Yeah, you may have spent a considerable amount of time researching your next prospect on LinkedIn and a slew of other sites, but there may be one reference you forgot to check: your fellow salespeople. Brian Birkett writing for SellingPower points out that overlooking what your coworkers are doing can lead to multiple problems.
You product or service could be absolutely perfect for your prospect. It could fulfill every need, be a good price, and you got along with them swimmingly. But, even with all that, if a prospect says that now’s just not the time, what can you do? A lot, actually, writes Leslie Ye in a recent HubSpot article.
James Rores, founder and CEO of Floriss Group, says that 97% of salespeople are not viewed as trustworthy by prospective clients. Instead, they’re seen as self-centered, pushy, and manipulative. Why does this happen?
Would you say your daily work routine is productive? Whether you have your doubts or you want to learn what you could be doing better, Selling Power editors say that there are four ways that productive salespeople tend to spend their time.
If you’ve been selling for a while, you probably think you’ve got your pitch and technique nailed. That may be true, but have you suddenly noticed you’re having trouble making quota?
Do you get that special feeling when you find a prospect who fits the description of your ideal target candidate? They’re in the same field of business as many of your other clients, they’re in a position of buying power, and there’s plenty of contact information for them. Your solution will be perfect for them! Get out of that mindset.
Yes, today’s salespeople have many ways to reach out to others: email, social media, texts, and videos. But reps should still be able to pick up a telephone and expertly ask for a meeting.
Your next big client could actually come from working with your competitor. If you haven’t ever considered checking out the competition’s client list, you could be missing out on big opportunities.
The success of a sales call is almost completely determined by the quality of the research you conduct before you even pick up the phone. According to an article on SellingPower by Jim Cathcart and Tony Alessandra, here are a few things you need to look into for every call.
In some organizations, sales reps wear many hats. They’re responsible for finding leads, developing them and closing the deal.
Have you been having trouble increasing your sales lately? Have you tried a number of new techniques and it still seems like nothing is helping? SellingPower’s Jeff Cochran has developed a systematic approach that only takes three steps to see a difference.