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Oh the things we could accomplish with getting back the time spent on prospecting research...

Posted by Ali Powell on Sep 16, 2016 1:38:31 PM

Time. We only have so much of it in a day. What we do with the time in our workday is important.

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Topics: sales prospecting, precall research, research in the sales process, smart research, prospecting research

How Sales Reps Can Use AngelList for Research and Setting Up Alerts for Trigger Events

Posted by Ali Powell on Jul 16, 2015 12:40:00 PM

I got an email from AngelList Talent today (it was in my spam box). I deleted it and then quickly went back to my trash folder. 

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Topics: sales tips, sales prospecting, trigger events, precall research, research in the sales process, smart research, startup marketing, saas sales, selling using trigger events, sales research

VIDEO TUTORIAL: How I use VentureDeal, Google Alerts, HubSpot & LinkedIn to Find Timely Trigger Events in the Sales Process

Posted by Ali Powell on Nov 21, 2014 12:11:00 PM

I had an idea to start doing little videos on my blog here that could quickly give tips to sales people out there. Please let me know what you think about them. My goal with these short videos is to have them be like 1-5 minutes long. Nothing too long. Snippits of useful tips that you could use as a sales rep that day at work to do better. 

I talk about trigger events all the time and recently did a session here at HubSpot about my process and how I find timely trigger events for my leads and opps. Thought I would share a little bit of my sales process with you. In this video tutorial I will explain how you can use software (some free, some paid) to set yourself up to stay on top of your leads and opps. If you use these steps everytime you decide to work a lead  or domain I can almost 100 % tell you that you will do better at having more helpful reasons to reach out to your prospect or current opp that you are working. 

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Topics: sales skills, sales coaching, sales tips, motivation in sales, trigger events, research in the sales process, timely selling, timely sales opportunities, sales timing

Sales Prospecting 101: Sales Reps Should Stop Using Email Templates and Start Using Their Brains

Posted by Ali Powell on May 2, 2014 10:57:00 AM

Sales Reps typically have access to things that can help them to do their jobs "easier." I am not sure that easier means better though with sales prospecting. If you are a sales rep and part of your day is calling out to inbound or cold leads you are likely leaving voicemails if they don't pick up and sending emails. There are ways that you can make your response rate of your email sends better. It is called being more HUMAN. Don't let the world of email templates take over your world. Creating your own sales ready email templates just takes using your brain. 

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Topics: sales process, women in sales, research in the sales process, timely sales process, more human sales process, more human sales, more human sales prospecting, women in technology, more women in sales, email templates for sales

How to do Really, Really Useful and Valuable Research on your Leads in the Sales Process

Posted by Ali Powell on Nov 26, 2013 9:44:16 AM

Every sales rep should be doing research on their leads. When you get an inbound lead, when you source a lead, when you get a lead through a trade show or event...I don't think it matters where it is from but you should be noting certain things before you pick up the phone. Smart research is the most important part of your prospecting and outreach. If you don't do smart research in the sales process you are less likely to actually get the chance to help that company. If you arm yourself with research you will have a good reason to reach out. 

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Topics: sales process, smart prospecting, precall research, smart sales, research in the sales process, smart research

10 Things to Get Your Confidence Level Up in the Sales Process

Posted by Ali Powell on Nov 21, 2013 1:14:04 PM

1. You are smart and you know what you are talking about.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales tips, sales process, women in sales, smart prospecting, smart sales, research in the sales process

How to do Pre-Call Research before you Start to Prospect

Posted by Alison Powell on Oct 31, 2013 9:44:00 AM

Anyone can pick up the phone, dial a number and hope for the best. You have to have a little bit of guts and maybe a script but people do it everyday, all day. The thing that will differentiate you from all the other sales reps calling your prospect is how much research you have done. A sales person who does research before they pick up the phone is the type of sales person that your prospects would like to talk with. Research in the sales process is essential as more and more buyers are tuning out your messages. If you don't do research before you start prospecting a company, you will be less likely to get through to them.  If you can't even get through to your lead for a first conversation, you will most likely convert less leads into opportunities. That means that your opportunity to even try to sell to someone is cut from the start. You are not setting yourself up for a smart sales process if you don't do research. 

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Topics: sales skills, sales tips, sales process, women in sales, precall research, research in the sales process

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