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4 Tips to Network Your Way to More Sales

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.

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Top 5 Business Books You Should Read in 2019

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.

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Why the “Always Be Closing” Frame of Mind Shouldn’t Be the Basis of Your Sales Approach

 

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.

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How Content Marketing Can Give Your Sales Pitch an Added Boost

 

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. 

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Before the Pitch: 5 Examples of The Best Sales Conversation Starters

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.

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The Psychology Behind a Winning Direct Sales Strategy

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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.

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MarketStar Names Keith Titus as President, CEO and Board Member

Titus, current MarketStar President and COO, to replace Dave Treadway who is retiring December 31, 2018

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What the First 90 Days of Customer Success Should Look Like

Successful sales depend on customer success. What is customer success? It’s  the key differentiator between losing sales and ultra-growth, and the new term, especially in the B2B world, is here to stay. 

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Post Sales: Where Sales Ends and Customer Success Begins

 

 

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If you are in sales, your focus is on closing the next deal. However, the post-sales process is just as important as getting the order. You spend time and energy bringing in new customers, and you want to make sure they stay happy, content, and loyal.

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Managing client data with respect to GDPR

GDPR is privacy legislation that came into effect in May 2018. The aim of the legislation is to give consumers control of their personal data and its use and collection by companies.  The GDPR replaces the previous Data Protection Directive, both strengthening privacy rules and harmonizing them across the 28-nation EU bloc. Crucially, the GDPR applies not only to organizations located within the EU, but also to companies outside of the EU if they offer goods or services to, or monitor the behavior of, people in Europe.

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