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.
# 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.
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.