November, 2017

6 Things Good Lead Generation Vendors Do Right (That You May Be Doing Wrong)

Pointclear

There’s plenty of mediocrity in lead generation—both in-house and outsourced. However, there are a lot of things good insourced operations and lead generation companies do well. While lead generation (or teleprospecting) is not rocket science, there are a lot of moving parts in a well-run lead generation machine. Failure to execute and coordinate all of the moving parts leads to poor results.

Increase Your Odds of a Successful Sales Hire by 368%

Understanding the Sales Force

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Change Your Sales Teams Bad Habits Before 2018

Sales Benchmark Index

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The Best Event for Sales Enablement Leaders at Dreamforce Wasn’t Even on the Official Agenda

Smart Selling Tools

One of the best experiences from Dreamforce 2017 was not on the official Dreamforce agenda – the Sales Enablement Soiree, an off-site lounge held at the Four Seasons. In just two years, the Soiree has become the go-to spot at Dreamforce for all things Sales Enablement related.

30 Ways to Get Inside the Mind of Your Target Buyer

Trust, support, and transparency: that's what your target buyer really wants. These 30 findings show the path from respect, to relationship, to business win.

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How Companies Routinely Short Change Their Own Sales Force

Understanding the Sales Force

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4 ways Sales Management can take ‘A’ players to ‘A+’ players

Sales Benchmark Index

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Sales Tech Simplified with @Katie_E_Bullard: How to Eliminate the Problem of Data Decay

Smart Selling Tools

In this series, we ask tech executives to describe the why and how of their solution. We call it Sales Tech Simplified. This week I interview Katie Bullard , Chief Growth Officer of DiscoverOrg. Nancy: Why does the industry need your solution?

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What Great Sales Managers Do Daily

MTD Sales Training

How come so many sales managers who are highly intelligent and experienced are still unable to motivate their teams to achieve great results? What happens to great salespeople so that when they become sales managers they fall by the wayside? Much of the success of sales management comes down to daily routines that build great teams and support successful individuals.

Successful Social Selling Best Practices Guide

This best practices guide focuses on helping you organize, harness and capitalize on the information, buying signals and qualified prospects identifying themselves to you online every single day.

The Power of Sales Intelligence #2: Creating an Ideal Customer Profile

DiscoverOrg Sales

Historically, sales professionals and marketers spent a lot of time chasing down prospects with a scant probability of getting an appointment, let alone winning business.

Could the Best Man for the Account Based Sales Job Be a Woman?

No More Cold Calling

Research shows women in sales are a good bet. Men say they don’t understand women. Women say men don’t listen. Men say the best account based sales reps they know are women, but they also say we should stop talking so much and get to the point.

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Cadence—Multi-touch, Multi-media, Multi-cycle Marketing Multiplies Results

Pointclear

For one client, it takes 9.82 touches to engage with a prospect. The result of these touches is what we call a disposition: PointClear's term for completing contact with a decision maker or company (some programs lend themselves to dispositioning by contact and some by company). This approach yields a 5% lead rate. Our leads are equivalent to what SiriusDecisions calls a Level 4 or 5 lead—well-qualified leads. We invest about 10,000 touches to generate 50 leads.

You are NOT ready for Customer Success

Sales Benchmark Index

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Account-Based Marketing: A Practical Guide

Your step-by-step manual on all aspects of ABM.

Enable Your Sellers to Enable Your Buyers @petermollins

Smart Selling Tools

Your prospects want to succeed as much as you do. And they want to boost their companies — and hopefully their own careers — in the process. So, if your offer will help them succeed, why wouldn’t they call you back immediately and sign now? If something’s good for you, surely you should want it!

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Think Better

Your Sales Management Guru

Think Better. An Innovator’s Guide to Productive Thinking. -a a book review-. Published by McGraw Hill, this is must read for any salesperson, sales leader, President or any manager.

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Thanksgiving and Gratitude, in our own Words

DiscoverOrg Sales

We love coming to work each morning. We’re grateful for the daily trust of our customers, for the encouragement and camaraderie of our colleagues and coworkers, and for the community that welcomes and makes a space for us. DiscoverOrg is a special place to be, and we have much to be thankful for. Before the rush of the holiday season, before the end-of-year hustle takes over completely, a few DiscoverOrg customers and employees have something to say: Henry Schuck, DiscoverOrg CEO and Co-founder.

43 Questions to Create a Sense of Urgency

Hubspot Sales

Create a Sense of Urgency in Sales. If you don’t want your deals to stall -- or end up in nothing -- make sure to establish urgency. Urgency gives your prospects a reason to move forward and overcome inertia.

Why Marketing, Sales, and Business Owners Love Marketing Automation

Learn what Marketers, Sales and Business Owners each have to say about what Marketing Automation has done for their business.

What Ski Instruction Taught Me About Coaching Sales People

A Sales Guy

Many of you have heard me talk about ski instruction and how I’m a PSIA Level 2 Certified Ski Instructor at Vail. Beyond being a blast to do, like most things, parts of what I’ve learned teaching has bled into my sales consulting and coaching salespeople is a perfect example of that.

4 Talent Management Tips- ‘A’ Players Want Leaders Not Bosses

Sales Benchmark Index

Best-in-class sales leaders are blurring the lines between professional and personal. As a result, they are outperforming sales bosses on a revenue-per-head basis by double digits. In a most recent Gallup study, engaged employees produce on average 20% more higher. Article Sales Strategy Talent Strategy sales management talent management talent strategy

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How Finding the Common Revenue Thread Simplifies Executive Decision Making

Smart Selling Tools

Oh, year-end analysis. How I love thee and hate thee. Let me count the ways…. This is the time of year when executives become hyper-sensitive to numbers and are asking a flurry of questions. What revenue will we close the year with? What was our ROI on that new tech investment?

Why You Should Turn Down Every Sales Person You Interview

MTD Sales Training

Have you ever interviewed someone who comes across as having all the skills you need to be successful for your company? Did their CV have all the qualities you want? Were the answers they gave to your questions good enough to give you confidence in their abilities? So, you employed them and they started with a flourish, building their knowledge of your products and services and getting some sales. But they seem to have problems driving through the harder sales.

Sales Training Playbook by Lessonl

A step-by-step guide for building a comprehensive training playbook for your sales team.

How to Build an Awesome Personal Brand So Everyone Loves You

Keith Rosen

Butting heads with some annoying co-workers or clients you can’t stand working with? Stressed and frustrated because they prevent you from getting your job done rather then help? This stagnates growth, revenue and market share.

13 Inspiring Motivational Videos That Will Get Your Blood Pumping in 2017

Hubspot Sales

We all need a little kick sometimes. Whether you’re gearing up for an interview, call, client pitch, or just a Monday morning, these videos will put you at the top of your game.

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Whatever Happened To MBWA?

Partners in Excellence

Decades ago, Tom Peters and Bob Waterman articulated the concept of MBWA–Management By Wandering Around in their classic book, In Search Of EXCELLENCE (Caps mine–EXCELLENCE must always be in caps!).

Prospecting is About Conversations, Not Apps and Hacks

The Sales Hunter

Your success in prospecting is not going to be based solely on the app or hack you buy or download and spend too many hours learning how to use. Your success is going to be based on the conversations you have with prospects. It’s time to quit thinking one more tool is going to bring […]. Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting Sales Motivation apps prospect prospecting sales motivation sales skills selling skills success

The Art of Social Selling -- Summarized by getAbstract

Find and engage customers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networks.

Sales Tech Simplified: How to Turn Relationships Into Revenues with @ModelN

Smart Selling Tools

In this series, we ask tech executives to describe the why and how of their solution. We call it Sales Tech Simplified. This week I interview Russ Chadinha , Senior Director Product Marketing of Model N Revenue Cloud. Nancy: Why does the industry need your solution?

Successful Sales Managers NEVER Use These Phrases

MTD Sales Training

When we interview sales managers and ask how they motivate their sales teams, we often here similar stories of how they build up morale and get their teams thinking about growing and advancing in their sales prowess. But we sometimes ask them what they would NEVER say and what would be the implications if they did. It gets them thinking, and a quick poll has come up with some of the things that they would definitely shy away from.

What Are You Doing to Manage Your Reputation as a Sales Professional?

The Center for Sales Strategy

Do you read online reviews? Of course you do. Most people check out customer feedback before committing to buy a product or service these days. There is an entire industry dedicated to reputation management. The question is: what are you doing to manage your own reputation as a sales professional?

The Ultimate Guide to Writing LinkedIn InMails That Get Results (With Examples)

Hubspot Sales

What if you tripled your typical email response rate? People are three times likelier to reply to a LinkedIn InMail message than a traditional email -- so if you’re going to reach out, an InMail might be the way to go. What Is LinkedIn InMail?

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.