So how to stay focused, current, persistent, in line with process, day after day, without getting burned out? We must do all the things I’ve discussed here, but we must also create balance in our lives. Without leading a healthy lifestyle, it’s virtually impossible to keep up the pace, maintain the energy, and sustain the positive attitude required to reach out to new contacts over and over, call after call.
After 14 years of working for the Department of the Navy, I was excited to be heading to the other side. Yes, I was venturing off to work with companies such as IBM and Perot Systems. These were excellent companies, and I was lucky, and my timing was good. I happen to like doing what most people run away from. Yes, I was the ultimate cold caller.
Most people in sales and marketing are familiar with the term “lead generation,” but often don’t understand what it entails, and seldom consider the work that goes on “behind-the-scenes.” Leads are collected in a database, but how exactly are these lists created and maintained? How are they kept current with up-to-date information?
When my job became more automated, I wondered how it would effect my job. My workload had gotten considerably lighter since automation, and although I enjoyed being free of the stress involved in getting my work done in a timely manner, I also worried about my job. What would I do now within the company?
Bigger is not always better when it comes to databases. You need clean, verified, precise data; data that can be standardized, and visualized. Most importantly, the prospects in your database should be people who actually have the power to make decisions about purchasing your product, or service.
By now, I think most everyone is aware of the importance of using social media to promote business, and hopefully your corporation has an active presence on the platforms that best reach your target audience. But are your posts engaging? Do they pop? In this fast-faced, scroll-through world, using eye-catching visuals in social media posts is super important.
Communications Plans are important for the success of every company, but most importantly for those that employ remote workers, and popping into each other’s offices to share information is not an option. I have been working closely with Susan Walsh, the CEO of Sales-Link, Inc., for a few years now, and as our company grew, the need for better communications grew as well.
Resolutions and promises are hard to keep, even for some of the most sincere people. Business Insider reports that 80% of New Year's resolutions fail by February! YIKES! Given these alarming statistics, it’s no surprise that most employees find it difficult to comply with corporate directives. As much as they promise to see procedures through to the end, it is astounding how many fail to keep that commitment, day to day.
Mobile is taking over. The average consumer spends 5 hours per day on their smartphone. As we at Sales-Link reflect on the industry websites we've visited in the past year - and that's quite a few in our line of work - a surprising amount of them were not well designed for mobile users. To keep pace with industry, potential customers, and your competition, you must view your website's mobile experience as a primary sales tool.
Writing is an art. Journalism is a degree. Passion is a gift. Any one of these qualities in a candidate may impress you enough to end in a hire, but for corporate writing, it’s not enough to be an artful writer, or to hold the correct degree, or to be passionate, but not well-spoken. The ideal copy writer for your business MUST posses all three traits.
Whether you are a recent college graduate, or someone in their current career seeking a change, learning a new job will be hard! Although training and coaching may be available, someone new to a company can still feel lost.
It’s that time of the year, when most of us responsible for sales, are reflecting on numbers and quotas. These are the big line numbers, easy to identify with, whether you made your quota, or not. But as you’re pondering about what the new sales quota will be for 2019, don’t forget about all those other numbers that show progress throughout the year.
Lead Generation and Sales are living and breathing components of your business. They change and evolve, based on environmental, financial and human factors. During the past year, as I observed the swiftly changing landscape, I became convinced that a major shift needs to take place in sales.
What about you? How are you preparing for 2019? We’re all so quick to jump on the “new year; new me” bandwagon, with promises of more exercise, better nutrition and getting more sleep, but what about your business? What steps are you taking to improve the health of your company in the coming year?