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The 7 Deadly Sins of Virtual Selling Plus One

By Mark Gibson on Aug 4, 2021 3:45:04 PM

In June this year, Gartner held their mid-year Chief Sales Officer Conference, featuring a keynote from Distinguished VP Advisory, Brent Adamson, which I summarized in Brent Adamson Gartner CSO Conference Insights.

Topics: remote selling virtual selling skills
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How to Overcome Customer Success Disengagement

By Mark Gibson on Jul 20, 2021 11:48:02 AM

In May this year, Gartner’s Customer Service and Support team published a paper entitled, Why Service Reps Disengage and What You Can Do About It.

Topics: conversation frameworks customer success
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Four must haves for pipeline growth in a virtual world

By Mark Gibson on May 24, 2021 8:39:55 AM

 4 must haves For pipeline growth in a virtual world

The essential ingredients for salespeople to rapidly build a pipeline in addition to selling competence are virtual presence, video competence, brand mojo, and visual conversation frameworks for synchronous and asynchronous selling. Each element in the pipeline growth equation is important but they are accretive and help salespeople to capitalize every moment on camera in front of buyers.

Topics: remote selling virtual selling skills brand mojo
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Virtual Presence - A Conversation with Dave Kurlan

By Mark Gibson on May 12, 2021 11:48:36 AM

Last week I joined Dave Kurlan, CEO of Objective Management Group for a conversation on Virtual Presence for salespeople. From this interview we concluded that the majority of salespeople worldwide have a long way to go before they reach an acceptable level of virtual presence where they are creating Mojo for themselves and their brand in meetings with buyers.

Topics: virtual selling skills virtual presence brand mojo
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Are your sales and CS teams trashing your brand mojo?

By Mark Gibson on Apr 12, 2021 10:07:19 AM

CEOs, marketing, and sales leaders are likely unaware of the opportunities their sales and customer success teams are missing to contribute to their brand Mojo.  In fact, if they knew how badly some of their team members' online presence looked, they would be alarmed and call for immediate action.

Topics: virtual training remote selling
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2021 Sales Outlook - Focus on the Customer Experience

By Mark Gibson on Jan 13, 2021 3:40:48 PM

Every new year there are myriad articles published by analysts, pundits, and pseudo-experts looking back on the prior year and expounding on the future.  I have captured key points from a number of articles on what happened in 2020 and what to expect in 2021 and beyond.

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Customer Storyboarding & Remote Meeting Mastery- video

By Mark Gibson on Oct 12, 2020 11:29:19 AM

This 2.5-minute video explains how you can transform your team's virtual selling results, boost win-rate, and build pipeline this quarter.

Topics: virtual training remote selling
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How to Overcome Post-merger Go-to-Market- Challenges

By Mark Gibson on Aug 4, 2020 6:03:15 PM

Mergers and acquisitions hold promise for owners and investors of combinatorial synergies to reduce costs, increase profit, extend market and product coverage, as well as accelerate innovation.

2020 has been a banner year for mergers and acquisitions, with 5500 deals so far. This record volume may be partially due to the Covid-19 outbreak forcing the liquidation or disposal of underperforming non-core or struggling investments. However, mergers come with a great deal of risk as reflected in failure rates that are reported to be between 40% and 70%.

Despite best-laid plans and executive oversight, human factors present the greatest risk and sales-force integration is the toughest merger issue to overcome. 

Topics: sales enablement b2b buying process sales playbooks talent enablement
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How to Quickly Build Trust in Remote Meetings

By Mark Gibson on Jul 7, 2020 9:11:42 PM

This article will be of interest to salespeople, sales managers, sales enablement pro's, SE's and anyone interested in improving the outcomes of remote B2B sales meetings. The ideas in this article aren't new, but are largely unknown.  I learned the Sales Prologue for opening meetings from Enableocity partner, Jim Burns of Avitage and he learned them from Rob Scanlon.  We have adapted some of Rob's ideas to match our Remote Selling 4-Box Qualification Model.

Topics: remote selling
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Learning - to Learn to Sell

By Mark Gibson on Apr 29, 2020 7:00:00 AM

How Salespeople Learn

Learning is the most important skill for salespeople to master in the second decade of the 21st Century. Unlike medicine or law, selling is a profession that is learned by doing. The more calls you make, the faster you learn, and the more you learn about what works and what needs to change. Already in this decade, we are seeing the effect of combinations of exponential technologies that are profoundly and permanently disrupting the marketplace. Salespeople must learn how to learn and apply new knowledge quickly to contribute value to buyer-seller interactions.

Topics: sales training gamification social learning
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Do your salespeople communicate value?

By Mark Gibson on Apr 9, 2020 8:00:00 AM

I have been working in complex B2B sales enablement consulting and as a sales enablement practitioner for the past 16-years. Right from the first engagement where I rode-along on sales calls, to the conversation I had last week with a sales leader, a consistent problem persists: salespeople do not know how to effectively communicate value with buyers.

Topics: sales and marketing alignment marketing messaging commercial insight
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How To Use Analyst Reports to Engage Distracted Buyers

By Mark Gibson on Mar 17, 2020 11:34:33 AM

If your sales team is not using content like this to engage buyers they are missing a trick. Even if you are not in Cybersecurity, this article is instructive and comes with a proforma spark-email

The Mandiant M-Trends 2020 Report published last week is compulsory reading for cybersecurity professionals and salespeople selling into the cybersecurity market.

Topics: Content Curation sales effectiveness
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How to Qualify Buyer Intent from Initial Conversations

By Mark Gibson on Mar 11, 2020 9:13:57 AM

B2B Selling process is the subject of countless books, yet basic qualification of opportunities is still problematic. As a result, precious marketing, technical and sales resources are wasted on weeks and months-long evaluations for prospects who will never buy. What if your sales team was 90% accurate in qualifying prospects, what would that do for your win-rate and forecasting accuracy?

Topics: consultative selling sales enablement sales effectiveness