How to Overcome Inconsistent Sales Rep Performance

Posted by George de los Reyes

September 2, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Until you close 100% of your deals, your reps must consistently generate new opportunities. If they don’t, you will miss the number.

Most sales teams are composed of three groups:

  1. The Superstars – These gifted few need little oversight or incentive.  They are your A-players.  They perform year in and year out.  They have been blessed with the right DNA.
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Topics: Sales Leader, Prospecting, Account Segmentation, Sales Enablement, Sales Manager, Sales Manager Resources

How Will Your Sales Leader Fix the Sales Funnel?

Posted by Dan Bernoske

August 24, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Predictability. A CEO needs it. The Board demands it. So what do you do if your team does not consistently provide revenue predictability?

Have your Sales Leader provide a comprehensive buyer engagement plan. The plan should include a well-drawn approach to prospecting and sales process. When executed correctly, this will lead to a full funnel and revenue predictability.

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Topics: Sales Process, CEO, Prospecting, CEO Resources, Sales Funnel, Engagement

New eBook: The Power of Social Selling

Posted by Greg Alexander

August 7, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Here is a new eBook we wrote for you, called “The Power of Social Selling”.  You can download a free copy here.

This eBook was written for sales leaders who are early on with their social selling implementation.  If your implementation of social selling is advanced, don’t waste your time on this. You have already overcome the challenges discussed in this material.

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Topics: Social Selling, Prospecting, Social network, Social Prospecting

3 Areas of Focus to Avoid Sales Extinction

Posted by Michael Riksheim

June 27, 2014 at 6:45 AM

For most sales professionals, the midpoint of the sales year is approaching.   You track your sales numbers regularly.  But the midpoint of the year is a good barometer on whether you will make your number.  If you are behind, what can be done to close out the year strong?  If you are ahead, what do you need to do to stay on course?  For many comes the resounding question:

“Do I need to change how I am selling?”

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Topics: Social Selling, Prospecting, Sales Rep Resources

The Secret to Social Selling Success

Posted by Anthony LaBorde

May 3, 2014 at 6:45 AM

You just heard that your largest opportunity signed a multi-year deal with your competitor. That deal should’ve been yours. It was the difference between making your number or missing it. And you missed it.

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Topics: Social Selling, Prospecting, Sales Rep Resources

A 5 Step Guide To Better Leads

Posted by Andrew Urteaga

March 23, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Most sales professionals have relied for too long on Marketing to provide leads.  In addition they complain the leads are unqualified and a waste of time.  The irony is that most sales professionals are not producing their own opportunities.  All you have to do is open CRM and pull up the pipeline dashboard.  Inspect how many opportunities exist in the pipeline.  Sales Managers, there is a way to teach reps to get better leads.

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Topics: Sales Leader, Sales Management, Leads, Prospecting, Sales Manager

Should You Buy Premium LinkedIn Accounts For Your Team?

Posted by Mark Synek

March 15, 2014 at 6:45 AM

You are a progressive Sales VP in a medium size company.  You know how hard it is for your reps to prospect today.  Targets don’t answer their office phones or open e-mails.  You know today’s buyer is time starved and media saturated. 

 

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Topics: Social Selling, Sales Leader, Prospecting, LinkedIn, Small Company Sales Leader Resources, Advertising and Marketing, Social Prospecting

How to Construct the Perfect Target List

Posted by Patrick Dors

February 4, 2014 at 7:00 AM

ARGH!  It’s that time again. There was a change to your territory. Now your manager is in town to spend the next two days with you.  After a few slightly awkward sales calls you break for lunch.  Just as you bite into your club sandwich, the boss asks a question. 

“Do you have a plan for prioritizing your accounts?”

How will you respond?  You may already have a target list created by your sales operations department.  The problem is they don’t know the details of your territory like you do.  In fact, one of your top 5 just went out of business!  The list provided is good directionally, but you know it can be better.

Want to know the answer to your manager’s question before they ask?

Download the Ultimate Lead List Calculator to prioritize your accounts for success.

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Topics: Prospecting, Account Management, Sales Rep Resources, Sales Strategies

4 Steps to Master Your Territory

Posted by Patrick Dors

January 13, 2014 at 7:00 AM

“The only thing that is constant is change.” – Heraclitus

The beginning of the year can be filled with challenges, such as:

  • Getting back to work after the holidays
  • Preparing for the BIG kickoff meetings
  • New products or services in your portfolio
  • Changes in personnel
  • A higher sales number to hit

As a sales representative these are a few of the hurdles you may face.  One of the most dreaded can be a change to your territory.   You may need to call on customers and prospects in unfamiliar areas. You may have lost some or all of your pipeline.  To make your number you must be able to answer a key question. 

“Where should my focus be in my new territory?

Follow the 4 steps and use the Agile Territory Planner to become the master of your domain.

Step 1. Discovery

Information about your new territory is usually available to help you ramp quickly.  Don’t recreate the wheel when you have resources to help.  Start with the following actions:

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Topics: Prospecting, Sales Rep Resources, Social Media, CRM

5 Ways Marketing Can Contribute to Social Selling Excellence

Posted by George de los Reyes

September 17, 2013 at 7:00 AM

2013 is the year Social Selling became Mission Critical. Companies are trying to grow new business.  Yet many reps struggle to get that critical first meeting with a decision maker.  Social Selling is a proven method of securing the first appointment with buyers inside of target accounts.

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Topics: Social Selling, Prospecting, CMO, Marketing Resources

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