Category Archives: Sales Results

Why Marketing can’t fix a Sales Problem

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When sales start to dry up or the business doesn’t seem to be getting traction with customers, many small to medium (SME) sized businesses will usually turn to Marketing in the first, and often only instance, as their preferred solution to fixing poor sales results. Why? Because many people have been taught to think they […]

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What’s the right Sales Conversion Ratio for my sales team?

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At Barrett, we get asked a lot about what is the right sales conversion ratio for sales teams. And our answer is to offer more questions such as:  Are the market(s) you are targeting in growth, mature, decline, or saturation mode? What value propositions are you taking to market to your prospective clients in terms […]

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How to create a new sales routine that delivers results

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We all know that creating a better sales team, better sales culture, better sales leadership and better sales strategy that delivers better sales results does not happen by attending the occasional sales training workshop. Though it doesn’t stop sales leaders from opting for the ‘quick fix’ annual sales workshop to show that they are ‘doing […]

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Sales managers – how coachable are you?

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We read a lot of information and articles about the importance of sales managers being great sales coaches and the impact of coaching on sales results and salespeople’s effectiveness. Like anything, being a great sales coach requires practice, tools, resources and consistent effort. Yes, some sales managers will be naturally inclined to be great coaches […]

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Does your sales force match what you are selling?

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One size does not fit all when it comes to building the right type of sales force for what you are selling; yet many professionals treat selling as a homogeneous skill set, expecting salespeople to be able to sell anything. Or another fatal mistake is to assume that industry experience and knowledge alone is all […]

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‘How we sell around here’ equals sales success

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Many years ago, and for many years, when salespeople were recruited into the sales team of a business they would be schooled in ‘how we sell around here’. New salespeople regardless of their experience would be introduced to the business’ sales plan, target markets and customer segments, the product range, the current sales processes, tools […]

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Lessons for Sales from ‘Good to Great’

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Jim Collins (author of “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t”) stimulates a thought that many sales managers should be asking themselves right now: “What makes good salespeople great?” At Barrett we work with sales managers and salespeople every day, and recently asked that question of a number of people in […]

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Why using Sales Intelligence helps you close more sales

Whilst many salespeople complain of their frustrations with getting an initial appointment with new prospects, it’s the next step – converting these initial buyer-seller conversations into a presentation opportunity – that should be more of a concern. Research from CSO Insights shows an alarming erosion in the ability to move a sale from an initial […]

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Sales Reporting – Why Bother?

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Recently, I met a very impressive young Sales Manager. Let’s call him Sam. Sam knew his sales stuff. He knew what to look for when it came to accurate reporting of sales data. Nothing too complicated. He was conscious of focussing on the key measures and not overloading his sales team with too much reporting […]

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How buying patterns have changed

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Salespeople everywhere are faced with demands to meet increasingly high quotas in the face of growing market complexity and relentless financial pressure. There is also more competitors with Me2 products –just as good as brand names–, and an increased pressure on margins with buyers reluctant to make early commitments. Salespeople are facing demands like they […]

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