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You Don’t Need Inbound Marketing If…

Posted by Matt Sunshine

August 28, 2017

Recently I was talking to a general manager of a radio station who has been following this blog for some time now. For this article, I'll refer to him as Bob. Bob reached out to me because one of his general sales managers who also reads this blog had been telling him that they need to invest in an inbound marketing strategy.

Bob had some interest but he was not convinced he really needed to do inbound marketing. To Bob, inbound marketing just seemed like a way to let salespeople off the hook and not have to do their own prospecting. (This idea could not be more wrong—but more on that in a minute). In addition to the lack of prospecting, Bob looked at inbound marketing as an expense that did not have any sort of ROI, at least in the short run. So, with all that said, Bob asked me if I could convince him that he should do inbound marketing.

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Topics: lead generation, inbound marketing, mattsunshine, media

Are You Using Your Sales Superpowers?

Posted by Matt Sunshine

August 23, 2017

Sales superpowers? Yes, really. To understand what I mean, please take a step back from the world of selling and focus instead on the process of buying.

The easiest way to wrap your mind around this is to consider a few common business-to-consumer (B2C) purchasing processes like buying a car, remodeling a kitchen, or selecting a college. Looking through that lens, it is easy to see how different the process of buying is today than it was only 10 years ago. I’m sure you would agree that the most notable difference is the amount of time the consumer spends researching in advance.

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Topics: lead generation, mattsunshine

Inbound Marketing: Just a Fad? Or is it 2/3 of the Game?

Posted by Matt Sunshine

August 9, 2017

Imagine going to a hockey game, and watching as your team decides not to take the ice for the first two periods of the game. Instead, they just skate the last 20 minutes and leave the entire ice to their opponent for the first 40 minutes. How’s that gonna work out for them?

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Topics: inbound marketing, mattsunshine

Follow This 5-Step Process to Generate Great Case Studies

Posted by Matt Sunshine

July 24, 2017

The need for high-quality case studies has never been greater than it is right now. Salespeople everywhere are encountering more and more competition to earn business and attention from their prospects and even from their current clients.

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Topics: case studies, mattsunshine

The 9-Step Lead Generation Audit Every Business Leader and Sales Manager Should Conduct

Posted by Matt Sunshine

July 17, 2017

Lead generation is a necessary function for any business that needs to grow. So in today’s world, that’s essentially every business. And the reality is there are a ton of opinions surrounding the different strategies and options for lead generation. You can utilize intrusive strategies and buy a list of e-mails, phone numbers, or addresses that “seem” to fit your ideal customer profile. You can go door-to-door and personally solicit the customers you want to call on. You can spend lots of money on mass marketing tactics and “push” the benefits of your company hoping to “pull” prospects in. OR you can position yourself as a thought leader and expert in your industry, engage in active discussions and have folks calling your sales reps directly for help! Inbound marketing is one of the best and most cost effective ways to generate qualified leads. 

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Topics: lead generation, Sales, mattsunshine

How to Get Started with Business Blogging

Posted by Matt Sunshine

July 5, 2017

As a sales manager, sales person, or sales leader, you certainly know the value of a great lead. I’m not talking about someone handing you a name and number, saying, “You ought to follow up with this!” No, I'm talking about a quality lead that is beyond the “kicking tires” phase and is what we refer to as "sales ready"—someone who knows about your product and service and has already given some thought to how they might want to work with your company. Sounds good, right?  

A great way to generate quality leads is to create a blog and start writing about your expertise. Allow prospects to find you or connect to you through your blog, and tell your story to those who are interested. The ones who are most interested will start to see you as an expert—or a thought leader—and will soon become sales ready. Spend time with more sales ready leads, and you will convert more prospects into satisfied customers.

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Topics: new business development, lead generation, inbound marketing, mattsunshine, media, professional services

Why Your Closing Rate is Not the Most Important Metric You Should Focus On

Posted by Matt Sunshine

June 16, 2017

 

If you are in sales, then chances are you are focused to some degree on your closing rate. Don’t get me wrong, looking at the closing rate is certainly something that you want to pay attention to. But it's not the most important metric like it once was a couple of decades ago. The buying process is no longer as simple as it used to be. Now the sales cycle is longer, and it involves more moving parts. In 2016, you need to spend more time marketing your services and getting more qualified leads. At the same time, you need to engage in pipeline marketing techniques to pull your prospects through your sales funnel. Allow me to make my case. 

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Topics: lead generation, Sales, mattsunshine

How to End the Perennial Conflict between Sales and Marketing

Posted by Matt Sunshine

June 5, 2017

By now, it’s a cliché that sales departments and marketing departments are typically at each other’s throats—that there’s serious mistrust and distrust even during periods of supposed peace. But the fact that this is hardly news means we absolutely can’t ignore it, or for even a moment throw up our hands and entertain the thought of simply giving up.

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Topics: inbound marketing, Sales, mattsunshine

Why You're Not Getting Enough Sales: Don't Blame the Sales Funnel

Posted by Matt Sunshine

May 26, 2017

Frustration sets in when you look at all the pending business you have sitting in your sales funnel and realize that a good portion of it has been there for weeks! Those prospects you were sure were going to sign-off on your proposal right away are instead sharing reasons why they’re not ready or telling you they need more time to think it over. You know that with every week that passes, the chances that any of them will turn into a sale diminishes greatly and you’re kicking yourself because you are now reduced to emailing your prospect with the subject line Checking in since you really have no other options left.

Are you experiencing this uncomfortable, bloated feeling right now?

That bloated pipeline isn’t just uncomfortable… it’s frustrating and ultimately very expensive. Yes, it can sometimes feel rewarding to say you have “a lot out there,” but we all know that pending business is only good if it ends up closing. 

Spoiler alert: This is not an article on how to close your pending deals. It’s way more valuable than that. 

The problem is not in the proposal or the funnel, but rather with the process.

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Topics: Sales, mattsunshine

Surprise and Delight Your Customers to Convert Them to Raving Fans

Posted by Matt Sunshine

May 15, 2017

 

I recently attended a business conference that featured the CEO of a very fast-growing company as the keynote speaker. He discussed the importance of doing more than simply delivering on the promises we have made our customers, and he stressed the value in going the additional distance to delight them as often as possible. The audience was abuzz. Is simply delivering what the customer ordered not enough? By the end of his presentation, he had many in the audience rethinking their strategy. 

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Topics: mattsunshine, marketing strategies and tactics

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