April 24, 2014 by
We asked 3 sales experts to answer 9 of the most puzzling questions in outside sales. Here’s what they said.
There’s a mystique about outside sales. It can seem like rockstar reps are able to close deals like magic, like they never make a misstep. Because of this, many business leaders have questions about outside sales and how to succeed in that field.
Wonder no more, because Base has asked three sales experts to help explain the facts behind how the best of the best maintain that excellence. Geoffrey James is an author and blogger specializing in sales who’s new book “Business Without The Bullsh*t” is available on preorder. Wendy Weiss is president of ColdCallingResults.com, as well as a sales trainer and coach. Elinor Stutz is also a sales trainer and author, and she is CEO of Smooth Sale. Here are their answers to some of the most puzzling, toughest outside sales questions.
April 23, 2014 by
We asked 8 sales experts how they measure sales productivity. Here’s what they said.
Measuring sales productivity has always been important for sales people, and now that businesses are more data-driven, it is crucial for every sales team to have good time and productivity tracking practices. Those who don’t are quickly being left in the dust.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be hard to implement productivity tracking practices that can show you where you’re wasting time, and where you should put more energy to get the most out of every minute you spend selling. We talked to some experienced salespeople about how they track their own productivity, and which metrics are the most important for gauging your success. These sales pros track everything from their gross profits to the number of thank you notes they write, and all of this data helps them constantly improve their performance.
We asked each of these accomplished pros how they measure their own success, and which metric they think every other top seller should be paying attention to. Here ’s what they said:
April 22, 2014 by
Salespeople can be fanatics about productivity and efficiency. For each salesperson, finding the tools, habits, and hacks that really maximize efficiency is tough, but worthwhile. Many experts have shared their sales productivity tips in detail on the web, and we have collected a few – 25 to be exact – of the most excellent blog posts, ebooks, white papers, and general resources on the subject. We write a lot about the the subject at Base and have even created an entire resources hub for sales productivity tips.
Time management best practices are important for every salesperson, but there are other areas where efficiency and productivity improvements can be made. Building good relationships with clients can lead to repeat business, which in turn can shorten your sales cycle and yield massive increases in productivity. Maximizing the capabilities of your CRM is another great way to amp up your productivity. These hacks and sales productivity tips are perfect for salespeople in any industry who want to permanently move the needle on their productivity. Leave us a comment if we’re missing a great resource!
April 21, 2014 by
It happens to everyone throughout his or her career. Opportunities that have been identified turn out to be dead ends. Or the number of leads to pursue simply is not enough to hit the sales quota for the year. Sales slumps are inevitable. How you act is up to you.
Here are 5 tools and tips that can help you get out of your sales slump and hit your numbers by the end of the year.
April 18, 2014 by
Outside sales is a profession in flux. The growth of digital commerce has reimagined the ways reps can reach out to potential customers, as well as how those customers want to make their purchases. And sales as a whole has expanded to incorporate new approaches beyond the basic outside versus inside division. Yet in the face of all these changes, successful companies are preparing their reps in the field to deal with those issues.
What businesses are excelling in this new marketplace? What steps lined their paths to success? We chatted with Paul McCord, president of sales training company McCord Training and Development, to get his insights about what makes these companies tick.
April 17, 2014 by
Successful businesses are masters of productivity – if you want to mimic the masters you must identify the bottleneck effect that is standing in the way of your sales team’s productivity. And we aren’t talking about busy work “productivity.” We are referring to the kind of productivity you want to see from your sales team: closed deals and smart sales analysis.
We’ve outlined four indicators of a jammed up bottleneck and laid out a plan for clearing it. Use this post to spot opportunities and clear the path for increased sales productivity – the kind of productivity that actually matters. Say goodbye to the bottleneck effect forever.
April 16, 2014 by
Ask a sales trainer or a management consultant what’s needed to increase your sales productivity and you’ll get a pitch for a massive change in the way you do business.
That’s fine (hey, they have to quota, too), but in most cases you can improve sales productivity by making minor tweaks in what you’re already doing. Here’s how:
April 15, 2014 by
Base is making it easier to schedule and track appointments with customers. We’re pleased to introduce Base Appointments. Use Appointments on your phone, tablet or computer to schedule meetings, send invitations and track meeting history with your customers. Next time you log into your Base account, you will notice a new tab at the top of your screen with today’s date. This calendar will display all of your appointments and tasks with due dates. (more…)
April 14, 2014 by
To celebrate the launch of his new book, “The New Rules of Customer Engagement,” we partnered with Daniel Newman to give the digital version of his book away for free!
This post discusses some key customer engagement strategies, as it applies to sales professionals. At the end, you’ll find the link to download the entire book for free.
April 11, 2014 by
There is no simpler and faster strategy to grow your sales than to effectively follow-up on 100% of your sales leads. Great sales lead follow-up can be the engine of sales growth. I have worked with companies and salespeople that have doubled their sales in just a few short years merely by changing their procedures for following up on their sales leads. This isn’t a difficult task. The question is: what’s holding you back?