The Territory Optimization Revolution

OpenSymmetry

A critical element that is relatively new is territory optimization and we will examine the case for this in this article. In order to maximize performace at the 100m, athletes train and diet – you will find that some do it through drugs, but that is like lying to the customer.

Unleashing the Power of Frontline Sales Management

Sales and Marketing Management

From sales force training and compensation to investments in sales processes and technology, organizations relentlessly seek to pull the right levers that will drive revenue growth and improve sales effectiveness. In this study, top managers brought in an average $3.5

The #1 Reason Why New Sales Managers Fail

Steven Rosen

Why New Sales Managers Fail. Are you a new sales manager , or have you just been promoted into a sales manager role? I am going to share the number one reason why new sales managers fail. For new sales managers, things got worse in 2016.

Unleashing the Power of Frontline Sales Management, Part 3: Institutionalizing Sales Management

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Brad Wilsted Note: This is part 3 in a 3-part series on the powerful role sales management plays in driving sustained revenue growth – and how companies can better leverage this critical position for improved top-line performance. Hire the right sales managers.

7 Must-Have Automated Documents for Sales Success

don’t move as quickly as they’d like--especially when it comes to sales teams. Many companies have adopted technologies like customer relationship management. Sales teams, in particular, waste precious time and resources on repetitive tasks and manual data. of the sales toolkit.

Become a Top Sales Manager with These 6 Essential Tips

SalesLatitude

The first-line sales manager is one of the most rewarding, yet overworked positions in the sales chain. With so many diverse yet intertwined activities to deal with throughout the day, sales managers often find themselves in a perpetual juggling act.

Sales Management TV Tip #1

Steven Rosen

Welcome to Sales Management TV. I am Steven Rosen author of 52 Sales Management Tips and executive sales coach. You have a vacant territory and you have narrowed your search down to two candidates. He has some sales experience but will require some work.

Sales Management is not Cloning – Sales eXecution 266

The Pipeline

There has been lots written about the common mistake companies make in selecting new sales managers; specifically the habit of promoting some of their best sales people to the management ranks, whether they are suitable or not. Sales Execution Sales Success Tibor Shanto

Hacking Sales Management

Partners in Excellence

As with the prior articles, I get huge numbers of requests from sales manager to help Hack their jobs. “What are the short cuts?” ” “How do I manage my time better?” Having said that, here’s a few of my favorite hacks to sales management.

7 skills you’ll need to become a sales manager

Close.io

So you want to become a sales manager ? First you’ll need to make sure you’ve got the right skills, experience, drive and track record at the helm in both selling and at managing others—in order to back yourself up. First and foremost, what exactly is a sales manager?

Unleashing the Power of Frontline Sales Management, Part 2: What ‘Good’ Looks Like

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Brad Wilsted Note: This is part 2 in a 3-part series on the powerful role sales management plays in driving sustained revenue growth – and how companies can better leverage this critical position for improved top-line performance. What sales skill sets and capabilities (e.g.,

Firing Your Sales Manager or Boss

Pipeliner

The job of a sales manager is to provide a succeeding environment for salespeople. Beyond that, it’s providing viable territories and targets, proper support levels, tools for training and enablement, demand generation leadership, and the removal of internal roadblocks.

Sales Managers Only Have One Real Goal!

Partners in Excellence

There’s a lot of stuff written about what sales managers have to do and their key job responsibilities. There lots of ways we see managers behaving. Some seem to think they have to be super sales people–the person that comes in to close the deal.

CRM’s Big Blind Spot: Measuring Sales Managers

Sales and Marketing Management

For most organizations, the answer is to gain visibility into the activities of individual sales reps. If leaders can’t see what salespeople are doing, they can’t manage what their reps are doing. Nor can they make smart investments in improving sales capability.

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You Just Got Promoted to Sales Manager – Now What?

Sales Benchmark Index

Most organizations believe that their most successful sales people will make great sales managers. This thinking leads them to believe that you do not need training. A recent study showed that only 11% of organizations train their sales managers.

Why You Can't Fill Your Open Sales Manager Positions

Sales Benchmark Index

A post for Sales and HR Leaders to find root causes of Sales Manager (SM) vacancies. The Sales Manager position is the fulcrum between sales leadership strategy and sales force execution. Weak sales strategy. Poor territory.

Sales managers and the story of the “super salesperson syndrome”

Sales Training Connection

Sales Manager. Well, a sales manager with the “super salesperson syndrome ” will probably exhibited some of these 6 characteristics : Sell rather than coach. When push comes to shove, S 3 sales managers will spend their time selling rather than sales coaching.

Designing Sales Compensation Plans for Sales Managers (With Examples)

Xactly

When it comes to sales compensation planning, you can never start prepping too early, right? One of the most important things to consider when designing plans are the different roles on your sales team. Constructing the Commission Plan for Sales Managers: Pay Mix and Upside.

Sales Manager, How Are You Performing?

Partners in Excellence

I want to have a heart to heart with Sales Managers/Executives. Sales people and others can listen in if you want. After all, the data on sales management turnover is pretty disturbing—the average longevity in the job is 20 months.

Four Reasons Sales Managers Fail

MJ Hoffman

You might be a horrible leader, but if you stay in sales long enough, you will be promoted to management. However, your chances of ascending higher — to a VP or Director of Sales position — are zero. Only successful sales managers become sales executives.

Four Reasons Sales Managers Fail

MJ Hoffman

You might be a horrible leader, but if you stay in sales long enough, you will be promoted to management. However, your chances of ascending higher — to a VP or Director of Sales position — are zero. Only successful sales managers become sales executives.

How to Design a Sales Manager Compensation Plan (With Examples)

Xactly

When it comes to sales compensation planning, you can never start prepping too early, right? One of the most important things to consider when designing plans are the different roles on your sales team. Constructing Commissions in a Sales Manager Compensation Plan.

New sales managers – starting off on the right foot

Sales Training Connection

New Sales Managers. Customers now want sales reps who are trusted advisors not product facilitators. All this means that in order for a sales team to be successful in the years ahead, front-line managers need be highly skilled. Talk with senior management.

Sales Enablement Versus The Front Line Sales Manager

Partners in Excellence

Mike Kunkle is leading an important discussion about a new trend in Sales Enablement. Mike identifies the issue: “I’ve been reading Sales Enablement leadership job descriptions lately. But isn’t that what front line sales managers are supposed to do?

Sales management – pitfalls and perils of power

Sales Training Connection

Sales Management. The implications of these findings are evident for most managers – but are there some unique implications for front-line sales managers? The account a sales manager used to know and the one that exists today probably isn’t the same.

Sales Manager—Business Manager Or Coach?

Partners in Excellence

The responsibilities of a sales manager are very broad. Frontline managers have to work to make sure each person on the team is performing at the highest levels possible. They have to provide the coaching, training, systems, processes, tools, and support to enable their people to achieve their goals. At the same time, there’s the “business management” aspect of the job: Are we going to make our numbers? Are we managing our budgets effectively?

Sales person to sales manager – making the transition

Sales Training Connection

Sales people often are promoted into sales manager positions – primarily based on their sales success. Sales Coaching. Just because a sales people excelled at face-to-face selling doesn’t mean they will excel as a sales manager.

7 Leadership Interview Questions to Ask a Sales Manager Candidate

Hubspot Sales

The jump from salesperson to sales manager is extremely challenging. A manager has an entirely different job: Leading, inspiring, coaching, and training a team. Some managers are hands off. It’s detailed, authentic, and foreshadows how she’d act as a manager.

Medical device sales – sales managers play a pivotal role for sales productivity

Sales Training Connection

Medical device sales and sales managers. The cornerstone for making the adjustment will be the front-line sales manager. The same report showed the sales difference between the top 25% and bottom 25% of sales managers was a stunning 80%.

Missing on the "Secrets to Developing Successful Sales Managers"

Understanding the Sales Force

Understanding the Sales Force by Dave Kurlan An interesting article, Secrets to Developing Successful Sales Managers , by Xactly's CEO, Christopher Cabrera, was posted on Selling Power's 2/19/13 blog. Here's why: He said to hire for characteristics and train for competencies. And when we train for competencies, that should be fine-tuning, not wholesale development. This article lists the top 10 sales management competencies.

Sales person to sales manager transition – A STC Classic

Sales Training Connection

A Sales Training Connection Classic. Sales people often are promoted into sales manager positions – primarily based on their sales success. Just because a sales people excelled at face-to-face selling doesn’t mean they will excel as a sales manager.

Sales managers – assess your performance last year and adapt!

Sales Training Connection

High Performing Sales Manager Puzzle. Sales managers are starting the new year, making plans to meet (and hopefully exceed) sales goals and reviewing their territory for sales opportunities. Sales coaching – who to and not to coach.

Sales managers – it’s time to assess your performance last year and adapt!

Sales Training Connection

Sales managers. A year ago, we published a post on the importance of sales managers to assess their prior year’s performance and to incorporate the results of that self-assessment into their plans for the new year. Sales coaching – who to and not to coach.

Sales managers – 6 tips when transitioning to a new sales team

Sales Training Connection

Sales manager with a new sales team. As most in sales leadership would share – the front-line sales manager is the pivotal job for building and sustaining sales success. Drill down and learn about the territory and the sales team.

Grab The Right End of the Problem For Effective Sales Management

Anthony Cole Training

However, once I got into sales, sales management, sales training and became a president of a company, I think I finally understood. Not Hiring – We are not hiring better sales people AND we don’t have replacements, therefore we feel trapped in a bad situation. “I’m

Sales Reps Love Their CRM!

Smart Selling Tools

Sales reps love their CRM. In fact, who doesn’t love a good forecast session with their sales manager? Not only that, sales reps see tremendous value in the information reported back to them from the CRM. Sales reps do not love their CRM and see little value in it.

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15 Job Interview Questions to Ask a Sales Manager Candidate in 2018

Hubspot Sales

Questions for Interviewing a Sales Manager. Why do you want to be a sales manager? Pretend I'm a sales rep who has missed quota three months in a row. What made you successful as a sales rep? How will your processes inform how you manage your team?

Sales Management SOP

Partners in Excellence

The other day I wrote about the “Almost Perfect Sales Management Article.” ” That post stimulated a flurry of questions about a Sales Management Standard Operating Process/System. There are a few key building blocks to the Sales Management/Leadership Process. Overall Sales Strategy. Business Management. People: This category focuses on getting and developing the right people in place to execute the sales strategies.

You Just Got Promoted to Sales Manager – Now What?

Sales Benchmark Index

Most organizations believe that their most successful sales people will make great sales managers. This thinking leads them to believe that you do not need training. A recent study by the ASTD found that only 11% of companies train their managers.

Sales managers – it’s time to assess your performance and adapt!

Sales Training Connection

Sales managers. A few years ago we published a blog on the importance of sales managers assessing their prior year’s performance and incorporating the results of that self-assessment into their plans for the new year. If you believe front-line sales managers are still the key to a team’s sales success, as we do, then the points raised in that post are as important today as when they were first posted and are worthy of another look.