No sales rep succeeds on their own. Successful sales performance is the result of many factors. You need the right leads, the right sales pitch, the right conversion tools, the right customer service, and more. Sales success is the result of solid sales enablement, which is why successful companies are more focused on developing a frictionless, integrated sales process.Read More
Selling complex technology requires special skills and technical expertise, but knowing how to sell the technology doesn’t mean you have to know how to build it. However, when you engage in consultative selling, the prospect is looking for sophisticated, custom solutions to complex problems. That’s why selling technical solutions requires sales engineers (SEs).Read More
If you are in sales (or a movie buff), you have undoubtedly heard the phrase “ABC, always be closing,” from Glengarry Glen Ross. That may be a good motivational mantra for selling real estate, but it’s less effective in B2B sales. When dealing with lead qualification for B2B technology, selling it makes more sense to think of ABC as “always be consulting.”Read More
Ensuring customer success is at the heart of consultative selling isn’t just fluff. When you are selling technology, selling the product alone isn’t enough. You must sell a solution for a problem that your technology can solve. That means much deeper customer engagement that delivers an immediate return and more ROI over time. That’s why leading companies invest in customer success.Read More
Traditionally, trade shows have been a great way to increase market visibility and gather sales leads. Having a booth at a major trade event allows you to speak with prospects and other professionals, learn about what they are seeing in the market, and even talk about points of pain and challenges that your company might be able to address. Unfortunately, trade shows have been on a hiatus since early 2020 due to the pandemic, but there are still virtual trade events, online roundtables, and webinars that attract sales prospects seeking answers. Once you get their contact information, what’s the best strategy for following up with leads?
Understandably, 2020 has been a unique year for many sales reps. Many businesses have delayed or canceled investments in products and services until the COVID-19 pandemic is over and they can more accurately plan for the future, others have seen a surge in demand and require quick action and product education. In both scenarios,, the business-to-business (B2B) market is growing increasingly competitive.Read More
I love playing softball. It’s a game we can play long into our later years, but it still requires skill and precision. The key to a big softball win? Lots of small hits. I’m amazed that when you play a game where it’s single hit after single hit, all of a sudden you look at the scoreboard and it’s 9-0 after one inning! Rarely do you hit homeruns in softball, it’s playing the smaller hits. That’s kind of like playing the SMB market -- smaller hits, but when you add them all up, you get a massive end-result. Small ball in business (SMB) is a winner, but it takes skill and precision.Read More
Hiring outsourced sales professionals can be a quick, cost-effective solution for bolstering your in-house sales team. Whether you’re looking to expand into a new market segment, add specialty sales roles, incorporate Customer Success, or simply empower your in-house team to do more, outsourcing sales is a powerful and proven way to significantly grow your team’s capabilities.Read More
History will remember 2020 as a year that changed the world, including how it has affected how we do business. The chaos created by the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on global business, including B2B sales and marketing. The B2B sales trends you can expect to see in 2021 are going to be a direct result of the pivot that successful companies were able to make to deal with the economic downturn in 2020.Read More
We all know that B2B sales don’t just happen. Before you can work with prospects and close the deal, you need to have qualified leads that you can convert to sales, which is why the role of the marketing specialist is so critical to the B2B sales process.
The marketing specialist’s job is to generate sales using online marketing strategies such as social media, web marketing, direct email, webinars, blogging, and search engine optimization (SEO). It’s the marketing specialist’s job to add leads to the sales funnel, and that role has become more important as B2B customers have become more self-selecting.Read More