In a study conducted by IBM of over 4,000 companies it was identified that employees who felt they weren’t being invested in, and therefore couldn’t meet their career goals in their current organization, were 12 times more likely to consider leaving. And that’s only the start of the problem. Poor employee retention leads to increasing recruitment costs for your organization and creates unstable working environments where employees feel disengaged and lack motivation. So instead of asking whether you can afford to invest in employee training; ask yourself whether you can afford not to.
Why do relationships close deals? It’s simple: people buy from people. Competitors are lining up to tempt people away from what you have to offer but there is one thing that will stand you apart from them and it’s you.
If you’re a regular LinkedIn user you’ve probably noticed there have been quite a few changes this year; following Microsoft’s acquisition of the company for $26.2 million in 2016. There’s more to the makeover than just a cleaner look – there have been some changes in functionality too. So is it still the best sales weapon out there?
Field sales has always been a core part of any sales strategy. The paper road map may have changed to a sat nav and the paper address book may have changed to a comprehensive Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system but field sales is still fundamentally the same. It provides the human element to any sale and being face-to-face with your prospect guarantees quality time without distractions. Use that time wisely and you’ll reap the rewards.
: In today’s world, being connected and constantly updated can often feel more of a hindrance than a help. Our minds are stuffed full of information but how much of it is relevant? The other issue with our desire to be connected is that it breeds a habit of distraction. If you’re trying to study or take on new (and relevant) information, how do you win the focus battle?
Being in front of customers is the single most important part of any salesperson’s day, but don’t overlook investing time managing your sales pipeline. Most organizations don’t make the most of this activity – wasting time forecasting rather than using their pipeline as a management tool to improve sales performance. So, how can you become a sales pipeline master?
Do you who loathe cold calling? Do you fear the rejection it can bring? Using the phone in sales is only difficult for people who use outdated approaches. It’s time to get smart and start smart calling.
Influence is just effective communication. Great salespeople have an enormous capacity to influence and persuade others – and it’s a skill you can learn and develop over time.
LinkedIn is the social network that smart sales people use. In the business-to-business (B2B) world it’s an invaluable tool, especially for prospecting. It can help you gather information on people and learn more about the organizations they work for; resulting in better quality prospects who you are more likely to be to sell to.
Objection to price is the number one challenge that sales people encounter. Being prepared for these objections is crucial to your success. So what should you consider to keep your conversion rate healthy?