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SalesFounders is a weekly podcast that focuses on sales growth and strategy for startups. We interview VC’s, entrepreneurs, and industry experts to discuss their stories, secrets, and strategies to help YOU conquer the sales gap, and generate scalable revenue.

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SalesFounders is a weekly podcast that focuses on sales growth and strategy for startups. We interview VC’s, entrepreneurs, and industry experts to discuss their stories, secrets, and strategies to help YOU conquer the sales gap, and generate scalable revenue.

    044: World-Class Customer Service with Scott Porter

    044: World-Class Customer Service with Scott Porter

    "Our company mission is to help people experience the joy of food" - Scott Porter
    What comes to mind when you think about customer service?  Do you think about United Airlines and the infamous passenger escort? Do you remember that restaurant server who rolled her eyes when you asked for gluten-free? Or do you think about that grocery store clerk who remembered your first name and asked if your child was feeling better?
    We all know what it feels like to have an incredible customer experience. We evangelize, we promote, and we rave about those companies. The same is true of horrible experiences. Happy customers spend 140% more than unhappy customers yet, too often, founders obsess over profit margins or process flows and then wonder why they are struggling to grow, or much less, survive. My guest this week is Scott Porter, founder of San Diablo Artisan Churro's. Scott has a unique perspective when it comes to customer service. In fact, Scott leveraged customer service to rescue a nursing home from bankruptcy. It might be fair to say that Scott worries more about his customers than his own business. On the other hand, that's probably why his business is booming!
    ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS: Marketing a super niche business model Company growth through customer reviews What defines a great customer experience? How to measure your customer happiness/satisfaction Defining and measuring your brand: what 3 words define you? How Scott rescued a bankrupt nursing home using world-class customer service Strategies to engage your team in building a better customer experience How San Diablo defines their customers experience: D - Dedication I  - Interaction not Transaction A - Attention to Detail B - Brighten Through “Deep Fried Happiness L - Legacy O - Opportunity to WOW

    • 45 min
    043: Selling the Public Sector with Patri Founder Josh Ellars

    043: Selling the Public Sector with Patri Founder Josh Ellars

    Throughout this season of SalesFounders we have covered a number of themes that seem to exemplify winning startups: Leveraging domain expertise, validated learning, mentorship, and strategic sales growth. Josh Ellars, founder of Patri, exemplifies all of them. In fact, his startup story is a case-study in how each of these components blend together to create a powerful growth trajectory. Josh believes that a founder needs critical feedback and an openness to adaptation. On this episode Josh explains how he has leveraged 10 years of public sector sales expertise, 10,000 linkedIn connections, a powerhouse advisory board and a lean methodology to bootstrap a solution that is will forever change the way companies sell to the public sector.  
    ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS: Challenges selling in the public sector Positioning your career around a niche Applying the lean startup methodology for feedback driven innovation Why LinkedIn is an ideal source for validation and leads Building an advisory board - How to surround yourself with the right team The pro's and con's of an automated sales process   The challenges of running a consulting service and says company simultaneously Surrounding yourself with critical feedback and why you should never be married to your idea's

    • 36 min
    042: The Art of Customer Validation with Whitney Casey

    042: The Art of Customer Validation with Whitney Casey

    Most entrepreneurs acknowledge the importance of customer validation. Few, however, are as curious or relentless in the pursuit of customer feedback as Whitney Casey. Following her Emmy-winning career as a talk show host and NYC anchor, Whitney created Finery.com, a startup in the Fashion/Technology space. Along with her best-friend and co-founder Brooklyn Decker, Whitney has assembled a stellar team of brainiacs, in NYC, who are revolutionizing the way you interact with your wardrobe. Whitney joins us this week to explore the value of customer feedback and the strategy every founder should model before attempting to scale. 
    ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS: Finery - the first wardrobe operating system When to hire vs outsource developers A validation strategy every founder should adopt How to elicit the most authentic customer feedback The power of honest feedback from users, even if "your baby is ugly" Product Development discipline and the challenges of “feature creep” 6 revenue sources and the customers lifecycle. Choosing the right investors - “make sure you find smart money”

    • 37 min
    041: High Velocity Sales Growth with Justin Edwards

    041: High Velocity Sales Growth with Justin Edwards

    Justin Edwards is the VP of Sales Practice at Mercato partners. His focus is optimizing and accelerating sales performance within each of their portfolio companies. Leveraging his sales experience in startups and Fortune 100 organizations alike, Justin has demonstrated a unique ability to help founders identify sales inefficiencies and develop highly scalable sales teams and processes. 
    ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS: Modeling high velocity sales growth  Looking at people as the underlying engine for sales acceleration Identifying the 5 traits of success in your sales environment, and building process and scale around those traits Why Hubspot requires new sales reps to experience the customer journey before selling Technology, money, and the dangers of a broken sales process Mapping sales process to identify bottlenecks and deceleration.  Identify the "anatomy of a perfect customer" Sales qualified leads and the ingredients of an efficient sales process The misleading indicators of sales performance Corporate strategy - Inside Sales vs. Enterprise Sales strategy. Why HR, Marketing, and Sales are the three most common area's of weakness in growth companies

    • 38 min
    040: Win-Loss Analysis with Clozd Founder Spencer Dent

    040: Win-Loss Analysis with Clozd Founder Spencer Dent

    Knowing why you win and lose deals might be the most valuable information your company can have. Unfortunately, 60% of sales professionals are wrong about why they win and lose deals. Not surprisingly, founders make critical errors when they use such assessments in strategic decisions. 
    My guest this week is Clozd founder, Spencer Dent. Leveraging his experience at Bain, and Qualtrics, Spencer co-founded Clozd with the mission to help companies uncover the truth about why they win and lose. On this episode, Spencer shares some of the most common pitfalls, and why win-loss analysis should be an integral part of your growth strategy. 
    ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS: Win-loss analysis and the founding story of Clozd 2 reasons companies should outsource win-loss analysis Why founders avoid win-loss analysis 60% of reps don't know why they win or lose deals How to categorize and prioritize the issues that affect win-loss Adapting your sales teams to position against the competition The 3 most common deal killers that every founder should be aware of  A closer took at Clozd business model

    • 42 min
    039: Crafting the Perfect Sales Pitch with Pitch Queen Michelle Weinstein

    039: Crafting the Perfect Sales Pitch with Pitch Queen Michelle Weinstein

    Michelle Weinstein, also known as The Pitch Queen, has leveraged an exciting sales career, and an entrepreneurial rollercoaster to refine a skill that has become her secret weapon - the Pitch. Michelle has pitched her way into Costco, onto Shark Tank, and into the world of millionaires, athletes and coaches. Michelle joins SalesFounders this week to talk about the art of the Pitch and a few of her strategies to help entrepreneurs build relationships, gain rapport, and generate powerful sales traction. 
    ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS: Facing adversity - lessons from a failed startup Entrepreneurship is a 24 hour sales job Preparing your company to weather unknown costsBuilding Rapport - why trust is the secret to selling  Relationship based-selling and the “champion” Persistence and the art of being ‘Professionally Annoying’ Strategies to connect with influencers  Ingredients of a great sales pitch

    • 38 min

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J. Barshop ,

Awesome show, highly recommend!

Brad and his guests provide some incredibly compelling and actionable content on how to implement effective sales strategies as well as develop your overall psychology to become the absolute best salesman you can be.

Highly recommend listening and subscribing to SalesFounders if you want the knowledge AND mindsets to level up your sales efforts (and reach all of your overall business goals as a result)!

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Successful Startups

Brad does any incredible job leveraging the experiences of successful entrepreneurs to teach his audience how to succeed in their personal endeavours. Highly recommend this podcast!

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