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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.

Sales Probing Questions That are Key to Understanding a Customers Needs.

By Matt G (The Sales Corner)

There’s one search happening on Google that seems to bring a fair amount of traffic to The Sales Corner. The search is “Sales Probing Questions.” The people searching these terms are generally looking for information on how to establish the correct questions to ask their customers. They are looking for magic tools to help them decide what are the right questions or not. I wish I could tell you what questions always work, but the truth is that you have to deal with a lot of trial and error in any sales environment.

th7T32TIPHThe goal is to increase sales or marketing visibility. In order to do this effectively you need to remain in constant production. The problem is that a lot of sales people, don’t know how to go about this in a way that’s beneficial, and doesn’t waste their time, or the customers time. Often times they get burned out.

Here are five Sales Probing Questions below that you can use to immediately start to impact your customer relationships. As a sales rep I pride myself on knowing my customers and what their problems are, and what makes them happy. You’ll find benefit in the same!

Good Prospect, Bad Prospect

By Colleen Francis (Engage Selling)

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is trying to sell to everyone that comes into your pipeline.

I know, it’s intuitive as a salesperson to sell as much as possible, but effective salespeople know how to pick and choose which prospects to sell to. They know the good from the bad. th7T32TIPH

The reality is, not every prospect is an ideal candidate for your product or service. The sooner you learn this important lesson, the sooner you can focus on the prospects that are ideal candidates for you to work with.

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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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5 Steps to Summer Pipeline Building

 By: Ken Thoreson (SalesGravy.com)

What kinds of programs or activity are you launching in the next 30 days to make sure your summer is busy? SJP

I have simply built a list to help you think through your options, and I would like our readers to certainly add their thoughts and ideas as well.  Let’s all work together to ensure mutual success.

1.    Hunt your customer base: hold Customer Appreciate events, make sure your have a plan to contact each customer and offer additional products/services.

2.    Ask your vendors for idea’s and find out what other organizations are using to increase activity

3.    Schedule events for regional access; if you cover a large area or even a single city, schedule morning events in two separate areas, one day apart.   One might be on the North side of your city, the second in the South-as an example. As you prospect, make sure prospects know of both events-makes it easy for them to attend.

4.    Buy a new database and create a fun mailing and use over-sized post cards.

5.    Have each salesperson block a minimum of two hours a week to prospect fresh opportunities.

These are just a few to start the dialogue; the key is to make it happen-Now!

What are your ideas?

Emotionally Intelligent Sales Cultures – How And Why Eq Wins Business

By Colleen Stanley (SalesLeadership, Inc.)

Sales organizations are always looking for ways to grow their top and bottom line. They install the latest and greatest CRM tool, dollars are invested in customer surveys and their marketing department is tweeting, hooting and blogging. With this proactive approach towards growth, what is the reason many sales organizations still struggle to achieve quota? SJP

Maybe the problem isn’t in technology or marketing. Perhaps the problem is your sales culture. Webster’s Dictionary defines culture as a set of shared attitudes, values, goals and practices. A culture determines how you treat your employees, your customers and how you contribute to the community at large.

Sales cultures scoring low in emotional intelligence are filled with old sales dogs that refuse to learn new tricks. They sit on the porch of denial, refusing to adapt new approaches to selling. Many have sales lone rangers that care only about their quota and their commission check. They are not real interested in how their specific actions or inactions affect the company. Lone rangers seldom contribute at a sales meeting because helping others isn’t in their DNA.

Just the opposite, emotionally intelligent sales cultures share three common traits. They are learning organizations, collaborative and generous. Let’s examine each area as it relates to sales success.

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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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