How to Optimize Inside Sales Territories

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96% of organizations are increasing or maintaining their investment in inside sales last year. It is a good bet your SVP of Sales is implementing, expanding or considering an inside sales team right now. Are you prepared to optimize the investment in inside sales? (To To learn the latest on why insides sales is on the rise sign up for our Making the Number Tour here.). 4 Lenses to Optimize for Inside Sales Territories.

Why Your Inside Sales Reps Don't Last

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Throughout our history with the company, we performed multiple projects- Sales Process, Sales Structure, and Channel Management. Register here for a copy of our Inside Sales talent management scorecard to see how Inside Sales Reps should be evaluated.

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Inside Sales Power Tip 115 – Be Social

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If you make regular time in your calendar to do some searching for those referral partners who are adjacent or within your niche and can refer multiple people your way over time, you could grow sales tenfold. The post Inside Sales Power Tip 115 – Be Social appeared first on Score More Sales.

Inside Sales Power Tip 116 – Call Deep

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A common issue among newer remote (inside) sales pros is that we tend to latch on to one person within a company to call on. This is one of the TOP issues I see when meeting with an inside sales team or with individual sellers.

Inside Sales Power Tip 150 – Positive Attitude Wins Business

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Remote professional selling, or Inside Sales, is tough – lots of activity and not always a lot of revenue to show for it. Suddenly your first deal closes – or your first deal after a slump – or enough deals to get you to the next level in your comp plan – and wow, is sales great!

Tips from the Sales Trenches: Is Inside Sales Demeaning?

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We have a very high respect for the Sales Force Effectiveness Blog over at Sales Benchmark Index. They regularly have great and highly valuable content, covering key topics and issues on the minds of sales leaders and C-level leaders around sales and leadership.

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.

Inside Sales Growth Beyond CRM

Velocify

According to a 2012 Bridge Group study [1] , from 2009-2011 the number of inside sales jobs grew 124% in the U.S. This evolution means an increasingly mature buying market that is driving new CRM-related needs for sales and marketing teams. CRM Sales Automation

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

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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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What Sales Tools do You Use to Fuel Your Revenue?

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You’ll need a new fuel source if you want to blast sales into the next stratosphere. Today’s best-in-class sales organizations implement a variety of sales tools to impact their revenue. Sales & Marketing Content. Sales Enablement.

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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.

Bubble in the Funnel

Pointclear

At the start of 2016, we were brought in to support a group of sales reps who did not make their numbers in 2015. To date in 2016, these same territory reps have exceeded their numbers. Snatching support away from these territories will cause what I call a ‘bubble in the funnel.’

Are We Playing Hunger Games? Key Questions Confronting Inside Sales

Pointclear

His new firm, which specializes in strategic positioning and provocative sales messaging, is called Visible Impact. But, when I attended the recent Leadership Summit put on by the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals (AA-ISP), I was reminded that sometimes questions can just lead to more questions. So I attended this event expecting to find out more about how and when resources would be flowing to inside sales teams.

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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? It may not be where the territory is or where the company is located.

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Why Did The Move from Outside to Inside Sales Take So Long?

Understanding the Sales Force

Understanding the Sales Force by Dave Kurlan Eventually, most antiquated models are replaced by more up-to-date, efficient, and sometimes exciting models. Outside sales is being replaced by inside sales but not in the way that most people think.

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. See also Miller Heiman Sales Best Practice Study ).

Tricks and Tips for Building and Running a High Performance #InsideSales Team

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Inside Sales now generates more than 50% of company revenue and is being tasked with more responsibilities and expectations—to grow territories, form partnerships, and generate new business. In 2009, there were 800,000 inside sales departments. Sales Effectivenes

To Manage Sales You Must Manage Sales Leads

Pointclear

“Why,” I was asked, “must you manage sales leads in order to manage sales? Sales lead management is a marketing function, isn’t it?”. It was with a slight hesitation that the sales manager added the second sentence about sales lead management being a marketing function.

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5 Ingredients To Win In Sales

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To win in sales you, and your company, need a recipe for success. The ingredients to win in sales must be pure and of high quality to create a great, high-end, finished product. Complicated commission plans or unwieldy territory rules and exceptions cause a half-baked sales team.

Hiring a Sales Manager - External or Internal?

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"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. This post helps you decide between hiring an internal or external Sales Manager.

Three Simple Ways LinkedIn Helps Sales Grow

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There are dozens and dozens of resources showing ways to use LinkedIn to help sales grow. Here is a page I created to help sales professionals with a variety or resources. Social Marketing Manager at LinkedIn, rated the #1 Social Sales Influencer offers a good example with his profile.

Rethinking The Sales Organization

Partners in Excellence

In the “old days” the structure of the sales organization was pretty simple. Hire a bunch of people, give them territories with goals and turn them loose to sell. Customers order products from the web, not needing much sales engagement.

What Sales Tools do You Use to Fuel Your Revenue?

Smart Selling Tools

You’ll need a new fuel source if you want to blast sales into the next stratosphere. Today’s best-in-class sales organizations implement a variety of sales tools to impact their revenue. Sales & Marketing Content. Sales Enablement.

What Sales Tools do You Use to Fuel Your Revenue?

Smart Selling Tools

You’ll need a new fuel source if you want to blast sales into the next stratosphere. Today’s best-in-class sales organizations implement a variety of sales tools to impact their revenue. Sales & Marketing Content. Sales Enablement.

How To Love Your Sales Role

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When you love being a sales rep, or a business development rep, or a regional account rep, or a national account rep, you know it. It certainly lowers the quality of the work environment for those around you who ARE happily building their territories.

Inside/Outside, Is It Even Relevant Anymore?

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Sometimes I wonder about the discussions I hear about Inside versus Outside/Field/Direct sales. In ancient times, when I started selling (the ’80’s), I started as a direct/field sales person. We field sales guys were, honestly, relieved.

Reaching Prospects

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If assigned a vertical territory of financial services I would do several things right away: look at who my existing and past customers in financial services are. Lori Richardson is recognized on Forbes as one of the “Top 30 Social Sales Influencers” worldwide.

Understand The Power of Social Sales

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How Many Sales Research Tools Are There? Your “sales pitch” will be a value-added approach to helping solve a buyer issue. If I have prospects and customers in the banking industry, I’m going to track banks by name and if I have a geographic territory, by location.

Change Your Sales Teams Bad Habits Before 2013

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42% is the average amount of time a sales person spends engaging with a customer. We all know improving selling time should increase sales. And what is the value I should receive by actually improving a sales person’s selling time in front of a customer? The rep’s territory potential starts to max out. As a Sales VP, you need to understand how to get back more time. Below is a sample of the actual worksheet we gave to sales reps.

Money Monday Sales Reps Guard Your Time

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Guard your time – a bit of advice given to me years ago by a wise sales manager that I’ve always worked to remember. Because of everything you do in your sales career, time is the one thing you cannot recoup.

The Key to Terminating Sales Operations Stress

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My VP of Sales wants me to research trends in inside sales and conduct account segmentation. The sales managers are yelling for updated dashboards and territories. Oh, and Marketing wants to discuss sales enablement improvements. Sales Strategy.

3 Ways for Better Follow Up in Sales

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A startling fact, presented over and over in b2b studies shows that most sales reps do not follow up enough – despite the few we know of who seem to overcall – or follow up too many times with unqualified opportunities.

A Sales Leader’s Blueprint for 2014

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Your Sales Strategy. It is one thing to have a sales strategy. VPs of Sales are asking the question “What have I done before?”. VPs of Sales are asking questions like: Is our Sales Process good enough? Are my Sales Managers good enough? Sales training.

Is Anyone Leading Lead Management?

Pointclear

Sales Lead Management is a complicated process. Sales lead management is a tough subject to truly get your arms around. There are dozens of outside vendors who say they manage some portion of the sales lead process and more than two dozen internal departments that contribute to the process and the decision making. My point is this—you need a Sales Lead Manager to pull all of the competing departments and managers together to obtain the best revenue per lead for your company.

Outside the Box: 13 Unconventional, Bold Sales Maneuvers

Pipeliner

The deal interception, when correctly executed, can shorten an 18-month sales cycle down to mere weeks – especially if it is for an existing account, and the need is NOW. Place a signed one-pager inside a manila envelope. Obtain a ticket to a key city within your territory. I saw a top sales executive out-dress everyone in flawless suits, ties, pocket squares and shoes you could see your reflection in. Pipeliner CRM empowers any bold move for sales.

Money Monday – Using LinkedIn is a Waste of Time

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Using Evernote, Google Docs, or even a pen and paper, keep a running list of people, places, and groups you want to learn more about because you have a geographic territory or a vertical market to call on.

How HR Stops the Exit of Top Sales Talent Now and for the Future

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As if the looming year end wasn’t pressure enough for a sales leader trying to meet sales quota, will the loss of top sales reps pile on? The HR Leader can take some concrete steps to stop the exit of sales reps and therefore the loss of revenue. Immediate Help for Sales.

Money Monday Strategic Prospecting Plan

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Stop being haphazard about sales. Selling is a profession, and it is an admirable profession that deserves your mindful and thoughtful approach to growing your territory. Lori Richardson is recognized on Forbes as one of the “Top 30 Social Sales Influencers” worldwide.

Data Cleanse For A Sales Boost

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Use the steps and your own terminology within your sales process to help your SDRs and BDRs enter clean, verified data.]. This is not so much a clean data issue but is so critical in moving your sales opportunities forward that it needs to be mentioned.

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Sales productivity – it’s the time, stupid

Sales Training Connection

Increasing sales productivity. Senior sales leadership spends a great deal of time thinking about how to improve sales productivity. They invest in sales training . They change compensation systems and territorial designs. Sales Training.