DM Training Blog

No matter what you're selling, you can always get better. Learn the sales insights, tips, and trends you need to know to improve your sales behavior and grow your pipeline.

Molly D Protosow

Molly Protosow is the COO and Training Strategist for DMTraining. She manages the day-to-day business and training operations while helping research and develop new training programs as well as refreshing signature programs to reflect the newest sales trends, technology, and best practices. Molly utilizes her wide-range of skills to create sales and marketing assets focused on delivering value to DMT’s clients. Molly has a passion for learning and leveraging new knowledge and experiences. Outside of DMTraining, Molly is a hard core Pittsburgh sports fan, enjoys staying active by running and golfing, and unwinds by reading and playing the piano.

Blog Feature

Sales Tips | Sales Meetings | Social Selling

6 Ways to Improve Your Sales Communication & Outreach Strategy

By: Molly D Protosow
June 27th, 2019

Sales requires constant communication.   You’re either writing an email, crafting a proposal or sales presentation, gathering information over the phone, asking questions during a meeting, listening to a client’s feedback, and the list goes on. Salespeople have to be expert communicators. This is especially true since the buying process has changed. Buyers are more informed, which gives them more power. In fact, according to an Accenture study, 94% of B2B buyers say they actually conduct online research before making a buying decision. And guess what? A report from Forrester stated that 59% of buyers prefer to do research online instead of consulting a sales professional because they believe that salespeople are likely to push their agenda rather than focusing on solving the problem. 

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

Sales Tips | Sales Training | competitive selling

What is Competitive Selling?

By: Molly D Protosow
June 6th, 2019

Competitive selling is a combination of three things: mindset, competition, and positioning Let’s explore each: Mindset Competitive selling starts with your mindset. Your mindset is motivated and empowered. You are not driven by income, but rather from the satisfaction, challenge, and personal achievement that a career in sales affords. It also means you see sales as a game to play, to have fun with and to win. Competition You’re ruthless about understanding the industry (or industries) your solution serves as well as getting to know the competitors you’re likely to face on a daily basis. This doesn’t mean you’re constantly comparing yourself to the competition, it simply means you’re knowledgeable about what they offer and how your solution is unique and different. Positioning (Point-of-View) Your positioning or point-of-view is a particular attitude or way of considering a matter. It’s your position and passion towards the solution you’re selling and the people, companies and industries you help. When combined, these three elements give you the ability to leverage competitive selling as an approach and strategy.

Read More

Share

3 Questions to Ask Before Investing in Sales Training

3 Questions to Ask Before Investing in Sales Training

The right sales training for your employees is integral to the success of your business. Before you invest, make sure you have all of the information you need to make a smart decision.

Blog Feature

sales | Digital Media Landscape | Social Selling

6 Ways to Stay Relevant in Sales

By: Molly D Protosow
April 19th, 2019

Sales has changed quite a bit in recent years. This is because of new technological developments and a general shift in attitudes and behaviors regarding how customers make purchasing decisions. Adapting to this rapidly evolving world of sales requires motivation, flexibility, ongoing development and a proactive approach to selling. Sales professionals are expected to be experts in both their product and solution as well as their client's business. They must understand the cultural and generational buying habits of an increasingly diverse customer base while adapting to changing sales technology. Whew, that's a lot to live up to.  But you don't have to let these changes get in the way of your sales success. You simply have to roll with the punches, as they say. Before we dive into how you can stay relevant in this constantly changing environment, let's take a look at a few statistics about how sales has changed.  94% of B2B buyers conduct some degree of research online before making a business purchase, with 55% conducting online research for at least half of their purchases. (Accenture’s State of B2B Procurement Study) Buyers are less concerned with the qualifying topics salespeople are usually most interested in: Just one in four want to discuss budget, authority, and timeline. It takes an average of 18 calls to actually connect with a buyer. Only 24% of sales emails are opened. 90% of top performing sales people now use social media as part of their sales strategy. And for sales reps that invest in social media, 64% of them hit their team quota– compared to only 49% of reps hitting their team quota that don’t use social media. Half of revenue is influenced by social selling in 14 common industries, including computer software, healthcare, and marketing and advertising. Nearly six in 10 salespeople say that when they figure out what works for them, they don’t change it. Don’t fall behind —here’s 6 things to know to help you stay relevant and to keep improving your sales performance. 

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

Sales Tips | Pipeline Management | Social Selling

4 Ways to Enhance Your Lead Generation Efforts

By: Molly D Protosow
March 8th, 2019

More than 40 percent of salespeople say prospecting is the most challenging part of the sales process, followed by closing (36 percent) and qualifying (22 percent) (HubSpot). But if you look closer, you can see that these three steps are all very related. If you're unable to generate good, quality leads then you won't be able to close the deal because the lead wasn't a good fit in the first place.

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

Sales Training

12 of the Best Sales & Marketing Books to Give You a Fresh Perspective on Your Business

By: Molly D Protosow
January 24th, 2019

As the new year gets into full swing,  you may already be thinking that your schedule is far too busy to put time aside to read a good book. However, making time to read will make your life better, not more hectic. "No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance." ~ Confucius The more you read the more you learn, and in order to stay ahead and thinking clearly in both your personal and professional life, you need to be a ceaseless learner.  However, it's startling that about a quarter of American adults (24%) say they haven’t read a book in whole or in part in the past year, whether in print, electronic or audio form, according to PEW Research. As sales and marketing professionals, there’s constant pressure to be creative. For most of us, the problem isn’t that we aren’t reading. The problem is we spend our time reading blogs, tweets, infographics, and other short forms of content. Sure, that’s great for staying up-to-date with trends and current events, but it doesn’t work our brains the same way. When you read a book, it forces you to focus and eliminate the distractions around you. It's this focus that acts as a catalyst for the many perks that come from reading books, not the least of which is an increase in creativity. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best sales and marketing books to encourage you to step away from the short form, digital content and take hold of the possibilities and perspectives of a new book.

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

competitive selling | positioning against competition | Sales Meetings

5 Tactics to Outperform Your Competition

By: Molly D Protosow
December 6th, 2018

Competition, love it or hate it, is an essential part of being in sales. Whether you’re dealing with internal competition from fellow sales reps or an external threat from competitor companies in your industry, competition drives us to be the best we can be. But when it comes to winning new business and increasing market share, what are you doing to differentiate yourself from the competition?   If you’re not already testing new and different strategies or tactics, here are 5 ideas to consider as you position yourself against the competition.

Read More

Share