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The Center for Sales Strategy Blog

The Center for Sales Strategy

Recent Posts by The Center for Sales Strategy:

Recruit a Sales Superstar Using an Employment Value Proposition

recruit superstar seller with employment value propositionWorld-class managers know that adding a sales superstar to the team is a great way to improve sales performance. They also know landing a superstar seller involves a recruitment process just like it does for a top-performing college football team (go figure, teams like Alabama and Clemson win national championships after they compile great recruiting classes).

Superstar sellers know they are good and should be treated accordingly.

As part of your recruitment process, it is important to know—and effectively communicate—your Employment Value Proposition (EVP). 

Topics: recruitment

How to Maintain Relationships with Clients When Business is Slow

How to Maintain Relationships with Clients When Business is Slow

Often the terms “tough times,” “slow times,” and “uncertain times” create a pessimistic feeling, but they can easily be seen as an opportunity. Yes, times are changing, and business models are shifting, but the relationship you establish right now with your clients and prospects will define your organization in the future.

How can you genuinely maintain relationships with clients and prospects? Whether it’s being proactive or adjusting your marketing strategy, all it takes is innovation, effort, and willingness to do so.

Topics: sales strategy

Proven Sales Process in a Softer Economy

Proven Sales Process in a Softer Economy

Although face-to-face meetings are happening more often, being creative and using video to stay connected with customers as well as propose and close business with new prospects is still a trend that’s not slowing down.

The best sellers know it’s time to move from playing defense to playing offense because customers and prospects need help. They need solutions. They need the problem-solving expertise that a quality salesperson brings to the table.

Simply put, customers are more open to ideas and solutions than ever before because their level of pain is high.

Topics: sales process

The Ultimate Business Compliment to Improve Your Sales Performance

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Practicing effective communication and showing appreciation can strengthen client relationships.

You need to have good relationships with clients to help your business grow and succeed. If they have helped you, make sure you compliment them as that contributes to improving sales performance through referrals.

Topics: key account growth sales performance

A Guide to Sales Prospecting

A Guide to Sales Prospecting

Over 13 million workers hold sales or sales-related positions in the United States. Any experienced sales professional knows that the key to generating leads is sales prospecting.

In sales, it's crucial to focus on potential customers that are likely to buy your product. Not only does prospecting generate more leads, but it also ensures that you're selling to someone interested in what you're selling.

Putting together a good lead generation system can be a daunting task, though. In this sales prospecting guide, we've covered everything you need to know to start finding qualified leads.

Topics: prospecting

Improving Sales Performance: Requests Usually Mask True Needs

Improving Sales Performance Requests Usually Mask True Needs

Can you believe that a third of adults have distanced themselves from people because of a misunderstanding in text communication?

Even with verbal communication, it's not hard to see how this could also be common in business. Simply put, communication is the foundation of successful sales. It's also your best tool for figuring out a client's needs.

Are you wondering what to do when requests mask a client's true needs? Keep reading to learn all about how to improve sales performance.

Topics: Needs Analysis sales performance

How to Use Sales Psychology to Change Buyers' Mindsets

How to Use Sales Psychology to Change Buyers Mindsets

As a business leader, you're well aware of the fact that sales can make or break a company. Unfortunately, simply designing a great product or service won't lead to outstanding sales. 

Industry leaders today are focusing on a more psychological approach to boosting their sales. Read on to learn more about sales psychology and find out how you can use it to change the mindset of any buyer.

Topics: sales process sales leadership

Cold Email Outreach: The Ultimate Guide

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Sales professionals know that cold email outreach is one of the most effective ways to land new clients. But, despite its effectiveness, many people are hesitant to try it because they don't know how to do it properly.

If you're one of those people, don't worry. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about cold emailing.

We'll cover the basics of creating a great cold email campaign, as well as some tips and tricks for increasing your chances of success.

Topics: email sales strategy

7 C's of Communication That Salespeople Need to Master

7 Cs of Communication That Salespeople Need to Master

It would be incorrect to say that effective communication is a practical component of sales success. What is correct is that sales success is all about the right communication happening at the right time. As a salesperson, you would definitely agree to it, right?

From explaining the product to negotiations and persuasion, you need effective communication at each step to convert your leads.

Do you think your potential customers will remain engaged for long if you don’t come across as a streak smart communicator? Do you think you can thrive as a salesperson without laying much emphasis on developing communication proficiency? Well, the truth is that you may be able to cover the gaps in your communication skills a few times.

Topics: communication sales leadership

The Top 7 Sources to Find Leads

lead sources and ideas for sellersBefore choosing which prospects to target, it’s best to generate a long list of leads so you can narrow down to the best leads. Using the categories you’ve identified as a good fit your business, decide which sources on this list are right for you to generate your own list of leads.

Topics: Lead Generation prospecting account list management