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Three Ways to Test Your B2B Brand’s North Star

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When you look up in the night sky, there are millions of stars. So many that it’s sometimes hard to find even the easiest constellations. But one star everyone knows is the North Star. Why is that? It's different in a few signficant ways.

Topics: professional branding Sales personal brand

Have You Chosen Your Professional New Year’s Resolutions?

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In this first week of 2017, most ofus are thinking about our New Year’s Resolutions and what we can change in the new year to make ourselves better. The usual list of suspects includes a promise to get into the gym more, quitting smoking, losing weight, spending more time with family and friends, getting out of debt, and getting organized. But what about your professional resolutions? Have you determined what commitments you plan to make to achieve your professional aspirations for 2017? 

Topics: professional branding selling digital advertising Sales

Three Myths About Building Your Personal Brand

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The mantra that "you need a personal, professional brand" is no longer new. If you're like most sales professionals, you're open to the idea, but it can seem like such a major project. Let's look at three myths you need to move past to get started building a brand for yourself. 

Topics: professional branding salespeople personal brand

How to Position Yourself—Not Just Your Company or Cause

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Defining what position your own professional brand should take is hard work. Which is why most salespeople and development officers are still talking mostly about their company, their products, and their causes on their LinkedIn profile.

It’s important to be proud of your company. If you are, you might even say you’re blessed, or damn lucky, depending on your point of view. But when someone is deciding whether or not they want to take time to meet with you, it’s about you.

Topics: professional branding personal brand

What Makes You Valuable in B2B Sales?

Why Would Someone Want To See You Some say that salespeople are a dime a dozen. Basically, they have very little value.  On the contrary! In b2b sales, great salespeople can literally be worth millions of dollars to their clients’ business.

Topics: customer satisfaction professional branding valid business reason Sales

Improving Sales Performance: Become a Personal Positioning Machine

Sales PerformanceThe best B2B salespeople use a sales strategy that includes personal positioning. Here’s how you can get into this game and attract new business prospects:

Topics: professional branding sales performance Sales

Don't be Bigfoot: 4 Steps to Increase Your Online Visibility

Improve Digital Sales StrategyHave you seen the cartoon of Bigfoot, sitting on a log in the forest with a laptop open? The caption reads, "I wonder if anyone is looking for me?"

Topics: using technology professional branding Digital Sales

The art of asking for sales testimonials

getting referralsMost professional sellers can claim to have many happy customers, but relatively few can prove it. Oh, sure… a renewal is evidence of a customer's contentment. Lots of people know you when you show up at meetings or industry functions. But that kind of evidence will do little good when the subject comes up in the course of a sales call.

Topics: referrals professional branding new business development sales strategy Sales

Five Celebrities Who Exemplify Professional Branding

professional brandingIt's Pop Culture Week on The Center for Sales Strategy Blog. Each day this week, we're taking our sales strategy lessons from the pages of pop culture. Today, we're talking celebrities...

Topics: professional branding Digital sales performance Sales

Social Media Explained—in Plain English

social mediaHave you ever found yourself trying to explain the difference between Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn? How about trying to articulate the draw of a FourSquare, Instagram or newer site like Pinterest? Better yet, how about the reasons why you would want to be actively engaged with multiple social media sites?

Topics: Social Media professional branding Digital selling digital advertising sales strategy