Category Archives: Sales

Six Essential Requirements Of Real-Time Sales Management Information

Knowing more than your customers, before your customers, in a joined up way is now a business given. Below are the primary data sets any self respecting sales organisation should have a handle on: Customer Data The holy grail. A 360° view of what they are bought, buying, and thinking of buying by product/service line,… Read More »

Seven Bad Sales Development Tools

There is a lot of ‘get good quick’ type sales development advice about. We thought we’d share with you 7 we have come across being peddled recently. Understand The Secrets Of Effective Time Management. There are no secrets, simply work out what really matters to you and prioritise accordingly. It’s like effective weight loss; eat… Read More »

Six Signs of Real Solution Selling

The  concept of solution selling has become devalued to the point where everybody is ‘selling solutions’. See Private Eye (www.private-eye.co.uk)  for some of the most extreme and ridiculous examples. In our work we have found bringing clarity to clients’ value propositions in relation to how they view solutions is hugely beneficial in making their sales… Read More »

Why Does Management Get Setting Annual Sales Targets So Wrong

One of the major success drivers of sales performance can be measured by the amount of ownership salespeople have for their targets. The logic is inescapable; if salespeople really own their numbers then they will work tirelessly to achieve them. The opposite is also true, if they don’t own the numbers they will spend all… Read More »

Some News From The Frontline – How Field Based Salespeople Need To Stay Sharp

In tough times buying power moves further up the purchasing organisation. Salespeople need to develop strategies to follow the money. Price is becoming a huge issue. Salespeople need two things in their sales tool box. (1) The ability to sell a value based proposition. (2) The ability to negotiate. Salespeople are emotional people. When times… Read More »

The Challenge In Finding Good Salespeople

This hardy perennial keeps being coming round, in good times and in bad. The question has gained added urgency because a lot of apparently ‘good’ salespeople have been found to be seriously lacking when business doesn’t come flowing in on a wave of business optimism. Order takers are exposed when the going gets tough. The… Read More »

The Difference Between Those In Sales Management Positions That Can Add Value And Those That Can’t

This year has shown that in interesting times some approaches are more effective than others, some sales leaders really do shown a navigable path through to improved performance, whilst other less able managers add no value at all through their visible anxiety and single dimensional approach. We have captured the main difference in a table… Read More »

Transitioning From Sales Manager To Sales Director – Why Many Find It So Hard

In coaching sales managers a reoccurring development need that comes from their boss is ‘they need to be more strategic’. Below we list the six major issues we’ve found helpful in repositioning sales managers: Many sales managers achieved the position because of their energy and industry. As managers they still run their teams by being… Read More »

Is Didactic Sales Development Relevant In The 21st Century?

Use Our 10-Point Checklist To Determine Your Sales Orientation In our fast-changing age of diversity, technology and talent management, can a sales organisation continue with traditional didactic sales development “this is how you do it” style of training and gain any competitive advantage? As sales people increasingly aspire to be seen as business professionals, does… Read More »

How To Hard Wire Improved Sales Performance Into Your Organisation

Every business would like to improve its sales performance.  That being the case, why do most sales organisations struggle to do anything more than just exhort their sales people to do better?  The fundamental problem lies with a lack of rigour and understanding around the relationship of cause and effect. What are the inputs that… Read More »