying assumptions—about prospects, our roles and factors that could hinder success—were crucial to our performance. In very short order, we identified 17 sales assumptions and why making them helps you win more deals. Faster. With less competition

The Definitive Guide to Remote Sales Coaching

Have you struggled to onboard, train, and provide continuous learning opportunities to your salespeople due to the abrupt shift to remote work? If so, you’re not alone. Sellers are relying on virtual selling more than ever. With in-person sessions no longer feasible, many organizations are looking for alternative methods to support their salespeople.

Increasing Lead Generation to Opportunity Ratio -  Several Steps Required!

Anthony Cole Training

We’ve been doing a fair amount of research into lead generation through our primary source, Hubspot. We’ve had a long business relationship with them because they provide a great platform for all things that are digital marketing and associated data. One thing we will begin to take better advantage of is their CRM application. This will allow us to tie our marketing efforts directly to a client management AND pipeline management system.

3 Ways to Immediately Increase The Right Sales Activity

Score More Sales

Sometimes you, or your sales team members, get in a slump. Monotony. The same old, same old each day. It is easy to get stuck in a rut. Sales Skills Sales Productivity sales strategy

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How Your Salespeople Measure Up in the 21 Most Crucial Sales Competencies for Modern Selling

Understanding the Sales Force

Image Copyright BrianAJackson. Over the years I've debunked a number of articles that cited nothing but junk science. The authors often relied on observation, anecdotal evidence and personal opinion while proclaiming traits, competencies, skills and differentiators between top salespeople and everyone else. Today those articles would qualify as fake news. My rebuttals to those articles, many of which can be found here , are always based on science.

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Want to Beat Your 2018 Sales Target? Start with this Strategy

Sales Benchmark Index

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The Ultimate Sales Coaching Guide

Sales coaching is a training format that allows the leaders in your organization to share their valuable experience with the rest of your sales teams. It’s an interactive approach to sales training where sellers get to practice what they’re taught and use information in real-life scenarios.

Cadence—Multi-touch, Multi-media, Multi-cycle Marketing Multiplies Results

Pointclear

For one client, it takes 9.82 touches to engage with a prospect. The result of these touches is what we call a disposition: PointClear's term for completing contact with a decision maker or company (some programs lend themselves to dispositioning by contact and some by company). This approach yields a 5% lead rate. Our leads are equivalent to what SiriusDecisions calls a Level 4 or 5 lead—well-qualified leads. We invest about 10,000 touches to generate 50 leads.

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What You Can Do to Help Your Salespeople Succeed and Make You a Pile Of Money!

Steven Rosen

January is a crazy month, with national sales meetings, new comp plans, new marketing programs and the annual performance review process. The rest you had over the holidays is long forgotten. You are very busy. What if there was one thing that you could do now that would help your salespeople succeed this year? The good news is that you don’t have to drop anything. In fact, I will show you how to integrate my one thing into what you are already doing and show you a simple way to make it happen.

A 10-Step Plan for Global Account-Based Sales Development

DiscoverOrg Sales

If you have one or more global accounts—large companies with a global footprint—it’s important to approach them globally – but this is a tall order for a busy sales department, especially among newer companies where any account-based approach has a learning curve. As described in my new book, Whale Hunting with Global Accounts , global account-based sales development (ABSD) requires a smart, comprehensive development plan. Here’s how to get started.

What Should You Say When Asking For Referrals?

MTD Sales Training

I have seen and heard tons of techniques and tricks on how to ask for referrals from your customers. But I have to tell you that most of those so-called golden nuggets are actually outdated, old-school pitch-mentality approaches to working with updated, modern and sophisticated consumers. I am going to make this short and sweet, because asking for referrals from your clients should be a natural and comfortable act and not some slick technique.

Core Principles of Great Sales Enablement are the Same: It's The Tactics That Have Changed

If your role includes supporting sellers, then this in-depth sales guide is for you! Discover valuable insights on how to adjust your tactics and keep remote onboarding and training engaging. Take the next steps from sales to revenue enablement by downloading this essential guide today!

10 Steps to Speed the Prospecting Process

The Sales Hunter

Don’t start what you can’t finish. This is the first rule of prospecting. Too many people think if all they do is send out a bunch of emails or make a bunch of phone calls, prospects will suddenly appear. Key is to never put more into your pipeline than you support with the right […]. Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting prospect prospecting sales prospect sales prospecting

Open Your Mind to Close More Sales

The Sales Heretic

The single biggest obstacle to closing the sale isn’t your price, your competition or your prospect. It’s you. Specifically, it’s your subconscious beliefs and fears about closing. Most salespeople are hindered by negative thoughts, beliefs and attitudes, but because they’re subconscious, we’re not even aware of them. Negative beliefs about sales in general, and closing [.].

Only 1 in 7 Sellers Do This Crucial Skill

Jill Konrath

I never wanted to be in sales. I only entered the profession because I had an idea for a business. When I shared it with a consultant , he said it was a good plan and timely. Selling Tools Success Mindset

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