Outside sales and inside sales have traditionally played in their own arenas. Outside salespeople regularly meet with clients or prospects in the field. Inside salespeople typically sell over the phone and web. But in today’s “new norm,” outside salespeople have had to stop meeting with clients face-to-face. They have now started to invade the turf of the inside salespeople. So, is this the end of the outside salesperson?
It’s no secret that remote work arrangements have become more prevalent this year. As more companies are considering physically going back to work, many salespeople are asking the question, “do I have to go back to the office?” The answer? It depends.
No matter how long you have been selling, whether it’s five years, ten years, or 25 years there is one step that can continuously be improved in your sales process, which will increase your chances of winning – Discovery. There is a distinction between good discovery and great discovery. Find out which you tend to do and how you can uncover more in your discovery calls.
When you tell your sales team, they are going to sales training; you may see some eye rolls, hear some long sighs, and feel the room’s demeanor shift. Salespeople don’t care much for sales training, but there are ways to make training more effective and improve the odds of having a positive impact on your revenue and profits.
Sales negotiating is a part of everyday life, and it’s critical for more profitable sales and accelerated sales cycles. Poor negotiation techniques can cripple a company just as quickly as losing key customers. While most negotiating strategies seem like common sense, not many salespeople have a defined negotiation strategy or process. Most have never received any training in this area. These five tips will unlock your team’s ability to get the best deal possible.
As owners look for ways to keep their salespeople engaged and motivated, they may consider changing the compensation plan. But while paying people fairly for their work is indeed important, there’s a misperception that compensation will drive productivity and motivation in the workplace. Instead, you may want to look at what led you to that conclusion.
Have you ever had a potential customer say, “It’s too expensive,” or “I don’t want to get stuck in a contract,” or even “It’s just not important right now?” Every prospect you speak to has objections or reasons they are hesitant to buy your product or service. Whether they think your product is too expensive, or if your company is too small, you’ll face any variety of objections. These four steps will help you resolve those objections.
A typical sales leader’s day is consumed with customer fires, meetings at every level, a conflict between departments, and frequently running out of time. Wouldn’t’ it be nice if you had the time to build a better team with a good culture that’s thriving? If you answered yes, then these time management tips are for you.
With the whole world being tipped upside-down lately, are you finding it harder to get your team to accept change? Change is never easy and organizational change is no exception to that rule, but it is necessary. Many companies are changing things like the sales process, who to chase, pricing, terms, the information they gather, etc. So how can you get your sales team to rally behind change?