36-49 Social Selling Has its Limits

Social selling is tempting for an early stage company but is of limited effectiveness. It is tempting, and enjoyable, to spend a lot of cycles promoting your company via social media: in the end, you will not make sales this way. ... [Continue Reading]

30-10 Continual Qualification

Your sales process will be tighter and more predictable if you develop a culture of continual qualification with your sales team. Every interaction with a prospect is an opportunity to better gauge their intentions, their interest, their likelihood ... [Continue Reading]

29-41 Your Message Matters

Developing a clear, consistent message is as much about aligning your team as it is about communicating with your prospects. Take some to to workshop your message with your team. The simpler it is - and it should be simple - the more work it will ... [Continue Reading]

26-32 Sizing Your Market

You should be able to size your market credibly, using trade data and goverment sources (e.g. the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics), breaking it out into the Total Addressible Market, Serviceable Market and your target market share. ... [Continue Reading]

26-31 Lead Nurturing

Your outbound marketing program should effectively nurture leads for you sales teams: folks they have talked to who are not ready to buy but that they want to track. You probably won't be able to afford hiring a team of SDRs so this will have to take ... [Continue Reading]

25-38 Using Sales Scripts

I like to have my sales team learn and use scripts to guide their calls and demos. Burn them into their brains. Once they have them memorized, they can discard them and riff, but not until they have done so. ... [Continue Reading]

Bakers of the World Unite

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. - Adam Smith Adam Smith gave bakers a bad rap 300 years ago when he noted that they - all ... [Continue Reading]

A Behavioral Modification Machine

The snack business is big.  Very big: more than $124 BN in North America and $167 BN in Europe, according to Nielsen, a market research firm. The global soft drink (sweet drinks, fizzy and flat and water) market is over $531 BN.  That's a lot of ... [Continue Reading]

The Productivity Puzzle

Why it is that, while the development of digital tools explodes (Tablets, smartphones, big data, the cloud, AI) and spreads rapidly around the world, productivity as measured by economists is steadily declining, is a pretty big puzzle.  All the more ... [Continue Reading]

24-63 Don’t Buy That List

It feels satisfying to purchase a list of 10,000+ names but it is a waste of time and money. Purchased listes tend to be only 60 - 80% accurate and using them may result in spam complaints. Better to build your own, smaller and more focused list, ... [Continue Reading]