All Posts by Miles Austin

Nancy Nardin’s 215 Movement and eBook

“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”.

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Newest Wireless Tool Increases Sales Productivity

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.

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Dilbert’s Cold Call Strategy

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.

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