Category Archives: Sales Driven Organisations

How Sales and Marketing can excel in a world in flux

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In this sales trend from the Barrett’s 12 Sales Trends Report for 2018, David Hubbard explains what sales and marketing can do working together to excel at generating revenue. Who’s in flux? The Buyer. They have dramatically changed how they identify, evaluate and purchase solutions over the past 10 years, and they continue to evolve. […]

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Want to find & own uncontested markets? Try Blue Ocean Strategy

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In today’s cluttered business landscape and global marketplace, finding uncontested markets to sell into and own, free of competition, at least for the foreseeable future, is getting harder, and harder and harder. Developing innovative ideas that turn into something new, unique and viable, are not easy to copy, and deliver revenue and healthy margins is […]

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What are the biggest sales issues & opportunities for CEOs & Sales Leaders today?

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Since late 2014, we have been rolling out the Sales Strategy & Operations Audit working with a wide range of businesses across industries in the public, private, and N4P sectors to help them sell better. In 2017, we compiled the Barrett Sales Strategy & Operations Benchmark Report for 2015-2017 based on over 20 companies and […]

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Sales Trend 4: Buyer Behaviours, AI & the Future of Sales Roles

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Sales Trend 4 from the Barrett 12 Sales Trends Report for 2018 is about buyer behaviours and the future of sales roles. According to Gartner Research, by 2020 85% of interactions between businesses will be executed without human interaction. [i] Automation has already diminished the number of people required for blue collar manufacturing roles; however, […]

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What does Selling Better mean to sales team’s retention rates?

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What do you make of this statistic? The average tenure of a sales representative across Europe and USA is currently 15 months. Ouch! There are other stats that also show the average staff turnover can be anything around 25-50% per annum, or more in some cases.  Some call centres experience turnover rates of over 70% […]

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Sales Strategy: Ditch short-termism for robust sales strategies that drive more & better sales now & over the long-term

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‘If you don’t know where you’re going, every road will lead you nowhere’. This famous quote is usually attributed to the master strategist and politician, Winston Churchill. Why have I led with this quote? Sadly, in today’s busy, noisy and complex world, this quote represents a common state of affairs for many organisations’ CEOs, Executive […]

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Are your sales conferences pumping or slumping?

*** Trigger Warning: May contain traces of sarcasm *** We’ve all been there: a sea of people, pulled together from across the country or region, locked in a windowless room with artificial light, seated at round tables with mints and water, patiently waiting for the parade of presenters to finish their ‘Death by PowerPoint’ presentations […]

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Back to sales basics

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I like to keep on top of what is current, what is emerging, and what is still an idea. This is why I make time each week to do research as it helps me navigate my way around the present and into the future. However, I am finding there is so much to read, so […]

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Get more sales by aligning your sales process to the buying process

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In the classic Bill Murray movie Caddyshack, he tries in vain to catch a gopher (rodent) ruining the golf course. Eventually, it occurs to him that “in order to catch a gopher, you have to think like one…” It was a good movie, with good advice from Murray. And it is good advice for salespeople […]

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Don’t die wondering, the real secret to sales success – Part I of II: the business

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I know, I know, I know. How many times have we seen the ‘Secrets to Sales Success’ plastered over the internet only to be left disappointed? Usually, these ‘secrets’, once you look into them, either leave you feeling duped because of the unethical biases they take, or you are left with lots of little bits […]

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