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History of Sales

history of salesWe sell things every day: a new idea to our boss, a pitch to our significant other to try the new restaurant down the street, or maybe you’re a parent trying to convince your child to eat peas or go to bed at a reasonable time. Perhaps, your profession is in sales. You may be like our company, Verde Martin, selling a service. Or, you work for a corporation like Target or 3M. Maybe, you own your own small business: a café or an appliance shop. On the other end of the spectrum, we buy things every day: a cup of coffee in the morning, a stylish new pair of shoes, a dream car after we’ve received a big raise. Whatever the case, we are all in the business of sales. Sales affect us every day. However, where did sales originate? Who was the first salesperson? Today, most people know very little about the history of sales. I decided that I wanted to change this. So, I started researching and found some interesting information on the history of sales. READ MORE »

 

Importance of Lead Validation

By Guest Blogger Aaron Wittersheim

Sometimes knowing what you don’t know can be just as important as knowing what you know. Take, for example, the conversions your lead generation website creates. You may know how many conversions are coming in through Google’s analytics, but do you know how many of those conversions are actual sales leads? Do you know exactly which sources are generating those sales leads? If not, you could be in a precarious position because you may not have all of the vital information you need. With lead validation, however, you can have a complete picture of how well your website is performing. READ MORE »

 

Love Sales

Love SalesMy business is all about sales and so I thought I would share three reasons why I love sales and the sales process.

  1. Sales is a discovery process

Sales allow you to get to know your customers. Through sales, you can build a relationship with your clients, discover their wants and needs, and work to satisfy them. In addition, sales help you learn about yourself. As we discussed in our last blog, we are all in sales. We sell something every day; whether that’s our image, a new idea, or a request. Sales and the sales process can help us learn about both our customers and ourselves. READ MORE »

 

Business Card

You walk into a business networking event and your immediate instinct is to hand people your business card in order to build quick rapport and promote your business. Wait! Don’t do it yet! Why? They did not ask for it.

business cardWhy is that so important? What happens when we hand out our business card before they ask? It immediately becomes a one-sided conversation, announcing “This is what “I” am doing and I want your business” even though I do not know who they are and what you really want, like and need. This might boost our egos, but it is not good for creating and building new relationships. Although most people will politely accept the card, they will rarely call unless they feel some sort of connection was made with you during your first brief encounter. READ MORE »

 

How is Your Sales Growth

Sales GrowthWhile sales growth is desirable, not all growth has equal consequences or outcomes.  Everyone is familiar with the coined phrase “urban sprawl” which is the result of unplanned growth.  This type of growth happens without forethought and causes unforeseen challenges and complications, often unpleasant or with a negative connotation.   According to Blackenterprise.com, “strategy is not about waiting for opportunities to come to your business. It’s about making sure your business is moving, and most importantly, that it’s moving in the right direction.”

Here are five steps they suggest are needed when developing a solid plan for strategic sales growth: READ MORE »