Strategy Is Sexy, Execution is Boring

STAR Results

Business success is a function of brilliant strategies and excellent execution. How are your sales to date? Every sales leader I have spoken with could easily answer this question. I am sure you can as well.

Is Your SaaS Go-to-Market Strategy Tsunami-Proof?


Right now, there is a tsunami that’s coming to wipe out thousands of SaaS companies. In this article, I’ll walk you through the three tidal waves coming ashore and show you how to avoid their potentially disastrous consequences. The Three Tidal Waves Coming for Your SaaS Business. Tidal Wave 1: Buyers now prefer to self-educate. This isn’t limited to the B2C space.


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Are Webinars Dead? How to Make a Webinar that Works in 2018

Hubspot Marketing

As an acquisition marketer, I hear questions like this all the time: "Is the PDF dead? Is the webinar dead now too? How should we continue generating leads for our sales team while continuing to innovate on the content formats we produce and gate behind a form?".

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5 Free Resources to Engage Services in the Sales Process and Grow Revenue

TSIA Sales

As technology companies rapidly move toward subscription-based (XaaS) business models, their traditional sales and service motions are under pressure. They need to secure large recurring revenue streams to make up for what used to come in the form of large, one-time, up-front technology purchases.

The State of XaaS Sales 2022

Technology as a service (XaaS), sold on a subscription basis, is becoming the industry’s dominant go-to-market model. Discover what impact this change has on sales, and gain insight into how to optimize your sales organization for selling XaaS.

What Do the Blockchain and B2B Sales Have in Common (And Why It Matters)?


Bitcoin. Ethereum. Ripple. Cardano. Stellar Lumens. No, this isn’t the beginning of some Star Trek fan-fiction, although the world of cryptocurrencies would fit right in on an episode of Deep Space Nine. Most cryptocurrencies are built on a revolutionary technology called the blockchain , which at a high level is an extremely secure, public ledger that is shared and verified by a distributed network of computers. Still with me?

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How to Excel as a Sales Manager and a Sales Leader – At the Same Time

Women Sales Pros

If you are a sales manager, you probably received some solid training, read lots of books,and learned from experts in the field through seminars, webinars and blog posts.And all along the way, you learned that your primary job as a sales manager is to develop and coach your team. But then management tells you that you also need to be a sales leader. What’s the difference? Can one person do it all? Is it right for every sales manager? All good questions.

3 Phrases You Need to Start Using With Every Single Customer

Jeff Shore

Ryan Taft. ?I I am not a big script guy. I have never been. Sales scripts are typically written from the perfect world perspective. In other words, if customers acted exactly the way we wanted them to and if sales people were robots, then a script is bullet proof. But sales, my friends, is not a perfect world. I don’t know about you but every sales script I have ever been handed and told to use on customers, I read it thinking to myself “I would never say this.”

Why Relying on Referrals is Detrimental

KO Advantage Group

Referrals are a great way to build business however they can drown out potential clients. Relying on this one thing forever in the business world will be detrimental to your future growth. As the world changes so do the ways we do b usiness. It may have been a solely referral world before the new millennia but business needs constant adaptation. Movement. People move around, they never stick with one idea for eternity.

How to Build Your Sales Operations Team from Scratch


Sales operations has been around for quite some time, but lately the function has been gaining momentum. Instead of behind-the-scenes sales support, sales ops now acts as a strategic partner for sales VPs and leadership. It’s clear that sales ops plays a critical role in any organization, but creating your own sales operations team can be a daunting task. Who do you hire first? How should the team be structured?

Finally!  Science Reveals the Actual Impact of Sales Coaching

Understanding the Sales Force

You must have heard the joke that 73.6% of statistics are made up! I have read and even reported that sales leaders who coach their salespeople see a boost in revenue of around 27%. It sounds like a realistic number but I have not seen any science to back it up. Until now. Check this out! Dave Kurlan Consultative Selling Sales Coaching sales improvement sales core competencies omg Closing Sales sales growth sales qualification sales data

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STAR Results

I have said it before and I will say it again – SALES MANAGERS ARE STRUGGLING! Only 10-20% of Sales Managers are Crushing It! The rest are struggling to make their sales numbers. They find themselves overwhelmed, overstressed and lacking the tools and training to be the best they can be.

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How “False Expertise” Can Damage Your Business—and How to Protect It


When I last checked, there were 987,119 “thought leaders” on LinkedIn. Soon, there’ll be more than a million. How many of those do you trust? False expertise” is misidentified competence: We perceive expertise where there is none or evaluate expertise based on irrelevant factors. False experts include legions of self-appointed “gurus” and “visionaries” who saturate social media with bad advice. But they’re not the only sources.

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46 Bad Ass Sales Podcasts Every Sales Professional Should Follow in 2019

Sales Hacker

The path to sales enlightenment requires continuous self-learning, but there’s a real problem. Salespeople are BUSY. With the insane rise of text based content, we understand that not all salespeople have time to sit and read articles. That’s why we’ve rounded up the complete list of best sales podcasts to turbocharge your journey to achieving sales mastery. Listen To Sales Podcasts, Then Go Listen To Your Prospects! . Success in sales requires a lot of listening.

5 Free Resources to Engage Services in the Sales Process and Grow Revenue

TSIA Sales

As technology companies rapidly move toward subscription-based (XaaS) business models, their traditional sales and service motions are under pressure. They need to secure large recurring revenue streams to make up for what used to come in the form of large, one-time, up-front technology purchases.

21 Powerful, Open-Ended Sales Questions

RAIN Group

Broad, open-ended sales questions are great for helping you find out what's going on in your prospects' and clients' worlds. They are essential to sales success. In fact, "listened to me" and "understood my needs" are two of the top five factors most separating sales winners from second-place finishers. Sales questions also help you connect with buyers personally, understand what's important to them, reshape their thinking, and create better futures for them.

There are ONLY 4 Levers Sales Can Pull to Grow Revenue

A Sales Guy

It’s not uncommon for revenue to slide. It happens to all sales organizations at one time or another. Revenue being down isn’t the most difficult problem. Knowing why revenue is down and where to look is the biggest challenge. This post is gonna lay the four areas CSO’s/Heads of Sales should be looking if their revenue is on the slide. When sales are down there are only 4 levers leadership can pull to improve sales. That’s it.

Is Your Buyer Part of the Solution?

Engage Selling

You need to know what’s going on in the minds of your buyers when it comes to the solution you’re offering. Confused about what this means, exactly? Let me explain.

4 Things Causing Your Top Sales People to Bolt

Jeff Shore

By Amy O’Connor. Are you familiar with the old adage: people don’t quit companies, they quit people? This seems rather harsh, but often it is 100% spot on. While I know that there will always be practices within your organization that are out of your control, there are certain aspects of why you are losing good salespeople that are totally within your sphere of influence.

What is Deep Learning? Here's Everything Marketers Need to Know


The machines are here. You may have heard rumors about artificial intelligence (AI) potentially taking over our jobs. And the question is: Should you be concerned? In my opinion, we should be excited. AI -- especially “deep learning” technology -- brings new opportunities and innovation in the way digital marketing, sales, and customer support are handled. But what is deep learning? How does it work? And how can it be applied to marketing and sales in your company? What Is Deep Learning?

Five Key Skills for Sales Ops Career Success


If you’ve ever thought about becoming a lawyer, the path is pretty clear: Get a Bachelor’s degree. Take the LSAT. Earn your JD. Pass the bar. The process may not be easy, but at least it’s laid out. You know exactly what steps to take, including recommended classes and exam prep courses, in order to put yourself on a path to success. When I think about sales operations, there is no defined route to take.

Show Me the Money! A Guide to Creating a Scalable Sales Compensation Plan


We’ve all heard Tom Cruise’s famous line from Jerry Maguire, but showing your sales team members the money is often a complicated equation. In this guide, you’ll find tips for designing sales compensation packages that yield results and actually scale. As most CEOs have discovered at some point, sales compensation is very often a delicate balancing act. Pay too little, and you will never be able to recruit (or retain) the kind of game-changing sales talent that fuels growth.

The Ultimate Guide to Video Marketing

Hubspot Marketing

Brands need a video marketing strategy — this idea isn’t new. What has changed is how important video has become on every platform and channel. It’s no longer just one piece of your overall marketing plan. It’s central to your outreach and campaign efforts … especially your social strategy.

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The Great of Grateful


We’ve officially entered the “season” of holidays for the year…closely bundled together in the US anyway, we have Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and New Years. I’m grateful it starts with Thanksgiving. There are no gifts to stress over, no need for fancy clothes (comfy is key with the hearty food), and a day when taking a nap is acceptable! I’m grateful for the focus on thankfulness and helping others at work and home. .

Sales Hacker’s 35 Most Influential Women in Sales

Sales Hacker

Welcome to Sales Hacker’s first-ever Influential Women in Sales list! In this exclusive list, we wanted to honor not just female leaders that promote their own sales platform (no shame in that!) but those that take it even a step further by being incredibly intentional about promoting the next generation of female salespeople and making their path a little easier. They say “You can’t be what you can’t see,” and the sales floor is no exception.

Sales for Non-Salespeople: Understanding Sales Language

TSIA Sales

TSIA Expand Selling research is designed to help our member companies grow revenue from their existing customers. However, this can’t happen without effective collaboration between Sales and Services, which means that there needs to be some shared understanding between these two functions.

7 Ways to Build Rapport in Sales and Connect with People

RAIN Group

Consider this: a CBS News / New York Times poll asked, "What percent of people in general are trustworthy?" The answer: 30%. We're all pretty skeptical, right? Not necessarily. At the same time, the CBS News / New York Times poll asked a similar group the same question, but with a slight difference. What percent of people that you know are trustworthy?". The answer: 70%. This goes to show: when people get to know and like you, people begin to trust you.

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Gap Selling – Available for Preorder

A Sales Guy

Well, it’s finally arrived. Gap Selling is available for pre-order on Amazon. The most relevant, impactful and insightful sales book since The Challenger Sale: No blue suits, blue shirts, blue ties or blue sheets. No gimmicks or tricks. No 90’s selling tactics. No, not your dad’s sales book. Gap Selling is selling for the 21st century. Matt Dixon co-author of the Challenger Sale called it: “Fresh and Provocative” .

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Slow Markets Don’t Have to Mean Slow Sales

Engage Selling

When all signs are pointing to your market slowing down, it’s important that you don’t give in to a “slow down” mindset! Here’s the thing, most sales professionals will complain about the market, perhaps even your colleagues.

7 Productivity Hacks to Make You a Great Salesperson

Jeff Shore

By Amy O’Connor. ?Ever Ever wonder how those great salespeople outperform everyone else year in and year out? I mean, seriously, they don’t seem that great do they? They aren’t any smarter than you, any more talented than you, any harder working than you, and they sure as heck aren’t any better looking than you – so what gives? Here’s what gives. They are hacking their way to more sales while you’re still stuck in the same old rut you’ve always been in.

How I Learned the Hard Way Not to Associate My Company With Buzzwords


"Ladder -- a growth hacking company" had a nice ring to it when I started my company a few years ago. As one of the few agencies in the industry using data-driven methods to launch and scale companies, I thought associating our brand with "growth hacking" would make us seem like a valuable, forward-thinking group. Without an established brand, I needed something relatable, accurate, and marketable that our audience could use to identify the type of service we provided.

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Is revenue operations just another word for sales operations?


During a recent analysis of the available “operations” jobs on LinkedIn, we discovered a significant number of “revenue operations” jobs — 59,110 to be exact. It sparked the question, “Is revenue operations just another word for sales operations, or are the roles fundamentally different?”. We spoke to several operations professionals to help us better define revenue ops, and understand how the role fits into an organization relative to sales ops.

4 Manual Tasks your Sales Reps Shouldn’t Waste Time Doing in 2018


How many opportunities are your reps managing at any given time? If you’re like most modern sales organizations, the answer is a lot. It takes time to cultivate those opportunities and build relationships with prospects, which means every second of your reps’ day is sacred. So why do so many reps burn valuable hours doing manual tasks that have zero impact on your win rate, customer satisfaction, and bottom line?

The Ultimate Guide to Internet Marketing

Hubspot Marketing

Internet use is increasing worldwide every day -- in fact, over four billion people around the world use the internet, as of 2018. Marketing is, and always has been, about reaching customers where they are. TV commercials, print advertisements, and billboards all attempt to do just that.