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How to Respond When a Prospect Says “I Got Your Message, I’m Not Interested”

“What do I do when I finally get ahold of a prospect I’ve been chasing and they respond with – “I got your message, I’m not interested”?” Answer: If you hear this response from prospects regularly, you have a bigger problem at hand because it means your original message is missing the mark. Missing the […]

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Precall Planning: How Much Do You Really Need to Know Before Making a Sales Call?

“I have several inside sales reps on my team that are NOT making quota. Their output (dials) is consistently low – but they say they are doing “smart calling” and researching their prospects first. My question is this: how much do you really need to know before making a sales call?” Answer: Well, the biggest […]

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Three Keys to Successful Prospecting

“What’s the #1 Key to Successful Prospecting?” There isn’t a “#1” Key. If you want to have success when prospecting you’ll need to know and consistently follow several principles. Here are a few of the top “Prospecting Keys” as I see them: 1) Know how to pick your zebra out of a herd In other […]

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Prospecting: How to Identify Your Targeted Audience

“My inside sales team needs to do a better job at generating targeted leads but trying to get them to prospect is like pulling teeth. Any suggestions?” SalesBuzz Answer by Michael Pedone: I remember like it was yesterday when I started working for a company that I was really excited about, and on day one, […]

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How to Become Your Prospect’s Vendor of Choice

“With prospects having so many choices and easy access to information, how do you become the vendor of choice when they are ready to buy?” Here’s a simple three-step plan to help earn your prospects business while leaving your competitors in the dust. Step 1: Know Whom Your Targeted Audience Is Anytime I ask a […]

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Are You Making Too Many Contact Attempts?

“How many attempts should I make to connect with a prospect before moving on?” I’ve read statistics that says it takes 6, 12 even 18 attempts to reach a prospect. But here’s the thing, I don’t use one rule across all lead types. I believe it is best to analyze the lead to determine how […]

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The “Just email me something” Blow-off

“How do you handle the “Just email me something” blow-off?” If you are hearing “just email me something” on a regular basis, your sales process is causing that to happen. Having a snarky response prepared means you aren’t fixing the real problem. The reason most sales people get that response is because they: Get the […]

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Unqualified Leads: Follow-Up or Forget?

Sales Question: “What Should I do With My Unqualified Leads? Should I continue to follow-up or just forget them?” Answer: Depends on your definition of unqualified. For me, a prospect needs to have three things in order to be qualified: A problem that I can help them solve; Power to make or at least influence […]

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Prospecting: Email or Call First?

Sales Prospecting Question: “I’m more comfortable sending emails first to new prospects rather than calling and interrupting their day but my manager says its better to call first… who’s right?” Answer: Well, couple things here… 1) When you say “you’re more comfortable” emailing a prospect first, how do you mean, exactly? Most times when I […]

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How to Make the Hardest Part of Cold Calling Easy

“My hardest part of cold calling is rapport building. I try to learn something personal about them before the call so I can connect with them without sounding fake. Any tips on how to sound sincere?” Hmmm… So you want to do something fake but not sound fake? Let’s call a spade a spade. Trying to […]

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