Category Archives: Business Acumen

How should sales teams adapt to changes in the marketplace?

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It is a harsh reality – product demand and brand scores are down. Some contributing factors to this decline are: bad experiences with retailers or suppliers, poor responses from intermediaries, mediocre service levels, automated procurement practices, stripped down pricing, and an increased number of competitors with products that are just as good and brand names […]

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First Aid Kit for a Sales Recovery

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Many of us have been there and some of us are yet to experience the gut wrenching experience when we finally, consciously realise that our sales pipeline and revenue numbers are in drastic decline and we are in deep, deep trouble. We realise all too dramatically that we are having the business and sales equivalent […]

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It’s time for Hybrid Sales Teams & Hybrid Businesses

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There comes a time when we realise that amidst change we cannot keep living the old way, doing the same old things expecting different outcomes. This time has come for Product Selling. Product or Transactional Selling, especially in B2B and complex B2C, is now obsolete. However, the amount of product companies that are now finding […]

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Warren Buffett’s wisdom and effective sales team

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. CEO Warren Buffett Interview

How can we build effective sales teams for the short and long term? This is the perennial question that has been asked by sales managers and business leaders for years. The simple answer is bit by bit, over time by investing wisely in the right things. Warren Buffett knows a thing or two about investing […]

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What we cannot control in sales

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Last week we talked about what we can control and influence in sales, especially in uncertain times.  This week is looking at what we cannot control in sales and how to learn to live with it.  What (and who) we cannot control Let’s face it, we operate in a complex world where many things are […]

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Why we need Sales Superheroes

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Why do we need Sales Superheroes? This question and its answer became evident at the inaugural 12 Sales Trends Annual Business Breakfast hosted by Barrett.  Focusing on what to do in light of the 12 Sales Trends for 2014 – The Thinking Sales Organisation, business and sales leaders from a wide range of industries gathered […]

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The History of Sales Methodologies

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Have you ever wondered just how many sales methodologies are out there and which ones work and which ones don’t? Maybe you haven’t given much conscious thought to this subject but then again maybe you have.  Either way, if you are in sales or run a sales team or business and want to be more […]

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7 differences between Sales and Marketing

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If any business is going to thrive in the 21st century it’s vital that we all have a clear understanding of how Sales and Marketing can work effectively together in our businesses. For too long, there have been unfruitful turf wars between sales and marketing teams. For too long, too many people have been fooled […]

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Why addressing Risk is 3 times more important than the benefits

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Plenty of time and effort is put into talking up the benefits of our products and services in a selling situation. Sales people often focus on why the benefits are important to our clients and how our client will be better off if they buy from us, etc.  This has been the mainstay of sales […]

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