5 Unconventional Tactics of Excellent Sales Managers

Every team member has a unique reaction to your management style, and it takes a great manager to navigate all those unique situations and relationships. Here are five off-the-beaten-trail tactics you can use to foster those relationships and move toward being an excellent sales manager.

The Big CRM Question: Why Aren’t Your Sales Reps Using the Software?

Before you implement a new CRM system, make sure you understand what your objective is. Look at what tasks your salespeople need to perform on a daily basis and see how those tasks can be improved by technology.

Here’s How to Hit Sales Numbers

While the landscape is toughening, it’s not impenetrable. To help you stay on track with your 2018 goals and set your sales team up for success, here are four areas of improvement made possible through a few simple tips.

Why Awesome Salespeople Fail to Sell Themselves

Selling is second nature to many salespeople, so why doesn’t this apply to selling themselves?

How to Finally Align Sales and Marketing to Nab Great Leads

Sales and marketing belong on the same side of the negotiating table, but often find themselves staring bitterly across it. To fully bridge the sales-marketing gap, a sense of shared interests must be developed. Such alignment can open sales streams by more than 200 percent.

4 Steps to Motivate an Underachieving Salesperson

More than 10 years spent working in sales training have taught me to understand and turn around salespeople who are struggling. Here are four steps I’ve found most effective to re-motivate a salesperson who’s falling behind.

The Secrets of Sales Success

Why is it some people struggle to sell their products or services no matter how hard they try, while others seem able to sell just about anything to anyone? A core secret that  fuels sales success is a secret Zig Ziglar preached.

The Missing P(iece) In the Sales Enablement Puzzle

Many progressive sales leaders still measure success exclusively in terms of performance or productivity. A third “P,” proficiency, is for many, the most powerful metric of all.

Brains Over Brawn Wins Sales

Customer interactions should be thoughtful, sequential, mindful and highly relevant. It's not a matter of how assertive salespeople are, but how intellectually engaging and strategic they can be.

Cloning Top Performers

Have you ever daydreamed about cloning your top sales performers? Think of it. No more endless recruiting to find a salesperson like Jane who qualifies and closes sales in record time. All your customers would have the pleasure of only dealing with your best of the best. It would spell the end of those awkward review meetings. 

What They Don’t Teach You About Prospecting

There is no easy button in sales. Prospecting is hard, emotionally draining work, and it is the price you have to pay to earn a high income.

What’s the Best Approach for Upselling Customers to New Solutions?

While it seems like it should be relatively easy to convince existing customers to migrate to higher-value solutions, it seldom is. A Corporate Visions industry uncovered some important insights on upselling.

It’s Time for Joint Business Planning 2.0

Most B2B and B2C sales forces employ some form of joint business planning with their largest customers. While advancing trading relationships for many, there are still some common practices that prevent the plans from being true game changers. Envision a plan that answers the question, “What would a growth plan look like if we were one integrated company?”

Mobile Tours Can Replace Flagging Trade Shows

As trade show attendance drops, mobile marketing tours serve as an effective replacement.

How to Measure Sales Fitness

The latest customer relationship management tools allow reps to have more meaningful conversations, which should mean more sales. Sales fitness can be monitored via technology in the same way that you monitor your key body fitness metrics.