sales productivity

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16 Jul: Featured Partner Interview: SalesLevers’ Richard Higham on the Future of Sales

When SalesLevers’ founders Richard Higham, Martin Allison and Alan Timothy, set out to build their U.K.-based sales performance consultancy in 2017, they came from diverse backgrounds. But they all agreed on one thing: the world of sales was changing.

“We see four drivers of sales change,” Higham said. “Today’s sales teams have to sell in what we call a ‘VUCA’ world, where volatility, complexity and ambiguity interact. They’ve got to generate growth in low-growth economies. They’ve got to deal with buyers who are changing significantly in the way that they want to do business. And finally, there’s a whole…

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04 Jul: Selling Into Vertical Industry Sectors

Are you considering selling into vertical industry sectors? Not sure it’s a good fit for your organization? Read on for my take on why organizations should adopt a vertical “go to market” strategy, and how to get started.

1. Customers like it

Every industry thinks they are unique! Buying behaviours throughout the value chain make vertical markets more important. Clients expect their suppliers to work in vertical markets because they have to work in vertical markets themselves.

2. Build on your strengths

You will probably be focussing on vertical markets where you already have a success story. Focus should allow…

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20 Jun: The 10 Cs of Sales Training

Sales training strategy is a vital component of managing a sales team. Here are 10 things to think about as you look at the way your salespeople learn and develop.

Sales Training Strategy Cs: 10 Focus Areas

Challenge: What’s the goal? Be clear about the objective. “Increase market share by 10 percent in a flat market”, “Generate 50 percent of revenue from our top 10 percent of accounts”. “Failure only comes when we forget our ideals, objectives and principles”. Agree what success looks like before going ahead with training.

Clarify: It is essential to have a clear and accurate picture of the…

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11 Jun: What’s your digital age competitive advantage?

My answer to that question is that it still lies in the human element, away from algorithms, code, dashboards and data.

Technology has come a long way in the last decade. Its exponential progression has made leaps and bounds in solving business problems across the globe. It’s made businesses leaner, more efficient and armed them with more data than ever before.

Still, every company has access to the same technology, talent, algorithms, media outlets, marketing platforms and prospect lists. So, how do you differentiate? And where can you gain a competitive advantage?

The fact is, people still…

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06 Jun: Five Keys to Cross-Selling Success

Cross-selling success can be one of the keys to organic growth. It can generate sustainable, recurring income, strengthen customer relationships and add value to stakeholders.

But cross-selling can also do immeasurable damage to a business, its relationships and reputation. In my recent post, “Cross-Selling at Cross Purposes,” I looked at how and why cross-selling can go wrong. Here I examine five aspects of cross-selling that I have seen help make it work.

Five focus areas for cross-selling success:

1.    Customer Centricity – It needs to be right for the customer.

2.    Trust – Colleagues need to trust each other to do the…

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23 Apr: Beyond Physicians: Growing Pharma Sales Using Relationship Maps

Times are changing for the U.S. pharmaceutical sales market. Companies and sales teams are challenged with the controversy of the opioid epidemic and the advancement of marijuana legalization. And while a big chunk (42 percent) of sales continue to go through doctors’ offices, the on-the-rise areas of focus are government agencies, managed-care organizations and the patients themselves.

This change in prospect focus is top of mind for executives, with one survey even rating their concern with the shift ahead of new product development.

Branching out into new sales areas means seeking out and building new connections with an…

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18 Aug: [INFOGRAPHIC] The Headaches of CRM Data Entry

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems can be great tools for driving sales, providing better service for customers, and keeping everyone across an organization on the same page.  Unfortunately, to achieve the benefits that companies are looking for, CRM users are required to continuously log new records and update existing ones, can cause some serious CRM headaches for your organization.

A recent Salesforce Research report discovered that upwards of 66% of a sales persons day is spent not actively selling, but managing data entry, administrative tasks and prepping for meetings. The time spent on these tasks typically results in headaches and…