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July is Sales Leadership Month

Your Sales Management Guru

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.

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5 Essential Elements to Include in Every Sales Pitch


Effectively closing sales is the bread and butter of your business. According to researchers at the University of Florida, 20% of all salespeople make 80% of all sales (also known as the 20/80 rule or the Pareto principle ), which makes securing a spot in that top 20% crucial to running a competitive and profitable business. First and foremost, ditch the the “sales pitch.”

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Please Don’t Let Your Sales Reps Nurture Leads

The Point

Bear with me as I relate a quick story about lead nurturing: A few months back I became a sales lead. Perhaps I was an SQL (Sales Qualified Lead) at one point in the conversation, but no longer. I’m also a perfect candidate for lead nurturing. And secondly, and more critically, these kinds of “touching base” phone calls are the worst possible use of a sales rep’s time. But no.

Changing Your Sales Mindset


Unfortunately, most sales professionals focus primarily on learning sales techniques. Adopting a better sales mindset might be what’s required. With the typical sales mindset, techniques might be even be experienced by prospects as gimmicks. With this sales mindset, you’re going to work every day with an inherently conflict oriented mindset.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

through their own research, without talking to sales—until late in the journey. Align marketing with sales: as buyers complete more of their journey online and sales pros get involved only later in the process, close. Focus marketing and sales resources within chosen vertical. normal point of sales/marketing contact. CEO, CFO, and VP of Sales/Marketing.

New Sales Competency – Use Content to Sell


Sales professionals have been slower to change their sales methods to adapt and align with new buying processes and the expectations of buyers. Those who are not actively and effectively using content to sell are missing an important opportunity to capture a selling advantage, lower selling time and costs, and accelerate successful sales outcomes. “Social selling” while new and popular, doesn’t yet represent a significant breakthrough in the way B2B sales people sell. The digital era has ushered in many behavior changes, especially for B2B buyers.

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31 Tips for Improving Sales and Marketing Lead Generation Alignment

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet More often than not, there seems to be a disconnect between Marketing and Sales. How does your sales team perceive the leads Marketing produces? The second thing I would ask is, when was the last time you talked with your sales team? Consider having short huddles daily and weekly between the marketing and sales team members. Be honest. The say leads, what leads?

Are You Practicing Sales Enablement or Sales Disablement?

Great B2B Marketing

Sales Enablement Service Level AgreementWe marketers like to think we are making a big contribution to revenue, but in fact, we may be doing […].

3 Good Questions to Align Strategy, B2B Marketing, and Sales

B2B Lead Generation Blog

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). know something about sales. Frank Cespedes.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

through their own research, without talking to sales—until late in the journey. Align marketing with sales: as buyers complete more of their journey online and sales pros get involved only later in the process, close. Focus marketing and sales resources within chosen vertical. normal point of sales/marketing contact. CEO, CFO, and VP of Sales/Marketing.

To Manage Sales You Must Manage Sales Leads


“Why,” I was asked, “must you manage sales leads in order to manage sales? Sales lead management is a marketing function, isn’t it?”. It was with a slight hesitation that the sales manager added the second sentence about sales lead management being a marketing function. The responsibility for addressing prospects’ needs remains a major part of the sales job.

Sales Management & Discipline

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Management and Discipline. 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! After that conversation I next interviewed the VP of Sales.   The VP of Sales and President failed on one major tenet of sales leadership; they forgot about the need for discipline. Development of a Sales Plan for the new year with quarterly objections/goals. Need more sales management resources?

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Sales Enablement Danger


Although marketing automation is now almost fully embraced by marketers, sales organizations are still not completely accepting of the technology benefits, nor are they trusting of marketing’s motives. Enter, the era of Sales Enablement. Sales enablement is a universal challenge. Is the target now a naïve Sales Enablement buyer?

How Marketing Automation Changed My (Sales) Life


The post How Marketing Automation Changed My (Sales) Life appeared first on Salesfusion. Marketing Automation Sales and Marketing Sales Sales Pain Points

Steal This Technique for Your Next Sales Email

The Point

As the saying goes, he who hesitates is lost. I was reminded of this principle earlier today when a colleague forwarded an email received from a inside sales representative at a technology company looking to partner with our agency. B2B Marketing Cold Calling Copywriting Creative Demand Generation E-mail email marketing inside sales lead generation Offer Strategy Sales 2.0

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

through their own research, without talking to sales—until late in the journey. Align marketing with sales: as buyers complete more of their journey online and sales pros get involved only later in the process, close. Focus marketing and sales resources within chosen vertical. normal point of sales/marketing contact. CEO, CFO, and VP of Sales/Marketing.

3 Magic Questions a Sales Manager Must Know

Your Sales Management Guru

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? Sales Leadership Training Sales TrainingWhy now?

4 B2B Sales Prospecting New Year's Resolutions for 2015

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Here are a few resolutions to help kick off your B2B sales prospecting on the right foot in 2015. 1. Include New Year''s in your inside sales messaging, and make sure to follow up on those prospects who wanted to speak at the beginning of 2015. 2. As we embark on the journey of B2B sales prospecting in 2015, it is important to keep in mind that timing does matter.

5 Prospecting Strategies for Obtaining Sales Context

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Sales Context is an important part of any conversation, as it directly correlates to the potential of a sale. With 54% of sales reps not making quota this year according to SiriusDecisions, it’s imperative that you teach your team to make the most of Sales Context, the information that can influence a sale. Sales Prospecting Call Strategy B2B Sales Success

The Sales Development Playbook #PeopleMatter #MustRead

Smashmouth Marketing

My opinion of Trish as a sales development expert is beyond what I could deliver in this article. Just last week I attended her launch party for her new book, The Sales Development Playbook (amazon link) and she fielded a few questions that pointed directly to the underlying theme of the book, that sales development is all about the people. sales books reviews sales managers

How Marketing Operations Can Align with Sales (and Why)


One of the most common phenomena I encounter in the wonderful world of B2B companies is the creation, and then continual expansion, of a chasm between sales and marketing. Wouldn’t this be great information for a sales rep to have when building out prospecting lists!? Empowering your sales team will dramatically increase their output and inevitably, your revenue.

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The Human Element of Sales and Marketing


This could teach us a lot about a human approach to sales and marketing. While most marketers and sales professionals may not think of themselves as change agents, they would be mistaken.  In fact, when we ask someone to invest in our product, we are asking them to embrace and champion change within their organization. Why a Rational Approach to Sales Isn’t Enough.

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Never Lose A Deal Alone: 5 Advocates You Need In Your Sales Funnel Stages

Influitive b2b

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. This post was updated on August 25th, 2016.

Selling to Sales – Like Cooking for Chefs


For years we’ve provided in-depth intelligence on the IT, Engineering, Marketing, and Finance departments of companies, but we wanted to talk to Sales Departments and specifically the leaders there. So, we’re selling to sales – that creates some unique challenges for us. Aligning Sales & Marketing. Sales Tricks for Salespeople. All Roads Lead to Sales Numbers.

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How Marketing Software Benefits Your Sales Team


The post How Marketing Software Benefits Your Sales Team appeared first on Salesfusion. Lead Nurture Sales CRM Website Tracking

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. While many of these folks give sound advice, the reality for some of us is that we simply have a long sales cycle. ” No thanks!

Sales and Marketing Automation


The post Sales and Marketing Automation appeared first on Marketing Automation | Lead Generation | Email Marketing | Salesfusion. Best Practices Nurture Marketing Sales CRM

3 Important Sales Trends & Predictions for 2015

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Here are three trends I see in the sales world, paired with predictions on where those trends will take us. B2B sales and marketing leaders will need to decide whether they’re going to invest in content creation as a way to make noise or as a way to add value for customers. Sales folks can’t keep up with all of today’s promising new tools. TREND #1: Content Fatigue / Focus.

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Lead Generation That Converts Leads into Sales Opportunities

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Unfortunately, as little as 5 to 15%  of all marketing inquiries (aka leads) turn out to be truly sales-ready opportunities. Marketers who really want to help Sales perform better will focus on higher-quality leads, which have better odds of converting into pipeline opportunities and customers. It creates sales-ready leads and nurtures the leads that aren’t sales-ready.

The Myth About Sales Pipeline


Most sales managers or Sales VPs will tell you that in order to meet their quota, they must have a pipeline of X.  Whether it is a three X, five X or seven X pipeline, these sales people have a formula that they follow that knows what they need to get them to their stated goal.  Sales management was no longer worried about a “five x multiple” (the goal they had previously). 

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The dangerous confusion of sales and content marketing

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Pink went on to talk about how sales used to be in the days prior to the Internet by giving the example of the used car salesperson. Pink argues that salespeople need to become “servant sellers,” providing helpful information, answering questions, and generally providing a good experience— before any sale is made. pieces of information prior to a sale, a little bit too close to heart. 

5 Sales Tips My Kids Learned from Watching Shark Tank

The Point

But there’s another side of Shark Tank that I appreciate, and that is: it’s great sales training. As someone who’s attended a few sales training classes in my day, I have yelled advice at the TV a few times during the show (often along the lines of “TAKE THE DEAL FOR PETE’S SAKE”), much to my kids’ embarrassment. One is sales (revenue). inside sales Sales 2.0

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5 Best Practices for Improving Sales Enablement

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Jeff Day In today’s frenetic, go-go-go B2B sales environment, it can be hard to ensure that your sales team is having the right—or  optimal —conversations with their prospects to deliver value and drive deals forward. Beyond the content distribution problem lies another issue: inefficient processes for sales teams. This is largely because sales simply can’t find it.

5 Steps to Successfully Build Your Company's Sales Development Efforts

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest post from Matt Heinz , President of Heinz Marketing. Who is responsible for qualifying inbound marketing leads and identifying new, short-term sales opportunties for senior sales executives in your company? Assuming you have sales stages to begin with, which will your SDRs be responsible for? Do the math.

7 Benefits of a Prescriptive Sales Process

Your Sales Management Guru

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. This was important because the sales team was generally inexperienced.

Integrating Google AdWords with Salesforce to Measure Your Sales Funnel


Google of course has been tracking ecommerce data for years, but never the complexities of a B2B sale.  This lets you understand how your AdWords results in the most important milestones in your B2B sales funnel. Some may become opportunities; some become sales.  In other words, some keywords may be more valuable than others. “Sales Qualified,” 2. Example.

Industrial Content Marketing Boosts Sales for Distributors

Industrial Marketing Today

My conversations with distributors about industrial content marketing almost always start with them needing help in growing their sales. Most distributors define their problem as “lack of sales.” Content Marketing Industrial content marketing Industrial Marketing Industrial salesThat should come as no surprise. This is only a content summary.

TOPO Sales Summit April 7-8, Join Me

Smashmouth Marketing

I'll be attending the TOPO Sales Summit on April 7-8 in San Francisco. If you are a sales, sales development, sales operations, sales enablement, or even marketing leader, you should attend. I'll be attending the TOPO Sales Summit the first week of April and am looking forward to hearing from the sales and marketing trenches. What’s TOPO? PERIOD.

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Sales Leadership: Why Winners Win!

Your Sales Management Guru

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. My blog on Creating Intensity is also focused on the emotional aspects of sales leadership and sales team performance. Need more sales management resources? Feel the fear-do it anyway!

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5 B2B Sales Thought Leaders Share 2014 Trends and 2015 Predictions

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Yesterday, you were most likely scrambling to answer all those emails you missed over vacation, rushing to meetings about your sales pipeline, and scrambling to write down your new sales goals. However, did you ever just take a moment to stop and reflect on the year behind you, on the year ahead of you, and on your impact as a sales leader? It’s January 6. Matt Bertuzzi.

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