I recently worked with a group of young salespeople, most just out of college. One participant asked, “What are some of the things that you’ve seen in working with top sales producers? What do they have in common?”
I want to express my views on our current sales-enablement tools and technology. I have been using technology in some form or another for my entire 15-year career, and I have never felt its objective was to help me sell.
A few years ago, I met a CEO who shared his company’s unique approach to performance reviews. When managers sit down with employees, they only ask two questions: Did you get your job done? Did you do it right? I think this concept translates beautifully to sales.
According to a study by Bank of America, robots are likely to be performing 45% of manufacturing tasks by 2025. Meanwhile, Oxford University predicts that nearly half of all U.S. jobs will be at high risk of being lost to computers.
In today’s world, we have literally seconds to get people’s attention, which is why the first few words that come out of our mouths on a call, or the subject and first lines in an email, can make all the difference.
Of all the skills I’ve had to develop in my sales career — prospecting, qualifying, pitching, building executive relationships, negotiating, and closing — the pitch is one of my favorite parts of the sales cycle.
Even in today’s digital age of profitable, effective marketing, the methods and assumptions we stick with for selling to our leads are a throwback to the era when disco and bell-bottom pants seemed like good ideas.
Guy Kawasaki is the first to admit “the best way to recruit, evangelize, market, and sell is to have a great product. Because selling, marketing, and evangelizing a great product is easy." There is, however, a catch.
In most sales organizations, there is incredible pressure to deliver. I’ve been in sales for over 20 years and know this firsthand. Management is under tremendous stress to hit numbers. Salespeople are hired because they’re closers.
As a sales leader, nothing bothers me more than receiving feedback from a member of our team that he or she is unclear about “what management wants.” It’s also an indicator that the teammate isn’t receiving the context around what we’re trying to accomplish.
You don’t sell to just a few decision-makers anymore. There are more competitors than ever, muddying your unique selling proposition. Yesterday’s simple deal has morphed into a labyrinth of sales challenges you need to defeat to win the game.
Sales coaching is an interesting topic, if for no other reason than that everyone thinks it’s a great idea. Sales leaders expect their managers to do it, sales managers like to do it, and salespeople want to receive it.
“My top performers? Oh, I just leave them alone and let them sell. Don’t mess with a good thing, right?” I can’t begin to tell you how often I’ve heard this said by sales VPs and other C-level leaders.
Think about a recent deal review that you had with an account executive on your team. Any chance you asked them to “tell you” about an opportunity or deal and then started to tune out after about five minutes?
Mike Derezin leads the global sales organization within LinkedIn’s Sales Solutions business unit. He joined us to chat about how he’s built his team, the latest in social selling, and the part predictive analytics will play.
The majority of companies make it the focus of their salespeople and marketing department to get leads and open doors. I believe when sales management is involved as well, the value of the doors opened will increase
The resume looked good, the interview went well, and the pre-hire assessment showed this dog can hunt. It doesn’t take too long before you see signs that this so-called sales rock star is anything but.
Mobile is everywhere today. And now something that’s not so obvious: In many corporations, thinking hasn’t caught up with how much mobile has changed the way we work, sell, and collaborate with others.
In my experience, sales operations can play a couple of key roles within the sales organization. First, it's the group that brings science to sales and knows how to apply it most effectively in the organization to improve performance. That’s to be expected.
Have you ever felt that maybe, just maybe, your sales kickoff wasn’t as effective as it should have been? That when all those salespeople leave the venue and get on their flights home, they don’t remember much of what was presented?
Zillow’s Tony Small is the general manager for the real estate marketplace’s Premier Agent Business. During a recent chat, he shared how he’s used data science to increase sales and productivity dramatically.
Every sales organization should have one metric that’s considered the most important measure. It sounds obvious, but it’s always surprising to me how companies become distracted with so many other details.
Most organizations still believe in the perfect sales and marketing delineation: This is where marketing generates leads for sales, sales development reps then qualify these leads to create opportunities.