# 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.
Making website material mobile-friendly and having trained salespeople ready for web sales is crucial to your bottom line. If you’re not keeping up with the mobile and tablet movement, you will be left behind.
Consider getting a second line on your phone so that your customers can call you, or become facile with your tablet so that you can use it for sketching, web searching your competition, scheduling appointments, etc. If you aren’t living in the technology that is current today, the world will move beyond you and you won’t see it happening. Be up to date with the technology that your customers and prospects are using so that they see you as a ‘resource’ and not just a salesperson.
I listen to owners and managers who don’t want their salespeople to have their phones with them on the showroom floor…seriously??? Their phone is a computer, a camera, a calendar and can access mobile data. YOU need to live in this techno world and make it HOW you and your team do business. Check out what your competition is doing with their website and how hand-held technology is impacting the customer experience – GET to that level THIS year and go beyond it next year.
# 8 65% of sales reps can’t find content to send to prospects
Communication between sales and marketing is so important—it’s a main component of sales enablement. Marketing templates and documents need to be easily accessible and customizable.
Salespeople I listen to salespeople who regularly show their resistance to ongoing communication with prospects and clients as “What am I going to say or send them? The marketing department manages email blasts….” In a time when retail showrooms need to generate 30% of their revenue through outreach actions (versus waiting for the door to swing or the phone to ring), this IS an area that can use assistance from the marketing department about how to construct communications that align with the company message, graphics and images that need to be consistent with the aesthetic and language of the company, follow up communication templates that support showroom promotions or services. And these actions need to be taught…they fall prey to being directed without training, and then are expected to be executed but don’t happen.
Sales Managers In short, what I mentioned about salespeople needs to be managed by their sales manager. BE the assistance they need in creation and execution. They really don’t know how to do this – they aren’t just being resistant or lazy. Help them be good at an area they weren’t originally hired to do.