From professional sports to retail marketing research, our society is one increasingly driven by data. Numbers and analytics through data mining and mass market research can project when someone is likely to buy a car or seek various types of insurance. From a sales team management perspective,..
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Humorist Dave Berry once remarked in a column, “If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings." It’s a cynicism that you’ll often hear repeated in TV shows and around the office water..
The image of the lone sales rep trekking across the country, selling products and services, might still come to mind and exist, but more and more, we’re seeing an emphasis on remote sales, synergy and alignment between sales and marketing, and other shifts that involve multiple people working..
While role-playing is an excellent tool for coaching and developing sales reps, specific parameters that more accurately replicate their real-life selling experience is needed to maximize the value of the experience. Not only does the role-play then become a teaching moment to improving sales reps’..
After a lot of hard work and effort, you or your team has landed the sale and revenue is coming in. But that doesn’t mean the sales process is over. In fact, a new phase begins – maintaining the relationship. Whether you’re a sales rep responsible for servicing the client after the deal or whether..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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.