When you have a channel partner program, you need to rely on your channel partners to manage not only customer sales but also the overall customer experience. In the age of software as a service and recurring revenue models, everyone in the value chain has to assume responsibility for customer success. However, your channel partners are on the front line, since they closed the sale and are the first line of defense for customer fulfillment. Therefore, the vendor’s job is to enable channel partner success in order to optimize the customer’s experience.Read More
Every successful business is focused on promoting customer satisfaction and optimizing customer experience. Every organization that offers a product or service needs to offer training and customer support. However, too many fall short of supporting customer success.Read More
Change is inevitable; in fact, it is essential for businesses to grow. However, not everyone is willing to embrace change, and even if they are willing to accept change, they may not see things your way. That’s why stakeholder relations have to be a key component of any business or change management strategy. It’s important to have everyone involved on board with the new strategy, policies, and procedures so the entire team is working toward a common goal. When making plans for 2019, you want to be sure that everyone involved shares the same vision and objectives.Read More
Business networking is essential to success in sales. Whether you are selling products, services, or your capabilities, your ability to connect with others in your industry will set you apart as a trused partner worthy of someone’s time and business. The following blog post provides tips that will help you develop and refine your business networking strategy, grow your professional network, and accelerate your sales pipeline.
To remain competitive requires fresh ideas that reveal new possibilities and opportunities. Too often, sales professionals become insulated within their own business; they are so focused on their own customers and meeting sales quotas that it is difficult to take the time to stop and contemplate new approaches and new strategies. Staying current with the latest business books is a great way to promote a fresh perspective and spark new ideas.
The old-school ABC sales philosophy, “always be closing,” is a hopelessly archaic sales approach in today’s world of solution selling. B2B customers don’t want to be sold. They want solutions to their problems. Customers are better educated than ever before, thanks to the amount of information available on the web. In fact, B2B customers progress more than 70 percent of the way through the buying process before they even talk to a sales rep. They know what they want and are ready to buy. The question is where to get the best solution to address their points of pain.Read More
Old-school selling is about overcoming objections to get to “yes.” However, today’s B2B sales pitch is more about solution selling, identifying the prospect’s points of pain and offering ways to alleviate that pain to get to “yes.” The problem for most sales reps is they don’t have a chance to engage with customers to review pain points and potential solutions, largely because no one has the patience to hear the sales pitch.
The one thing that all sales professionals have in common is having to make a sales pitch. However, to get to the pitch, you have to start a conversation—and that’s where many sales reps struggle. To help you engage before you can pitch, here are some of our best examples of conversation starters and sales pitches.Read More
When you consider ways to develop a winning sales strategy, how often do you think about sales psychology as part of the plan? Getting prospects to make a buying decision is more than just offering them a better deal or even offering the perfect solution to their problem. You have to build trust and establish the right emotional connection in order to get to “yes!” That’s why more sales professionals are paying closer attention to the psychology of selling.
Titus, current MarketStar President and COO, to replace Dave Treadway who is retiring December 31, 2018Read More