<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=585972928235617&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">
Register for the Webinar

The Center for Sales Strategy Blog

Trouble is Your Friend

tools-1.jpg

Last weekend I set out on mission to Home Depot. Lately, I have found myself involved in a number of short projects around the house, and I had come to two conclusions:

  1. Having a portable light would be very handy.
  2. Even though I have a portable light, it requires a wall plug and I’d rather not haul around a bulky light with a large orange cord and then seek an outlet.

I knew from keeping a casual eye on technology that LEDs and even some of the new efficient fluorescent bulbs put out plenty of light on battery power that lasts a long time. Sure enough, I accomplished my mission. Ten minutes and $31 later, I had my problem solved. I have already used it twice and it works well!

I bet this story doesn’t surprise you at all. You set out to solve problems in your life all the time, and often find good solutions, right? So when it comes time to approach a prospect, why do so many of us forget one of the most fundamental rules about capturing someone’s attention? It begins with identifying a potential problem within the business that needs attention. Otherwise, why would the prospect pay attention to you? The bottom line is that people only buy when there is a discrepancy between what they need to happen and what is actually happening. Motivated prospects are usually in one of two modes:

Read More

Topics: Needs Analysis, Sales, prospecting

5 Simple Steps to a Killer Prospect List

Get_Prospects_to_Respond_to_Email.jpg

One of the hardest parts of being in sales is creating a list of people to sell to. Finding prospects and creating that list may seem tedious and hard, but in reality it doesn’t have to be! Here's a simple 5-step process that will walk you through the steps to creating an amazing prospect list in no time.

Read More

Topics: Sales, prospecting

You’re Not as Important as You Think You Are — 7 Ways to Get Prospects to Respond to Your Email

 Get_Prospects_to_Respond_to_Email.jpg

Today we have a guest post from Mike Donnelly. Mike is the founder of Seventh Sense, a SaaS platform designed to plug into your Hubspot account and existing email systems and quietly listen—listen for the times that individuals engage with you, capture their patterns and allow you to take action on that data. Mike is a data fanatic who’s always looking for new and creative ways to help sales and marketing professionals get better at their trade.

 


Two years ago, I was trying to get connected with a highly-sought-after prospect who I knew would be a great client. I sent several emails, trying to get him to respond and meet with me, but he kept ignoring my emails—or so I thought. I almost gave up, but he finally responded.

Even after this executive became a client, I realized I still had the same problem—he just wouldn’t respond to over half of my emails. We were meeting over lunch one day, and I finally asked him why he so frequently didn’t respond. He laughed and said, “Mike, I don’t even see any emails that come in after 11:00 in the morning.”

Today’s decision-makers are so busy that they don’t have time to read all the emails in their inboxes, much less reply to everything. But there are a few tried-and-true ways to get prospects to read and respond. During my 14 years in sales, I discovered seven practices that doubled my response rate.

Read More

Topics: email, Sales, prospecting

How to Shorten Your Sales Cycle

Shorten_Sales_Cycle

I have been doing sales training and consulting for nearly 20 years and I always get a chuckle when salespeople tell me they need to find ways to close business in two calls. When I hear this today, I wonder where these people are living. Do they live on the same planet as I do? It’s not about the number of calls—it’s about the length of the sales cycle. And the sales cycle doesn’t start until the buyer is ready for it to start.

Read More

Topics: inbound marketing, sales cycle, prospecting