15 Killer Tips from Expert Sellers

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Whether you’re a novice salesperson looking for tested advice or a seasoned pro trying to shake things up, we’ve got something for you. Here are 15 sales tips that cover the whole sales cycle: learn how to use content to sell, connect faster with prospects, and how to cultivate customer loyalty.

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15 Killer Tips from Expert Sellers

  1. 1. 15 Killer Tips from Expert Sellers salesforce.com/blog
  2. 2. Today’s sales teams need to be just as knowledgeable, fast, and intuitive as customers are.
  3. 3. We tapped our trusted network of sales experts to help you succeed: Business leaders Authors Salesforce sales reps
  4. 4. “Remember that your prospect is not an expert on the proposal like you are — it’s often the first time he/she is seeing it! Keep it simple, provide context and recaps to set the stage, and tell the story of how this proposal came about and why it makes sense for all parties.” Connecting with content: — Mark Raymo, Account Executive, Salesforce
  5. 5. Using email to sell: “Keep your cold emails laser-focused. Just focus on one benefit or pain point per sales prospecting email, or you’ll dilute your message.” — Heather R Morgan, CEO, Salesfolk @HeatherReyhan
  6. 6. Crop Your Image To this Space For A Photo slide Or place a shape the color of your Product Cloud “Lead with an industry question to get the prospect to engage. Prospects are always hesitant to talk, so make it easy for them to share their insight on a current issue their industry is facing.” — Mark Hunter, CSP, “The Sales Hunter,” Author @TheSalesHunter Connecting with prospects:
  7. 7. On using events to sell: An annual user conference helps with retaining your existing revenue, preventing churn, and increasing customer advocacy. “ Sangram Vajre Co-Founder & CMO of Terminus, Founder of #FlipMyFunnel @sangramvajre ”
  8. 8. On event selling: “Have an account-specific strategy, making sure your top accounts are accorded special pre-event outreach and exclusive activities. Employ personalized communications and CXO-to-CXO outreach to make a special effort to get them to attend.” — Sharon Gillenwater, Founder, Boardroom Insiders @CXO_Insights
  9. 9. 15 down, 85 more to go Get more amazing sales tips to take you through the entire sales cycles when you download our free e-book. Click image to get the e-book!
  10. 10. On thinking like your customers: “Start a conversation, not a pitch. Be sensitive to overloading customers with too much information out of the gate.” — Kevin Cundiff, VP of Retail, Fortegra
  11. 11. “Training your customer is one of the best ways to empower your customer. The more comfortable a customer is with best practice strategies and tactics, and the more comfortable they get with your product or service, the more confident and independent they will become.” — Dave Duke, VP of Customer Success at Sigstr @djdukeiu
  12. 12. Using tech to accelerate sales: Predictive scoring can show you the value of an account (i.e. its anticipated deal size, revenue impact and other metrics) before your team engages, so you’ll have confidence you’re spending time in the right places. “ Sean Zinsmeister Senior Director of Product Marketing, Infer @SZinsmeister ”
  13. 13. “Make sure that the first support ticket get answered lighting fast, and it will pay dividends, literally.” Ensuring customers are happy after the sale: —Dmitry Dragilev, Founder, JustReachOut.io @dragilev
  14. 14. “Schedule a time to review the agreement. During this conversation, focus not only on the deliverables and value, but on the potential problems that could surface. Take the time to agree upon a strategy to address any challenges, should they arise. Realists mitigate unwanted surprises.” Customer onboarding success: — Keith Rosen, Founder and Author, Coachquest @KeithRosen
  15. 15. On driving adoption: “Remember that your customer has internal “customers” they need to convince. Give them all the content they need to help them build credibility and support for your product/service internally.” — Mia Dand, CEO, Lighthouse3.com @MiaD
  16. 16. On appeasing angry customers: An angry customer is not upset at you. There is no reason to let yourself respond in anger at any point during an exchange, even if the customer is shouting. “ Debra Carpenter Marketing Director, Conversational Receptionists @hello_itsdeb ”
  17. 17. Crop Your Image To this Space For A Photo slide Or place a shape the color of your Product Cloud “Be upfront about the cost of your products, but tell your customers the real benefits to tacking on extra products. Have concrete evidence concerning how this will benefit them.” — Deborah Sweeney, CEO, MyCorporation.com @deborahsweeney On cross-selling & upselling:
  18. 18. On cross-selling & upselling: “Identify the white space. Your objective is to maximize your penetration in the account in a way that maximizes mutual value.” — Donal Daly, CEO, Altify @donaldaly
  19. 19. On cultivating customer loyalty: “Proactively map out the customer journey, and make sure the final destination always appears within reach.” — Rohan Ayyar, Digital Marketing Head, E2M @searchrook
  20. 20. Take your sales to the next level this year We’ve got 100 expert sales tips that cover the whole sales cycle. Get the e-book to read them all. Click image to get the e-book!

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