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Sep, 20 2018 | Lead Generation, Referral Sales

Are You Tracking the Right Referral Metrics?

Do you have the wrong KPI? If you’re like most sales leaders, you’re tracking the wrong referral metrics and spinning your wheels. Craig had only one referral KPI, and it was the wrong one: the number of prospect meetings that his reps conducted. Meetings are an important activity metric, but your team will never fill […]

Aug, 09 2018 | Lead Generation

This Is Why Your Lead Generation Process Isn’t Working

Find out how to unclog your sales pipeline. Let me guess. Your lead generation process plays out like this: You don’t have enough leads in your pipe, and your reps aren’t calling high enough. You can’t count on accurate forecasts when pipelines are unqualified, so you’re never really sure whether your team will make quota […]

May, 24 2018 | Lead Generation

Don’t Get Distracted by the Latest Sales Prospecting Techniques

That bright, shiny object might be rustier than you think. If you’re researching the latest and greatest sales trends, you just might fall victim to the bright-shiny-object syndrome. Trends mean nothing unless you include your buyer in your research. Just because certain sales prospecting techniques are all the rage, doesn’t mean they’re right for you […]

May, 03 2018 | Lead Generation

Why the Best Lead Generation Techniques Are Proactive

Top sellers don’t wait. At least 57 percent of the buying process is complete before buyers ever contact your company. If you believe this widely quoted but ill-advised statistic, your lead generation techniques are doomed from the start. Stats like this suggest that buyers don’t really need salespeople anymore—that we should just wait around for […]

Mar, 15 2018 | Lead Generation

Is Technology Tanking Your Lead Generation System?

Remember, prospecting is all about people. You’ve heard it: Television will kill radio. Video killed the radio star. And technology will eliminate the time-consuming, face-to-face aspect of communication. Um, no. Not in your personal life, and certainly not in your lead generation system. B2B selling is all about relationships. Digital technology certainly helps facilitate conversations, […]

Mar, 01 2018 | Lead Generation

Is Your Lead Generation Data Leading You Astray?

You can do what the data tells you, or you can do what works. Which do you trust more—the lead generation data manufactured by sales technology tools and artificial intelligence, or your intuition, which is generated by years of experience and your emotional intelligence? There actually was a time before the internet, before social media, […]

Feb, 08 2018 | Lead Generation, Sales Leadership

Does Sales Lead Generation Really Require a College Degree?

Street smarts or book smarts—which is better for sales? We only hired college graduates, or so I thought. So, when the president of my company hired a Sales VP without a degree, I challenged him. He said that Craig, the new VP, had the sales leadership experience we needed, and that a degree, in this […]

Nov, 23 2017 | Lead Generation

Why Do People Make So Many Lead Generation Mistakes?

Doing more means selling less. Wondering how to generate leads—not just smoke-and-mirror leads, but only qualified leads? Every account based selling rep asks that question, and pretty much every survey of sales leaders confirms that lackluster lead generation is also their chief concern. No question about it. Finding those qualified leads takes time and resources, […]

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