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Weekly Roundup: Managing a Quota-Crushing Sales Team, How to Use Inbound Marketing + More

Managing a Quota-Crushing Sales Team, How to Use Inbound Marketing

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"“Establishing trust is better than any sales technique."

- Mike Puglia

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13 Ways to Manage a Quota-Crushing Field Sales Team Spotio

Looking to build an efficient, high-performing field sales team?

There’s no “right way” to make a sale. Some companies prefer an inside approach, which means their reps make sales from the comfort of a corporate office. Other companies take an outside approach and physically meet with their prospects in the field.

The approach you choose for your organization will likely depend on the kind of products you sell. Brands that sell simple products and/or have short sales cycles usually opt for inside sales, while B2B companies with complex offerings and longer sales cycles tend to have more success with outside sales.

In this guide, you’ll learn about the top field sales management challenges, as well as strategies that can be used to propel your sales team to new heights. >>> READ MORE

Topics: Wrap-up

When the Golden Rule Fails, Try the Platinum Rule

When the Golden Rule Fails, Try the Platinum Rule

The idea that you should “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” dates back at least to Confucianism (551 BC) and has precedents in nearly every religion.

It makes sense, doesn’t it? Treat people with the same kindness and respect that you would want to be treated with yourself… and don’t do things to people that you wouldn’t want them to do to you.

Simple and true, this Golden Rule is one of those kindergarten lessons that guides us to interact better with others. 

Except when it doesn’t work.

Topics: sales talent

Sales Leadership Series with Carrie Berkbuegler, Director of Sales at Zimmer Communications

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Straight from the Director of Sales at Zimmer Communications, Carrie Berkbuegler discusses sales leadership, sales performance tips, and answers a few questions that we all have.

You’ll get answers to questions like – what are the key performance metrics you track? What are the big rocks that you’re focused on? And how has sales management changed over the past few years?

Tune in now or keep reading for a brief overview.

Topics: sales performance sales leadership

Slow Down the Sales Process So You Can Speed Up the Sale

Slow Down the Sales Process So You Can Speed Up the Sale

Everybody wants to sell faster! No matter your industry or product, every organization is in a hurry to close more business. And on the surface, that sounds like a good idea but it's not.

Too often, we're in such a hurry to close the sale that we rush and make mistakes in the sales process that actually slows down the act of closing.

In our haste, we tend to overlook certain obstacles in our path in an effort to sell quickly. These obstacles often come up as a surprise to the client, which can derail the conversation and cause us to back-track and overcome the objection, which takes more time than if we had discussed it from the beginning.

Topics: Proposal sales process

Top Development Trends and Tips

Development Trends and Tips

Does your organization have a turnover problem? Do you worry that your top talent will leave for another opportunity?

It may be time to refocus on people development and revisit employee growth plans.

We all know that ongoing coaching, training and development are important and key factors in retaining employees long-term. According to LinkedIn, 94% of employees say they would stay in their role longer if their company invested in their professional development. Yet in another survey, nearly 59% of employees claim they had no workplace training and that most of their skills were self-taught.

Topics: sales talent leadership development

Weekly Roundup: Enough Pipeline to Meet Quota, Importance of Candidate Feedback + More

Enough Pipeline to Meet Quota, Importance of Candidate Feedback

- MOTIVATION -

"Don't worry about failure. You only have to be right once."

- Drew Houston

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Does Your Sales Team Have Enough Pipeline to Make Quota? Selling Power

Sales managers, there’s no way to sugar coat this: Most B2B sales leaders (69%) reported that their teams did not have enough pipeline to hit quota.

Don’t get me wrong — I realize that sales managers have the hardest job in our profession: Revenue executives have an insatiable appetite for data; HR demands ongoing coaching and training; and the sales reps themselves need assistance daily with customer issues, moving deals forward and crafting proposals.  

It’s extremely easy to lose sight of fundamentals when you’re swimming in a sea of demands, data, and deteriorating sales productivity.  

What’s the solution? A strategic prospecting strategy that enables you to separate the shoppers from the buyers. >>> READ MORE

Topics: Wrap-up

Sales Leadership Series with Bernie Weiss, President at iHeartMedia New York and Author

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What do selling and tennis have in common?

Bernie Weiss, President at iHeartMedia New York and Author of Ace It! How Sales Champions Win New Business answers that question, plus offers some sales performance tips.

Tune in now or keep reading for a brief overview.

Topics: sales performance

What Sales Language Do You Speak? Avoid These Two Poisonous Sales Presentation Mistakes

Sales Language

There are two poisonous mistakes that will kill a presentation: using jargon and using stock phrases.

Making either of these mistakes will drastically reduce the chance of getting a second meeting with a prospect.

Let's start with HOW NOT to start a presentation and finish with the HOW TO of communicating an engaging proposal.

Topics: sales strategy Sales

Recruitment Trends Shaping the Future

Recruitment Trends

Most companies scale back recruiting in response to a financial crisis. Did you know that but 1 of the 3 most effective responses is to hire top performers from the competition?

Companies looking to hire the best talent should pay attention to these recruiting trends we’ve seen in 2021 and what it means for future years.

Topics: recruitment sales talent

Get More New Meetings — Developing a Valid Business Reason

Get that first meeting

"4 out of 5 Sales Managers admit appointments, whether in-person or virtual, are more challenging to secure than five years ago."

This nugget of information came from The Center for Sales Strategy 2020 Media Report.  

My initial response to this new data was...DUH!

I'd like to speak with the one manager who thinks getting a first time appointment is "easier" than 5-years ago. They must know something that I don't know!

I don't care who you're or what you're selling, but getting a first-time meeting is tough! Now, I realize there are a ton of legitimate reasons why that is true, but NO ONE CARES! Excuses won't help you get to your sales goals, get you a promotion, or pay your rent.  

What you need is a solution to help you get that all-important first-time business appointment. What you need is a Valid Business Reason.

Topics: valid business reason sales process getting appointments