3 Copywriting Mistakes that Kill Your Cold Emails

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Email Copywriting Mistakes

Your prospects delete most of the cold emails sitting in their inboxes, and they’re probably deleting yours, too. Don’t confuse your prospects by sending unclear messages. Focus on benefit-driven emails that target their specific pain points.

Even if you have a solid product, your cold email campaigns often won’t work unless you craft persuasive email copy that evokes your prospects’ emotions and moves them to take action. 

Below are three common mistakes that turn off your prospects and tips on how to avoid making these mistakes in your next email.

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5 Pitfalls to Avoid During CRM Implementation

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pitfalls_crmlaura_blogC-levels and managers  are usually the first to understand the value that comes from having a unified customer view. They’ve developed ways to manage customer relationships by using Rolodexes, spreadsheets, or a pen and paper. But, it wasn’t until the late 1980’s when businesses started moving from a physical Rolodex to a more sophisticated “digital Rolodex.”

Enter CRM systems.

Using a Rolodex or a spreadsheet to manage customer relationships often lacked the strategy needed to build long-term relationships. When CRM systems were introduced, they provided businesses with a long-term strategy to proactively engage and manage customer relationships, close more deals and automate recurring tasks.  

One common misinterpretation of a CRM system implementation is that it’s seen as a one-time event and that upon purchasing the software license, all broken sales processes, lost leads and lack of follow through will be repaired. While a CRM system is designed to support your sales process, it will not, by itself, cause your business to grow. This is why you should treat your CRM implementation as a long-term, company-wide strategy and not as a one time event.

While C-levels and managers have the best intentions, CRM strategies often fail in the beginning of implementation. But why?

Here are 5 pitfalls you can avoid while developing your CRM strategy.   Read more

The Sales Pitch: 6 Ways to Turn Off Your Prospects

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When you’re pumped with a lot of information about the product or service you have to sell, and your mind is swimming with images of over-enthusiastic and over-smart sales guys you see in the movies, it’s easy to fall prey to old habits instead of making a smarter, more innovative pitch to your prospects. Sales reps only get one chance to sell – and the words that tumble out of your mouth can make or break a deal. How can you turn your next client meeting or cold call into a positive experience for you and your brand? Here are six big no-no’s you should avoid:

1. ​The Sales Spiel: Stephen Schiffman in his book The 25 Sales Skills: They Don’t Teach at Business School, calls this long monologue by the sales rep, a product dump. A product dump is a nervous sales rep’s attempt to fill the awkward silence and is the most ineffective form of one-way communication with a prospect. A sales rep goes into the spiel mode either when he is new, nervous or when he puts his product over and above the customer. Your product can never trump your customer. The prospect tunes out because this is information he could read off the brochure or on your website. This approach is un-innovative and ineffective.

“Selling is not just show up and throw up!” – Mark Roberge [Tweet this]

The Sales Spiel

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Improve Your Outbound Sales: 7 Tips From a Prospect

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Want to improve your outbound sales game? I offer you the following 7 simple – but difficult!- ways to get better instantly. Simple but difficult? That’s no contradiction. The following 7 tips are easy to follow. They are very very simple concepts. You could apply all of them in one day. Today. Right now.

Yet, they will seem difficult. Why? Because they run contrary to what most people do every day. As a SaaS marketing executive, I get four to five sales pitches a day and I know what turns me off and what piques my interest. While not everyone is like me, I am also sure I’m not the only one.

Do your homework

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Sales Gamification: 5 Toxic Sales Leaderboard Habits and the Middle 60%

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This is a guest blog by Gal Rimon, the founder and CEO of GamEffective, a next-generation enterprise gamification company focusing on skillful change in organizations.

Many sales advice columns contain one recurring recommendation: a leaderboard. They suggest charting all sales people on a leaderboard and waiting a little for the leaderboard to sink in. They promise that as a result, sales numbers will hit the roof. Is this true?

Top 5 Toxic Sales Leaderboard Habits

Sales people are a competitive bunch, and a good sales contest can certainly motivate them. However, leaderboards are often misused – in sales situations and otherwise – with potentially nasty outcomes. Here are five toxic sales leaderboard habits:

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Building Trust in Your Sales Team: 5 Takeaways from TED and HBR

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Simon Sinek’s inspiring TED Talk about why good leaders make you feel safe got me thinking about the implications when it comes to running a business and a sales team. In his discussion, Sinek points out that the military gives awards to those who give their lives for others. We call them heroes, honor them with ceremonies and reward them with medals for their bravery and selflessness. Of course, these folks deserve to be recognized for their contribution.

Those who serve in the military understand that trust is what binds a team together. They’ve got each others’ backs and without that, they wouldn’t be able to carry out an assignment successfully.

When we talk about teams in business, it’s a different story. Often, those who are most outspoken are recognized and those who self-promote (even at the expense of others) are rewarded. Read more