# 12 Up to 70% of product information is found online, not through sales reps
Self-discovered information is becoming the norm for product research and purchasing decisions. Your company needs to have targeted and relevant sales materials that are easy for customers to find.
Salespeople This is true for B2B sales and B2C. The prospect no longer relies heavily on the salesperson for information where there is much to be found online. And researching online is such an integral part of the buying process that it needs to be part of the Discovery Questions that the salesperson is asking their prospect: Where have you been looking? What have you found? What questions do you have? What do you like/not like about what you have learned? Rather than resist internet research, embrace it and ask more questions about it. What we resist, persists!
Have your sales team research what their prospects are searching for so that they know what they are being told. Is the information accurate? Current? Complete? Does it skew toward a particular direction?
Coach your team to include internet research in their Discovery Questions and ask about it in your one on one sessions. Roleplay this area with your people so that they are comfortable having this conversation with their prospects. Otherwise, their prospect knows more about the marketplace than they do…not a good place to sell from.
# 11 High-performing sales teams invest in sales enablement strategies and technology
Investing in CRM software and other marketing automation technology helps organize and expedite the sales process and increases sales productivity. High-performing sales teams use almost three times as much technology as underperforming teams.
Salespeople I still hear pushback from older salespeople on upgrading technology to be current in today’s marketplace…a reaction that is sure to diminish their sales results! Or salespeople who populate CRM’s with data and nothing happens with it…either they don’t take the actions that they schedule or their sales manager doesn’t look at the activity and results and coach from it. At the very least, use Outlook for upcoming actions and appointments if the company doesn’t use a CRM. Don’t let your success be at the mercy of the technology that your company provides.
Sales Managers Seriously?
There is no excuse, including cost, that keeps sales managers from having a structure for managing sales opportunities and actions. SalesForce, HubSpot are 2 affordable solutions and are easy for salespeople and sales managers to use. And if they are too expensive and cash is really tight, use Outlook for scheduling and Excel for client databases…but use SOMETHING that forwards sales follow up actions and manages accountability.
9. Salespeople are 9x more likely to convert web leads if they respond within 5 minutes
Customers who contact you via your website expect a quick response. Leads and questions that come through your site need to trigger a response instantly within your sales team.
Salespeople This role isn’t a fit for EVERY salesperson. They need to be skilled in technology, persistent in their communication and closely tied to the marketing department so that they can participate in creating responses that are effective. If you can, get a phone appointment to discuss the prospects desires and project…otherwise, it’s just filling a data request.
If you don’t have a dedicated salesperson to manage this, you need to assign or hire one. AND they need to be trained in this kind of engagement…otherwise they become service responders and not salespeople. Be prepared to engage them with the marketing department as this is a different sales process and communication than a retail opportunity and needs to be managed as one.