How to Overcome Increased Financial Scrutiny and Win More Deals

Business leaders face perplexing decisions brought on by the pandemic and its effects on the economy. Choices on where to invest resources are complicated. While select economies are reopening, states and countries face increasing daily case counts and a potential resurgence later this year.

Now is the Best Time to Rebuild Your Marketing Foundation

I recently read a couple of articles about marketing during a downturn. Both urged businesses to resist the natural temptation to cut marketing during this, or any, crisis. They got me thinking about what marketing should be doing to prepare the business for the eventuality that things recover.

Why Sales Should Focus on Selling “Painfully Obvious Value”

In the economic downturn of 2008, Philip Lay, Todd Hewlin, and Geoffrey Moore wrote a thought leadership piece for Harvard Business Review (HBR) entitled, “In a Downturn, Provoke Your Customers.” I give them credit for setting off a chain reaction that we now know as “Selling Insight.”

2 Proven Approaches to Effectively Discuss Money with Buyers

Few people like to talk about money during the sales process. Eventually, though, buyers will ask, “How much does it cost?” If the price is more than nominal, they probably need budget approval. How well can your sales team shift the conversation from finding and solving customer problems to money?

B2B Strategies to Engage Buyers in this Challenging Business Environment

As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, millions of workers have been quarantined and are working from home in an effort to slow the rate of infection. And while employee safety is paramount, organizations are still responsible for marketing and generating revenue to keep their business healthy.

3 Simple Value Selling Tips to Increase Sales Growth

When selling to well-informed buyers, your sales team needs to skip the “features and functions” pitch and get straight to the point: the value your solution delivers relative to the problems it solves. Do they have the right tools and training? Do they understand what’s most important to buyers?

How to Get Started with an Assessment Tool to Win More Business

Successful business leaders make it a point to know how their business performs compared to peers and similar businesses. They strategically use this benchmarking information to strengthen all aspects of their business. And they understand its importance in improving competitive advantage.

Focus on Desired Customer Outcomes to Improve Revenue Growth

Two years ago, I heard a “value nugget” that has influenced how I help organizations define their value proposition and distill it down to three words or less. It came from John Chambers, former Chairman of Cisco Systems, who grew Cisco’s annual revenue from $70 million to $47 billion.

Build vs. Buy? How to Make Sure Your Value Selling Tools Work Now and in the Future

Most companies develop sales tools with today’s goals in mind. As you consider whether to build or buy these tools, think about what it would take to create tools that add ongoing value to your sales process and help you continue closing more deals, even as your future needs evolve.

Why Healthcare Companies Need a Strong Value Selling Program

Introducing value into the healthcare industry has significantly disrupted everything from patient care and payment models to product positioning that delivers more than clinical outcomes and the lowest cost. How can medical device and software companies successfully embrace this disruption?