How 2015 Ready Are You?

Posted by Cindy Littlefield on Wed, Dec 10, 2014

I opened my email this morning and was bombarded by advice on how to end the year with a bang.

For most of us, those with longer sales cycles, that horse has left the barn. Trying to course correct now is too little, too late.

I'm sure you've spent countless hours on strategy and planning for next year. I'm asking you to spend 5 more minutes. As inside sales leaders, the next few days and weeks are the perfect time to assess your readiness for 2015.

I've created a 2015 Readiness Scorecard to make it easy for you.

With the scorecard you can assess your team's readiness for 2015 against:

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Topics: inside sales management, metrics

3 Salesforce Hacks Your Inside Reps Will Be Thankful For

Posted by Matt Bertuzzi on Tue, Nov 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends. I want to share 3 quick changes to CRM that will most certainly make your reps thankful.

None of these are my original ideas and I'm thankful to the amazing Salesforce community for sharing them with me.

1) Display the timezone of a phone number

This one comes from my good friend and Salesforce mentor, Becka Dente.

You can add this formula field to accounts, contacts, and/or leads. Reps can then build and sort lists based on timezone. It's unbelievably useful for bunching calls together.

if( ISBLANK(Phone),"--",  if( CONTAINS( "206: 209: 213: 253: 310: 323: 360: 408: 415: 425: 503: 509: 510: 530: 559: 562: 604: 619: 626: 650: 661: 702: 707: 714: 760: 775: 778: 805: 818: 831: 858: 867: 909: 916: 925: 949: 951: 971: 424: 442: 541: 657", left( SUBSTITUTE( Phone , "(", ""),3)),"Pacific", 

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Topics: sales tools, inside sales motivation

Participate in 2015 Inside Sales Research

Posted by Matt Bertuzzi on Thu, Nov 06, 2014

ISRs, AMs, AEs - whatever you call them, the metrics that drive the closing function are always in demand. 

Every eighteen months we conduct this research project, I'm asking for your help as we begin our 5th round.

The key themes we hope to uncover and share include:

  • SaaS versus On-Premise: where are groups similar, where do they differ
  • Compensation: base + ote, pay on what/how/when, accelerators and decelerators
  • Quotas: $ quotas, other components, % attainment
  • Rep Profiles: experience, tenure, ramp, career path

We worked hard to make this year’s survey easier and it should only take 6-8 minutes to complete.

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Outbound Prospecting Benchmarks for 2015

Posted by Matt Bertuzzi on Wed, Oct 29, 2014

For every 1000 accounts prospected in a given quarter, how many opportunities should an SDR group generate?

That question can mean only one thing, it's time for the latest release of the Outbound Index.

For those unfamiliar, the Index is a collaboration between Pete Gracey, CEO of QuotaFactory, and I into the metrics of outbound prospecting. With each release, we provide an 'outbound snapshot' powered by actual, transactional CRM data.

In other words, we don’t ask ‘Hey, how’s the prospecting going?,’ we dig into the data and find out the truth.

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Topics: cold calling, metrics

The Right Way to Generate Sales Candidate Referrals

Posted by Kyle Smith on Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Did you pay for your wedding cake on your one year anniversary? Did you put the down payment on your car after your first oil change? Ridiculous, right?

Then why do companies pay after the date of hire for inside sales candidate referrals?

There is definitely a talent crunch for SDR and ISR candidates. I’m seeing referral rewards of $500, $1000 and even $2000 for a single hire. That’s a big payoff, but the long odds encourage little effort. (Note: I’m talking about getting more referrals from your network - not from current employees.)

Many companies pay out after the candidate has been hired and working for 30, 60, or even 90 days. That length of time doesn’t incent immediate action and leads to little or no referral efforts.

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Topics: inside sales hiring

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