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Trying to make a difference in a field that enjoys failure
Tuesday, 19 Apr, 2011
Trying to make a difference in a field that enjoys failure

Years ago, when the marketing automation field began publicizing that it would ‘follow the buy cycle’ and ‘place data exactly where it should be placed in the buyer’s decision path’, I knew that would be impossible, using the sales model. As a solution placement device, sales merely manages the last 10% of the buyer’s journey […]

How do systems determine buying decisions?
Friday, 8 Apr, 2011
How do systems determine buying decisions?

Because sales operates in needs assessment/solution placement terms, and not on the buying decision paths, we don’t consider that there is an actual system to how buyers buy. But there is. And it’s scalable.
BUYING DECISIONS ARE BASED ON SYSTEMS AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT
We live in systems (My book Dirty Little Secrets: why buyers can’t buy and sellers can’t sell […]

Buyer Readiness: teach the buyer to qualify themselves
Friday, 25 Mar, 2011
Buyer Readiness: teach the buyer to qualify themselves

Do you know when a buyer is ready to buy? Do you know what they must do to get ready? Do you know who else needs to be involved for them to be ready? Do you know the risks they face when considering bringing in a new solution – and how they will mitigate the […]

Total Sales Performance: Buying Facilitation® plus Sales
Friday, 11 Mar, 2011
Total Sales Performance: Buying Facilitation® plus Sales

We understand sales. We know how to assess need, brand/pitch/present solutions, and design sites to bring in, and follow, eyeballs. We use technology to help us sell. Now it’s time to have total sales performance – putting together all methodologies to help us find prospects and sell our solutions.
At the moment, you’ve got a lot […]

Is sales a ‘relationship-driven business’ ? Really?
Friday, 18 Feb, 2011
Is sales a ‘relationship-driven business’ ? Really?

I recently read a blog post by Andrew Hunt in which he stated: “…sales remains a relationship-driven business, the power of “who you know” is trumped by “what you know about who you know.” ”
Andrew is preaching the gospel of the entire sales industry: this is a common belief in the field, and drives much of […]

Selling for the banking industry
Friday, 28 Jan, 2011
Selling for the banking industry

Banks sell very similar products. Of course each bank has its own special sauce, but overall, the products are similar-enough to lull prospective buyers into believing that it doesn’t matter which bank they buy from, or which solution they choose.
PROBLEMS SELLING A BANKING SOLUTION
Bankers therefore encounter a few problems when selling: if solutions seem the same, how […]