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TSE 1127: Sales Tools Can’t Replace You!

Sales Tools, The Sales Evangelist PodcastSometimes sellers trust too much of our sales process to autopilot, and we lose sight of the fact that even the best sales tools can’t replace you

We get distracted from the things that matter most and we miss out on opportunities or ruin relationships because we forget the importance of the most important component of the sales process. 

Sales tools

Sales tools help us promote or sell a product. They could include CRM, which helps us sell by allowing us to track information. These tools may help us understand more about the prospects who are working in the organizations we’re pursuing. 

Tools might include your email account, your LinkedIn Sales Navigator account, your BombBomb account, your cell phone, or your Hubspot tools. There are countless tools you can take advantage of that will help you promote or sell your products more effectively. 

Sometimes I rely so heavily on those tools that I effectively take myself out of the cockpit. I’m unable to guide the sales process because I’ve trusted my tools to automate it. 

Where to automate 

Automation without oversight can leave room for errors.

While it’s good to use tools like prospect.io to automate your outreach, the problem emerges when we fail to personalize the process. If we set up generic emails and then blast them to hundreds of different people, you won’t get the results you’re seeking. People can immediately sniff out bulk outreach. 

If you rely entirely on automation, you’ll discover that very few people read your emails and even fewer respond. You may even discover that some unsubscribe from your communications. 

On the other hand, if you use merge tags to personalize your messages and you focus on a specific industry and you address a specific problem that this industry faces, you can create a message that speaks directly to that industry. 

Reaching out 

While I’m emailing these prospects, I’ll also reach out to them on LinkedIn via an invite, and I’ll comment on some of their relevant content. I’ll also use personal phone calls as well as text messages or possibly even Twitter. 

I interact in different locations. I’m present and I’m monitoring the interaction.

Unlike the generic situation which was devoid of my personal involvement, this option leaves room for my own personality. The prospects have a chance to interact with me in different settings because I’m actively involved. I’m present, and I’m overseeing the process.

People want to be treated personally. 

Don’t lose focus on the human side of your connections. Make sure to differentiate yourself from the competition. 

“Sales Tools Can’t Replace You” episode resources

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Alex Glenn, Donald Kelly, CRM, Best CRM, Sales Automation

TSE 979: Sales From The Street: New World for CRM and Mirroring Pipeline Stages

Alex Glenn, Donald Kelly, CRM, Best CRM, Sales AutomationSales constantly evolves. As technology and tools change, we have new processes and strategies available to us.

On today’s episode of The Sales Evangelist, we hear from Alex Glenn about the new world for CRM and mirroring pipeline and how it can help us be more effective in our sales processes.

Alex runs automateddata.af, a place where customers can grab working automations for their businesses. The platform crowdsources solutions and wraps them up into a usable format for those in sales, marketing, and customer success.

Developing CRM

CRM has seen a bit of a shift over the last few years. Instead of being software that costs thousands of dollars and requires a great deal of training, your CRM must be more agile now. [3:51]

CRM must work with your existing tools as well as the dashboards you regularly use for work. It must be easily accessible and easily connectable.

Most founders are also coming around to the idea that CRM should serve as all-in-one solutions.

It’s very convenient for people to access the information they need without having to lead the dashboard they already work in.

Best software possible

The first issue must be finding the best possible software for each process. [7:46]

You want to conduct outreach — either cold emailing, cold calling or LinkedIn prospecting. Then you want to manage that person or that prospect using CRM.

You’ll need post-conversion like signup, demos, and other options, and you’ll need nurturing touchpoints like email, and phone calls. Then you’ll need post-sale drips and one-to-one messaging.

The problem is that all of that can’t exist in one tool, but several tools are trying to accomplish all or 75 percent of it.

The “all-in-ones” represent themselves that way because they cover most of these activities, though many of the components will be somewhat bare bones. [9:20] There are issues with each of them that limit your capabilities.

Automation

Customers need to have timely messages that are appropriate for their specific situations. All-in-ones won’t ever be the best solution because they won’t be able to give you everything you need at every step.

Google Apps is global now, and many people in the tech and startup scenes are using it because there’s so much collaboration possible. [11:55]

But if your cold outreach system isn’t talking to your CRM and talking to your website, then you can cause a lot of confusion because you might be messaging someone in LinkedIn while you’re sending emails at the same time. It can make your efforts seem disorganized.

You need a tool that syncs your pipeline stages.

(Click here to access the video of Alex navigating some of these tools.) [17:47]

Benefits

This capability allows small organizations to do really effective cold outreach. You may have gotten slapped for cold outreach before because you were sending too many emails or you got blacklisted. That doesn’t mean cold outreach doesn’t work.

That may result because you weren’t using the right platform or because your setup was wrong. The second possibility is that you weren’t doing it well. Perhaps you weren’t nurturing them effectively. [33:18]

If your pipeline stages aren’t in sync through the different outreach systems or the different tools that you’re using, you could create a poor customer experience.

Whether you use a system like this or an all-in-one system together with a cold outreach system, make sure your pipeline stages are clearly outlined.

Know what’s going on at each stage. Make sure each tool is being updated based upon where the customer is and how he interacted with your tools.

“New World for CRM and Mirroring Pipeline” episode resources

You can connect with Alex at automated.af and email him at team@automated.af. Automated hopes to build out so that it will offer something for everyone.

Check out the tools Alex mentioned in the episode:

  • persistiq.com for sales engagement with a clean interface
  • user.com for automation software to track customer engagement
  • useorca.com to find and engage new customers.

You can also view the screenshare here.

This episode is brought to you in part by prospect.io, a powerful sales automation platform that allows you to build highly personalized, cold email campaigns. To learn more, go to prospect.io/tse. It will help you with your outbound to expand your outreach and it allows you to set it and forget it. Your prospecting will never ever be the same.

We’ll use prospect.io in the upcoming semester of TSE Hustler’s League to focus on prospecting. We’ll give you insights and tools that will help you gain new customers. In addition, we’ll provide training and strategies that you can implement today to ensure constant flow in your pipeline.

Check out our new semester of The Sales Evangelist Hustler’s League. We’re taking applications for the semester beginning in January, and we can only take a limited number of people.

This episode is also brought to you in part by Maximizer CRM, personalized CRM that gives you the confidence to improve your business and increase profits. To get a demonstration of maximizer, go to the sales evangelists.com/maximizer.

Click on the link to get a free demo of what Maximizer CRM can do for you. It integrates your marketing campaign as well as your CRM, and it works whether you’re a small organization or a large one.

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