Don’t Waste Your Time: Five Red Flags to Watch for with Unsolicited RFPs

Posted by Brian Doyle on Jan 19, 2022 9:21:04 AM

In the world of sales, it’s easy to get caught up in the possibilities of an unsolicited RFP. But, if you find yourself dealing with procurement, you might want to save your energy.

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Topics: Negotiating with Backbone, Selling with Confidence, Selling with Backbone

4 Ways to Impact Price Realization

Posted by Pete Morelli on Dec 6, 2021 3:53:55 PM

One of our top goals in any consulting engagement is uncovering revenue and profit growth opportunities for clients. Generally, we want to answer four key questions:  

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Topics: Pricing with Confidence

From Transaction to Trust: Overcoming Today’s Top 3 Sales Challenges

Posted by Pete Morelli on Nov 9, 2021 11:07:13 AM

Holden Advisors has the privilege of working with some of the top global sales organizations which affords us visibility into challenges that leaders in those organizations face on a daily basis. We're frequently asked about these common challenges because they might be applicable to issues encountered by other companies. The following represent the top three themes that we see across our sales performance engagements that Holden Advisors has encountered over the past 10 years.

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Topics: Negotiating with Backbone, Selling with Backbone

The Important Role of Pricing Departments

Posted by Raul Carvalho on Nov 3, 2021 11:43:02 AM

Not every company has a pricing department. Here we explain why they are incredibly important players in the price, cost, revenue equation. 

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Topics: Pricing with Confidence

Big Customer Negotiating: Dancing with a Gorilla

Posted by Reed Holden on Oct 21, 2021 10:31:00 AM

Big or small, almost all B2B companies have to sell to large, powerful companies because they believe that the "big win" keeps the plant running or resources at capacity. Those negotiations are often tough and focus on price. “Tough” isn't quite the right word – how about brutal? Those big companies, or gorillas, control a lot of revenue, and like it or not, we have to sell to them. As a result of those brutal negotiations, the oftentimes smaller seller will lose money or barely break even. 

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Topics: Negotiating with Backbone

Strengthen Negotiations with New Products and Services

Posted by Pete Morelli on Oct 19, 2021 9:43:44 AM

Too often, sales teams rely too heavily on discounts or service giveaways to close deals. This leads to a host of issues including leaving money on the table, teaching customers to negotiate hard for discounts and freebies, and eroding the customer's perception of your value.  

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Topics: Negotiating with Backbone

Play Better Poker With Your Customers

Posted by Adele Mclean on Oct 14, 2021 9:42:08 AM

When it comes to negotiation, very few sellers spend enough time planning. I encourage you to carve out time to get centered and think about some of the upcoming negotiations you have. There’s a lot to consider, but let's start by thinking differently about your customers and the ways you engage with them.

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Topics: Negotiating with Backbone

A Four-Step Pricing Strategy for Startups that Works Every Time

Posted by Jeet Mukherjee on Oct 12, 2021 12:26:04 PM

Pricing strategies are often the last thing entrepreneurs tackle before launching new businesses. It’s a tricky problem to get right. Price too high and you lose potential customers. Too low, and you lose money. To point you in the right direction, here’s a quick step-by-step product pricing strategy to help entrepreneurs get it right. 

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Topics: Pricing with Confidence

Understand the Value You Offer to Your Customer

Posted by Ellen Quackenbush on Oct 7, 2021 9:36:05 AM

You can’t have confidence in your price unless you have confidence in the value you deliver to your customer’s business. Your products and services provide financial value to your customers by increasing their revenue, reducing their costs, or helping them to mitigate risks. It’s really that simple. How do you build that value understanding? By going out and talking to your customers.

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Topics: Pricing with Confidence

The Value of Reliability

Posted by Brian Doyle on Oct 4, 2021 9:12:26 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us many lessons, not the least of which is the value of a reliable supply chain.

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Topics: Pricing with Confidence