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The Center for Sales Strategy Blog

Shaye Smith

Shaye Smith

Recent Posts by Shaye Smith:

Weekly Roundup: 5 Quota-Killing Mistakes Only Experienced Salespeople Make + More

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"SUCCESS IS WALKING FROM FAILURE TO FAILURE WITH NO LOSS OF ENTHUSIASM"

-WINSTON CHURCHILL

 

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The 5 Quota-Killing Mistakes Only Experienced Salespeople Make — Hubspot

Who's likelier to make a mistake: The rookie sales rep who's never sold a day in their life, or the veteran rep who's been on the front lines for nine years? The reality is, they're both going to screw up. Experienced salespeople simply make different mistakes. This post shares 5 big mistakes seasoned reps make -- along with the steps you can take to avoid them. >>> READ MORE

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Weekly Roundup: Conducting Killer Pipeline Reviews + More

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"ALL PROGRESS TAKES PLACE OUTSIDE THE COMFORT ZONE"

-MICHAEL JOHN BOBAK

 

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Conducting Killer Pipeline Reviews Your Salespeople Will Thank You For — Sales Hacker

In the movie “Dirty Harry,” Clint Eastwood’s character asks one of his “bad guys” what has become an iconic question… “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?”

Sadly, many salespeople feel like they’re facing off to Dirty Harry every time they have a Pipeline Review. He’s staring down at them while they squirm and sweat. This approach makes for a successful movie, but it’s important to remember: Your salespeople are not the bad guys, and you are not Dirty Harry.
 
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Weekly Roundup: Top Business KPIs You Should Be Tracking for Marketing, Sales, and Service + More

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"ALL PROGRESS TAKES PLACE OUTSIDE THE COMFORT ZONE"

-MICHAEL JOHN BOBAK

 

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The Top Business KPIs You Should Be Tracking for Marketing, Sales, and Service — LeadG2

Did you know that businesses that document their strategies receive a 538% greater chance of succeeding in their efforts? No, that wasn't a typo. When everyone in your organization understands how they should be performing, where their weaknesses and strengths are, and why the business is proceeding the way it is, it becomes easier for everyone to work as a cohesive team and to reach business goals... no matter what department you're in.

There are countless metrics that businesses can track, but over-reporting can create confusion and take away from the value of the statistics. Instead, businesses should pay close attention to the numbers that align best with their appointed goals.
 
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Weekly Roundup: The Best Apps for Salespeople + More

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"THE WAY TO GET STARTED IS TO QUIT TALKING AND BEGIN DOING"

-WALT DISNEEY

 

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The 40+ Best Apps for Salespeople Who Want to Win — Sales Hacker

To win at sales, you need the right tools. And to help, we’ve pulled together more than 40 of the best apps for salespeople.

Whether you’re looking to be more productive, save time, do your job better, or simply look your best, these are the apps you’ll turn to time and time again.
 
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Weekly Roundup: Keys to an Engaged Sales Team + More

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"EITHER RUN THE DAY OR THE DAY RUNS YOU."

-JIM ROHN

 

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Keys to an Engaged Sales Team — LinkedIn

We’re doing better, but we still have work to do. This is the conclusion reached in Gartner’s latest research around employee engagement, which found last year that 34% of U.S. employees are engaged. That’s tied for the highest number Gartner has surfaced in its many years of tracking, but clearly there remains room for improvement.

It’s a critical consideration. Gallup reports that, “Compared with business units in the bottom quartile, those in the top quartile of engagement realize substantially better customer engagement, higher productivity, better retention, fewer accidents, and 21% higher profitability.”

Employee engagement should be top-of-mind for sales managers, especially those running a modern selling program.
 
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Weekly Roundup: 5 Ways Automation Can Improve Your Sales Strategy + More

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"IF FOOTBALL TAUGHT ME ANYTHING ABOUT BUSINESS,
IT IS THAT YOU WIN THE GAME ONE PLAY AT A TIME."

-FRANK TARKENTON

 

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5 Ways Automation Can Improve Your Sales Strategy and Increase Revenue — LeadG2

While the usefulness of automation technology has become relatively well-established for those on the marketing side, many neglect the potential it also holds for sales. Automation and other sales enablement tools can help your sales team find new business, communicate quicker and smarter with prospects, and increase their conversion rates throughout the sales process. This use of automation and technology is a critical part of any sales enablement initiative. Plus, when your marketing automation platform works alongside your CRM and sales enablement tools, or they can all be integrated, the potential increases drastically. >>> READ MORE

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Weekly Roundup: The Sales Resources The Never Takes a Break + More

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

-THOMAS PAINE

 

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Inbound Marketing is the Sales Resource that Never Takes a Break [VIDEO] — LeadG2

Salespeople aren’t always very productive. In fact, according to HubSpot Research, salespeople spend just one-third of their day in sales-related activities. Imagine if you had a sales resource that never went on vacation, or took a break, or got sidetracked by unproductive activity. Inbound marketing is that resource. >>> READ MORE

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The Case for Company Culture + Stats to Support It

accomplishment-culture-1Company culture is a vital component of a successful business -- or at least that's what 'they' say. Studies show that it affects recruitment and hiring top talent as well as retention and employee engagement. It's a baseline for productivity and can set the tone for work ethic, expectations, team camaraderie, and even brand recognition. 

You hear the words bounced around. "Company culture" is a term that a lot of people are talking about. But what are they doing about it? Is it really impacting their organizations? I decided to dig in and see what I could find as far as the impact company culture is playing in organizations. Here's what I found. 

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Weekly Roundup: Why More Leads Isn't Always the Answer + More

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"IN THE MIDDLE OF EVERY DIFFICULTY LIES OPPORTUNITY."

-ALBERT EINSTEIN

 

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Why More Leads Isn't Always the Answer — LeadG2

"It's easy to assume that more leads is the answer to many of your sales problems, and as a lead generation company, you’d think we’d agree. However, what we’ve found working with many different businesses, in many different industries, is that not enough leads isn’t always the root of the problem." >>> READ MORE

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Weekly Roundup: Your Sales Tech Is Destroying Your Relationships With Prospects + More

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"ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST. WHAT YOU PLANT NOW, YOU WILL HARVEST LATER."

-OG MANDINO

 

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A Neglected Marketing Infrastructure Will Lead to Crumbing Revenue Growth — LeadG2

Governments repair and build roads. Utility companies run new transmission lines and fiber optics. And at home, we attach rain gutters to our houses and add-on new rooms. These are all examples of enhancing infrastructure. Even at work, we get new computers, new phones, and new desk chairs. Those too are infrastructure upgrades. Sales and marketing organizations have infrastructures as well. Websites, sales collateral, CRM, marketing automation, and email are all examples of marketing infrastructure basics. How often does your firm evaluate the status of your marketing infrastructure? Do you have everything you need? What are you missing? Is everything working as it should? Like any infrastructure (roads, bridges, roofs, plumbing, etc.), a marketing infrastructure can become less effective if it’s neglected. And a neglected marketing infrastructure will eventually lead to ineffective marketing plans and missed revenue targets. >>> READ MORE

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