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The Center for Sales Strategy Blog

5 Tips to Help You Close Sales Faster Than Ever Before

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Everyone knows that sales is a numbers game, right? Of course! The more you have out there, the better off you are, so I’ll agree that sales is a numbers game. But, today I am going to argue that you may be looking at the wrong numbers.  

I’ll start by asking you, how many times have you heard or said, "Don't worry! I've got a lot out there pending!” C’mon—be honest! If you are like most people, you’re thinking that’s not so uncommon. 

I have to ask you, does anyone actually get paid on pending? Not anyone that I know. That’s the catch. And that is also what tells me that you may be looking at the wrong numbers.  

Topics: discussing price Proposal sales strategy Sales

6 Steps to Stop that Leaking Sales Bucket

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We probably all agree that it is easier to fill a bucket when it’s not leaking from the bottom. Seems like a pretty good rule of thumb.

In the context of managing sales revenue and keeping that bucket completely full, things can become pretty difficult when you spring a leak! We need to spend more and more time dumping new business in just to keep a minimum level inside, and that is exhausting.

Although a certain amount of attrition in sales is to be expected, when it becomes problematic, even the best new business program in the world won't fix the problem. So, step one involves fixing the attrition problem that is causing you to miss your monthly, quarterly, and yearly budgets. Only after we have properly patched that leak in the bucket, will we have the opportunity to shift our attention to developing new business and filling that bucket up. 

Topics: Management sales strategy sales performance Sales

Get Out Of Your Own Way: Asking For Referrals

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When was the last time you asked for a referral? Go ahead and fill in the date here ______________.  If the answer is yesterday, congratulations. If you can’t remember any time recently, you should stop and figure out why you are not doing this.

Think about it. When you are looking to hire a professional what do you do? Of course, you ask people you know and trust who they would recommend, right? Well, a referral is an implied recommendation. Clients who give you the name of someone to contact feel comfortable about the expertise you bring to the table and its potential to help the business or person they are referring. So, again, how often do you ask satisfied customers for a referral? I bet you are thinking, “Not often enough.”

Topics: referrals sales strategy Sales

Weekly Roundup: The Balancing Act Of Sales Management + More

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- WHAT'S MOTIVATING US THIS WEEK -

"When we tell people to do their jobs, we get workers.
When we trust people to do their jobs, we get leaders."

-SIMON SINEK

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How Inbound Can Turbo Charge Your Outbound Sales Efforts — LEADG2

Outbound sales tactics are alive and well. The key is that your sales organization can't survive relying solely on this alone. That's where inbound comes in... In this webinar, we'll explore how inbound and outbound efforts work together to help your salespeople improve sales performance and reach revenue goals. We'll also explore tactical inbound sales strategies that you can start implementing right away. REGISTER HERE.

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The Balancing Act Of Sales Management: Person Vs Process  LinkedIn

Sales management is the most important role in revenue generation for any business but how do you balance 'managing the person' with 'managing the process'? How do you love and encourage your people, yet hold them to account for doing what's necessary in creating sales and customer success?

Topics: motivation inbound marketing Sales Wrap-up

How to Stop Cold Calling and Get Your Salespeople Out Selling

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research study by McKinsey Global Institute reported that salespeople on average spend less than 13 hours a week actually selling.

Considering that going out and selling solutions is what salespeople actually are best at, and what is most profitable for them and the company they work for, it’s a little disheartening that so much time is spent doing other things like office tasks, answering emails, researching leads, and internal communication (I’m guessing this includes one too many meetings a week).

However, I’m not so sure we can eliminate those other tasks and give salespeople back another 20 hours a week. And even if they had that extra time, I’m not sure they’d be spending it in the most effective way. It’s not about how much time we have to actually sell. It’s about how much time we waste on trying to get to that point of the selling process.

Topics: inbound marketing Sales danibuckley sales and marketing alignment inbound sales

Weekly Roundup: How Inbound Can Turbo Charge Your Outbound Sales Efforts + More

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- WHAT'S MOTIVATING US THIS WEEK -

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up."

-THOMAS EDISON

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How Inbound Can Turbo Charge Your Outbound Sales Efforts — LEADG2

Outbound sales tactics are alive and well. The key is that your sales organization can't survive relying solely on this alone. That's where inbound comes in... In this webinar, we'll explore how inbound and outbound efforts work together to help your salespeople improve sales performance and reach revenue goals. We'll also explore tactical inbound sales strategies that you can start implementing right away. REGISTER HERE.

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How ABM Helps Sales and Marketing Work Together — LinkedIn

Marketing and sales should work together. It sounds so simple and obvious, in theory. In practice, however, many sales and marketing teams work independently, leaving them unaware of otherwise obvious opportunities. There’s a better way, and that way is account-based marketing (ABM). It’s a strategy that doesn’t just call for alignment between sales and marketing teams, but generates it.

Topics: motivation inbound marketing Sales Wrap-up

Two Words You Need To Understand To Set More Appointments

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 "My sellers do not go on enough sales calls."

- Every Sales Manager

I hear this all the time from sales managers. I also hear a similar version from sellers: 

“I could sell more if I had more quality appointments.”

 - Almost Every Seller

Imagine if every seller had one additional call per week, every week of the year. That’s roughly 50 additional appointments per year.

Topics: sales strategy sales performance Sales salespeople sales process sales leads prospecting

Weekly Roundup: Sales Experts Share The Skills You Need to Raise Your Salary + More

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"Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do.
Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better."

-JIM ROHN

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4 Sales Experts Share The Skills You Need to Raise Your Salary — TalentDesk

Why should you pursue a career in sales? Hear from CSS Managing Partner, Matt Sunshine, as well as other industry experts as they speak to this topic and what skills a sales professional needs to increase their salary.

B2B Companies: Super-Serve Your Clients To Success— LeadG2

Not all clients are the same, and the best B2B companies know this and super-serve their clients however they can. By super-serving your clients with excellent communication, defined expectations, and focused efforts on their goals, you will assist your clients on their way to success, in turn setting the relationship up for future success and growth for your company.

Topics: motivation inbound marketing Sales Wrap-up

15 Things Every Great Sales Manager Knows

great sales managerI may have the greatest job in the world. Seriously! Here’s what I do every day: talk with people who are actively engaged in sharing important information with me, figure out what makes those people “tick,” work with sales managers to understand the talents of the people they are interviewing, help them to hire the very best people for the job, focus on the unique strengths of individuals, and help managers to coach their direct reports to become wildly successful. It really doesn’t get much better than that.

And best of all, I have the privilege to work closely with some of the greatest managers out there. After all these years, I can tell you that there are 15 things that every great manager knows. 

Topics: hiring salespeople sales management Talent Sales

Weekly Roundup: Guide to Target Markets, Get Meetings with CEOs + More

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"Don't let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning."

-ROBERT KIYOSAKI

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The Straight-Forward Guide to Target Markets — Hubspot

Every sales team needs to know their customer. Who is the ideal fit for your offering? What are their interests and priorities? Answering these questions can help you prioritize the deals you’re most likely to win.

Topics: motivation inbound marketing Sales Wrap-up