The Sales Audit

Entrepreneurs who lack a sales background (most entrepreneurs) often do not fully appreciate all of the things that need to be in place before a company can commercially succeed and grow.  As the saying goes: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there”. A structured and comprehensive sales audit, [...]

The Sales Audit2018-12-11T17:56:16+00:00

The Importance of Simplifying Complexity

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well - Albert Einstein As an entrepreneur, you are always selling…prospects, customers, employees, investors, partners, market influencers.  Always!!! But selling a new concept is tough enough and often the technology is complex enough to understand.  A great CEO will simplify this complexity as opposed to [...]

The Importance of Simplifying Complexity2018-07-31T14:58:20+00:00

12 Critical Questions Your Distribution Partner’s Sales People Have

Not everyone automatically “gets” your product. That’s a pipe dream. When selling through a distribution partner, you need to make sure that you address the fundamental questions that your partner’s sales people have about your product before you even have a chance of success.  But not proactively addressing and communicating the answers to these questions [...]

12 Critical Questions Your Distribution Partner’s Sales People Have2018-06-25T11:56:39+00:00

Buyers Fear Change and They Hate Risk

Many entrepreneurs want to disrupt their markets.  They want to revolutionize their industries. They want to provide a radical change in the way a problem is solved.  They believe that the market will rush to their wonderful and new solution.  But there is one major problem.  People often fear change and they hate risk.  And [...]

Buyers Fear Change and They Hate Risk2017-07-16T13:36:06+00:00

Things That Frustrate CEOs About Sales (and Marketing)

Many entrepreneurial CEOs are frustrated by sales (or the lack thereof). And, once they hire a sales resource are often frustrated even more by sales, or lack thereof. Often, these entrepreneurial CEOs come from the product side and do not have sales or sales management experience. This makes it even more challenging and more frustrating. [...]

Things That Frustrate CEOs About Sales (and Marketing)2018-02-09T11:12:41+00:00

Is Your Sales Forecast Credible?

The sales forecast is the most important document you can produce on a regular basis.  And, for most companies, is the lifeblood of the organization.  For an unfunded company, it often is the guide to whether the company can even make payroll.  But, many companies still do not produce one.  Or, if they do, it [...]

Is Your Sales Forecast Credible?2017-06-20T19:47:42+00:00

Metrics That Drive Your Business

SaaS organizations should strive to be metrics driven.  They should want to understand these metrics and manage their businesses to them.  But there are many metrics to consider…and all are important.  There are valuation metrics, sales metrics, marketing metrics and pure financial metrics.  There are, at least, 30 key metrics that SaaS companies should use [...]

Metrics That Drive Your Business2017-06-20T19:47:59+00:00

The Statement of Work

A key document (and also step in the sales process) for B2B organizations is the Statement of Work or SOW.  This is a document that specifically describes how the implementation will be handled including deliverables, roles and responsibilities, time frames, costs and payment terms. So, why the SOW? There are many reasons for (and uses for) [...]

The Statement of Work2017-06-20T19:48:13+00:00

The Sales Forecast

One of the most critical documents and processes in a company of any stage is the sales forecast.  This is a document that highlights the company's prospects for sales over the next 3-6 months.  Yet many organizations struggle with how to do this properly, efficiently and effectively.  There are several fundamental problems with the sales [...]

The Sales Forecast2017-06-20T19:48:21+00:00

The Partner Portal

Many organizations wish to have other organizations (partners) sell their product for them. When trying to establish sales or distribution partnerships, it is important to remember that the distribution partner’s sales organization needs the same care and feeding as your own sales organization.  The big differences are that you do not have constant access to [...]

The Partner Portal2018-06-03T14:29:22+00:00