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5 Skills of Successful Internal Channel Account Managers

In order to have a topflight sales organization, you need a strong sales channel. When your sales success depends on distributors and partners, you need an internal channel account manager with the right skills to oversee third-party sales.

If you are used to having a direct sales infrastructure, you may not understand the talents that are required of a successful channel account manager. In addition to understanding sales, you also have to be a sales strategist, trainer, coach, negotiator, diplomat, and referee. When you are managing an internal sales team, the team has a common goal—to drive sales for your business. 

A channel manager’s role is more complex because it requires accommodating the business needs of channel partners as well as the success of the supplier. It’s a balancing act that requires finesse and additional skills.

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How Does a High-Tech Field Rep Increase Sales?

The role of the high-tech field rep is changing and so is the way they are selling. The old method of overseeing the customer from lead capture to deal close and beyond is gone. High-tech field reps are now key members of a larger sales team, with each member playing a distinct role in the value chain. With the changes in the field rep’s role come new strategies to generate sales.

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Our Top 24 Free SaaS Brands Picks

Native cloud software is here to stay, and a surprisingly large number of software as a service (SaaS) offerings are free. Free SaaS applications can be invaluable, especially if you need to solve a problem in a hurry. In fact, many free SaaS applications are outstanding tools to increase productivity, address business challenges, and make it easier to work remotely, which is extremely useful with more employees working from home thanks to the coronavirus.

There are free SaaS solutions for almost every business need. We have collected a few of the most popular SaaS tools with free offers:

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Why Brand Reputation Is So Important to Your Growth in Uncertain Times

Times of uncertainty present challenges to all of us, but they also present new opportunities. During a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is anxious about their health, their family, their job, their company, and the future. 

No one can predict what’s coming, but you can help secure your company’s future by solidifying your brand reputation. It’s an excellent time to build brand recognition and customer loyalty.

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Why Sales Amid and After a Crisis Is Essential

In times of crisis, you need to plan for the future at the same time you address the challenges of the present. These are certainly interesting times, when the global COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic crisis and turned everyone’s operations upside down. 

For many, work has stopped, resulting in 21.5 million Americans filing for unemployment. Businesses across all sectors have been affected by the pandemic, and sales have stalled waiting for the crisis to abate. Now is the time to revisit your sales programs and lay the foundation for sales during and after a crisis.

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How to Stay Motivated in Sales During Summer Months

Even during a typical summer, staying motivated and focused on work can be challenging. After all, the weather is warm, kids are out of school, and vacations are looming. This year, motivation can be even harder to come by. Because most people are still working from home, activities are still somewhat limited, and we’re all yearning for a change of pace. 

But despite this summer’s unique challenges, it’s still important for your sales team to hit their goals and keep their momentum up. Read on for five ways to motivate your sales team through the dog days of summer:

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Why Outsource your SDR Team?

This blog was originally published on 10/10/2016 and updated on 12/18/2019. 

Any way you look at it, filling your sales pipeline is a difficult task, and too many companies are relying on their top salespeople to handle routine prospecting. Account executives (AEs) are most valuable when they’re closing deals, which is why outsourcing sales is becoming a more popular strategy with B2B companies. By engaging outside sales development reps (SDRs), account execs are free to close deals and work with customers, which is the real value they bring to any organization.

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What to Consider When Choosing Your Sales Tech Stack

Your expertise is in selling B2B technology to companies that are seeking to improve operations, smooth out their workflows, and generally power new strategies for success. But how do you use technology as part of your SMB sales strategy? Does your sales tech stack stack up and give you access to the data, insights, and analytics you need to unlock efficiencies and increase sales volume?

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How to Ramp Up International Sales With Channel Partners

 

Your company is growing. Sales continue to climb, and your online marketing program is so successful that you are getting customer queries from other countries. It’s time to expand your international sales strategy, but where do you start? Is it time to start opening regional sales offices, or is there a better way?

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What the Future of Sales Automation Looks Like

Increasing your sales volume is all about improving efficiency. The more you can reduce time spent researching and qualifying prospects and dealing with administration, the more time you’ll have for actual selling. Technology is driving sales success, and the more sales automation tools you can use to take mundane tasks out of your day, the more successful you can be.

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