The Sales Continuum – From Concept to Commodity

Most sales take place along a continuum, with high concept "This solves a problem you didn't even know you have" to commodities, the latter being well known by the prospect and most of the sale focused on need, price and terms.     ... [Continue Reading]

Calling Metrics

As you scale your sales team, consider tracking only two calling metrics for your inside sales team: outbound call volume and average call duration. This can be done through most VOIP phone systems. ... [Continue Reading]

Forecasting

Forecasting is more art than science, start simple: Salesforce's forecasting tool is, remarkably, pretty straightforward to use. ... [Continue Reading]

Most Marketing Content Sucks

The way marketers write is frequently offputting for the target audience.  Be honest - how much of the content you see in your LinkedIn feeds is worth readaing?  Almost none. ... [Continue Reading]

Market Sizing For the Early Stage Company

Developing credible market sizing is important for your investors, your plans and your sanity (You want to have a good sense of the market you are attacking and manage your own expectations about the same.) There are three ways to do this, which I will describe here, from least to most granular ... [Continue Reading]

Identifying Your Target Verticals

You'll be tempted to chase a bunch of verticals. Do not do this: focus on one or two. More than this, and your sales team will lose its focus. If a vertical is big, you should focus geographically, starting in your own backyard. That way, you can set up a live meeting if you need to without having ... [Continue Reading]

Sales 3.0 – Plus Ca Change…..

 "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose." ("the more things change, the more they stay the same.) - Jean Baptiste Alphonse Karr Everything about B2B sales have changed in the last 10 years. In some ways, the process is returning to its 20th century roots.  In fact, in some ways, the more things ... [Continue Reading]

Meetings Matter

It is remarkably difficult to get live meetings with senior level prospects these days and that difficulty makes it all that much more important.  Paradoxically, because anyone can identify and target a particular individual in a prospect company, he or she becomes "hunted" and absolutely swamped ... [Continue Reading]

Cold Calling is Dead. Long Live Cold Calling

Sales has changed a lot, because of the Internet, CRMs and social media. But cold calling hasn't gone away. How you do it has changed and you need to train your sales team to cold call effectively. ... [Continue Reading]

Chasing the Viral Event

Nothing quite like when some content you've posted goes viral. Exciting! And a distraction. Chasing the viral event will waste a lot of cycles and distract you from your core marketing effort, which should be to slowly, steadily building a following. ... [Continue Reading]