Have you ever attended a sales training course and felt a rush of excitement at the end of it – keen to apply all your learning and ready take on the world? How long does your post-training rush last for? If you’re like most people, probably only a few days. So, how do you ensure you get the best return on sales training?
Let’s be honest - cold calling can feel daunting and uncomfortable. Even for the most experienced sales person it will probably be one of the toughest parts of their job and the one they regularly put off. If your standard approach is to close your eyes and hope for the best then the chances are you’ll not get much in return. Before you pick up the phone read these tips and start turning up the heat on cold calling.
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?
B2C purchases are usually quick and rarely involve much commitment. You are probably offering a product / service that can be purchased online, shipped to their doorstep or virtual doorstep. Simple. This means that you can successfully get a sale after only one interaction. However if used smartly, one powerful social media post could be enough to boost your sales.
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?
Buyers are more savvy than ever and this, in turn, is making sales more complex. In the digital age sales people are no longer needed for data or information – buyers can find all they need on the internet. Sales people need to be expert problem solvers and the person who can solve the problem in the shortest time possible will win the sale.
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 Using the phone in sales is only difficult for people who use outdated approaches.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.
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.
What goals have you set yourself to achieve this year? And are you on track to achieve them? If not, maybe the goal wasn’t the right goal for you. Read on to find out how to set goals for success and why the ISMM (Institute of Sales and Marketing Management) is your ideal partner for reaching your goals.
Storytelling is the ability to create a vision in someone else’s mind. Great sales people use stories to engage their audience. This engagement creates empathy, builds trust and ultimately drives sales.