5 Essential Skills for Successful Sales Reps

So, you want to be a successful sales rep? I’ll tell you a few secrets that worked for me. Sales is about integrating communication and technology into your processes to achieve your goals. Below are the top five skills you should incorporate into your day-to-day processes.

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Using Sales Automation When Targeting SMB Accounts

Perhaps you’ve seen the oft-cited study that shows how sales reps spend only a third of their time actually selling, while more than 50 percent is spent between administrative tasks and searching for content. In an increasingly competitive sales environment, reps must make the most of their time. Looking to target SMB accounts? Sales automation can help.

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How to Create a Leadership Development Program with Staying Power

Leadership development programs have become a deciding factor in employee retention, but where many companies blunder is the notion that training equals development. Where training is a learning process, development focuses on the education and overall growth.

MarketStar, realizing this fact, developed NexGen in 2015. This program’s sole purpose is building up the Next Generation of Leaders through a development process. The decision was made to invest in our people by way of the future leaders. We wanted to ensure we had a nimble “bench” of front-runners as the organization scaled.

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Outsourced Sales: The Smart Way to Target New Verticals

Clayton Christensen, author of The Innovator’s Dilemma, How Will You Measure Your Life?, and other landmark business publications, writes about disruptive innovation. This occurs when smaller companies root a product or service in simple applications at the bottom of a market and relentlessly move up a market, resulting in the displacement of bigger companies. He states that large companies are consistently disrupted by smaller, nimbler, and more aggressive companies that attack a niche—or possibly lower end—of the market.

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3 Essential Steps to Successfully Managing Customer Success

In today’s subscription-based economy, the value of a customer is fully realized over time, rather than up front. As this model becomes the norm in B2B sales, it’s ushered in the “age of the customer,” in which customers are now largely in control of their business relationships. What does this mean for your business? That the duration of a customer relationship now has a greater impact on the overall health of your company—and that it’s up to you to successfully manage customer success.

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The Seduction of Overworking

 

 

I started my career in the fast lane of New York, jumping into commercial banking at 18 when a Banking Center Manager came into the store I was cashiering and said, “I see something in you. Do want to work for me?” My inner engine got fired up, I said, “Yes!” and never looked back.

While I didn’t have the skill, experience, or education of those I worked next to, I was determined to outpace their every move. They worked 12 hours, I worked 14. They worked 14, I raised them to 18. It was like high stakes poker. Dry granola found in my desk drawer was frequently coined ‘lunch.’ I took meetings in the car and on the run to ensure there was no downtime. I managed every second of every day, watching my numbers, paying attention to process, and building my reputation—with masses of hours.

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How Technical Sales Is Changing the Recruiting Process

 

 

As the sales industry continues its rapid evolution, sales reps will need a higher level of technical competency to sell complex products, services, and solutions. Technology has created a demand for sales teams to stay up to speed on the wants and needs of their customers and the pulse of their respective industries at large. Not only is technology changing how teams operate and interact with their customers, but products are becoming increasingly complex. This requires a rethinking of sales knowledge and skill sets.

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Why AOR is the Sales Management Framework You Need for Success

 


Sales coaching is a critical tactic that helps organizations improve individual performance and achieve business goals. Coaching is not only a helpful tool in terms of talent development, it also has a major impact on overall business performance. In fact, a survey from the Sales Management Association found that managers view sales coaching as the most impactful sales effectiveness investment, ranking it higher than other initiatives such as training, best practice sharing, and incentive redesign.

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Preventing Customer Churn: 3 Steps for Success

For subscription-based businesses, customer churn has a direct influence on your customer lifetime value. Churn rate is the frequency at which customers cut ties with your product or service during an established period. This metric provides you with a clear idea of customer retention and insight into overall performance.

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How Millennials Are Changing Business-to-Business Selling

 

 

Do you speak Millennial? Vaughn Aust does. Having worked with millennials extensively in his current role at MarketStar (EVP, Marketing and Product), Vaughn has gained valuable knowledge on how to reach, manage, and train this critical segment.

Vaughn will be a part of an engaging panel discussion on millennials Wednesday, Oct. 4th at the Egyptian Theater in Ogden, UT, hosted by the Northern Utah Workforce Development Alliance. Register for this event by following this link.

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