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Diary Of A Sales Leader – I have a Sales Process, we use a CRM
June 30, 2015
If only I could get €1 for every time I hear this. It would pay for my holiday every year..
Those of you who work with me or know will also know I am a keen advocate of CRM systems. I see them as a powerful sales enablement tool. But of themselves they do not constitute a sales process. In fact before you implement a CRM system you need to map out your sales process. And before you map out your sales process you have to map out your buyer’s process.
Are you all processed out? I’m not surprised but if you have a CRM that does not mean you have a sales process. And if you think you do you may need to rethink your approach.
The Sales Process Simplified
Let’s try to simplify what I believe to be a sales process. Here is what it is not…
It is not YOUR process. You can’t determine what your sales process is. Your customer does. How?
Well your customer and how they buy is the building block to every sales process. When you understand how they buy, you can understand how you should sell to them.
Does your CRM system understand how your customer buys? No. Actually a better question is to ask yourself “do you truly understand how your customer buys or procures”.
Here is a simple model for a buying process. Now the first thing to remember is that it is only a model. It is rare that you can find a one size fits all approach. And procurement like most business processes is rarely linear.
Onboard Potential Partner
Satisfaction and Evaluation
P – Problem Definition;
This is the critical point in the Buyer’s process. A problem has arisen. A challenge needs to be overcome. Your key action is to determine what the key triggers are for buyer’s that suddenly drive them to source a solution.
For example you may be a technology organisation and you find that a key trigger for your buyers is a strategic decision to reduce costs and improve organisation responsiveness by eliminating administration personnel and introducing more technology.
R – Research Solutions
Here your prospects begin to research the marketplace for options. And their first port of call will be Google. Do you provide enough information on your website to guide your prospect to the next stage? Are you capturing information on who is viewing your website and what they are reading or downloading?
O – Onboard Potential Partner
In this stage the buyer is looking to talk to potential partners/suppliers. If they reach out to you how do you respond? Remember that 78% of sales go to the first respondent. Remember too that 40% of web leads are NOT responded to…and in 48 hours they will have forgotten they ever contacted you in the first place.
C – Clarify Preferences
At this stage of the process your buyer is now narrowing their focus on a few potential partners/suppliers. And drawing up a more detailed specification of requirements and goals. How do you ensure you are part of this process?
U – Understanding impacts
A logical extension of the Clarify Preferences is to understand the impact a decision to use your product or service will have on the business. Remember impact is determined by the client not you.
R – ROI Evaluations
Remember that throughout the buying process there can be a committee of stakeholders involved. Typically ROI analysis takes place later in the buying process and it will involve Finance and Procurement. But be mindful that ROI and what is valued is determined by your prospect. And if there are a committee of decision makers they may have very different definitions of ROI to them.
E is Engage And Entrust
This is the supplier selection phase. The use of Entrust is deliberate. All of the analysis and evaluation will count for nothing if you are not trusted and seen as a trusted advisor. Remember trusted advisors are 69% more likely to succeed. How do you position yourself as a trusted advisor?
S – Satisfaction and Evaluation
In this phase you have won the business and you are delivering your product or service. What will your buyer actions be to measure performance? How will you engage with them and ensure you deliver to their expectations?
Now simply by just reviewing these phases I hope you have come to the realisation that you may have a sales process that is simply not fit for purpose.
That’s okay because over 90% of organisations don’t have one either. But herein lies the opportunity for you to leave your competition behind.
Design Your Sales Process Around PROCURES
So put the CRM system aside for some time and get back to basics. How can you design a sales process that matches how your prospect PROCURES?
Here’s what I suggest.
Get out your whiteboard or buy some SmartWallPaint (they are a client and deserve a plug) do the following
R – Research Solutions
Write down the triggers that cause your prospects to realise they have a problem and need to get it solved. What content or steps can you create/take to ensure that you are on their radar?
O – Onboard Potential Partner
How do you ensure that you are selected as a potential partner?
C – Clarify Preferences
What steps can you take to help prospects draw up a specification with you?
U – Understanding impacts
What content can you create to educate your prospects through this stage?
R – ROI Evaluations
What evidence can you produce to substantiate your claims that you deliver value for money?
E is Engage And Entrust
What do you do throughout the engagement process that positions you as trusted advisors?
S – Satisfaction and Evaluation
What will you do to ensure great execution and customer service is delivered?
Brainstorm ideas for content creation and nurturing steps to move your prospects through each phase.
Remember to that you are likely to be dealing with multiple stakeholders/decision makers. Make sure you have content that nurtures all.
Hopefully by now you have realised that the CRM is NOT the sales process. When you have all the above done you are ready to leverage your CRM. But that’s another story. Keep watching and I’ll show you how.
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Diary Of A Sales Leader – Become A Blockhead
April 25, 2015
I’m a Blockhead and I’m proud……
When I was 23 years old I moved to London and from the comfort of an FMCG sales role, where my clients were already in place, and my journey plan was done for me.
To a role that had few customers, a lot of potential and no structure.
I was Mr Reactive. I had a notepad and a head full of ideas, thoughts and problems.
I had no system. No process for dealing with all of the stuff I needed to do daily.
Inevitably for me the consequence was that I found myself focusing on the easy low value tasks.. They were quick to deal with and I felt a sense of accomplishment ……. for about 10 minutes.
But I failed to do the High Priority tasks… Like
I had great intentions, but lousy habits.
So how did I overcome this? I became a Blockhead…
I developed the daily and weekly habit of making appointments with myself.
For example I knew that prospecting was important…..in fact the most important task… but it never got done…..
I blocked out times on Wednesdays and Thursdays to do just that – prospect
I simply started with one 90 minute block of time for those two days.
And it had an immediate impact.
Yes it did lead to more sales for me but the impact that mattered most to me was
– I felt a sense of purpose again
– I felt a greater level of control over my own destiny. I was determining my success as a salesman and I wasn’t getting hassled to do it!!
– I felt like I was claiming back my week
Oh and I can’t actually forget just how much time it actually saved me
– Travel time
– Preparation time
– Panic time..
Making appointments with myself weekly became my non-negotiable.
And it can become yours too.
This is about you as the Sales Leader taking charge of your business, and your time.
Become A Blockhead;
Block book time weekly for your 3 to 4 Priorities. Put it in your diary as time for YOU. And stick to YOUR schedule.
Let everyone in your team know this is your strategic time.
Your Entrepreneurial time. Your sales development time
And stick to your appointments with yourself.
This will be challenging.Because if you are generally not selfish enough with your time you will give away freely.
That’s good for others and bad for you.
So now you need to change that habit.
Yes selfish and be proud that you have become a little bit more selfish over the one thing in life you cannot store…. time.
Start small initially. One appointment with yourself the first couple of weeks is enough. Then gradually add other appointments.. Y
ou’ll get better results because you will develop the new habit slowly. And effectively.
How long did it take to develop this discipline?
Honestly I am still working on this every week. And expect to be doing so for the rest of my working life.
But when I hit a roadblock I always get on track, by focusing on the huge benefits being a blockhead can deliver…
Take your NO.1 sales priority (I’d guess for most it is prospecting) and schedule in an appointment with yourself to do it next week.
Ask someone you trust to hold you accountable to that appointment. Treat it at the same level of importance you would a Management Meeting or a New Client Meeting.
Because in short it is as important as these…
Simple but not easy….
Diary Of A Sales Leader -10 things Sales Leaders do before they start their day
April 23, 2015
Here are some simple and really things you can do before you go to the office, or make your first sales call…
Now I know you are like everyone else and that there never seems to be enough time to get everything done.. It is the single greatest challenge sales leaders face too.
Well you know what, you’ll never get everything done and that’s ok… nobody ever does.. And that’s a key point. Yes be focused and yes use some of the tactics below to help you do that…
But NO, don’t stress about what you haven’t been doing.. it’s wasted energy and if you are like me and everyone I work with that energy can be put to much better uses …… like getting more sales in..
Now Research has shown that the most effective leaders are simply better prepared. Preparation saves valuable time.
You know this but life tends to get in the way and we spend less time preparing and more time doing… But that needs to change and here are some simple things to make your new daily non-negotiables
So before you rush headlong in to the office, and the interruptions and endless emails. Why not take some time out over a coffee before you go to the office or your first call and do some of these simple things
1) Write down your quarterly priorities and goals
Yes write your Top 3 priorities and goals out briefly. Or if I’m honest I no longer write them, I simply review them daily. This is a simple and effective way to reinforce what truly matters. What must be done first and always.
2) Review your tasks for today, and prioritise
Often the simple things are the most effective.
Write or review your tasks (if you really want to save time you’ll leverage a time management tool like Things) Quickly isolate the most important tasks and give them priority. You’ll start your day with these.
3) Schedule time in your day for the top 3 tasks
It is pretty pointless deciding what the your priorities and then not taking out your diary and scheduling the time to actually do this.
This really is the most effective strategy I’ve ever learned. Plan time there and then for completing your Top 3. Simply open your calendar and schedule an appointment with yourself.
4) Send agendas for all meetings the next day
Most busy sales leaders complain about the number of non-sales related meetings that they have to attend. Not only are they unproductive, they can be extremely boring and repetitive. And often there is no time between meetings to sort out your thoughts.
In order to tackle this, write out your own agendas and send them in advance. Signal the priorities you want to focus on. And put strict timelines on meeting start and finish times.
Now I know you are going to say yeah but Ronan these meetings never stick to the time allocated, stuff happens, people start talking and inevitably they overrun. I just don’t buy this anymore. You can’t afford to stay neutral on this subject. You have to voice your opinions and you have to be prepared to challenge this mindset that ” the meeting finishes when it finishes”..
Meetings are about decision making and they overrun mostly because people come under prepared. As a sales leader you can directly influence this but it requires a lot of discipline.
For example even in sales meetings before you get in to the meat and bones of your discussions you can simply say
“Louise it’s 2pm now, shall we try to wrap this meeting up at around 2.50pm? we can spend 10 minutes agreeing any actions we need to focus on and be finished by 3pm. Does that work for you? ”
5) Cancel all non essential meetings that day
If you are scheduled to attend a meeting, that has no fixed purpose. No stated agenda, and no set times. Ask yourself do you really need to attend it? Be focused, and think Top 3 priorities.
Will you generate a better result for your and your business, by cancelling the meeting and focusing on value creating activities, like spending time with your team or your customers and prospects?
6) Make a list of the most important calls you need to make that day
I find this to be a very useful action. Now if you are a highly effective sales leader you’ll be using a CRM tool, and your calls will be mapped out for you. But remember your day isn’t also about business. Schedule time to make calls to your spouse, your partner etc. They can often be the most important ones to make..
7) Plan your breaks for the day
Research proves that working in 90 minute blocks and taking a break, boosts productivity by up to 70%. Your brain simply needs the break. So take two minutes and schedule in some well needed breaks. Yes get out your diary and put in the times you intend to take 10 minutes out for a walk or a break..
8) Sort out all of your paperwork
If you are attending meetings then chances are you’ll need documents. If you are like us at insthinktive, you probably travel paperless. However even PDF’s need to be sorted and collated in advance of your meetings.
Take the time to sort everything so you can focus on the sales meeting, and not trying to locate an important document your client or prospect needs to see.
9) Respond to all emails that require less than a minute of your time
You’ve already made great strides, and you haven’t even got to your office or first sales meeting yet.
Well become super effective. Scan your emails for 15 minutes. Sort the important from the not so important. Deal with those emails that take less than a minute in quick succession.
Those that require more thought simply leave them aside for more consideration later in your day..
This is a great tactic because you don’t want to use up all of your energy getting bogged down in administration. Leaving that until later in the day allows you more time to focus on what’s really important.
10) Resolve to focus on solutions throughout your day
Finally, relax and enjoy your coffee, knowing that you are way ahead of the field. This is a great opportunity to get your mindset right
Simply take a few minutes and focus on having a great day. Focus on the solutions, not the problems that lie ahead. Focus on ensuring you maintain your positive energy throughout the day. It’s your day, you decide whether it will be a good one or not…
Take one or two ideas from these 10 (not all 10…!!! take it slowly) , and make them your new daily non-negotiables. ( And Remember to track your progress. What impact are these small changes having on your effectiveness that day. Do more of these, and start eliminating a couple of habits that are getting in the way of your day. (
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Needing a different lens
July 17, 2014
Maybe it is an overused metaphor, but as a keen amateur photographer I understand the value of changing lenses to gain a different perspective. I also see the value in altering the “aperture” to narrow my focus (and allowing me to blur the background out) , or indeed broaden my focus and let more of the scene come in to focus.
So ok you have all the lenses but the question is how often to you change them, to gain a different perspective?
Joe was a classic example of this. Joe is a successful entrepreneur, and such he recognised the necessity to maintain his energy levels. He was overweight and out of shape. He lacked energy and he simply hated the way he felt and looked. So he took action and hired a fitness coach.
Joe is a man of action and so he committed and he did see results. He felt more energetic, but even after a year of continuous training every time he looked at himself in the mirror, he could never see the progress. He remained deeply entrenched in a negative view of how he looked. And despite continuing with the training, he was getting more and more frustrated by his perceived lack of progress.
You see Joe only focused on what wasn’t quite perfect yet. He simply couldn’t see the progress he was making. That is until one day whilst in a training session he was standing in front of a mirror doing some bicep curls.
What was unusual this day was that he was much closer to the mirror, which had the effect of “cutting off his head” from view. In other words he could only see his body from the neck down.
And something was different, dramatically different. When he couldn’t see his own face, he saw a physique he didn’t recognise. One that was toned up. One that looked fit, one that looked exactly like the one he had worked so hard for. Joe had a very powerful moment of personal insight. And it changed his perspective on himself forever. He was simply using the wrong lens. The wrong viewpoint.
In my experience this is often what we do in our daily roles as leaders and sales leaders. We get so caught up in what doesn’t work, what doesn’t look right, what is going wrong, that we lose the ability to simply “change the lens” and hence our viewpoint.
Rarely is a problem viewed with a different lens as big as we viewed it originally. When we remove our “personal maps” and views of the world. When we challenge our own filters that block our ability to see things as they really are, like Joe did accidentally, we gain insights. We see something that changes our perspective. And that can be the nudge we need to move forward again.
Getting stuck is normal, and often a simple nudge is all we need.
If you don’t feel you have a different lens, no problem. Talk to someone. But you are not looking for advice, you are looking for perspective. That can come from the most unlikely of sources. My 6 year old and 8 year old sons have lenses on life that just fill me with wonder. I can’t buy these, but I can learn from them..
Simple but not easy….
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