2019

Timing is Everything

John Barrows

The more experienced I get in business the more I realize how important timing is with almost everything. I can’t tell you how many ideas I’ve heard about (or come up with myself) that were great ideas at the time, but failed because the market wasn’t ready for them. Good Ideas, Bad Timing.

Promoted! Effective Sales Management Begins with Letting Go

Connect2Sell

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Turn Pains Into Priorities

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. While some may argue, salespeople are people, with all the pluses and minuses that come with that. One thing about people you can count on, is they usually find what they are looking for while ignoring the rest. Tell your reps to go out and find people with the pain our product and marketing people tell them they can cure. And that’s what they’ll do, go out and find people with that pain, and ignore all other opportunities that aren’t painted “pain.”

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8 Disciplines of Sales Execution

SBI Growth

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100 Pipeline Plays: The Modern Sales Playbook

For the first time, we’re sharing the winning plays that took us from scrappy startup to a publicly traded company. Use our proven data-driven plays to grow your pipeline and crush your revenue targets.

Is This Mental Trap Making It Harder for You to Close Deals?

Jill Konrath

The first time I heard the call-in radio interview with the "deer crossing lady," I couldn't believe it. Tears of laughter were streaming down my face. The more she talked, the worse (or perhaps better) it got. Working Smarter

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Four Four-Letter Words To Banish from your Sales Vocabulary

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. I have often said that the schoolyard taunt “ sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me ,” doesn’t hold up in sales. Words can kill you, your pipeline, and career. We don’t want that, so to help, here are four four-letter words to banish from your sales vocabulary. This will take work, like quitting smoking (how many times have you done that?), it will take action, withdrawal, but the pay-off will be worthwhile. Not Like The Rest.

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Why Your Buyer Personas Are Obsolete

SBI Growth

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Winning Your Prospect’s Prospect

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. We’re all familiar with the expression “ The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Not a moto for successful selling and retention, but maybe it has some purpose. At the core, the concept points how two unrelated parties can band together for a common cause. For sales, that common purpose something other than an “enemy.” The common goal in sales is winning your prospect’s prospect. Who’s Paying For This? While we can take this out a few circles, you really don’t need to.

The One Thing the Best Customer Experience Companies Do Differently

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: John DiJulius The vast majority of business leaders will agree that customer service is critical to their success. However, most haven’t done what it takes to be a world-class customer service organization. .

How Zoom Uses AI to Ramp up Sales Certification and Proficiency

Zoom was struggling to ensure that sales reps around the world - with different levels of experience and proficiency – were getting certified on updated messaging. Traditional methods were unexciting, time-consuming and ineffective! Find out how they achieved success in Second Nature’s Customer Case Study!

How would you do on the Newlywed Game?

Sales 2.0

How would you do if you and your clients (and prospects) were on the Newlywed game? The Newlywed game was a classic game show (it ran from 1966 to 2013–I thought it ended in the 70’s but that’s the problem with watching too much Netflix).

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23 Business Lessons from an Undercover Billionaire

The Sales Heretic

I don’t watch a lot of television, but I recently binge-watched the Discovery Channel program, Undercover Billionaire. The eight-episode reality show follows self-made billionaire, Glenn Stearns, as he attempts to build a million-dollar business in a mere 90 days.

The Importance of Critical Thinking for Persuasion and Influence

Connect2Sell

Sales is all about persuasion and influence. Persuasion and influence fails are usually the result of poor-quality pre-thinking. critical thinking in sales critical thinking skills The Importance of Critical Thinking

Are Small Business Owners Salespeople in Disguise?

Jeffrey Gitomer

The success of a small business rests on the owner's ability to sell. Small business owners have about 50 different hats to wear, but sales is the biggest hat an entrepreneur wears. Actually without the sales hat, the other hats are useless. When I say sales, I'm not just talking, "Hey, please buy my stuff." Sales is not just selling your product or service. There are meaningful uses of selling skills that permeate every facet of the entrepreneurial process.

This Coming Holiday Season is Shaping Up to Have the Most Spending in History

As for what shoppers want to buy most, you'll have to read the “2021 Holidays Unwrapped” report by Klarna to find out. Download it here!

How To Customise A Compelling Story For Your Sales Presentation

MTD Sales Training

How many times have you made a presentation and afterwards thought ‘that was so boring, even I wouldn’t have bought my product!’. There are many occasions where we have presented a solution and it’s not created any connection with the prospect. How, then, can we build a great presentation and really connect with the prospect? First, lets see what we shouldn’t do in our presentation: A product demonstration should NEVER be a tour of features and functions. Why not?

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Is Your Value Proposition Strong Enough?

Jill Konrath

I was eating lunch with the new president of a large manufacturing company. She was well aware of the work I’d done with their sales organization. So when I asked about her biggest challenge, I assumed we’d be talking sales. Instead, she answered, “Waste.”. Selling Tools

Friday Five – Boost Activity and Sales

Score More Sales

It is that time of year where you and your sellers are going to be more distracted with that upcoming vacation, parents / friends / other family visiting, and other benefits of the summer season. sales leadership sales goals grow revenue

10 Things You Can Do to Prospect Faster

The Sales Hunter

We all wish every lead turned into a great prospect and in less time. You probably also want it all to take you less time than it takes to decide what you want to eat for lunch. That would be the greatest customer, right? Yes, in a perfect world, that could happen. I would be happy to settle even if the entire process only took 24 hours. The fact is that too often leads don’t go anywhere and we’re left with a painfully slow journey to try to get the next customer.

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 Top Performing CMOs Plan to Focus on in 2020

SBI Growth

Much has been written in recent months about the demise of the CMO position. While such a drastic assertion is great for grabbing business headlines, the reality is, as usual, decidedly more nuanced. As the marketing function has evolved over the.

Artificial Intelligence for Sales: Discover How Sales is Changing

Zoominfo

Artificial Intelligence. If you’ve been online in the last few years, you’ll see talk of AI everywhere. Experts across the globe are offering up their own take—trying to be first to tell you exactly how artificial intelligence will impact your industry, your company, your product, your job. And, at ZoomInfo, we’re no exception. We recently discussed AI in the following post: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on B2B Marketing.

How to Adapt to the Well-Educated Modern Buyer

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Kelly Bosetti Salespeople once played a significant role in educating buyers about their options and helping them come to a decision regarding a product or service, but times are changing. In many ways, the average customer now carries the sum of all human knowledge in their pocket on their smartphones. Because of this, it’s no surprise that the buyer’s journey has undergone a fundamental shift.

Walking in your prospect’s shoes

Sales 2.0

You’ve heard this before but how much do you “walk the talk” when it comes to knowing your prospects? Information is power in sales. The more you know about your prospect and their situation, the more likely you are to make a sale.

Your Guide to Using Conversational Marketing to Drive Demand Generation

What is conversational marketing really about? This guide will examine the market forces at play, shifting buyer trends, how to leverage conversation marketing, and the tactics involved in adopting it for a B2B demand generation strategy.

It’s Not Too Late

The Sales Heretic

It’s not too late: To thank someone. To apologize. To start over. To change direction. To follow up with your buyer. To learn something new. To go somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. To ask for help. To get certified To find your passion. To give a compliment. To face your fears. To be happy. [.]. Sales coach customer fears follow up seminar service training

How to Be a Memorable Salesperson: Part 1

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Developing strategic referral alliances. WOW!

Jeffrey Gitomer

Are you willing to refer your clients or customers to someone else? Is someone else willing to refer their clients or customers to you? Yes, if there is mutual trust. Here are the prerequisites: You consider yourself the best at what you do. You do a memorable job in making the sale. You do a perfect job of delivering what you promised. You provide impeccable service after the sale. If you don't do the above, don't bother reading the rest of this article. It won't help you.

Six Ways Of Dealing With A Client Who Won’t See You

MTD Sales Training

It may sound strange, but there will be people you know you can help who will refuse to meet with you! How dare they! Don’t they know you have their holy grail, the answer to their prayers, the very thing they have been looking for? Of course, the world doesn’t work that way, and there will be prospects and customers who will reject your advances and avoid you at all costs. How can you deal with these kinds of situations? Firstly, let’s look at what you SHOULDN’T do: 1) DON’T take it personally.

Top 10 Tactics for a Successful SKO!

The 2022 Sales Kick Off is your big opportunity to align your sales team and drive change. Make sure it's successful with SecondNature’s SKO Ebook! Find out: ? How to set the right goals and KPIs ? How to translate vision into tactics ? How to keep salespeople engaged.

An Uncomfortable, but Highly Effective Sales Strategy

Jill Konrath

After spending months trying to meet with a perfect prospect, the last thing you want to do is blow the opportunity. Yet all too often, that's exactly what happens—especially when you only have a short time together. Working Smarter

Goal for a Healthy Sales Culture

Score More Sales

In my sales career I had 22 different sales managers (not counting a few interim ones) over time and experienced great, amazing leadership - and also horrible, disappointing leaders – from “awesome” to “awful”. sales leadership profession of sales

Prospecting and The 10 Rules You Need to Follow

The Sales Hunter

You don’t just think about prospecting. Prospecting is something you do, and you do it daily. Watch this video : 10 Rules of Prospecting, to learn more! 1.The number of deals you have to close directly reflects the amount of time you spend prospecting. The prospects you close with next month and next quarter are the people you prospect with right now. Don’t start what you can’t finish. A single phone call will never be enough.