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To Leave or Not to Leave (a Voicemail Message)

The debate about whether to leave a voicemail message on a cold call is as old as voicemail itself. You all know that leaving a voicemail rarely results in a callback, no matter how great your technique. Statistics found on various sales web sites show a range of five- to ten-percent of voicemails are returned. So even if you are spectacular at your VMs, you might top out at 25-percent call backs. So is it really worth it?


I say yes. Definitely. You just need to change your reason and expectations for leaving that message. Instead of expecting a callback, use the voicemail as a friendly, personal, targeted billboard. If you do it right, the next time the person sees or hears your name, they’ll have some kind of positive brand recognition. Read more

Resolve to Increase Calling Performance by Up to 50%

Have you broken any of your resolutions yet? Get back on track with a proven way to do your job better. (That was one of your resolutions, right?) Incite2 from ShadeTree Technology is a tool that’s changing the way your sales force will use salesforce.com.

Resolve to take charge:  You’ve heard complaints from your team for years about salesforce.com’s complexity. You’ve experienced the cumbersome clicks firsthand. You’ve seen numbers that are not confidence-building. You’ve had trouble getting an enterprise view of your department’s productivity. There is a way to take charge and do something about all these issues. Something straightforward. This isn’t a resolution to add one-hundred new products, open seventeen worldwide branches and surpass Apple in volume. This is a simple plug-in that will change the way your team sells, for the better.

Resolve to increase sales: Now where did you finish your fiscal year?  CSO Insights stated that less than 50-percent of sales teams met their quota last year. If you want to build on last year’s success or gain success this year, take a closer look at Incite2. This tool consolidates the screens your salespeople use from salesforce.com so everything they need is right in front of them. More calls (20-50% on average!). More details about each call. This automatically leads to better conversations. Which translates to what? More sales. With the changing landscape of sales, your people need to do more research than ever to make their conversations more targeted, meaningful and relevant. The way you keep track of all this information leads directly to how successful they’ll be when they do get a prospect on the line… or even when they leave a voicemail. Sure, technology can help them dial more numbers… but Incite2 ALSO makes each dial more relevant, meaningful and productive. Read more