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What is the Value of Your Personal Brand?

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You know the value of your investments. What is the value of your personal brand? It’s somewhat difficult to always control your investments due to outside forces, but controlling your brand is in your hands. As a salesperson, the value you garner from your personal brand is priceless. 

“Personal branding is the process of developing a 'mark' that is created around your personal name or your career. You use this 'mark' to express and communicate your skills, personality and values. The end goal is that the personal brand you develop will build your reputation and help you grow your network in a way that interests others. They will seek you out for your knowledge and expertise." — Laura Lake, Marketing Expert

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Topics: Sales, personal brand

You Can Get Anything In Life You Want If…

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. . . you just help enough people get what THEY want. I heard this truth many years ago from the legendary Zig Ziglar. It’s so simple and so powerful, it should be the basis for everything a sales professional does. But, simple and easy are two different things. Most sales professionals are so wrapped up in their products and services that nearly everything that comes out of their mouths sounds either like a monologue about features and benefits or a manipulative question designed to get the prospect to say they have a need which the salesperson’s product magically fills. 

But, what if you made this statement the basis for every move you made? If you really believe you can get anything you want in life if you just help enough people get what they want, how would that change… 

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Topics: Needs Analysis, Sales

Why Your Sales Team Needs to Sit Next to Marketing + More

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It's Friday, and it's time for us to share what we've been reading online this week. Here are our "best" from around the web.

1. Why Your Sales Team Needs to Sit Next to Marketing — Salesforce

Sales and Marketing serve a shared purpose: to identify, attract, and close business for the company. But far too often, these teams find themselves acting out a typical “Dilbert” comic script of blame and frustration during slow sales cycles. Fortunately, it’s possible to bring these two groups to the same table to work off of the same script and dramatically improve performance across almost every worthwhile metric. Here's how.

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Topics: inbound marketing, Sales, Wrap-up

Generate More and Better Sales Leads in 7 Steps!

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According to a State of B2B Procurement study from the Acquity Group, 94 percent of business buyers do some form of online research before they meet with a salesperson. Your prospects are looking online before they agree to an appointment. And if they're finding information and assistance from your competitors instead of you, who do you think they're going to meet with?

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Topics: internet marketing, Setting Appointments, new business development, inbound marketing, Sales

How Will You Become a Million Dollar Salesperson?

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There are many roads to reach annual billing of $1 million. It’s a milestone in many industries. Most account lists are some combination of client levels, but let’s look at three possible scenarios to reach $1 million in billing:

  • 1,000 clients spending $1,000 each
  • 100 clients spending $10,000 each
  • 10 clients spending $100,000 each

The reason to stop and think about your client list this way is that it ends up determining how you spend your time each day and, ultimately, your sales career.

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Topics: Sales, salespeople

Increase Sales Performance by Looking Sideways

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I recently attended an event sponsored by Startup Grind Asheville. Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. The speaker at this particular event was Josh Dorfman, from Venture Asheville (an initiative to support high growth business ventures).   

In response to a question, Josh gave the advice to look sideways. He was encouraging entrepreneurs to look sideways as they run hard straight ahead toward their goal (so they don’t miss an opportunity they were not really looking for). This is another way to express something I heard years ago from the consulting firm Innosight. A speaker I heard from Innosight said that the great majority of companies that successfully transitioned their business during an industry disruption did so by pursuing a path they didn’t see when they started to make their pivot. That struck me at the time. What Innosight had learned is that the plan you develop when you start in a new direction is almost certainly the wrong plan, but doing nothing is also a sure path to failure. What an interesting discovery.  

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Topics: Sales

New Opportunities for Professional Services Marketing

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We are very excited to announce that LeadG2, The Center for Sales Strategy's inbound marketing division, has acquired Vitberg, LLC, a HubSpot Gold Partner. Vitberg, LLC specializes in serving the professional services industry, and they're bringing valuable expertise to LeadG2. Here is the official press release.

This acquisition is going to help us serve our current clients better and help expand our services as well. Traditionally, LeadG2 has been known as the expert in lead generation for the media industry, but with the addition of Vitberg, LLC we will be able to focus on a new industry—professional services.

Our knowledge and work on developing the 7 Step Lead Generation process can be modified and applied to professional services marketing, and we are excited to bring this expertise to a new industry.

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Topics: inbound marketing

7 Powerful Persuasion Techniques to Use In Your Next Sales Email + More

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Here we are at the end of another week (Where did it go??), and it's time for us to share what we've been reading online this week. Here are our "best" from around the web.

1. 7 Powerful Persuasion Techniques to Use In Your Next Sales Email — HubSpot

The sales email is a special breed of writing. You only have a very small window of opportunity to capture your reader’s attention and convince them to move one step closer toward a purchase. Use these writing techniques to ensure your emails have the best chance of success.

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Topics: inbound marketing, Sales, Wrap-up

5 Things Every Sales Manager Should Be Measuring

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The great sales managers know that if you want to see an increase in performance then you have to set expectations. But just setting expectations is never enough. You need to put a system in place where you can measure what you expect. As the management saying goes, "Your salespeople will respect what you inspect… and you need to inspect what you expect."

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Topics: Sales, measurement