If you're reading this article, it's likely you play a crucial role in your sales team, and are seeking ways to improve your sales team's performance. Fortunately, I've got 6 ideas to improve your sales team, you might not have thought of...
1. Identify your farmers and huntersWho is best at developing new business and who is best at managing existing business. Who prefers setting the opportunity up rather than closing it and who is more technical than via application knowledge sales? The interesting thing is that most salespeople do not know their own strengths. When we assess them and deliver the results, they’ll often say “That’s me, and wow I did not know that was where I play at my best.” If you are aware of their strengths, you can redefine their roles, then plan growth strategies accordingly. Download a free sample of our assessment: www.salesteamrecruitment.com.au/the-original-and-top-rated-omg-sales-assessment-tool/
2. Be a mentor, not just a managerGreat managers can improve sales team performance by sharing their own experiences with their employees. Enforcing an open-door policy and trading ‘war stories’ with your sales team for learning purposes, will strengthen the culture and increase your salespeople’s’ loyalty and motivation.
3. Hold your salespeople accountableThere are sales managers out there who believe they need to be liked by their team, others lack skills or the confidence to assert themselves over a salesperson, or they simply do not have the authority to hire and fire and it’s leaving their sales team with a lack of direction and accountability. It’s time to get trained on creating and managing KPI’s and processes, and how to hold each salesperson accountable to them. Before you ask, this isn’t a direct contradiction from, ‘be a mentor, not just a manager’ point. In fact, it directly relates: an army drill soldier can be both an authority figure and mentor, as a sales manager you can too!
4. Find out what drives themKnowing what drives your team and how to reward them correctly could make all the difference. Consider this, in 2007, 54% of the sales force were Extrinsically Motivated, by 2011, this dropped down to just 27%. In 2017, from the most recent 350,000 salespeople assessed, that percentage dropped an additional 70% to just 8%. The shift from Extrinsically (money based) to Intrinsically Motivated (internal reward based) renders commission based bonus-plans a thing of the past. If you wish to read more and see how it affects all tiers of those in sales, please download our free eBook http://www.sgpartners.com.au/top-competencies-ebook/
5. Have an ideal client profile memorisedIf you don’t already have one, this is a sheet/checklist that defines your company’s ideal client attributes. Think in terms of size, industry, buying habits, budget, business alignments and situation factors; the list goes on. Once decided, each member of your sales team should be held accountable for memorising this profile thus be able to identify the essential qualities before conducting any business. Align your pursuit of new business with this profile. Over time, as the business grows or changes, so should the ideal client.
6. Finally, commence sales team training NOW!Sales have moved on from features and benefits selling. It's changed from ABC – Always Be Closing. It has changed from SPIN – why? Well, guess what, your clients/buyers have moved on and changed, so shouldn’t your team too? I got some questions for you:
- Is your sales team selling like they were five years ago?
- Using the same show-up and throw-up routine?
- STILL meeting/talking to the same level of people they have always done and are comfortable with?
- Still believe rapport building is talking about sports for 30 minutes?