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Hit Your Number with Numbers

The future of sales belongs to sales geeks. You can already see this in marketing. Marketing is already way more numeric and analytical than it used to be. And if you buy into the story that future sales people will look a lot more like “mini marketers” then sales people are going to need to [...]

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Having a power tool does not make you a craftsman

A lot of salespeople don’t like to do research. That’s the way it seems hanging out in my “buyer’s chair” again this week. As much as Sales 2.0 and social selling tools improve (and they have), we are still only as good as how we use these tools. I guess at some point the tools [...]

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Email Prospecting: How to avoid being a Right Charlie

I got this email a few weeks ago from someone I did not know at the time. I liked it and replied to the email. I think this email has several ingredients you could use in your email prospecting. Nigel, I’m a young entrepreneur looking for your input as you are a sales 2.0 leader. [...]

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Social Selling: Walk the Talk, Please

I was packing up my things to go home for the night and my office phone rang. “Hmm”, I thought, “I better not pick this up or I’ll be late getting home as promised and then they’ll be trouble”. So I let it ring to voice mail. But of course curiosity overtook me so once [...]

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Are you doing the right things?

Just connected with my friend John Counsineau at Amacus and was reading one of his recent posts over at the Salesforce.com blog. Reading that post reminded me of one of John’s basic philosophies to sales and the tool he’s built to back that up (Amacus). This basic philosophy (my version): it’s not what the sales [...]

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The Sales 2.0 Gift Horse

A story from my consulting work. I thought it would be a good idea for my client to see if they could sell more to their existing top accounts (I’m quite the strategist you will note.) The first step to doing this was to get a list of those top accounts. After playing with the [...]

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Social Selling – This Could Take a While

A few things happened to me this week that remind me how long It can take for new sales techniques to be adopted – and become a habit with sales people. I was discussing a situation with one of my sales consultant friends where they are seeing a sales force where solution selling is still [...]

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What do you Know about your Prospect?

Here’s another case where sales people need to take a concept further than their marketing colleagues (last time as we going on about using Sales 2.0 tools in general). This post is about knowing your prospect. Marketing types have actually formalized a methodology around knowing your prospect and call it “persona marketing”. This methodology stemmed [...]

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Same Sales 2.0 Tools, Different Outcome

I’ve been a marketer and a sales person both. During the years I worked as a sales person and sales manager I became unhappy with the way sales people’s jobs were defined. This dissatisfaction drove me to define more efficient ways for sales people to sell. Luckily for me, Web 2.0 and social media technologies [...]

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How Sales People Should Use Email – Part 2

How Sales People Should Use Email – Part 2

Most of us sales people these days use email a lot. I recently got to sit down with a bloke that knows a lot about how sales people do and should use email. This is part 2 of my discussion with that bloke, Matthew Bellows, CEO of Yesware. Part 1 of the interview is here. [...]

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