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3 Magic Questions a Sales Manager Must Know

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Three Magic Questions a Sales Manager Must Know. One of the main roles of a Sales Manager is to help train your salespeople on how to stay on track during a sales cycle. During any sales opportunity coaching sessions consider asking these three questions with any sales opportunity: Why do anything? Why now? Why with us? Why do anything? Any person and organization has a myriad of priorities.

July is Sales Leadership Month

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July is Sales Leadership Month. As a sales leader you must always have a vision and action plans for a rolling six months, this is why July is the perfect month for anyone that has sales management responsibility—so why not name it Sales Leadership Month !  Ok, it is not an act of government and it is only Acumen’s opinion, but let’s explore why I feel that way. And what has not?

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10 Traits Buyers Seek in Salespeople

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The 10 Traits Buyers Seek in Sales Superstars. Selling yourself is the first step. What really separates the best salespeople from the rest of the pack? Our research shows that top performers not only understand each customer company — they understand the person making the buying decisions as well. Most sales training courses emphasize the importance of addressing the customer’s needs.

The One Must Do Action Step to Ensure a Great 2015

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The One Must Do Action Step to Ensure a Great 2015. What is the first action all salespeople must do to begin each year? It’s simple, but many times overlooked. The objective of this meeting is actually made up of many sub-steps. It’s the inner desire to serve clients that separates the average performer from the top producer. Don’t forget to ask for Reference Letter or a quote from your client.

150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more.

Emotional Sales Leadership

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Emotional Sales Leadership. I was recently interviewed on a podcast based in Europe around the topic of the importance of emotional leadership. The interviewer asked me a series of questions regarding the topic and why I felt it was a critical success factor for most organizations. So what specifically can any leader do to create Emotional Leadership? HINT: Run an annual sales trip contest.

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Sales Management: What is your goal–today?

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Sales Management: What is your goal—today?  . Sales leadership is a constant focus on many various facets of business-it’s one of the reasons sales management is a one of the most difficult jobs in any business.  The person responsible for driving revenues has to focus on their sales team; its activity levels, their sales opportunities, morale/emotion, training, customers, perhaps marketing as well as other departmental interactions. It is because of these numerous aspects that many sales managers get distracted or lose focus. Download it and compare it your list. How about you?

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7 Steps to Success for Sales Managers

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7 Steps to Success for Sales Managers. -A book review-. After being a VP of Sales, consulting on sales management for 19 years and after writing four books on sales management, Max Cates, author of 7 Steps caught my attention in the first five pages. This emotional connection can only come first when the sales manager is under personal control. Without trust the relationship becomes dysfunctional.

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Put a Little Personality into Selling

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Put a Little Personality into Selling. The concept of selling based on your buyer’s personality style has been around for a while, but I’m often surprised at how many sales professionals aren’t familiar with it. The Director is to the point, and focused on the job. Relationships are not important. Recognizing signs of impatience will help. Many executives can be analytical.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.

Why Can’t I get an accurate forecast?

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Why can’t I get an accurate forecast? Just week I heard that comment from a new client and he was the President of the company.  Frankly it is a common phase I have often heard from CFO’s, Presidents and VP of Sales-but what’s the resolution? Many consultants would drag out their “scorecards or methodology” to fix the issue, instead let’s first learn to diagnose the signs and why the problem exists.  Beyond your current monthly pipeline values future pipeline dollar values are not listed. The salespeople do have not a defined closing plan for active opportunities. What’s the action plan?

Sales Management: The need for creativity

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Sales Management: The need for creativity! This past week I had opportunity to work with a great client at their worldwide sales conference in Miami. Past blogs and our monthly newsletters have covered personality styles and time management so this week I thought I would address creativity. There is no question about it, top performers are more creative that your average salespeople. The good news?

Trade Shows Can Work!-new idea!

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Trade Shows Can Work-new idea ! NOTE: Several weeks ago I wrote a blog on “ Why Trade Shows Don’t Work” , shortly after a good friend, Todd Schnick, wrote me a note to discuss how he makes trade shows work!  I asked Todd to write a blog regarding how he works with organizations in a very unique manner using podcasts.  The blog below is Todd’s.  I hope you enjoy!  Shame. Your efforts will fail.

Hire High Performance Sales Teams # 2

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Hiring High Performance Sales Teams. Follow this formula to hire sales superstars. Second installment of a two-part article on sales recruiting). “ If you can find good people, they can always change the product/service. Nearly every mistake I’ve made has been in picking the wrong people, not the wrong idea. Arthur Rock, Harvard Business Review, 1987. Define the Ideal Profile. Measure the Profile.

Sales Leadership: Why Winners Win!

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Sales Leadership Thoughts:  Why Winners Win! Salespeople must be trained on the emotional elements of success at the same level that they are trained in pure sales skills training. The first element is: Winners Create Optimism.    One reason is they dare to dream what others can’t imagine.  In the past sociologists told us that you needed talent or hunger to succeed and win. 

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Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Between November 5 and November 17, we surveyed 601 marketers with an 18-question online survey. A few weeks later, Adweek sent the questionnaire to 144 additional marketers. As the survey was answered by nearly our entire population target, the calculated margin of error was approximately 1 percent. Here's what we learned.

11 Actions Sales Management Must Take Now!

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11 Actions Sales Management Must Take Now! Sound investment portfolio-management advice ranges from “hold firm with your existing stocks” to “take advantage of a great opportunity to buy at today’s basement prices”. Holding firm assumes that your existing portfolio contains quality securities, is properly diversified and has been managed with an appropriate, long-term perspective. Take Action.

Build Predictable Revenue

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Build Predictable Revenue In Your Organization. Make 2015 Your Best Year Ever! In recent years, organizations have gotten better at analyzing financial statements, refining manufacturing procedures, reengineering business systems and improving marketing effectiveness. But one area where additional improvements still can be made is the sales organization. Planning. existing clients or new clients.

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One Action You Can DO to Exceed Your Quota

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One Action You Can DO to Exceed Your Quota. Exceeding quota is never easy, in fact studies have shown that large percentages of salespeople never achieve 100% of their assigned quotas, but if you are in a position of sales leadership what can you do to improve your odds of success? This list normally is displayed in the sales manager’s office and could be on a white board or on a paper flip chart.

Why Product Managers & Salespeople Should be Friends

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Why product managers and salespeople should be friends. In most companies, the product/service managers have limited interaction with the sale’s team except for the introduction of a new offering or at an annual customer summit. At Acumen Management, we believe that is unfortunate as there a great opportunity being missed. Generally, the product/service manager (PM) is responsible for determining what the future offering should have from a feature/function capability. The missed opportunity is the sales team’s immediate understanding of the current market and what prospects are seeking.

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

If you're concerned that your organization's content marketing isn't as effective as it could be, this report is for you.

7 Benefits of a Prescriptive Sales Process

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7 Benefits of a Prescriptive Sales Process. By spelling out the steps that great sales performers use intuitively, you can develop the rest of your sales staff. By taking the time to document what each salesperson should at each step of the sales process you will ensure higher levels of performance. In most sales organizations, the majority of salespeople are B or C performers.

4 Measures to Find Out if Your Prospecting is Effective

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4 Measures To Find Out If Your Prospecting is Effective. By Sean Burke. CEO, KiteDesk. KEN: We have a guest blog this week, during the past year, our research  told us that “prospecting” was the #1 issue  facing sales leaders.  I think you will find this interesting. Finding prospects and nurturing them into leads is an integral part of any sales cycle. How many attended? If so, great!

If you had it to do over again?

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If you had it to do over again; what would you do differently-if anything? Self Help for Salespeople. Every high performing salesperson and sales leader most likely has used this phrase to increase their professionalism. Have you? Its purpose? One of the other benefits is during a sales training classroom situation. It’s the attention to detail that is critical in improving performance.

Creating Intensity

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Creating Intensity. The Job of Sales Management. Series of Tactical Actions to Drive Success. During the balance of the year I will outline 40 steps a sales leader can take to achieve predictable revenue. They are not listed in any priority- as every sales organization is at differing levels of maturity and needs. This quote came from Butch Jones, head coach at the University of TN.

Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

Brand voice? Editorial calendar? Approval workflow? Learn how to craft the crucial parts of a content marketing program. In the third installment of our five-part playbook series, discover the necessary steps to execute a content marketing program.

Sales Management & Discipline

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Sales Management and Discipline. Last week it happened-again. received a call from a former client that was concerned about the status of their sales team and VP of Sales-it seems that their revenue was off more than $2M over the previous year and below their growth goal! The President wanted some answers and certainly a fix. My first question was why did it take the President so long to recognize the problem or revenue drop and why wasn’t it addressed in June! After that conversation I next interviewed the VP of Sales.   So what are our next steps? Analyze his marketing plans. Let me know?

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What is all this talk about added value?

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What is All This Talk about Added Value? mind is like an umbrella, it must be opened to work…. During my keynote at a recent sales kickoff meeting I opened up the dialogue regarding how salespeople and organizations need to not only create value to separate themselves from their competition buy also the need for a company to prove their value proposition during the sales process. 


Efficient Effectiveness: Sales Leadership

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Sales Management Thought Leadership:  efficient effectiveness. As an Eagle Scout I can discuss the topic of “Be Prepared” easily and based upon this past Sunday it even has more credibility. Boom’s Day” the largest fireworks display in the U.S Did I mention the potential of rain? When the rain came we had hats’, ponchos, umbrellas and at 9:30pm when the show began, the rain stopped.

Inside Scoop on Lead Follow Up Strategies

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Inside Scoop on Lead Follow Up Strategies. Russ Davidson. Ken: This is a guest blog with wonderful insights from a detailed study on Lead Follow Up Strategies by Accounting Software. Enjoy…and STUDY this. If you’re struggling to connect with web lead contacts, you’re not alone. Call volume matters with web leads too, but calling warmer web prospects offers some smarter-not-harder shortcuts.

2016 Email Marketing Metrics Benchmark Study

To build a world-class marketing program, it's crucial to compare yourself to the best performers - but competitor data can be scarce.

Six Steps to Exceed Your Summer Quota

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Exceeding your Summer Quotas. Now is the time to act.  In this blog I wanted to give you some specific tactics to deploy immediately to assist you during the typical summer slow times, while I always  consider that an excuse, there  are proven sales leadership actions you can  take  now that will make a difference in your cash flow this summer. Drop those lines. Second: Develop a plan of attack. 

7 Benefits of a Prescriptive Sales Process

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7 Benefits of a Prescriptive Sales Process. By spelling out the steps that great sales performers use intuitively, you can develop the rest of your sales staff. In most sales organizations, the majority of salespeople are B or C performers. There are never enough A performers in any organization, and they’re generally already maximizing their productivity. Acumen Management Group Ltd.

Know When to Say When

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Salespeople: Know When to Say When.   Ken : Today we have are offering a guest blog from Adam Honig who is the co-founder and CEO of Spiro Technologies. There are many skills a salesperson  needs to perfect to become a legendary seller.  But pushing hard for a sale, no matter the circumstances, isn’t one of them.  Sometimes it’s best to know when to say when. Bite your tongue and stop selling.

Your Sales Management Guru - Untitled Article

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Acumen Management Group, Ltd. Sales Management Audit Plan. Confidential Property of Acumen Management Group, Ltd All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction without Authorization. PLEASE SCORE 1-5, 5= HIGH. Rate how well do you know the true or real total value of your pipeline? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Can you visually see all your top 10 potential forecasted accounts, from your desk or my portfolio?

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Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Every brand’s content roadmap is different; each path to success is unique to that brand’s story, perspective, assets, and goals. But there is an overarching approach that’s proven to work—one we’ve refined after helping hundreds of brands reach their content marketing goals and after speaking with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

Sales Management Shouldn’t be a Horse Race

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Sales Management Shouldn’t be a Horse Race. First of all I don’t enjoy gambling and second, I really don’t know how to read a horse racing program. When it comes to betting on a horse race I tend to look at the color of the Jockey’s silks or the name of the horse. Last weekend a group of East Tennessee friends and I attended Keenland horse racing track near Lexington KY for an afternoon “at the races”. During the past 18 years of consulting with hundreds of firms and certainly talking to thousands of people I have witnessed the same ignorance and casual attitudes in managing sales teams.

Sales Leadership: 5 Steps to Exceed 2015 Quota

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Sales Leadership: How to Ensure You Exceed Your 2015 Quota. The end of the year is rapidly closing in and while everyone in your organization is focused on achieving their targets; as a sales leader it is crucial you are also focused on the new year. At this time of year I am working with each of my clients to begin to position them for success. Begin to recruit. Evaluate your compensation plan.

Sales Mgmt: don’t over complicate it….

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Sales Leadership: Don’t over complicate it…. Last week I almost lost it.  While I was observing a sales meeting at a client’s site, (they were following our template/agenda for the meeting) when the president who is active in this meeting brought up a topic that took them down the rat hole. My job was to keep them on topic but in this case I took over; they were discussing an important new program that is a Critical Sales Factor for this year- and the program was not working. As I began to peel back the layers of the issue as to why clients were not adopting the program it became evident. 

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EDGY Conversations

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EDGY Conversations. How Ordinary People can Achieve Outrageous Success. book review. This week’s blog covers an interesting new book written by Dan Waldschmidt, I found that the book certainly has a message that everyone needs to hear! In my keynote programs I sometimes state that “we can’t change the way we have lived our lives, but we can change the way we live our lives”. Extreme Behavior. 2.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.