Salespeople traditionally lead with features and benefits rather than value. But they need to understand that buyers don’t know what they don’t know. Read More
Readers of this blog may be well acquainted with the AIDAS theory of selling. In essence, a prospect goes through five definitive stages before they are happy with a product. AIDAS stands for Attention – Interest – Desire – Action – Satisfaction. An SDR should start with grabbing the prospect’s attention towards themselves or the ... Read More
Do you still have a company overview slide lurking around in your presentation? You know the slide – the one that lists company awards, key customers, a timeline of your products, and a generic elevator pitch about what you do. If you still have that slide(s), you’re not alone. But be warned: the clock is ... Read More
Everyone has their own unique story of how they got into sales. For me, it started with a job in software implementations, in which I was promoted to manager. My staff, who were my former peers, had trouble with my overachiever management style so the company moved me into sales. Early in my sales career, ... Read More
Ok, let me confess right off. Brain Waves is not my word, search on it and you will find many references to technical concepts that I have read about for the past 15 years. Recently I happened to have heard a sports talk radio host discuss Brain Waves in terms of what winning football players ... Read More
Dear Salesperson, Okay, it’s time for a heart-to-heart talk, here. While I do appreciate your questions, I have found myself having to repeat the same answer over, and over, and over. “How can I get those buyers to listen to me? I cannot seem to elicit a call back or response, or even get their ... Read More
We’re human, and there is no changing that. That means we’re flawed and insecure at times, but we’re also powerfully creative. Our ability to reason, think, express a complex range of emotion shows an intricate web of interactions firing off to form images, actions, trigger behaviours and all kinds of responses to our internal and ... Read More
Sometimes I wish I could pick David Meerman Scott’s brain on a daily basis because every time I speak with him he comes out with some outstanding pearls of wisdom. These simple yet extremely powerful insights have influenced my thinking on more than one occasion in the past. Some years back he was one of ... Read More
A primary decision to be made by any business owner is how one of the company’s most valuable assets–its sales pipeline–can be protected. Future income rests squarely in the relationships that you and your team have built with customers and prospects. The close dates for those prospects are stretched out over time–some now, others in ... Read More
As an entrepreneur or sales manager, you may be doing everything by the book to ensure better sales. But you may be shocked to find that the sales figures do not match your expectations. In spite of robust campaigns and aggressive marketing, your products fail to generate high revenues. The problem may be with your ... Read More
While artificial intelligence has been predicted for many years, especially through science fiction movies and television, it is truly now coming to pass. We see it with Apple’s Siri and Alexa from Amazon. We witness it with the navigation systems we have in our cars. We see it in air traffic control, and in the ... Read More
Enhancing long term sales performance doesn’t happen by exclusively focusing on better selling techniques. And it doesn’t happen by simply reorganizing the sales organization to reallocate and better focus sales resources. The sales improvement journey begins with clearly defining the strategic role of sales and ends with designing and compensating for the specific behaviours salespeople ... Read More
Many employers believe that money is the most effective motivator. The problem is that this method gets expensive and doesn’t work as well as positive, non‑monetary motivators. There are other positive motivators that excite many employees even more than money, such as recognition, prestige, achievement, sincere appreciation, pride in a job well done, a voice ... Read More
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