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Josh Schwartz

Recent Posts

July 10, 2015

Discovery Call 101

You asked for 15 minutes on your prospect’s calendar thousands of times through emails. You cold called into hundreds of accounts asking for 15 minutes as well. ...

Sales Representatives

May 28, 2015

Why Is Active Listening So Powerful?

I’d have to say I agree with 99.9% of the insights in Matthew Dixon & Brent Adamson’s book, “The Challenger”, but not all of it. ...

Active Listening, Closing Deals, Sales Rep, Sales Representatives, TopOPPS, e, Blogs & guidebooks, Excellence, Sales Process

April 10, 2015

BANT Doesn't Work

Remember BANT, that old way to qualify deals where we find Budget, Authority, Need, and Timeline? Well guess what? It just doesn’t work anymore for SaaS sales. Here’s the reason why: ...

BANT, Innovative Selling, Saas, Sales, Sales Representatives, SalesHacking, Blogs & guidebooks

April 8, 2015

How I DRIVE Deals - Part I

Identifying a sales process for a new business can be difficult. We are a perfect example of how matching your sales process with your customer’s buying habits is extremely important. As we’ve evolved our process and matched it with our customer’s habits, it’s become evident that gaining buy-in from all stakeholders is the most painful part. We came to a realization that getting buy-in from an entire team meant a few things, and one of those things was that we needed to be more transparent with our sales process. Who knew transparency can set expectations without causing an awkward moment? ...

Sales, Sales Representatives, Deals, DRIVE, Sales Process

February 25, 2015

Make Your Data Work

  I may be biased but as the relationship between sales and technology continues to grow stronger, companies with tools like TopOPPS will have a significant competitive advantage. Today, it’s not just about getting the information into the system more efficiently, it’s also about what we do with that information once it’s there. CRMs are like relationships, you only get out what you put in. Unfortunately, CRMs are infamous for being  “junk in junk out” machines. So how can we trust the data? Better yet, how can we make the process of entering crucial data into the CRM quick and painless while still maximizing the amount of impactful information decision makers receive in return? ...

Sales Tools

November 21, 2014

Three Steps to Stop Blowing Sales Calls

As an experienced sales person you can always spot a rookie rep on a bad sales call. They have a lack of confidence in their voice, unprepared answers to the most common objections and then there is the epic meltdown: a 15 minute uninterrupted sales monologue. The client will try to interject, but there is no stopping this locomotive. The rookie will continue to spew out unnecessary information until they run out of breath. This is what we call “word vomit”. ...

Sales, Sales Calls, Sales Rep, Sales Representatives, Selling, TopOPPS, Word Vomit

August 4, 2014

How A Sales Rep Loses Money

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Sales Representatives

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