Posts with Category "Sales Research"

Take the New Survey: The Top-Performing Sales Organization
By Erica Stritch

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In this RAIN Group Center for Sales Research survey, we set out to answer the following question:

What do the top-performing sales organizations—those with better proposal win rates, attainment of sales plan, and overall revenue growth—do differently than the rest?

But we need your help.

Please take 15 minutes to complete the Top-Performing Sales Organization survey. As a thank you for participating, you'll receive a free report summary.

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Infographic: 10 Steps for Growing Your Key Accounts
By Erica Stritch

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Retaining current customers costs 6-7x less than acquiring news ones, and improving customer retention rates by a mere 5% can increase profit per customer by 25%-95%. So it makes sense that top companies focus on building relationships, increasing loyalty, and selling more to current customers as a growth strategy.

Based on our extensive research in strategic account management, we've identified 10 steps you can take to replicate their successes.

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3 Rules for Building a Value Proposition
By Mike Schultz

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Ask 100 sellers at 100 companies why their customers buy from them, and you're likely to hear 100 answers with the same underlying theme: the value we provide.

Sellers describe their value to us in a number of ways: we get results. Our relationships are very close. They get from us what they've always wanted (but never gotten) from other companies. We bring innovative solutions to the table. And so on.

Pretty obvious, right? To win sales you have to maximize value.

In practice there's no denying that sales winners are much better at getting buyers to perceive maximum value than the rest. In fact, in our research, only one factor—"overall value was superior"—was of top importance to buyers in all of the categories we studied (e.g. how winners win the initial sale, what drives repeat business, what drives referrals, etc.).

Before you can learn how to communicate value, however, you need to understand some key concepts about value.

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Infographic: 18 Tactics Buyers Use in Sales Negotiations
By Erica Stritch

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Good negotiators have the ability to recognize the negotiation style of the other party.

When a buyer comes to the negotiation in partner mode, it allows you to work collaboratively to create possibilities that expand the pie and result in the best possible agreement for both sides.

But what about when your buyer takes a different approach? What if your buyer is just trying to get the price reduced, get more from you for less, or something else altogether?

Despite the benefits of a partner-style negotiation, you need to know how to deal with positional buyer tactics when they arise.

In this infographic, we share 18 of the most common tactics a buyer might use, what they look like, and how you can be prepared for and respond to each so you can successfully negotiate with buyers on their terms.

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Should Buyers Take You Seriously?
By Mike Schultz

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What do James Franco, Daniel Craig, and Mo'Nique all have in common? They're described as actors who bring gravitas to their roles on the big and small screens.* Another is Sir Patrick Stewart, who embodied gravitas as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Picard had power and authority. He commanded respect. When he spoke, the Enterprise—and everyone else in the universe—listened.

Gravitas is rooted in Latin, meaning heavy, serious, having gravity. In the sales world, gravitas means you're someone to be taken seriously.

When buyers take you seriously, they're more apt to take your advice and buy into your ideas. That's why gravitas is a key quality of an insight seller.

Got Gravitas? What It Means for Winning Sales

Insight sellers possess 12 key attributes needed to succeed in sales. We've divided them into tendencies that drive behavior and qualities that guide those actions. Gravitas is one of five qualities found in sellers who consistently win sales. So what does gravitas look like?

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