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Sales and Marketing Processes That'll Make Your Business Great Again

When I first started doing marketing and lead generation, I used to worry about being able to drive leads for my clients. I've since learned that that's the easy part! As long as I'm doing enough activity, like blogging, email marketing, and social media, I'll get people to the website. And if I'm creating the right content, I'll be driving the right people to the site. Cool! Job done, right? Wrong.

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3 Tips for Creating a Strategic Prospecting Plan

Getting sales meetings with new prospects is not easy. They have no idea who you are, are overwhelmed with work, can't imagine taking on another project, and are happy with the status quo. It takes tremendous effort to get prospects to understand the benefit of making a change, and then getting them to actually move forward with a new idea.

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[Video] Sales Limerick - Sellers Who Don’t Blog

My friend Jill Konrath, sales strategist, speaker, and author of 3 bestselling sales books put a message on LinkedIn asking for people to submit sales limericks for a project she’s working on. It got my wheels turning, and I ended up coming up with something. Here it is!

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How To Get Your Sales Team to Start Blogging

Sellers are on the frontlines talking to prospects and customers all day long. They have deep company and industry expertise and know what messaging elicits the best responses. If anyone understands what information will resonate with your ideal buyer persona, it’s them.

But too often, sales and marketing are not aligned, and sellers aren’t at the table when it comes to developing the corporate content strategy or lending their experience and expertise to the content creation process. Here are some ideas about how to get your sales team engaged in creating useful blog articles that prospects and customers want to read:

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Resources for Exploring Sales Enablement for Your Organization

Many organizations are turning to sales enablement to ensure that sellers have the tools, processes, and content they need to meet the new demands of savvy buyers armed to the teeth with information. Here are some articles and resources that can help you deepen your understanding of sales enablement, determine if it’s right for you, and start formulating a plan for your organization.

This information is just the tip of the iceberg, but it can get you thinking about ways to improve sales efficiency and productivity.

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4 Ways Blogging Can Help You Sell

Blogging is not just a marketing activity. When done correctly, it's the backbone of both the sales and marketing functions. Companies that understand and embrace this strategy use blog articles on the marketing side to increase awareness and get people to the website. Then, they use those same articles on the sales side to guide their active prospects through the sales process.

Here are 4 examples of how blogging can help you sell:

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3 Steps to Simplify the Sales Prospecting Process

Your sales team has a list of hot prospects to contact. The problem is - the prospects have never heard of your company or the salesperson. Should the seller write a letter, send an email, make a call? What the heck are they supposed to say?

Rather than struggling to start a sales conversation, there are ways to systemize the prospecting process to make it more efficient and productive. When done correctly, sellers will always have the right messaging at their fingertips to create account entry campaigns that get potential customers to take notice.

Warning: what I'm going to suggest is not a quick fix. It takes strategic thinking, time, and alignment between sales and marketing to pull it off. But if you commit to the process, your sales team will have more leads, more time to actually sell, and shorter sales cycles.

Here are 3 steps to simplify sales prospecting:

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Your Website is Your Most Powerful Sales Tool

No matter how good your salespeople are, if your website is bad, it’s going to make it infinitely harder for them to sell. Today's educated buyers don't need to talk to a salesperson to evaluate and compare companies, products, services, and pricing. They turn to the Internet first, gathering as much information as they can. According to Demand Gen Report's 2014 Content Preferences Survey:

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3 Questions to Quickly Qualify Prospects

Salespeople, by trade, are usually quite optimistic. We're determined, visionaries, and persistent. That's what makes us good, but it can also hold us back. Pursuing prospects takes a lot of time and energy, and going after the wrong people can dramatically inhibit company growth.

A friend of mine, Janice Mars, founder of SalesLatitude, gave me three simple questions that can help you quickly determine whether they are worth your time investment or not. The faster you can qualify prospects, the faster you can fill your pipeline with high-quality sales opportunities.

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Traditional vs. Modern Marketing and Sales Techniques

I’m still amazed at how many small business still don’t think of their website as the most powerful sales and marketing tool they have. They see it as a “necessary evil” (yes, I’ve heard business owners say those exact words).

It’s very interesting if you think about it, because EVERYONE (pretty much) uses the Internet all day, every day. Have a question? Google it! Buyer behavior has been undergoing dramatic changes as our world becomes increasingly digitized, but most small business owners continue to sell the same way they always have.

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