I keep reading this one: “buyers complete 75% of their sales cycle on the web before ever talking to a sales person”. But just over the last few weeks of selling for our Internet start up I’ve found several examples where taking this data is best ignored. I’ve been on a wide-ranging mission to get [...]
Just been listening to Daniel Pink’s book Drive. Drive is about what motivates us. One of the key motivators Pink talks about is the pursuit of mastery. Of course that made me think about mastery in sales. Pink describes research about how people view intelligence. The research found that people fall into two groups: one [...]
What’s your biggest competitor? If you’re in IT sales is it IBM. Apple, Google, Wipro, some dudes in Bulgaria? Probably not. You’re biggest competitor is Status Quo Inc. Boy those guys are tough to beat! The thing is a lot of the time our prospect will choose the status quo, aka do nothing vs. any [...]
Deals rarely slow down then close. Deals that close have momentum. The pace of the communication accelerates as you get near closing. The prospect has questions. They are about to make a commitment. As they draw closer to making that commitment questions crop up in their mind. They want to be sure they are making [...]
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. [...]
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. If you use email and sell, this is well worth a quick read (hint: he even did research!) That bloke is Matthew [...]
I’m not that keen on banging my head off walls. But some sales people are. Mostly sales people that have been trained in “old school selling techniques”. The ”old school” maintains that “sales is a numbers game” and the numbers that matter are all about effort. All about volume. One of the key indicators of [...]
I don’t care how many proposals you have out. Truth be told you probably don’t really care either. What you care about is how much money you are going to put in your bank account this month, this quarter and this year. Proposals are not going to get you there. Deals are. Closed deals.
From my research and analysis of thousands of prospecting calls, I’ve found the three biggest factors that super-charge your chances of getting into a busy prospect’s office are:
Just interviewed by Kevin Gaither on his ThisWeekIn Sales web TV show. I talk about my definition of Sales 2.0, where I created it and why I came up with it. Then I drill down into the three key components of Social Calling that can boost your prospecting results eight times.