yesterday's sales tools

Why Yesterday’s Sales Tools Are Not Working

What Are Yesterday’s Sales Tools?

When asked about successful selling today, cold calling is not at the top of the list. However, in the past, it would have easily ranked top. Why the change? Well, today people are extremely turned off by sales people and cold calling. It used to be that having a sales rep walk through the door meant that you were going to learn the newest and greatest gadgets or services that was going to help you to stay competitive and broaden your business. So, in light of that, people were more inclined to take the time to listen to a salesperson give their pitch. (more…)

lead indicators

How Lead Indicators Can Be One of Your Best Sales Tools

What Are Lead Indicators?

As technology advances, we are able to evolve and refine the sales process more and more and our sales tools are able to become more sophisticated. Online web traffic has obviously became a more prominent marketing avenue and leads are increasingly converting on our websites. So, it makes sense to segment this online lead flow using lead indicators, but what are lead indicators? Lead indicators are automatic triggers that switch the status of a lead in the CRM, based on their interaction with various parts of your website. (more…)

inbound overview

Sales Tools — Inbound Overview

Introduction to Inbound

Over the last couple of weeks, Blue Phoenix has came out with a series of blog posts geared around sales tools for companies who want to generate warm leads, as well as manage their lead flow better while freeing up their sales team to focus on the sales funnel less and more on the pipeline. This is really about generating inbound leads and nurturing them via content and automated processes until the customer is ready to hear from the sales team. (more…)

marketing platform

Sales Tools — Marketing Platform

What is a Marketing Platform?

Depending on which company you ask, you could get a different answer about what a marketing platform entails. So, to make this more succinct, I am going to tell you what it should be: A marketing platform is software that encompasses lead generation, social media, contact databases, email marketing, blogging, landing pages, website analytics, keyword analytics, and competitor analysis. (more…)

lead nurturing

Sales Tools — Warm Lead Nurturing

Importance of Lead Nurturing

Lead nurturing one of your most powerful sales tools for closing prospects, after they have converted to leads on your website. This is an important point of the buyer’s journey, as the lead is still interested in what you have to offer, but may not be ready to consider purchasing. Many prospects convert on your website, because they are searching for information. So, the challenge and purpose of lead nurturing is to move them from a newly converted lead to a sales qualified lead by taking them down the pathway of the buyer’s journey. (more…)