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October 2016

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Sales Tips: Invest In Your Sales Organization

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<p><span style=”font-size: 24px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;”><strong><span style=”color: #152d53;”>Sales Tips: Investing In Your&nbsp;Sales Organization</span></strong></span></p>
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Sales Tips: Latent Need of CEOs

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<p><span style=”font-size: 24px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;”><strong><span style=”color: #152d53;”>Sales Tips: The&nbsp;CEO’s Need to Exert Control Over Sales</span></strong></span></p>
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Sales Tips: Investing In Your Sales Organization

By John Holland, Chief Content Officer, CustomerCentric Selling® – The Sales Training Company

invest in your sales organizationA few years ago I attended a conference. One of the speakers was in the sales training and consulting business. He recalled a conversation when the CEO of one of his clients shared a concern: 

What if I train a seller that decides to leave the company?

His reply: What if you don’t train a seller and they decide to stay?

While his response was somewhat self-serving, sales trainers and their clients expect there will be a return on money spent on training salespeople. According to research from Karen McCandless at GetApp™, summarized responses received and key takeaways included:

  • More detailed training allowed clients to feel more confident and filled a knowledge gap to utilize social media to sell to their customers (especially considering that prior to training only 15% of sellers utilized social to connect with prospective clients).

  • Developing the ability to align what a seller is hearing from a potential customer to a value package that the customer will actually see as relevant to them is critical, and that sales effect on training on selling abilitiestraining can help professionals understand this connection.
  • 92% of sellers improve selling abilities after training.
  • If companies adopt sales software specific to their needs, proper training in the tool is crucial if they’re going to optimize payback. After adopting sales software, 95% of sellers increased productivity, 86% boosted revenue and 78% improved customer satisfaction.

It is amazing to me that vendors continue to invest a great deal of time and money in product training that has less relevance than ever before. Lower levels use the Internet and social networking to learn about offerings as they have a distrust of salespeople. When calling at executive levels, buyers will NOT tolerate detailed product pitches. I believe it’s time to reassess the role of sellers and modify training accordingly.

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Sales Tips: How Deep Is Your Sales Bench?

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Sales Tips: How Deep Is Your Sales Bench?

sales tips for a deeper bench of sales talentBy John Holland, Chief Content Officer, CustomerCentric Selling® – The Sales Training Company

Love or hate Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots, he belongs in conversations (arguments) about who’s the greatest coach in NFL history. Unlike head coaches that ride on the backs of a few superstars, players on the Patriots’ roster are seen much more as being interchangeable, replaceable parts.

Darrelle Revis, recognized as the best lock-down cornerback in the game, chose to leave the Pats and return to the Jets prior to the 2015 season. His replacement, rookie Malcolm Butler, enjoyed a strong season and will always be remembered for intercepting the goal line pass in Super Bowl XLIX that secured yet another championship for the Patriots.

This season the team faced the daunting challenge of Tom Brady serving a 4-game suspension to start the season. Belichick won the first 3 games with 2 quarterbacks that had never started a game, one of whom is a rookie. Ultimately, there was a slip against Buffalo, but the team achieved a 3-1 record without their perennial all-star quarterback.

I mention Belichick’s “next man up” approach because sales managers, sales executives and CEO’s often rely heavily upon their “A” Players that comprise the top 10% of their sales staff to achieve top-line revenue. It may prove sobering to look at the last 3 years, subtract the contributions of your “A” Players and calculate the average % of quota your B and C Players generated.

The Patriots have a system that helps each positional player understand their role. They play more as a team rather than a collection of individuals. Belichick and his assistant coaches seem to have the ability to break down each position into fundamental skills that are taught to each player on the roster as part of an overall strategy or game plan.

In looking at enterprise revenue generation, a defined sales process can allow companies to emulate the Patriot approach of getting higher production from each member of the team. A surprising result is that a rising tide lifts all boats, not just the ones you might expect. As highlighted in the inContact® video in our Customer Showcase, one of their top individual producers increased production by 40% using the CCS® sales process. Identifying and sharing best sales practices can be a sustainable competitive advantage.

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