Sales Articles

Feb, 16 2017 | Sales Leadership, Salespeople

What Is the Most Effective of Account-Based Sales Strategies?

Hint: It has nothing to do with digital.  At least 67 percent of the buying process is complete before buyers ever contact your company. Believe that, and your account-based sales strategies are doomed from the start. There are many widely quoted but ill-advised statistics floating around that suggest business buyers don’t really need salespeople anymore—that […]

Feb, 09 2017 | Associations, Enterprise, Sales Leadership, Salespeople, Small Business

Are Digital Distractions Slowing Your Sales Productivity?

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Your team might be too connected to focus on sales. Sales has always required a fair amount of multi-tasking. Between lead generation, prospecting, and caring for current clients, we have a lot of balls in the air, which can make it hard to focus. It’s even harder in the digital world. Distractions come at us […]

Feb, 02 2017 | Associations, Enterprise, Referral Sales, Referrals, Small Business

How to Land and Expand with Relationships

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The top four account-based sales secrets revealed! When it comes to account-based sales tips, there is one guy who can revolutionize your technique. This is a story about George (mostly). I’ve known plenty of great account-based sellers, or as we used to call them, “B2B salespeople.” George is among the best, because he understands that […]

Jan, 29 2017 | Uncategorized

January Referral Selling Insights

Here’s what you might have missed from No More Cold Calling this month. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? If so, how’s that working out for you? I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, because they’re typically short-lived, forgotten by the end of January. Instead, I create weekly referral goals. Each week I decide […]

Jan, 26 2017 | Sales Leadership, Salespeople

Sales Teams Need Face Time—with Prospects and Each Other

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There’s nothing like getting the gang together in person. A colleague of mine in Europe complained to me that his prospect in Paris had arranged a meeting with all the decision-makers he needed to meet. But the prospect had only given him four days’ notice. My colleague thought it was rather presumptuous of them to […]

Jan, 19 2017 | Referral Sales, Referrals, Sales Leadership, Salespeople

How to Hack Lead Generation with this Simple Principle

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Don’t expect sales leads to pour in without it! I stared at the download form, trying to decide if it was worth it. A colleague had recommended I read this whitepaper, and the content certainly sounded interesting. But as usual, the free download came at a cost: my contact information. I could picture the sales […]

Jan, 12 2017 | Sales Leadership, Salespeople, Small Business

Why Sales Managers Need Street Smarts

Dr. Tony Alessandra explains why the best sales managers learn on the job. Did you study really hard in school? Some of us probably did more than others. But we all studied to take tests about facts and figures. We studied in high school to ace the SAT. We studied in college to get top […]

Jan, 05 2017 | Sales Leadership, Salespeople, Small Business

Reasons Cold Calling Is No Good for Account-Based Sellers

Can one call generate leads better than ten? You already know my point of view on cold calling.  No salesperson should ever have to cold call to generate sales leads. It’s an ineffective prospecting strategy and a nuisance to buyers, most of whom ignore cold calls. For account-based sellers, it’s not only a waste of […]

Dec, 29 2016 | Referral Sales, Referrals

December Referral Selling Insights

Here’s what you might have missed from No More Cold Calling this month. You may not have heard, but 2017 will be the year of referral selling. Why? Because as quotas continue to rise and competition gets stiffer, sales managers will have to accept that technology shouldn’t be the main artery to reach prospects. Technology […]

Dec, 15 2016 | Sales Leadership, Salespeople

Is Sales Automation Making Your Team Soft?

As your reps rely more on sales technology, they may be forgetting how to actually sell.  I used to add long columns of numbers and never had to check my math. I knew I got it right the first time. Not anymore. I usually still get it right, but I feel the need to double […]