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Modern Sales Management
42 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Creating a Next-Generation Sales Engine with Dale Miller
Tried and true sales and marketing strategies went out the door in 2020 when teams all over the world were forced to quickly adapt to remote environments, new technologies, and savvy customers. Now that the dust has somewhat settled, executives are focused on creating sophisticated sales and marketing systems that will best prepare their teams for what lies ahead. I talked with Dale Miller, Global Sales Director at OK International, about building a next-generation sales and marketing system on this episode of the Modern Sales Management podcast. With several decades of sales and sales management experience across various industries, Dale shares exceptional insights about what it takes to succeed in our current climate. More specifically, he explains his four-part sales and marketing strategy/framework that has a proven track record of growing market share and increasing sales revenue. We also discuss: How sales and marketing teams can best adapt to our new normalHow customer engagement has changed over the past year and how to embrace the newest challenges Why automated marketing should be a key part of your sales strategy in 2021 Tips on delivering value quickly and efficiently in your new and improved sales processThe effect COVID-19 has had on sales teams, leaders, workloads, and closing ratesWays to keep your sales team focused on what matters most (the projects that move the needle)What a “true CRM” is and how you can use this tool to help your sales and marketing teams drive revenueHow to both maximize and optimize your CRM to the best of its abilityWhy real time data is so important to your sales and marketing strategyHow product education/content can help you gain loyal customersWhy keeping your value proposition front and center throughout your customer’s journey is so key and how to do just thatHow to use your CRM to personalize leads and provide targeted messaging throughout your sales funnelTips on building useful sales dashboards that highlight exactly what drives your businessHow to systematize a customer acquisition technology for your unique business/industryWhat the future holds for sales and marketing automation technology and how to harness its potential Learn more about Dale’s four-pillar framework by connecting with him on LinkedIn. Subscribe and listen to all episodes of the Modern Sales Management podcast on your favorite podcast app or by visiting ModernSalesManagement.com.
23 minutes | Jan 6, 2021
Sales Leadership for Startups With Amy Looper
Companies everywhere found themselves ill-equipped to handle 2020’s barrage of pivots, curveballs, and pitfalls. Sales enablement, the discipline of providing real-time lead intelligence, more efficient processes, and shareable content to your sales team, became a major differentiator in many industries. Arming your sales team with the proper tools and processes to face the uncertain future is what sales enablement is all about, but this strategy can be particularly difficult for startups. We talk about the challenges and opportunities of sales enablement for startups with Amy Looper, Founder of Relativity Consulting, in this episode of the Modern Sales Management podcast. Amy’s company specializes in sales advisory and enablement services for innovative technology companies. She feels that utilizing the right sales content, processes, and enablement tools will be the key to your company’s success in 2021. Our discussion also covers: How to focus on the right processes to make sales easier for your teamWhy sales managers in the tech space need to be liaisons between the sales and technology teamsHow to help your startup sales team overcome common barriers and pitfallsTips on setting benchmarks and focusing on the right metrics to grow sales revenueHow to seize the biggest opportunities in the startup world of salesWhy startup buying and selling cycles can be so complex and how to cut through the noise on your path to successHow to build a sales infrastructure that is designed to support your best possible outcomesTips on sales team evaluation and developmentHow to dial into your buyer and serve them continuously throughout the pre-sales and post-sales processHow to determine if your startup is ready to hire a salesperson or teamSales forecasting tips and tricksHow to test your client’s commitment to make sure you’re focusing on your ideal customerHow to identify the benchmarks in your startup’s sales process that indicate it’s time to invest in sales leadership and developmentWhy aligning your sales and marketing team should be a blue chip strategy for your company in 2021 Learn more about Amy’s company by visiting its website or connecting with her on LinkedIn. Subscribe and listen to all episodes of the Modern Sales Management podcast on your favorite podcast app or by visiting ModernSalesManagement.com.
29 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Balancing Creativity and Strategy to Win More Sales With Daisy Peña
Managing a team of diverse individuals with unique strengths and varying amounts of sales experience can be overwhelming to even the most seasoned sales leaders. Especially this year, as sales teams adapted to remote selling techniques, embraced new technologies, and 40% of businesses missed their revenue targets, the role of a sales manager seems more difficult than ever before. Luckily, the future looks bright for adaptable and methodical sales managers in 2021 and beyond. We talk with Daisy Peña, Regional Manager at Twilio, about proven sales management strategies and best practices on this episode of the Modern Sales Management Podcast. With over 15 years of sales and sales management experience, Daisy shares valuable insights about what it takes to survive and thrive in today’s unpredictable sales environment. Our discussion also covers: What role mentorship plays in sales managementTips for sales reps who wish to move into sales managementHow to create sales management opportunities for sales reps with ambition and potentialWhy a background in customer service can benefit both sales managers and their teamsHow to stay open to feedback from your sales team and use their feedback to constantly improveWhy allowing your sales team to take calculated risks on the right opportunities can be a game-changerHow to leverage sales technology to get “in the door” virtually to your customersHow to balance methodology and adaptability in today’s sales climateWhy risk taking can benefit your team’s long term sales goalsHow to leverage the current trends in sales management to grow revenueTips for teaching your sales team to think on their feet and make great mid-deal decisions How role playing can cultivate sales success for sales teams and managers alikeWhat questions to ask sales reps to keep them on track and engagedHow to create a culture of salespeople who want to contribute to their company beyond just hitting their quotaTips on identifying and building future sales leadersHow to avoid the most common missteps sales managers make when trying to motivate their staffPointers on managing “up and down” and dividing your focus between these tasks appropriately Connect with Daisy on LinkedIn or Twitter. Subscribe and listen to all episodes of the Modern Sales Management podcast on your favorite podcast app or by visiting ModernSalesManagement.com.
28 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
The Mechanics of Social Selling on LinkedIn With Colleen McKenna
Harnessing the power of social media has been a cornerstone of successful sales strategies within the past few years. Especially in 2020, when millions of road warriors were grounded overnight and forced to work remotely, knowing how to access and sell to prospects virtually is a necessity for modern sales teams. With nearly 700 million active users and lead conversion rates 3X higher than other major ad platforms (including Google Ads), LinkedIn offers tremendous opportunities for your sales team. However, like any technology, the true value of social selling on LinkedIn can only be realized through the right sales process, training, and methodology. I talk about maximizing LinkedIn’s sales power with Colleen McKenna, Founder & CEO of Intero Advisory, on this week’s episode of the Modern Sales Management Podcast. Colleen’s unique method focuses on leveraging human connection and technology to reach your company’s recruiting, branding, and business development goals. Colleen and I also discuss: How to sell on LinkedIn without ruining relationships and losing connectionsLinkedIn as a sale tool vs. a form of social mediaOptimizing your LinkedIn profile to “show up” and be a great first impression for your prospectsWhy LinkedIn is a valuable TOF tool and how to leverage its power Tips on establishing credibility on LinkedInHow to build an intentional sales network on LinkedInHow to fix the gaps in your LinkedIn network in order to connect with top clientsTips on setting up sales meetings via LinkedInHow to create a “surround sound” system of communication for your clients with LinkedIn being one of many different channelsHow to create a sales process using LinkedIn’s Sales NavigatorWhy a salesperson’s LinkedIn profile should be used as a marketing tool for your company and how to do just thatHow to jumpstart your network on LinkedInTips on creating a LinkedIn sales strategy and how to avoid the most common mistakes sales managers makeSales tips for former “road warriors” in 2020 and beyondWhat sales teams can expect in the future and how to best prepare for these changes Connect with Colleen on LinkedIn and learn more about her company by visiting its website. Subscribe and listen to all episodes of the Modern Sales Management podcast on your favorite podcast app or by visiting ModernSalesManagement.com.
42 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
The Math Behind Great Sales Teams With Ryan Reisert
Hitting a sales slump is a right of passage for every salesperson and team, and this year has been especially tough across various industries due to the uncertainty of Covid-19. It’s no surprise that 57% of sales reps are expected to miss their quota this year (Salesforce). Knowing how to increase sales revenue when it’s not where your company needs it to be is a tricky situation for executives and sales teams alike. Finding the exact areas to improve in your sales process can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack, but it doesn’t have to. “Student of Sales” Ryan Reisert shares his unique formula for sales process improvement on this episode of the Modern Sales Management Podcast. Ryan is well-known on LinkedIn and YouTube for his numbers-driven sales strategy he calls the “math of sales.” Ryan believes that your sales process can be broken down into smaller disparate pieces in order to create benchmarks for sales rep to improve and build upon. He encourages sales leaders to use simple math to solve their fundamental sales problems. This week’s conversation also covers: How to use a “bucketing system” to contact the leads that are most likely to closeHow to have more conversations with the right people in order to increase sales revenueWhy optimizing your sales process is always important, even when your team is enjoying successHow math can be used to make your sales process more efficientWhy looking for quick wins always loses in the long runHow to optimize sales activities to close deals fasterHow to remove waste from your sales funnel Why a sales manager’s target message to his reps is so important when it comes to math of sales accuracyTips on finding out who your best customer is and solving their pain pointsHow to use your math of sales to create benchmarks for your sales reps to build uponTips on looking for your customers in the right places and budgeting for this searchMath of sales common pitfallsWhy time is the biggest factor in creating sustainable sales revenueWhat role reverse engineering plays in your sales process and how to use this as an optimization strategyWhy salespeople often give up on customers too quickly and how to avoid thisHow to adopt a “process before technology” approach in your sales strategy Learn more about Ryan by checking out the books he has co-authored, Outbound Sales, No Fluff and The Math of Sales: Market Domination. You can also subscribe to his Patreon page for exclusive access to more of his content and ideas. Subscribe and listen to all episodes of the Modern Sales Management podcast on your favorite podcast app or by visiting ModernSalesManagement.com.
31 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
Selecting the Right Sales Stack with Dan Cilley
According to LinkedIn’s State of Sales Report 2020, 97% of salespeople said that technology is either “important” or “very important” to their sales process. Meanwhile, the number of salespeople relying on sales intelligence tools has increased 54% in the past two years. These stats highlight the importance of your company’s sales tech stack, but with thousands of different options and integrations available at your fingertips, how do you choose the best CRM and sales technology for your company? That’s the question I asked Dan Cilley, CEO of Vendor Neutral, for this episode of the Modern Sales Management Podcast. Dan helps enterprises identify the right technology path to build sustainable growth in their specific industry. His company’s unique selection and integration process actually prioritizes technology as the last step in the equation of your company’s sales enablement strategy. During our conversation, Dan shares his framework for evaluating your company’s current needs and goals, while aligning that with your present-day sales technology initiatives, team, and budget. Dan and I also discuss: How to avoid the common problems companies often face when choosing a sales tech stackHow to determine if a sales tech solution will address your company’s prioritiesWhy relying on your peers for sales tech advice and reviews can backfireWhy sales process evaluation is the first (and most important step) in choosing the right sales tech stackTips on budgeting for sales technologyWhy engagement has the greatest impact on your sales process and how technology stacks can optimize your team’s engagement powerHow the sales tech landscape has changed in the past three years and its future outlookHow to avoid getting overwhelmed while building your team’s sales tech stackWhat role executives play in sales technology selection, integration, and adoptionWhat digital transformation means and how it is affecting sales technologyHow Covid-19 has affected the virtual seller and how to maximize the outlook for your company’s long-term benefitTips on harnessing the advanced insight sales technology offers without overcomplicating the sales process for your salespeopleWhy the right sales technology pushes information in front of your sales team to facilitate opportunities (instead of pulling them away with distractions)How to avoid getting distracted with “shiny objects” when selecting the best sales tech stack for your company Learn more about Dan’s company by visiting its website or connect with him on LinkedIn. Subscribe and listen to all episodes of the Modern Sales Management podcast on your favorite podcast app or by visiting ModernSalesManagement.com.
38 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
Making Sales Enablement More Impactful With Andrew Quinn
Sales enablement is a term that has recently gained a lot of traction in the business world. While sales enablement has always existed, it is only in the past five years that a universally accepted term has been put forth to describe the processes, people, and technology that reduces friction in the sales process. It seems everyone is in agreement that successful businesses should focus on sales enablement in order to close more deals and grow revenue, but when it comes to executing sales enablement strategies, there is a lot of confusion about the most impactful approaches. Therefore, many companies fall short. We talked about the challenges of sales enablement with Andrew Quinn, Vice President of Sales Productivity and Enablement at HubSpot, on this episode of the Modern Sales Management Podcast. Andrew shares that sales enablement is often viewed as a business department or a tech stack, when instead it should be treated as a discipline within your company (similar to annual planning or financial disciplines, for example). To build a strong sales enablement culture at your company, Andrew says you should pinpoint what the ideal outcomes are for your business and work backwards to identify the present-day roadblocks that prevent you from reaching those desired goals. Once those are apparent, sales enablement is making the most impactful changes with the least amount of effort. Our discussion also covers: What role technology plays in sales enablementTips on building a sales enablement culture at your companyWhy friction in your sales process can be an important starting point in your sales enablement strategyHow to find the balance between the physicality of sales and the technical infrastructure behind your CRM to maximize sales revenue What role trust plays in sales enablementWhy sales enablement is change management at its coreWhat the three main components of sales enablement are and how to equip your sales team with these toolsWhy companies struggle to create simple sales processes for their salespeople and how to overcome this hurdleHow to perform due diligence on your CRM in order to prioritize success for your sales teamHow sales enablement has changed within the past 5 years and its future outlookWhat role senior leaders should play in sales enablementHow to use a salesperson’s path of least resistance to optimize your sales processWhy every department has a role in sales enablement and how to align your entire company with this strategy Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscribe and listen to all episodes of the Modern Sales Management podcast on your favorite podcast app or by visiting ModernSalesManagement.com.
37 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
How to Implement an Outbound Sales Strategy with Skip Miller
Companies of all types have been placing a heavy emphasis on inbound lead strategies for the past few years. While some may argue inbound is the key to sustainable sales success, others point to the lack of control of your pipeline. Many sales leaders wonder if the inbound mentality is creating a culture of less-effective salespeople who can only close leads that are served to them on a silver platter. For the long-term success of your company and its salespeople, is outbound sales the real game changer? We discuss this loaded question with Skip Miller, President of M3 Learning and author of Outbounding: Win New Customers with Outbound Sales and End Your Dependence on Inbound Leads, on this episode of the Modern Sales Management Podcast. After the uncertainty Covid-19 has created, Skip says we can’t bank on always having low-hanging fruit ripe for your sales team to pick. He feels the most adaptable and successful sales teams have an outbound focus, which enables them to create, rather than seize, sales opportunities. We also discuss: How to create a high-performing outbound sales teamTips on accelerating the sales process without losing fundamental sales skills (i.e. prospecting, qualifying, etc.) Why sales managers need to develop great messaging, sequences, and cadence and how to do just thatHow the inbound marketing revolution has negatively impacted the sales landscape and how outbound can improve itWhy attitude is so important when it comes to sales conversationsWhat sales managers often get wrong about outbound sales and how to avoid these pitfallsTips on creating an outbounding cultureWhy having a vision and a mission can positively change your sales organization Tips on selling to above the line buyersWhy leading indicators (not trailing indicators) are the keys to sales successHow to write sales emails that will be opened and readWhy outbound sales is like investigative reportingWhy salespeople need to stop offering to help prospects who never asked for helpWhat the c-suite needs to know about outbound sales teams Connect with Skip on LinkedIn and learn more about his company on his website, including the collection of books he’s authored on sales strategy and sales management. His newest book, Outbounding, was just released on Amazon today! Subscribe and listen to all episodes of the Modern Sales Management podcast on your favorite podcast app or by visiting ModernSalesManagement.com.
34 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
How to Turn Sales Enablement Into Revenue With Andy Paul
Sales enablement is a term that is gaining traction in the corporate world and its definition varies greatly depending on who you ask. To some, sales enablement means content management. To others, it means sales rep training or coaching. Some would venture even deeper into the concept of sales enablement and say it’s not a business strategy, but instead, a company vision. What’s for sure is, regardless of how you may define sales enablement, employing this strategy in your business won’t happen without buy-in from your company’s c-suite. And depending on their definition/perception of sales enablement, this could be a tough hurdle for you to overcome as a sales manager. We talk about the challenges of sales enablement with Andy Paul, Host of the Sales Enablement Podcast, on this episode of the Modern Sales Management Podcast. Andy, recognized as one of the top sales minds in the world, has interviewed nearly 900 of the world’s most successful sales leaders for his podcast and has authored several books on sales and sales management. He shares exceptional insights into the issues sales leaders face today, especially when it comes to executing sales enablement initiatives. Our discussion with Andy also covers: Why c-suite executives need more interaction with the salespeople who serve their customersA broad definition of sales enablement and what it can look like within a companyTips on training your sales reps to have knowledge-based conversations with your customersWhat role business acumen plays in sales enablementWhy sales processes should leave room for personal experimentationHow to amplify a salesperson’s judgment to help them make better decisionsWhy general business knowledge is a powerful tool that most salespeople lackWhat role the c-suite can play in improving your sales team’s performanceWhat “freedom within structure” means and how to use this strategy with your salespeopleWhy utilizing more disparate points of view can help strengthen your sales processWhy sales management training is an undervalued opportunity that needs a lot more attention (and investment dollars) How sales managers can encourage personal growth and experimentation within the sales process Why hiring managers need to stop looking for attributes (hunters, closers, extroverts) and start looking for open-minded problem solversWhy sales hasn’t been modernized despite advances in data and technology and how we can change thatTips for a modern day sales manager to change the future of sales for the better Learn more about Andy by connecting with him on LinkedIn or check out his Sales Enablement Podcast. For even more inspiration, visit Andy’s website for endless sales tips and resources, including the selection of books he’s authored. Subscribe and listen to all episodes of the Modern Sales Management podcast on your favorite podcast app or by visiting ModernSalesManagement.com.
25 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
Aligning Your Entire Sales Team With Your Value Proposition Featuring Angela Rakis
Most CEOs have a vision or value proposition that is the backbone of their company and corporate strategies. Quite frequently, however, that value proposition isn’t communicated to or followed by the sales team (and other important departments). Value proposition misalignment and confusion can wreak havoc on your growth plan as departments market to the wrong customers, work towards different goals, and use the wrong tools and messaging to sell products and services that they don’t fully understand. We talk with Angela Rakis, Founder of Metis Sales Solutions, about bringing the c-suite and sales teams together to work towards a shared value proposition in our newest episode of the Modern Sales Management podcast. Angela has over 20 years of experience selling for companies like IBM and Xerox and now she consults with smaller companies to create sales plans, find customers, and grow sales. Angela and I also discuss: Why there is often a disconnect between operations and sales and how to avoid itTroubleshooting tips for companies with low sales revenueWhat are common roadblocks to value proposition adoption and how to overcome these challengesPointers on getting executives and sales teams to work well togetherHow to create a sales system that produces predictable revenueWhy referrals are more important than ever How to leverage your network to win target accounts through referralsTips on creating a referral partner network to drive sales revenueHow to create a sales playbook that will be adopted company-wideWhy the sales playbook is not just for your sales department and how to get all hands on deck to help your sales teamWhy role-playing is a forgotten tool in sales and how to leverage this strategy to push your company’s value propositionInsights on how executives can attract and retain top talentHow to align your KPIs with your CRM and sales playbookHow sales is changing and how you can stay ahead of the curve in 2021 (and beyond) Connect with Angela on LinkedIn and learn more about her company by visiting her website. Subscribe and listen to all episodes of the Modern Sales Management podcast on your favorite podcast app or by visiting ModernSalesManagement.com.
23 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
Prioritizing Sales Coaching on a Busy Sales Team With Chris Jordan
Being a successful salesperson doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll make a great sales manager. After all, the customer-centric skill set that helps you close deals is much different than the team-focused skills needed to coach, motivate, and inspire a diverse group of salespeople. We talk about effective sales management tactics and sales rep coaching techniques with Chris Jordan, Vice President of Sales at CampusLogic, on a new episode of the Modern Sales Management Podcast. Chris has led sales teams of various sizes across multiple industries and shares valuable insight on building and managing successful teams. He emphasizes that personal development is just as important as pipeline development when it comes to motivating your sales team and driving revenue. Our conversation also includes: Effective sales coaching frameworks and philosophiesHow to use sales team assessments/evaluations to develop salespeople and leverage their strengthsActionable tips for improving 1:1 sales meetingsHow to set realistic sales goals/quotas for your salespeopleMeasuring sales rep success through pipeline development and forward progressionWhy some sales reps have trouble talking about money/pricing with customers and how to help them overcome this hurdleHelpful interview tips when evaluating a prospective salesperson for your teamWhat are some common challenges sales managers face when it comes to hiring and how to combat these issuesHow to encourage your sales team to follow the same sales process without killing their individualism How to evaluate your sales pipeline to account for an individual rep’s strength and weaknessesHow remote sales is changing sales leadership techniquesWhat “Zoom fatigue” is and how you can re-energize your team when they hit a plateauHow to embrace communication technologies (i.e. Microsoft Teams, Slack, Flock, etc.) to maintain connection on a remote sales teamWhy you should end every sales rep 1:1 with two questions: “How can I help you?” and “How can I make your life better?” Connect with Chris on LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter. Subscribe and listen to all episodes of the Modern Sales Management podcast on your favorite podcast app or by visiting ModernSalesManagement.com.
29 minutes | Sep 22, 2020
The Best Sales Management Tool to Root Out Performance Problems With Charlene DeCesare
As a sales manager, you know it's easy to get overwhelmed - even when your team is performing well. However, the weight of all of the data and all of those starting points grows exponentially when you have to evaluate and resolve a dip in sales. What if there was one place to look that would tell you almost everything you need to know about why your sales activities are not resonating with your buyers? If this tool would make your life easier, you’re not going to want to miss what I am going to tell you next. We talk about the most effective starting point for optimizing your sales process with Charlene DeCesare, CEO of Charlene Ignites, LLC, on this episode of the Modern Sales Management Podcast. Charlene draws upon 25 years of experience in sales to explain how the best sales leaders focus on developing the right messaging, methods, and mindsets for their teams. Our conversation also covers topics such as: How to create messaging that focuses on making connections Why the right sales messaging starts at the top - with the way sales leaders communicate to their teamsWhat The Email Cemetery is how you can stop your emails from going thereWhy sales messaging should focus on the buyer and not the sellerHow emails can be used as diagnostic tools to see what is and isn’t working within your organizationHow salespeople can avoid being “ghosted” by a prospectTips on sales coaching and running productive sales meetingsWhy an organization’s core values are so important in the creation of sales messaging/templates/scriptsHow to shorten the sales cycle without pestering or chasing prospectsWhat mission osmosis is and how it can be a valuable corporate strategyWhy salespeople and leaders should embrace being human and what that meansTips on motivating salespeople and staying positive in a negative worldWhy sales leaders need to lead with compassion and how that translates into revenue growthHow to create an innovative and productive sales cultureHow to shift your mindset to make your job more enjoyable and become more effective Connect with Charlene on LinkedIn and learn more about her work by visiting her website. Subscribe and listen to all episodes of the Modern Sales Management podcast on your favorite podcast app or by visiting ModernSalesManagement.com.
27 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
How to Increase SaaS Sales Using Automation and Data With Kevin Mead
Startup SaaS companies face abundant opportunities and tremendous risks when it comes to scaling revenue. Without high fixed overhead and fulfillment costs, SaaS leaders can direct more capital toward marketing and sales. However, if their sales and marketing processes aren’t streamlined and optimized, all that money will quickly go to waste and their investors will walk. We talked about the complexities of driving SaaS sales revenue with Kevin Mead, Owner of Salestream, on this week's episode of the Modern Sales Management Podcast. With an academic background in computer science (coding) and professional experience in sales and marketing, Kevin offered a unique perspective in sales leadership and process optimization. He emphasized the importance of aligning your sales and marketing teams and shared tips on improving the sales process using data and automation. Our discussion also covered: How marketing can best meet the needs of people before sales becomes involvedWhat sales and marketing alignment (smarketing) looks like in a SaaS companyWhy the sales process itself is more important than the size of your sales teamHow inbound leads can cut the sales cycle by 50%How coding can be used to scale revenue at SaaS companiesWhy marketers should learn the commission structure of their company’s sales teamHow to create a CRM that is a tool for your sales reps and not an obstacleHow to ensure the success of your entire sales team (vs. having one top performer and a few average salespeople)Why HubSpot is a double-edged sword and how to maximize its potential for your businessHow to build a steady flow of inbound revenueWhat are common pitfalls that sales leaders face How to make the most of every hour of your sale team’s day Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn and learn more about his work by visiting his website. Subscribe and listen to all episodes of the Modern Sales Management podcast on your favorite podcast app or by visiting ModernSalesManagement.com.
32 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
How Sales Leaders Can Help Individual Sales Reps Exceed Quota With Rick Roberge
The most successful sales teams are made up unique individuals with different backgrounds, personalities, and levels of work experience. As a sales manager, you understand that working with and coaching a diverse group of talent can be as challenging as it is rewarding. The good news is that with the right approach, analysis, and execution, sales executives can optimize the performance of individual sales reps. Even better, by helping salespeople on an individual level, sales leaders will build better sales teams and grow more revenue. We talked about several ways of improving sales rep performance with Rick Roberge of Sales RockStars & RainMakers on a new episode of the Modern Sales Management Podcast. Rick explained the psychology behind sales coaching and how sales managers should focus on working one-on-one with salespeople in order to build stronger teams. We also discussed: What sales core competencies are and how you can evaluate your team on themHow sales leaders can raise the game for sales reps on an individual levelWhy sales managers should talk with their reps every day (and not just once or twice a week)How to identify rock star salespeopleHow remote sales is changing the role of a sales leaderHow meeting cadence has changed as sales teams switch to remote settingsWhy inbound leads are still #1 in salesHow modern sales has changed the cold calling process foreverWhat self limiting beliefs are and how sales managers can help sales reps overcome themHow to teach sales reps to have conversations with their prospects and not just sales conversationsWhy sales rep performance is more than just metricsHow to motivate sales reps by understanding what motivates themHow inbound leads often get wasted by sales reps and how to avoid thisHow sales and marketing is changing and how sales managers can best adapt to the modern sales landscape Connect with Rick on LinkedIn and learn more about his work by visiting his website. Subscribe and listen to all episodes of the Modern Sales Management podcast on your favorite podcast app or by visiting ModernSalesManagement.com.
27 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
How AI and Machine Learning Increase Sales Team Productivity With Howard Brown
Technology is continuously improving the sales landscape, but the overload of options and information can seem daunting to even the most versatile sales leaders. While they understand that AI-driven insights and relevant data based on machine learning can be valuable tools, top revenue executives also know that sales and CRM processes must be as simple as possible so that reps can sell quickly and easily. Fortunately, there are ways to harness the power of enhanced data without bogging down your sales reps with complicated tasks. I discussed some of these methods with Howard Brown, Founder and CEO of ringDNA, during an episode of the Modern Sales Management Podcast. Howard shared valuable information about how sales leaders can leverage AI and machine learning to simplify the sales process for reps. Our conversation also covered topics such as: How sales teams have shifted in the past few yearsWhy new data can be intimidating to a sales team and how to distribute it in the most efficient and actionable wayHow to turn “big data” into “little data” Why insightful data is crucial to your sales teamHow to evaluate sales technology and know if it’s right for your businessWhy the best technology allows humans to be lazyHow sales leaders can become great coachesWhy technology is important, but the customer is still #1 in salesHow AI and machine learning can help sales reps perform betterWhat role leadership plays in the introduction of a new sales tool setHow to find the right sales reps How to increase sales productivity with hyperfocus Why using technology to track sales performance is about continuous improvement and not about micromanagementHow machine learning and AI are changing sales organizationsHow social media is making everyone a journalist and what this means for your sales strategyHow the sales landscape is changing and how sales leaders can best prepare for the future Learn more about Howard and his company, ringDNA, by connecting with him on LinkedIn. Subscribe and listen to all episodes of the Modern Sales Management podcast on your favorite podcast app or by visiting ModernSalesManagement.com.
28 minutes | Aug 25, 2020
How to Create a World-Class Business Development Team With Angela Hamilton
Sales skills are one thing, but building a world class business development organization is a whole different ball game. From motivating your team to follow a unified process to aligning your sales and marketing teams, creating a business development engine is just as much art as it is science. So, how can you set up your business development team to maximize their success? This is the question I asked our very own Angela Hamilton, HubSpot Growth Specialist at Pipeline Ops. Angela draws on years of experience building business development and sales teams to share actionable tips managers can implement today to best align their teams for revenue growth and scalability. Other topics discussed in this episode include: How sales managers can teach sales reps to build, use, and grow their skill setsWhy a “helping people first” mentality is more important than a “selling” mentalityHow the alignment of sales and marketing can make all the difference in your business development planWhat kinds of systems sales managers need to have in place to best serve their sales teamsWhy hiring is only the first step in cultivating a talented team (hint: coaching and mentoring are the next steps!) How the business development landscape has changed within the past few years Why buyers are more informed now than ever and how this affects sales training, tools, and processesWhat are common mistakes sales managers make and how to prevent themHow to get everyone on your team following the same playbookHow to leverage reporting and metrics technology in the fight against micromanagement Why the buyer is more important than what you’re selling and how to teach your salespeople to put the buyer firstWhat is the best way to introduce a new process to an existing/experienced teamTips on transitioning a casual conversation into a buying conversationWhat sales and marketing alignment looks like and how to achieve itWhat executives can do to best serve business development teams Learn more about Angela and her work by connecting with her on LinkedIn. You can subscribe and listen to all episodes of the Modern Sales Management podcast on your favorite podcast app or by visiting ModernSalesManagement.com.
20 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
How to Switch to a Remote Sales Team With Dayne Topkin
While many companies have been selling their products online with a remote sales team for years, sales managers that are new to this “COVID-19” sales model face tremendous challenges. Tasks such as keeping your sales team engaged, finding new ways to demo/sell products online, and promoting collaboration within a remote team can seem daunting to even the best sales executives. In the most recent episode of the Modern Sales Management Podcast, I spoke with Dayne Topkin, Content Marketing Manager at HubSpot and the creator of the new HubSpot Academy course, Online Sales Training: How to Move From Field Sales to Remote Selling. Dayne provided valuable insights on how companies can pivot their sales processes and models to gain traction and thrive in remote sales. Dayne and I also discussed: What are the main challenges for sales managers in remote sales?What are some benefits of transitioning a sales team to a remote setting?Should we assume that the shift to remote sales is a permanent change for all companies and products?What are some tips and techniques for sales managers navigating the “new normal” of remote sales?How has COVID-19 changed sales interactions?Are some products (i.e. those with complex demo processes) harder/impossible to sell online?Is there anything in field sales (process-wise) that can not be done online?How can sales managers foster collaboration within a remote sales team?What are some ways to keep sales reps engaged and motivated while they’re working at home with countless distractions?How can you make critical information available to all salespeople at all times? What are some mindset shifts sales managers need to make when moving to a remote sales setting?How do you keep sales reps connected and energized when they’re working alone at home?What is an urgency matrix and how can it help your remote sales team? Connect with Dayne on LinkedIn and check out some of his most recent HubSpot Academy online sales tips at https://academy.hubspot.com/lessons/online-sales. Dayne is also part of a huge HubSpot training initiative that focuses on 2020’s unique challenges and opportunities. Learn more about this program at https://offers.hubspot.com/adapt2020. Subscribe and listen to all episodes of the Modern Sales Management podcast on your favorite podcast app or by visiting ModernSalesManagement.com.
19 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
How to Create a Healthy, Collaborative Sales Team Culture With Paul Schneider
While product, markets, and messaging may vary, a successful sales organization always starts with plugging the right team into the right culture. The best people in an unhealthy culture will result in unproductive habits and slower than expected growth. And eventually, you’ll lose top talent. If you have the wrong people with a strong sales culture, you are not much better off. The good news is that whether you are building a team from scratch or optimizing a team you’ve inherited, there are several ways you can position your team for immediate and positive results. I discussed some of these sales management strategies with Paul Schneider, VP of Commercial Sales at Higher Logic, on a recent episode of the Modern Sales Management Podcast. Paul shared tips on how sales managers can adopt a collaborative approach to building, improving, and motivating their sales teams. We also talked about creating a positive sales culture and what role it plays in driving sales growth and revenue. Our discussion also covered: -How can you properly evaluate your team and its resources for optimal performance? -How do you hire the right salespeople? -Would a “lone wolf” salesperson be a good addition to your team? -Should you encourage mentorship within your team? -What are some ways to promote camaraderie and connectivity on a remote sales team? -When a salesperson gets “stuck” during a deal, what are some useful tactics for helping them get “unstuck?” -What are the most important traits to look for when hiring salespeople? -Besides money, what motivates salespeople? -How do you encourage self motivation and accountability without becoming a micromanager/tough guy/enforcer? -Is appreciation a necessary tool for motivating salespeople? -How can you build a strong sales culture within your organization? -Should a sales manager focus on the numbers (or the people who drive those numbers)? You can connect with Paul on LinkedIn. Subscribe and listen to all episodes of the Modern Sales Management podcast on your favorite podcast app or by visiting ModernSalesManagement.com.
24 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
How to Set Sales Team Goals With Mike Simmons
Creating a successful, repeatable sales process in your organization is the holy grail for sales managers. However, seasoned executives know that what works for one salesperson may not work for another. So, how do you create an effective, systematic playbook for a sales team with varying strengths, backgrounds, and capabilities? More importantly, how do you do this without overcomplicating everything? To answer this loaded question, I spoke with Mike Simmons of Catalyst Sale. Mike explained how the best sales managers approach sales as a “thinking process” vs. a “doing process.” Mike shared tips on how sales managers can break down their sales process into smaller parts so that their team can solve customers’ complex problems with simple solutions. We also discussed: Can a good salesperson teach their successful method to another salesperson?Do sales scripts work?How do you use a “thinking process” to manage your sales team?How has the sales manager’s role changed in 2020 (as more and more sales teams become remote)?What is the most important skill an effective sales leader should have? Do successful salespeople make great sales managers?How can coaching youth sports teach you about sales leadership?What are the biggest challenges faced today by mid-career/experienced sales leaders? Are sales playbooks interchangeable between organizations or industries?What questions should you ask a prospective salesperson joining your team about the sales process of their former company?How can you build an effective sales framework for your company?What are the right questions to ask your salespeople in order to build a successful sales playbook for your team?How can you set the right sales goals for your company (both at the organization and individual level)?How do you know if your revenue goal is realistic for your team?What role does structure play in hitting your sales revenue goals?How can you create clarity in your sales process?How can sales managers accurately target their ideal customers? Learn more about Mike and his work by connecting with him on LinkedIn or by checking out his podcast. You can subscribe and listen to all episodes of the Modern Sales Management podcast on your favorite podcast app or by visiting ModernSalesManagement.com.
29 minutes | Jul 16, 2020
How to Systematically Increase Sales With Better Messaging With Walter Pollard
As a seasoned executive, you know how to ask prospects effective questions and say the right things every point in the sales process. Sales conversations flow freely. You are confident in articulating your value proposition. Building trust and authority is second nature. But, how do you get your entire sales team to use the best messaging through the sales process? That is exactly what I asked Walter Pollard of Brand Fuzion. I recently spoke with Walter about sales enablement and operationalizing sales messaging for the Modern Sales Management podcast. During this episode, we dove deep into how to develop and get your sales team to use more effective messaging, including: What is the Sales Enablement Society?How has sales enablement evolved and how is sales enablement defined today?What do senior executives need to understand about sales enablement?What are the biggest challenges facing Chief Revenue Officers and VPs of Sales today?How should sales teams balance a focus on products and delivering value?What is the role of messaging in a modern sales team?How do you structure your sales process so you are sitting on the same side of the table as your sales people?Where does sales messaging fit into your sales enablement strategy?How do you measure the effectiveness of your sales messaging?What steps can you take to develop better messaging?How to avoid competing on price?What do people get wrong the most about sales messaging (and how can they avoid it)?How can companies get all of their sales reps on the same page regarding messaging?How do you turn your sales messaging into a selling system that your entire sales team can use to win more?When messaging changes, how do you convey those changes to your sales team without confusing them?What is the role of your messaging strategy in the onboarding process to get sales reps ramped up faster?How can sales leaders monitor the use of messaging and reinforce messaging over time?How does sales reporting help optimize messages and tactics?How can marketers test marketing messages faster with better sales and marketing alignment?Why is feedback from sales reps about your messaging important?Does sales enablement look different for sales managers than it does for sales reps? Connect with Walter on LinkedIn and learn about his company, Brand Fuzion, at BrandFuzion.com. You can subscribe and listen to all episodes of the Modern Sales Management podcast on your favorite podcast app or by visiting ModernSalesManagement.com.
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