Customer Service Can Kill Your Customer’s Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

With the advent of the Internet, social media, and instant communication via texting, customer expectations for service, as part of their entire customer experience, have changed. Company finds customers based on interests. Technology must improve the customer experience.

When Customers Make You Smarter

Steve Blank

We talk a lot about Customer Development, but there’s nothing like seeing it in action to understand its power. But the big payoff came when their discussions with medical device customers revealed an entirely new way to think about pricing —potentially tripling their revenue.

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A Valid Business Model Requires Real Customer Sales

Startup Professionals Musings

Of course, one sale isn’t really enough, so you need to get the first customer to recommend you to a second, and make sure the rate of sales ramps up quickly enough to keep the business alive and growing. Customers don’t buy the impossible dream.

Helping Startups Understand Salespeople & the Sales Culture

Both Sides of the Table

Specifically what is often not in the DNA of founders are sales skills. The result is a lack of knowledge of the process and of sales people themselves. I had never had any sales training so everything we did for the first couple of years was instinctual. Sales

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Why Your Sales Team Should Spend More Time On Content Marketing


In many previous organizations that I’ve worked with Sales was always a team somehow disconnected with marketing or product. As an engineer one of my first challenging problems was how to reproduce what the sales guy had promised the customer on our software.

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5 Necessary E-Commerce Tips For Entrepreneurs Who Want Sales


Americans spent more on e-commerce sites than they did in brick-and-mortar stores for the first time in history in 2015 , when online sales exceeded the $300 billion mark. Who Want Sales . Assure customers you’re not going to disappear. Use tools that attract customers.

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4 Categories of B2B Customers

Grasshopper Herder

It’s hard to keep tab of sales when we’re talking to customers. B2B startups founders with limited sales experience have trouble with qualifying leads. Customer Development Sales b2b sales

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18 Great Sales Books to Improve Your Sales Skills

Inc Startups

These great sales books cover the basics of sales, social selling, building customer relationships, growing key accounts, networking and negotiating. Sales

3 Keys To Winning New Customers


One of the most critical activities within a business is to define, without hesitation, the process used to win new customers. Without new customers, any business is doomed to a slow death as their current customers fade away for any number of reasons.

Accelerate Sales by Discovering Customer Beliefs

Inc Startups

Unfavorable beliefs inhibit sales. SalesLike bad habits, they are really hard to change--but not impossible.

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10 Sales Truths Every Entrepreneur Needs To Practice

Startup Professionals Musings

Today’s customers are overloaded and overwhelmed by too much information, so making a decision is a challenge. Every aspect of your business must be about sales. No matter how certain you are that your solution perfectly matches customer needs, you will be wrong.

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6 Ways To Stop Selling And Get More Customers Buying

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay Making more sales quickly today is no longer about selling. It’s all about getting customers to make a buy decision. They don’t want to be pushed into a sale, but they love to be pulled in by what is important to them. Make every sale a win-win outcome.

The Secret to Sales and Marketing Alignment: Customer Focus

Inc Startups

Companies that take a targeted approach to sales and marketing are more successful. SalesHere's why.

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Connecting With Customers


“ The idea that a business needs to treat its customers well and understand their tastes and habits is so obvious it seems hardly worth stating. To accomplish this, you sell a product or service to your customers and hopefully earn a profit on each transaction. Be a customer.

How to Shorten Your Sales Cycle and Avoid Wasting Time

Both Sides of the Table

One of the questions I’m most often asked by CEOs is how to hire sales people. I’ve also written extensively on sales and on which sales execs to hire and how to think about the different kinds of sales leaders. Sales & Marketing Advice Startup Advice

Managing Enterprise Sales Deals

Mark Birch

We had one of their major clients lined up to be the first customer using our mobile sales content platform. I once knew a colleague who lost a deal because the decision maker was offended that the lead sales engineer had the audacity to wear a Mickey Mouse watch to a meeting.

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9 Lessons For Entrepreneurs From A Sales Expert

Startup Professionals Musings

Yet in this age when customers have a thousand alternatives, and are overwhelmed by a multitude of messages, sales efforts can make or break a business. You can either find customers for your solution or you can find solutions for your customers.

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How Great Entrepreneurs Really Listen To Customers

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs and business executives seem to be even more focused on their technology than the rest of us, and less inclined to listen to the voice of the customer, even if they remember to ask. I doubt if any of these are really listening to their customers.

SaaS Sales Compensation: How to Design the Right Plan

For Entrepreneurs

Intro Sales compensation is a more complex topic for SaaS/subscription revenue companies. Unlike traditional software sales, the job of sales doesn’t end when a new customer signs a contract. Instead, it is crucial to retain customers over many years, as that is how you maximize your revenues. Sales SaaS SaaS sales Sales and Marketing Startup Help

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6 Useful Tips To Maximize Your eCommerce Sales During Christmas


ECommerce sales during Christmas tend to see a big surge as customers prefer the quietness of at home shopping compared to the hassles of finding parking and a store full of people. 6 Useful Tips To Maximize Your eCommerce Sales During Christmas.

The Phantom Sales Forecast – Failing at Customer Validation

Steve Blank

Startup CEO’s can’t delegate sales and expect it to happen. Customer Validation needs to have the CEO actively involved. Here’s an example in a direct sales channel. Customer Development Diagnostics over Lunch. Sales Process. We have a great sales pipeline.”

Nail Your Sales Pitch By Catering To Personality


By Merrick Rosenberg, CEO of Take Flight Learning and author of “ The Chameleon: Life-Changing Wisdom for Anyone Who has a Personality or Knows Someone Who Does “ You finally have the “perfect” sales pitch. There is no perfect sales pitch.

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Improving Your Sales Reps’ Performance


This is an incredible hurdle for sales professionals to overcome, but one that must be met and conquered head on for success. Research conducted by found that 35-50% of sales go to the vendor that responds first. By John McGee, President of OptifiNow.

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It Takes a Customer Sale to Prove a Business Model

Startup Professionals Musings

Of course, one sale isn’t really enough, so you need to get the first customer to recommend you to a second, and make sure rate of sales ramps up quickly enough to keep the business alive and growing. Customers don’t buy the impossible dream.

From Brick to Click: Optimizing Your Customer’s Experience

Up and Running

A customer’s experience with your company begins the minute he or she is exposed to your brand or product. Doing business digitally—whether through a cloud-based inventory system or online marketing—often allows for a more robust, trackable relationship with your customers.

Focus on Your Sales Funnel FIRST

The Startup Magazine

The Sharks tend to like businesses that come with some matured development in terms of recent and growing sales and most of the ones that don’t get a deal have significant inventories of product and assets without any supporting sales. customers and close those sales.

5 Proven Steps To Convert Sales Leads Into Clients

YFS Magazine

This article 5 Proven Steps To Convert Sales Leads Into Clients appeared first in YFS Magazine. Grow Marketing & Sales client acquisition customer acquisition personal selling salesSinging new clients is about creating an experience that leaves people wanting more.

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Give Customers the Information They Need Most

Inc Startups

Help customers (or any audience) get something done. Sales

4 Chasms And 5 Customer Types That Kill Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

In fact, it’s all about the “focus” required to get early stage technology products across the deadly chasm from early adopters to mainstream customers. Missions and products that are too broad confuse your team, your customers, and potential investors. Marketing and sales chasm.

Sales Success Begins And Ends With Engagement


By Kurt Bilafer, Global Vice President Sales & Success at WePay. As a sales leader, my professional life is filled with quotas, metrics and dashboards. In sales there’s an expression, “coin operated salespeople.”

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How to Forecast Sales

Up and Running

Sales forecasting is much easier than you think, and much more useful than you imagine. Since sales are intimate with costs and expenses, the forecast helps you budget and manage. Lines of sales. Example of bike store sales lines. Bike store sales units, prices, sales.

How to Use Google and Facebook for Customer Segmentation

Up and Running

What is customer segmentation? Customer segmentation allows businesses to target specific groups of people so that they can reduce risks and sensibly allocate their marketing resources. It is a grouping together of your customers based on demographics, behavior, and so on.

Sales Jobs Go Wanting

Mark Birch

Sales jobs have traditionally been challenging to fill. A lot of folks, particularly the latest batch to enter the workforce – the Millennials, have a more negative perception of the sales career path, as this quote from the Wall Street Journal highlights: Some companies are having a hard time selling people on a career in sales. Sales careers jobs sales sales training training

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7 Rules for Providing Exceptional Customer Service

Startup Professionals Musings

Customer service has traditionally been a support function to respond to customer initiated requests, meaning someone waits for the phone to ring or for a website support request form. Staff all customer interactions with experienced people.

5 Techniques Every Startup Can Use to Retain Customers

Up and Running

As part of a startup business, you’ll know that there is no greater desire to win your first customer or your tenth customer. You’ll do whatever it takes to call a customer your own. It’s a neat analogy: Like customers, pets get stolen, escape, or get lost.

Sales for Startups: Sales Messaging

Mark Birch

In that sense, your sales messaging is the master key for your particular market that works for the segments you have defined. Most of what marketing creates should still align with what sales does, but sales are focused on one audience only; prospects.

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Restoring the Good Name of Sales

Mark Birch

I love sales. I currently lead sales for my own startup Enhatch and have been selling or leading sales teams for over fifteen years. Most people do not consider just how important the sales profession is to our world. Sales is HOT!

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The New Sales Playbook

Duct Tape Marketing

The New Sales Playbook written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing. Recently, I was asked to present my ideas on how salespeople can best compete in today’s sales environment. Sales Sales playbook

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Tips To Win Customers Over (And Keep Them From Leaving)

YFS Magazine

Every customer you retain generates profit for your bottom line. Every sale you make to an existing customer comes at a much cheaper investment, when compared with acquiring new customers.

This Is How Successful Brands Reach More Ideal Customers

YFS Magazine

Before you think about diluting your brand offering or price in order to serve everyone and anyone, here are five strategies you can use to attract the right customers.