Top 4 Sales 2.0 Initiatives for Q3 & 4


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As companies emerge from their mid-year planning meetings, having evaluated their sales performance for the first half of the year, sales managers are resetting priorities for the third and fourth quarters. In our consulting work with large and small companies across industries, we are observing some trends.

Here are the top four Sales 2.0 initiatives for the second half of 2010 we’re seeing:

1. Closer Analysis of Sales Cycle Metrics and Conversions

Sales 2.0 managers are realizing that measuring only revenue is not enough if they really want to improve sales performance. They are defining, measuring and analyzing sales cycle steps – based on how their buyers buy – and getting a better grip on forecasts and well as a clearer understanding of where both their teams and individual reps need help.

2. Alignment of Sales and Marketing

Whether they call it “closed loop”, “demand to close”, or “click to cash”, Sales 2.0 leaders are attempting to work more closely with their marketing peers to integrate the functions. Their goals are to agree on the best-qualified prospect profiles, engage the right buyers, track and measure the results and ROI of lead generation marketing programs and determine hand-off processes from marketing to sales – and vice versa, if a buyer isn’t ready to make a purchasing decision and is better served through a lead nurturing program.

3. Scrutiny of Technology ROI

Amidst all the promise of Sales 2.0 technologies, many Sales 2.0 companies are getting smarter about determining the impact of technology on their sales results.  In some cases, managers that previously implemented systems in hopes of a quick fix are now revisiting adoption and roll-out plans and analyzing their sales processes to see where technology can accelerate or improve their sales. By establishing before and after metrics, Sales 2.0 managers can better justify what can be substantial investments in time and money associated with new technology purchases.

4. Creative New Ways to Engage Prospects

It is getting increasingly difficult to get the attention of our overworked, overstimulated buyers, who are being bombarded by marketing campaigns and sales calls in multiple media. We know that personal, timely messages that are relevant to our prospects are the only ones getting through, but even these carefully-crafted e-mails or voice mails can be lost in sheer volume of messages in the average business decision maker’s in-box.  Sales 2.0 professionals are experimenting by sending personal notes by snail mail, including videos in e-mail, posting comments on prospects’ blogs, reaching out via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – anything to stand out from the crowd and get a response.

Have you redefined your sales priorities? What are YOUR key initiatives for the second half of 2010?


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Anneke Seley
Anneke Seley was the twelfth employee at Oracle and the designer of OracleDirect, the company's revolutionary inside sales operation. She is currently the CEO and founder of Phone Works, a sales strategy and implementation consultancy that helps large and small businesses build and restructure sales teams to achieve predictable, measurable, and sustainable sales growth, using Sales 2. principles.


  1. I concur with your 4 key priorities as stated. Where I challenge the concept is the ability to execute on those priorities in 6 months. It is my opinion those priorities should be standard business practices that all sales leaders should prescribe to running their business by. The effectiveness will only be realized over the long term, not in 6 months.


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