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Shaye Smith

Shaye Smith

Recent Posts by Shaye Smith:

The 2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Salespeople

Holiday Gift Guide for SalepeopleNo doubt, the holidays are crazy. You're working hard to close out the year, planning for the next year, and trying to finish as strong as possible. Outside of work, there's a list a mile long —holiday parties, shopping, family, friends, wrapping, cooking, etc... 

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Social Selling: 10 Social Media Best Practices for Salespeople

salespeople social sellingIn an ever-changing sales landscape, maintaining a healthy personal brand on social media has become a necessary tool for sales professionals to build and maintain relationships with prospects. According to a Forrester Consulting study, Social Selling: A New B2B Imperative, “49% of B2B enterprises have developed a formal social selling program, and 28 percent are in the process of doing so.”

Even though using social media to sell has been widely adopted in many industries, our 2019 Media Sales Report found that only 12% of sales managers said their salespeople are using social media effectively to set appointments with prospects.

If you aren’t utilizing social selling as part of your sales strategy, you could be losing sales to more social-savvy salespeople. 

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[INFOGRAPHIC] CSS By The Numbers

css-by-the-numbers-2018-headerJust like an athlete, you can go it alone and get some occasional wins. To win a gold medal requires a clear plan, consistent discipline, and constant improvement.

At The Center for Sales Strategy (CSS), we take delivering client results seriously. We are here to help take your sales strategy from occasional wins to gold medals. Our proven strategies help clients improve their company’s sales performance and increase their sales revenue by providing tailored solutions for their needs.

We've taken some time to dig into last year's numbers so we can analyze and improve in the coming year. Here's what 2018 looked like, and we'll be sharing 2019 soon after the New Year. 

Topics: Sales coaching

Weekly Roundup: Essential Roles on a Modern Sales Team + More

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"ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL, PEOPLE WILL DO BUSINESS WITH, AND REFER BUSINESS TO, THOSE PEOPLE THEY KNOW, LIKE, AND TRUST."

-BOB BURG

 

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Essential Roles on a Modern Sales Team — LinkedIn

Great teams are not defined by simply having the best players. They are defined by depth, balance, and cohesion. Whether in business, sports, music, or otherwise, the highest-performing teams tend to include a diverse range of skills. Together, the team becomes a well-rounded whole greater than the sum of its parts.

This is especially true In the complex world of modern selling. It would be tough to find any single sales pro who embodies every element of an ideal skill set for the job today. But with the right skills represented in your team, you can work toward a well-rounded squad that checks every box.
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Topics: Wrap-up

Weekly Roundup: Generating B2B Leads Naturally + More

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"IT'S NOT YOUR CUSTOMER'S JOB TO REMEMBER YOU. IT'S YOUR OBLIGATION AND RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THEY DON'T HAVE A CHANCE TO FORGET YOU."

-PATRICIA FRIPP

 

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Generating B2B Leads Naturally — LinkedIn

What is a normal experience on social media like for you? I’m not talking about using it for business — I’m talking about a simple leisurely scroll. But the ultimate point I’ll make is that maybe there shouldn’t be much of a difference.

When I hop onto LinkedIn or another social media network, my usual routine is to check out the feed, press “Like” on a few posts that catch my eye, and leave a comment or two. When there’s a prompt, maybe I’ll message an acquaintance directly. It’s an easy way to stay in the loop and maintain relationships. These activities represent the fundamental purpose of social media, and that’s why the channel can be so effective as a business tool.

The thing is, social media might be most effective as a business tool — and specifically as an avenue for lead generation — when we’re not treating it as one.
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Topics: Wrap-up

Weekly Roundup: 2019 Sales Enablement Trends + More

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"BECOME THE PERSON WHO WOULD ATTRACT THE RESULTS YOU SEEK."

-JIM CATHCART

 

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A Closer Look at Sales Enablement Trends in 2019 — LinkedIn

With a new NFL season set to get underway this week, I’m thinking about teamwork and complementary parts. A quarterback wouldn’t be too effective with no receivers to throw to. A running back is going nowhere without a line to run behind. And the entire defense would be lost without a coordinator and coaching staff in place to scout opponents, draw up schemes, and oversee execution on gameday.

Sales teams are similarly interdependent. To be successful, we need to work with one another and across departments (especially marketing). Not only this, but the most effective selling units are increasingly reliant on sales enablement tools and tactics.
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Topics: Wrap-up

Weekly Roundup: Prospect Calling Evolved + More

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"THE ONLY LIMIT OF OUR REALIZATION OF TOMORROW WILL BE OUR DOUBTS OF TODAY."

-FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

 

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Prospect Calling Evolved: 4 Techniques to Up Your Game — LinkedIn

Prospect calling: love it or hate it, this practice will likely always be part of the job. Our methods for communicating with potential customers are now more varied than ever, but there’s still something distinctly connective about getting on the phone and hearing someone’s voice.

With that said, there’s a difference between prospect calling and cold calling. You may be familiar with these tactics, but if you’re still aching to pick up the phone, here’s a quick list of four things you can do instead.
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Weekly Roundup: A Unified Sales and Marketing Front + More

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"THE HARDER THE CONFLICT, THE MORE GLORIOUS THE TRIUMPH."

-THOMAS PAINE

 

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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

Weekly Roundup: Sales Pipeline, Social Selling + More

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"IN THE MIDDLE OF EVERY DIFFICULTY LIES OPPORTUNITY."

-ALBERT EINSTEIN

 

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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

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"

-THOMAS EDISON

 

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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