16. Salespeople who seek out and use referrals earn 4–5x more sales
A whopping 91 percent of customers say they would be willing to give referrals for companies and products they are happy with, but only 11 percent of salespeople ask for them!
Salespeople Yikes! These are crazy numbers! And yet, as I read them I know that AS a salesperson, this is my weakest area. Maybe it’s habit, maybe it’s discomfort asking for more than the sale that was just closed, maybe it’s a lack of skill or language to ask with confidence. In any case, it needs to be an essential element of the sales process and of sales training and coaching.
We can focus on marketing actions all day when the closer and more intimate action of asking for referrals lays dormant. Let’s give this a shot and measure the results. Make it a 90-day experiment with frequent reminders, inspection, discussion. This will change when sales managers take this on as a priority and share results with the team.
#13 78% of sales reps who use social media outsell reps who don’t
It’s crucial for sales reps to be easily accessible. Having active social media profiles is a great way for your reps to connect with prospects and customers.
Salespeople Put this action on your weekly calendar and don’t rely on memory or instinct to guide you to do this. Talk to other salespeople (in other industries, and in different B2B or B2C sales positions) about what they are doing and what they are achieving with social media. Don’t reinvent the wheel…do what is working for some as you learn and expand your skills…but do it.
You may have some challenges with the marketing department on this one. It’s up to YOU to have the conversation with marketing to know what the sales team can say/not say and post/not post on their ‘personal/business’ page or other social media pages. This is an opportunity for training and measuring results. And everyone shouldn’t be required to do it…let the ones who want to expand their reach and are comfortable with the format experiment and learn…and then share it with others.
7. 80% of sales need at least 5 follow-up calls after a meeting
As shown in sales enablement statistic #6, sales reps are giving up far too fast on potential clients. The majority of sales take time and continuous communication with the customer.
For Salespeople PLAN to do at least FIVE follow up calls with each prospect. Shift your thinking about this. Make each call a bit different and all of them compelling…with enthusiasm! And if you are scheduling appointments or closing as an outcome to the call or meeting, you don’t have to ‘chase’ prospects with phone calls. When CAN they close the sale? What are the obstacles? How are you discussing those obstacles? ASK more questions and don’t try to talk them into the sale, but rather use these opportunities to discuss objections and options to overcome them. The biggest take away here is to expect to make more follow up calls than you have been making so that you aren’t cultivating resentment and resistance on your side of the call, but rather an appreciation for the prospect’s buying process and working within that.
For Sales Managers
For this to happen, you need to PLAN to follow up on their follow up calls and plan on teaching them how to do this…and to manage their thinking about follow up and how many calls it takes to get the sale. Sometimes they need instruction, sometimes they need encouragement, sometimes they just need a push – know your team and their pitfalls regarding follow up calls so that you can manage to their resistance or experience. And BE the example for them to follow and share your successes when you have tenaciously followed up and got the sale so that you can create believers in them.