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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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

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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.

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.

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.

I Need Some Help

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto – tibor.shanto@sellbetter.ca. Despite the state of discourse in general these days, in a one on one settings, like a sales meeting for instance, most people are helpful by nature. As a sales professional, we need to walk the line of leveraging that to help us make a sale, while not taking advantage of it.

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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.

When “Sorry” Isn’t Good Enough

The Sales Heretic

This is a tale of two customer service failures. And the world of difference in the way they were handled. The first occurred at a fast-casual restaurant. I won’t reveal the name—I’ll just note that it’s a place you can STOP to get WINGS. I placed my order and waited. Because their food is cooked [.]. Sales apology customer experience failure mistake product service sorry Whole Foods Wingstop

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.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

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.

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.

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 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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Want to Crush Your Competition? Read How to Build an AI-Powered Selling Roadmap

“If sales reps have the right AI tools and adoption, we see sellers easily closing 3 times as many sales each month.” Hear from 5 experts on steps you can take to reduce non-selling time and use conversational & sentiment analysis to transform how you sell.

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.

Pipeline – Stand And Defend

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto – tibor.shanto@sellbetter.ca. Lately I have had a chance to sit in on a number of “opportunity reviews”, and it is interesting how the format and tools have changed, the plot and the theme have not changed much beyond the costumes, props, and players. Real or Fantasy.

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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What is Your Sales Team's Motivation?

Anthony Cole Training

QUESTIONS THAT COMPANIES NEED TO ANSWER. developing sales talent Motivational getting consistent sales performance predictable sales growth

The Revenue Leader's Guide to Prospecting

Speaker: Christopher Ryan, Founder and CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners

Sales & Marketing departments that work together guarantee higher acquisition, better nurturing, and more effective sales. Join Christopher Ryan for this insightful webinar, presenting the wide funnel lead nurturing model. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get your teams working together and your revenue performance optimized.

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

How to Handle: I looked it over and not interested

Mr. Inside Sales

Don’t you hate it when you get back to your prospect, you’re ready to give a great pitch, you need the sale, and…and….they they tell you they looked it over and they’re not interested! Wait a minute! You want to scream. Just give me a chance…. Believe it or not, there is a way to deal with this. And it’s the same way to deal with every other recurring sales situations you get: Be prepared with a solid script – or two or three.

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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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.

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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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 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.

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.

[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

Speaker: Sandi Lin & Linda Schwaber-Cohen

In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin shared learnings from Skilljar's recent study and her insights on the state of Customer Education. She dug into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.

What’s My Future In Sales?

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto – tibor.shanto@sellbetter.ca. There is a lot of discussion around the role of technology in sales, advances in AI (you decide what the A stands for), and its impact on the role of and future of sales people. There is no doubt that technology will continue to change the process of revenue generation, maintenance and growth, but that’s nothing new. In any given decade as technology is introduced, the sales tribe is the first to adopt.

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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

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.