5 Elements of a Sales Opportunity Plan
By Mike Schultz

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Sellers who win consistently plan to win from the start. They're methodical. They carefully match their sales process to the buyer's, set goals for every meeting, and do an exceptional job of communicating value.

Top sellers build strategies to drive sales opportunities, and use planners to help guide them through to the win.

RAIN Group's Sales Opportunity PlannerSM, made up of 5 core elements, has been seasoned over years of use at client sites. It's proven to be effective in increasing win rate.

The running theme of the Sales Opportunity Planner? Read on to find out.

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On-Demand Webinar: 5 Sales Strategies to Increase Your Win Rate
By Erica Stritch

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Ever think you were going to win a big sale...and then you lost? Lost to the competition when you really should have won? Lost to no decision because the buyer didn't see the value or the urgency?

Sure, you can't win 'em all. But you can certainly win more. With the right strategies, ideas, and approach, your win rate will go up. If you lead a sales team, the right strategies across the board will help everyone win more sales, and help you exceed your overall revenue goals.

If you want your sellers to master their sales opportunities from the first touch to the close, this webinar with RAIN Group President Mike Schultz is essential to watch. He shares 5 recommended strategies that, when applied systematically, will help your team win more sales.

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4 Questions Sellers Must Ask to Build a Value Proposition
By Mike Schultz

4 questions to build a strong value proposition

Imagine it's the end of a long, important sales process. Your buyer has given you the verbal 'yes' to buy, but he has to deliver a summary of the value proposition case—why he's made the decision to move forward with you—to his peers and the board of directors. And no, you can't attend the meeting and speak alongside him. He must make the argument himself, and it has to be good.

If you want buyers to be armed with the best material to make this case, first you must be able to make it to yourself.

The most successful sellers make the value case to themselves as powerfully as possible—before getting buyers to believe in it just as strongly. Making the value proposition case is straightforward if you ask the following questions.

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The 4 Buyer Mindsets: Who Will Buy and Who Won't
By Mike Schultz

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Just because a buyer is in a position of authority—and has the financial ability to buy—doesn't mean they will, in fact, buy. They have to be in the right mindset.

We call the right mindsets "buying modes." The wrong mindsets, "non-buying modes." When you understand which mode someone is in, you'll know whether they’re inclined to make a purchase or not.

There are two different buying modes: Problem-solving, and Future-seeking. There are also two non-buying modes: Satisfied, and Euphoric.

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Want to Win Your Next Big Sale? Win Lab It
By Mike Schultz

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When it comes to winning big sales opportunities, sales leaders often share 2 complaints:

1.  Sellers aren't proactive. They fail to drive their most important sales opportunities forward with determination and rigor.

2.  Even when sellers are proactive, they don't follow a consistent process to put themselves in the best position to win the sale.

Based on our research and experience, we've found that the key to fixing these management headaches is to focus on opportunity planning, and installing the discipline in sellers to follow the plan.

In fact, the better sellers are at planning for sales opportunities, the higher the win rate. The RAIN Group Center for Sales Research recently studied the effects of sales opportunity management process and win rate. We asked, "Which of the statements below best describes the organization's overall process for winning individual sales opportunities."

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