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Weekly Roundup: A Unified Sales and Marketing Front + More

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A Unified Sales and Marketing Front — LinkedIn

In general, B2B companies seem to be a lot stronger with sales and marketing orchestration than they were two years ago. It would seem like more businesses are making it a priority,

But when you compare “sales marketing alignment” with a term like, say, “sales enablement” on Google Trends over the past five years, you don’t find the same growth in interest.
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Topics: Wrap-up

4 Steps to Take When Your Salespeople Hit a Sales Slump

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Slumps happen to everyone. No matter how good you are or how long you have been in sales, sooner or later you're going to hit a sales slump. And they always seem to come at the very worst times. (Actually, when is it ever good to go into a slump?)

It’s never exactly the same, but it sometimes looks like this: You've put a lot of time and energy into a prospect, and thought for sure he or she would say yes—but the person gives you a NO. A client has been with you every month for the past 6 months, but then calls you up and says they need to take the next couple of months off. The appointment you have been working so hard to set tells you to call back in 6 months. 

New call-to-actionSales managers bemoan slumps just as much as salespeople do. If you're a sales manager, you need your people hitting their numbers so you can in turn hit yours. It’s difficult to watch anyone struggle, particularly people you feel responsibility for. As the manager, you are a developer of people and of talent. You need to grow your people, and you take that job seriously.  

So how do you get out of a slump if you're in one? Here are four steps to help your salespeople break out of a slump.

Topics: sales performance sales management

5 Ways To Use Video As Part of Your Sales Process

watching video on phone sales processAs a sales consultant, trainer, and coach, I absolutely love when the sales teams I work with shares successes they’ve had as a direct correlation to the advice, tips, and tactics I share.  My promise to them is also what I live by at The Center For Sales Strategy and Up Your Culture ⁠— I would never make a recommendation to try something that I don’t feel for certain can work for them, too.  So if video is something you’re skeptical about, don’t be. 

A World-Class Account List Management Strategy + Tips for Sales Managers and Their Teams

winning-success-great-salesperson-managerTop-performing sales organizations have many things in common. One is their understanding of and the importance they place on an account list management strategy. Here’s the concept and some tips used by world-class managers—feel free to use it in your organization.

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Topics: sales strategy account list management

How to Strengthen Your Team With Each New Hire

culture-team-new-hireYour employees are the foundation of your company and your culture. So, it stands to reason that every hire you make will either enhance your culture or detract from it - one person at a time.

Infographic: Top 15 Reasons Your Employees StayWe know that finding top talent is difficult! And with the current talent shortage, now more than ever, the candidate is in the driver’s seat. Once you finally find the right person to bring onboard, someone with the right talents and the right fit for your team, you want to do everything you can to develop and keep them. And this starts from the moment you send them that offer letter.

Did you know that Zappos pays new hires $2000 to quit within the first week of their employment? Although that seems like an incredible gamble with their hiring budget, this policy encourages those who are only there for the paycheck to take the money and run, leaving those who really want to be there.

Topics: hiring salespeople Talent company culture

Weekly Roundup: Sales Pipeline, Social Selling + More

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"IN THE MIDDLE OF EVERY DIFFICULTY LIES OPPORTUNITY."

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Selling on Social Media in 2019 — LinkedIn

According to the latest data, around 3.5 billion people are now social media users. That’s nearly half the global population. If you’re a seller and you’re wondering whether you should be active on social, this number alone should answer the question.

Of course, it’s not enough to just be on social media. If it were, every sales pro with an Instagram account would be swimming in leads. Your social media use should be as strategic as any other sales tactic you use.
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Topics: Wrap-up

24 Time Management Hacks for Busy Sales Reps

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Salespeople seem to always have so much to do, yet never enough time to get it all finished. Recently I had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with about 30 different salespeople over the course of a 2-week period. During each of these meetings, the salespeople revealed that they could benefit from some priority management or time management lessons.

That got me thinking that this is something I bet many people could use. So I asked all of my colleagues at The Center for Sales Strategy and LeadG2 for their best time management tips. Here's what I gathered.

Topics: time management salespeople

Do Your Sellers Need More Appointments with Quality Prospects?

quality prospect meetingWhat do the best managers do to get their salespeople to pick the right prospects? They become the gatekeeper. No prospect should ever get on a salesperson’s Target list until it has been fully qualified against a set of objective criteria, a target business profile.

When helping a salesperson determine a high priority prospect, ask them the following questions using the following criteria: Dollar Potential, Access, and Fit.

Topics: Setting Appointments prospecting

If You Want to Change the World, Make Your Bed

winning sales strategyRecently, I read a book by this title written by retired admiral William H. McRaven. He was a Navy Seal and eventually rose to the command of the worldwide Seal operation. The book is loaded with principles McRaven learned as a Navy Seal, each of which is an invaluable nugget that leads to success in about any venture.

The first principle is, if you want to change the world begin by accomplishing something first thing every morning make your bed. Now, it sounds simple, and perhaps even trivial, but he points out beginning each day with a measurable accomplishment sets the tone for a productive 24 hours ahead.

As you might imagine, a well-made bed for a Seal is one so perfect the drill sergeant can bounce a quarter six inches high off the perfectly-taught cover. Failure to deliver such a quality job can result in a hundred push ups or perhaps a two-mile run as the sun rises.

So, I began wondering what making your bed looks like for a sales professional? Beyond literally making your bed (which I happen to do everyday first thing, so I appreciate the adrenaline charge of that early accomplishment), what are the "first-thing" activities a sales pro should accomplish in order to insure a productive day ahead and improve sales performance? Here are some that come to mind for me.

Topics: sales strategy account list management

3 Effective Ways to Prompt a Prospect in the Conversation About Price

price-conversationTalking about price with a new business prospect can be tricky. Talking about it too soon—when trust is low—can end the conversation, before it has even gained any traction. Talking about it too late could lead to the unfortunate discovery that the prospect is cash poor.

There are a number of ways to prompt the conversation with a prospect. Here’s a list of three that are extremely effective.

Topics: sales strategy sales process

Weekly Roundup: Helping Buyers Overcome Information Fatigue + More

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"OUR GREATEST WEAKNESS LIES IN GIVING UP. THE MOST CERTAIN WAY TO SUCCEED IS TO TRY JUST ONE MORE TIME"

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Helping Buyers Overcome Information Fatigue — LinkedIn

Information overload is real. And for today’s B2B buyers, it’s a real problem. There was a time when it was difficult to find enough quality information while researching solutions and weighing options. Now, this dynamic has swung starkly in the opposite direction. >>> READ MORE

Topics: Wrap-up

5 Things Every Sales Manager Should Be Measuring

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The great sales managers know that if you want to see an increase in performance then you have to set expectations. But just setting expectations is never enough. You need to put a system in place where you can measure what you expect. As the management saying goes, "Your salespeople will respect what you inspect… and you need to inspect what you expect."

Topics: sales management KPIs

All Clients are NOT Created Equal

client meeting handshakeMy favorite book in high school was George Orwell's Animal Farm. If you haven't read it, it is an allegorical novel that tells the story of how Communism took over Russia and ultimately ruined their economy. I loved this book because a) it's brilliant, and b) it's a great defender of capitalism, which I LOVE!

Topics: sales performance account list analytics account list management

3 Things You Can Do Today to Engage Candidates on Glassdoor

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Glassdoor was initially founded with the intent to improve transparency, which is part of the foundation for increasing employee engagement, but the benefit of being transparent doesn’t stop there. According to a recent Glassdoor.com study, positive online employee reviews not only enhance your overall employer brand, they directly correlate to a higher volume of candidate resumes for open positions and lower salary increases for the same job.    

Whether you're new to Glassdoor, or you've been using it to boost your employer brand for a while, make sure you do (or are doing) these three things to engage with more candidates and improve your sales team recruitment efforts.

Topics: sales management recruitment

The 5-Point Poor Performance Analyzer

poor sales performance analyzerIf you are a manager with a struggling seller, this blog post is for you!

Too often, managers place the blame of a struggling seller at the feet of the struggling seller. This is usually a mistake. There is a better way to find out what is causing the seller’s lack of performance, and it involves an analysis of the following five things:

  • Talent and Fit
  • Relationship
  • Expectations
  • Feedback
  • Compensation
Topics: sales performance sales management

Weekly Roundup: 4 Field Sales Best Practices of High-Performing Teams + More

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"DON'T BE AFRAID TO GIVE UP THE GOOD TO GO FOR THE GREAT."

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4 Field Sales Best Practices of High-Performing Teams — CloserIQ

Though the lines are sometimes blurred, inside sales and outside sales are generally separate functions within an organization that require distinctly different skill sets. Outside or field sales teams spend the majority of their workday on the road meeting with clients and prospects face-to-face, often performing hands-on activities like product demonstrations or account setup.

Field sales managers have unique considerations to keep in mind to empower their teams to be successful. We’ll outline some of the best practices that high-performing field sales teams have adopted, talk about why they work, and discuss how to incorporate them into your own business.
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Topics: Wrap-up

Do You Have These 6 Characteristics of an Industry Thought Leader?

salesperson_at_laptop.jpgIn almost every industry, there are a few people or businesses that watch trends, see where the industry is headed, and share unique insights—thought leaders. These people and organizations are the ones that you check on regularly for innovation, market challenges, new initiatives, etc.

The thought leadership position is certainly an advantageous position to have, as it can help with generating sales, lead generation, recruitment and retention, and new business opportunities. While sometimes this thought leadership position will come about completely organically, many times it is part of an overall sales strategy and much time and consideration has been put in to developing the plan to make this happen. 

Topics: thought leadership Sales