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3 Ways Technology Can Increase a Salesperson's Productivity

A few months ago, I wrote a blog about how sales managers could help their salespeople increase their productivity. It received some great feedback, and I wanted to follow up on a few of the comments it received and specifically address the role that technology plays in making sales teams more productive.

By embracing new technology such as lead intelligence, marketing automation, and effective use of a CRM, salespeople can waste less time doing data entry, understand more about their leads, and document all of this information to be shared across the organization. 

In this post, we'll review each one of these productivity-enhancing technologies, enabling you to be one of the companies that are gaining a substantial advantage over competitors and developing more productive sales teams.

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Topics: using technology, Sales, sales cycle

How to Shorten Your Sales Cycle

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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.

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Topics: inbound marketing, sales cycle, prospecting

Are Long Sales Cycles Messing with Your Pipeline? (Part 2)

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In Part 1 of this two-part series, I discussed some of the reasons why the sales cycle is getting longer for many deals (sales cycle is the term that describes the time that elapses from the first contact between salesperson and prospect to a done deal). These longer cycle times are gumming up the sales pipeline for many companies, postponing revenue, adding expense, increasing uncertainty, and making life miserable for a lot of sales executives.

Some of this slowdown in the sales cycle is unpreventable. But that’s no reason to overlook the many things salespeople can do to counter the trend and speed things up. Here are some ways that smart salespeople keep opportunities moving:

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Topics: Sales, sales pipeline, sales cycle