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The Evolution of Sales: Survival Guide

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Key Performance Indicators for Sales People

By Chris Joseph (Chron.com)

Getting the most out of your sales force is essential for gaining a competitive edge. However, if you don’t have mechanisms in place to measure the performance of your salespeople, you may not know for sure if they are operating at peak efficiency. thT9Y1MTJL

 

Examining some key sales performance indicators can provide a wealth of valuable information.

4 Must Dos For Sales and Marketing Pros

By Melissa Madian ORACLE | eloqua

“I know I need to be unique and different when talking to customers; but I don’t know how?”

I had just finished running a sales training session for a group of major account reps, SJPwhen a colleague came up to me and very quietly uttered the above quote.  He was clearly embarrassed, lost and distraught. It got me thinking: if he was willing to sidle up to me and admit this distress; how many others were feeling the same but were too shy or embarrassed to come forward to talk about how to address it?

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How to Prepare for a Valuable Sales Discovery Session

By Brian Walsh (Business 2 Community)

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Know Where You’re Going. Understand Where You’ve Been.

If you want to truly understand how you can help your client, you need to assess what you know. A call with someone you’ve never met before is very different than one where you have some background. This may seem like an elementary point, but I’ve seen way too many salespeople approach all their discovery calls the same way. As a result, they miss opportunities to change their conversation in a way that connects them to buyer value drivers. The prep is critical for many reasons, and it starts with two simple questions:

  1. Where am I in the account?
  2. Where am I not?

Remember the “Who”

Effective preparation doesn’t end there. A lot of salespeople make the mistake by only asking those questions. They focus their discovery only on the account white space, or if it’s a new account, where they think they have the biggest chance of making a sale. That information is important, but you need to consider the “who.”

Research from CSO Insights shows that three or more individuals are involved in the final B2B buying decision. Your challenge as a salesperson is to articulate your solution’s value and differentiation in a way that shows the business impact to each of these decision makers. You won’t be successful in showing your business impact to this key group if you don’t follow an effective discovery process.

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Sales Leaders – How They Unknowingly Hinder Innovation

By Richard Ruff (Sales Training Connection)

In a wide variety of industries, companies are experiencing transformational changes.  These changes are driven by global competition, technological changes, government regulations and the dynamics of an unstable economy.  As a result companies’ expectations concerning their suppliers are changing – what they buy, how they buy, and what they are willing to pay for it are all in a state of flux.

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Viewed from the other side of the fence, it means vendors are unlikely to prosper if they view improvement simply as doing a better job doing what they are doing – innovation is required.

 

 

 

The subject of innovation dominates the technology sphere.  Articles on “wearable technology” like Apple’s much-hyped iWatch are easy to find.  Likewise in sales most of discussion related to innovation is about technology.  Lots of interest and dialogue on empowering your sales force through technology or the ten new mobile apps for igniting sales.

However, if companies are going to take innovation seriously and do more than just manipulate the status quo, then new technologies are just part of the solution – not the entire story.

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Who Really Achieves Success in Sales?

By Mark Hunter (“The Sales Hunter”)

Success in sales does not go to the one who has the lowest price. Nor does success in sales go to the one who has the best customers. And, success in sales does not go the one who has the most intelligence.

Who really achieves success in sales? The people who practice integrity with every person with whom they come in contact.  There is no substitute – no alternative – to consistent integrity.

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Best Practices for Sales Engagement

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