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Turbo-Charging Sales via an

Outcome Based Sales Playbook

Actionable Guidelines To Improve Your Bottom Line

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Executive Summary

Sales 4.0 parallels Industry 4.0 in that it enables businesses to align their organization more strategically with critically important, leading edge digital marketing and sales management processes and technologies. From product or service launch, to entering a new vertical or territory, Sales 4.0 will quickly help you form the right plan and generate results. Sales 4.0 optimally positions a company for tactical, predictable growth. At KARA, we guarantee it!

10 things every sales manager should know about sales performance:

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01. A full two-thirds of all Sales Rep’s miss quota.

 

02. More than half all SR’s close at less than 40%.

 

03. The best SR’s are 250% better at qualifying leads.

 

04. 40% of SR’s cannot correctly diagnose client pain.

05. Only 46% of SR’s think their pipelines are accurate.

06. 50% of all Sales Teams, do not have Playbooks.

 

07. Only 52% of SR’s can assess key players.

 

08. Align Sales and Marketing to add 25% to quota achievement and 15% to win rate.

 

09. Make the competition a part of your strategy to increase sales by 39%.

 

10. Enabling Sales to contribute to marketing strategy shows 15% revenue increases.

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Managing sales is as complex as any other function in your company and is THE most important factor to your survival. Consider it the air needed to breathe and stay alive!

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Root causes of poor sales

•Organizational inertia

•Incorrect type of sales activity

•Poor selling techniques

•Not enough sales activity

•Marketing inconsistent with sales effort

•Poor understanding of marketplace

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Symptoms of poor sales

•Sales activity without results

•High frequency of quotes that do not turn into business

•Lost leads

•Inordinate amount of sales time spent doing demonstrations

•Hot leads turn cold

•Losing customers

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Hidden Costs

•Visibility challenges: A solid system of leading indicator oversight is required to head off performance issues

•Employee attrition: The #1 reason cited on exit interviews is poor direct leadership

•Staff under-performance: If nothing is measured or managed, what is getting done?

4 Key Areas Of Focus

ORGANIZATIONAL ASSESSMENT

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•Custom benchmarking report of salespeople, process & systems

•Review lead generation efficiencies

•Tech leveraging, CRM, Social Media, Tools

•1.5-hour discussion, 100+/- page report, 1-hour review and recommendations of actionable next-steps

PROCESS DESIGN AND RE-DESIGN

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•Sales Process + Pipeline Model + Mgt System = PRSP 

•Proven Repeatable Sales Process Blueprint (PRSP)

•Recommended technology & lead gen upgrades

•Pipeline models

ONSITE COACHING

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The “Do it for you” Solution:

•KARA onsite to install and monitor PRSP

•Keep existing team intact, real-time 1:1 coaching & gently change behaviors toward high-impact activities

•Rising tide, Process/People, Freedom from dependence on superstars

•Excellent training & reinforcement is a retention tool

PEOPLE ASSESSMENT

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•Neutral perspective of strengths and weaknesses

•Individualized outside assessment of teams & members

•Objective tools, TTI & DISC reports (optional)

•Recruitment & hiring as needed

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IMPLEMENTATION

IMPLEMENT THE ACTION PLAN:

•Determine strengths

•Rank and correct weaknesses

•Create sales targets and pipeline models

•Create appropriate sales incentives

•Change or add marketing plan

•Set daily/weekly/monthly sales activity plans

•Follow up on those plans

SALES 4.0:

•Align technology to sales processes

•Maximize time in customer facing activities. The top organizations redesign their sales processes and thoughtfully automate whatever they can. McKinsey’s research shows that up to 30 percent of sales activities can be automated

THE IMPACT OF PROCESS:

•High performing salespeople perform better than average salespeople in the short-run but average players will outsell in the long run if they use a repeatable sales system

•A true sales system will lessen reliance on high-price high-baggage superstars and create an ever-lasting sales machine. Rising tide lifts all boats

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT IS CRITICAL:

•If a sales manager isn’t driving the sales process and building the team in measurable ways every day, you’ve identified a core issue

•A recent survey showed 91.2% of business owners feel they are under-investing their time in the area of sales management

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Sales Best Practices Audit

Benchmark your sales system, people, and practices against the best performing sales organizations

 

Custom benchmarking report of salespeople, process & systems • Review lead generation efficiencies • Tech leveraging, CRM, Social Media, Tools • 1.5-hour discussion, 100+/- page report, 1-hour review and recommendations of actionable next-steps

Increase Lead Gen Efficiency

Most companies under invest in some respects, over invest in others

Manage to a Proven & Repeatable Process

Shift from dependence on the “rock stars” toward a scientific, process driven system where all reasonably talented members can excel (rising tide lifts all boats)

High performing salespeople perform better than average salespeople in the short-run but average players will outsell in the long run if they use a repeatable sales system

Improve Sales Management

Assess skills, provide 1:1 Coaching along with training

 

Create a sales pipeline model, manage to it, create a culture of success and accountability so that sales become more predictable (shift from lagging indicators to leading indicators)

30% of an exceptional manager is worth more than 100% of a run of the mill sales manager

 

Leverage Technology

Fully leverage the power of ever improving CRM, SEO, AI, Social Media and Tools

Improve Salesperson Performance

Align comp model to correct behaviors, which lowers the cost of sales

Studies confirm that the costs more than offset the gain in margin & retention. B & C players become A & B players

 

This lessens dependence on any single contributor

Bringing It All Together

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Strategic Management Services

1.Sales 4.0 Process & System Strategies

2.Executive-as-a-Service

3.Innovation Ecosystem

4.Sales Automation Guidance 

5.Coaching 1:1

6.Single Point of Contact

7.Leading Indicator Visibility

8.Channel Selling & Partner Development

9.Pre-Vetted People, Process & Systems

10.Marketing Ideation & Creation

11.SEO & Digital Marketing Partners

13.Proven & Repeatable Sales Growth Processes

14.Sales Skills Diagnostics

15.Quarterly/Semi Annual review plan prep

16.New Product & Practice Launch Guidance

17.Compensation Plan Development & Adjustment

18.Performance Planning

19.Social Media Strategies

20.Process, Project & Program Management 

21.Marketing program review

22.Predictive Sales Analytics

23.Behavioral Sales Assessments