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Enabling B2B Sales & Marketing

Sales and Marketing alignment – SMarketing – is not enough!

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 22-Aug-2017 13:31:45

I get it.

Sales & Marketing need to align.

Naturally.

But enough already.

Every organisational division needs to align.

If Finance doesn’t align with Manufacturing – we won’t have the cash to build stuff. But if they align in the “wrong way” (ie share poor raw materials forecast, share poor cashflow forecasts) – we’ll go broke!

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Topics: B2B Sales, Strategy, Marketing

3 Tips to Help You Become a Marketing Leader

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 20-Apr-2017 06:58:36

A recent survey revealed that less than 25% of B2B marketers view their company’s marketing as “excellent” – with the majority (41%) rating it as “fair”. Considering the time, effort and cost involved in marketing your business, a fair rating is a pretty disappointing return.

So, if you’re one of the many B2B business owners and managers who feel there is room for improvement in your marketing output, where do you start? And what should you do? Here are three top tips that will help you focus your marketing efforts and generate results that will see you become a market leader.

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Topics: Strategy, Marketing

How to Get Your B2B Sales and Marketing Teams on The Same Page

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 06-Apr-2017 10:19:14

It’s no secret that the internet and social media have changed the way people buy.

Today’s buyers can educate themselves online about their problems, and find potential solutions, without the help of a sales pitch. So, if you want to meet your customers along the new buyer journey, you need a new approach to selling.

But what should you do? An important first step is to align your sales and marketing teams.

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Topics: B2B Sales, Strategy, Marketing

The 7 Deadly Sins of B2B Sales

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 03-Mar-2017 13:34:07

2017 is well underway. Depressingly, it's not difficult to see what HASN'T changed when it comes to B2B sales practices.

But if we can all agree on what's wrong, at least that gives us an agenda of what to fix! The usual suspects are all here in this list of 7 deadly sins: engaging the customer too late; selling the steak and not the sizzle, and thinking that "relationship building" is the holy grail of sales, just to name a few. 

Here's a full list of what we're seeing that's wrong in B2B sales - what we're calling the "7 Deadly Sins of B2B Sales" - and how to fix them...

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Topics: Sales

The Buyer Test: How to Spot a Genuine Customer

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 24-Feb-2017 15:16:25

The Buyer Test - How to Spot a Genuine Customer.jpgIn our last article, we celebrated those wonderful sales prospects who are brave enough to tell us the truth and reject a sales proposal if it’s not for them.

They don’t lead us on to avoid confrontation, or waste our time by requesting a quote that they’re never going to read, let alone accept. Their honesty means we can both move on - but unfortunately, all too often in sales this is not how it goes.

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Topics: Sales

Why You Should Welcome Sales Rejections

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 10-Feb-2017 14:32:26

I just had a prospect politely refuse to have a follow-up meeting with me.

Am I sad? Hell no! I'm rejoicing - if only some other folk I call on were this upfront and honest!

This may sound a little strange coming from a business owner whose role includes "sales" - surely rejection is never a good thing? We’ll actually, sometimes it can be. Let me explain...

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Topics: Sales

The salesperson of the future - 6 tips for 2017

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 02-Feb-2017 12:19:05

As buyers continue to change how they buy, sales people need to keep evolving.

But how - and why?

In short - the salesperson of the future will be the one that adapts his/her selling processes to match the new way in which buyers buy.

There are lots of disrupting influences in the B2B marketplace at the moment - the move to the cloud, social media, globalisation, etc. These issues are disrupting commerce - but the accompanying change in how buyers buy in particular is disrupting and making irrelevant the "old ways of selling"..

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Topics: B2B Sales, Sales, Sales Methodology

7 Golden Rules of Sales

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 12-Jan-2017 16:52:47

You might have heard the analogy about sales (including social selling) being like a cocktail party.

The person at the party people want to talk to is NOT the guy talking about how great he is. Rather, it's the person who's doing active listening - responding to and engaging with what others have to say. 

Sales is the same. Successful salespeople are not those who yammer away at the prospect with a megaphone, talking incessantly about their products and services. Instead, it's the person who listens to the prospect's pain points and challenges, showing understanding by articulating the problem and painting a picture of a solution before ever mentioning their own product. 

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Topics: B2B Sales, Sales, Sales Methodology

Our Most Read Blog Posts from 2016

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 06-Jan-2017 13:19:08

2016 was a big year in sales and marketing. In order of popularity, here's a collection of our most-read posts from the last 12 months:

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Topics: B2B Sales, Sales, Disruptive Selling

How to Sell More Without Mentioning Your Products

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 01-Dec-2016 16:17:20

Why talking about your company, products and services won’t get you the sale

OK – hands up – how many of you have proudly invested in your “company presentation”, insisting your sales team includes it at the start of every customer meeting?

Typically, it will go something like, “Here’s how we started – here’s our staff – here’s our locations – here’s our products and services…” and so on. What a great way to bore a customer to death!

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Topics: B2B Sales, Sales, Disruptive Selling