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Increasing Sales Results | What to do Before Starting B2B Sales Training

Increasing Sales Results | What to do Before Starting B2B Sales Training

Increasing Sales Results – What to do Before Selecting Your B2B Sales Training Courses

There are lots of ways of increasing sales results, you could:

  • Focus on bigger deals
  • Increase, or decrease prices
  • Sort out your incoming sales funnel and sales lead generation
  • Only chase good quality business with your clearly defined perfect prospect profile and decision maker
  • Soup up your case studies and testimonials so everyone gets more social proof
  • Fine tune your sales processes
  • Split the business development function from the sales closing function
  • Ask your sales manger to spend more time coaching in situ as salespeople connect with potential customers

And all of these would work… they’re all part of the 100% Club – the go to list of how to increase sales results.

Also on that list is…

B2B Sales Training to Increase Sales Results…

But that’s not the only way.

Whatever your sales and marketing efforts, whatever your business development strategy, effective sales, great B2B sales will invariably come down to how you intersect with the decision maker to get them to make a purchasing decision. But there are a myriad of other sales stimulating activities you can do before you get to the sales training stage.

If you do everything else in the sales process, but you cant get the decision maker to make a purchasing decision, well that’s a NO SALE!

Hers’s 10 ways to make sure that doesn’t happen to you.

10 Way of  Increasing Sales Results

Ensure your sales process deals with the decision maker and the relevant influencers. However, never take your eye of the main buyer. Loosing contact with the person who makes the purchase decision can catch a lot of sales people napping. Never forget whose signature you want.

Increase your conversion rate by ensuring you spend time with viable buyers. Check this out if you want to know if you are dealing with a viable buyer or a tyre kicker – Engaging with the Perfect Prospect.

Also – read this if you want to know How To Qualify A Perfect Prospect

Too many sales people are happy just to be busy, but not especially effective sales people. I’m not saying lazy sales people sort of have the right idea, but how about you ask yourself this question every morning – what’s the fastest way, least stress, low risk way to get my sales pipeline full of high quality, viable  prospects who are able to make a purchase decision? Once you have the answer – do that! Being an effective sales person is key in an industry that judges you by results delivered and not hours worked.

Get a super clear picture of what your potential customer looks like. The sooner you realise what your ideal decision makers look like, and that you can increase sales results by killing your compulsion to try and convert every potential decision maker, the richer you will be, because it’s one of the fastest ways you can use for increasing sales results.

Then: if you’re really serious about increasing sales results and improving sales conversions

Work your referral networks. Draw up a list of 10 people per week, happy customers who have benefited from you an your expertise, then ask them for one or more of the following: an introduction to a named contact, a referral, a testimonial, a shout out on social media, a case study or a linked in introduction…that’s 10 new pieces of sales and marketing activity from people who love you, and as you know, social proof rocks

Purchase decisions can take ages to make, so when you do get the prospect to that stage, then don’t let them off the hook. Just ask for the business and don’t stop asking until you get what you need. Think that’s too pushy? Look at it this way. At this point you’ve just rolled a huge snowball up Everest, so why would you let it go now? A good buyer, a good decision maker will know what you’ve invested, he’ll work with you if he sees you working for the order so don’t fade away.

Talk to your sales and marketing and business development teams all the time. Especially if you’ve found a trend that’s swaying decision makers at the moment, or perhaps some competitors have a nice hook you’d also like to use. Sometimes the sales and marketing teams are working in isolation and inspiration from the sales team at the front line can really boost their creative juices. Get them creating compelling call to action sales and marketing material, and those first class landing pages.

Next:Sales Strategy

Understand your sales processes and work it hard. Whilst you’re doing that, look at where most of your sales stick in the sales process and get some help. I know lost of people ho are great at the first half of the sales process, but can’t progress to a close. Some would die rather than ask for the business. Likewise I know some sales people who are dropping opportunities because the deal doesn’t progress fast enough and they have no nurturing skills. Everyone needs help sometimes. It’s a valuable insight to know where your own strengths sit. If you need some help – check this out – it show you what sales metrics to watch if you want to increase sales results

Once you know what your sticking point is, what sales skills you need to improve, then take action. Either grab your manager for some training. You could even check out some self development videos. I love YouTube. Perfect for getting something sorted and a new skill gained really quickly. It  is learning on the go and you’d be surprised at how quickly you can pick up new sales skills. In fact, better still, get the whole sales team involved in the learning and sharing.

Register now for your weekly free and practical sales insights into how to increase sales results, improve business development efforts and fill your sales pipeline full of high quality sales prospects. Just hit the link Advanced Business Achiever

When you’ve done all of that and you need B2B Sales Training, then we’d be delighted to help.

Fixed Price Sales Training

Sales Improvement Workshop

Online TurboCharged Sales 

Or if you want to discuss how we could design a tailored sales improvement solution for your business – contact us on carol@mortonkyle.com or call 0779 002 1885

Engaging the Perfect Prospect is the First Stage in Making a Profitable and Fast Sale

Engaging the Perfect Prospect is the First Stage in Making a Profitable and Fast Sale

Engaging the perfect prospect right at the beginning of the sales process is one of the most fundamentally overlooked elements of a successful sales process which concludes in an order.

I see too many new business development efforts, lead generation research and sales forecasts fall part because of poor initial sales qualification. This means 4 key things:

None of which are good if you’re looking for predictable sales results

Engaging the Perfect Prospect – Prospect Qualification is Key

To get some insight into why – check out Why Sales BANT is Not Enough and understand what good, ongoing, results orientated sales qualification looks like.

Because here’s the truth, when you get to the point of closing a well qualified prospect, it’s easy. The whole process is easy.

Selling to Your Prospect Shouldn’t Be Hard Work…

And if it is you really need to ask yourself why that is.

Now this may seem controversial, and maybe it applies to some business sectors more than others, but as someone who has been a sales person (and still is) and someone who has managed/coached/trained/developed thousands of sales people, then I believe that it’s not your job, or best use of your time to convert every single prospect you interact with.

Let me give you an example.

You’ve done your research, identified the key decision maker, understood their business, challenges, issues, pain and the implications of those.

Not wanting to be unprofessional, you’ve assessed the value they could derive from speaking with you.

You’ve dug around and feel there is key leverage there, definitely enough to warrant a good conversation.

In a nutshell, you’ve done your due diligence and now your ready to start engaging the ‘perfect prospect’ for your product…you know what value you bring to the table and are keen to understand the perfect prospect in more detail so see if the fit is as good as you think.

Now…

The Perfect Prospect is….Anything But Perfect.

In fact, your perfect prospect is closed minded, obstructive, blind to evidence, deaf to logic and totally head in the sand.

Now, you could say that’s his choice. And, you’d be right.

But in the paraphrased words of West Wing president Jed Bartlett…

Let Him Stand There in his Wrongness and be Wrong!

Because…You are not the idiot converter!

And, let’s face it, that degree of resistance is futile to fight against. You’d likely kill your spirit in trying.

Move on.

Avoid the world of pain associated with trying to convert the closed minded, those lacking vision, those without curiosity and those nursing an ego that will serve them as only egos can!

Because, your chances of getting a sales are dramatically reduced from the start, and the effort is rarely worth it.

Great prospects aren’t tough to do business with. They aren’t a walk in the park. But it won’t be a fight, or a battle of wills, a fight between egos.

Your perfect prospect doesn’t want to make your life a nightmare.

A perfect prospect wants to work with you. Engaging the perfect prospect might be challenging but it will always be productive.

There will be advancement during the conversations. Engaging the perfect prospect means will ask their tough questions, but they’ll also answer your tough questions.

There will be huge value in your discussions.

Mutual respect, and a win for both sides…

I Hereby Give You Permission

To walk away, no, to RUN away from the prospects who don’t see your value.

Invest in those prospects who value you, who value what you bring to the table.

Work with your perfect prospect and only your perfect prospect…because that’s where the rewards are. That’s where you’ll get a more than ample ROI on your sales efforts. You’ll save your time, your sanity and maybe your career.

Next Time You Think About Engaging with the Non Perfect Prospect….

Think about this. We all live in a Darwinian ecosystem. Just as spikes are a plant’s defense mechanism, then maybe a closed mind, ego and poor listening skills act in just the same way…

Either way, you’re worth more!

Happy Selling

Carol

carol@mortonkye.com

0779 002 1885

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If you’re looking for helping in finding and engaging the perfect prospect for your business then we have a range of training solutions to suit you, call for a chat 0779 002 1885

Sales Coaching via Skype – Sales Leaders & Business Owner Managers

Sales Coaching via Skype – Sales Leaders & Business Owner Managers

Sales Coaching via Skype – Sales Leaders & Business Owner Managers

Sales coaching via Skype is designed to fit in with your busy life, your demanding and every changing business priorities, as well as the fundamental need to generate high revenue, consistent sales results and profits.

To support you in a achieving your business goals you can now access sales and business development support on a flexible basis, when you need.

Coaching is not for the faint of heart, it’s not for dreamers and wannabees.

Plan, Do, Check, Act. That’s where we’ll both live. Launching new initiatives fast. Unpicking old ways of working. Addressing sales prevention issues dead straight on.

Action gets results…so if you’re tired of the way things are, here’s your chance to change things!

Sales Coaching via Skype – How Does It Work?

You’ll get sales and business development support that is practical, focused, direct and relevant.

You get to discuss your plans, challenges and goals with a supportive sales and business development expert.

You’ll have an impartial and no nonsense sounding board.

You are held accountable to deliver.

Can you handle that?

Because not everyone can.

 

Sales Coaching via Skype – What’s Your Commitment?

Your commitment is to fully outline your targets for the coming 3, 6, 9, 12 months.

Committing to delivering on your sales and business development plans, because whether you are a sales professional, sales manager, sales team leader, field sales or a business owner manager, being able to deliver profitable sales results is the final benchmark.

Working together, we’ll ensure that your plans become a reality.

You’ll be held to the highest level of accountability with the highest level of support.

BUT – Sales coaching only works if you do!

If you can grasp that, then anything is possible.

AND, if you can’t then then is no point in even considering any form of sales coaching at all.

 

Sales Coaching via Skype – What Is It?

Committing to show up, because that’s the easy bit!

Operating with a spirit of honesty, being up front.

With a positive spirit and a mind that is open to possibilities.

To try initiatives, to push boundaries, to challenge the status quo, to address the barriers to poor performance.

 

Sales Coaching via Skype – Book Your Get to Know Session

Discover what you are really capable of! Starting today, now.

The best way to discover if we can work together is to book your no-obligation 30 minute consult.

Register your interest by emailing carol@mortonkyle.com or calling 0779 002 1885, and we will be in contact to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Training Needs Analysis for Sales People – When, Why and How.

Training Needs Analysis for Sales People – When, Why and How.

Training Needs Analysis for Sales People

Training Needs Analysis is so much more than you might think.

Many successful sales teams will undertake a Sales Training Needs Analysis maybe once a year. Some maybe only when they think about buying sales training in….sometimes never.

But anyone looking for Continuous Sales Improvements uses Sales Training Needs Analysis in another way, and here’s why.

Sales results are impacted by many things. Many factors you have control over and a few are at the whim and will of prospects, competitors, fashion trends, and a myriad of other number of random factors

Two of the key areas where you do get to really influence sales results is, firstly, the level of Sales Activity in your team, and secondly, the level of Sales Skills within the team.

Both can be controlled. But they can only be controlled if they are measured.

Few sales firms today get by without the Sales KPIs or Sales Metrics (If you want to see what sort of sales metrics were recommend then check this out – The 7 Sales Metrics You Must Measure, Manage and Monitor)

But measuring Sales Skills is a whole different board game and one that, by it’s very nature, is measured less frequently, and it tends to be measured more subjectively. Yet the wins in having an ongoing Sales Training Needs Analysis are plenty.

When to Conduct Training Needs Analysis

Every day!

I know, how scary is that? Well not as scary as you might think, and here is why.

Imagine your activity levels are optimised within the sales team. The target data is as good as you can get (good but not perfect). The only real controllable variable is the sales skills and the attitude of the sales person/people.

Assuming it’s a good environment, staff are motivated and the sales process is proven to deliver then the real variable is sales skills.

That being the case – there is a direct relationship between sales skills and sales results. It seems obvious. It is.

BUT many firms buy into the idea that sales results, or rather, lack of sales results, has more to do with the myriad of uncontrollable factors as opposed to the level of sales skills and sales competency.

I want you to get rid of that idea now.

Measuring key sales metrics every day is your ONGOING Sales Training Needs Analysis.

Why Ongoing Training Needs Analysis is a Good Idea.

To really impact the sales results and rapidly improve sales performance there is one single document that you need.

A Sales Leakage Report. All the information you will ever need, and all on one page, to rapidly and continually improve every aspect of your sales results and your sales performance.

Your Sales Leakage Report is contained in your Sales Insight, the Morton Kyle Fast Action Sales Audit.

Think about your DAILY Sales Leakage Report as giving you immediate feedback.  Day by day, hour by hour insight into the specific skills development actions you need to undertake in order to directly and positively impact sales.

In fact, every single day you get a red light in the key areas of development where you need to concentrate your sales coaching and mentoring. No more wasted time. Maximise sales results in the shortest possible time.

If you’ve ever thought that Continuous Sales Improvement wasn’t possible within your business. Think again!

Ongoing daily Training Needs Analysis is the fastest way to target growth.

How Ongoing Training Needs Analysis Works

You, as the sales leader, manager, coach only spend time on key areas of sales performance improvement.

You’ll get continuous alerts to the worst skill set within the sales team. This is broken down by individual, so you are acting with laser precision when you deliver coaching/mentoring/training.

Which means turnaround is fast.

The sales team don’t feel over managed.

The rate of development of the sales team and the individual sales people is rapid.

You create an environment of self regulating and self managed sales professionals.

You have scalability within your sales function…

And, it’s well within the scope of any sales leader to spend some time everyday coaching. Especially with lazer focus to address what will bring in the easiest wins fastest.

To discuss the Sales Insight Audit or any aspect of your sales performance, contact me for a discreet chat on 0779 002 1885 or carol@mortonkyle.com

Happy Selling

Carol

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The Top 10 Rules Rich Cold Callers Know…

The Top 10 Rules Rich Cold Callers Know…

Cold Callers:

In a world that’s awash with information, then B2B Cold Callers have no excuse for mindless dials. Yet still I’m getting cold calls. 5-6 a day.

Whilst I’ll fight the urge, for the moment anyway, to name and shame those firms spewing money down the drain because of their cold calling strategy, I do wish they’d wake up to sales 2.0.

Whether you’re a manager running a team of cold callers or a cold caller yourself, consider the following and let me know how you get on:

The Top 10 Rules Rich Cold Callers Know…and you should too!

  1. Don’t be a like all the other Cold Callers. In fact, don’t be a Cold Caller at all.
  2. Research your prospects before you call them. Research their industry, their profile, their remit and their peers in their firm and their peers outside their firm. Rich Cold Callers will do this research outside of core selling time. Or as I call it BET (Bonus Earning Time)
  3. Don’t try to sell via email. Spammy emails that take 5 scrolls of the screen to digest will get past scroll 2 before being ditched. Rich Cold Callers work their network to generate referrals, introductions, common purpose and word of mouth references, and written endorsements.
  4. Don’t use generic sales pitches. Rich Cold Callers add value. They add huge amounts of value to any sales interaction. Proper value. Industry insight. This means they grab and hold the prospects attention faster and for longer…this is where poor Cold Callers make their biggest mistake.
  5. Ask difficult questions. Rich Cold Callers want to know they are dealing at the the right person, at the right level, at the right time, with the power to make things happen.

  6. Qualify fast. Rich Cold Callers don’t waste time. They don’t waste time with the uninterested, the blinkered, the comfortable or those without vision. They spend time with prospects where there is mutual respect and value to be exchanged.
  7. Don’t stalk the uninterested prospect. Rich Cold Callers will spend a lot of time engaging with highly qualified sales prospects who can buy. Poor Cold Callers will talk to anyone, about anything.
  8. Display, radiate, exude high energy. Rich Cold Callers play, all in.
  9. Welcome rejection. Rich Cold Callers know the fastest way to get to yes is to get the first no out of the way. They work hard to get the objections out in the open and to explode any rejection…so they can get on with the real job of selling
  10. Work a sales system of prospecting, nurturing, progressing prospects though a well documented sales process, maintaining a tight sales funnel and sales pipeline. They’re not afraid to ditch dead prospects and they don’t treat all business leads equally.

It’s Up to You…

Being a Cold Caller can be the worst job in the world, the endless rejection, the Groundhog feeling. But, guess what? If that’s what you expect, that’s what you get…

It can also be the best and most rewarding job in the world…if you’re GREAT at it.

That’s where you have the choice. It’s a choice.

What’s Your Decision?

Be like all the others, or be a pro! Make the job your own. Get good at it.

Out Smart others doing the same…it’s not tough.

If you’re in Sheffield and you’re looking to up your cold calling play – check this out.

Based outside of South Yorkshire – check this out

If you’re based outside of the UK – check this out

Or if you want a chat to discuss your sales performance and what’s stopping you getting the sales results you need – call 0779 002 1885 or email carol@mortonkyle.com for a confidential chat.

Happy Selling

Carol

p.s. Think about it like this, why have a trudging, mediocre cold calling function, when out performing the market is so achievable?

Don’t be a cold caller!

 

Business Development Coaching for Ambitious B2B Sales Professionals

Business Development Coaching for Ambitious B2B Sales Professionals

Business Development Coaching for Ambitious B2B Sales Professionals

Business Development coaching is powerful, strategic and one of the fastest ways to bring about a positive change.

Sales professionals will engage in coaching either for themselves or the team for many reasons, but here are some of the most common:

  • The sales results are typically ok, but there are a number of specific areas where sales results are not as good as they good be, this might be a high level of discounting to get the order signed off, poor cross sell/up sell practices, poor questioning techniques…
  • Where the sales person is struggling with some of the mindset frameworks around the art of selling. For example, maybe feeling phased by competitors, not able to challenge the buyers thinking, shying away from asking the tough questions, depressed activity levels and engaging at sub decision maker level…
  • In preparation for a specific meeting, tender, sales presentation…
  • Promotion to a higher level role, typically from sales person to sales team leader or sales manager

Whatever the reason, and the above indicates just a few, business development coaching and sales coaching works because it addresses a very specific issue, it’s results orientated, there is a high level of focus on a specific area. Accountability is high and there is a very specific proven set of interventions used.

No wasted effort. No wasted time. Direct and focused.

Coaching is the SINGLE Most Effective Way to Boost Sales Performance

Time and time again, I’ve proved that sales and business development coaching is the single most effective way to improve performance.

Whether that’s side by side telephone coaching, field based sales coaching, talking through a strategy, role play, or any combination of the above, because there is no doubt that two heads are definitely better than one.

Plus: you’d be surprised how much of our working lives we spend in auto pilot. Unconcious competence is great for short cutting some of the more mundane tasks. Freeing up time to concentrate on bigger challenges. BUT, unconcious competence is NOT so great when it means treating every single sales call or sales pitch as the same thing.

Then unconcious competenece can be a sales killer.

In a coaching environemnt we blast through the barriers that are stopping your getting the sales results you want, need and deserve.

You’ll become aware of those habits and practices that are losing you sales and costing you sales bonus, customers, margin and credibility.

Fast.

Contract Free Business Development Coaching

I don’t agree with long contracts.

Let you and I discuss what needs to change, what issues you need to address and what results you need to get and by when.

Once we’re achieved those goals – and my aim is to get you the results you want ASAP – then we can shake hands and say ‘job well done’

No contracts – just an agreement to work hard, work smart and work fast to make the changes YOU want.

Can’t say fairer than that.

Total Accountability

Any you will be totally accountable. No place to run. All out of  excuses. No place to hide.

You won’t want to shy away from the challenge.

I won’t let you.

I want to see you win. Fast.

Because you’ll be getting immediate, real time feedback. This means you’ll know exactly where you need to focus your attention and efforts.

Your Business Development Coaching Tester Session

Book your free 1 hr taster session. If we get on (and that’s really important) then we cane structure a coaching program to get you the sales and business development results you need.

What are you waiting for…you have nothing to lose. Email or call now to book your taster session.

Happy Selling

Carol

carol@mortonkyle.com 0779 002 1885

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Relevant Sales Activity and the Equal Odds Rule

Relevant Sales Activity and the Equal Odds Rule

In Sales YOU have as much chance of winning as losing.

Where you engage in meaningful and relevant sales activity…

You have as much chance of getting a customer as getting a rejection.

You have as much chance of succeeding as failing.

Your chances are equal.

Need more proof?

The Equal Odds Rule was published by a Harvard psychologist, Keith Simonton in 1977.

Check out James Clear for more information.

Here’s my 3 line take:

  • Sales is actually a numbers game.

So get dialing! Get talking! Networking! Profile Building!

  • You have to be in it to win it!

If you’re not dialing, talking, networking, profile building you’re not in it!

  • Your chance of failure AND success increases with your level of activity

Extra dials, the more rejections you’ll suffer, therefore the more success you’ll enjoy.

So What?

The Equal Odds Rule is simple. You’ve as much chance of success as failure, and it’s really that complicated, or that simple, depending on how your brain is programmed.

BUT too many sales people aren’t even in the game, not at all. They just think they are, and that’s where it’s dangerous, for them, their employers and their sales forecasts.

They don’t believe that the harder the dial, the more they dial, the more people they speak with, the more people they meet with, the more networking they do (online and offline)…they just don’t get the Equal Odds Rule and it’s predictor of their fate… or their success

Cutting to the Chase

It’s not about saying no to maxing the level of activity, it’s now about just one thing…

Maxing Out the Level of Relevant Sales Activity

Activity = Failure/Success can be replaced by Relevant Activity = Failure/Success

What Does Relevant Sales Activity Look Like?

What’s your WEEKLY relevant activity schedule look like? For example…

How much time do you spend

  • talking with customers to get referrals?
  • with customers building relationships?
  • engaging with prospects?
  • with influencers in your industry?
  • encouraging dialogue and courting referrers?
  • nurturing relationships in your LinkedIn Groups, Facebook communities, Twitter sphere?
  • scouring LinkedIn and other such data sources to build comprehensive family trees of suitable organisations with relevant contacts?

Plus:

  • What efforts did you invest in working towards being recognised as a ‘go to expert’ in your industry?
  • How many educational posts did you put out this week?
  • Count the people in your personal/professional network your helped this week?
  • How much goodwill did you create via referrals/introductions across your network?
  • Did you spend enough time leveraging your personal network for your benefit and for the benefit of people who know you?

It’s not my job to point the finger and tell you what you should do or even what your Relevant Sales Activity should be, because I have no idea about you, your ambitions or how you currently work, instead I’d ask you to reflect on how you spend your time and how you could better spend your time to make sure you weight the odds in your favour in the Equal Odds Rule.

You have as much chance of winning as losing…you just have to be in the game.

To what extent are you really in the game?

Here’s the Truth about Relevant Sales Activity

Whether you believe the Equal Odds Rule or not, just think about it, there is an inevitable fact.

The more you are out there as a proactive sales person, the better you will get at your craft, the greater your skill, the better your professional profile, the higher your status, the better your sales skills will be.

You’ll get all of your ‘failures’ out of the way, by default, you’ll improve your chances of winning.

Work the Equal Odds Rule because you can’t lose.

You can take control of your own sales career now and focus on the absolute and critical sales success factors, and create your own relevant sales activity – just hit the link here – tell me more

Building Highly Qualified Sales Funnels

Building Highly Qualified Sales Funnels

Building Highly Qualified Sales Funnels…

Building highly qualified sales funnels is the single most important task in building any growth model, scaling your sales team, and therefor, building your business.

Anything else is just risky, costly, as well as unpredictable.

Is that what you want?

So…

How Would You Describe the Health of your Sales Funnel?

Spot on…it’s my guiding business tool?

Getting there – still some lingering prospects in there but they’ll be sorted soon?

It works on paper but it’s not producing the sales results I want?

The metrics are there but I don’t know what to do about improving them?

What sales funnel?

Or any variation of the above!

Why Should I Even Bother Building Highly Qualified Sales Funnels?

This is something I typically hear from people, sales leaders, business owners who have never known the absolute joy and certainty of having a smooth-running sales funnel, producing, managing and closing highly qualified sales leads, as often as they need, with the margin they need, at the frequency they need.

And that’s ok.

Trust me when I tell you I’ve seen all sorts of sales funnels. The great news is once you’ve got a working sales funnel…it’s like having your own ATM machine where you hit and it pumps out cash.

There’s a degree of certainty about the results it produces, what part your sales function needs to play, you can tell the marketing team what they need to produce in detail, account management becomes a breeze and the money keeps rolling in.

As long as you don’t get lazy, complacent and comfortable…you’ll only have to set your sales funnel up once then refine it until it becomes the highly qualified sales funnel you and your business needs.

Building Highly Qualified Sales Funnels – What Does That Mean?

Well, first of all, lets look at what a Sales Funnel is.

A sales funnel houses your sales process.

At the top of your sales funnel you have a wide entry – this is where the sales prospect is first identified as a potential target, worthy of engagement and spend, so it might be a list purchased against strict criteria, it might be twitter followers, LinkedIn contacts….

This follows though, post a level of suitable marketing activity, then the prospect acknowledges they have ‘seen’ you.

A prospect at this stage has migrated from the marketing stage of the sales funnel to a more directed stage in the funnel, it may be someone who has downloaded your white paper or your lead magnet. It might be someone who’s contacted you for further information, asked for details or spoken with you proactively via some form of social media.

The key to all this is the vital work QUALIFIED Sales Funnel. If you want to get your prospects in to this stage of your sales funnel and you want to watch what they do and how they interact with your business then check this out

Anyway, back to the structure…Rubbish in the top…rubbish quality or no business out the other end…you look busy BUT nothing’s happening.

This is why having strict go/no-go criteria about what level and type of prospect enters the top of the sales funnel is key. Too broad is as bad as too skinny. Likewise you’ll need some go/no go criteria at every stage if you want your sales funnel to stay healthy and producing

So, potential prospect enters at the top and as the sales process progresses, with very tight go/no-go criteria at each stage, so the funnel gets more selective regarding the quality of the prospects it lets through.

There is a go/no go set of criteria here at the top of this page – you’re version might look different.

What Building Highly Qualified Sales Funnels Means for Your Business

Each one of these stages in the sales funnel has a metric. For example:

How many prospects passed from one level to the next? Higher than expected? Lower?

Why did you reject? What are the remedial actions at this stage that could convert a dead prospect to a live prospect again?

Knowing your metrics at each stage and your conversion options at this stage has many huge benefits:

Lost business is minimised – this can save you fortunes, and keep your competitors running hard

You are able to act in a timely manner to any deal that’s falling off the expected path

For more insights into what metrics to use – you can start by downloading – 7 Sales Metrics To Measure, Manage and Monitor

Sales Forecasting Using Highly Qualified Sales Funnels

You can identify weeks, months, maybe even years (depending on the sales cycle duration) what your sales figures will be…which means you can make corrective action to boost sales when you still have the time.

You will be able to continuously monitor the quality, profit, value of the business you’re chasing

No deal falls through the net

In fact, a strategic and robust highly qualified sales funnel answers all the management information questions you need to run your sales function like clockwork…of course you need a motivated sales team who honestly report activity and a sales methodology that’s robust enough to train sales teams to ask the tough questions, and this is where having the go/no-go gates really pays dividends.

Types of Sales Funnels

Building high quality sales funnels is not always a one off…in some instances you’ll need a sales funnel for different products and services because the sales process for those products and services is different.

This is where it’s worth considering how you are selling each of your products and services – some sales funnels maybe based on different sales methods – some of your products/services may respond better to Challenger sales methods, some will be SPIN based, some more strategically focused and often sales funnels need to be tailored to encompass various methodologies at different stages.

Note: this is reflected in the sales structure of the pitch, the reporting metrics and the no/no-go gates.

The Single Most Common Flaw with Building High Quality Sales Funnels Today…

Is this; firms forget that even though it’s called a sales funnel. It’s actually a Sales and Marketing Funnel!

If you start building your high quality sales funnels at the point where the sales process formally starts, you’re actually starting it half way through the process…and missing a vital, key stage in the sales funnel.

Other common flaws are:

  • Over filling the sales funnel
  • Not being quick enough to cut away or spend time re-qualifying prospects that have stalled
  • Using discounting to attempt to flush solid sales prospects through the sales funnel at a faster rate
  • Not focusing enough on filling the top of the sales funnel
  • Putting any sales prospect in there, rather than focusing on high quality

If you’re looking to at how you should be building highly qualified sales funnels in your business, you can call for a confidential chat 0779 002 1885

Alternatively, if you are looking for some insight into how your current sales funnel could be improved to further improve the sales results of you business, you can book your Sales Audit and get the results back within 10 days. Find out more here – Sales Insight and Fast Action Pack

Happy Selling

Carol

0779 002 1885

carol@mortonkyle.com

p.s. One of the other real benefits of a highly qualified sales funnel is that it makes recruitment of sales people and onboarding a breeze…call me to find out more

TurboCharged Sales Results

TurboCharged Sales Results

TurboCharged Sales is now available…

 How To Hit Sales Targets | Increase Sales and Profits | TurboCharged Sales 

Sales results can be anything from desperate to stratospheric.

I know which one I prefer. You too?

But when you don’t get what you want, then a you’ll need a sales tool kit to quickly deliver additional:

  • Revenue.
  • Business.
  • Profit.
  • Customers.
  • Market share.

That’s why the TurboCharged Sales Results program was designed: to help businesses, sales people and sales teams to hit sales targets…even SMASH those sales targets.

It’s for ALL Target Carrying, Driven and Ambitious Salespeople and Sales-Led Companies – proefessionals who need to hit sales targets – Telesales, Field Sales, Direct Sales, New Business, Lead Generations, Appointment Setters and Account Developers, MD’s, CEO’s

It’s also for: Sales Trainers, Sales Auditors, Sales Coaches, Sales Performance Managers, Business Development Trainers…

In fact it’s for anyone who is either target carrying or supporting target carrying sales professionals.

How To Hit Sales Targets – TurboCharged Sales 

Sales people do not sit around planning to fail, planning to miss targets or planning to achieve ‘worst salesperson of the month’ award.

But, sometimes it happens.

That’s why TurboCharged Sales shows you what to do, every single day to be a great sales person.

Everyday for 21 days you get a step by step guide to:

  • Building your sales pipeline.
  • Creating value based sales proposals.
  • Closing quality business.

It’s that simple.

Bite size sales training so you get to practice as you learn. The ultimate Earn As You Learn.

Just 15 minutes per day and you get, after 21 days, a fully functioning sales machine.

At last, a sales pipeline that you can turn the tap on to flood your sales forecast. You moderate the flow of sales as you need to give you the quality and quantity of sales you want when you want.

This is the ultimate rinse and repeat sales program. When you’ve finished you simply start the cycle again.

This time you’ll see how you can achieve more. Achieving better sales results. More profitable sales figures easier, quicker and with less effort.

Are you looking for a SYSTEMISED way to generate high quality, high margin and high value sales as often as you want? Welcome to TurboCharged Sales.

You can use TurboCharged Sales in many way:

  • As a self study sales pack, just 15 minutes per day, if you’re a busy sales professional out in the field.
  • If you’re a sales leader, MD, team leader, sales coach, sales trainer – use this to run your sales training, your sales meetings, your sales coaching sessions. You can even embed this sales system in your business.

Simply put, if you are in a target carrying position or supporting such a function – this is a systemised sales improvement program that works.

Why TurboCharged Sales?

  • Because you want to increase sales and profits…and your bonus
  • It shows you how to hit your sales targets – evebery single month
  • Time really is money when you work in sales. Sitting in a training room for a whole day(or three) is not always feasible
  • Not everyone learns by sitting in a room. Some people need more time to digest, to try, to test and to modify the learning to work for them
  • Sales Trainers and Coaches often work without a framework for continuously improving sales. Now they don’t have to worry when sales results hit a plateau, just unpack TurboCharged Sales and strive for the next sales peak
  • TurboCharged Sales also provides an endless supply of relevant information and practical skills insights for feeding daily sales huddles, sales meetings, sales booster sessions and coaching sessions

BUT the main reason is that continuous sales improvement is a cycle of consistently filling the sales pipeline. This means taking the sales prospect through a well defined sales process and closing the business. It’s not complicated, it’s not easy…but it is simple.

Most sales people fail because they lack a business development system. If they do that a system they lack faith in working it consistently.

TurboCharged Sales addresses all of those problems…and many more

How to Hits Sales Targets – TurboCharged Sales Results…Really?

Yes, really!

And in just 15 minutes per day.

For 21 days.

Here’s how:

  1. Create 60 mins plus extra selling time every day. That’s more than 20 revenue generating hours per month.
  2. Discover the three most important insights to consider when SMASHING your sales target.
  3. Master the art of making every minute count.
  4. Uncover the simple system that means you’ll never need to make a cold call ever again.
  5. Incorporate sales clout into your business generation efforts.
  6. Build a perpetual motion referral engine.
  7. Gain a healthy, highly qualified steam of sales prospects itching to move through your sales pipeline and convert to orders.
  8. When you’re short on time, target and leads understand what you MUST do.
  9. Learn how to use price to your advantage. Every time.
  10. Discover the only 6 things you need to know to influence your prospects.
  11. Master the art of running great prospect meetings where you create raving fans.
  12. Develop a sales pipeline, feeding your target all year round.
  13. Boost your average order value using three simple tips.
  14. Double your sales close rate by asking one low key question.
PLUS in addition to showing you how to hit sales targets TurboCharged Sales also shows you how to….
  1. Kill your competition. Legally and with their permission. Let your prospect know you’re the only provider who can deliver.
  2. Get your leg out of the blind auction – never compete on price again.
  3. Gain expert status with the prospects and customers.
  4. Take the stress out of selling. FOREVER!
  5. Build a rock solid sales pipeline, sales address book AND sales reputation.
  6. Understand what sales metrics to watch and what sales metrics make you rich.
  7. Have your prospects saying ‘well, this is a no-brainer, where do I sign?’.
  8. Write business winning sales proposals that convert quickly.
  9. Build certainty into your sale process, presentation and pitch.
  10. Forget about getting around the gate keeper….sail straight through.
  11. Uncover the single most important fact about sales targets. It’s not what you think!

Interested?

Here’s how you can get ahead – just hit the linkTELL ME MORE.

TurboCharged Sales Results is a perfect program for you, especially if you’re busy, on the road, time poor and you want serious sales improvement over a relatively short time.

Check it out for yourself.

Full money back guarantee.

TurboCharged Sales Results – Better Sales Results Faster.

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You can also check our the Morton Kyle Limited Free Sales Improvement Guides – free and instant downloads here

What’s Your Sales Why?…Why Should the Buyer Buy From You?

What’s Your Sales Why?…Why Should the Buyer Buy From You?

What’s Your Sales Why?

Everyone knows sales isn’t just about your product, your service, your money back guarantee etc…it’s about so much more. It’s also about you, the sales person.

Sure people buy from people is a very old cliche, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true.

So my question to you is – what do YOU bring to the party?

And whilst you’re thinking about it, please be very clear that whilst you’re buyer is dealing with you, he’s asking himself – why you?

Whilst it might hurt to accept this, ”Why You?” is a perfectly legitimate responses from your prospect.

And? So what? Who cares? Well?

There’s a few more…legitimate responses that is, to your well crafted sales pitch.

It doesn’t get any easier to hear does it?

But, how do you combat it?

Spend loads of money? Of course, because we’ve all got the marketing budgets of Virgin, Nike and Apple.

Right? Maybe not.

How about network like crazy and talk to as many people as you can? Sure that might work.

Social media? Absolutely, because that’s easy and cheap…(or is it?)

So, we’re back to the question – What’s Your Sales Why?

Why You?

You can have the best message pathways in the world but if your message is wrong, then your message is not going to move the sales needle.

Delivery mechanism matters not one jot because unless you know what your message is, well, what’s the point?

If you don’t know what your point of differentiation is, then there is no point being social about anything.

When you can’t nail absolutely what it is that your prospect wants from you, then forget it.

If you’re going out there saying exactly the same as your competitor, then you might as well walk behind your competitor with a sandwich board saying ‘wot he said’

That’s harsh too.

Simon Sinek is a great advocate of discovering what your WHY is all about.

I think it’s useful.

Very useful.

In fact, I’d say WHY is one of the most powerful words in the business world.

WHY?

(See what I did there?)

Try this.

Any problem, ask why enough times, and be willing to be honest and truthful and you’ll get to the answer.

Now to your business message, you might ask this

Why Should My Clients Buy From Me?

What’s Your Sales Why?

You can come up with any string of answers in response to why.

Here’s the trick, because until you hit on such a response that is totally different and identifiable from that of your competitors AND that has a deep and meaningful impact on your clients, customers and prospects then it’s likely you’ll still be one of a very big crowd.

Why? What Does That Mean?

It means:

  • Depressed sales
  • Reduced charge out rates and prices
  • Low sales conversion
  • Weak profits
  • Sales instability and uncertainty

The truth is this:

If you can’t work out your WHY, how can you expect your customer to?

You can’t. You shouldn’t expect them to.

But many sales people do.

They expect the buyer to join the dots.

Lean how to do it differently.

Discover how to be different and communicate that difference to your buyers because when they GET that about you, your chances of doing business increase –  when they get IT and they get you.

The real reason they should buy from you.

That’s My WHY.

I’m tired of mediocre sales pitches – receiving them, listening to them.

And I’m tired of watching sales people leave money and deals on the table.

When they should be in their pocket, and their bank account!

What’s my why.

That’s why I’ve created the Sales Improvement Workshop

Designed to help you uncover your sales why because it matters

During the day we’ll cover how to build a red hot sales pipeline and keep the sales funnel flowing with great sales leads, as well as how to take a prospect from cold to order with minimum fuss and zero objections:

Plus:

1. How to create your own competitive sales pitch because you won’t get the extraordinary sales results you want if you just sound like everyone else!

2. How to make your sales pitch so compelling that the prospect will think ‘wow, this is a no-brainer, where do I sign?’

3. How to build a sales pipeline full of HOT sales prospects who want to buy from you…

4. How to maximise your prices using three simple techniques…

5. How to maximise your profits and not leave cash on the table…cross selling, up selling and sooooo much more.

6. Discover handfuls of reasons why your buyers should buy from you rather than your competitors, and how to communicate your sales why’s with conviction and confidence, because that way,  no-one will ever need to ask you what’s you sales why is ever gain because they’ll just know!

Be great to see you discover your WHY…just hit the link above and book your seat…

Best

Carol

carol@mortonkyle.com

0779 002 1885

P.S. For an online sales program for you to follow in between your busy week hit the link TurboCharged Sales

What’s Your Sales Why? This could be the most important question you ever ask yourself in your quest to become a high performance sales professional because if you don’t know, don’t expect anyone else to.