October 9, 2015 12:00 AM
Not long ago, I was talking to the marketing director of a mid-sized manufacturing client about leads. He explained that his company’s biggest problem lay on the sales side: “We pass off hundreds of great leads to sales and they never follow up on them,” he complained. Strangely enough, I’d had a similar conversation with some of the company’s sales reps earlier in the day. From reps, I’d heard things like, “All the leads from marketing are poor quality.
October 8, 2015 12:00 AM
Baseball pundits have long hailed Angels outfielder Mike Trout as a “natural.” He entered the league at 19 and by 23, Trout had appeared in four All-Star games and won an MVP award. This happens to be the same age that another Angel outfielder with another fishy name — Tim Salmon — made his major league debut.
October 7, 2015 12:00 AM
The villain of the “Terminator”series isn’t the Terminator; it’s Skynet, the evil computer. It’s the same in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Harlan Ellison’s I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, and countless others. In some quarters, technology – particularly automation technology – is viewed with suspicion.
October 6, 2015 12:00 AM
As a 24/7 salesman, your website has the potential to be your most powerful asset and the centerpiece of your marketing efforts. But rapidly changing technology can make your website feel old and outdated. A redesign maybe ideal but who has the time or the budget? Darling Jimenez, a Web developer and inbound marketer, offers these simple ways to improve your website in a blog post on Hubspot.com:
October 5, 2015 08:26 AM
When I think back over my career working in agencies and now advising agencies and salespeople, many of my mistakes led to some of my best lessons in business. (Come to think of it many of my personal mistakes led to some of my best life lessons.) We will look at the typical mistakes people, including smart people, make when selling and negotiating in the service industry – agencies especially. In other chapters of the main book we will consider how best to avoid and learn from these mistakes. It’s not dumb to make mistakes. What’s dumb is to repeat the same mistake.
October 1, 2015 12:00 AM
Marketers often exchange the terms demand generation (demand gen) for lead generation (lead gen), but they’re not the same strategies. Companies with dedicated sales teams can deploy both strategies simultaneously. Companies often have an inbound sales team to respond to demand generated sales requests and outbound sales teams to engage in those leads generated through lead generation activities.
September 30, 2015 12:00 AM
Everyone is looking for ways to boost productivity and make the most of their time. The New York Times even reported that some young workers are abusing stimulants normally used to treat A.D.H.D. Before you resort to popping pills, try these four steps to plug productivity leaks.
September 29, 2015 12:00 AM
Since 1952, Growmark, an agricultural supply and grain cooperative that conducts business in 40 states and in Ontario, Canada, has driven performance of its member cooperatives with an annual sales program that culminates in a trip for the top performers. In 1992, the company added the MARC of Excellence, a second incentive travel program targeted to a more exclusive group of sales reps.
September 29, 2015 12:00 AM
Find me a team that is having trouble with marketing and it’s a safe bet they are struggling with who their customers are and why those people should do business with them, says Jim Gray, an insightful if minimalistic blogger on all things marketing at https://grayj.co. “Or it’s a Kool-Aid answer like, ‘We’re the best.’ Why are you the best? Who says you’re the best? Where can you find more of those people?”
September 25, 2015 12:00 AM
Few things are more frustrating for a salesperson than an invisible wall. You can have a great track record, a way with words, a dapper appearance, and a charming personality — but that will only take you so far. The best, most well-rounded salespeople have mastered a non-physical, or relational, side of the game.
There’s a deep psychology to sales, and your success depends on your ability to understand the “how”and “why” of your clients’ decisions.
September 24, 2015 12:00 AM
Any salesperson knows how important it is for a business to have access to the right tools and the most useful data to carry out their role efficiently. It wasn’t that long ago when salespeople had only a basic phone and a notebook with prospects’ and customers’ names – and had to sit at a desk to schedule appointments. To get orders customers either had to fax over a purchase order, mail it or a salesperson had to pick it up.
September 23, 2015 12:00 AM
Finance and business are probably the most popular fields of practice when it comes to education. Many people flock to universities to complete courses in finance, accounting, business administration and related fields. They are quite lucrative courses, especially if you advance them to another level. The competition in these fields is stiff. Therefore, you must complete extra work that makes you more marketable. This includes:
September 22, 2015 12:00 AM
In my strategy workshops I often ask the seemingly simple question, “What is a brand?” The answers I get are usually focused on how an organization pushes its identity out visually. This is a natural definition. It’s the definition of brand that you typically see expressed in brand guidelines manuals, and it’s a useful definition.
September 21, 2015 12:00 AM
“In most business models, the sales department is fixated on selling. The problem with this approach is that people no longer want to be sold.”
-- The Modern Face of Sales by Humpus Jakobbson
September 18, 2015 07:44 AM
Consultants can be great for business, but they can also be toxic to sales teams. Though the outcome depends on many different variables, how sales reps treat their consultants can go a long way toward ensuring a positive and successful experience.
September 16, 2015 07:55 AM
It doesn’t matter whether you are in the C-suite or just promoted to your first management position. If you think you can lead through policies, bullet points and messaging, you are not going to inspire the best in your people.
To create a culture that fosters confidence, collaboration and commitment, you need people that feel trusted, respected and empowered. Give them clear direction and let them use their skill, talent and creativity to drive wins. Not only will they exceed their goals – they will also deliver new levels of customer service and teamwork.
September 14, 2015 07:05 AM
You didn’t make the sale. Your pitch was great, the product is great and the customer was the ideal candidate. But something didn’t click for them.
Sales in a rural market requires a different outlook than in urban locations. At TBHC Delivers, many of the communities we serve proudly have just one stoplight and a few mom and pop shops. We love those towns – and the people in them – but it takes a unique approach to close a deal. Whether you’re selling pizza or sunglasses, these tactics can be used in any rural market.
September 11, 2015 08:31 AM
According to McKinsey, the 15 fastest-growing emerging markets will provide 90 percent of the growth in consumption of luxury beauty products and women’s wear over the next 10 years. China will account for nearly half that growth. The opportunity for companies looking to expand into these markets doesn’t end there.
September 8, 2015 12:00 AM
People need feedback about their behavior directly from those who have first-hand information. Many managers are hesitant to give feedback in a group setting for fear that it puts the person on the spot, gets him or her defensive, makes everyone else in the room uncomfortable, and strains the team’s working relationships.
September 7, 2015 09:35 AM
A data-driven mindset offers an enormous advantage in the business world, because it gives CEOs and managers an objective perspective on sales and business growth. It also empowers business leaders to always strive to decrease inputs, maximize outputs and be intensely analytical.
September 4, 2015 12:00 AM
If you ask heads of sales what they desire most in their job, the answer will likely be a repeatable, predictable sales process. The more one deal can look like another, the better a sales manager, director, or vice president can predict the likelihood of a win, and the better his or her forecasting will be.
September 3, 2015 12:00 AM
To thrive in this omnichannel age, delivering differential buying experiences, business practices and products from the competition is absolutely critical. To drive sales success, automation of sales channels requires a combination of 10 digital commerce capabilities to further facilitate initiatives from personalization and pricing excellence to multi-tier partner networks.
Here are the top 10 key functional digital commerce capabilities to consider:
September 2, 2015 02:34 PM
The classic first assignment when kids return to school each fall is to write an essay addressing “What I did on my summer vacation.” A lot happens over three months when your days are wide open, but the focal point for these essays almost always is travel. Whether it’s a car trip to see cousins a few states over or a flight to a different country, the trips we take make memories that last long after a school essay has been marked up and handed back.
September 2, 2015 12:00 AM
Ten years ago, would you have trusted a car ride from a stranger you found on the Internet?
September 2, 2015 04:21 PM
In November 2013, Donald Guardian became the first Republican to be elected mayor of Atlantic City in 23 years. Within months after taking office, Gardner, a reluctant candidate to begin with, was hit with the closing of four of the city’s casinos, including the Revel Casino Hotel, which cost $2.4 billion to build and was open only two years before it closed.