How to Generate Larger Deals and Shortened Sales Cycles

Smart Selling Tools

In this series, we ask Sales Tech Executives to describe how their solution can change a sales organization in a significant way. We call it Sales Tech Game Changers. Nancy: What are the top 3 ways your solution changes the game for a sales organization?

Sales Tech Game Changers: Why You Should Incorporate Customer Advocacy in Your Sales Cycle

Smart Selling Tools

In this series, we ask Sales Tech Executives to describe how their solution can change a sales organization in a significant way. We call it Sales Tech Game Changers. This week I interview Ian Levine , Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of RO Innovation.

12 Smart Strategies to Speed Up Your Sales Cycle

Hubspot Sales

Ahh, the never-ending quest to create the perfect, predictable sales cycle. To figure it out would be like discovering the holy grail of sales. That’s not to say, of course, there aren’t ways to make sales cycles more predictable. How to Speed Up Your Sales Cycle.

Has Your Deal Desk Become a Collision Center? – 5 Steps to Clean up the Dysfunction

Sales Benchmark Index

As organizations transform their Deal Desk to a best in class Revenue Desk, challenges arise. Making this transition calls for new members from various functions, which results in more opinions and at times, competing priorities. When done well, this leads.

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In the Race to Win More Customers, Sales Needs Digital Transformation

specific to sales, legal, and information technology professionals. were HR, sales, customer service, finance/accounting, IT, and. PRODUCTION ARE USING SALES. AUTOMATION 46% 45% 41% SALES AUTOMATION OCUMENT. Sales automation creates the. sales reps competitive.

Five Essential Steps to Building Rapport in Complex Sales Cycles

Miller Heiman Group

In the 2018 Buyer Preferences Study , CSO Insights found that 70.2 Just 54 percent of all salespeople met their sales quotas last year, according to research from CSO Insights ; this is down from 63 percent six years’ prior. We must actively practice these skills with every sales conversation. Let’s explore five essential steps for systematically building rapport with prospects, regardless of how short or long your sales cycle is.

Your Sales Cycle Dilemma in 2013

The ROI Guy

With more financial constraints, more stakeholders, and more scrutiny on each purchase, buying cycles have been extended by almost 10% over the past three years. In our recent ValueStory™ roadshows , attendees have indeed confirmed lengthening decision cycles.

Study Says to Highlight 3 Features in a Sales Presentation

Understanding the Sales Force

Understanding the Sales Force by Dave Kurlan A very interesting article caught my attention on Inc. The goal of this study was very cool indeed, but the study, despite being developed by two business professors from Georgetown and UCLA, was poorly designed.

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[STUDY: PART 3] What Buyers Want from Salespeople

DiscoverOrg Sales

That’s why we partnered with noted sales linguist and researcher, Steve W. Martin on a comprehensive study of 270 business buyers to discover why people with purchasing power choose the vendors they do and what they are REALLY looking for when they engage in a sales process. Insights from this study include: Which elements do buyers want to see on vendor websites? This is Part 3 of the study “Why Didn’t They Buy?”. Or Download the entire study for free.

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Sales Tips: Are Your Sales Cycle Activities Planned or Random?

Customer Centric Selling

Sales Tips: Are Your Sales Cycle Activities Planned or Random? By John Holland, Chief Content Officer, CustomerCentric Selling® - The Sales Training Company. Studies have shown that executive buyers like to be involved early (Phase 1) and late (Phase 3) in buying cycles.

Study Reveals Why B2B Salespeople Lose Deals

HeavyHitter Sales

Their companies ranged from start-ups to billions of dollars in sales with the majority being between fifty and five-hundred million in annual revenues. Stalled Sales Cycles. One of the most difficult tasks in all of sales is to penetrate new accounts. Internal Sale.

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How to Use Value Propositions Early in the Sales Cycle: Flexible Case Studies Drive More Qualified B2B Sales Opportunities

LeveragePoint

Understanding Sales Challenges , Richardson’s recently compiled survey, identified the top 3 concerns among seller executives: (1) Competing against a low cost provider, (2) Combatting the status quo and (3) Knowledge about how to team sell effectively. This is a lonely time for a sales rep.

MUST READ - LANDMARK SALES ORGANIZATION STUDY

HeavyHitter Sales

  What Strategies are Sales Leaders Employing to Overcome their Top Sales Challenges? How Does Sales Cycle Complexity Impact the Structure of the Sales Organization? What is the Truth About the Migration from Field Salespeople to Inside Sales?

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Women, the numbers don’t lie: Sales needs you

Altify

The world needs more female engineers, data scientists and film directors but it also needs more female sellers and sales leaders. As a career, sales offers variety and flexibility. Sales has long been a male dominated profession but women can and do reach the top.

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Case Study - Which Sales Approach is Really More Effective?

Understanding the Sales Force

Understanding the Sales Force by Dave Kurlan I haven''t been completely transparent in some of my recent articles. I have continued to urge readers how important it is to sell using a consultative, buyer-focused methodology and a formal, structured sales process. This helps to shorten the sales cycle, increase closing percentages and most importantly, differentiate, allowing you to sell value instead of price.

Close the Right Deal Based on a Shared Business Case to Buy: Using Value Propositions Later in the Sales Cycle

LeveragePoint

Yet no matter how streamlined your team’s approach to selling , B2B buying processes are rarely straightforward or transparent to the sales teams navigating them. Sales Challenges. Later in the Sales Cycle. This puts the pressure back on the sales rep or account manager.

A Conversation With Julian Lumpkin: Leveraging Case Studies as a Fundamental Part of the Sales Process

Costello

Like many college grads in 2009, Julian Lumpkin started in an entry-level role in B2B sales and quickly realized that sales was the right place for his talents. As a sales manager at Axial, I realized how important case studies are in the sales process.

Heavy Hitter Sales Blog: Personality Study of 1000 Top Salespeople.

HeavyHitter Sales

Heavy Hitter Sales Blog. Closing Techniques Using Sales Linguistics. Top 7 Critical Sales Trends for 2012. IT Sales Strategy: Software, SaaS & Hardware Sales. Best New Sales Book of 2011. If Sigmund Freud Was Your Sales Manager. Four Critical Sales Kickoff Meeting Success Factors. Martin: Heavy Hitter Sales Linguistics: 101 Advanced Sales Call Strategies for Senior Salespeople. Sales Career Advice. Sales Techniques.

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It’s Too Late – You’re Done!

The Pipeline

Like retail, B2B sales has some seasonal trends that tend to fool the also-rans while bringing opportunity to those willing to make the effort. Most sellers have no clue how long their sales cycle is. As I have shared before when you ask sellers how long their cycle is, most respond “depends.” And sadly they are encouraged to continue to travel blind by many of the idiot pundits who tell things like sales cycles and numbers don’t matter.

Bigger Sales Pipelines - The Dangerous Truth

Understanding the Sales Force

I usually get notified when new sales studies are published and I'm asked to link to those reports from my Blog. Dave Kurlan salesforce.com long sales cycle sales win rates building the sales pipeline insidesales.com

How to Use Value Propositions in the Middle of the Sales Cycle: Focus Sales Teams on Customer Outcomes

LeveragePoint

With competing priorities, buyers erect walls, making it difficult for sales to engage and overcome buyer inertia. Sales Breakthrough – the Evaluation Stage. The second problem, combatting the status quo, is usually the key sales challenge early in the sales cycle.

Study reveals suprising attributes of higher quality leads

Velocify

We’ve mined data from millions of leads and identified characteristics that lead to improved sales conversion. Lead scoring: apply insights to lead scoring methodologies to help improve the quality of leads distributed to sales reps.

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Houston, We Have The Solution!

The Pipeline

If you are in B2B sales, and need to engage with more new prospects, mark this date on your calendar, then sign up for this full day interactive prospecting program. This is the same program that has helps thousands of sale professionals improve their skills and increase prospects and sales.

Sales Tech Game Changers: Identifying Actionable Intelligence to Penetrate Target Accounts @mattbenati

Smart Selling Tools

In this series, we ask Sales Tech Executives to describe how their solution can change a sales organization in a significant way. We call it Sales Tech Game Changers. Nancy: What are the top 3 ways your solution changes the game for a sales organization?

When Sales Opportunities Don’t Go As Expected with Mary Lombardo, Absolute Impact

Igniting Sales Transformation

In this episode, I talked with Mary Lombardo at Absolute Impact Corporation about what to do when sales opportunities don’t go as expected. No matter how long you’ve been in sales, it will happen. Even with years of sales experience, I occasionally make a misstep on the basics.

We're entering the era of accountability in sales and marketing

Pointclear

I recently chatted with Jonathan Farrington of Top Sales world about the transition from finger pointing to collaboration between sales and marketing. The status quo--where marketing complains about sales not following up on their leads and sales says the leads are no good--is not the place to be. The situation in many organizations today is characterized by: A low number of leads (just 42% on average) accepted and worked by sales.

More Stakeholders and Business Involvement Driving Longer IT Decision Cycles and Discounting

The ROI Guy

The 2013 IT Decision Makers Study interviewed 228 IT decision makers, from small / medium businesses (SMBs) to enterprises across all key industry verticals. study revealed an increase in stakeholder complexity that even surprised us. Consulting 2013 IT Decision Makers Study.

OneLaw increases productivity and gains momentum using OnePageCRM

OnePageCRM

As OnePageCRM, came highly recommended by a friend they were confident it would be a good match for their sales process. The sales cycles in OneLaw varies – from days to years – so they would often have multiple interactions with their prospects before closing the sale. This meant they needed to implement a more streamlined sales process so each team member was reminded when to follow up. Looking for a proven sales tool to help you close more deals?

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Putting lead scoring to work for sales

Velocify

Just like a judge on Dancing with the Stars, sales reps all interpret lead quality differently. A few months back, we released a study about lead scoring in response to the growing number of customers who voiced interest in leveraging lead scoring to boost performance.

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Heavy Hitter Sales Blog: Top 7 Critical Sales Trends for 2012

HeavyHitter Sales

Heavy Hitter Sales Blog. Closing Techniques Using Sales Linguistics. Top 7 Critical Sales Trends for 2012. IT Sales Strategy: Software, SaaS & Hardware Sales. Best New Sales Book of 2011. If Sigmund Freud Was Your Sales Manager. Sales Career Advice.

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What is the Most Valued Content for IT Decision Makers?

The ROI Guy

As a result of today’s more empowered buyer: SiriusDecisions reports that up to 67% of decision-makers already have a “clear picture” of the solution they want before Sales Reps are engaged.

The Invisible Sales Rep

Fill the Funnel

Why would any sales rep make the decision to be invisible to customers and prospects? I was asking myself these questions after completing a review of a technology sales company and their current competitive positioning. Average # of LinkedIn connections per Sales Manager/leader: 307.

Heavy Hitter Sales Blog: The Three Critical Win-Loss Objectives

HeavyHitter Sales

Heavy Hitter Sales Blog. Closing Techniques Using Sales Linguistics. Top 7 Critical Sales Trends for 2012. IT Sales Strategy: Software, SaaS & Hardware Sales. Best New Sales Book of 2011. If Sigmund Freud Was Your Sales Manager. Four Critical Sales Kickoff Meeting Success Factors. Martin: Heavy Hitter Sales Linguistics: 101 Advanced Sales Call Strategies for Senior Salespeople. Sales Career Advice. Sales Techniques.

Gartner Spending Trends Demand that IT Sales and Marketing Must Challenge the “Do Nothing” Prospect to Achieve 2012 Success

The ROI Guy

In the first study, Gartner lowered their 2012 worldwide IT spending growth forecast by 1/3 rd. In the second study, Gartner released the results of their annual CEO and Senior Business Executive Survey , to measure sentiment from the C-suite on IT spending and strategy. What does this mean for your IT sales and marketing? Status-Quo Bias Discounting IT Economics IT Budgets sales cycle IT Pisello Alinean Frugalnomics

Ten Ways Sales Is Killing Sales – Part 2

Cincom Smart Selling

This is the second in a two-part series on how technology can help sales reps avoid common mistakes that end up costing them a sale. Most sales reps are highly motivated and willing to work hard. They understand that knowledge about the product, the customer and customer pains are all key to a successful sale. For many products, especially those of a technically complex nature, sales responsibilities are frequently split between Sales and a technical pre-sales team.

We Analyzed 1,000 Emails & Voicemails to Understand How the Top SaaS Companies Chase Enterprise Deals.

Openview

A new study from Process Street in partnership with sales email tool PersistIQ reveals the inside sales outreach of the world’s 281 top SaaS companies, and how they respond when a high-ticket lead (in this case, we used Vodafone) signs up for a free trial or demo. Sales

What’s In Your Playbook?

Sales and Marketing Management

Teaser: If you believe the hype around studies that say customers feel they are through 60 percent (or more) of the buying cycle before engaging a salesperson, you could be giving your salespeople the wrong content for the wrong conversation. Issue Date: 2014-11-01.

Three Proven Ways to Increase the Value of Your Sales Content

Smart Selling Tools

The study also revealed insights into what it takes to actually accomplish that level of effective sales enablement. The only way sales content holds any value is if it’s being used by sellers. Make it impossible for sales NOT to give feedback on the content they use.

Swag for Days: 13 Don’t-Miss Dreamforce Events 2018

DiscoverOrg Sales

The cultural phenomenon that is Dreamforce – the Burning Man of the sales world – is a testament to the influence wielded by today’s sales and marketing professionals. Have lots of decision-makers involved in sales cycle. Sales and marketing alignment.

Relationships Rule, but Data Drives Sales, Too

No More Cold Calling

The odds might not be in your sales team’s favor … yet. I’ve interviewed many sales reps over the past two months, trying to better understand the challenges they face in today’s fast-paced, digital-first sales environment. A long sales cycle exacerbates the problem.

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