How to set quotas and improve the yield from Sales

What’s a normal quota per sales rep? Half a million, 1.5 million per annum? Or is that revenue or gross profit? Is it lifetime value or one time value? Or somehow a one year value? If we want to improve our yield per rep, do we decide better ones? To me, quota setting is all […]

Why the Cost of Inaction is so important in B2B Sales

Return on Investment (ROI) projections are often regarded as a critical element of B2B sales proposals, particular for high-value considered purchases. There’s no arguing that they have a role to play – but your sales people would be very unwise to rely on them. In fact, I’ve become convinced that over-reliance on ROI calculations is one of […]

How to build a business case for content marketing

  By now you should know that just because your buyer doesn’t want to progress right now, doesn’t mean they never will. Recycling is mandatory, and in order to make the most of your list and establish a successful funnel, leaked buyers must be carefully nurtured through this process. What many Sales and Marketing people […]

Do you know how to webinar?

In today’s global market, webinars are a great marketing tool as they have the ability to erase the barriers of time and geography, making it easier for everyone to access content no matter the time or place. Webinars can we be watched live or for those that are time poor, on-demand at a time that […]

How to close more deals by closing less often

  The harder you work on closing, the less successful you are at it. That has always been true for sales and I am going to show you why it’s true for marketing, as well. In a recent blog I showed you why trying to make your funnel flow faster is folly. Apologies for the […]

B2B Complex Sales: process is no substitute for emotional intelligence

Many sales leaders believe that having a sales process is important – as evidenced by the over 300 million references on Google to the term. But in most complex sales environments, having an over-prescriptive sales process can actually damage your chances of winning. I’ve seen too many situations where a sales person is so keen […]

Why business leaders must shift budgets from Sales to Marketing

The simple answer to this question is because the way your customers are buying is changing. But here is the explanation. Multiple respected research firms such as Forrester, Gartner, The Corporate Executive Board and IDC are finding that today’s buyer is ‘self serving’, finding the information they need to help move along their buying cycle […]