How to Spot Hidden Opportunities for Sales Growth

In the hunt for sales growth, profit growth, or share growth from the sales force, every sales leader, whether new or seasoned, whether from a growth-stage or a mature-stage company, faces the same question. Where will the growth come from?

The best answers are frequently unearthed by looking at differences in performance, sales activity, and market potential across different pieces of the business — certain customer segments, selected products within a broad portfolio, or specific groups of salespeople. Better analytics, as well as improved data storage and organization technologies, are enabling companies to get more creative in the way they analyze data to discover and take advantage of these hidden pockets of growth.

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The 7 Attributes of the Most Effective Sales Leaders

Every salesperson knows the quality of their sales manager will have a profound impact on their own success. A recent study, Harvard Business Review (HBR) conducted proves this point. Sixty-nine percent of salespeople who exceeded their annual quota rated their sales manager as being excellent or above average. In addition, the quality of the sales organization is directly associated to the quality of sales leadership. Fifty-six percent of salespeople who rated their sales organization as excellent also rated their sales manager as excellent—compared to only 3% who rated their organization as average.

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