The 5 Essential To-Dos for Every Inside Sales Leader

Smart Selling Tools

Tweet AA-ISP Inside Sales Summit. Four hundred Inside Sales leaders attended the 2-day American Association of Inside Sales Professionals (AA-ISP) Summit last week in Dallas. The Summit is the only conference dedicated exclusively to Inside Sales Leadership.

Best Practices of Analytical Inside Sales Management

Jonathan Farrington

Join our webinar on June 12th, from 1-2pm EDT (6-7pm BST) to learn how to be a data-driven sales manager. . Top sales managers use data and analytics to better manage their sales team. Learn how to do the same: How To Be An Analytical Sales Manager.

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Why Inbound and Inside Sales Experts Think Sales Process is Dead Too

Understanding the Sales Force

Sales Process isn't even the only thing that inbound marketers say is dead. Let's start with my recent Google search for "Sales Process is Dead." One article was written by a sales expert discussing the concept of following the buyer's purchasing process.

Inside Sales: Listen Up!

No More Cold Calling

Well, you could —if only your manager would let you. What salespeople—and sales managers— need to understand is that calls are either hot or cold. I was perplexed at first, as I don’t usually work with inside sales teams.

Secrets to Successful Inside Sales Management

Learn a variety of best practices, techniques and ideas to both tactically and strategically increase the efficacy, success and impact of your inside sales organization

Youth, Lead Quality, Social Selling, Inside Sales and Outbound Marketing

Pointclear

Nick Stein, Vision Critical, Youth Meets Experience in Sales Force. Click to start video at this point —The young people entering the sales force are changing the dynamic between managers and their reps. Not so long ago, managers and their sales team were in one centralized location. But with the rapid growth in technology, a manager’s sales team can be spread out. Matt Heinz, Heinz Marketing, The Quality of Sales Leads is Abysmal.

Inside Sales Power Tip 152 – Be Coachable

Score More Sales

Over my selling years, I had 22 sales managers whom I directly reported to. Somehow, even in my early sales days, I learned to find someone upbeat, positive, and skilled who I could emulate and hopefully be coached by even if they were not my manager.

The inside sales calculator you can’t live without

Velocify

Leads360’s new calculator provides a lead assignment recommendation per sales rep, per day in order to boost revenue and profits. Though inside sales is undeniably becoming more and more complex, at the end of the day, it is really a numbers game. Commission/Sale.

Is AI impacting Inside Sales Rep Revenue? Mike Plante of InsideSales Says it Is.

Pointclear

At the Funnel Media Group we believe that AI is the future of sales and marketing operations. Because of this, CRM Radio and the sister program SLMA Radio, have been interviewing executives on the subjects of the marketing and sales uses of Artificial Intelligence. Now there is a rush for software and computers to reason (yes, that is the right word) and to take action for sales and marketing revenue increases by people or in a programmatic fashion.

Inside sales – it is a new dawn and sales training needs to shine

Sales Training Connection

Inside Sales. When it comes to inside sales, put aside old visions of airplane hanger-size room filled with lots of salespeople making lots of sales calls using finely polished scripts. Sales Coaching. 2013 Sales Momentum ®.

Inside Sales Power Tip 107 – Humor

Score More Sales

When you have a true inside sales job you are either working with a quota to get a certain number of quality tasks accomplished each day. Isn’t that like your sales job?

Traits of Good Sales Managers

Score More Sales

We are creating an epic list of skills and traits of good sales managers. Some of the sales leaders were phenomenal – like Al Martin who came from IBM. What traits do you admire about your sales manager if you are a rep?

Inside Sales Is Only Great For Transactional Commoditized Products!

Partners in Excellence

Not long ago, I was meeting with the top management team of large organization. They had traditionally, had a large field sales organization. Sales people were just overworked, stretched very thin. The top management team was asking me what to do.

Hiring a Sales Manager - External or Internal?

Sales Benchmark Index

"Should we hire an external Sales Manager or promote from within?". Open Sales Management positions are bad for sales organizations. Having the wrong Sales Manager (SM) is worse. Hanna has two candidates to help Sales decide between: Iris and Eddie.

Sales management: competition- a double-edge sword

Sales Training Connection

Sales teams. Ask most sales management whether they have ever used some form of competition as a management technique and most will answer – “yes – and if I must say so it worked great.”. Stories abound about how competition can be used effectively inside a sales team.

Inside Sales Power Tip 122 – Keep Your Focus

Score More Sales

Looking back over my sales career I would have to say that my focus, for the role I had at any given time, varied due to a number of things – external and internal to the company I worked for. I have also managed sales teams. Summer B2B Sales Challenge Revisited.

Inside Sales Growing by Leaps and Bounds

Score More Sales

The state of the profession known as Inside Sales – or Remote Professional Selling – is thriving. While outside sales positions are on the decline, Inside Sales positions are growing at a phenomenal rate. Does that sound like your sales environment?

10 Reasons Why Inside Sales Will Displace Field Sales Teams by 2015

Pointclear

To read an excerpt from her latest book, Smart Sales Manager , click here. Today’s “new normal” sales landscape has sales leaders scratching their heads, wondering about the best way to structure their sales organizations. Should they keep their expensive sales duo: inside sales AND field sales? Or just go with inside sales? The following trends indicate that field sales teams are becoming extinct.

Sales Leads - The Downfall of the Thrill of the Chase

Increase Sales

For many in sales, the thrill of the chase is everything. These “hunters” love to find and chase down sales leads. The problem for the salesperson is the activity associated with hunting for new sales leads. The inside sales team can become stuck in the middle.

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4 tips to grow and develop your inside sales team

Velocify

We’ve blogged recently about the importance of leveraging the skills of your inside sales team and playing to each reps strengths like a good coach. It’s also important for sales managers to work with each individual sales rep.

Inside Sales Power Tip 106 – Vision

Score More Sales

The idea that you must be a visionary to succeed in an inside sales position may seem daunting to some and a challenge to others. From a 30,000 foot view, who at that company would understand the value you and your company are offering and would be involved in the sales opportunity?

Reduce the Risks of Hiring Sales Managers

Sales Benchmark Index

“How can I be sure I''m hiring the right sales leader?”. This post is for those who are recruiting and hiring sales leaders. It provides an overview of how to conduct a competency assessment specifically for Sales. But they are lacking in 3 ways: Not specific to Sales.

The Secret to Coaching Salespeople and Why It's So Scary

Understanding the Sales Force

I was speaking at the AA-ISP event in Boston earlier this month when I learned something very interesting about how sales leaders feel about coaching salespeople. I was leading a session on how to coach Inside Salespeople.

Finding the Right Sales and Sales Management Candidates

Understanding the Sales Force

Understanding the Sales Force by Dave Kurlan I read this terrific post from our friends at New-Hire.com about the best sources for candidates in general. It certainly applies to sales candidates as well.

Is Your Inside Sales Team Spooking Potential Customers?

Sales Result

Sales Management Sales TrainingOnce a month like clockwork, I get a phone call that I always regret answering. The phone call is from Allen, a salesman from a digital marketing company. Allen’s company was my top choice as I shortlisted digital marketing partners. Unfortunately, my CEO had a relationship with another agency and was deadset on using them. I tried everything to get him to speak to Allen, but his mind was made up, and we were not going with Allen’s firm.

Inside Sales Power Tip 104 – Think Win-Win

Score More Sales

When you work as a sales professional you are representing your company, its products, and services to the many potential buyers that you come across. If everyone involved does not profit in some manner, it is not a good sales opportunity.

Announcing Our 3rd Annual Guide to the Best Sales Acceleration Tools #TopSalesTools

Smart Selling Tools

If you’re seeking smart tools to drive sales performance, I’ve got great news for you. We’ve just released our 3rd annual Top Sales Tools of the Year Guide. Find the best sales tools to: Help salespeople convert more calls into appointments. Sales Enablement.

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Why we shouldn’t demand (or want) marketing to give us sales-ready leads

Smart Selling Tools

Tweet Sales-ready leads. Instead, I put forth the proposition that all of us – Sales, Management, everyone who is not in Marketing – are guilty of asking and expecting Marketing to do the wrong thing – to generate “sales-ready” leads.

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The 13 Least Known Sales Technologies

Velocify

Did you know that high-growth companies are more likely to be familiar with the different types of sales technologies on the market? Of the sales technologies listed, here are the 13 least known according to participants (in order, starting from the least known). 1) Sales Gamification.

Building an Effective Lead Management Process for High-Growth Sales

Velocify

Demand generation marketers are focused on supporting sales teams, and a large part of their role is ensuring that carefully curated leads are moving through the funnel effectively. Last year, our sales and marketing teams aligned on a high-growth strategy for 2017.

Author #Interview – Josiane Chriqui Feigon – Smart Sales Manager

The Pipeline

As you’ll read below, she boldly predicts that by 2015 inside sales will overtake field sales, as that unfolds, she will be in greater demand. Josiane heads up TeleSmart Communications , and is leading practice and thought leader in the area of inside sales and management.

The Great Migration to Inside Sales - Will You Get it Right?

Understanding the Sales Force

Understanding the Sales Force by Dave Kurlan The Growing Power of Inside Sales appeared on the Harvard Business Review Blog on July 29. The authors listed four scenarios where a move to inside sales could be effective: By market segment, By stage of the buyer engagement process, By geography, and. How about these: By sales talent - What roles are your salespeople best suited for? Should you consider moving some or all of your sales to the inside?

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What is the Net Effect of the Migration to Inside Sales?

Jonathan Farrington

“The growth in sales jobs, and therefore one would think, in sales training is in inside sales. Although there is a migration to inside selling, most sales training is based on the assumption that sales calls will be face to face.

Why Marketing Should Own Inside Sales (and why they shouldn’t)

A Sales Guy

The increasing trend of having marketing take over the MDR or lead qualification role of inside sales has been hotly debated and tested in recent months. I still think it’s a good idea, but needs certain expectations and circumstances across sales & marketing to work long-term.

Statistical Proof You Need a Sales Mentor (aka Sales Manager)

HeavyHitter Sales

A sales mentor’s sales intuition has been honed by many years of customer calls; therefore, their judgment is respected and advice highly sought after. However, in a typical sales organization, role modeling occurs very informally and irregularly.

Guest Post: Why Sales Coaching Is Just The Other Part Of Your Sales Force Enablement Framework

Jonathan Farrington

A few months ago, I started to write about one of the missing pieces in many sales enablement discussions – the sales managers. Sales Enablement and Sales Management – Enable Your Sales Managers First.

The Real Reason for Prospect Objections: Do Your Reps Get It?

Sales Result

If you’re experiencing low close rates from your sales team, the likelihood is that your reps aren’t able to respond to prospect objections.

Debunking the Myth of "Inside Sales" | Sales Motivation and Sales.

The Sales Hunter

Mark’s Insights on SALES MOTIVATION. Sales Articles. Sales Motivation. Phone Sales Tips. Sales Development. Sales Call Best Practices. Retail Sales Trends. Debunking the Myth of “Inside Sales” Jan 26, 2012. When somebody tells me they do inside sales, I want to choke. “Inside sales” makes it seem like people are locked into a room and nobody leaves until a sale is made.

B2B Sales Lead Generation Pros Who Listen, Learn

Pointclear

Those of us who use the phone to successfully generate sales leads have picked up an essential trade secret. The PointClear team would like to hear from you about your sales lead generation best practices. Jim Hall joined PointClear in 2014 with over 20 years of experience in consulting, sales, and business growth. He is also well-versed in coaching, sales management, and team-building, as well as marketing and public relations. Inside Sales

Sales CRM for Small Businesses with BIG Ambition

Velocify

With Leads360 Express, sales managers will gain more control, visibility and peace of mind. In fact, more than half of small business owner’s project sales will grow in the next year, according to a Bank of America Small Business Owner Report.