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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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The differences between business, sales, and marketing strategies

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This week we thought we would touch on the differences between business, sales, and marketing strategies. The reason for that is that there’s usually confusion between sales and marketing strategies. To avoid confusion, it’s always good to look at definitions. Michael Porter defines strategy as the set of choices that define a company’s distinctive approach […]

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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 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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Sales Trend 2 – The case for long-term focus

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Sales Trend 2 of the Barrett 12 Sales Trends for 2018 Report is the case for long-term focus and strategy. It’s no news that most businesses are focused on the short-term, living from quarter to quarter, and that although there’s ongoing argument about whether there’s enough evidence or not to say that long-term businesses perform […]

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Is an Organic Growth Strategy a better way to go?

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How do I grow my business? How do I get a better ROI? How do I get more profitable sales? How do I attract and convert more customer? These are some of questions entrepreneurs, business owners, CEOs and sales leaders ask on daily basis. And rightly so. We need to ask questions of ourselves and […]

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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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Rethinking our economy… How do we sell in a Circular Economy with Doughnut Economics?

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Go out on a limb It’s hard not to notice that we all have quite a bit on our agendas; lots of things competing for our time and attention; too many things that are likely to leave us feeling overwhelmed, overloaded and often confused. People are asking lots of questions, e.g.:  Which way to turn? […]

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Why Sales is still the elephant in the room

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Have you noticed that nearly everyone you meet from CEOs and leaders to professionals services firms, not-for-profits and universities, to the people in the street want to do anything but actually sell and talk about sales? Many of them will tell you that they want to grow their businesses, deliver better revenue and profits, drive […]

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HOPE is not a Sales Strategy

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Whilst hope isn’t a sales strategy, without the right ingredients failure is certain The protocol for developing a sales strategy is fundamentally different to that used for other business strategies. Even the thinking that drives a sales strategy is somewhat different to that which drives marketing strategies. Here are a few guidelines: The golden rule […]

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