Mastering the B2B Sales Process: How to Effectively Reach Decision Makers

Budget and timing are the two major reasons why businesses and salespersons lose in B2B sales process. This is according to a report from Chorus. This gives emphasis to the fact that the B2B sales process is a long one and it needs strategic approaches not only in budget and timing but also in other key aspects. To be successful in B2B sales means to have a deeper appreciation of B2B processes and sales stages, determining and reaching the decision-makers, and knowing how to go through the sales process efficiently. Understanding the B2B Sales Process The B2B process takes longer… Continue Reading

The Art of Presales Engagement in B2B

In the world of B2B sales, the presales stage is a crucible. It's where deals are forged or fractured, and where building trust and understanding with potential clients is paramount.  But with complex products, demanding decision-makers, and a cutthroat landscape, how can you ensure your presales team is engaging effectively and making the most of the B2B sales process? This article dives into the art of presales engagement in B2B, offering strategies and tips to transform your presales team into engagement champions. But before we delve into tactics, let's pose a critical question: In today's ever-evolving B2B landscape, what are… Continue Reading

How to Attract Better Prospects

What are the best ways and the best practices for attracting better prospects for your business? 40% of sales leaders claim that their top challenge to reaching their goals is to generate enough qualified leads through prospecting. A qualified lead is basically any company or individual who could become your potential customer based on certain criteria and the information they have provided. Note that there are no standard criteria for all types of businesses. You can develop your own criteria based on a number of factors. Sales teams want to focus on qualified leads in order to increase the success… Continue Reading

Cracking the Sales Code: Lessons from 8 Sales Case Studies

While HubSpot's sales report shows a decent close rate of 29%, the lower win rate of 21% suggests inefficiencies. This gap indicates that unqualified leads are likely slipping through the cracks, requiring a closer look at lead qualification and potentially a sales process refinement to improve conversion rates. Challenges in selling may have many reasons: Selling has become more challenging with the changes in consumer behavior. Salespeople’s selling techniques are not as effective anymore as they were years ago. The supply of products and/or services offered has saturated the market The sales distribution has spread thinly among individual salespeople. The… Continue Reading

10 Ways to Make a Bad First Impression During Business Outreach

For people who are uncomfortable with direct sales contact, conducting business outreach might be a compelling alternative to cold-calling; however, when adopting business outreach strategies, it's crucial to take into account the impact a “strategy” may have on your brand. As an introvert, I've spent the majority of my entrepreneurial life mastering the techniques of inbound marketing. But avoiding business outreach forever isn't sustainable — especially in the early days where SEO is practically non-existent and your social-media followers primarily represent your "friends and family" circle. Research led by ValueSelling Associates, Inc reports that 48% of sales professionals are afraid… Continue Reading

How to Find Leads for a WordPress Development Company?

In order to grow as a professional WordPress developer, you have to work with businesses that believe in expert development and value long-term results. More often than not, business owners are fooled by the media and marketing collateral online explaining how easy development is, solutions sold for $20 - $100, or site builders that would supposedly “revolutionize your business online”. Here are some tips that would steadily grow your value and bring some business to you. 1. Perfect Your Skills When I switched to full-time freelancing, I already had a 5-year technical college degree, 4 years of full-time development experience,… Continue Reading

Why You Have to Target Non-US Markets For Higher Profits

Currently, the United States is the world's largest national economy. Its GDP for 2016 is $18,56 trillion, hosts the majority of the biggest companies in the universe (that we know of), and is notoriously known as the "land of unlimited possibilities." [caption id="attachment_12254" align="aligncenter" width="730"] GDP for the US over the years - source[/caption] It's only natural to target the US market when selling services, or products, and aim for a higher percentage of visitors, users, and customers living in the States. It's the goal of many entrepreneurs and a target for their marketing teams. A study quoted by Reference.com… Continue Reading

5 Powerful Sales Prospecting Strategies for SMEs

I remember landing my first consulting clients by sales prospecting through the following channels: Referral LinkedIn Cold outreach The first one came from a friend providing consulting in a different field. He did reach out to me and asked if I was interested - so that worked out pretty well (a warm reference plus a vetted client). #2 was through LinkedIn. I signed up in 2007, joined a few groups, added the folks in my circle. I met some local peers who were building a community of a sort - similar to what “LinkedIn Local” is nowadays. #3 was a… Continue Reading

Sales Tips For Bootstrapping a Development Startup

Software developers often think about starting a business of their own. There are freelance and remote working opportunities, the job requires understanding business models, and the pay is great. Of course, the tricky question is - how to land repetitive customers? 4 Strategies For Bootstrapping Without A Sales Background [caption id="attachment_13303" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Checklist from https://articles.bplans.com/business-startup-checklist/[/caption] Sales skills are paramount for founders. Founders are the best salespeople in a business over the first years. They are passionate enough to work crazy hours for minimal pay for years, living and breathing their own business. Founders know every aspect of their business… Continue Reading

Practical Tips for Selling a WordPress Platform to SMBs

Selling a WordPress-driven platform to small or medium-sized businesses (SMB) is a major challenge for freelancers and small businesses. Every SMB is unique, with its requirements, goals, and visions. A generic pitch might not resonate with them. Customization and understanding individual business needs are crucial to making the WordPress platform appealing. Not all SMB owners or decision-makers are tech-savvy. Simplifying technical jargon and presenting the benefits of WordPress in an easy-to-understand manner can be the difference between locking the deal or losing a potential client. During my last research, there were over 2 million freelancers offering WordPress development services on… Continue Reading