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Did you scramble for end of month sales?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  2/1/17 9:09 AM

John is a new client who wrote the following post about what he learned about himself in the first few weeks and how that has been impacting his sales performance.

"I started sales coaching with Carole and Rick two weeks ago. I managed to not do the VERY FIRST homework assignment. Rick asked me why I didn’t do it. I said I didn’t want to make excuses, but I knew what they were in my head, and I ended up bringing them up.

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Topics: sales strategy, strategic planning

The one thing that salespeople must do to make or break quota

Posted by Carole Mahoney  1/19/17 7:40 AM

On a recent call with a group of colleagues, one commented to me- “You do more in a day than I do in a week!” I do cram a lot in, maybe it comes from my Irish/Polish blue collar entrepreneurial family background, but work is not a four letter word for me. I feel a need to squeeze the most out of every hour I have. If I’m not working in some way at every waking hour, I feel like I am wasting time. (I am the worst person to vacation with…)

No one can change how much time they have. We all get the same 24 hours. And there are are a lot of studies that analyze how salespeople spend their time, such as the 2015 State of Sales Productivity survey by Salesforce.com and Docurated that found, “Improving productivity of existing reps is the highest driver of revenue, but sales productivity ‘projects’ are more often driven by marketing, and these projects are not their priority.”

Which would explain why so many studies have found that salespeople spend less than half their time selling, right?

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Topics: sales strategy

The dangers of a land and expand sales coaching strategy

Posted by Carole Mahoney  1/17/17 8:29 AM

When my children were first born, my Nana would often give me advice on things like discipline. The one phrase she would often say is, “Spank them up until they are 6- never out of anger, but to teach them consequences. If that stove is hot, they won’t understand ‘Don’t touch’ but smack their hand and say it- they’ll get it pretty quick. And if they do touch the stove anyway, they’ll listen to you first more often.” She was very specific about how and when to discipline, and how and when to teach because if you get them wrong, it can do more harm than good.

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Topics: sales strategy, sales coaching

What is all the Account Based buzz about?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  12/20/16 7:00 AM

Earlier this month at the AA-ISP Boston chapter meeting, Sangram Vajre and Trish Bertuzzi joined forces to discuss Account Based Revenue. It seems like everywhere I look lately, account based sales and marketing is being mentioned. I have to admit that I didn’t pay a lot of attention to it, but have been keeping tabs on the trend. After the sales and marketing alignment, then the sales enablement trends, I felt a little weary of the next catch phrase being thrown about. If everyone else is doing it, that’s enough reason for me not to sometimes.

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Topics: sales strategy, strategic planning, account based

Why I'm Over the Term "Growth-Hacking"

Posted by Chris Strom  3/16/16 8:00 AM

*Today's guest post is by Chris Strom. Chris is the founder of ClearPivot, a digital marketing agency in Denver, Colorado.*

If you’re in the marketing and sales space and follow the industry chatter, you’ve doubtlessly seen a new term start popping up in conversations in recent years: growth hacking. Growth hacking gets defined in different ways by different people, but in general it can be loosely defined as a mindset of quickly testing out various strategies and tactics in an attempt to find opportunities for outsize customer acquisition growth.

I started following this “growth hacking” space with interest myself. After all, learning how to “hack the system” to grow your sales pipeline or even your whole company sounds pretty good, right? Who wouldn’t want that? However, I quickly started to notice a trend in the space:

The ‘growth-hacking’ mentality is almost entirely focused on quick, explosive short-term gains. It’s the same “quick and easy” mentality that’s been enticing people since the beginning of time – only now it’s being dressed up with a “cool Silicon-Valley-style” name.

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Topics: sales strategy, marketing plan

Why don't some people hustle?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  3/11/16 1:30 PM

This is a question I have been obsessed with for a long time. Why don’t people want to change? Why don’t they want to hustle? Is it that they are:

1- too lazy, they want a handout? A lot of salespeople think that their company should pay to fix their shortcomings.

2- afraid of the unknown? Some salespeople continue to do the things that got them where they are because of the fear of the unknown- even if what they are doing isn’t working anymore.

3- doubtful that they can deliver the value demanded of them? Sometimes it is easier to look for a tip, shortcut, or the perfect step by step process so that they don’t have to worry about relying on their own knowledge and expertise.

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Topics: sales strategy, sales coaching

When is it time to let an opportunity die?

Posted by Michael Douglas  1/29/16 8:00 AM

This is a guest post by a Michael Douglas who helps enterprises reduce their environmental risks and bottom line costs by simplifying and streamlining the transactions and business processes into one platform.

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Topics: sales strategy

The People Out in the Hallway at INBOUND15

Posted by Michael Hurczyn  9/17/15 1:31 PM

When Rick and Carole were deciding on a name for what it is that we do, it was difficult.  It's doing what it takes to help your buyer's buy the right thing.  So what does that mean?

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Topics: sales strategy

3 Sales Strategies for Marketing Agencies from Fishing Grizzly Bears

Posted by Carole Mahoney  2/22/15 9:58 AM

Last week, Rick and I had a lot of conversations with marketing agency owners who were looking for growth. A few were even bold enough to say they wanted this year to be their million dollar year of sales. On one call, Rick got on sounding like a grumpy bear. We’ve have something like 6 feet of snow in a few weeks up here in the northeast. You’d sound like a grumpy bear too.

I made some joke about him and grizzly bears, he laughed, and then told me about this guest post about grizzly bears, coyotes, and sales. After I read it, I got curious- how do grizzly bears fish? I learned that they use different methods, and that their fishing methods are like some marketing agencies' sales strategy.

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Topics: sales strategy

Inbound Sales and Marketing Strategy from Someone Who Can Drive

Posted by Carole Mahoney  8/6/13 9:00 AM

I know someone who is afraid of driving and therefore doesn't. I can see not driving if you live in the city with public transportation. The problem, however, is that by being transported everywhere and never driving yourself you become the worst person to get directions from. 

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Topics: marketing strategy, sales strategy, marketing consultant

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