Sales leaders are always looking for ways to improve results. It begins with getting everyone focused on the right things.
Here are 8 tips that will help you improve team productivity.
1. Look at your go-to-market strategy, look at it again, then look at it again
If you have implemented the same strategy in the last three companies you have worked for, you might want to take some time to lift your head and check out what has changed.
LOTS has, and you want to be sure you are pushing the edge of the envelope with your sales and marketing strategy.
2. Get creative with the roles and responsibilities of your team
Just because you have 8 field or inside sales reps, it doesn’t mean they all have to do the same job. Figure out what your market dictates and how you can best serve your buyers, then build your implementation around their requirements. Focus your resources where they will have the most impact.
3. Bond with marketing
There has never been a better time to be a Marketing Executive. Maybe in the days of the internet bubble when the fish jumped into the boat but other than that, now is good!
Marketing is smarter, more communicative, and better armed with knowledge and technology than ever before. Make your Marketing counterpart your “work husband/wife” and spend as much time with them as you do with your team. It will pay off!
4. Pay attention to what is important and not just what is urgent
You got the job because you are smart, know the market, and can sell the heck out of the product. Share your knowledge! Don’t be holed up in your office pushing metrics around for your next board meeting. Instead, get out there and coach your team. If you haven’t walked in their shoes lately, you can’t complain about how fast they walk.
5. Invest in technology intelligently
Technology will not solve your problems. Only a great process that is executed flawlessly can solve your problems. So before you buy that next shiny new thing, make sure you have defined, documented, and communicated your sales process. Then after you have done that, make sure that the technology you already have is being used to its utmost. OK, now you can look at the shiny new thing.
6. Master your hiring process
Is your hiring process impeccable? Would you consider your hiring process a science or an art? Do you keep hiring people that you “feel good” about and then get frustrated when they don’t perform? Hiring is the most important thing you can do as a sales manager. Where does it fall on your priority list? Is it a burden or a joy? The answer to that question tells the tale.
7. Invest in success
OK, so you hired great people. But don’t assume they can figure out how to be successful. Every driver needs a roadmap when they begin a new trip. Look at your existing sales tools and rate them on a scale of 1 to 10. If you are a 7 or below – invest! How much time is wasted with Reps creating their own tools today?
8. Embrace Team Feedback
Don’t be afraid to ask your team what they need to be more productive. They know and will tell you. Don’t pay attention to the one-offs, but do pay attention when you see consistency. If they need tools, give them tools. If they need training, get them training.
Don’t be the roadblock to productivity – be the road to success!