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Inside Sales: A Friendly Reminder On The Importance Of Listening In Sales

Listening Skills, Sales Reps, 1 4 Fitts

First, Happy New Year to everyone – I hope 2013 is starting well! 

In my last post of 2012 I discussed the importance on the types of questions our teams are asking as inside sales reps when they are having a conversation with a prospect.   So to carry the theme loosely across to my first post of 2013, I wanted to discuss the importance of listening. 

Inside Sales: Questions That Lead To Meaningful Answers

Sales Questions, Sales Process, 12 20 Fitts

As I was driving into work I began to think about the upcoming day and what I had on my schedule.  I started to think about the interactions I needed to have and realized that over the course of a day I interact with a wide variety of individuals, clients, team members, managers, my peers, my boss, and even the Mass Pike toll collectors some days.  All of these interactions include having a conversation. 

Planning for a Successful 2013 Starts with a Positive Attitude

Sales Planning, End of Year Planning, 12 6 Fitts

So I am sure everyone has started to take a look at their business as they begin to plan for 2013 and the upcoming new year (if you have not you should!).  I know that it is a busy time for everyone trying to close out the quarter/year as well as dealing with the holiday season on the personal side. It can be difficult to think about the upcoming year with everything that is on the table.

Managing And Measuring For Success With Your Inside Sales Team

Managing Success, Measuring Inside Sales Reps, 11 21 Fitts

I think we can all agree that when managing an inside sales team it is critical to be constantly evaluating the performance of your team and yourself as a manager.  This can be done a number of ways – whether through individual coaching of reps, team strategy meetings, analysis and review of specific metrics, or feedback sessions with your team members. 

Your Sales Team's Beliefs About Their Job Effect Their Actions And Results

Accountability, Results Pyramid, 10 11 Fitts

I recently attended a leadership workshop hosted by the Oz Principle that was focused on the topic of accountability on a personal and organizational level.

In this post I am not going to explore all the concepts that we discussed, primarily because I am still working on digesting all of the information we covered during the workshop.

That said, one idea they shared regarding the actions people take every day in their job and how those actions are influenced is something that resonated with me and I think anyone who manages an inside team or is responsible for results should be in touch with.  The Oz Principle uses their “Results Pyramid” to visually diagram what they have found to be the drivers behind the actions we take. 

Business Conversations Equal More Sales Opportunities

Business Conversations, Inside Sales, 9 26 Fitts

I have worked with a number of clients over the course of my 9 years in the teleprospecting industry and something we are continuously asked by our clients is, “Our technology is very complex, will your team be able to adequately understand our entire solution?”

Providing 'Big Data' To Your Clients

Big Data, Client Engagement, Date Requirements 8 7 Fitts

A few weeks back I wrote a post titled - Are You Providing 'Big Data' For Your Inside Sales Team? - and explored the concept of “informationalization” after reading Thomas Redman’s post on the Harvard Business Review’s blog.  I discussed its relationship to the importance of managing a successful inside sales team by providing them with big data.

Are You Providing 'Big Data' For Your Inside Sales Team?

Big Data, Insides Sales, Teleprospecting 7 11 Fitts

I was once again reading the Harvard Business Review blog and I came across an article focused on integrating data into your product offering.

In this article, Thomas Redman explores the importance of a concept called “informationalization” – defined as “make existing products and services more valuable to your customers by building in more data and information”.   As I continued to read Thomas’ post, I began to think about my client portfolio, both past and present, and some of the different data demands that have been needed for a successful engagement.  As an Inside Sales Director and organization we have tried to both iterate our offering in the market but also tailor the data that we are capturing and delivering back to our clients in the form of weekly reports.  I also began to think about viewing my inside sales team as my client and my responsibility to provide them “informationalized” support.

A Few Keys To A Successful Inside Sales Program

Keys to Sales Success, Inside Sales 6 11 Matt Fitts

There are a number of items that an inside sales team needs to be successful, from the daily operations and employees to management.  A good manager puts their employees in a position to succeed, which requires the right tools and best practices in place to do so.  Below is a list of things to start with.

How Does Your Inside Sales Team Deliver A Message?

5 7 Fitts

A lot has been written lately on the AG Salesworks Blog about different approaches to inside sales/teleprospecting and specifically about having “business conversations” with the right people within our target audiences.  Recently, I was reading a number of articles from various sources on the web, and I stumbled upon an article posted on Inc. by Tom Searcy titled, “What a 9-Year-Old Can Teach you about selling”.

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