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Questions tagged [sales]

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Providing direct feedback to a product salesperson

I work in tech in a decision making capacity on an Analytics team, and have just moved positions in the last couple of months. In my former role, I inherited a team using a data analysis product, ...
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Is it professional to use banter when Cold calling?

I've recently started working for a small recruitment company as IT support however yesterday I was given a list of companies and told to make sales. I have never done cold calling before and found ...
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Conflict of interest between Agile Dev Team and Marketing Team

Agile dev team says the cost is already fixed due to a fixed number of developers, so either scope or deadline shall remain flexible. Marketing team whats to launch a promotion campaign with a ...
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As a contractor, how to fill in those end-of-year weeks? [closed]

For 46 weeks of the year, there's lots of freelance and contract work However, I find that right around now it's basically[2] hard to find any contracts or freelance work. I find there's just not ...
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Should I ask for commission on sales if I'm not a sales rep?

I work as an account manager and have had direct contact with customer for over 10 years. It is a house account but my work with this customer has grown them from a $1 million/year to a $8 million/...
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Ownership of Money Sold for company share [closed]

If you have ever watched the Dragon's Den or similar shows, basically people go and ask for $100,000 for 20% of their company. What I would like to know is how does this works. Who owns the $100,000 ...
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How to pass a business opportunity to a company and ask for money

I had an interview for a company that does UX analytics for some major global brands. It went OK technically - I think I could do the job (3rd line/tech support for their JavaScript library) - but ...
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Concerned about losing commission to new salesperson [closed]

I joined my company 2.5 years ago as a sales person coming from a technical background. I have utilised some past existing relationships to bring in additional business and new customers. Until now I ...
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How to deal with a manager who doesnt settle things with the customer and does not tell? [closed]

I have a situation here with a manager (he and me report to the same person) who is responsible for certain aspects with a customer (he is sales, i am a technical team lead). More often than not in ...
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Is it appropriate for your wealthy boss to host a customer at their mansion?

I work for a small startup (< 10 people). We're all "white-collar" folks that live in apartments or "normal" sized homes in a city with a population of about 70K. My co-workers and I have typical ...
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Boss telling me to make hyperbolic statements, but I find it unethical. What do I do?

I recently got a job that has been great. Unfortunately, my boss is now trying to ask me to do something I feel as unethical. I have a presentation in front of a group of potential clients next ...
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Good reputation not enough to overcome being smaller than a competitor? [closed]

I own a small software development business. We tend to lose bids to a much larger (big name) businesses. The pattern goes, big-name gets paid millions of dollars, screws up royally and leaves. Then I ...
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How often should I follow up with a contact who is a fellow Alumni?

I've been keeping contact with a fellow Alumni that is a sales manager hoping to hire fellow alumni at his company, but his company is on a hiring freeze until June. How often should I follow up with ...
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what does “per annum OTE” mean? [duplicate]

I came across a "customer service and sales adviser" job vacancy (which is supposed to be direct marketing) online, and for the pay it says "From £15,000 to £25,000 per annum OTE". does this mean I ...
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Competitor asking for me to sell my free product [closed]

Ok, so another person has a paid product and I have produced a product that is very similar and nearly as good as the paid product. The creator of the paid product has personally messaged me asking ...
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How can I (being lower on my dept's ladder) respectfully tell a 3rd party salesman to wait?

I work for a three-person team, and recently we've undergone a project where we are looking for a certain type of software product. Due to the nature of the product, it's a very expensive and ...
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How do I decline giving potential employer my book of business?

I recently received a job offer as outside sales for a company that is in the same market as the one I am currently employed with. Due to the book of business I currently have (my list of my clients, ...
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Should one ever openly acknowledge his limits or defects?

Once somebody told me "never say 'I don't know', never". However, sometimes I really find myself wanting to say "I do not know the answer to your question", or "I can't do this". Some other times, I ...
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How to build a application development business on the side

I'm an application developer full-time but I'm trying to make a shift from working for someone else to starting a company primarily focused on custom application design/redesign. However, my target ...
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How to please both my bosses and my customers [closed]

I have been working as a salesperson in my current company for close to two years, the bosses are my friends and we work pretty well together even though my bosses have quite some attitude problem. I ...
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How to challenge product direction? [duplicate]

I am mathematician software developer good at algorithms and optimization. Got teamed up with a partner to sell a product in a space where I have no traction and flat spit the revenue. We have made ...