Hiring experienced sales people is among the hardest hire in the world. It’s easy to spot the poor sales people. They can be filtered at the early stages based on their resumes or first phone interview. The mediocre sales people are the ones you have to watch out for. They’re often good enough in the early stages to seem like good sales people because they’ve learned to walk the walk. But that doesn’t mean they’ll serve you as well as great sales people – the type you really want. Continue reading “Weeding Out Mediocrity”
According to InsideSales, the average response rate to voice mails is 4.8% — about one out of 20. So if you have not received responses to most of your voice mail messages, you’re not alone. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make every attempt to get the highest response rate possible – especially since you probably spend 15% of your time leaving messages (according to RingLead).
So, how do you do it? Here are a few tips that have positive impact on responses:
Plan to Win
Time management is one of the best tools at your disposal. You should have a grand plan for your year,which you can break down by quarter. Continue reading “Top 6 Productivity Tips for the Busy Revenue Achiever”
The metrics that are most important to sales attainment are generally similar, even if the statistics differ greatly from industry to industry and sales team to sales team. Here are the key metrics that almost any sales team can use to measure and analyze to enhance their success. Continue reading “Key metrics for sales (an overview of typical metrics)”
It’s where the sale begins – getting access to the decision maker; and that’s also where the sale is most difficult. That’s right; the most difficult part is not the close. If you’ve done your job in early parts of the sale, the close should be straightforward. Continue reading “Keys to getting that important prospect meeting”
Create value before claiming any
Whenever you’re trying to get somebody else to do something, it’s about what you can do for them before what they can do for you. That’s especially true with prospects. Create value — not just the value of your product. One of the best ways is to teach them something they don’t already know that can help them every day. Continue reading “5 resolutions to beat your numbers in 2017”
Sending an email to request a meeting with a new prospect is fine (and often preferred) for many sales situations. Email gets through gatekeepers; and it lets you manage your time to get to more prospects than many other ways of reaching out.
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It never fails to amaze how something as simple as using somebody else’s name can endear you to that person. When you use their name, they know you are personalizing your conversation to them – and they knew you took the time to know their name, a fact that isn’t lost on most people.