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The Center for Sales Strategy Blog

Weekly Roundup: GDPR Compliance + More

friday-team-fist-bumpWe hope you've had a great week! It's Friday, and today we're sharing what we've been reading online this week! Here are our "best" from around the web.

Topics: lead generation inbound marketing Sales Wrap-up

Weekly Roundup: Your Salespeople Secretly Want to Contribute to the Blog + More

salespeople contribute to blogWe hope you've had a great week! It's Friday, and today we're sharing what we've been reading online this week! Here are our "best" from around the web.

Topics: lead generation inbound marketing Sales Wrap-up

If You Forget About Lead Gen, You Can Forget About Growth

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This article was originally published on Entrepreneur.com.

Topics: content strategy thought leadership lead generation sales and marketing alignment

Weekly Roundup: Why “Does That Make Sense?” Is the Worst Question You Can Ask in Sales + More

worst question in sales and the sales strategyWe hope you've had a great week! It's Friday, and today we're sharing what we've been reading online this week! Here are our "best" from around the web.

Topics: lead generation inbound marketing Sales Wrap-up

Weekly Roundup: Sales Weaknesses That Cripple a Sales Rep's Ability to Qualify + More

weak salespeople ability to qualify when sales prospectingWe hope you've had a great week! It's Friday, and today we're sharing what we've been reading online this week! Here are our "best" from around the web.

Topics: lead generation inbound marketing Sales Wrap-up prospecting

Weekly Roundup: 3 Reasons Why Your Sales Team Isn't Generating More Leads (And How to Fix It) + More

sales team isn't generating leadsWe hope you've had a great week! It's Friday, and today we're sharing what we've been reading online this week! Here are our "best" from around the web.

Topics: lead generation inbound marketing Sales Wrap-up

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Rely on Your Sales Team to Generate Leads

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One of the first signs that a sales organization of a small company is growing and maturing is that they no longer rely on the sales team to generate leads. In the early stages of development, a new company requires that everyone “wear multiple hats”. Consequently, the salesperson usually plays the role of Chief Marketing Officer, Marketing Campaign Manager, and Business Development Specialist. It’s quite simple really—if the salesperson doesn't generate leads, no one will. But as an organization matures, the various Sales and Marketing disciplines should be divided as soon as possible. Not doing so simply makes achieving growth objectives more challenging and makes your life tougher than it needs to be.

Unfortunately, many organizations get stuck in this first stage of organizational development, and they continue to rely on the sales team to generate their own leads. Salespeople should really never stop prospecting. They should always be on the lookout for new business opportunities. But an organization that completely relies on Sales to generate leads are putting their growth objectives at risk. Below are three primary reasons why.

Topics: lead generation Sales sales and marketing alignment

Lack of Leads Hurting Your Revenue? 5 Reasons Why You Need a Lead Generation Strategy

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The hardest job in sales these days is getting an appointment with a new prospect. As a sales manager, it's fairly easy to stand up in the sales meeting and tell your salespeople that they need to do a better job prospecting or that they need to just commit more time and energy to getting appointments. But they already know those things, and they're facing huge hurdles that their counterparts of a few years ago didn't face.

Here are five of those hurdles. Feel free to add to the list in the comments section below.

Topics: lead generation Management Sales

A Sales Strategy to Double Time Spent Selling

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When a colleague conducted a "time spent selling audit" for one of her clients, the data showed the organization's best sellers spent slightly over 20% of their time actually selling. Keep in mind, the audit included the best sellers in the organization! Here are five reasons why this happens:

Topics: Setting Appointments new business development lead generation Management Sales

Use Marketing to Generate Leads So Your Salespeople Can Focus on Revenue

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There is an old saying that goes like this: When is the best time to plant a tree? 20 years ago, of course. When is the next best time to plant a tree? TODAY! 

That saying is the perfect way to describe what is going on with sales and marketing these days. So many organizations are tasking their salespeople with 100% of the lead generation as well as having them figure out on their own the very best way to pull prospects through the sales process. 

Topics: lead generation Sales