Quantify Intangible Sales Factors Using AI

Cien’s Co-founder and CEO Rob Käll recently joined global sales expert Andy Paul on the Accelerate Your Sales podcast. “Accelerate Your Sales” includes in-depth conversations with 700+ of the leading sales and marketing practitioners from top sales executives and industry leaders such as Salesloft, Outreach, DiscoverOrg,  Salesforce and many more. With 2,000,000+ downloads and counting, […]

21 Stats Every Sales Leaders Should Know

Whether you’re a numbers person or not, here are 21 stats that every technology sales leader should know.   Sales Quotas & Win Rates 1. Only 60% of companies say that quotas are set as a collaborative effort between the CEO with input from senior management. (CFO Alliance) 2. 64% of sales organizations reported correct […]

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 […]

3 Sales Performance Traps to Avoid

While selling has never been easy, it hasn’t become harder either. Selling has become a more refined process where efficiency is key. Increasing sales performance requires operational awareness of the quality of leads generated from marketing as well as the performance of individual salespeople. With artificial intelligence (AI), your business can understand the deeper dynamics […]

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 […]

4 Things You Didn’t Know About Salesforce Users

What makes a Salesforce user different from someone who uses, say, Pipedrive or Nimble? Just like an iPhone user tends to be different than an Android user, it’s common knowledge that someone who uses Salesforce tends to work at a larger or more mature organization than those that don’t. In fact, they’re 5 times more […]

The Right Formula for Sales Motivation

Sales managers have been searching for the magic formula for sales motivation for decades. Many companies offer incentives such as cash bonuses or trips, but these are generally won by the few superstar salespeople in the organization, leaving the middle to lowest performers out of the loop and unmotivated. The truth is that sales professionals […]

How to Create an Effective Sales Playbook

What is one truth about life that also applies to your sales playbook? Evolve or die. This may sound a little harsh, but your playbook is a living thing. If it doesn’t adapt to change, it won’t survive. Too many sales leaders forget this. They recycle their sales processes and expect one approach to work […]

Solving Your Sales Performance Traps

In B2B Sales, sales performance is fast becoming a key factor for success. While an increase in sales can be achieved at the expense of profitability, an increase in sales performance offers companies better capital efficiency, higher profitability and ultimately a sustainable competitive advantage. Historically, sales representatives were measured by the total volume of sales […]