Archive for the 'Sales Effectiveness' Category

Better Selling Through Storytelling. The essential roadmap to becoming a revenue rockstar. John Livesay

Better Selling Through Storytelling. The essential roadmap to becoming a revenue rockstar. John Livesay. 2019. ISBN 9781642793734.  Called the Pitch Whisper, the author does lay out a smart method for making pitches and presentations. This fits very neatly into ABM and Value Selling methodologies, by reminding the reader to focus on value (impact) to the audience. Its not we but you.  Good case studies and relevant quotes, plus a very readable text makes this a valuable adding to your sales tool-belt.  A read it in one go – its that concise and good.

Sales Differentiation. 19 powerful strategies to win more deals at the prices you want. Lee B. Salz

Sales Differentiation. 19 powerful strategies to win more deals at the prices you want. Lee B. Salz.  2018.  ISBN 9780814439913.  This book delivers what it says and more. The core of differentiation is talking about value as the customer sees it. There are no wasted words in this book, it is current, concise and hits the topic hard.  Any salesperson and sales manager will get much out of the time spent reading and rereading this book. Its totally enjoyable – I could not put it down.  Might just be the best sales book of the year, IMHO

Traversing the Traction Gap. Bruce Cleveland.

Traversing the Traction Gap. Bruce Cleveland. 2019. ISBN 9781635765748.  With a forward and collaboration with Geoffrey Moore this promises to be a very important book in the tech sector. The author and his group Wildcat Ventures has analyzed the getting to and through the Chasm in more detail  than ever before.  In our gotomarket practice we have seen the truths that Cleveland puts forward in many iterations in too many companies. A startup and young company should have this book handy through the several years and rough times that they need to weather.  Much of the necessary hard stuff can be planned for and mitigated if you follow what this book has to say.  It goes beyond MVCategory, through MVProduct to MVrevenue, to category lead then traction and scaling. The insights on the right team at all stages  is worth the price of the book.  This may become the tech book of the year.

Account-Based marketing for dummies. Sangram Vajre

Account-Based Marketing for dummies. Sangram Vajre. 2016. ISBN 9781119224853.  I am always surprised how this series of books does the job. Well written clear and concise , it is useful to the  all levels of ABM knowledge as a first read.   IT may downplay how much work this method really is and the importance of the very early work to success later on.  What the author decries today is very true and without a material change of approach by sales and marketing the waste of dollars and effort with continue.  ABM is not new, (I used to call it Key Account Management)  but it  can be very effective with the tools and approaches we know about.

 

A Practitioner’s Guide to Account Based Marketing. Bev Burgess & Dave Munn

A Practitioner’s Guide to Account Based Marketing. Bev Burgess & Dave Munn.  2017. ISBN 9780749479893.  A very thorough treatment on the topic.  It would be my go to book for anyone wanting a deeper dive.  The numerous case studies  are well written and illustrate the point. Perhaps it is a bit too much on the very large companies as now the tools are available for this methodology to be used effectively by smaller firms.  Supplement this book with the steady stream of blog posts  on the topic and you will be all set. IMHO ABM is the way to go to make best use of your sales and marketing resources.

 

Malcolm McDonald on Key Account Management. Malcolm McDonald & Beth Rogers

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Malcolm McDonald on Key Account Management. Malcolm McDonald & Beth Rogers. 2017. ISBN 978 0 7494 8077 6.  MacDonald is a giant in the field of marketing  and is one of Rocket Builders goto authors when we need to really dig into a topic. This co-authored book is very readable, current and immediately useful to enterprise sales and marketing teams who wish to look at their markets strategically.  I liked the entire book as it did a very clear job on describing and using the three levels in ABM and then how to id where to use and apply KAM. The liberal  use of case studies and experienced practitioners to describe how to use all this was excellent.   I really appreciated the work in Chapter 3 on auditing how you were doing and mapping out where you could go. The author is diligent at asking you to use measures and metrics that can be used and are useful.  As well Chapter 5 is good at mapping value, how to apply measures and package it so it can be taken to your clients.   Well worth the modern sales and marketing executive and strategic practitioners time to read and use this book

The Science of Selling. Proven strategies to make your pitch, influence decisions, and close the deal. David Hoffield.

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The Science of Selling.  Proven strategies to make your pitch, influence decisions, and close the deal. David Hoffield. 2016. ISBN 9781101993187. This is a lifetime of sales experience rolled into one terrific volume. The author has done all the hard work over several years to compile the scientific reasons behind successful sales strategies.  In our firm we are very strong believers in knowing the mind and process of the buyer in driving marketing and sales through the building of trust. This author is firmly in this camp and has a plethora of examples of how you can make this work to dramatically improve your selling.  Not just another sales book, this is must read for the sales manager and any sales person striving to be a high performer.

The Sales Development Playbook. Build Repeatable Pipeline and Accelerate Growth With Inside Sales. Trish Bertuzzii

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The Sales Development Playbook.  Build Repeatable Pipeline and Accelerate Growth With Inside Sales. Trish Bertuzzia. 2016.   I can not say enough good things about this book.  Yes it does a terrific job in helping a Sales Manager build, train and manage a high performance  sales development team ( ie  inside sales) . But the tactics, techniques and strategies are very useful by all sales people and sales managers.   One you need on your much read shelf.

 

One Perfect Pitch. How to sell your idea, your product, your business and yourself. Marie Perruchet.

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One Perfect Pitch. How to sell your idea, your product, your business and yourself. Marie Perruchet. 2016. ISBN  9780071837590. The author was a french journalist who ended up in Silicon Valley helping entrepreneurs at 500 Startups make better pitches. She knew that the key to success was to create stories that did the job, quickly and clearly. ( Can you see why I like to read books by journalists?) After years of this  she created her company , OnePerfectPitch and wrote this book.  It is a one stop read for how to tell the story you need to tell to an audience that is likely attention deficit.  I found it immediately useful and it continued that utility all through the book.  Good compelling read that is easy to digest and use. If you speak to more than a  few people in your life, you need this book.

Power Up Your Sales. Generate leads for high end sales through public speaking. Kathleen Gage

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Power Up Your Sales.  Generate leads for high end sales through public speaking. Kathleen Gage. 2017. An interesting little book about how one woman developed her speaking skills ( Thanks Tony Robbins) and built a career from it.  The tactics and tips she speaks about are all valid and proven. If you are self employed or part of a small business, you can do much worse than being able to speak and share with groups.  IN our consultancies early days we were always speaking to different groups through the selling season and we still do.  Quite easy to read and get good value from this book.  Salespeople need to be able to do this at a high quality level.