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Sales isn’t typically a business owner’s top skill. But your passion and vision for the business has carried you to the successful company you have today. Now it’s time to grow and, as you grapple with building your sales organization, 5 common sales myths stymie your progress. Below are
When you hire salespeople, you expect they’ll hold themselves accountable. Sales accountability won’t be your job. Yet, nonperformance is the most common complaint about salespeople and a huge source of stress for managers. As an owner or sales manager, you thought you’d hired a stellar salesperson, but they aren’t
The hot topic in sales recently is that cold calling is DEAD. The lead generation landscape has changed. Publish good campaign content and people will flock to you. Engage on social media to begin prospecting conversations. Don’t bother with calling. Nobody picks up their phone anyway. But I disagree
You’ve probably heard the sales prospecting saying that it takes 10 “no’s” to get one “yes,” but I think that number is outdated. In today’s market, it can take 40 voicemails to reach a live person and dozens of emails to yield a single response. For sales reps, that
Email lead generation campaigns are a powerful method for connecting with your target market on a large scale through a message that matters to your prospects. They take a lot of the guess work out of cold calling. Automation platforms handle the tedious email grunt work for you. And
When business owners talk about leads, marketing qualified leads, or sales qualified leads, you need to stop them immediately and ask for a definition. Everyone will define these terms differently.  My husband and I have an inside joke from when we were first married. I used to call the
Sales as sport – the comparisons abound. Sales TEAMS look to WIN business. Top salespeople are often recognized with TROPHIES. The list goes on. However, there is one connection to sports that often gets overlooked – COACHING. More specifically, coaching sales reps how to better convert inbound leads into
Your B2B marketing campaigns are generating inbound leads. Marketing carefully tracks the source and hands over the information to sales. Your salespeople diligently reach out to everyone on the list. It’s a single, solution-rich message that lets reps easily contact each lead.  But only 1 person responds  You’re confused.
By Kendra Lee The foundation of all B2B lead generation strategies, regardless of the activities you choose to use, is your target market. If you get it wrong, no matter how big your budget, great your content, or how much you pummel it, the results will not fill your sales
I frequently recommend using lead generation, and then in the next breath mention sales prospecting when we’re defining new business development strategies and building client campaigns. But, I’ve realized that business owners – and even salespeople and marketers – don’t recognize the subtle differences between them. Both terms describe
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