Enterprise Sales: Why Is It So Hard?

and get the market recognition that comes with landing a prestigious Fortune 500 customer, having an enterprise sales strategy can be a game-changer…

But before diving in headlong and investing the extensive time, effort, and whatever patience you can spare, you must understand all that is required and the challenges that stand in your way.

Big B2B ≠ Everyone

Selling to large enterprises is hard. Sales cycles are protracted and unpredictable.  Product requirements will be extensive and demanding. You’re selling to multiple different personalities, functions, agendas. There are purchasing specialists and full-time attorneys on staff. A reorganization can throw your deal into limbo. Or stop it altogether. The inefficiencies and general irrationality of your […]

Sales Fundamentals: Triangulation

As any given sales opportunity gets bigger, more strategic or expands across multiple divisions, it inevitably becomes more complicated to manage and more difficult to close. Every new variable brings with it the possibility of more potential, but also greater risk of loss or delay. Among the potential headaches you should anticipate include: New players […]

Sales Fundamentals: Your Sales Toolkit

Do you have a sales toolkit? Because a salesperson’s income is directly linked to their sales performance, being more productive pays real dividends. Which means every increase in preparedness and productivity typically translates into increased sales success, which should then result in greater earnings. (Or it should.) A ten percent increase in your productivity should […]

The Request for Proposal

I think there have been four unsolicited Request for Proposal (RFP) wins in the course of my sales career. Four. That’s an average of one every… never mind. Of course, that may suggest that I suck at RFPs. Or maybe the deal was skewed to the favor of some other vendor. (I’m going with the […]