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20 Jun 2017

How to Develop Your Elevator Pitch: 3 Essential Components

By: Nick Kane

For as long as I’ve been in the sales universe, the importance of a strong elevator pitch has always been emphasized. Mentors, managers, and colleagues that I have encountered tend to agree that constructing the right elevator pitch can be an effective tool in forging new business relationships.

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14 Jun 2017

How to Assess the Health of Your Sales Pipeline

By: Justin Zappulla

The primary focus of most sales professionals and their respective sales organizations is hitting quota each month/quarter/year. While that remains at the top of mind for most, it is also imperative to regularly evaluate the entire sales pipeline from a broader point of view, including deals that..

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06 Jun 2017

Why Effective Sales Talent Onboarding is a Team Effort

By: Justin Zappulla

Do you remember the first person who talked to you about the importance of teamwork? Was it a parent? A coach? A teacher? Whoever it was, it’s probably safe to assume that the same principles were shared with them at a young age. Teamwork is a common thread that weaves its way throughout our lives,..

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31 May 2017

Spotlight on Social Selling: How to Measure Success

By: Justin Zappulla

In our previous posts on social selling, we discussed strategy and the intrusiveness that sometimes accompanies this relatively new method of generating sales. Actively following and adapting these tips is certainly a good goal, but beyond that, how do you measure whether your social strategy is..

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22 May 2017

Spotlight on Social Selling: How to Remove the “Creepiness” Factor

By: Nick Kane

Social networking platforms have changed the world that we live in. They also have had a significant impact on the world of sales and how we go about doing business (and continue to do so). As we explored in our last post, social networking platforms can be a valuable tool in the arsenal of sales..

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17 May 2017

Spotlight on Social Selling: What You Need To Know and Why

By: Justin Zappulla

Hubspot, in the release of their 2016 State of Inbound report, revealed some eye-opening data in regards to social selling: They found that 42% of buyers were actively networking and engaging via social media with companies and individuals they want to do business with. LinkedIn and Twitter in..

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08 May 2017

3 Outdated Sales Clichés That Should Be Discarded

By: Nick Kane

The world of sales is such a cross-generational career that techniques, best practices, and philosophies often get passed on to those new to the profession, oftentimes overshadowing corporate onboarding and training efforts. What's concerning about this is that commonly used sales practices from..

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02 May 2017

How to Protect Your Sales Team From Burning Out

By: Nick Kane

Sales can be a demanding profession due to the numerous ups and downs that come with the job. A fast-paced and highly competitive environment combined with stress and pressure can be a challenge for even the highest-performing sellers. Here are some suggestions to help combat burn-out syndrome:

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28 Apr 2017

5 Rookie Mistakes New Sales Managers Should Avoid

By: Justin Zappulla

Becoming a successful sales manager is not a process that unfolds overnight. Top sales managers earn their stripes by taking strategic steps to combat the sales challenges that face them every day. During their formative years in their new role, they resist the urge to become rigid enforcers of a..

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24 Apr 2017

On the Importance of Creating a Collaborative Sales Culture

By: Justin Zappulla

You may recall the scene in the movie “Glengarry Glen Ross” when Alec Baldwin’s character explains what’s at stake in a sales contest: First prize is a Cadillac, second prize is a set of steak knives; third prize means … well if you haven’t seen this movie, it’s time to get on Netflix! To many of..

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