9 Strategies to Support Sales Teams to Close More Deals & Make More Sales

Sales processes include the following: customer development,   prospecting, discovery calls, closing deals, cross-selling, upselling, post-sales implementation, customer experience, obtaining referrals, and testimonials. What is the hardest part of the sales process? I surveyed my LinkedIn audience to find out. Survey Results Of those surveyed, 53 % said closing deals was the hardest part ofContinue reading “9 Strategies to Support Sales Teams to Close More Deals & Make More Sales”

9 Techniques to Overcoming Customer Objections

In sales, everyone has to be able to overcome objections to be successful. The best way to overcome objections is to prevent them. This can be done by providing a thorough sales presentation that covers all the information about your products and services. Also, you must address any questions the prospect has immediately. However, objectionsContinue reading “9 Techniques to Overcoming Customer Objections”

Standing Tall in the Face of Rejection

Dealing with rejection in Sales, Marketing, Business, Job Search and Life is rough. I have experienced rejection in various aspects of life. It is important to not take rejection personally. When you are rejected in job search and career; remember that it applies to the specific situation, position, promotion, transfer but not you as aContinue reading “Standing Tall in the Face of Rejection”

Using Marketing to Innovate the Organization

The purpose of the Sales and Marketing functions is to drive revenue for the organization. Below you will find Sales and Marketing Strategies for driving revenue that can be Applied in any industry. You will also see how to use Marketing to improve the organizations relationship with internal and external customers. 1.Market Research & CompetitorContinue reading “Using Marketing to Innovate the Organization”

How to Innovate Marketing

Sales reps can only be as good as the product and message they represent. Before companies can hire Sales reps, they need a great product with messaging that conveys the benefits to customers. Sales reps need support from marketing in the cross functional organization of tomorrow. The messaging should be able to prevent customer objections.Continue reading “How to Innovate Marketing”

Ways to use Marketing to Improve Customer Experience & Customer Journey

http://www.interaction-design.org The Customer Experience and Customer Journey is being disrupted by technology. The technology comes in the form of social channels such as the internet, mobile, social media, publishing platforms, audio books and video on demand. All of these channels have the effect of giving consumers instant access to information about products and services. MobileContinue reading “Ways to use Marketing to Improve Customer Experience & Customer Journey”

How Customer Objections are Sales & Marketing Tools

Image via dreamreport.net Many people who are new to Sales think that if a Customer does not ask questions or raise Objections during a Sales call; the Sale is moving forward. They find themselves surprised when the customer does not want to buy when they ask for the order. This assumes the Sales person has the courageContinue reading “How Customer Objections are Sales & Marketing Tools”

How to be a CMO & Create the Marketing Function of an Organization

image via http://www.ey.com/gl/en/services/advisory/ey-dna-of-sales-and-marketing-leaders-reinvention-of-the-cmo#.WCsll-YrLIU The role of CMO needs to focus on more than just marketing to increase sales as seen in this chart. Image via http://blog.marketo.com/2007/04/are_you_a_cmo_o.html To have success in the CMO role, you need to: get executive buy in on authority and the ability to make changes, otherwise you are doomed to fail. Brand MessageContinue reading “How to be a CMO & Create the Marketing Function of an Organization”

How Businesses will Increase Sales by Improving How they Hire Marketing Staff

image via http://www.slideshare.net/NashvilleTechCouncil/the-power-of-smarketing-40266445 Sales reps can only be as good as the product and message they represent. Before companies can hire Sales reps, they need a great product with messaging that conveys the benefits to customers. Sales Reps need support from marketing in the cross functional organization of tomorrow. The messaging should be able to preventContinue reading “How Businesses will Increase Sales by Improving How they Hire Marketing Staff”

Steps to becoming your own Sales Manager with Activity-Based Selling

Image via Salesforce.com In order for Sales Reps to be successful in sales, they need to think like a Sales Manager. To be able to do this they need to be able to track their own numbers and activities in the Sales pipeline. Using a system such as Activity-Based Selling, it is now possible toContinue reading “Steps to becoming your own Sales Manager with Activity-Based Selling”