After a recent call to the customer service department of a major airline, I was presented with a single simple automated yes/no question: “If you ran a customer service department, would you hire the rep who just helped you?” My answer was a resounding yes, but it presented an interesting question. From the inside of […]
The average NBA player is 6 foot 7 inches and the typical NFL wide receiver can run a 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds. While being tall or fast doesn’t necessarily qualify you to play professional sports, the basic skills and qualities are part of a foundation that makes these athletes successful. The same goes for […]
The onboarding of sales development representatives (SDRs) is one of the most challenging, and sometimes underserviced parts of a business. Sales development roles are commonly treated as entry-level positions. SDRs are given as little as a week of onboarding, and are expected to get by with on-the-job learning. This, combined with steep quotas, mean the […]
In TOPO’s 2019 Sales Development Benchmark Report, 88% of respondents cited SDRs as an important channel in their outbound strategy. Combined with an increasing emphasis on the importance of live call execution and conversational skills, it’s clear that the role of a sales development rep has changed. This change necessitates a shift in the skillset […]
Scaling, or the stage that follows the growth phase of an organization, is especially hard on a sales team. At this point of growth, significant executive attention and pressure is placed on new revenue growth. Additionally, when selling a new product in an emerging market, freshly hired sellers & managers are tasked with testing messaging […]
If you’re not one of 54.3% of sales reps that meet or exceed their sales goals, you’re probably wondering how to become one. You may think it requires constant pitching, non-stop prospecting, and continuously pushing towards a close. If so, you’re wrong. Top-performing sales reps get that way by doing things very differently. They do […]
Call recording is an incredibly valuable tool for sales managers to leverage during sales coaching and training. It allows them to coach large teams at scale by granting them the ability to capture every call and be alerted when a specific situation or rep requires their attention. These calls can be stored in call libraries […]
Sales coaching is most effective when a formal, well-defined coaching approach is implemented. CSO Insights even found that organizations with a random or informal sales coaching strategy attained win rates below the average of 51.8 percent. While coaching is critical for continuous performance and productivity improvement, it must be a regular, ongoing process. Obviously, sales […]
When it’s time to hire additional salespeople, it’s critical to include sufficient details to ensure you attract the best candidates. According to Gallup, today’s work environment means that you need to complete for employees as you do for customers. That’s why it’s important to focus on what potential new sales reps want from their work. […]
Sales managers must juggle many responsibilities, but out of all of them, coaching makes the greatest impact on an organization’s bottom line. After all, managers are responsible for the development, inspiration, and growth of their sales teams. None of this is easily accomplished without proper training. Sadly, 18.6 percent of sales organizations provide no training […]
Sales is at an inflection point. Buyers are engaged later, sales reps are less experienced, and on average, they only make 68 percent of their quotas. This all means that sales coaching is absolutely critical to proper training reinforcement, skill building, knowledge development, accurate forecasting, and ultimately sales success. Top sales organizations excel by taking […]
How do you transition from a sales development role to an Account Executive role? This is likely the question of hundreds of SDRs or BDRs who are looking to move their career forward. Many likely have ambitions of becoming a sales leader, manager, or even starting their own business. But, at this stage of the […]