Welcome to our sales workshop
Writing a Sales Plan
Workshop led by:
Bob French & Dale Radcliff
Hosted by:
THE ALTERNATIVE BOARD
San Mateo County
October 26, 2010
650.652.9393
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Please fill out the top half of the Gold Sheet
in your package…
Today’s workshop structure
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Objectives
Interactive format w/ handouts
Sales challenges in today’s economy
Perspectives on sales / planning
Discuss & analyze sample sales plans
Complete gold sheet
Wrap up / take away’s?
Finally - What’s the ‘one thing’?
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Our objectives for today
 Provide a model - build & tailor to your
business
 Provide information tools and materials you
can use now
 Contribute to your thinking
 At least one good idea to put into action
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Today's business environment
 Things are different
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Customer mind sets have shifted
More caution in marketplace
Business is no longer coming in through the door
Decisions are slower
Competition is more intense
Significant pricing pressure
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Sales implications
Need more prospects to stay even
Takes longer to close a sale
More contacts involved in the decision
More deals lost to ‘no sale’
Expect last minute changes
More service / more communications
required
 Sales people working harder
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Changes & adjustments
 Strategy changes:
 Selling more to existing customers
 Larger companies going down market
 Smaller companies offering / doing ‘more’
 Number of suppliers being reduced
 Companies widening their service offerings
 Adding more services / packages
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Some observations / conclusions
 Those companies who are sales focused are
still winning
 Executing the fundamentals well is still key
 Sales are most frequently lost to lack of clarity
& insight
 Even more focus needed on relationships
 Companies reducing sales & marketing will
lose
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A Sales Plan
 Is your customer acquisition process
 Defines:
- Who you’re going to sell
- How you will sell them
 Need a plan for the company and for each
sales person / key person
 The Business Plan provides the context and
comes first
 A sales plan is different than a marketing plan
 P.S. In sales, there is no substitute for activity
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Key elements of a Sales Plan
1. Sales objectives / forecast
2. Sales strategy(s)
3. Sales process / system
4. Action plan(s)
5. Tracking, measuring, reporting
6. Accountabilities, combined with
compensation and rewards
7. Budget
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1. Define your sales objectives
 Where’s the potential?
 Clearly and specifically identify what revenue you expect
from, e.g.;
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Each sales person / by territory
New customers
Existing customers
Products / services
Markets / niches
Selected accounts
Web based
Third party referral program
Alliances
Other?
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2. Sales strategy / discussion
Strategy is the broad approach you will be taking to
achieve sustainable sales results over time
 Strategy first, then tactics
 Designed to overcome barriers
 Critical to long term success
 Usually long term and takes resources
 Should always be improving & refining
 Has to be implementable / simple
 What is your message? Ties to value proposition
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3. Sales process / discussion
 The specific steps you take to achieve results;
1. A good sales process generates predictable
results
2. If it’s repeatable, it eventually will generate
momentum
3. A good sales process anticipates objections and
increases the probability of a close
4. Assign probability percentages to each stage of
your process / steps to close
5. Your sales process should be continuously refined
as circumstances change
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3. A sample sales process / discussion
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Preparation
Initial contact
Secure appointment
Conduct sales call(s) / follow up
Proposal and/or demonstration
Finalize negotiations
Prepare contract
There are many variations of sales processes. Typically the more larger /
complex the sale, the longer the sales cycle.
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4. Action plan
 For the company and by each sales rep
 An annual, quarterly, monthly plan
 Revenue
 Key activities / standards
 Major milestones
 Could be also be by region, division,
product, geography, etc
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4. Action plan – con’t
 Can include; collateral materials, sales tools,
contests, promotions, trade shows, skills
training, website, client entertainment,
networking…
 Lead generation programs eg. telemarketing,
direct mail, e-mail marketing, webinars…
 One page is good
 Must have a monitoring process
 What is your focus / driver, your 80/20?
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5. Tracking, measuring, reporting
 Develop your pipeline report of prospects
 Review progress monthly in writing
 Review and adjust quarterly
 Done for the company and by each sales rep
 Review activities weekly
 Weekly and/or monthly sales meetings
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6. Compensation & rewards
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Commission based salespeople expect to be held
accountable
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Be very clear on your expectations
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Welcome and promote a sales person’s financial
success
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Recognition & appreciation are incredibly
motivating
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The compensation plan usually changes yearly
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Are you rewarding to support your focus?
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Finally…
What’s the one thing, if
done well, that will
make a difference?
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Please fill out your gold sheet
and turn it in………..
Your feedback is very
important to us :)
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Thank you for your participation
Contact information:
Bob French
Chief Executive, TABsmc
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433 Airport Blvd, Suite 109
Burlingame, CA 94010
650.652.9393
[email protected]
www.TABsmc.com
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