Where Deals Go to Die: 5 Sales Administration Steps You Should Automate Today

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Today’s guest post is from Chris Bucholtz, content marketing manager for CallidusCloud and a speaker, writer and consultant on topics surrounding buyer-seller relationships. I worked with Chris a few years ago and he is brilliant. Oh and he is the kind of guy you can talk to about anything including baseball, model airplanes, and the Tuskegee Airmen. Here we go:

Anyone who sells in large companies has seen it: a deal that races through its early stages and seems like a sure thing, then abruptly grinds to a halt – not because the buyer suddenly got cold feet but because the salesman has become hung up on internal processes.

These administrative tasks are important – your company wouldn’t do them if they were not. They provide a means of control for sales managers, a record for marketing to evaluate its performance, and even help out the sales rep once in a while by offering up some insight about a customer. [Read more…]

When Ari Gold Sells “Silo” – A Sales Lesson From Entourage

solution selling, decision makers, sales tacticsI took a break this weekend. I don’t watch movies that much anymore. I am one of those people that when I have time, I binge watch TV. So this weekend I watched some Entourage on HBOgo.

There was a scene (Season 4, Episode 10) that caught my eye where Ari Gold, the agent for the star of the show, Vincent Chase, has to go sell a movie to the studio boss where he has absolutely no chance in hell. I don’t want to bore you on too much background. Just focus in on how he sells the movie. [Read more…]

4 Habits of a New Generation of Top Sales Performers

The New Sales PersonEditor’s note: Today’s post is from Mark Roberge, CRO of the HubSpot Sales Division. One of my all-time heroes in modern sales. Please enjoy. [Read more…]

Email Tracking is the New Expense Report Tracking

Editor’s note: Today’s post is from myDocket CEO Jason Wesbecher. This will be Jason’s third post on the Funnelholic, the other two posts just absolutely killed it: The “3 Ps” of Killer Drip Campaigns and Your Content is the New Cold Call. He came back with another great post and of course I said: “Let’s get it up now!”. Here it is, enjoy it and check out myDocket when you get a chance. Here we go:sales 2.0, sales tools, mydocketTwo opposing edicts have, at one time or another, surfaced in every sales organization for which I have worked.  The first is the edict from the VP Sales that says that if your expense reports were too low, you weren’t doing your job.  The theory here is that the more money the salesperson spends on travel, meals and entertainment for customers, the closer of a relationship they are developing.  The second edict, directly opposite from the first, is from the CFO and goes something like this – “all travel & customer-related expenses are frozen for the remainder of the quarter.” [Read more…]

4 B2B Sales Videos That Will Change Your Game

The only reason you didn’t sign up for the Funnelholic Virtual Sales Summit is if you just didn’t want to go. (It hurts, but I understand). It has dominated our headlines and newsletters, etc.

If you went, I am giving you a virtual hug as we speak.

If you signed up and missed it, I get it — you were out there doing your day job.

Either way, the on-demand videos are in. In our humble opinion, it was the best content we have had yet. Special thanks first to our two premier sponsors: DocuSign and Citrix GoToMeeting. And second, but with equal love and care: Switch Video, LeadSpace, ShareBloc, and TOPO.

 

Keynote: Jill Konrath on The Agile Selling Mindset

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Social Selling: The LinkedIn “Who’s Viewed my Profile” Play

Before I go any further, I have an important announcement: On Thursday April 17th from 8:30-Noon is the Funnelholic Virtual Sales Summit feat. Jill Konrath, Jill Rowley, Matt Heinz, and Dan Waldschmidt. Please click here to learn more.

I want to start this post with a simple story that is a great use case on using LinkedIn. I am a strong advocate for sales (sales development and sales) to live in LinkedIn. One screen: CRM; One screen: LinkedIn. There is a lot of things you do in LinkedIn, but one that I love is to think about it as a personal inbound marketing machine. Let the story unfold and then I will come back to this point.

Dateline July 11, 2012:

Yes, July 11, 2012. Yes, a long time ago in internet years. While I haven’t written about it, the experience left a lasting impression and I mention it to clients all the time. Ok, so I look at the profile of Marge Bieler. At the time, I don’t believe she was a LinkedIn trainer, but now she is. As soon as she saw that I viewed her profile, she sent me this:

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Your Content is the New Cold Call

Editor’s note: Today’s post is from myDocket CEO Jason Wesbecher. Jason did a previous post on the Funnelholic: The “3 Ps” of Killer Drip Campaigns. The post absolutely blew up — tons of traffic, lots of compliments. So when Jason had another idea for the post — I jumped on it. Jason and the team at MyDocket are taking on a challenge that is near and dear  to my heart — helping sales leverage content when selling. This is a great post…enjoy.

content selling, prospectingA few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend Forrester’s Sales Enablement [Read more…]

Matt Heinz’s 10 Sales Productivity Hacks

April 17th from 8.30AM – Noon PDT: The Funnelholic Sales Summit is BAAAACK! Come join Jill Konrath, Matt Heinz, Jill Rowley, and Dan Waldschmidt as they provide real, tangible advice, tell at least one joke, and challenge your status quo.

Click here to check it out!

sales productivity, sales trainingSpeaking of brilliant minds in sales and marketing, one of our amazing speakers for the event is Matt Heinz. His topic will be 15 Must-Have Sales Technologies. He is great with tech, tools, and efficiencies with sales teams and is one of be the best presenters I know. As we getting pumped for the summit, I thought we would showcase some of Matt’s work. Matt had a great post on sales productivity and I thought I would share his tips and add some funnel-commentary.

First a note on sales productivity: As an organization, your goal in life is to strip out as many inefficiencies as possible and allow sales to focus on what they do best. It’s 3-4 years old now, but in 2011 CSO Insights released data that showed sales reps only spent 41% of their time selling face-to-face or by phone. (If you know any updated data on this  — let me know). So 49% of the time sales reps are doing something else besides selling. Can you imagine if that happened on a manufacturing supply chain??? The six-sigma guys would have a field day with that one. Sometimes, I wonder if some companies plan to continue to add administrative duties every month to their sales person’s plate until they spend 1% of their time selling.  I can imagine them saying: “Hey, we need to track this, let’s add the 150th field to the Opportunity Tab!”

Sales Productivity

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