Vendere Partners recently looked to Forbes’ list of “The World’s Richest In Tech Billionaires 2013” for inspiration on various fronts, and found it. Below are some of the Vendere team’s favorite, thought-provoking quotes from the 10 technology innovators at the top of the list.
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There are plenty of articles out there on how to be successful at appointment setting, but how many articles have you read on how to be unsuccessful at appointment setting? At Vendere Partners, we’ve developed a tongue-in-cheek list of 10 things you can do to ensure that you become a complete and total appointment setting disaster. We hope it gives you a few chuckles—and maybe a few insights, too.
Have you ever known someone who was great at something—like singing, for example—but constantly downplayed his or her abilities? Humility is an admirable quality, but when people downplay their assets or the experience they can provide by too wide a margin, it can easily come off as insecurity, or worse, manipulation. If someone tells you that he can barely carry a tune and then sings a difficult aria with perfect pitch, wouldn’t you wonder what his motive was for setting the expectation that his vocal abilities were just barely up to snuff?
One of the hardest things to do during any initial sales call or presentation is to create a memorable experience. Below are three things you can do to help ensure that you and your pitch will be remembered.
According to a Salesforce blog post published earlier this month, a major software recommendations company recently analyzed its visitor statistics in an effort to determine just how much interest levels drop off during the holiday season, and found that while its website traffic decreases around the holidays, it picks up again quicker than you might think.
For instance, though it decreases to -64% on Christmas Eve and to -69% on Christmas, it decreases, relative to the company’s average traffic rates, to just -17% one day after Christmas, and to just -9% two days after Christmas.
What are your pet sales peeves during the holiday season? Below are 12 jokes that poke fun at the irritants and conundrums that befuddle so many of us during the holiday B2B sales cycle.
In the last century, countless scholars, educators and business professionals have sought to prove that people learn more from their failures than they do from their successes. A Harvard Business Review (HBR) article by Francesca Gino and Gary P. Pisano even poses that “success can breed failure by hindering learning at both the individual and the organizational level.” Nevertheless, few of us dare to look at our failures closely. Despite knowing that failing creates opportunities for us to learn, change, grow and improve, as human beings, most of us tend to resist acknowledging the ways in which we’ve failed.
Is developing a personal relationship with a lead as important as developing a professional one? The answer, quite simply, is no—especially when you’re dealing directly with those at the executive level.
Would softening your sales pitch help you convert more leads into customers? Are you losing customers after you win them due to a lack of transparency regarding service or product delivery issues?
You can’t survive without a sales staff, but if your sales representatives are getting just a couple of key things wrong, they can waste a lot of time and resources and be much more of a drain on your company than they ought to be.