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Dec, 28 2018 | Business Development, Lead Generation, Referral Sales, Sales Leadership, Video

Why Sales AI Won’t Replace Reps Anytime Soon

We’re not obsolete … yet. There’s a saying in B2B sales that people buy with emotion and justify with fact. It’s more than a saying; it’s a fact. Trust is a predominant factor in any buying decision. Two things being equal—and they never are—people buy from those they know, like, and trust. Unless a buyer […]

Dec, 20 2018 | Business Development, Lead Generation, Referral Sales, Sales Leadership, Video

You Don’t Know Isaac, but I Won’t Forget Him

We need to speak up when people do the right thing. Whether you’re watching the news or perusing social media, you’ll see plenty of stories about people behaving badly, selfishly, or rudely. So, it’s always refreshing to be reminded that the world is also full of kind, compassionate people who go out of their way to […]

Dec, 13 2018 | Business Development, Lead Generation, Referral Sales, Sales Leadership, Video

Put Your Damn Phone Away

No toys at the table! Answer this question: What’s more important than the person sitting in front of you, walking beside you, sharing a meal with you, or sharing your bed? If actions speak louder than words, your phone is more important. If you’re like the average American, the first thing you do when you […]

Dec, 07 2018 | Business Development, Lead Generation, Referral Sales, Sales Leadership, Video

How to Ask for a Referral Without Getting Embarrassed

Referrals aren’t favors. Salespeople often downplay the importance of referral networks or just don’t know how to ask for a referral. Don’t get distracted; don’t get embarrassed. Relationships and referrals are what business is all about! When I interviewed Wes, senior vice president of sales for a well-known marketing automation company, I expected to hear […]

Nov, 16 2018 | Business Development, Lead Generation, Referral Sales, Sales Leadership, Video

How to Actually Scale Your Referral Business

If you think referrals don’t scale, you’re just doing it wrong. Sales leaders often tell me that referral leads are their most qualified, most convertible leads. Then in the next breath, they tell me referral business doesn’t scale. Before I got really annoyed and was ready to blast them, I took a closer look at […]

Nov, 08 2018 | Business Development, Lead Generation, Referral Sales, Women in Sales

Do Words Make a Difference for Women in Sales?

Watch what you say, and do what you say.  “I want you to know it hasn’t gone unnoticed that there are no women on our sales team.” That comment came from the CEO of a fast-growing software company. Not only were there no women, but the sales team was all white men of a certain […]

Nov, 02 2018 | Business Development, Lead Generation, Referral Sales

4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Get the Referral on LinkedIn

How to connect beyond the click when asking for referrals. My client, Sue, identified a colleague on LinkedIn who knew her prospect, George—a high-profile, very senior buyer. She’d tried asking for referrals to George on LinkedIn, but she felt their introductions lacked the emotion needed to convince George to meet with her. This time, she […]

Oct, 25 2018 | Business Development, Lead Generation, Referral Sales, Sales Leadership

Are You Always “On”? (Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Be)

Too much work and not enough play makes … Working too much? You might not have a choice. Employers are more and more demanding. If you’re in sales, you assume you pretty much need to be “on” all the time, lest you miss an opportunity. No wonder salespeople check email on vacation, first thing in […]

Oct, 18 2018 | Business Development, Lead Generation, Referral Sales, Sales Leadership

Why You Need to Make Time for Asking for Referrals

Getting referral business should be top priority in your sales prospecting techniques Message to sales leaders: Your job is to get the rocks off the road so your team can close deals, exceed quota, and blow past revenue goals. That’s not happening with cold calling. Account execs remain overwhelmed with conflicting messaging, technology overload, and […]

Oct, 11 2018 | B2B, Business Development, Referral Sales

Cold Calling Techniques Make Your Pipeline Fat, but Not Fit

Do you really need more leads? Sure, cold calling techniques put lots of leads in the pipe. Enough for management to see that reps made the requisite number of phone calls, email pitches, and social media connections. But are those really leads, or just smoke-and-mirror numbers? Reps have their cold call list, and they go […]

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