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What’s Your Strategy for Sales Talent Development? Part 2

Mike Kunkle

In the first post in this series , I defined Learning, Training, Development, and Education. Learning: Learning is the act of acquiring new knowledge and skills.

Small Business Marketing Ideas & Tips for SMB Business Owners

Outbound Engine

It’s always a good time for business owners to think about the most effective small business marketing ideas. Maybe your messages don’t seem to be landing as they have in the past. Or it could be that business seems to be stagnant.

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How to Create a Knowledge Base: Building Self-Service for Customer Support

Groove HQ

Learn how to create a knowledge base from the ground up that your customers will love. The post How to Create a Knowledge Base: Building Self-Service for Customer Support appeared first on Groove Blog. Customer Support

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Know the Influencers Who Make More Sales Possible

Engage Selling

Previously, we looked at how important it is to beware of talk traps.

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Content Creation & Curation: The Missing Link Between Sales & Marketing

Speaker: Pam Didner - B2B and Tech Marketing Consultant

Content plays a vital role in creating a symbiotic –– and successful –– relationship and alignment between your sales and marketing teams. Join Pam Didner to learn how to create and curate great content to support your sales and revenue goals!

Are Small Business Owners Salespeople in Disguise?

Jeffrey Gitomer

The success of a small business rests on the owner's ability to sell. Small business owners have about 50 different hats to wear, but sales is the biggest hat an entrepreneur wears. Actually without the sales hat, the other hats are useless. When I say sales, I'm not just talking, "Hey, please buy my stuff." Sales is not just selling your product or service. There are meaningful uses of selling skills that permeate every facet of the entrepreneurial process.

Get Out the Map: Aligning Sales Processes to the Buyer’s Path

Miller Heiman Group

In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail across the ocean blue with the goal of finding riches in the East Indies. However, though he had a clear goal, he didn’t have a map, so he fell well short of his intended destination, landing in the Caribbean islands instead. Despite what many believe, he didn’t discover continental North America or even set foot there.).

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As a Product Leader, Are You Regularly Engaging the Sales Team in Product Ideation?

SBI Growth

A product leader at a recent client of mine expressed a frustration that most product leaders can relate to. His organization had recently invested heavily in developing a new product that targeted a growing segment of the company’s customer base.

How To Customise A Compelling Story For Your Sales Presentation

MTD Sales Training

How many times have you made a presentation and afterwards thought ‘that was so boring, even I wouldn’t have bought my product!’. There are many occasions where we have presented a solution and it’s not created any connection with the prospect. How, then, can we build a great presentation and really connect with the prospect? First, lets see what we shouldn’t do in our presentation: A product demonstration should NEVER be a tour of features and functions. Why not?

Planning to Win: Your Sales Negotiation Checklist

RAIN Group

Preparation is often the greatest determinant of negotiation success. Across negotiation studies and surveys, sellers who get the best outcomes: Know what they sell. Research buyer wants and needs through sources other than the buyer.

How to Succeed at the First 30 Seconds of a Prospecting Call [Podcast]

Sandler Training

Mike Montague interviews Doug Cohen on How to Succeed at The First 30 Seconds of a Prospecting Call. The post How to Succeed at the First 30 Seconds of a Prospecting Call [Podcast] appeared first on Sandler Training.

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New Ways to Reach, Influence, and Close More Deals with Intent Data

Speaker: Ardath Albee, B2B Marketing Strategist and CEO of Marketing Interactions

Acting on intent data when applied to buyer context can be a game-changer for gaining attention by increasing relevance, which drives purposeful engagement toward purchase. But all intent data is not the same. In this webinar, learn the difference between interest and intent, and the best ways to use the right data.

What’s Your Strategy for Sales Talent Development? Part 1

Mike Kunkle

One of the things that’s been on my mind lately is the difference between education, learning, development, and training as they relate to sales talent development organizational learning strategies for Sales.

The Delicate Balance of Building an Online Community Business

Matthew Barby

Just under two years ago I launched an online community business called Traffic Think Tank with two other co-founders, Nick […]. The post The Delicate Balance of Building an Online Community Business appeared first on Matthew Howells-Barby. Growth

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Customer Service Checklist: 15 Ways to Provide Exceptional Customer Service

Groove HQ

Find out how to provide exceptional customer service using our 15-point checklist. The post Customer Service Checklist: 15 Ways to Provide Exceptional Customer Service appeared first on Groove Blog. Customer Support

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The Right Way to Handle Objections

Engage Selling

There’s a right way and a wrong way to handle objections. Let’s start with the wrong way. What countless sellers do when they’re “thrown a curveball” from a prospect is they freeze up, begin stuttering or show visible signs of … Read More » Observations from the real World client attraction Client Communication client loyalty client relationships Client Success Engage Selling Solutions Lead Up!

The Essential Guide to the Buying Experience of the Future

The ultimate value proposition is an impactful buying experience that guides people to the best possible decision. But how do you prepare your sales teams to do that? Read "The Essential Guide to the Buying Experience of the Future" to find out how to empower your customer-facing teams and thrive in modern selling environments.

Developing strategic referral alliances. WOW!

Jeffrey Gitomer

Are you willing to refer your clients or customers to someone else? Is someone else willing to refer their clients or customers to you? Yes, if there is mutual trust. Here are the prerequisites: You consider yourself the best at what you do. You do a memorable job in making the sale. You do a perfect job of delivering what you promised. You provide impeccable service after the sale. If you don't do the above, don't bother reading the rest of this article. It won't help you.

Is Your CRM Data-Driven or a Data Dump?

Miller Heiman Group

Ostensibly designed to help sellers close more deals, in many organizations, the CRM is just another administrative task on a salesperson’s already crowded plate. It’s a way for sales managers to monitor deal status that adds little, if any, value to their selling activities. But this approach to CRM is changing. More and more businesses are adopting sales technology tools, such as our analytics solution Scout , that turn their CRM data into actionable insights.

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Evaluating the top 8 CRMs that integrate with QuickBooks

Nutshell

One of the main benefits of CRM software is the ability to get every aspect of your business working in sync. By uniting your communication and marketing tools with your sales platform, your team can conduct and track all their sales conversations from a single tool. But if you also rely on accounting software to manage incoming and outgoing payments, there are a lot of hidden benefits to integrating it with your CRM as well.

The Future of Sales Enablement in the Tech Sector

SBI Growth

Customer centricity and stiff competition in the tech industry are changing how sales enablement operate. Teams need to focus on sales reps solving customer challenges instead of simply selling products and services. Sell Solutions Instead of Products. Traditional sales enablement motions are.

Roadblocks to Delivering a Competitive Buying Experience

Why are buyer-facing teams struggling and what can be done about it? Bigtincan teamed up with Heinz Marketing in a recent research study to discover the roadblocks revenue-generating teams encounter in preparing buyer-facing teams for today’s market. Click here to learn what you can do today to prepare!

Six Ways Of Dealing With A Client Who Won’t See You

MTD Sales Training

It may sound strange, but there will be people you know you can help who will refuse to meet with you! How dare they! Don’t they know you have their holy grail, the answer to their prayers, the very thing they have been looking for? Of course, the world doesn’t work that way, and there will be prospects and customers who will reject your advances and avoid you at all costs. How can you deal with these kinds of situations? Firstly, let’s look at what you SHOULDN’T do: 1) DON’T take it personally.

Customer Relations—Definition & How to Manage [9 Examples]

Tidio

Before we jump into the subject of customer relations, consider this—. There are three varieties of customers: those you have, those you don’t (yet), and those you used to. And while it’s always a priority to focus on the current ones, the other two types are just as essential.

The Art and Science Blend of Sales Leadership

The Center for Sales Strategy

World-class leaders understand improving performance is part art and part science. A recipe that includes the proper blend of both—art and science—is often what separates failure from success and exhibits the following: Outstanding performance (beating others in their peer group).

Implications for B2B Selling in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Mike Kunkle

[This article was originally published as part of the Sales Education Foundation 2018 Annual Magazine , co-authored with Robert M. Peterson, Ph.D., Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Sales, Northern Illinois University Professional Sales Program ].

Connecting the Consultative Experience

Many B2B businesses have come to believe that there is an asymmetric relationship between the company and its buyers. But what research has discovered is that many of today’s B2B buyers are NOT empowered and they have little interest in being so. Download the eBook to find out why.

Axonius, a cybersecurity asset management startup, raises $20M in Series B

Openview

The post Axonius, a cybersecurity asset management startup, raises $20M in Series B appeared first on OpenView. News TechCrunch

10 Customer Service Apps to Help Scale Your Support

Groove HQ

If you’re searching for customer service apps, chances are you’re looking for something quick and easy to lighten your support load. This list compiles the top apps to help customer service teams save time, reduce effort, and provide holistic customer support.

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Do Less, Achieve More

Engage Selling

Yes, it is possible to do less and achieve more. As I’ve touched on recently, the general mantra for professionals in today’s world is “more, more, more.”

Approach a Referral Right and Reap.

Jeffrey Gitomer

The most coveted prize in selling besides a sale is a referral. How do you approach this person? Everyone tells you to get referrals, no one tells you what to do next. How do you maximize the selling power of this referral? Here are 8.5 rules to ensure your success: Approach with care, be prepared, don't move too quickly. Timing is everything. Don't appear to be too anxious to get the sale (money). Proper set up will breed a long term relationship (more money) instead of just a sale.

The Definitive Guide to the Top 4 Sales Enablement Metrics

See what metrics matter to increase productivity and revenue and your organization. This guide will help you stay data-driven while avoiding data overload.

How Account Managers Can Win Back Strategic Accounts

Miller Heiman Group

Managing a strategic account is a complicated balancing act. Sometimes, you find yourself striving for short-term gains by upselling. But to achieve long-term success with a strategic account, the customer needs to view you as a trusted partner, which means you need to constantly set yourself apart from the competition by helping your customer achieve their long-term goals. Strategic accounts are an important part of your company’s success.

What was the first sale you ever made? 11 successful salespeople discuss their first big wins

Nutshell

There’s something about the memory of your first real sale that elicits pride, confidence, and love for the profession. No matter how young or inexperienced you are when it happens, that first sale leaves an impression that stays with you for the rest of your career. We asked 11 sales professionals to take a trip down memory lane and share the stories behind the first sales they ever closed. Remember your own first sale? Tell us about it on Twitter or in our Sell to Win Facebook community !

8 Disciplines of Sales Execution

SBI Growth

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The Missing Link Between Your Differentiation and Your Buyers

Force Management

There are a lot of organizations out there that tout what makes them different from the competition. However, at times, that differentiation is simply talk and no action. What's on the PowerPoint slides fails to translate to the real-life customer experience.

The 5 Stages of Account-Based Marketing — and How to Win Them All

Successfully complete the five stages of ABM: define, identify, engage, convert, and connect. We’ll show you how to create a unified system with your sales team to help them land more qualified opportunities and connect with prospects like never before.