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  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2014
    [Sales] Why is December a Great Month for B2B Sales Prospecting?
    Historically, the typical sales rep thinks that prospecting and December do not mix. If you want to learn the best reporting metrics to use to benchmark your outbound sales team, download the new Outbound Index ™ ). No one really picks up the phone this time of year, right? Wrong. Fortunately the numbers proved that I’m not crazy.
  • B2B LEAD GENERATION BLOG  |  MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016
    [Sales] 3 Good Questions to Align Strategy, B2B Marketing, and Sales
    Have you intentionally linked your sales, b2b marketing, and strategy? . thought Frank had a practical approach to aligning sales and marketing. So, I reached out to him and interviewed him about what he’s learned through his research for his most recent book Aligning Strategy and Sales (Harvard Business Review Press).
  • ANNUITAS  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2014
    [Sales] Trying to Align with Sales? Marketing, You Are the Problem
    One of the more obvious standouts in the early data is the continual struggle of marketing and sales alignment.  Time and time again when I speak with clients, prospects and other organizations at conferences I am asked the same question: how can we get sales to buy into what we are doing? 
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012
    [Sales] How Marketing Should Approach Sales Reps
    by Michael Martin | Tweet this Sales enablement is one of the most important aspects of many marketers’ jobs. But, all too often, the way marketers approach sales reps is lacking in strategy and preparation. Marketing continues to feel frustrated and the sales team unimpressed. Sales reps come in all sizes and shapes.
  • VIEWPOINT  |  TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014
    [Sales] 5 Keys to Becoming a Sales First Company
    We don’t want to become a sales first company, we are a customer first company. Being a customer first company is absolutely the right goal; however, in order to truly be a customer first company, you must initially become a sales first company. Sales Process Sales & Marketing Management
  • ACT-ON  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2016
    [Sales] 3 Tips to Shrink Your Long Enterprise Sales Cycle
    You can’t overturn a single rock nowadays without some thought-leading salamander slithering out from under to tell you how to shorten your sales cycle and proposing magical elixirs for driving your time to close down to days as opposed to months. There is a direct correlation between deal size and sales cycle length.
  • SALES INTELLIGENCE VIEW  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011
    [Sales] Gamification of the Sales Process
    In the world of sales, connections and engagement is key to driving pipeline growth and creating new opportunities. A few definitions of gamification: A game is structured play, usually for fun. Gamification for Sales. Turning the sales process into a game is not a stretch of the imagination for companies. Game On for B2B Sales.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2011
    [Sales] Sales and Marketing leader Jeff Ogden interviewed on INTREPID radio
    Over the past two weeks, I’ve had the pleasure to connect and work with sales and marketing leader  Jeff Ogden , and he was gracious enough to join me on Intrepid Radio. Quality  sales leads matter. If you wish to do  sales lead generation online , contact the  B2B lead generation experts at Find New Customers. Jeff Ogden.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2016
    [Sales] The Data-Driven Sales Team: Why Social Selling Works
    once had a sales person in Europe challenge me about the use of data and technology in sales: “My customer wants to see me EYE TO EYE,” he exclaimed. Why is data relevant in a relationship business like sales? His main points included: Data Mean Sales. Sales Needs to Adjust to Compete. Social Selling Works.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2014
    [Sales] What Kind of Sales Superhero Are You? [Quiz]
    In a world… where sales stars are born… Four have risen above the rest and become… Superheroes! Are you Inside Sales Iron Man , confident and persistent, well-armored against objections and always researching new techniques? Sales Prospecting B2B Inside Sales B2B Sales Success
  • SALES INTELLIGENCE VIEW  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2015
    [Sales] Kickoff 2016 With These Motivational Sales Quotes
    Sales sales quotes sales tips Motivational Quotes Sales Motivation sales tricks motivational sales quotes sales inspiration sales kickoff sales 2016 sales quotationsIt’s always easy to motivate yourself on January 1st.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2015
    [Sales] 30 LinkedIn Sales Triggers
    Many sales meetings are full of fish tales about the one that got away. There are customers willing to engage, or bite on an intelligent insight, but many sales professionals do not understand the social sellings signals. Do you know an under-performing sales person who misunderstands what those ‘nibbles’ look like?
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2015
    [Sales] How AG's Sales Development Managers Motivate Reps in February [Part 2]
    And even though you may keep your offices heated at a level that stimulates sales productivity, the constant snowfall and bitingly cold temperatures outside can affect your sales development team’s productivity if you''re not keeping a close eye on your team. Share your own strategies to motivate your sales development team below!
  • YOUR SALES MANAGEMENT GURU  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2013
    [Sales] July Sales Training Tip: YouTube.com
    Your July Sales Training Tip: YouTube.com. Normally at this time of the year, I am reminding my clients that it’s time to begin building their 3 rd Quarter sales training plans.  Those of you that are regular readers know that Acumen Sales Mangers plan their entire quarter sales training plans at the beginning of each quarter.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2013
    [Sales] 5 ways to use social media in sales even if your customer isn’t on Facebook
    When I talk to B2B sales teams, one of the biggest concerns I hear is: “but my customer isn’t on Twitter.” Here’s a simple idea to give your sales team a little edge: Unify your company and product descriptions so that every employee becomes a potential beacon for your brand. Follow all these people! Thank you.
  • INDUSTRIAL MARKETING TODAY  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
    [Sales] BANT May Not Work in Qualifying Leads for Industrial Sales
    Sales people have been using BANT (Budget, Authority, Needs, and Timing/Timeframe) criteria to qualify leads and prospects for a long time ever since IBM first coined that acronym. Industrial Lead Generation BANT Industrial Marketing leads for industrial salesThis is only a content summary.
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2015
    [Sales] B2B Sales and Marketing Trends for 2016
    At the end of each year, my team and I publish a report on the major B2B marketing and sales […]. The post B2B Sales and Marketing Trends for 2016 appeared first on Great B2B Marketing. Marketing Trends B2B Marketing B2B Sales
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2014
    [Sales] What Are You Doing to Prevent No-Shows for January B2B Sales Calls?
    Here are a few things that have worked here at AG Salesworks to minimize the likelihood that prospects will attempt to reschedule or cancel those important 2015 B2B sales calls: 1) Send a 24-hour reminder email. think we all can get in the bad habit of thinking that our sales calls are at the top of our prospects'' minds first quarter.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011
    [Sales] Sales without Marketing is a huge blunder
    Lead Generation Companies | The importance of Sales WITH Marketing. Hiring sales without strong marketing is a massive mistake. Most of what was once Sales, now lives in Marketing. Companies who invest in sales but fail to invest in marketing are bound to struggle. Look at this image which illustrates a sales cycle.
  • INDUSTRIAL MARKETING TODAY  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016
    [Sales] Industrial Content Marketing’s Role in Sales
    Here’s a reality check—only […] The post Industrial Content Marketing’s Role in Sales by Achinta Mitra appeared first on Industrial Marketing Today. You’ve probably read all the buzz surrounding industrial content marketing. You are in good company if you are already doing it. This is only a content summary.
  • YOUR SALES MANAGEMENT GURU  |  MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2013
    [Sales] Sales Mgmt: Mowing Your Lawn
    Sales Management and Mowing Your Lawn. The same view of your sales team should also be considered, evaluate your team, determine who needs to be “groomed” or “cut” and what treatments must you begin to accelerate your growth during the second quarter. Resources : Top Sales World web site and magazine for April! What didn’t work?
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2015
    [Sales] Can You Really Use Marketing to Shrink the B2B Sales Cycle?
    It seems at least once a week that I talk to a B2B company about how to shrink their sales […]. The post Can You Really Use Marketing to Shrink the B2B Sales Cycle? B2B Sales Sales Cycle Sales Model B2B sales cycleappeared first on Great B2B Marketing.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2015
    [Sales] The B2B Sales Development Rep's Guide to Data Management
    One way to improve in the New Year is to start at the foundation, and for many of us B2B sales development reps, that means cleaning up the database. After all, quality data is the key to success in inside sales. Happy sales prospecting! CRM Sales Tools Data Management List Development Create a process and stick with it.
  • THE POINT  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014
    [Sales] More Evidence That Waiting Even 5 Seconds to Contact a New Sales Lead Can Be Disastrous
    In my experience, most of the mental energy and strategic thinking around the practice of lead nurturing and lead management is usually applied to the goal of accelerating prospects through the sales process – from MQL to SQL, from SQL to Opportunity, and so on. And that lack of focus can be a big mistake. Probably not.
  • INDUSTRIAL MARKETING TODAY  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2013
    [Sales] Industrial Content Marketing for Accelerating Sales Pipelines
    However, most of the success is at the beginning of the sales pipeline or [.]. Content Marketing Sales Strategies champion content Industrial Marketing pipeline acceleration sales pipelines Manufacturers and industrial companies that believe in content marketing are seeing good results from their efforts.
  • YOUR SALES MANAGEMENT GURU  |  MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2012
    [Sales] Sales Leadership: Salesperson Business Plans
    Sales Leadership: Planning for the Second Half of the Year. One of the first items we needed to address was the lack of accurate monthly forecasting by the sales team and the lack of accountability of the sales leadership team. Training needs: sales, industry, product/service, operations. Personal income goals. link].
  • JILL KONRATH'S FRESH SALES STRATEGIES BLOG  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2012
    [Sales] 7 Paradoxical Sales Principles
    Recognizing and acting on these 7 paradoxical sales principles is critical to your long-term success. 1. To win more sales, stop selling. Focus on helping your prospects achieve their business, professional and personal objectives – not making a sale. 2. To speed up your sales cycle, slow down. Go one step at a time.
  • INFLUITIVE B2B  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2016
    [Sales] Never Lose A Deal Alone: 5 Advocates You Need In Your Sales Funnel Stages
    In B2B sales, we’re taught to never allow ourselves to be single-threaded in an account. That’s why we label the different people we interact with throughout sales funnel stages with some common terms: Evaluators, Business Users, Champions, Detractors, Influencers, Budget Holders, Decision Makers… Since the dawn of.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014
    [Sales] 4 Reasons to Switch to an Inside Sales Model
    Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest post from Howard Brown , Founder and CEO of RingDNA. But now, more and more companies are hiring remote reps, also known as inside sales. These reps possess many of the same sales skills as field sales reps. Inside Sales Reps Can Reach More Prospects.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015
    [Sales] #ProspectingChat: Aligning Content and Sales with Brian Hansford
    Over at AG Saleswork''s Twitter account , we''ll be discussing how to align sales and content marketing, with strategies for encouraging your reps to share content and strategies for creating content that will actually further the sale. Topic: Aligning Content and Sales. Sales Enablement Sales Strategy Content Marketing
  • YOUR SALES MANAGEMENT GURU  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013
    [Sales] Sales Mgmt: Achieving Balance: Fear vs Respect
    Achieving the Balance Between Having Your Sales Team Respect You But Not Fear You. The topic is extremely important for all levels of sales leadership, especially in challenging situations/times. operationalizes” sales management systems and processes that pull revenue out of the doldrums into the fresh zone.
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2016
    [Sales] Crisp Sales and Marketing Execution – A Key to B2B Success
    Planning is great, and having the right marketing and sales strategies in place is imperative, but it can be for […]. Marketing Strategy Sales and Marketing Marketing Execution
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2011
    [Sales] The Sorry State of Sales Leads Today
    points out the sorry state of sales leads today. Here’s what the study authors had to say: THINGS TO THINK ABOUT: Creating Opportunity Smart organizations realize that the job of a Sales Rep is not to just “follow up on leads,” but rather to “create opportunity.”. It’s no fun being a B2B salesperson today. It gets worse.
  • AVITAGE  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2014
    [Sales] For Sales Blogging and Social Selling – Think Like a Publisher
    Huffington Post, see Mike Kunkle’s excellent webinar) To fuel this content dependent activity, many are urging sales people to blog, and to become thought leaders. Lori Richardson, John Jantsch,  ITSMA) This is a logical extension from a belief that sales people must think more like marketers.
  • B2B LEAD GENERATION BLOG  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012
    [Sales] Lead Generation: How 64% of marketers starve Sales of opportunity
    Unbelievably, most are still sending only raw leads to Sales, and they aren’t making an effort to bring those leads to a place where they’re ready for Sales to bite into. 64% of marketers still send all leads that respond to marketing campaigns directly to Sales. Tweet Let’s say you’re dining out, and you order chicken pad thai.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2013
    [Sales] 4 Steps to Shorten Your Sales Cycle
    Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest post from Damian Davila, Content Marketing Consultant at idaconcpts.com. 27% claimed they had insufficient knowledge of prospects already in their sales funnel, and 26% indicated they lost efficiency when they recreated proposals or contracts. Takaway point.
  • YOUR SALES MANAGEMENT GURU  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2012
    [Sales] Sales Leadership: The Impact of Creating a Sales Process
     Sales Leadership: The Impact of a Creating a Sales Process  . Whether your organization is using CRM or not I find that most organizations have not taken the time to define, write out and train their sales team on how to use prescriptive a sales process.  Let me know your thoughts on creating a sales process.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014
    [Sales] 7 Steps to Ensure Sales Forecast Accuracy
    Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest post from Matt Heinz , President of Heinz Marketing. Many sales organizations often struggle with how to predict which sales will close. Their sales forecasts are weak, or non-existent, and that fact affects their bottom line. Know your sales cycle length.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014
    [Sales] What the growth of inside sales means to B2B marketers
    The speaker claimed that inside sales has outstripped outside sales in B2B, a statistic that both surprised me and got me thinking.  On reflection, I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised, since phone-based selling is so much more efficient than hitting the road to make face-to-face sales calls. Community. 
  • VIEWPOINT  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2014
    [Sales] Stunning Study Reveals How to Increase Sales by 29-49%
    Stephen Covey said, “The key is not to prioritize what''s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” Of course, Covey’s message is a good one for all of us, but especially true for salespeople as pointed out in “The Power of Prioritization Report” i published by Velocify (A Sales Optimization Study). Sales Process Sales Leads
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2014
    [Sales] Obscurity: The Biggest Challenge in Sales
    Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest post from Amar Sheth , Principal at Sales for Life. It''s not your sales pitch, your product or your service. From marketing campaigns to advertising, the goal has always been to generate enough awareness so that a sale can be made. The Sales World.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2013
    [Sales] How Sales Leaders Model the Right Behaviors
    Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest post from Craig Wortmann , CEO and Founder of Sales Engine , a company that helps firms build and tune their sales engine(s). The best sales leaders I’ve ever worked for had three traits in common that made them powerful leaders. But that’s just the “what.”
  • BUYER INSIGHTS  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014
    [Sales] How Healthy Is Your Sales Organization?
    Sales managers often think about the effectiveness of the sales team, sales strategy or sales process.  However, there is one vital ingredient of sales success that is generally overlooked.  That is the health of the sales organization.
  • YOUR SALES MANAGEMENT GURU  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2015
    [Sales] Ignite Your Sales Team: Sales Management on Fire!
    Ignite Your Sales Team: Sales Management on Fire! Everyone wants to lead a high performance sales team, but have you made the right investment to make it happen? We see many organizations struggling simply because they have not figured out the importance of investing in training their sales managers. Expect the Best!
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2015
    [Sales] A sales pitch isn’t a relationship
    It’s still all about the sale. The process starts with putting away the sales pitch. There was no presentation, no sales pitch, and during more than 20 calls, we built a relationship of trust and mutual respect. The post A sales pitch isn’t a relationship appeared first on Biznology. Time Machine.
  • VIEWPOINT  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014
    [Sales] Out With the Sales Rep, In With the Sales Guide: A Review of "Duct Tape Selling"
    But as I travel around the world speaking to groups of business owners, marketers and sales professionals, the number one question I’m asked is: ‘What do we do now?’” The premise behind John’s book is that “sales people are no longer just closers. ” B2B Sales
  • INDUSTRIAL MARKETING TODAY  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014
    [Sales] How Unqualified Leads Bog Down Sales Pipelines for Industrial Companies
    This is understandable since the sales pipeline needs to be full and active at [.] The post How Unqualified Leads Bog Down Sales Pipelines for Industrial Companies by Achinta Mitra appeared first on Industrial Marketing Today. I have yet to come across a manufacturer, a distributor or an engineering firm that didn’t ask for more leads.
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 0002
    [Sales] Top 6 Ways that Marketing Supports B2B Sales and Revenue
    Since the early days of B2B marketing and sales, marketing VPs have been asking that puzzling but oh-so-important question: “What […]. The post Top 6 Ways that Marketing Supports B2B Sales and Revenue appeared first on Great B2B Marketing. B2B Sales Revenue Sales and Marketing
  • CRIMSON MARKETING  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2014
    [Sales] My 2015 Sales & Marketing Predictions
    I recently discussed my sales and marketing predictions for 2015 with Backbone Media. The post My 2015 Sales & Marketing Predictions appeared first on. And after you watch my video, click here for more B2B marketing predictions from other industry thought leaders. Corporate Marketing Marketing Technology
  • YOUR SALES MANAGEMENT GURU  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2015
    [Sales] Prospecting: Fill your sales pipelines now!
    The Telephone Is the Most Powerful Sales Prospecting Tool. KEN: This blog post is from my friend Jeb Blount, his new book is a must read for your sales book club: Fanatical Prospecting. Add it to your sales library today! The phone is your most powerful sales tool. By Jeb Blount, author of Fanatical Prospecting. Books
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2013
    [Sales] How Sales Should Deal with Receptionists – the NIZ area
    As the host of Marketing Made Simple TV and one of Openview Labs Top 25 Inflencers in Sales last year, I’m sent many free business books by authors looking to appear on my show. This book addresses a very important area in sales that is rarely covered – how to engage top executives on the phone and set appointments.
  • YOUR SALES MANAGEMENT GURU  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2013
    [Sales] Building a Sales Pipeline
    Tactical Sales 20/20 Marketing Plan. Ken Thoreson “operationalizes” sales management systems and processes that pull revenue out of the doldrums into the fresh zone. Check out his latest book: “creating High Performance Sales Compensation Plans”. Sales Management Systems Build Your Pipeline for the 4 th Quarter.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013
    [Sales] Define and Conquer: Tips to Improve Sales and Marketing Alignment
    by contributor | Tweet this Editor’s Note: Today’s blog post comes courtesy of Sam Boush, the President of Lead Lizard , a marketing automation agency based in Portland, Oregon that delivers world-class demand generation strategy, lead nurturing and lead scoring programs, lead management processes, and sales enablement programs.
  • INDUSTRIAL MARKETING TODAY  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2012
    [Sales] Digital Marketing Can Increase Industrial Sales
    Call it digital marketing or inbound marketing with content , the fact is marketing is now playing a much more active role in complex industrial sales. In this world the celebrated “solution sales rep” can be more of an annoyance than an asset. Source: The End of Solution Sales, Harvard Business Review – HBR blog).
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011
    [Sales] My review of Rainmaking Conversations – the great new sales book by John Doerr and Mike Schultz
    In my years of sales, I’ve been through every kind of sales training known – Sandler, Solution Selling, Customer-Centric Selling, Target Account Selling – you name it, I’ve done it. How could a subject as well-documented as sales be given a fresh perspective? Let me tell you. The authors succeeded. classic in the making. link].
  • INDUSTRIAL MARKETING TODAY  |  TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012
    [Sales] E-commerce: An Important Channel for Industrial Sales
    I am seeing more and more manufacturers and industrial distributors using e-commerce as a sales channel for growth. However, I have noticed a growing trend among industrial companies using e-commerce as their primary sales channel. Annual Sales: $1.5+ billion with no outside sales force. MRO distributor W.W. igus® Inc.
  • MARKETING ACTION  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013
    [Sales] Unpack Your Sales Funnel
    Sales has come a long way from the Glengarry Glen Ross days of high pressure and aggressive  tactics. Especially in the last five years, sales and marketing roles have shifted and this impacts the way the funnel breaks down as well. Sales is hard. There’s a lot of pressure on sales people to make their numbers.
  • NUSPARK  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2011
    [Sales] Sales Best Practices include Marketing-Sales Alignment
    I was reading with interest recently the results of a study from sales organization Miller Heiman called Sales Strategies for Thriving in a Post-Recession Economy, a 2011 Best Practices Study.  Improving productivity among its sales teams. Productivity per sales person. Enabling a High Performance Sales Force.
  • NUSPARK  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2011
    [Sales] Sales Best Practices include Marketing-Sales Alignment
    I was reading with interest recently the results of a study from sales organization Miller Heiman called Sales Strategies for Thriving in a Post-Recession Economy, a 2011 Best Practices Study.  Improving productivity among its sales teams. Productivity per sales person. Enabling a High Performance Sales Force.
  • TYPE A COMMUNICATIONS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016
    [Sales] 5 Essential Elements to Include in Every Sales Pitch
    July 19, 2016 by Ken Sterling Effectively closing sales is the bread and butter of your business. Marketing Sales Alignment Sales Sales Enablement B2B BigSpeak Ken Sterling sales sales enablement storytelling WebbiquityHere’s how to hit a home run every time. According to researchers at. read more.
  • YOUR SALES MANAGEMENT GURU  |  MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014
    [Sales] Creativity for Sales Leaders
    Creativity for Sales Leaders. One of the traits sales managers must have or develop is a mind that is creative. As a salesperson, sales leader, or manager you can build a better life by adding some spark to your thinking power. For first time sales managers is now available: [link]. Another example is J.R.R.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014
    [Sales] Inside Sales & the Mobile Workforce: Tips for Managing Telecommuters
    AG Salesworks is pleased to bring you a guest post from Kevin Thornton , Executive Vice President - Sales & Marketing for VanillaSoft. When you take a look at some of the statistics available, it seems like a no-brainer and a win-win situation to implement a telecommuting program for your sales organization. For Workers.
  • YOUR SALES MANAGEMENT GURU  |  MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013
    [Sales] Sales Leadership: Learning by Observing
    know every year when I attend the National Speakers Association conference I pick up so many great ideas to build my professionalism.   So what does this topic have to do with Sales Leadership? However during any sales call, the manager must be acutely aware of the 5 items listed above when observing their salesperson. 
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2014
    [Sales] B2B Sales Prospecting: Remember to Finish Listening!
    AG Salesworks is pleased to bring you a guest post from Jeff Shore , an in-demand sales expert, author, speaker and executive coach. There’s a lot of truth to that idea, and never more so than when a buyer raises objections during the sales process. The Sales Dance: Four Steps to a Better Presentation Stephen R. Covey.
  • SYNECORE  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014
    [Sales] Sales are Struggling! Who Needs Attention: My Website or My Sales Team?
    Your website is far and away your organization’s most impactful sales tool and I’m here to tell you why. To begin with, ask yourself why you hired your sales team. If you answered “to generate more leads and sales,” you’re on the right track. Your Best Sales Rep. sales actionable website can be your greatest sales asset.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012
    [Sales] Sales and Marketing Alignment: How to Sell To A Sales Person
    Sales and Marketing alignment continues to be a major issue for both sides. Marketing often seeks to drive long term while also helping sales has to hit their quarterly numbers. But marketers often struggle trying to sell their ideas to sales people. So how do you sell a marketing strategy to sales people?
  • SALES INTELLIGENCE VIEW  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2011
    [Sales] Ignite More Sales with Sales Intelligence
    Any sales reps worth their salt does their homework before contacting a lead. Once a contact becomes a qualified lead or opportunity, sales needs to know who to reach and how, and what to say to get their attention. 60% of sales reps waste the equivalent of 6 selling weeks a year just trying to get customers on the phone.
  • INDUSTRIAL MARKETING TODAY  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013
    [Sales] Content Marketing Must Go Beyond Inbound Marketing in Industrial Sales
    Content Marketing Inbound Marketing Sales Strategies Content Marketing Institute HubSpot Industrial Marketing Industrial salesThere is quite a bit of confusion among my industrial clients about the terms Inbound Marketing and Content Marketing. For many, the two are synonymous and it is just a [.]. This is only a content summary.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2015
    [Sales] 3 Soft Selling Skills I See In My Best Sales Development Reps
    I was having an interesting discussion with my Director of Marketing the other day about her perspective on hard vs. soft sales skills. From what she has seen working with experienced sales guys and gals over the years is that they rely far too much on their hard skills to get them by. Sales Prospecting B2B Sales Success
  • AVITAGE  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016
    [Sales] Why You Need a B2B Sales Content Strategy
    If you sell the way you did 10 years ago, you don’t need a sales content strategy. But if you’ve truly adopted a customer-centered sales philosophy you know you have new requirements. ” They develop virtually all sales opportunities. The post Why You Need a B2B Sales Content Strategy appeared first on Avitage.
  • YOUR SALES MANAGEMENT GURU  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2012
    [Sales] Sales Leadership: Nine Minutes on Monday
    My speaking and sales leadership consulting practice causes me to work with many  individuals that are experiencing situations of stress that include either learning to manage a sales team for the first time or their organizations are not performing at optimal levels.  Ken’s latest book is : Leading High Performance Sales Teams!
  • ANNUITAS  |  MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2015
    [Sales] Right vs. Wrong – B2B Sales People and Additional Thoughts About the SiriusDecisions B2B Buyer Research
    The B2B marketing and sales world was abuzz a few weeks ago when SiriusDecisions reported that the decline in importance of the B2B sales person, which has been reported by many, has been greatly exaggerated. Sirius went on to show additional research that shows the importance of the sales rep at all stages of the buying cycle.
  • CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX   |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2015
    [Sales] Will New Marketing Automation Tools Let Sales Climb Back Up The Funnel?
    If the pendulum is really swinging the other way, then sales people will be taking a more active role earlier in the buying process. But I also had in mind another system I had just seen, MDCDOT , which gives marketing automation functions to sales people. Trends are signposts of the future: they point to where we’re headed.
  • YOUR SALES MANAGEMENT GURU  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2014
    [Sales] Sales Mgmt: don’t over complicate it….
    Sales Leadership: Don’t over complicate 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. When I said: you don’t show this to them during the sales process do you?
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2014
    [Sales] Sales Prospecting Perspectives' Top 10 Blog Posts in 2014
    Before we count down the ball drop, we want to share with you our top 10 blog posts on Sales Prospecting Perspectives in 2014. How to Write an Effective Sales Prospecting Email. Samantha Goldman’s post in January was the most popular post on Sales Prospecting Perspectives in 2014. Happy December 31, everyone! What are yours?
  • ANNUITAS  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2014
    [Sales] Buyers Don’t Care About Your Sales Funnel
    I read an article recently that discussed how content can “help push your prospects through the sales funnel.”  However, if organizations are taking the very insular view of “pushing their buyer through the sales funnel” it would explain quite a bit about the lack of effectiveness. Pretty anemic! 
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2015
    [Sales] 10 Things Master Salespeople Do to Sweep Away Skepticism and Close Sales
    Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest blog from Demian Farnworth , Chief Copywriter at Copyblogger Media. To close a sale, a prospect needs to commit to buy (plus a few other steps, but that commitment is crucial). Read on for 10 essential principles to build belief, sweep aside distrust, and close sales.
  • INDUSTRIAL MARKETING TODAY  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012
    [Sales] Inbound Marketing won’t Boost Short-term Sales for Industrial Companies
    Irrespective of the size of the company, they all have one thing in common – they want to boost sales as quickly as possible. They don’t want to hear that, they want their phones to start ringing, RFQs coming in and their sales team involved in deep conversations within 30 days. It is a long journey.”. Do you use inbound marketing?
  • YOUR SALES MANAGEMENT GURU  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2013
    [Sales] Managing A Sales Manager
    Managing a Sales Manager  . As a result of our one of my readers sending me an email comment regarding his personal situation,  I have attached the sample of one our of a tools we have included in our “On Line Sales Manager Tool Kit ” www.AcumenManagement.com.   . Sales Management Reporting  . Sales Metrics.
  • B2B LEAD GENERATION BLOG  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2012
    [Sales] How ECI Telecom Discovered the Surefire Sign that Sales and Marketing Are Aligned
    Tweet If you’re among the roughly half of B2B companies that have strong alignment between your sales and marketing teams, then congratulations! They hammered out: A glossary to ensure everyone spoke the same sales and marketing language. The sales team had accepted none of them. Looked great on paper. Levy says.
  • VIEWPOINT  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2015
    [Sales] Time to Stop Making Sales & Marketing Excuses in 2015
    From my perspective, having interviewed hundreds of managers on SLMA Radio, and managed 20+ sales and marketing teams (interim management) through the years, it’s the excuses that drag down organizations. Lead Generation Sales & Marketing Management Excuses from both employees and managers can fill a book, and most are bogus.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2012
    [Sales] 7 Ways Your Sales and Marketing Can Align
    When sales and marketing are on the same page, performance is better.  88% of best performing companies have aligned their sales and marketing teams. Here are some ways that leading companies are achieving sales and marketing alignment: 1. Sales will say they need better leads. How to do it? Ride Together. Plan Together.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011
    [Sales] When Sales and Marketing Collide – SMarketing
    One of the major problems at technology start up’s today is the lack of understanding of how much sales and marketing principles have changed. “If I need to double revenue growth, I need to double my sales force to drive it” or “I need to generate 1,000 leads to generate one sale. Therefore 2,000 leads will generate two sales.”.
  • VIEWPOINT  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2015
    [Sales] Sales Lead Management Leads to a Lower Cost of Sales
    “Cost of sales is determined by a lot of things,” Jake said, “But lead management isn’t one of them.” And with that the sales manager slapped the table with his hand to emphasize his words. Follow-up is the responsibility of the sales reps and as reported in the CRM system it was only 15%. Lead Management
  • VIEWPOINT  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014
    [Sales] Half of all sales inquiries are good. The challenge is finding which half.
    In the distant past (30 years ago) We figured out through research that 45%f of all inquiries turn into a sale for someone. Marketing can assume that responsibility through nurturing, and increased sales are the result—not by just a few percent—but 200-300% more sales are the result of successful nurturing programs.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2013
    [Sales] How Invested are Your Inside Sales Reps?
    Over the summer, the AG team created a list of 50 traits an inside sales rep should have. Number 43 was that an inside sales rep should be invested. The main traits and skills that I feel an inside sales rep should have to be invested are: Devotion, Persistence, Active Listening. If they are not interested, GREAT! Find out why.
  • YOUR SALES MANAGEMENT GURU  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
    [Sales] Sales Leadership: 5 Steps to Exceed 2015 Quota
    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. Create annual sales contests. Begin to recruit. Is it competitive?
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015
    [Sales] How B2B Marketing Supports Sales Enablement
    There is a lot of industry buzz around the term “sales enablement.” B2B Marketing Sales Effectivness Sales Enablement Sales Growth Sales effectiveness This is terrific because the marketing department should […].
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2012
    [Sales] Are Sales and Marketing Chatting Enough? [CHART]
    Collaboration between Sales and Marketing has never been accomplished simply by agreeing on lead criteria and definitions.  It requires interacting with each other on a regular basis as though you were standing at a water cooler – even if you are not in the same office, or country for that matter. Tell us your stories!
  • CONVERSIONATION  |  THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011
    [Sales] B2B: Involve Your Sales People in Social Media Marketing and CRM Now
    In many B2B companies, especially those with a longer sales cycle (or buying cycle if you will), there is at least one division where employees meet customers and prospects without sitting behind their computers and campaign or CRM dashboards all the time: sales. Good sales people have always listened: do you listen to them?
  • THE ROI GUY  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013
    [Sales] Sales Enablement’s Dirty Big Secret
    Attending the Forrester Sales Enablement Forum, one research metric was presented that just blew me away. According to Forrester, the average company spends more than $135,000 in sales support costs per year for EACH salesperson. That’s $135 large a year folks on the hidden cost of sales ! Not necessarily. Why Change? Why Now?
  • INDUSTRIAL MARKETING TODAY  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2012
    [Sales] Align Industrial Websites with Sales Process
    If you want your industrial website to generate qualified leads and drive sales (Who doesn’t?), make sure the site is aligned with your sales process. Without this critical link, your newly redesigned industrial website may be nothing more than eye candy that does very little for your sales. Define your sales process in details.
  • SALES INTELLIGENCE VIEW  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014
    [Sales] Sales & Marketing Have Moved In Together [Infographic]
    Are your sales and marketing relationships on a path toward power. Historically, the inability to track marketing efforts and correlated results has been a major factor in misaligned sales and marketing departments. Back then, as little as 10 years ago, marketing arranged the blind dates for sales, the cousin. Marketing Sales 2.0
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2014
    [Sales] 12 Tips for Building and Managing a Bigger Sales Pipeline
    Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest post from Matt Heinz , President of Heinz Marketing. Most leads aren’t sales-ready: Whether you’re sending out campaigns or fielding inbound calls, as little as 15 percent of your leads are going to be both qualified and sales-ready. for you. You simply execute.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2013
    [Sales] Why New Sales Hires Frequently Fail
    Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest post from Chris Croner, Principal at Sales Drive, LLC. One of the most frustrating experiences for sales managers is hiring “hunter” salespeople who produce lackluster results in spite of their stellar interview performance. but they are also teachable.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2015
    [Sales] How AG's Sales Development Managers Motivate Reps in February [Part 1]
    February is also a time when we need to keep our sales development reps extra motivated whether working from the office or at home during inclement weather. tried to think of what motivated me when I was an SDR, and decided to source some help from our awesome sales development managers. Jimmy Grieve - Incentives and Praise.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2016
    [Sales] Are your marketing personas your sales market segments?
    Marketing is supposed to lead to sales, right? So why is it that we marketers sometimes throw up unnecessary impediments to selling things? I’ve talked in the past about how you better make sure that the steps in your marketing Buyer Journey matches the phases of Sales Funnel. Today, I want to talk about something similar.
  • ANNUITAS  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015
    [Sales] What’s Sales Enablement Got to Do with Demand Generation?
    In our mission to build demand generation that delivers real results, here are a couple to keep you up at night: B2B companies’ inability to align sales and marketing teams has cost them upwards of 10% or more of revenue per year , according to IDC. Confused and frustrated sales teams? Modern B2B marketers like numbers.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2014
    [Sales] [Infographic] The Outsourced Inside Sales Teleprospecting Process
    You decide to insource your inside sales team. You hire new inside sales reps, many just out of college. Your marketing team works on qualifying leads, but your sales team leaves many unqualified leads untouched. According to Marketo, 80% of leads generated by marketing are ignored by sales. You know what you need to do.
  • SALES INTELLIGENCE VIEW  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012
    [Sales] 25 Motivational Sales Quotes
    gathered 25 quotes in sales I find to be very powerful and motivating. Shoot us a tweet with your favorite sales quote! “You don’t close a sale, you open a relationship if you want to build a long-term, successful enterprise.” Blogroll Sales Data Social Selling B2B b2b sales motivational quotes Sales Sales 2.0
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