Webinar: Planning for 2024

Where do you see your company in 5 years? It’s a stock question, but it’s an important one. Many of us are busy creating short term plans – weekly task strategies, monthly budget reports, one-year-sales forecasts and so on – that we forget that long term planning is just as important when it comes to setting financial goals and creating growth opportunities. So, from a dollars and cents perspective, where do you see your company in five years? That’s the subject this [...]

Watch: Mine Your Existing Sales Data for Gold

Welcome to Mining Your Sales Data for Gold presented by the Vx Group, a discussion on how you can mine your Sales Data for the gold we all seek – ideal customers. A little background about this. A few months ago, we recorded a pilot episode of our podcast, Problems Worth Solving, and we talked a little about the need to create an Ideal Customer Profile. Listening to the finished podcast, we realized that while listeners would walk away knowing what an [...]

Listen: Why an Ideal Customer Profile is Important

Listen to Vx Group President, Eric Zoromski discuss with Eric LaRose, how to develop an Ideal Customer Profile and use it to identify new customers. When you think about it, there are two kinds of customers, those who buy from you and those who grow with you. Today we’re talking about the latter, specifically how you identify these idea customers, attract them and nurture them. I think it’s true that a lot of people do believe that any customer is a good [...]

Download: Vx Group Growth Goal Calculator

We want 2018 to be a great year for you and your company, and to support that the Vx Group has developed a free tool you can use to determine how many new customers you need to acquire over the next year to meet your company growth goals. Here’s how it works: Download the calculator and launch it (you’ll need Microsoft Excel) Under Company Information, add your company name and dates. Try to keep your growth goals to a year (Jan. 1-Dec. [...]

How to kickstart sales late in the year

Q4 is a rough period for B2B sales, with many of your customers buried underneath end-of-the-year paperwork. Because of this, there is a tendency to avoid B2B sales altogether late in the year. The way we see it, while this seems like sound logic it’s really a missed opportunity. Yes, it’s correct that your customers are struggling with year-end reports, but you know what would be a great break for them? Talking to you. We’ve found that not only will your customers [...]

3 ways to add value to every sales meeting

Sales meetings can be a lot of things: intimidating, rewarding, complicated, etc. But there are times when everyone starts thinking: “I am adding nothing to this meeting.” There are several ways you can add value to any sales meeting. First, don’t pretend you know everything. There is no shame in asking for clarification. Many times these discussions lead to new ideas, better processes and so on. Fast Company recently published an article on this subject. You can see more meeting tips here. [...]

Treat sales like a jet engine

We’ve had a lot of clients express the desire for a short-term sales boost, and our canned response is that there are few levers you can pull besides price to increase sales in the next 30-90 days. You can read more about that here and here. Oddly enough, we’ve also heard of companies with the exact opposite problem – the sales department is crushing it so hard that production and engineering can’t keep up. Sales is often pressured to “slow down” by [...]

5 things you should never say during a sales meeting

Saying the wrong thing during a sales meeting can bring your pitch to a screeching halt. What's the wrong thing? Here are five things you should never say during a sales meeting. "I don't know" – In sales there is never a reason to say "I don't know." It makes your potential clients think, "If you don't know this now, will you know the answer to a really important question once we've hired you?" Not to say you should lie (see tip [...]