Numbers don’t lie, but they can inspire. If you know where to look, you can find thousands of statistics on the web related to sales and selling. Although these statistics can be interesting, they don’t mean much when taken strictly at face value. However, when you start to assimilate data and compare numbers from various sources, you start to see patterns emerge. Then, if you correlate these numbers, some of your findings might make you a much smarter sales rep.Read More
Business growth is your goal, but sales is holding you back. Sound familiar? When companies struggle to expand their revenue and scale their business, it’s not always because they lack opportunity, but often because their in-house sales team can’t keep pace.
Based on what we have seen in our more than 30 years of experience in the outsourced sales industry, companies that scale an in-house sales team often take upwards of eight to 12 months to ramp up their small team into a thriving, productive operation.Read More
You need different sales processes for different types of customers, especially when it comes to selling technology solutions. If you are selling to enterprise customers, their needs and expectations are vastly different than when you sell to small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Those differences extend well beyond budget and include differing attitudes about their strategic needs, what they expect from you as the solution provider, and what you should expect from them in return. Understanding those differences is essential to sales success.Read More
Hiring and training staff is expensive. SHRM (The Society of Human Resource Management) estimates that the cost-per-hire is $4,129, and that replacing an employee can cost between six and nine months of their salary. When you consider the cost of searching, hiring, and training sales personnel, hiring an outside sales team can eliminate talent acquisition headaches.
If you are selling enterprise technology, you are probably selling cloud services. The cloud drives most technology decisions since hosted services are being used to handle data, business applications, development, and virtually anything that supports enterprise-driven businesses. You should include cloud services as part of your channel partner program.Read More
More companies are using live chat for leads. You are undoubtedly familiar with live chat as a sales and customer service tool. How often have you visited a website looking for information only to see a live chat box pop up in the bottom corner? These chat boxes aren’t sales bots; they are live sales reps looking to provide business-critical information that could turn a curious website visitor into a viable prospect. This is how you apply live chat for leads, and it is changing B2B sales.Read More
Whom would you rather buy from? The slick sales rep with the aggressive sales pitch who wants you to decide today, or the sales rep who asks questions, listens to understand what you need, and takes the time to work with you to find the right solution. The answer is easy, but the reality is there are still too many quota-driven sales reps out there who put closing the deal ahead of the needs of the customer. Sales reps with happy customers and long-term success are the ones who master the art of selling without selling.
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.