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18 Feb 2019

Personal Branding in Sales: An Introduction

By: Nick Kane

In our digital sales age, we’re seeing increasing attention paid to the idea of personal branding. Although the idea itself is by no means new (a brief history is below), awareness of its importance and value in business – including for sales reps – is now reaching a critical mass of awareness...

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12 Feb 2019

The Sales Rep’s Guide to When and How to Follow Up

By: Justin Zappulla

We often encounter sales reps and business development reps who have reached out to us and ask “When should we follow up?” and “What do we say when we follow up?”. Just like in the job market, there’s a push-pull tension between wanting to reach out soon enough to maintain top of mind presence, yet..

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30 Jan 2019

Key Tips For Your Elevator Pitches - Yes, That's Plural!

By: Nick Kane

In business, and in life in general, it’s a good idea to have at least one elevator pitch handy for when you meet new people. It helps to break the ice and lays the groundwork for a possible future relationship. While most of the conversation in the blogosphere and the publishing world centers..

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16 Jan 2019

Selling to the C-Suite: Why You Need a Different Sales Mindset

By: Nick Kane

Many of our customers have commented over the years that they don’t know how to sell to the C-Suite. It can be an intimidating process – hard to get the meeting in the first place, even more difficult to have a successful presentation. It’s also an area where many sales professionals fail –..

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07 Jan 2019

Knowing Your Competition is Critical to Sales Success

By: Nick Kane

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” – Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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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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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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25 Sep 2018

Why You Need to Respond to Inbound Leads ASAP

By: Nick Kane

We here at Janek Performance Group were recently searching for a vendor for a specialized service. What we found was shocking – despite research showing that the response time to inbound leads should be an hour or less, the average response time was around 72 hours – 3 days after our initial..

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28 Aug 2018

The Importance of Jumping in Early in the Buying Process

By: Justin Zappulla

While we all know that today’s buyer is much more informed than ever before, doing preliminary research and review to the point where they’re approximately 60% of the way through the process when they’re ready to buy, the reality is you can’t afford to wait until they’re ready to purchase. In fact,..

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16 Jul 2018

Why Sales Reps Should Leave Voicemail Messages

By: Nick Kane

I learned early on in my sales career the importance of an effective voicemail after leaving countless messages that didn’t receive a callback. The voicemail is your opportunity to touch base on a more personal level with a client. While the quantity of replies might be lower, the quality of..

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