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Experimenting with a New Content Approach

12 August 2013

For several years after writing the Sales 2.0 book with Brent Holloway, I was a consistent and disciplined blogger, with a target of  producing at least one blog post every week. This year, I decided to try something different. Given how inundated everyone seems to be with content – and frankly how anxiety-ridden I became…

Does Cold Calling Still Work?

28 January 2013

Mike Volpe (HubSpot’s CMO), Ken Krogue (insidesales.com’s President) and I will engage in a live Google + Hangout debate on this popular topic on Wednesday January 30 at 11 AM PST. To join us and watch online, visit our host’s Google + page (Software Advice’s Managing Editor Derek Singleton.) Here are some key points I plan…

One Big Idea for 2013: Test One New Sales Initiative

21 December 2012

A condensed version of this post appears this week on the  SAP Sales Effectiveness blog, along with additional Big Ideas from Hank Barnes, Sales Benchmark Index, Dave Brock, Bob Apollo and the SAVO Group. We were asked to answer this question:  “If you were having a  conversation with a friend and they asked you for…

The social revolution is a trust revolution

23 September 2012

“The social revolution is a trust revolution.” This statement appeared on the 9th slide of Marc Benioff’s opening keynote, “Business is Social,” during his kickoff of Dreamforce 2012 last week. It followed some compelling statistics proving that the trends toward social media adoption in business are undeniable: 1.3 Trillion in value can be unlocked through…

McKinsey on Sales Growth: Five Proven Strategies (Author Interview)

07 June 2012

McKinsey is arguably the best known and respected management consulting brand in the world. Their customers share that distinction: they are the Fortune 100, the largest and most recognized global companies. As owner and founder of a 20-year-old consulting business, I looked forward to interviewing Jon Vander Ark, who co-leads McKinsey’s Sales practice and is…

Having Trouble Hiring Inside Sales Reps? Here’s an Idea

22 May 2012

If you are building a new inside sales team or expanding an existing one, you know that recruiting good people can feel about as easy as qualifying for the Olympics. Most companies’ job postings sound alike: they seek to hire sales development /lead generation reps or quota-carrying inside sales professionals with at least 3-5 years…