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March 31, 2017

6 Strategies to Build a Forecast You Can Believe In

Do you "trust" your forecast? For many, it’s that time again…..It’s time to forecast for next quarter.  For serious sales leaders, this is no trivial task. ...

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March 7, 2017

Coaching and 1-on-1s to Hit the Number

Chris Noordyke is the Chief Revenue Officer at Blue Medora, and a new customer of TopOPPS. He posted this blog on LinkedIn about how his team achieved great results from their 1-on-1s using our technology. ...

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February 21, 2017

How do you manage to predictable sales results in the middle of a turnaround?

Clinton McDaniel, Enterprise Business Development and Channel Sales Leader at GENBAND, posted this article on LinkedIn on January 28th, and gracisouly gave us permission to post it on our blog. ...

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January 25, 2017

Better Rep Performance Starts With Better Sales Process

A sure-fire method to extend the sales cycle, add confusion to the forecast, and lose more deals is to have an informal sales process.  Having a B2B sales process that’s too simplistic leads to inconsistency and confusion. Imagine if a recipe just listed “add ingredients, mix, then heat”. Or a football running play, like the counter, was described as “run, fake, handoff”.  You would not have much success in the outcome of either of those scenarios.  So, don’t expect much sales growth when you have a few general sales stages that leaves a lot to the imagination.  Your reps will be all over the place when they strategize on next steps, report deal status or provide a forecast.  Your sales process has to be well aligned with the activity that goes into a successful sale - that is based on how your customers buy.  It should also help in making decisions on next steps and be consistently understood by the entire sales team (sales rep, sales ops, sales management). ...

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November 29, 2016

What It Takes to Be a Great Sales Manager

We talk a lot about the metrics and activities that great sales managers focus on but there is more to it than just quota attainment and metrics. The sales blogging world has created a ton of high-value content on what it takes to be a great sales manager and we would like to highlight a few of ourfavorite gems from the SalesHacker blog. ...

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November 18, 2016

Finding the Right Sales Forecasting Tool

The rise to prominence of sales technology has created a bittersweet market for sales management to work with. The upside is that there are now many different vendors that aim to take data-driven approaches to solving practically anyproblem that sales organizations face. From lead generation to social selling to performance management to sales forecasting, if you have a sales problem there is probably a sales automation tool available for you to implement. However, the downside is that a bountiful market also comes with a lot of noise and shiny objects to distract you from just trying to find the best tool for your team. When you are being demoed the many features that modern sales analytics provides, you should make sure that you can confidently check off these 4 boxes. ...

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November 16, 2016

The Modern Sales Meeting

As the modern world begins to incorporate technology into most of our routine activities, the sales world is beginning to embrace that reality. Many sales organizations are keen to embrace this advantages of new technology, but some are still hesitant because they don't see how technology and analytics seamlessly fit into their current processes. In reality, some things will change with the addition of sales technology, but the changes usually just decrease the time it takes to complete these everyday activities. To go into detail, we can view how sales technology improves the standard sales meeting. ...

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November 3, 2016

The Issue with Using Current Sales Forecasting Methods

Sales forecasting is one of the most frustrating and also important responsibilities of being a sales manager. In many, if not most, organizations, forecasting rolls up to the top executives in the company and goes into the projections for a company's worth and the impact that it will have on the shareholders. This knowledge tends to add extra stress on managers as they try to nail down what their sales reps will actually close in their pipelines. The real issue with modern sales forecasting is that all the stress is completely avoidable and sales forecasting could be much simpler. ...

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November 1, 2016

Managing Sales Reps to Increase Win Rates

Managing sales reps in order to see continuous improvement requires establishing a solid sales process. An established sales process serves as a rock-solid foundation that a sales manager can use to compare and coach all the reps.When it comes to managing sales reps within an established sales process, the three major components that matter when it comes to sales performance are messaging, competition, and buying team alignment. ...

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October 27, 2016

3 Signs You Should Invest In Your Sales Meetings

Sales meetings - Every sales team have them, but not all sales teams love them. In fact, since CSO Insights reports that sales reps spend just 33% of their time selling, it's very feasible to guess that most sales teams hate their sales meetings. Unfortunately, these meetings are very important for team alignment, sales process feedback, coaching, and management's ability to forecast accurately. If you think your sales meetings are not as productive as you should be, here are 3 signs to check for to be sure that it's time to invest resources in improving your sales meetings. ...

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October 26, 2016

Solving Some of the Biggest Problems with Managing Sales Reps

Sales managers have one of the most high-pressure jobs on the market. That's why a top sales manager is such a valuable asset to their company. It's tough enough to have to be in charge of creating and hitting a sales forecasteverysales period, but the best sales managers also must have strong relationships and understandings of their sales reps. Here are ways to crack some of the toughest challenges when it comes to managing your team of sales reps. ...

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October 21, 2016

3 Things Successful Sales Managers Do to End Their Week

You made it through another grueling week in the world of sales. If you did it right, you and your sales team are probably wiped out and are ready for the weekend. However, a lot probably happened this week and you willwant to make sure that when Monday comes again, you're ready to go. If you want to put yourself at an advantage next week, you should really make it a point to wrap up your week properly. Here are 3 things that we've found the most successful sales managers do to end their week. ...

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October 19, 2016

How to Use Predictive Analytics to Improve Sales Meetings

By the sheer number of blogs written on the topic, we can confirm that running an effective sales meeting is a tough accomplishment. According to ToutApp, most salespeople already think they spend too much of their timeentering data into the CRM. Add on another non-selling commitment and they now have even less time to actually sell. The good news is that with predictive analytics sales technology, you don't have to sacrifice effective meetings in exchange for shorter ones. ...

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October 17, 2016

Managing Sales Reps with Prescriptive Sales Tools

Gartner Research reports that Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics tools, such as prescriptive analytics solutions, have been the number one priority for CIOs for the past 3 years and running. The appeal to prescriptive analytics lies in its ability to automate feedback based on the data you've accumulated as a sales team. It standardizes the behaviors of your sales rep by taking out the 'gut-feeling' decisions. As a decision maker when it comes to buying tools, the three best benefits of prescriptive analytics sales tools are: ...

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October 5, 2016

The Worst Advice We've Ever Heard About Sales Forecasting Tools

"Find a tool that presents your data in an easy to read dashboard" - That's it. That is the worse advice we've heard when it comes to picking out a sales forecasting tool. The reason is because a dashboard will never solve your true problem. If you're a sales manager with an underperforming sales team or a disorganized sales pipeline, you can look at dashboards all day and not have the information that you need to be successful. ...

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September 23, 2016

Why Prescriptive Analytics is Crucial for Your Win Rates

Data analysis is nothing new to the sales world. Ever since CRMs, sales teams have found ways to improve their performance by studying their historical data. The introduction of big data and business intelligence tools only catalyzed the need for sales people to have the ability to make sense of their data without completely relying on a sales operations team. ...

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September 22, 2016

What Really Improves Sales Reps Performance?

As a sales manager, you strive to always get the most out of your team. You find ways to promote their strengths and give them resources to work on their areas for improvement. However, as a sales manager, you want to make sure that you are making the most of your time when it comes to making your reps better. CSO Insights found that only 33% of a sales rep's time is spent actively selling. Imagine how much better your reps could perform if they could get that addition 67% back. What if we told you that you don't need to focus on a bunch of things and that just spending your time on 3 crucial components could significantly improve your sales reps performance? ...

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September 16, 2016

Is Your CRM Cutting it for your Sales Team?

CRMs may be one of the most frustrating and yet crucial components for running a successful sales team. Without a CRM, information about your sales process would be dispersed, unorganized, and incomplete.A world without a CRM would be difficult for sales reps to keep track of how a deal is going and would force them to work fewer deals, much slower. However, using a CRM requires a lot of resources. You must pay for the licenses and the implementation, then you must take time away from your usual revenue-driving behaviors to make sure the CRM is properly set up to your liking, then you must make sure everyone is trained and using it, and then you have to take more time to analyze the data you now have because you have a CRM. So even after going through all of the necessary steps to make sure you CRM works, it is frustrating to realize that your CRM is still very limiting! Here's how to know if your sales CRM is enough. ...

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September 6, 2016

3 Things Your Sales Manager Wants to Know About Your Low Win Rates

So you've got a meeting with your sales manager coming up soon and you already know what the topic of discussion is going to be- your below average win rate. We all know the feeling, "how am I supposed to know why marketing doesn't provide me better leads?" Well before you drop that excuse, we'd ...

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September 6, 2016

3 Important Tips to Managing Sales Reps

The key to a successful sales team is having a team of high performing sales reps. However, as a new sales manager, you know that managing a team of reps can seem to be much harder than you anticipated. Don't stress about it too much because through our journies of managing sales teams we have discovered that they are really 3 key ingredients needed to be a high-level sales manager. ...

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