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December 31, 2015

Gluing Together the Sales Process

Today, there’s a tool for everything. Technology is helping us find deals faster, and expediting necessary steps of the sales process so they close quicker. Most of them integrate into your CRM where you can access the information. Even still, you may need to be a Salesforce guru in order to piece it all together and there is no way everyone feels 100% confident that all the technology ties together seamlessly. Sales Stack Glue ...

Blogs & guidebooks, Sales Executives, Sales Operations, Sales Representatives, Sales Tools, TopOPPS Users

December 4, 2015

Executive Report Summary: TopOPPS Provides Superior Productivity Compared to Salesforce.com

Sales reps and sales executives both found TopOPPS’ opportunity specific updates very intuitive. Sales managers and sales executives thought the reporting within TopOPPS quickly and easily provides them with significant pipeline visibility. ...

Analysts on TopOPPS, Blogs & guidebooks, Downloads, Press, Sales Executives, Sales Representatives

December 3, 2015

How To Validate Close Dates

Internally, you are familiar with the Expected Close Date (sometimes simply referred to as Close Date) that sales reps keep updated. Sometimes a sales team can have difficulty keeping these dates accurate; perhaps simply because of the volume of deals occurring, or because predicting the future is hard! ...

Sales Executives, Sales Operations, Sales Representatives, Sales Tools, TopOPPS Users

December 2, 2015

What Is Real Deal Status

Working with sales leaders who struggle with understanding the true state of the deals in their pipeline is an every day occurrence for my team and I.  Many rely on information from their sales reps through phone calls, emails and meetings to gage how individual deals are progressing along combined with hours of digging through CRM data. ...

Blogs & guidebooks, Sales Executives, Sales Operations, TopOPPS Users

November 30, 2015

TopOPPS Forecast Methodologies

TopOPPS' forecasting methodology has a singular, core belief: People are different, and there is no one-size fits all.  We can stop flying blind through the quarter if our forecasts worked for each rep.  ...

Blogs & guidebooks, Sales Executives, Sales Operations, Sales Representatives, Sales Tools, TopOPPS Users

November 2, 2015

More Effective One-on-Ones

When I train sales manager to use TopOPPS, many want to focus on how to use TopOPPS for their one-on-one meeting with their sales reps.  It’s my experience that sales managers fall into two general camps when it comes to prepping for their one-on-ones: managers will spend time in their CRM gathering data or managers will not prep for their meetings and “wing it”. ...

Blogs & guidebooks, Sales Executives, Sales Representatives, TopOPPS Users

October 2, 2015

Predictive Analytics For A Consistent Sales Process And Consistent Sales Growth

A modern approach to consistency in the sales process. A sure-fire method to extend the sales cycle, add confusion to the forecast, and lose more deals is to have an inconsistent sales process. ...

Blogs & guidebooks, Sales Executives, Sales Operations, Sales Representatives, Sales Tools, TopOPPS Users

April 29, 2015

3 Ways to Prevent Zombies in the Middle of the Funnel

Flawed thinking has it that there’s nothing important or exciting about the “middle.”  Just ask Jan Brady or any nose tackle on a defensive line.  But the middle of your sales funnel is really important – opportunities have to be watched and decisions made based on status and progress.  Which ones will make it?  Which ones will fall out? What’s my next step?  The decisions we make on opportunities in the middle of the pipeline will prevent surprises later and will help us to put the right resources on the right deals at the right time.  If we don’t make the right decisions, or worse, neglect these deals, it usually results in fallout, or what I call “zombie” deals that linger around cluttering up the pipeline. These zombie deals steal time away from us on thought process, manager conversations and important resources.  If we do go about it the right way though, more closes, faster cycles and accurate forecasts happen. ...

Blogs & guidebooks, CRM, Ideal Customer Profile, Sales, Sales Executives, Sales Funnel, Sales Pipelines, TopOPPS

February 20, 2015

What is a Sales Process?

This may seem like a silly question - everyone knows what a sales process is, right? ...

Blogs & guidebooks, CRM, Management, Sales, Sales Executives, Sales Forecasts, Sales Process, Sales Tools

February 19, 2015

Grading Sales Opportunities for Predictable Sales

What information can you extract from your sales forecast or sales pipeline? Does it help management understand which deals will close? Can management and the sales team rely on it? How confident does management feel when they discuss with senior management or the board about deals that are closing? ...

Blogs & guidebooks, Sales Executives

January 28, 2015

Sharing Your Sales Process for Better Results

Usually when I hear the word “share”, it’s in a positive connotation and it’s in a sentence declaring something we should do. “We should share” is something we’ve heard since we were kids.  So, what if we completely shared our sales process with our prospects and existing customers that we have opportunities with? Could it be that we could engage more, drive deals quicker and be more predictive of which will close as a result? ...

Blogs & guidebooks, Sales Executives

December 4, 2014

Startup Guidelines for Building Sales Teams

Overview As founder of two market-leading tech startups, and now a third company that is well on its way to be, I have a lot of experience in building sales teams. One thing that I’ve picked up along the way is that you have to be extremely aware of your company’s stage to determine the best time for adding to the team. Below are three stages typically experienced, and the strategies implemented based on where we were at as a company. This is my personal account of what we did and why. ...

Sales, Sales Executives, Sales Process, Startups, TopOPPS

September 12, 2014

Your Sales Forecast Is In Trouble...But You Can Save It

The search for the perfect balance between what your sales people say and what the data in your CRM reflects reminds me of reading about Ponce de Leon’s 16th century search for the Fountain of Youth. Expeditions were provisioned and  ships set sail for the new world, but despite great effort and expense, the fountain remained elusive and ultimately undiscovered. ...

Happy Ears, Pipeline Optimization, Sales, sales executive, Sales Forecasts, Sales Rep, Sales Representatives, Webinars & events, CRM, Sales Executives, Blogs & guidebooks, Sales Pipelines, Sales Process, Sandbagging

August 8, 2014

How to Build a Savvy Sales Team

In the sales industry, you can teach many skills: how to create a report, how to negotiate on pricing and even how to craft a persuasive pitch. All of this instruction is done to lead to the greater objective of building a savvy sales team. One that has the confidence and edge in their ongoing training to close more deals. Of course, this is much easier written down on pen and paper than done. However, as competition in the global marketplace grows, it’s become more and more evident that such a task is not infeasible, nor a years long undertaking. ...

Sales Executives

August 4, 2014

Hitting Quota

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Sales Executives

May 21, 2014

Thoughts On Pipeline - a VP of Sales Perspective

I have spent a fair number of years with the title “VP of Sales” on my business card for companies big, small and in-between as well as consulting and coaching others who make their living in sales.  Throughout the whole time, my close and constant companion has, and always will be, my pipeline report.  I have nurtured, cajoled, played puts and takes, adds and takeaways, backfill and upside with the deals in my pipe while always having a list of my key deals.  In other words, those deals that can get me to or above target.  Late one quarter, in a particularly anxious time, I confess to putting my list under the pillow when I went to sleep.   As I said, we are close, and that is never a bad thing to be with your pipeline.  This is how you become well acquainted with the opportunities that will get you to plan. ...

Blogs & guidebooks, Sales Executives

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