Not Enough Fresh Sales Leads? Marketing is the New Sales

Your sales are down and leads are rare. The phone's not ringing. Let's blame marketing!If you join this band wagon to rationalize your poor sales results, you need to step up and take responsibility for your own fate. It's amazing how often sales teams play the victim here. They blame... Read More

Getting Off The Advertising And Sales Rollercoaster

Seeing the results of advertising your business can be like watching a roller coaster. The day you run your ad you see a flurry of activity; your ph0ne starts ringing, your web site traffic increases and/ or potential clients visit your store. Your hopes soar. sales go up. Two or... Read More

Increase Your Sales - Accept Credit Cards

Many people today simply prefer the convenience of paying by credit card. If you want their business, you must be able to accept their credit-card payments. In part one of this series we will discuss why you should accept credit cards, and the basics of getting merchant status. Part two... Read More

Increase Your Sales Accept Credit Cards, Part 2

In part two we will discuss overcoming objections, which credit cards to accept and using the check paying option. If your business is home-based or has been in operation for less than two years, you're likely to face objections from the bank. If yours is a home-based or a brand-new... Read More

4 Marketing Myths Threaten Your Sales

These 4 marketing myths can cause you to lose sales if you base your marketing decisions on them. But the related marketing tips I included with each myth will boost your sales if you act on them instead.Myth 1: People Always Buy Where They Get the Cheapest PriceIf this... Read More

The Sales Carpenter

I remember moving my family to Argentina as Vice President of Sales for Latin America. I was in charge of managing five regional offices, Argentina of course being one of them.In the company's ten year history of selling into Latin America it had never exceeded $14 million (M) in annual... Read More

Transforming Your Sales Force by Creating Specific Expectations

I just finished a phone call with a potential client who had called to discuss a problem. His 18 person sales force was paid on straight commission. All had been with the company for 8 - 15 years and were earning healthy incomes. His problem was that he couldn't get... Read More

Raise Concern About Sales Competition, Not About Yourself

As you are reading this sales article, read very carefully. Because I wouldn't want you to think of a pig right now. No, do not think of a fat, brown, smelly pig right this moment. What are you doing? Do you have a picture of a smelly, fat, brown pig... Read More

Speed-up Your Sales Cycle

This week's article is my response to a question by David Cohen of Bridge-Soft. "Quite a few prospects have told me that business is stagnant at the moment, but they are hopeful towards the 4th quarter. How do you approach the sales cycle where the cost of the product... Read More

Sales Tactics to Beat Your Competition

This month I want to share a success from a friend and customer of mine. You'll find in this story two important sales tactics for beating your competition. From Chris Chalmers of Quova Inc: "We sell a commodity product (geographic data) that is available from a variety of competitors and... Read More

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WeSuite 5.0 Sales Management Software
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WeSuite, a sales management software solution, is purpose built for technology product and service providers. Designed for sales teams of two to two thousand, it streamlines workflow; simplifies the creation of estimates, proposals, and contracts ...


Saint Rose launches concentration in sales management
Hudson Valley 360
ALBANY – Recognizing the need for highly trained sales managers and sales representatives in the business world, The College of Saint Rose has become the only college or university in New York state to offer a program in sales. Beginning in January ...


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Habanos SA Appoints New Control and Sales Management Director
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Corporación Habanos, S.A., the Cuban cigar company, has appointed Alberto Dónar Cruz Rojas as the company's new control and sales management director, following resolution 127/2018 of the Minister of Agriculture. Null. According to a statement issued ...


MarTech Today

LinkedIn Sales Navigator gets new engagement alerts, Custom Lists, more mobile search features
MarTech Today
LinkedIn announced new updates to its Sales Navigator platform on Wednesday. Since launching the “Deals” features in August, the sales management platform has introduced new engagement alert notifications, added a Custom List feature and extended ...

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ATD

Disrupt Sales Management Through Adaptive Coaching
ATD
Are your sales reps anywhere near reaching their quotas? For about half of you, the answer is no. Are you too busy putting out fires, filling out forms, and being stuck in endless meetings to coach your reps properly? For many of you, the answer is yes.


KMWorld Magazine

Fueling Sales and Marketing with Presentation Management
KMWorld Magazine
Presentation management lets companies plan, design, write, produce, distribute, get feedback, and improve crucial business assets while empowering everyone at an organization to speak intelligently about the business—especially in sales scenarios.


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People in Business: Colin M. D'Amour joins Big Y Grocery Sales Management Team
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Springfield - Big Y Foods, Inc. has announced the appointment of Colin M. D'Amour as a corporate center store sales manager, focusing on all non-perishable grocery products for the 70 store supermarket chain. As a corporate center store sales manager, ...


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Papa John's Franchisees Demand Management Do Something About Falling Sales
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The Papa John's Franchise Association (PJFA) has retained Robert Zarco, from the Miami litigation firm of Zarco, Einhorn, Salkowski and Brito with the goal of arresting "the ongoing decline in sales that began following Papa John's founder, John ...

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How Home Depot Plans To Stay A Leader In Home Improvement
Forbes
Home Depot has 400,000 loyal, devoted sales associates. Under management's direction, every one of them is an expert in their area of responsibility and can help customers make wise decisions. That will often include the choice of the right tool or the ...

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Useful Salesforce Extensions for Small Businesses
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Salesforce is a popular CRM that allows small business teams to more effectively manage their marketing, sales and customer service all from one place. Launched in 1999 at the dawn of internet sales and marketing, this cloud-based customer relationship ...

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It?s Time For A Sales Management Revolution

Are you dog tired because of the way you manage... Read More

Sales Plan? Whats a Sales Plan?

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The Top 5 Issues Facing VPs of Sales

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To Increase Your Sales and Revenue Make Sure To Add Value

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8 Procedures to Take Control of Sales and Marketing

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How to Keep Projects From Spinning Out Of Control

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How To Become A Better Sales Manager

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Pointless Targets

I recall a heated discussion with a sales director some... Read More

Sales Marketing: 12 Sneaky Tricks To Help You Outsell Your Competition

Business can be like war sometimes.You may have to fight... Read More

3 Steps To Getting A Sales Meeting

The best way to get a new customer is to... Read More

How to Beat the 80/20 Rule in Sales Performance -- Part 2

Another key reason why companies suffer from 80/20 performance is... Read More

The Sales Carpenter

I remember moving my family to Argentina as Vice President... Read More

Beyond the Golden Rule

There are several types and sub types of people in... Read More

Stop Drowning: Nine Strategies For Managing Your Priorities

I just got off the phone with Susan. She is... Read More

How You Can Raise Your Business Earnings By 50% With An Age-Old Magic Truth

Imagine increasing your business earnings by 30, 40, or 50%.... Read More

Ten Awesome Ways To Incease Your Sales In Holidays

Everybody thinks that the businesses will slow down a bit... Read More

Want to Increase the Amount of Business that Your Firm is Getting?

Business development is important for every business and refers to... Read More

The Boss from Hell: Quick to Criticize, Slow to Praise

So you have a boss who dumps all over you... Read More

Commodity Sales Prospecting - How to Stand Out From Your Competitors

I have received a number of requests for advice from... Read More

Are Your Sales Meetings Boring?

Many sales meetings are boring and a waste of salespeople's... Read More

T. L. S. Part I: Tier Level Selling ? A Penetration Strategy

A number of sales "Gurus" have promoted the theory that... Read More

Book of Lists Marketing for Pressure Washing Companies

The American Business Journals produces a Book of Lists each... Read More

Free to Succeed: Effective Sales Leadership Using A Coach Approach

About 2 years ago, I participated in a training program... Read More

7 Tips for Testing Your Sales and Marketing

One marketing technique may work wonders for someone, but that... Read More

The Get Dangerous Quickly Approach to Product/Service Training

In 2000 a computer distributor hired me to help them... Read More