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The Center for Sales Strategy Blog

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 strategy sales process

Top Articles of 2018: Sales Management

best blog posts sales managementAs we get closer to the New Year, we are taking some time to reflect on 2018 and the success we've seen our clients achieve. While many are enjoying this special holiday with family and friends, we are bringing you a recap of the most popular 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 that will publish each day this week to bring you some of the most informative content from the year. Check out these top blogs on sales management from 2018, and let them kickstart your 2019 sales strategy.

Topics: sales strategy sales performance sales management coaching

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 sales strategy sales process prospecting

Are You a Thought Leader? 6 Ways to Tell.

are you a thought leaderIn almost every industry, there are people or businesses we think of as being thought leaders. These people and organizations are the ones that you check on regularly with regard to innovation, market challenges, and new initiatives. The thought leadership position is certainly an advantageous position to have, as it can help with lead generation, sales, recruitment and retention, new business opportunities, and more.

Topics: content strategy thought leadership sales strategy inbound marketing salespeople

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: using technology sales strategy sales performance sales management sales process

Advertising Sales is Changing — 5 Tactics to Stay Ahead and Win

sales revolutionThe advertising game for traditional media is changing and evolving. In this case, change is not a good thing. It’s time for a revolution on your sales team. Are you ready? 

This sounds kind of dramatic, perhaps over-dramatic, but it is true. Some type of revolution needs to take place on your sales team in order for traditional media companies to stay in the game. 

Need proof? Here are some samples of reality:

Topics: sales strategy sales performance sales management sales accelerator

How To Embed Personalized Video Into Your Hubspot Sales Emails

salesperson using video email in sales processThis post was originally published on the LeadG2 blog.

Recently, LeadG2 shared a post explaining how to send videos via email. Due to spam, security, and email hosting features, many email clients do not allow video embeds directly into emails, so with a few easy steps, marketers and salespeople can send video via email, just not with an actual embed. If you are a Hubspot Sales user at the Professional or Enterprise level, I have good news! Not long ago, Hubspot announced a feature that enables salespeople (or any Hubspot user communicating with a contact through the CRM) to embed videos directly into their 1:1 emails! 

Here are just a few reasons this exciting feature is valuable and vital to the sales process:

  1. Video creates a more personal and humanized sales experience.
  2. Sales reps that use video in prospecting, relationship-building, and sales emails see 5x higher open rates and 8x higher open-to-reply rates.
  3. Video can help to establish and build trust with a prospect that doesn't yet know you.
Topics: video sales strategy marketing strategy prospecting account based marketing

"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 strategy sales process prospecting

A 5-Step Campaign Recap Template to Keep Your Customers Coming Back

campaign recap templateYou sold the campaign. You executed the campaign. Now get the credit you deserve! 

Creating a successful digital campaign designed to deliver desired business results takes time and expertise… not to mention a great deal of work! It makes sense to present a recap during the campaign—to make sure it is on track—and after the campaign, to get credit for a job well done.

The best way to do this is to create a campaign recap and present this to the customer. This process allows sellers to get the credit they deserve for a job well done as well as open the door to the next sales opportunity with a satisfied customer!

Topics: sales strategy sales process sales accelerator

Decisions Made Easy: A Sales Manager's Strategic Cheat Sheet

sales manager strategic cheat sheetHow many decisions does a sales manager make in day? 10? 25? 50? That number probably varies, but most people would agree sales managers make a lot of decisions each day as they navigate changing conditions, corporate demands, and plenty of persuasion from their salespeople about doing what they want them to do. Better sales managers make good decisions more often than mediocre sales managers. So, how do they do that?

Topics: sales strategy sales performance sales management coaching