“Sales reps have only 18 days a month when they can pursue, advance and close a sale.”
This quote from Nancy Nardin, Founder and Editor of Smart Selling Tools in her new eBook titled: Increase Sales Productivity: Sales Tools and the path to productivity gains has triggered conversations in sales cubes around the world. I had the opportunity to ask Nancy about her new book and what she calls “The 215 Movement”.Continue reading
We spend much of our time at Fill the Funnel training and writing about Web Tools for Salesmakers. In other words – software. This post crosses over that line for a rare recommendation of a physical device – Cellular WiFi Intelligent Mobile hotspots.
I have been a satisfied user of a cellular USB modem for several years, allowing me to connect from any location that I find myself in within the U.S. Just plug it in, fire up the software and I get an internet connection. Easy connections anywhere are truly a requirement for me as we run our entire operation in the “Cloud”. No internet access means that I cannot do my job, so this topic is considered mission critical for Fill the Funnel operations.
Recently several wireless carriers have rolled out a new device they call Mobile Hotspots. These new devices are different in that you can still use it in the same manner with a small USB Cable connected directly to your laptop.Continue reading
In a recent Forbes.com interview with Cory Klatt, CIO of SonoSite, Bothell, Washington provided some insight into effective ways to reach an Executive’s desk like his. Sonosite is a world leader and specialist in mountable and portable ultrasound devices. He was asked the following question:Continue reading
Scott Adams Dilbert™ Comic Strip from December 6th reminded me of several of the sales managers and executives I have had the privilege of working with over these many years. This gem should bring a smile and a pucker to most everyone that considers themselves a salesmaker. Despite many pronouncements that the Cold-Call is dead, I am sad to report that it is alive and well. In spite of all the new and wonderful tools that I write and speak about, cold-calls are being made each day in every industry. You may be in Dilbert’s position yourself, having been handed a script with an offer not too unlike the one above. For that I am truly sorry.
In the long term, get me invited to speak with your sales and company leadership and I will do my best to convince them that there is a better way. In the short term, share your pain with the rest of us by providing your “cold-calling script” in the comments area below. At least we can share in each other’s misery.Continue reading