Over the past 6 months, how many times have you heard somebody say “We have to add/deliver/sell/prove value!”. Most likely, it’s somewhere in the high 30s. Thanks for the concrete advice on how not to sell on price.
Everyone needs a CRM, right? But what is it? And for whom was it really designed? Storing information about customers in a central database was a break-through decades ago, but is it enough today? Will storing contact information and tracking activities actually help you sell more in today’s sales landscape?
Do this now: Go to one of your people and ask them for one thing they need help with, and then spend 3 minutes coaching them on that thing.
When you’re done, ask them how you did. Ask them about your coaching style. Ask them how useful those 3 minutes were and how they will use the information you shared to fix the thing they needed help with. Do you like the feedback you’re getting?
Distractions. Noise. Feeling overwhelmed. We all face overflowing inboxes, distracting social media feeds and incredible demands on our time. Today’s B2B sales people are no exception – on the contrary, we are facing ever growing quotas while simultaneously needing to spend more and more time on administration and other non-sales related activities.
The funnel/pipeline is a fundamental tool for sales professionals and managers. It’s the tool that helps us understand whether we are on target to meeting our goals. I spend a lot of time looking at funnels. I’ve seen all sorts of issues and potential games (inadvertent and purposeful) that are played with pipelines. I thought I’d spend a little time on a few of them.
In the world of more complex b2b sales, where an investment in your product or service will actually require changes in the organization – I would argue that the fundamentals for success are still the same, despite the Internet and new technologies.
The primary role of the sales manager is to coach, measure and hold all members of the sales team accountable, helping them build and manage a healthy sales pipeline big enough to consistently make their numbers.