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The Center for Sales Strategy Blog

Always Be Helping > Always Be Closing

sales-help-trust-closeIt's not out of character to hear a sales manager say, 'ABC: Always Be Closing.' Or to have a salesperson live out that phrase daily. But in reality, to close more business, you must sell less and help more. 

Topics: sales process sales cycle sales strategy

5 (More) New Year's Resolutions for Struggling Sellers

new year's resolutions for sellersRecently, I provided five options for New Year’s resolutions for struggling sellers and managers who had a less than awesome 2018. If none of these options seemed attractive, here are five additional things you can do to reset your sales compass for 2019—plus some information to help make these resolutions part of your sales routine to improve sales performance. 

Topics: sales process sales strategy

Have a Bloated Sales Pipeline? Here’s the Remedy.

iStock-1086352612Editor's Note: This post was originally published on Liveplan.com.

The longer a sales proposal sits, the less likely it is to convert to an actual sale.

The trouble with these stalled proposals is that you could have 100 potential sales stuck in limbo, but you can’t use those possible sales to pay your real bills. A bloated sales pipeline can start to have a real impact on your company’s cash flow if you’re not careful.

Topics: sales pipeline sales process prospecting sales performance

The 5 P's of Selling (Don't Skip #3!)

5 p's of sellingProper preparation prevents poor performance! 

Take these five P's for a test drive, and your sale performance will improve. 

Topics: sales process sales performance Proposal prospecting

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Struggling Sellers

new year's resolutions for salespeopleA New Year's resolution is a tradition in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.

Perhaps you, or a salesperson on your team, had a lousy 2018 and are ready to make some changes in 2019. A resolution might help reset the compass — here’s a list of options to help kick off the New Year and improve your (or your sales team's) sales performance: 

Topics: sales process sales strategy

Top Articles of 2018: Sales Process

best blog posts sales processToday, we are bringing you a recap of the most popular sales process posts we've published in 2018. Providing quality content that helps our clients and visitors improve their sales performance is a goal of ours, and we hope this blog has brought you insight, education, and tips to get you on the path to success. We've searched for the most popular blogs of 2018, and we've curated these lists to bring you some of the most informative content from the year. Check out these top blogs on the sales process from 2018, and let them kickstart your 2019 sales strategy.

Topics: sales process

A 4-Step Needs Analysis Process that Really Works

4 step needs analysisIf you are struggling to uncover desired business results that lead to cash, perhaps it is time to modify your needs analysis process. Here’s a new model that is getting rave reviews — feel free to take it for a test drive during your next discovery meeting with a new prospect.

Topics: Needs Analysis prospecting sales process sales strategy

Every Touchpoint Counts: Developing Authenticity and Setting Expectations

sales acceleration with authenticity in account-based marketingI recently attended a session at a conference that centered around incorporating authenticity into account-based marketing, also known as ABM. If you are not familiar with ABM, it’s simply a strategic approach to focus an organization's B2B sales and marketing efforts on a defined group of high-potential targets instead of everyone, in an effort to create more personalized messaging and content to increase engagement. 

Topics: sales playbook branding setting expectations sales process sales pipeline sales performance

Twenty Years of Sales Experience or One Year of Experience Twenty Times?

is your sales strategy set up for success in 2019?As we approach the end of another year, many people are planning for 2019. Today, I'm challenging you to consider how you are going to change the way you are doing business to improve your sales performance.

Topics: sales strategy sales process sales management sales performance using technology

"Earn my attention. Don’t steal it." 7 Best Practices Using Video to Breakthrough Your Prospects' Email Clutter

prospecting with videoIf you try and engage me with a serious conversation via email, you will almost always find me walking to your office or calling you on the phone. Verbal communication is usually the best form of communication for people who meet other people for a living. To people like us, we only prefer written text when confirming dates or answering 'yes' or 'no' questions. Surely, most salespeople are more effective when they have a face-to-face opportunity than when they depend on their writing abilities.

Nevertheless, we need email to help us breakthrough to people that we don’t know in order to get a face-to-face call. While I was at INBOUND18 in Boston this year, I made a point to attend presentations on how video can help me stand out with email prospecting and capabilities.

Video has become so prevalent that it is now practical to use on a daily basis and reps that use video in prospecting, relationship-building, and sales emails see 5x higher open rates and 8x higher open-to-reply rates. It works because it has a higher attention factor and is more personable to your prospect. So, video can also make you a better communicator. 

There are three reasons that now is the time to start practicing your video skills and implementing video into your sales strategy to improve sales results:

Topics: video sales process sales strategy prospecting