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Sales Management

In the hypercompetitive industry of sales, a motivated sales force can mean the difference between hitting targets and missing them by a mile. In fact, a recent Gallup study found that an unmotivated workforce costs companies 300 billion dollars in lost productivity each year. Even the best sellers, with self-motivation and resiliency built into their

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What’s your sales team’s current RFP close rate? Whether or not it’s as high as you’d like, you may be surprised to hear that Ganesh Shankar of RFPIO states that “the common win rate for RFPs is less than 5%.” Following these numbers, for every 20 proposals the average vendor sends, only one will be

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Diversity in the workplace has been an issue since the civil war. Fast forward to 2017 and a lack of diversity in the workplace remains an issue. In fact, a recent survey by Career Builder found that only 35 percent of women feel confident that compensation is dispensed equitably between the genders. As U.S. demographics continue to change alongside a

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The debate continues between sales experts who advocate that cold calling is “dead” and those who see it as “alive”. Truth is, the traditional tactic of cold calling is very much alive and is an important strategy utilized by sales and sales leaders in high-growth companies. Despite this “dead or alive” argument, cold calling offers

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Sales teams that possess energy and confidence are successful. And, good sales leaders know how to keep morale high whether business is at a peak or in a slump. However, the majority of workers are not satisfied with their current jobs. Research shows that 70 percent of workers are actively disengaged at their jobs. And, since

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Sales managers are the conductors of a company’s revenue engine. They create and nurture high performance sales teams, and lead them to generate hit revenue forecasts and meet customer needs. To understand the responsibilities of a sales manager, it’s important to understand their position in the organization and the intangible roles and characteristics they embody.

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Great salespeople do more than just consistently drive profitable revenue for their employers. They inspire confidence in customers and partners, increase brand trust, and contribute to a positive company culture. And, these salespeople are rare, representing only 10 to 15 percent of the sales population. If you want to accurately identify these top salespeople in an interview

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Evidence of common attributes amongst top salespeople comes from many high profile studies. Spend some time with top sales talent and it will quickly become evident that they share common characteristics. Sales leaders of high performance sales teams understand that knowing these traits is critical in the hiring of their sales reps. So, what are the characteristics

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In many companies, it’s typical to see the most successful salespeople be promoted to the management team. Who better to take on more responsibility in the sales organization than someone who consistently meets their number? However, research shows that more than 75% of salespeople promoted to a management role will not last 2 years before returning to a sales

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Sales management is quite possibly the most misunderstood role in business. Why? Sales managers play a unique role – they not only select, build, lead, coach, and manage front-line salespeople, but also act as a customer and business manager. Since these responsibilities compete and pull sales managers in multiple directions, the activities that are most

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Today’s buyers are overwhelmed with too much information — delaying purchasing decisions and resulting in lost sales. In order to compensate, several sales professionals are either over-accommodating or creating high pressure which alienates prospects in the process. So, how does a salesperson meet sales targets while satisfying the customer’s desire for a heartfelt, authentic sales approach? Shari

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