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Today’s B2B buyers expect personalized service and flexible sales processes to help accommodate them. But funnel dynamics keep shifting and processes need to shift with them. For this reason, many are starting to think less about the sales process and more about the sales stack. That is, the technology stack that helps sales teams adapt their processes to drive results. If you answer “no” to...

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Some sales leaders always have enough time and energy to get everything done. Others seem to flounder and feel overwhelmed. This Forbes blog explans, The more productive group probably has these 5 things in common.

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Here’s a challenge for you: Sift through five years of customer data. Look at what worked five years ago, 3 years ago, last year and last week. Now quantify the trends, and show your salespeople where the market is going today. Then go a little deeper and use that data to personalize engagements for every prospect.

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It may be the most dreaded statistic in sales management: The average rep spends only about 1/3 of their time selling. In other words, we employ salespeople at $100,000 a year and they spend less than 3 hours a day doing what we pay them to do.

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From the day you started your first sales job, you’ve been getting advice on what it takes to be a success. And everybody means well. But not all well-meaning advice is good advice. Some may actually be backfiring. Here are some words of wisdom that the successful salespeople have learned to ignore.

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You’re about to lose your sales team. Or at least their presence. The mobile workforce is on the rise and a significant number of companies expect that more than 75 percent of their staffs will be working remotely by 2020. And your sales team is ripe for this disruption.

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Every couple of years or so HubSpot updates its list of time management hacks for sales reps. Some of this advice is so time-tested, it could have worked back in the days of tickler files and Filofaxes, especially #4 on the list, Swallow the frog.

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On most sales teams, innovation is a loaded word. It drives an expectation that the time lost to learn a new technology will take away from time used to sell. And that the innovation won’t pay off in results. Yet there’s one type of innovation that sales teams embrace. And the ROI is palpable.

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We hear all the time that machines are getting smarter. Where once they were only capable of single repetitive tasks, artificial intelligence (or AI) lets them acquire knowledge and experience, “learn” and adapt. All this has created a lot of gloomy predictions. But the reality for B2B sales reps, is a bit more nuanced. The difference between intelligence and sapience.

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