Tag: sales pipeline

What Makes a Good Salesperson?

Because selling is such a vital part of the economy and business, psychologists have long studied the traits and characteristics of a successful salesperson. Much has been written on the subject, so much so that people can generally (and correctly) assume the traits that set good sales representatives apart from great sales representatives are confidence, persistence, focus, optimism, among other strong traits. But there are other important characteristics that sales managers may overlook when hiring new sales reps. 3 Surprising Characteristics of a Highly Successful Salesperson Relationship-Driven The late Dr. Herb Greenberg, pioneer of the HR assessment industry and founder ... Read more

Social Selling 101: Using Social Media to Reach B2B Buyers

One of the most surprising changes in the B2B marketplace is how B2B buying decisions are happening and who’s responsible for making them. A study by Google and Millward Brown Digital found that a growing number of B2B decision makers are now aged between 18 and 34 years old. Considering that millennials are the largest social media user demographic, it stands to reason that social selling should be part of your B2B sales and marketing efforts. In fact, more than a third (36%) of B2B sales and marketing decision makers in a 2017 study by Forrester Consulting believe that social selling will become the default way to engage with buyers in the future. Over the years, ... Read more

How to Generate B2B Sales Leads

Why Your Company Needs a B2B Lead Generation Strategy Leads are the lifeblood of your sales team. When your business development pipeline is dry, you stand to lose more than revenue—you may also lose your top salespeople. It stands to reason then, that you would look to generate leads quickly. Buying a list of targets is one option, but the more complex your solution the more important it is that you focus on quality (not quantity) when it comes to generating prospects for your sales team. A handful of prospects who are qualified and actively searching for a solution like yours are more valuable than ... Read more

Prospecting Now is Important – 5 Other Actions to Prioritize

Prospecting is always important to a sales team, not matter when it is – whether we are in good economic times or in times of crisis. Last year was spent, in its entirety, in a pandemic crisis. It was a year like no other year we have ever seen before. Personal and professional lives for everyone across the globe were changed drastically and the changes happened instantly, with no time to prepare for the unprecedented times we faced. The natural inclination for humans is to be cautious, pull back budgets, and put plans on hold. That may mean vacations, the ... Read more

Key Sales Metrics You Should Track in 2018 – And Those You Should Track in 2021

There are some questions we have for you as we update this blog post and examine what we think are the key sales metrics you should be measuring today in 2021, as compared to 2018, the original date if this blog. What has changed in 3 years in the lead generation process for your company? Do you need to re-examine your business development methods? Do you need to adjust your marketing efforts? Does your sales process need to be tweaked? What processes and efforts are producing the best/most return on investment for your company? What are your conversion rates per ... Read more

How to Restart Your Sales Pipeline After COVID-19

We have all been talking a great deal about the many challenges businesses around the world have faced since the advent of COVID-19. What we have seen and how we have had to pivot our business practices, processes, and operations has been unprecedented. Monthly, quarterly, and annual plans have been scrapped, replaced by emergency, stop-gap, and more immediate tactics. These tactical plans have been created very quickly with the intentions of retaining current business and gaining immediate sales. We are now 4 months into our lives of living with a pandemic. Business must go on! It is vital for our ... Read more

Keep Prospecting Now – Here is Why

We know your company plans on being viable when this global crisis has concluded, therefore you cannot stop prospecting now. This point cannot be stressed enough. You simply cannot stop prospecting. Whether your business expects to see continued sales right now, or your sales will be halted or delayed as a result of the crisis, prospecting becomes even more important during times like these. Each business is different, and we are seeing many companies across multiple industries, worldwide, facing extreme challenges that threaten their viability and survival. As a result, it is imperative you have a plan to reach out ... Read more

It is No Surprise – Why Part-Time and Sporadic Lead Generation Will Not Fill the Sales Pipeline

Here in the state of Arizona, we had a surprise snowstorm in February 2019. It was amazing to see but we were completely unprepared for shoveling snow, scraping windshields and seeing snowcapped mountaintops in the Phoenix metro area. While snow in Arizona is a big surprise, an empty sales pipeline due to a lack of a full-time focus in lead generation should not surprise anyone.  Recently we were asked if a calling campaign at 10 hours per week/40 hours per month is a smart strategy. The cost of the campaign is attractive. However, should that be the leading decision point ... Read more