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8 New Ways to Rethink Failure + More

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We 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.

18 New Ways to Rethink Failure — HubSpot

If you want to be great at sales, you need to get comfortable with failure. Selling requires you to constantly put yourself on the line: From requesting referrals and calling new prospects to pursuing a whale or entering a highly competitive situation. The more chances you take, the likelier you are to occasionally fall flat on your face. These eight perspectives will help you see your failure in a positive light.

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Topics: inbound marketing, Sales, Wrap-up

5 Ways to Nail the Needs Analysis Conversation

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Once you have an appointment with a strong prospect, it’s time to prepare for a successful needs analysis so all the effort you spent getting the appointment isn’t wasted. You want to make sure that you have a strong and thorough needs analysis—because understanding your prospect's business, specific needs, challenges, and expectations is essential to developing a solution that will achieve results.

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Topics: Needs Analysis, successful sales meetings, Sales

When Is The Last Time You Asked For A Referral?

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Go ahead and fill in the date here ______________.  If the answer is yesterday, congratulations. If you can’t remember any time recently, you should stop and figure out why you are not doing this.

Think about it. When you are looking to hire a professional what do you do? Of course, you ask people you know and trust who they would recommend, right? Well, a referral is an implied recommendation. Clients who give you the name of someone to contact feel comfortable about the expertise you bring to the table and its potential to help the business or person they are referring. So, again, how often do you ask satisfied customers for a referral? I bet you are thinking, “Not often enough.”

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Topics: referrals, Sales

10 Time Management Hacks for Sales Reps + More

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We 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.

110 Time Management Hacks for Sales Reps — HubSpot

We’ve all heard the saying “time is money.” This is especially true for salespeople. Time management is one of the most challenging disciplines for salespeople to master. Reps always have several important tasks competing for their attention at once. Short of adding more hours to the day, a few solid time management hacks can help reps boost productivity. Here are 10 that you may not be using yet.

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Topics: inbound marketing, Sales, Wrap-up

In Your Sales Strategy, Are You Psyched Up For the Close?

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Will that “moment of truth” be looming in the next meeting with your prospect – the meeting where you look him or her in the eye and ask for the order? Or, will the next meeting be the one where you confirm the details to implement your plan... because, the prospect already knows most of what is in your proposal (they helped you build it), the price range, and most of what it’s going to take to buy your solution? I hope it’s the latter.

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Topics: Proposal, valid business reason, Needs Analysis, sales strategy, sales performance, Sales

5 Steps to More High-Quality Appointments

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Raise your hand if you wish you had more quality appointments each week? My bet is that nearly 100% of you raised your hand. Almost every salesperson and sales manager that I speak to these days is talking about how difficult it is to get the quality appointment. Ironically, at the same time that getting quality appointments has become perhaps the most important activity for growing business, it has also become one of the most challenging parts of the sales process. The reasons for this are nearly the same in every market. They sound like some variation of the following.

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Topics: Setting Appointments, Sales

Two Mistakes Salespeople Make When Sharing Insights

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Sharing insights as part of the sales process is getting a lot of press these days. It makes sense that prospects are looking for relevant insights that will impact their business in world of abundant information. 

But there are two mistakes I see salespeople making when sharing insights. Insights have to actually be relevant to the prospect and be truly insightful in order to speed up the sale. The mistakes I see most frequestly are:

  1. Sharing a deck of random facts and thinking they are insights. 
  2. Sharing an insight and not turning it into an interesting conversation.
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Topics: Sales

5 Highly Effective Ways to Respond to Pricing Questions + More

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We 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.

15 Highly Effective Ways to Respond to Pricing Questions — HubSpot

You’re meeting with a hot prospect for the first time when they hit you with the dreaded price question. How you respond could make or break the rest of the conversation. Here's how to nail that response.

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Topics: inbound marketing, Sales, Wrap-up