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.
#14 Continuous sales training = 50% higher net sales per employee
Salespeople who continuously train bring in 50 percent more sales than those who don’t. It’s a no brainer—keeping sales teams up to date and involved means more sales.
Salespeople Even veterans need to sharpen their skills, techniques, and perspective as the market and the prospect/client changes. Retail and showroom people are experiencing less foot traffic and need to learn the skills of outreach sales actions to stay current and to drivetheir business. And as people and technology change and buying processes evolve, sales training is as critical as ever to stay sharp and on top of your game.
Sales Managers Your team is a reflection of you…and they are following your lead. Sharpen your training and coaching skills as you develop their selling skills. Raise your company standards and train to the new level of expectation. There is no END of the journey to keep your team sharp and in front of their game, so get busy and have fun!!
# 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.