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The Sales Review

Learn about emerging best practices, strategies and insights on B2B sales today dedicated for the modern sales organization.

Is Your Pipeline Coverage Strong Enough to Meet Revenue Goals?

Jun 12, 2018 9:00:00 AM - By Sales for Life

Sales can take a long time. In fact, it can take 84 days to convert from initial interest to opportunity and finally to deal. Since your pipeline is covering ...

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy as a Social Seller

Jul 24, 2014 6:01:10 AM - By Dave Howe

Social selling is your new secret weapon for reaching your sales targets. If you currently hold a quota-carrying sales position or had one in the past, then ...

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Selling on Twitter: Can Sales Reps Create Opportunities in 140 Characters?

Feb 27, 2014 5:21:33 AM - By Jamie Shanks

Over 500 million tweets are sent every day on Twitter, but is selling on Twitter a possibility? Can sales reps really create and nurture their opportunities ...

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Email Marketing - Dare To Be Different!

Feb 16, 2014 3:30:26 AM - By Robert Kavanagh

It's time to re-evaluate the approach that salespeople take to email marketing. That's it! I've had it with email marketing. It's amazing to me how every ...

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Giving Just Enough To Get Everything?

Dec 11, 2013 4:56:10 AM - By Robert Kavanagh

Google Sales is a dynamically changing game. Not all sales advice and helpful quotations are created equal. Much like you'll be looking to roll the bottom 5% ...

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Why I Owe Seth Godin $100's

Jul 8, 2013 10:57:14 AM - By Robert Kavanagh

Since public school I’ve told people that I don’t read. Not that I can’t read, but that I simply don’t enjoy it and prefer not to do it. It’s a bit of a ...

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The Evolution of Sphere of Influence Selling

May 14, 2013 7:04:03 AM - By Robert Kavanagh

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Paragon Relocation Sees a 20% Response Rate on LinkedIn InMail’s

May 14, 2013 5:52:00 AM - By Jamie Shanks

Absolutely one of my favorite things to hear from a client is “I just got into 4 massive accounts that I’d been working for quite some time, via the phone & ...

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How Trexin Consulting Books Meetings on LinkedIn With Introductions

May 7, 2013 9:50:56 PM - By Jamie Shanks

Are you a professional services firm? If you are, you’ve been in the same place Mark Davidson was in his prospecting cycle before Social Selling… curious if ...

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How Lauren Winer at uSamp Booked 2 Meetings Using Feedly

Apr 8, 2013 7:20:29 PM - By Jamie Shanks

Lauren Winer is a typical sales rep carrying a large quota. She’s focused on driving business in the mid-market & enterprise space. Her particular clients & ...

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Hot Off the Press – 80% of Social Sellers Have Won a Deal Using LinkedIn & Twitter

Apr 2, 2013 5:58:52 AM - By Jamie Shanks

Barbara Giamanco & Jim Keenan just finished an intensive survey of sales professionals – seeking to understand their ROI with Social Selling. The ROI is so ...

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Jon Ferrara’s 5 E’s of Driving More Sales With Social Selling

Mar 27, 2013 5:49:43 AM - By Jamie Shanks

A local ice cream shop owner told me a story about a conversation she had in line at the grocery store. She was commiserating with a college student about how ...

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Looking For New Prospects - Check Out Social123!

Mar 7, 2013 9:02:39 AM - By Jamie Shanks

If you a struggling to grow your email marketing database, look no further. Social123 is a monster, a rock star for marketers! You need to identify your buyer ...

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The Power of the Digital Postcard

Feb 27, 2013 9:15:29 AM - By Jamie Shanks

The Digital Postcard - a rarely used sales tool of differentiation. The challenge we were seeing with our own sales process was post demo. After a great ...

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Without Social Selling, You Don’t Have “Social BreadCrumbs”?

Feb 19, 2013 8:41:48 AM - By Jamie Shanks

Here is the #1 Challenge you’re most likely having with your current sales process. You have to dig, dig and dig to have your prospects return your calls. ...

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Why is Your Lead Generation Model BROKEN?

Feb 19, 2013 7:11:38 AM - By Jamie Shanks

You may immediately feel defensive when you think about your lead generation process. You're probably saying to yourself "we have tons of leads, what are you ...

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STOP Looking at LinkedIn InMail as an End Result For ROI

Feb 8, 2013 6:47:38 AM - By Jamie Shanks

Synergy - defined as “the Whole is greater than the Sum is its parts”.

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How Comfortable Are You With Your Sales Pipeline on February 1st?

Feb 1, 2013 7:12:37 AM - By Jamie Shanks

How comfortable are you with your sales pipeline? Are you starting every month from scratch - clawing your way to making quota? Or have you developed a Social ...

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Demolish the Chinese Wall: Build a Revenue Generation TEAM

Jan 30, 2013 11:49:15 AM - By Jamie Shanks

One of the largest factors contributing to a dysfunctional lead generation program is the separation of sales and marketing. In so many B2B companies, these ...

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WTF – Way Too Many Social Media Tools?!?

Jan 25, 2013 6:30:41 AM - By Jamie Shanks

Gadgets & Widgets – people can’t get enough of them. Just look at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas or the very populate webinar in December, 32 Must ...

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2 Social Selling Strategies - “Sphere of Influence” & “Priority Shifting”

Jan 24, 2013 8:39:31 AM - By Jamie Shanks

I love using the fork in the Yellow Brick Road as an analogy for opportunity cost or major decisions. We’ve all seen The Wizard of Oz, and can relate to ...

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The Future Sales Rep – Sharing Skills With Edgar Allan Poe?

Jan 22, 2013 10:01:18 AM - By Jamie Shanks

I look back at my high school years and I laugh. If there was one class that I bombed, it was English class. I thought that learning to be a strong writer was ...

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Is Social Selling the "Soup Du Jour" or a Sales Evolution?

Jan 18, 2013 11:57:51 AM - By Jamie Shanks

I’ve been in sales for the last decade (since the dot com bubble of 2000). I’ve seen the inside of at least 500+ sales organizations. There are so many sales ...

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Webinar Horsepower: “Co-op”etition & Panels to Skyrocket Your Attendees

Jan 18, 2013 11:24:21 AM - By Jamie Shanks

Webinars are supposed to be an amazing tool to help buyers evaluate solutions to their problems. Depending on the subject of your webinar, the attendees could ...

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Sales Kick-off Research – What Does Your Sales Team Want?

Jan 15, 2013 6:50:43 AM - By Jamie Shanks

During the holiday season, Vorsight had completed a survey to analyze the importance of sales kick-offs. Before we dive into what these means for sales ...

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Why Aren't Prospects Returning My Calls?

Jan 15, 2013 6:24:47 AM - By Jamie Shanks

So you've been trying to track down that dream "future client" - you call, email, voicemail, call, email, voicemail... nothing? What is going on? Are all the ...

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Social Selling Wish List for 2013

Dec 29, 2012 4:35:07 AM - By Jamie Shanks

We all have a sales wish list. Mine is to stop time for about two weeks, get our "To Do" list cleared up, and turn the engine back on. It seems no matter how ...

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Jamie Shanks' - Top 10 Social Selling Influencers

Dec 29, 2012 4:16:35 AM - By Jamie Shanks

The sales leaders that have influenced our Social Selling success are not all Social Selling "subject matter experts" themselves. I've found I'm less inspired ...

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The "like" That Generated a 2 ½ Year Client Engagement

Dec 29, 2012 4:04:16 AM - By Jamie Shanks

Sales professionals are constantly asking "what is the best way to get a prospects attention on LinkedIn & Twitter"? There is no one answer, as there are ...

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So You Hate Cold Calling – Then STOP! Social Selling is Here!

Dec 6, 2012 11:10:52 AM - By Jamie Shanks

I just don’t get it. Why do sales reps that hate cold calling still do it? I came from the sales era where all I had was a phone and a printed list of ...

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Marketing Won't Hold Your Hand in 2013!

Dec 5, 2012 12:33:43 PM - By Jamie Shanks

In 2013, the sales rep can't rely on anyone other than themselves. Making quota is the only option, even when cold call response rates & email response rates ...

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Non-Profits – Stop Asking For Donations, And Build Value With Social Selling

Nov 19, 2012 8:00:45 PM - By Jamie Shanks

Sales for Life had the privilege to train CannedWater4Kids on Social Selling, a great non-profit helping ensure everyone has clean drinking water. When you ...

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Are You a Business Services Sales Rep? Meet Tony Chandler – Social Seller

Nov 13, 2012 8:05:13 PM - By Jamie Shanks

A month ago, we had the pleasure to travel to Plainville, CT (just outside Hartford) to work with Health Consultants Group on Social Selling. Every insurance ...

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1 Hour a day = Social Selling Success!

Nov 13, 2012 7:46:57 PM - By Jamie Shanks

Last week we wrote a blog $350,000 In New Opportunities in 6 Months – Cost $600, which outlined my success using Social Selling to drive new business. The ...

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How Social Selling Changed the Landscape of SAP TechEd 2012

Oct 25, 2012 8:07:48 PM - By Jamie Shanks

A few weeks ago, we blogged about “1 Beer, LinkedIn, 12 Meetings”, demonstrating the success of using Social Selling to drive prospective meetings. SAP TechEd ...

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Marketing Automation For Small & Mid-Sized Companies

Oct 25, 2012 7:48:03 PM - By George Albert

Marketing automation is hot. We all know that. It is one of the highest growth areas in marketing and sales technology today, and from many of the top analysts ...

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Using a multi-touch InMail strategy is pure GOLD

Oct 10, 2012 8:55:14 PM - By Jamie Shanks

Sales Managers are frustrated with how quickly their sales reps give up nurturing a prospect. Time-after-time, sales reps get comfortable with making 1 or 2 ...

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1 Beer, LinkedIn, 12 Sales Meetings Booked, PRICELESS!

Oct 9, 2012 6:32:16 AM - By Jamie Shanks

Almost a year ago, a client of ours was preparing to attend SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin, TX. They had a great product to offer, and wanted attendees at ...

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2013 and Beyond – Macro and Micro Marketing Combined

Aug 28, 2012 11:44:40 AM - By Jamie Shanks

For the last few years, sales and marketing have invested heavily into marketing automation tools that help attract, nurture and influence prospects. This ...

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Are 20% of Your Emails Turning Into Next steps? LinkedIn Does!

Aug 7, 2012 12:40:22 PM - By Jamie Shanks

Open your Outlook and count all the emails you sent to new prospects this week.Let me guess, you didn’t receive 1 of 5 emails returned back to you with next ...

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Hiring Challenge: You’re Gen X, They’re Gen Y

Jul 1, 2012 6:26:35 AM - By Amar Sheth

Recently, we held quarterly sales team building activities with a client’s entire sales staff (over 20 reps) – new business development, client development & ...

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