One tenth of a second, that’s just 100 milliseconds. According to research, it’s also how long it takes for someone to form their first impression of you. For what feels like decades, we’ve been taught that our first impression is the key moment that will absolutely make or break any relationship. But how is it […]
The day my team at a previous company started using local presence dialing was the day our numbers turned around for good. Before that, the caller ID displayed an 800 number to prospects. The connection rate was terrible. Prospects would assume that an 800 number meant a telemarketer was calling, and ignore us. Once we […]
As a sales manager, you may be glad to put the days of handling rejection behind you. Let’s be frank: selling is a hard job. Getting hung up on, losing a deal, and being told no sucks. This is why having some empathy for your team is critical. “Salespeople are burning out faster than ever […]
The house is dark inside and night has fallen. The babysitter is unfamiliar with the home she’s in, the kids have been put down to bed, and she is just passing time. Suddenly, the phone rings: Riiiiiiiing…. Riiiiiiiing… “Hello??” :heavy breathing: “Have you checked on the children?” Scenes like these from classic horror movies feel […]
When you meet new people, how do you connect with them quickly? Why are some people able to connect deeper, faster than others? Perhaps  shared interests, mutual activities, similar feelings do play a role, but social psychology says a more primal subconscious process is at play. For sales, this is a process that can be […]
The traditional definition of growth hacking involves doing more with less but still driving an increase in performance. In sales, we love to measure usage of a prospect’s name, keyword mentions, and even conversation length, however there are variables that can be exploited as “hacks” order to garner immediate returns. These include both verbal and […]
The most powerful tool a sales manager can have is data, but it is often their biggest liability. Quality sales data allows managers to accurately predict, forecast, and develop sales strategies to ensure reps are successful and meet their goals. The problem is the information is often not trustworthy because salespeople do not have the […]
Autodialers should be dead to anyone in sales. As in, left for debt-collectors, scammers, and telemarketers. If you’ve spent any amount of time in sales you have heard  the age-old rule – “it’s a numbers game”. If you make enough calls, you’ll eventually connect, fill your pipeline, hit your goals, and generate revenue. Here is […]
Salesforce is an incredibly flexible CRM with a vast number of applications available to add to its functionality. In fact, Salesforce’s AppExchange marketplace contains over 3.5 million applications. However, with so many third-party apps at your disposal you must be careful of which you choose to implement within your business. Poorly built tools, or those […]
There are many professions that review footage of themselves during practice or after competitions. Professional athletes review game footage, musicians listen to recordings of themselves, actors re-watch their reels, pilots check their simulations… the list goes on and on. As a sales rep, you should do the same thing every single time you lose a […]
Everyone in sales has likely made a discovery call at one time or another.  The discovery call is a crucial component of the sales process. It allows reps to qualify a prospect and gather information to be leveraged throughout the sales process in order to generate a win. However, not all discovery calls are created […]
Still only coaching your team to their pipeline? If so, you’re missing out on the benefits of consistent sales coaching. It’s not unusual for lead and opportunity coaching to be confused with a complete coaching program. Sales pipeline reviews are not the same as 1-on-1’s. What’s the difference between the two and why does it […]