Sales team motivation is not all self-help gurus and cheesy inspirational quotes. It isn't even about fame and fortune. No, really. To maintain effort, drive, and results, your sales reps need to find and optimize motivators beyond money that work for them, especially if they’re working from home. Here's how to find the non-cash incentives that will take your sales team to the next level.
If you’re in any way involved in the sales process, you already know how big of a deal proposals are. They’re your best—if not your only—shot at convincing prospects to choose your product over the competition. And yet, they’re still treated as an afterthought.
Like it or not, Microsoft Word isn’t meant for designing proposals, and combing through multiple versions of each sales document isn’t exactly efficient. Enough is enough. It’s 2021 and the world’s gone digital, so it’s about time you drop those archaic proposal practices and start using proposal management software to take back control of your sales process.
As a sales rep, your work week is jam-packed with various sales activities. Finding time to prospect new leads, complete follow-up tasks, hit your sales targets, and plan ahead for your next week can sometimes feel impossible. If you feel like you need more time in your week but you can’t seem to find it, there’s a good chance it has to do with your sales productivity. With a few pointers on how to stop wasting time and start increasing sales productivity, you’ll be crushing sales in no time.
Alright, so you already know how to write a winning business proposal, you use proposal software to streamline your sales process, and you’ve mastered the art of proposal design. Now what?
As important as these proposal pillars may be, it’s often the little details that matter most. The use of proper grammar in your proposals will highlight your attention to detail and help you set yourself apart from your competition. So next time you’re preparing that picture-perfect proposal, take a step back to proofread before you send it off. Then, check out these 10 essential grammar tips for better proposal writing.
Sales teams are at the core of almost every organization. From prospecting to sending, their efforts throughout the sales cycle are crucial in generating revenue and business growth. But to prevent costly errors from popping up, their work often hinges on sign offs from various stakeholders along the way. While approvals are great for compliance, they can cause major bottlenecks that can doom deals. In an environment where speed and time are of the essence, a smooth approval workflow process is invaluable. Here’s how to create one.
Whether you’re a consultant or an agency, generating a consistent flow of revenue can be difficult. Projects come and go and client priorities can change, so it’s up to you to ensure you have enough cash flow each and every month. Retainer agreements can help take you from reactive to proactive when it comes to closing deals, and provide you with steady income to keep your business afloat. To avoid any stall in cash flow, consider selling your clients on monthly retainers. Here’s how to do it right.
We've said it before but we'll say it again: The executive summary isn't a summary of your whole business proposal, it's a summary of why your solution is the best one. It’s your opportunity to sell your prospect on why they should choose your company over the competition. And done right, it can give you the ability to win over your prospect before they even reach the pricing section. But before you pop the champagne, you’ll need to learn how to craft the perfect executive summary. To get you started, we’ve come up with three executive summary examples you can use as a guideline.
The janitorial industry is full of companies who compete primarily on price, with little regard for quality. Companies swoop in with promises of being the best / the greenest / the fastest, then underbid on the contract and underperform on the job.
Cleaning services companies like yours — the ones who work hard, pay their employees well, and keep happy customers — need to find other ways to stand out.
When you’re trying to close a deal, having to ask "what's your budget?" can cause both sides to sweat. But knowing your prospect’s budget up front is essential to qualifying them as a lead, developing the scope of the project, and managing expectations on results. Here’s how to get your potential client to open about their budget and set yourself up for a successful proposal and project.
Almost every sales team has inefficiencies that clog up their sales pipeline. Some teams are slow at writing proposals, while others spend too much time chasing down info from their product teams or searching for the right version of the proposal document. Sound familiar?
We get it. The sales cycle is complicated and there’s plenty of room for error, so there’s no judgment if your process isn’t perfect. But that doesn’t mean that you should learn to live with your inefficiencies, especially when there’s a solution that can help you avoid them: proposal software.