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05 Nov 2018

3 Common Sales Email CTA Errors and How to Fix Them

By: Nick Kane

Cold emails are a lot like cold calling – they’re venturing out into the icy unknown and can come with a low response rate. Even worse, many sales reps hurt themselves even more by making fundamental mistakes in the most important part of the email – the Call to Action. Let’s take a look at some of..

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31 Oct 2018

4 Best Practices for Maximizing Your Lead Conversion Rates Early in the Process

By: Nick Kane

One of the roughest sales realities is that the majority of your leads won’t pan out. The causes are seemingly endless: the timing isn’t right, something goes amiss with the qualification process, a decision maker vetoes the purchase, the customer gets cold feet, changes happen in the marketplace..

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29 Oct 2018

When You Should Promote a Sales Rep to Sales Manager

By: Nick Kane

Last time, we discussed why, contrary to popular belief, top sales reps can at times, make not so great sales managers. Which naturally raises the subsequent question, “When should we make a sales rep a manager?”. That you’re asking this question is smart policy – after all, internal promotions can..

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24 Oct 2018

Overcoming Nightmare Sales Scenarios

By: Nick Kane

At its best, sales is a wonderful, exciting profession with a thrilling chase for closes, supporting clients in achieving their objectives and being able to meet a variety of people in all kinds of locations. At its worst, sales is an exercise in frustration, and the kind of losses that can wound..

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19 Oct 2018

When You Shouldn't Promote a Top Sales Rep to Sales Manager

By: Nick Kane

If finding star sales reps seems difficult, finding stellar sales managers can be even more challenging. Many companies engage in short-sighted thinking, promoting top reps to manager roles under the misguided notion that their success will automatically translate into more of the same in their new..

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17 Oct 2018

Why Sales Managers Also Need Sales Training

By: Nick Kane

There’s been increasing attention given to the need to train sales reps in a business environment that features customers who are far more informed than ever before. This is certainly true. And yet, lost in that emphasis and focus is the other crucial element – the need to train sales managers in..

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12 Oct 2018

How to Overcome Sales' Elephant in the Room: Customer Cynicism

By: Nick Kane

One of the side effects of today’s more informed buyer is an increase in customer cynicism – even to the point where they’ll, at times, reject purchases that are to their benefit. Therefore, sales reps need to be aware of this built-in skepticism and work to overcome it.

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10 Oct 2018

How Understanding Choice Architecture Leads to More Effective Sales

By: Nick Kane

When Richard Thaler and John Balz of the University of Chicago and Cass Sunstein of Harvard Law School coined the phrase choice architecture in 2008, they clarified how decision makers make choices. More importantly, they illuminated how choice architects, such as sales people, can use choice..

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09 Oct 2018

Empathy: The Most Difficult and Valuable Sales Skill

By: Nick Kane

One of the sales skills we think deserves more attention and conversation than it currently gets is empathy. It’s a vital trait to develop in work and in life, allowing you to develop your emotional intelligence to a high level. It’s also perhaps the most difficult skill to develop in sales.

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02 Oct 2018

How Paying Attention to Sales Types Results in Better Hiring Decisions and Job Hunt Success

By: Nick Kane

It’s a common complaint – there just aren’t enough good sales reps out there. Or so hiring managers, business owners, and HR departments think. Conversely, even in an economy that’s allegedly strong, there’s still a lot of people struggling to find work, especially the long-term unemployed. One of..

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