There’s no way around it – voicemails are not an enjoyable part of a salesperson’s job. Not only is it a tedious process, but it’s largely ineffective in terms of getting a response. Consider these statistics (source):
- 80% of calls go to voicemail, and 90% of first time voicemails are never returned.
- The average voicemail response rate is 4.8%.
- 15% of the average sales rep’s time is spent leaving voicemails.
Continue reading “How to Spend Less Time Leaving Voicemails”
In the world of sales, time is your most valuable asset. With quotas to meet, we all know how frustrating it is to waste time with a lead that never seriously considered buying from you in the first place. That’s where sales qualification comes in.
Sales qualification is the act of evaluating potential prospects to determine whether they possess the characteristics that make them a good fit for your product or service. In simpler terms – qualifying a lead or prospect means determining whether or not they are worth your time. Continue reading “12 Sales Qualification Questions to Ask Prospects”
“Organizations must shift their focus from one-time data cleansing to ongoing data maintenance to turn the tide.” –SiriusDecsions
B2B data isn’t glamorous. Yet, it’s a critical resource for both sales and marketing teams. Unfortunately, even if you invest in high quality data—it decays rapidly as people change jobs, companies go out of business, and mergers occur. Continue reading “Give the Gift of Automated Data Maintenance [Infographic]”
Here’s the scenario: Company ABC and Company 123 have identified the same exact target audience to sell their software to. Both companies have access to the same demographic and firmographic prospect data—yet Company 123 also has access to technographic data. These technographics reveal the tools their prospects use, what they use them for, how long they’ve used them, and much more.
We don’t need to tell you who has the upper hand here. Continue reading “Technographics: 6 Reasons to Use Technographic Data”
For jackpot-winning businesses in hot sectors, high-quality leads just flow in naturally. However, for the majority of organizations, lead generation is a little more complicated than simply whispering you’re open for business.
In today’s digital age, there is a lot of emphasis on generating leads through blogs, emails, social media, Google AdWords, etc. All well and good, but you should also take a step back and focus on the most valuable lead generation weapon of them all – your networks. Continue reading “5 Surprising Sources of High-Quality Leads”
6 Things We’re Thankful for This Year: B2B Sales Edition
B2B sales is an exciting place to be—the constant stream of new tools and technologies, ever-changing buzzword tactics and strategies, and of course innovative, advanced ways to reach customers and prospects. Exciting as it is, it can also be enough to make a person’s head spin. Continue reading “A B2B Sales Thanksgiving [Infographic]”
Last week, nearly 170,000 business professionals touched down in sunny San Francisco, CA for the largest and most anticipated tech conference of the year, Dreamforce 2017.
This event features daily keynotes presented by some of the most reputable speakers in the world, hands-on workshops where attendees are able to fine-tune their skills, expert panels for discussing industry trends, late night networking parties, and even a headlining concert. The Dreamforce fun never stops. Continue reading “9 Can’t-Miss Moments from Dreamforce 2017”
Imagine you’re the owner of a jewelry shop and you have the highest-quality items around—but you stash them away, in a back room, out of sight. It’d be pretty obvious why your business wasn’t making any sales.
Unfortunately, this is the mistake that many businesses make on the web. Of course, no brand intends to hide from their prospects. But, with an unfocused or outdated digital marketing strategy, that’s precisely what happens. Continue reading “Expand Your B2B Brand Reach: A Beginner’s Guide”
As a B2B sales rep, you already know objections are an unavoidable part of your job. Yet, as we explained in a recent blog post, there are many tips and tricks sales reps can use to bypass common objections during the sales cycle.
Research shows price objections are the number one objection sales rep face—but half of all price objections are phony (source). Most of the time, when a prospect says, “I can’t afford it,” they’re not usually talking about price at all. They’re really saying, “You haven’t demonstrated the value of your product and therefore, I’m not ready to spend my money on it.” Continue reading “4 Foolproof Ways to Beat Price Objections”
Trust is the foundation of any successful deal. Think about it: you wouldn’t buy a car from a sketchy salesman or a house from a realtor you don’t trust. Why would your prospects be any different?
In B2B sales, the quicker you build trust with your prospect, the more likely it is that you will close a deal. Yet, it’s easier said than done. In fact, only 3% of buyers trust sales reps (source). Continue reading “The B2B Sales Rep’s Guide to Building Trust Quickly”