Sales Links

Corporate Greeting Cards

Break the ice and keep the flow going with creative e-cards!
  • www.Bluemountain.com
    The industry standard, Blue Mountain keeps up its good reputation with a growing selection of cute, funny, animated e-mail cards - and it's free!
  • www.egreetings.com
    You may not know when National Chicken Month is, but Egreetings does, and they've got just the right card to send for this and many other occasions!
  • www.evite.com
    This is the one to use when you want to use the internet to send out announcements and invitations. They're quick, stylish and easy to use and help keep track of your RSVPs.
  • www.crane.com
    For when you really want to make an impression; Crane is the champagne of paper companies, and instantly recognized for its classic and upscale style. Receipt of a note written on Crane stationery is an event in itself!

Expos and Tradeshows

Get the inside track on the shows you should be exhibiting at and an array of services for everything related to this side of the sales profession.
  • www.exhibitornet.com
    Exhibitor Magazine presents a site with all the information needed by event professionals. Whether you're planning a promotion or want to know who else is, this site delivers the inside scoop.
  • www.tsnn.com
    Servicing attendees, producers, exhibitors and suppliers, TSNN aims to be the ultimate trade show resource for all aspects of the business. The Trade Show Search lists an impressive variety of industries in its database.

Extra Special Gifts

The fastest way to to the best business gifts online!
  • www.Ashford.com
    For the serious gifts - the rings, watches, perfumes and pens - Ashford is the sophisticated and classy alternative. Free overnight shipping is a nice little perk too!
  • www.GiftCertificates.com
    An extremely large selection of gifts and gift categories make this comprehensive site easy to use and efficient. You can shop for your best friend's wedding and your Boss's birthday all at the same time.
  • www.gifts.com
    This site offers a lot of choices for a wide array of situations, but is so simply and clearly presented that you never get "lost in the aisles" as with some other online gift retailers.
  • www.gifttracker.com
    Never again need you endure reproachful glances from the one whose birthday you forgot! Now you can set up a reminder system and become everybody's favorite sibling, friend, kid, parent, employee, boss..well, you get the picture!
  • www.hickoryfarms.com
    Party and holiday foods are what Hickory Farms is famous for, that and its smoked meats and mature flavorful cheeses. It's nice to feel sure that you're sending quality food gifts and everyone knows how good these are!
  • www.Redenvelope.com
    This is a great catalogue to go to when you're not sure what to get. Clean presentation doesn't overload you with choices, while the unexpected merchandise sparks ideas. www.send.com Ah, if only one could sit around all day, drinking champagne and smoking cigars.maybe if you tell more of your friends, clients, customers and colleagues about Send.com - it really could! Make sure everyone knows when your birthday is.
  • www.sharperimage.com
    Gadgets and gizmos to fascinate and delight the executive who has everything and the assistant who does everything. Corporate incentive programs make creative gift giving a benefit to the buyer as well.
  • www.spiegel.com
    The selection here is almost too vast! Personally I prefer a smaller selection of specialty merchandise in specific categories. But hey - that's just me, and after all, the quality is very good at Spiegel.

Incentives

Find the best resources to reward employees and customers alike!
  • www.800GiftCertificate.com
    Incentives in the form of gift certificates can really work - especially when they can be spent with fine retailers like those listed here!
  • www.bestbuy.com
    When you want to wow 'em with a cool electronic gift, that seems like it cost much more than it did, check out Best Buy for a great selection of DVD players, personal audio gear, still and video cameras and more.
  • www.couponnetwork.com
    With dozens of partner stores featured, from AllHerb.com to ZanyBrainy.com, Coupon Network Affiliate Program presents great opportunities for you to offer coupons and discounts via your Web site.
  • www.hinda.com
    Hinda can work with you at the consultant level, designing and planning a merchandise award system, or simply provide your company with quality "off-the-shelf"products to suit your company's needs.
  • www.marketinginnovators.com
    As the name suggests, Marketing Innovators offers an intelligent approach to the question "how do you motivate your sales force?" The free information on this site, such as the Program Planning Checklist, make it a great resource.
  • www.marriott.com/incentives
    It's amazing how hard people work when the reward comes in the form of travel! Who doesn't get motivated at the thought of taking a trip when the deal closes? www.motivationonline.com Performance management technology is the name of the game at this good-looking site that aims to teach as well as to sell services. Great articles like "Motivation University" by Bob Nelson are definitely worth a read. If this stuff is free, I have high expections of their subscription newsletter!
  • www.omahasteaks.com
    Dang! Aint nothin' like a steak! This is the place to get 'em for your carnivorous sales performers!

Leads

Resources to help you locate fresh prospects, research business relationships and investment information and analyze and capitalize on emerging markets.
  • www.dnb.com
    The site for sturdy industry leader Dun & Bradstreet is vast, with tons of info about great products, tools and services like the "D&B Family Tree Finder" and "Market Spectrum." Flash animation in muted colors with un-cluttered text makes it easy on the eye as well!
  • www.infoUSA.com
    "Whoever your customers are, we'll find them!" is the promise made by this site, offering lists & leads, news & info and bulletin boards. This one-stop shop has directory services, a newsletter, free Web mail and even its own mall.
  • www.superpages.com
    This site has the familiar look of a big telephone book and works pretty much the same. Useful for nationwide research of company data: telephone numbers, URLs, street location and even maps. Search by name, distance or category.
  • www.zapdata.com
    With an introductory offer of 25 free leads, Zap aims to impress with its snappy promises of fast data. Profiles, analyses, credit checks and more line the shelves of this "virtual data superstore."

Meetings, Events and Conferences

Planning a meeting, event or conference has never been easier!
  • www.eventsource.com
    Hotel reviews, online auctions, and Web based meeting planners are free at the Event Source and what's more the information they offer is unbiased and not based on advertising dollars.
  • www.extstay.com
    Hotels designed for long-term value conscious travelers like Studio Plus, Extended Stay America and Crossland Executive Suites are profiled on this site. With almost 400 locations nationwide, and all going for less than 300 a week, these hotels are a good tip for any traveling sales professional.
  • www.hsmai.org
    The letters stand for Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International - an appropriate name for the company claiming to be the largest such organization in the world. Companies doing business in Europe will be happy to note that there is an entire European division.
  • www.starcite.com
    StarCite combines event promotion and marketing with event registration tools, and gives sound advice on age old problems like how to enhance ongoing attendee relationships.
  • www.theguide.com
    The guide sets itself apart by offering 'Unique Venues' - a selection of unusual locations that will make your event memorable. The 'Hot Dates/Cool Rates' section gives inside tips on special deals to help out your wallet.

Mobile Technology

Productivity and entertainment tools for the road warrior!
  • www.cnet.com
    With a great selection of hand-helds and wireless business tools, CNET offers you choices and honest reviews and editor picks to help you select the best thingamajig for the smallest chunk of change.
  • www.dealtime.com
    It's a good thing when buying guides, product and cost comparisons and store locations are available online, but when you can access them via your mobile phone, as you can with Dealtime, it's even better!
  • www.igo.com
    Igo has a cool selection of gear and is a good place to check, particularly for hard-to-keep-in-stock hot items. But definitely shop around for a better price if availability isn't such an issue.
  • www.point.com
    An article with intelligent advice about calling while driving is on the first page of this site, which can easily live up to its claim to be "the Smartest place to buy Wireless."

Negotiation Conflict and Resolution Training

The art of negotiation is at the core of every sales success story. Here's how to hone your technique.
  • www.brodow.com
    Ed Brodow is a professional motivational speaker who truly enjoys the ins and outs of the negotiation process, and he wants you to enjoy it too! His win-win approach to business agreements is solid, but his cheesy name-dropping and claims to Hollywood connections make him seem smarmy.
  • www.negotiation.com
    Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Seminars offered by Gerard Nierenberg are the products offered here by his Negotiation Institute. Discerning between a novice, competent and complete negotiator is the first step on the way to training for mastery of the form.

Portals

Many of these portals offer a wide range of services and opportunities for info sharing. A lot of freebies and extras make each one worth a visit.
  • www.justsell.com
    Just Sell is a true Sales Portal, offering content like great sales articles, community with salespeople sharing info, leads - including 31 free by e-mail, job listings and career resources and shopping links!
  • www.salesforce.com
    Timesaving tools and efficient streamlining of shared info are the specialty of this company that really understands how the Web can empower your sales force and bring them to a whole new level of performance.
  • www.saleslinks.com
    An excellent general resource with loads of useful links, as well as a sister training and consulting firm, Mentor Associates. The firm's founder, Jack Carroll has an impressive array of success stories under his belt as a masterful sales strategist.

Sales Training

Education is never over for those who want to stay ahead of the game! Here are some of the best resources for maintaining your sales force's edge.
  • www.employeeselect.com
    "Are you hiring 'Power Runners' or 'Walkers'?" asks the first page of this site, which offers a lot of valuable insights into the mysteries of interviewing and hiring, the right person for the job.
  • www.forum.com
    Forum .Com emphasizes the life changing aspects of the 'Power of Learning,' promoting the idea that workplace learning is good business. Leadership, sales performance, and firing up your brand image are a few of the services offered. Check it out!
  • www.huthwaite.com
    Harness the elements of sales effectiveness with Huthwaite - the high performance pioneers!
  • www.learningintl.com
    Preparing achievers is the focus of this company that prioritizes business objectives and links them to learning strategies.
  • www.richardsonco.com
    Building sales force for the new economy, Richardson is led by respected sales book author Linda Richardson, and provides customized sales training solutions for both classroom and Web.
  • www.saleshelp.com
    This is the Web presence of Sales Training International, a sales, sales management, product development and consulting service. Although a little short on looks, it's a no nonsense site that offers a straightforward selection of products and services.
  • www.tomhopkins.com
    Attractive Flash animation introduces this site with an inspiration Phoenix analogy which is a bit over the top. But then so is the passion for the sales profession exhibited by site founder Tom Hopkins, (founder of the site and author of "Selling for Dummies").
  • www.tracyint.com
    Brian Tracy Seminars fall into three categories: management and leadership, sales training and management and personal and professional development. The 'Coaching for Excellence' and 'High Performance Leadership' programs are offered in an impressive number of worldwide

Salesforce Automation

The leading technologies used in the sales industry are covered and examined in these sites.
  • www.crmassist.com
    Like an electronic toolbox of exciting tools for your sales force, CRM Assist is definitely a resource you'll want to return to over and over again. Bookmark it!
  • www.oncontact.com
    Customer Relationship Management is taken seriously by OnContact, a company that has developed software with the express purpose of automating many of the functions you need to make your business work.
  • www.ezmailserve.com
    Connecting with your clients and staying connected has become a critical process in maintaining your business focus. EzMailServe provides a web based email marketing solution at an affordable price.
  • www.saleslogix.com
    This is the place to get help turning your e-business vision into an e-reality! Automated marketing campaigns and Web-based portals for individual customers are just a couple of the smart tools offered by saleslogix.

Telemarketing Resources

We still have to use phones, so we may as well make them work as effectively as possible, within our sales strategy.
  • www.businessbyphone.com
    Increase sales and reduce time wasting rejections by learning strategies and tips to overcome the difficulties of telephone sales work. Make the phone your friend - use it to sell!
  • www.ictgroup.com
    ICT is a leading provider of teleservices, focusing on customer acquisition, retention and relationship management. They provide "high-tech marketing for a high-tech wold."
  • www.telequest.com
    Telequest provides an extensive range of telemarketing and e-commerce solutions in its effort to be the leader in customer contact solutions. Whether business-to-business or business-to-client, Telequest knows what services deliver the best return on your dollar.
  • www.tmrecruiters.com
    This is the site for Telemanagement Search, the executive recruiting firm focusing on customer service, telemarketing and call center professionals. The Web site doesn't offer much more than an ad for the firm, but perhaps their personalized service will excuse the lack of online info.

Travel

Spend less time booking and more time selling!
  • www.expedia.com
    Expedia is tried and true - as anyone knows who books flight on the Web. It's Destinations info and Maps section also make it feel more like a friendly travel agent than a cold computer.
  • www.getThere.com
    Get There tries hard to stay ahead of the competition by aggressively finding new ways to bring the benefits of the Internet to B2B travel procurement. They manage to keep their name in the News so it looks like their strategy's working!
  • www.priceline.com
    Priceline pioneered the whole "name your own price" concept on the Web - and did so well at it that it spawned a whole slew of imitators! But they've gone one better by adding a bunch more ways to save those travel dollars.
  • www.travelocity.com
    Travelocity has a great, easy-to-use fare finder and also has other useful features like restaurant guides and special offers like free additional Hotel nights.
  • www.webflyer.com
    Webflyer is the authority on frequent flyer advantages, programs, bonuses, NetMiles, and last-minute Super-Saver air deals. And those are just a few of the things you'll find on this site.