Cien Launches New Hidden Revenue Assessment

Dallas, TX, November 20th, 2019 – Cien Inc., a leading provider of AI-powered sales performance solutions, today announced the launch of its new Hidden Revenue Assessment.   Cien’s Hidden Revenue Assessment applies over 100+ AI models to a company’s CRM data to reveal the factors that are preventing their teams from achieving their sales quotas. […]

Getting to the Root Cause of a Lengthening Sales Cycle

Most sales organizations have a well defined sales cycle, from initial contact to the closing of a deal. However, if you’ve noticed your sales cycle getting longer and longer, it can be hard to understand what’s causing it. Are you not qualifying your leads well enough? Or are your buyers’ budgets are tightening? Is it […]

Is Your Team Generating Enough Pipeline?

Sales VPs today are spending exceedingly disproportionate amounts of time trying to figure out what is going on in their sales teams in order to ensure sufficient pipeline generation. This is an acute problem for sales and revenue leaders as it is often causes reps to fail to make quota.  Pipeline generation is often measured […]

What a Low Win Rate Really Means About Your Sales Team

Few sales leaders would say they’re satisfied with their win rate. In fact, according to research, the average win rate per sales rep is just 47%. The question is, is your low win rate due to poor lead and opportunity qualification, below par closing skills, or a lack of product knowledge? Searching for the root […]

What the Board Thinks of Your Sales Numbers

A few days ago, I had a conversation with a member of our Board.  As a Director who sits on several high tech start up boards, she has attended more than her share of Board reviews. Her comments could be summarized in saying that Sales Leaders who are not making their numbers all say the […]

The Problem with Sales Performance Programs

Whether you’re a numbers person or not, advances in technology and data management are continuously creating new opportunities for transforming and improving an organization’s sales effectiveness. To understand how sales managers can improve their teams’ sales performance, we spoke with Mike Kunkle, founder of Transforming Sales Results, LLC and Vice President of Sales Enablement Services for the […]

Keeping the Human Element in AI for Sales

The 60 Percent Factor Why do we accept 60% quota attainment? It seems every day I see another news story read or an article discussing the fact that somewhere between 40% and 50% of B2B sales reps in the US fail to attain their quota numbers. Why is that? There is a plethora of tools […]

Achieving Sales Mastery with AI

Quota attainment went from 63% in 2012 to 53.8% in 2018 – that’s nearly a 15% drop. Today, we constantly hear that “sales are harder than ever before”. The question is – is this just a perception or reality? To understand how much sales have changed and how managers can improve their teams’s sales performance, […]

5 Metrics for Measuring Sales Talent

  All reps are not created equal. By applying AI to their data in Salesforce, sales leaders can detect changes in selling skills before they impact revenue. How do you quantify a rep’s product knowledge or engagement ability? Leveraging data from 140M+ daily sales predictions, Rob Käll, Cien CEO, appeared on Donald Kelley’s The Sales […]

21 Sales Podcasts Leaders Should Listen To

For sales leaders, podcasts are the most accessible and carefree way to get information. While continuing your daily routine, you can access some of the best discussions on sales from your home, car or headphones. Listening to the podcast is the easy part. The hard part is choosing which ones to listen to among the […]

Women Talk Sales Productivity

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Where are the women in sales? What advice would female leaders give to those who aspire to lead sales teams? In a new ebook entitled Women Talk Sales Productivity, Cien gathered leading saleswomen to hear their accounts of the current sales landscape, its best practices, and advice to future saleswomen looking to make their mark in […]

Marylou Tyler: Women in Sales Talk Productivity

In this series, we delve into the personal and professional dimension of female thought leaders from the world of high tech sales to explore their views on productivity and sales effectiveness. This week, we connected with Marylou Tyler, renowned author and founder of Strategic Pipeline, a Fortune 1000 outbound sales consulting group. A internationally recognized thought […]