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5 Tips to Get Out of a Sales Slump

April 9, 2014

Lots of sales professionals go through a sales slump. Nothing is closing. Depression or Panic ensues - or worse, Desperation, that anxiety that all your prospects can smell (and run away from).

What can you do if you are in a slump?

Running Out of Salespeople

April 7, 2014

Recently, at an event a speaker said that about one-third of the salespeople would be retiring in the next couple years. I didn't really think anything of it until I was putting some slide decks together for three different sales trainings I am doing.

Then I ran into this graph from pharmaceutical sales, which shows the decline in the number of sales reps.

Five points:

VARs Threatened by Agents

April 2, 2014

Quite the announcement: "CompTIA: 70% of VARs Concerned About Agents 'Encroaching' on Their Space".

For at least three years CompTIA has been working on partnering VARs with Agents to bring about this converged business that could manage the WAN/LAN/IT of the SME space. Does this figure mean that it failed?

My thinking is that Agents are selling more managed services than before because carriers are pushing them down the throats of their partners.

It Isn't About Quota

April 2, 2014

Quota is an ugly word. It's the weight that salespeople carry with them all the time, especially at the end of the month and the end of the quarter.

Quota is the elephant in the room between the salesperson and his manager.

Quota is the unspoken, but contracted, commitment between master agencies and carriers.

Where's the Sales Friction?

March 14, 2014

When you look at your anemic sales growth, what is in the way? Where is the friction?

Is it that your sales team isn't closing enough deals? Or is it your sales team is confused about your product catalog?

Would You Hire That Way?

March 11, 2014

Lately, watching service providers (vendors, carriers, cloud providers - heretofore referred to as SPs) go to channel has been like watching either a reality tv show or a car crash. The way SPs approach the channel looks unplanned.

MessageBroadcast was in and out of the channel in less than a year. I don't know how you think you will get traction and sales that fast from zero.

Open Note to the Hosted PBX Crowd

February 27, 2014

I was asked yesterday why I don't like Alteva, by someone who just went to work there. I don't like or dislike Alteva or 8x8 or any other Hosted PBX company. Alteva is public - like 8x8, RC, CBEY and a few others - so I get to look at the numbers they post quarterly. It's a measuring stick.

Don't Be Lazy in VoIP Sales

January 15, 2014

Things must be tough over at RC, because I received an email from an RC account exec titled, "Looking for best contact". The copy was "I am doing some research on your company to determine if there is any interest in a cloud business phone system. Your business will benefit from more control, more features and 50-70% lower telecommunications costs." There's a few things wrong here.

One: spamming just pisses me off.

Sales Tip: Focus on Outcomes

December 19, 2013

Two articles today - here and here - that talk about SAAS and outcomes. In other words, customers aren't buying SAAS for the service but what the service will produce. As I have been saying all year: it isn't the app or the widget or the network; it is all about what people do with it. Focus on the outcome.

The Start-up Money Mentality

December 19, 2013

In the Tampa Bay start-up community, the most popular complaint is that there are enough investors. In the nine months of 2013, $318 million was invested in Florida businesses. That number is up from 2012. "Nationally, venture capital investments declined by 1 percent to $27.5 billion," according to the Miami Herald.

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