How Avagard Dented the Medical Device Rep World

On October 2, 2001, the selling world of the medical device took a dent. 3M Company received FDA approval of Avagard® and surgeons stopped scrubbing their hands at sinks outside of Operating Rooms. At the time, I was a medical device rep selling Intraocular Lens Implants (IOLs) and the action was at the scrub sink. Gaining Position and Seeking Influence An ophthalmologist once told me that the first scrub of the morning reminded him of when he played hockey and was getting ready in the locker room for the game. Mentally he’s going through his plan, thinking about potential obstacles … Read More

Superhero Sales Rep – 5 ways you are saving the business world one deal at a time!

Superhero Sales Reps

Superhero status is what everyone strives for, right? How do you reach the rank of superhero sales rep when day-after-day you read about the demise of the profession? Many sales reps assume the role of superhero, their companies depend on them to save the business world and they do it in the humble anonymity of making calls. In person or on the phone. Here are five ways a superhero sales rep achieves immortality. Or doesn’t. From the Outside, You Look Like an Average Person Like Clark Kent before he hops into the phone booth, changes state and comes out Superman, … Read More

6 Critical Reasons Sales Reps Must Understand Market Segmentation

Market-Segmentation

If you want to succeed as a sales representative today, understanding market segmentation is critical. Well-run Sales and Marketing teams now work closely together, and their ability to collaborate creates new opportunities. Proper market segmentation work is foundational to good corporate and territory-level planning. Understand Your Market and How it Works Think of your market in terms of needs, not products. Map how your market works from start to finish. Quantify installed customers and share within those accounts. Also, describe how your market is changing. Highlight important decision points in your market flow where decisions are considered. Need marketing some … Read More

3 Reasons the Price Discounts You Agree to are Killing Your Business

How is offering the price discount your customer is asking for killing your business? This article is about three important ways the discounts you’re offering are affecting your company! Your value is not consistent with the price No way, you say? Yes, it’s true. If your customer is asking you for a price reduction, their perceived value of your product is different than it was before. Even if they aren’t stating this with their words, they are with actions. And people buy with actions, not words.  If you only get one idea from this post, please focus on the above … Read More

5 Steps to Help a Sales Rep be an Effective Executive Within an Enterprise

As the above Venn Diagram shows, the most effective sales executive operates in the “bullseye” area that caters to the needs of all parts of an organization. Today, perhaps more than any other time, the sales professional has in his hands at all times the tools necessary to accomplish this task. This tool, is either an iPad or iPhone.5 Steps to Help a Sales Rep be an Effective Executive Within an Enterprise1. Be grateful that you have the luxury and responsibility to contribute every day2. Understand that effectiveness can be learned and improved3. Protect time as the important, universal asset … Read More

The Duality of Sales Reps

[headline style=”1″ align=”center” headline_tag=”h1″] Sales Reps Must Think Like Innovators to Sell to Innovators [/headline] The first edition of “The Diffusion of Innovation” by Everett Graham was published in 1962. Graham’s seminal work supplied structure to academic thinking about how innovation spreads. Most Sales Reps are familiar with this concept. The fifth edition of his book was published in 2004 and addresses the effect of the internet on how ideas spread and people communicate. As Sales Representatives, we read marketing plans citing Graham’s famous curve and how it relates to the product or service we are preparing to sell. Armed with … Read More