If you manage a sales team, you are engaged in some sort of sales outreach. But what exactly is sales outreach? It’s more than just picking up a phone and dialing a number. Sales outreach means engaging with prospects or past customers who have gone cold but may have the potential to become active. This engagement can be done over the phone, via email, text messaging, or social media.Continue reading
Increasing your close ratio doesn’t just mean more closed deals. It means you have more productive conversations with qualified prospects. If you’re looking to have a higher close ratio in 2018, read our tips below to learn how you can be more effective in the new year.Continue reading
I believe that one of the key components to sales success is to resist bashing the competition.
Throughout my career in software sales, I have observed many of my colleagues take an aggressive stance toward the competition when talking with customers and prospects. I’m sure many of us have encountered the slick sounding salesperson who can immediately rattle off a list of reasons why the customer can avoid doom and destruction by staying away from our competitors. While this may look and sound impressive, I have rarely seen it work out well for my colleagues, or for me. Instead, I have seen those salespeople who have a more evenhanded approach toward the competition have much more success building rapport and having an open dialogue with the customer.
Outlined below are some of my top 6 reasons why I recommend for not bashing the competition.Continue reading
Editor's Note: We're pleased to welcome Chris Haig as a new blog author. Chris has 20+ years of software sales experience and we're pleased he's going to share his knowledge and insights about avoiding sales burnout and other B2B sales topics.
After twenty years of selling software and IT products, the one thing that's been getting harder year after year is the one thing you can't avoid in sales. You have to get people on the phone to have discussions. No matter how many articles people post about how 'cold calling is dead', it's simply not - no way, no how. Why else would the big trend be to move to Inside Sales teams and Business Development Rep models? The trends don't lie. E-mail and website tools also have their place, but anyone who's been in Sales for a while knows you can't hit those magic numbers waiting for leads to come to you. It just doesn't work that way. Two to three percent responses from e-mail campaigns won't do it either. Those inside sales teams and BDR's are not just servicing incoming inquiries (in most cases).Continue reading
The recent SalesHacker Conference in San Francisco. This is literally a start-up conference company pulling together some of the hottest sales and marketing talent in the sales software productivity space. After listening to 12 presentations over an 8 hour period, my head was literally spinning (that was before happy hour!). Thanks to one of the sponsors PipelineDeals, the conference sessions are summarized on the Saleshacker.com website. Here are some of my insights and sales tips on this information packed day.Continue reading