Sales is a company wide responsibility to help the frontline sales person capture revenue and keep the buyer financially engaged with the firm.

the ceo magazine, business growth,

We most often use the term “one hit wonder” to describe music performers who have had a single success. Sometimes these one-hit wonders produced novelty songs such as Jeannie C. Riley’s 1968 number-one hit “Harper Valley PTA.” In spite of the song gracing the charts in the 60s, hardly anyone today would admit to thinking the hit represented true quality. And since Ms. Riley never produced another top-seller, we can also agree she didn’t offer consistency.

the ceo magazine, customer service,
Chip R. Bell

Walk into Sewell Lexus in Dallas, Texas.  A huge overhead light shaped like an upside-down diamond…bathes the bone-colored tile of the showroom in a soft glow. Offices are done in rich mahogany paneling. Large plants are everywhere, plus colorful fresh flowers. The sitting area has overstuffed leather couches centered on a rich oriental rug.  If this were a home it would be in Architectural Digest! You realize you are in a classy place when you are warmly greeted by everyone like you are guest in their home, not like easy prey for salespeople in search of a kill.  

the ceo magazine, marketing,
Gerri Knilans, President, Trade Press Services

Cold calling is an outbound marketing effort many consider outdated. In fact, there are countless blogs and articles proclaiming in large type, “cold calling is dead!” However, 90% of Fortune 500 companies consider telemarketing an effective marketing campaign and are still investing in outbound calling programs. So, the question is why?

One reason is that amidst rapidly evolving technology, human interaction and out reach are more important than ever. In fact, 70 percent of B2B sales come from human interaction, and 56 percent of those sales start with telemarketing. But cold calling takes skill. Here are some keys to turning cold calls into conversations.

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