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Want to Grow Your Business?  Do Things Differently.

Want to Grow Your Business? Do Things Differently.

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As you grow your business, it will progress through these classic growth stages: Stage 1 – Achieving Viability (Entrepreneurial) Stage 2 – Accelerating Growth (Emerging Growth) Stage 3 – Scaling (Sustainable Growth) Stage 4 – Maturity How do you know when you need to do things differently? Your business hits a plateau. The things that have been working don’t get the same results and you lose momentum. It’s important to understand what you need to do differently at each stage to keep that momentum going – and make the changes that keep you going into the next stage. Four Stages of Growing Your Business Stage 1 to 2: Refine you offering and business model, understand your competition and know how to differentiate, get organized (implement systems in key functional areas.)…
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CRMs – Friend or Foe?

CRMs – Friend or Foe?

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Most businesses use some sort of customer data system to capture contact information and make notes to keep track of conversations – using anything from a spreadsheet to a full-on Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system.  However, not all systems are considered valuable tools by the team. Getting the Most from Your CRM The key to a CRM being an effective sales organization and management tool is to make sure: You choose one that is built for the functionality you need.It’s easy to use.It’s easy to update.It provides the ability to clearly display the sales pipeline And don’t forget to make sure it’s accessible from laptops, tablets, and phones! Salesforce Is Not the Only Game in Town Here’s a newsflash – Salesforce is not a good choice for most small and…
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Are Your Salespeople Highly Effective?

Are Your Salespeople Highly Effective?

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An important part of developing a high performing sales team is making sure the group is comprised of the best suited individuals who are or have potential to be high performers. These salespeople have demonstrated success in their ability to generate new business by identifying prospects who are good potential clients and effectively moving them through the sales process. In today’s business environment, salespeople also need to be able to represent the company professionally and prospect competently in person, via phone and using video conferencing. Salespeople need to be well organized, transparent and results-focused with the ability to earn the confidence of not only new contacts and prospects, but also of the company’s internal stakeholders. Traits of Highly Effective Salespeople In my years of sales management experience, I’ve recognized these…
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Is Ineffective Sales Management Bringing You Down?

Is Ineffective Sales Management Bringing You Down?

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Selling your product or service is fun, right? It’s what you created and it’s what you do best. And you get a lot of satisfaction providing your solution to your customers.However, when you get to a point when you can’t do all the selling yourself, you hire a salesperson and quickly learn that sales management can be a drag. Maybe the salesperson you hired didn’t deliver. Maybe the salesperson isn’t representing your company the way you want. Maybe you find you haven’t hired the right kind of salesperson and you have a lot of turnover in this role. You get nothing but a lot of excuses.Something needs to change! You need professional sales management, either in the form of hiring a full-time sales manager or enlisting the help of an…
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