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How 30 Years of the World Wide Web Has Improved the Sales Profession

Today is the 30th anniversary of the world wide web! Nothing has changed the sales profession more than this technology. As I reflect back over my 26 years in sales, allow me to offer some observations on how the internet has changed sales for good.

Fill the Sales Funnel: Capitalizing on Sales and Marketing Trends in 2019

There are only two types of prospects: those who are looking for your products and services, and those who aren’t. If you want to grow sales in 2019, you’ll need to find ways to connect with both groups:

  • Prospects who are actively looking for solutions to their problems need to be able to find your dealership online.
  • Prospects who aren’t actively looking for a solution need to be strategically interrupted by your sales team.

Google+ Is Dying. What Does that Mean for Your Business?


Come August 2019, Google+ for consumers won't be a thing. We all knew this day was coming. As Mike Elgan puts it in his article for FastCompany:

The Easy Way to Get Reviews

Asking your clients for Google reviews can be difficult work! For most companies, it takes rewriting your process for seeking client feedback. For others, there's a reluctance to solicit your customers or open up an avenue for negative feedback. 

How To Recruit Great Players To Your Sales Team

As a VP of Sales or Sales Manager of a copier dealership, the number one driver of your success is recruiting a great sales team. If you don’t have great players, you’re going to struggle. A sales team is similar to a college football team. If the team recruits great players they are set up to have a good season. If they fail to recruit great players they are a in a lot of trouble. (With condolences to my friends who are Arkansas, Tennessee, or Nebraska fans this season!)

What can we learn from college football to help us recruit better reps? Here are a few ideas.

Want More Appointments? The Trend Is Your Friend

Sales reps and marketing professionals struggle to get attention with decision makers when talking about copiers since these products are viewed as commodities. Yet if we don’t get the attention of decision makers we cannot sell anything.

How do you get the attention of a decision maker? Talk about something interesting to them.

Position Your Dealership as a Team of Experts

Your prospects have a long list of business problems.  They also have many questions related to how technology could be used to solve these business problems.

Most business leaders are open to getting help in solving their business problems.  However, most people have been burned at one point because they have made a bad buying decision.  This is especially true in the area of technology where many promises are made but the actual results end up not delivering.  As a result, today’s buyer is very skeptical.

How do you earn trust in this skeptical environment?  

Adding a User in Google Analytics

 If you're not familiar with Google Analytics, then you know that it can be very confusing to navigate through the website. Something as simple as adding a new user can seem challenging if you can't find where to do it!

Here are the simple steps to adding a new user on Google Analytics. 

These 2 Simple Steps To Connect Your Message to the Right People

One of the culprits of slower-than-they-could be sales is ignoring the many opportunities of social media. Every day, there’s an audience of millions consuming thoughts and ideas that help them choose products or get their jobs done more effectively.

This is an audience you can and should tap into. I’m going to focus on two simple steps you can take to leverage your sales reps’ LinkedIn connection. We’ve found that sales reps have an average of 500 Linkedin connections. So, if you have 10 reps, you have an audience of 5,000.

Be Wary of Misleading Stats on Email Marketing

At a recent industry trade show, I saw some ridiculous statistics about the effectiveness of email marketing. Yes, email can be highly effective. However, done the wrong way, it can be destructive. How do you take advantage of email to get results without the risks?