Sales Strategy – but not as you know it!
A Sales Strategy – Behaviours + Activity + Skills + Vision = Results +
Do you believe you can have whatever sales results you want?
That your product or service can dominate your market?
That your sales reps can deliver to and exceed their sales target?
Existing in a space where sales forecasts come true, because your sales engine is efficient and effective?
Where your sales process and sales cycle works, like it should, predictable and stable?
And the sales staff are happy because the sales activities align with everyone’s vision and mission?
So that existing customers rave about you, small businesses and large and large watch your progress, growth and evolution?
Where your customer care NPS score and market research confirm you’re on the right track?
And people take notice of your media advertising, your direct marketing, social media, your exhibition and events because they know you get it right first time…?
I believe you can have whatever sales results, sales culture, raving fan base, sales engine you want as long as you plan and execute for those outcomes.
FACT: You’ll more or less get the success outcomes you’re prepared to work for.
And that includes whatever sales results you can engage and excite your team to aspire to and strive for.
That’s why thee Morton Kyle Sales Strategy doesn’t just look at the academic side of the sales plan…
It also looks at your vision and ambition in relation to your sales outcomes, understanding what habits, activities, skill, and resources you need to deliver those results.
And how you intend to measure those outputs daily, and alter the course accordingly.
There are 100’s of ways to increase sales…
But not all of those ways will work for you.
Forget about 20+ page sales strategy documents!
Focus instead on success by starting with the end in mind.
Reverse engineer your sales success by focusing on the very specific needs of your business, your product or service, your customers, your ambitions.
Working with the end success in mind makes the journey from where you are to where you want to be much swifter.
Plus you can move with greater clarity and focus because you’re certain of the path.
And you know when you’ve arrived!
Using the Morton Kyle practical sales strategy for, we’ve worked with sales leadership and management teams to:
- Fast turnaround of an under-performing sales function
- Breaking a sales plateau
- Launching a new product / service
- Ramping up a sales improvement drive
- Addressing sales cultures
- Driving activity initiatives
- Gaining clarity around key performance indicators
- Establishing sectors/niches and key winning sales messages
- Building reporting frameworks
- Clearing out old, unproductive sales habits, mindsets and activities and replacing them with new, productive and measured ways of working.
A Sales Strategy for Ambitious and Growing Businesses
Your business plan and your business development strategy should deliver solid, predictable and sustainable financial results.
That’s true whether you’re looking for a sales growth plan for a start up, an established business breaking a sales plateau, or an ambitious, growing business building market share, margin and turnover….
Whether you’re looking to help your sales reps:
- Sell more to existing customers
- Convert more sales opportunities from your social media, direct marketing and media adverting activity
- Use your great customer care feedback to attract more prospects to you…
- Build a stronger sales process to win more new business
- Shorten the sales cycles
- Achieve the Holy Grail of an accurate sales forecast
Get it right and your sales strategy is something the whole sales and marketing function can live, breath, align with and deliver to every single day.
And that’s true regardless of the sales and marketing opportunity.
It could be networking, exhibition and events, cold pitching, cross-selling, strategic account management, or account re-activation
Why Do You Need a Sales Strategy?
Because, as we speak, you’ll have at least one savvy competitor constructing a cunning sales and business development plan for your demise.
Others will be identifying niches that you could earn very well from.
Another will be building a sales and marketing plan, a sales strategy for their growth and your exclusion.
The rest will be targeting your current customers.
Others will be flirting with your sales prospect pipeline and any potential prospects you’ve already identified as being a perfect fit for an approach…
They’ll be watching your social media.
Scanning your direct marketing.
Reverse engineering your sales process.
Picking apart your pricing.
Maybe even doing the same to your products or services.
So, in a world where competitors can come from anywhere and everywhere, and move at lightening speed then you can see why drifting along is not a workable option.
And you can also see why having some super clear, well though out plans, milestones and goals are the very minimum needed to exist in a competitive space.
In truth, those competitors may or may not get to your targets before you do…
I’d Like Your Competitors to Fail More Often – Especially When They Attack Your Sales Prospect and Customer Base..
So, a sales strategy plan that looks at sales activity, daily sales results, daily sales success habits, critical sales success behaviours and selling skills is an absolute must.
This type of sales strategy works quickly, and it works because the focus is so short term.
This removes the element of ‘drifting’.
The plan is daily, it’s reviewed constantly, everyone knows what’s expected of them, the successes are celebrated frequently and the deviations from course amended swiftly.
It’s a no-fail sales strategy in action!
Why Does This Sales Strategy Deliver Great Sales Results?
It works because you measure the right things, at the right time, with the sure certainty that you’ll get where you need to be.
Plus, it works because what’s the other option?#
Working against a sales plan that you reference at the end of every moth and decide if it’s a tick or a cross.
Thats just 12 HISTORICAL check points.
That’s totally crazy, when you could have at the very least, 52 WEEKLY CHECK POINTS.
EVEN BETTER IF YOU HAVE A SALES CHECK POINT EVERY SINGLE DAY!
The risks are too high to take any wild chances on working without a sales plan that DAILY covers every aspect of the sales process, sales cycle, sales activities, as well as including a comprehensive sales based sales and marketing message plan…as it’s applied at the front line sales interface.
Also, you’d be surprised at what your sales function is actually capable of when everyone plays to their strengths.
Shocked indeed about what can be achieved when they work with certainty, when the sales engine and sales cycle is predictable and stable, and sales forecast are less fiction and way more fact.
Plus, you can imagine what this does to the confidence, motivation and drive of your average sales rep…they don’t stay average for very long. A taste of success is a marvellous motivator.
And, if you need any more convincing, resources are too precious to invest time and effort (and money) without a well thought out activity based sales strategy.
Competitors are too hungry for your downfall for you to get away with a sales plan as sloppy as that!
Not reason enough?
Well, how about this?
A sales and business development strategy defines your intent.
It directs your intention.
And takes others with you.
All on the same journey to reach the same destination, together, as colleagues.
It’s a common, unifying language.
A language of sales and business success.
The spotlight is reaching far and wide.
You’re all pioneers working towards the same goal, in the glow of the same burning ambition to succeed.
You’re all happy to be on this common pathway because you know you’re all get there.
And you know the rate and pace of progress and your expected ETA towards your sales goal.
Success is well defined.
So, you’ll all know when you get there.
And each step fowrad is a shared step towards sales success.
A stage to be celebrated.
It’s a plan for how and where you’ll spend your time and money, what KPIs you’ll drive, how you’ll measure those KPIs.
Measuring your progress against those KPIs
Plus, it looks at where you are now. So, it doesn’t cover all the stuff you’re sales team are great at, instead it just looks at what you need to do to IMPROVE on what you already have.
It’s the ULTIMATE bridge from HERE to a BETTER TOMORROW
So everyone in the sales function can move forward, knowing exactly what they have to do.
It’s a unifying plan.
With checks and balances.
But…sales strategy plans don’t all look the same.
A sales strategy for an ambitious and demanding businesses is wildly different from a sales approach that’s defensive.
A revenue growth strategy for disruptive businesses could incorporate huge changes.
Changes may including niching, disrupting the market, ditching products or services and maybe even existing customers.
Maybe opening up new sales channels, reformatting the delivery mechanisms, looking at new social media sales channels, looking at new sources of sales leads, maybe media adverting, exhibitions and events, direct marketing, online marketing or selling online.
It could mean revising the sales reps job, having them approach different client and prospect groups, reworking their bonus structure, driving different sales messages and sales activities
Focus on high level competitor attack, new market entry, partnership and affiliate development, remodelling pricing frameworks.
It might also include switching clients to new services, revising the profiles of perfect clients, upgrading contract terms and agreements with existing customers.
Maybe it involves dropping some suppliers and expanding others or sourcing new.
Perhaps changing customer interfaces, refining the supply chain.
Your NPS or Customer Care Satisfaction core maybe your leading sales improvement metric…who knows what your plan might look like!
Even setting up brand new sales markets globally.
Reformatting the price list, moving to a SaaS model, segmenting your offerings.
The list is almost endless.
Now compare that with a sales strategy simply designed to maintain the status quo, a ‘business as usual’ holding sales strategy.
Less risky, more about consolidation, maybe creating loyalty programs, maximizing referrals, maintaining margin, growing volume…
Either way, the truth is, the financial results you get in your business are a direct result of the quality of your business plan, your business development vision and your sales and business growth strategy.
Just as having a great map makes for a better and less stressful journey.
Growth takes purpose.
It rarely happens by chance.
In fact, unless you’re wildly lucky, it never happens by chance. Everyone needs a plan.
You know what you want…
As a leader, in a typically highly competitive market you’ll know business growth, profitability and market survival/domination won’t happen unless you:
- Take control
- Create or spot opportunities
- Take action and
- Push forward
It’s by design that you get the business results you want, when you want them.
Your sales strategy identifies how you will go about attracting and retaining the clients and business you want.
Your sales strategy will direct your focus.
The aim of a realistic and focused business development strategy is that it helps you achieve more with less…and it tells you where to go, and when…and it measures your progress….and prevents your journey progressing too far and too fast down the wrong road!
It lets you know you’re on track.
When you’re drifting…and what to do to bring you back onto a success track.
That way, you and the business become more effective.
With less stress, less wasted time and fewer wrong turns, conserving precious resources.
Plus, you get to plan all of this out on paper before you actually commit to any action.
That way you can plan, plan and plan again.
So if you can see that journey’s not going to get you where you need to be you throw that plan out and start again.
Now, isn’t that far easier than winging it, with all the associated unknowns, plus the risks and stress you face?
Isn’t that so much better than simply following the leaders in your industry, turning up 5 minutes late to every change?
Or maybe running knee jerk responses to ever competitor on your block?
Wouldn’t it be better if you could use an agreed way to avoid chasing worthless clients, entering unprofitable markets…?
Where you’re consistently promoting key messages, your marketing strategy will be on point, measurable and will build trust.
Doing this you’ll stack the odds in your favour and avoid competing with competitors on a playing field that’s not tipped in your direction.
You’ll never invest in building sales positions that lead to a dead end.
You’re not simply building a sales pipeline, a sales engine or invoicing machine anymore, you’re building a business with foundations for continual sales growth.
Fruitless option won’t be part of your plan.
If you find that your results aren’t what you want, then your sales growth strategy is ineffective and is sending you in the wrong direction.
Which means you’re wasting money, but more importantly, you’re wasting time.
Let’s face it…
You know where you want to go.
Where you want your business to go.
What sales results you need.
You know what turnover and profit you require.
You wouldn’t be in business if you didn’t.
That’s why developing a detailed and well thought out sales strategy is critical…before you DO anything.
A sales strategy designed specifically for the level of ambition you have for your business and sales function.
A sales and business growth strategy that encompasses all of your goals…
Be that sales, profit, turnover, market share, sales acquisition cost.
It will also cover new market entry, fighting competitor attack.
Perhaps building customer loyalty, automation, channel development.
Your sales strategy is simply being able to have confidence in the ongoing business performance.
During the process you get the opportunity to evaluate what you really want in your business.
After that it’s about looking at options, associated risks, costs and returns.
Having established those you keep and commit to some of those options.
Plus you can comfortably discard other considered options knowing that you’re focusing on the critical elements of your plan.
You’re giving your finite efforts to knowingly work on tasks fine tuned to deliver the predictable sales and business results.
Creating Your Sales Plan – What’s Next?
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