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Sales

Driving sales and revenue growth includes effectively attracting new customers and retaining and growing the customers you have today. It also includes improving sales effectiveness by investing in the right sales people and ensuring they have the skills to successfully engage with your customer base. Reinforce your sales process and track results using CRM (customer relationship management) technology to support your sales team and sales managers.

  • Why your sales strategy needs ‘ice’

    Why your sales strategy needs ‘ice’

    What is the no. 1 responsibility that CEOs have in the sales function of their companies? The answer came to me while shopping with my wife. She excitedly showed me a metal cup and passionately conveyed why we both needed one immediately. Then she informed me that the cups cost $40 each! I assumed she’d

  • Stop talking about sales: Create a revenue strategy

    Stop talking about sales: Create a revenue strategy

    Stop talking about sales, selling, sales people and how they need to get better, learn to close, improve their prospecting and live up to their quotas with a revenue strategy. In many organizations, the sales people are some of the most skilled people in the organization. They already are good at their jobs. A lot of

  • Rethinking sales activity management

    Rethinking sales activity management

    I’ve never liked sales activity “point systems.”  I’ve always looked at them as a crutch for management that couldn’t simply lay out a road map for salespeople to succeed.  I still think I’m partially right, but I also think that the ever-changing world of sales may require my own viewpoint to evolve. It is getting

  • Does your sales organization train like a garbage company?

    Does your sales organization train like a garbage company?

    Verne Harnish has a great new book, Scaling Up, where many examples of best practices are discussed on how to scale your business rapidly and profitably. Of course, Chapter Five, which focuses on training and on-boarding, really grabbed my attention. Harnish shares stories of several companies using training and development as their competitive weapon to

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