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]

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]

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]

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]

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, which will be more accurate and result in higher open ... [Continue Reading]

21-59 Sales Metrics

Keep the metrics you track with your sales team focused on actvity (calls and email) and pipeline health. Do not overload your team with data gathering - this will only service to demoralze them and have them figure out how to game the system. ... [Continue Reading]

18-18 Your Sales Playbook

It used to be called the training manual. The sales playbook, which documents your sales process, scripts, demos, sales tools, giving your sales team the tools they need to sell. For an early stage company, probably the most important thing about a playbook is that you get organized writing it; its ... [Continue Reading]

17-43 Your Tagline

Your tagline needs to be clear, sharp and communicate what your product does but I don't think it should be too cute. Taglines for B2B products should avoid the cheeky tone used by B2C start ups whose preciousness is endearing to the consumer but can be offputting to the business buyer. ... [Continue Reading]

16-05 Marketing Automation: Tough For Startups

Marketing Automation is much less compelling than its promoters have claimed, particularly for start ups, whose resources are limited. Start simple, keep your efforts modest, using a simple outbound email tool to offer content to prospects.  Don't get lost in social tools. ... [Continue Reading]