In this article we would look into how to use mobile technology to manage distributed sales force for your organization.
This question may be very critical to answer and may end up turning into a manual if answered in detail. Though a general and an over simplified reply would be complying processes.
A small team of distributed field force can be managed over phone with manual reporting. Having a mandatory process that needs complying may seem an over kill. But that’s not true if you look from a business point of view. And we will explain now why we feel so.
Being the business owner or the sales head, the primary responsibility is to scale up. This approach keeps an organization in a constant growth path. One needs to be aware of the day to day processes. But being completely involved in it may keep you stranded in operations and hence losing the focus on growth.
This is where a process falls perfectly well. Today’s mobile technology is completely capable to implement a compliance process. Your on-field team needs to follow the process to complete a job in hand.
One of the challenges that a business with a small team may face is training. Thankfully the penetration of smart phones have been such that one is completely aware of the basic functionality of such devices. Such is the scenario that one is more comfortable operating a smart phone than a laptop. So the training is now restricted to only understanding the process and the way to use the mobile phone application to put that process into action.
For a large team, a field force automation is very important and very logical to understand. We have seen almost all organizations with big sales team works with a CRM. And that’s all what they have in the name of automation of sales.
We need to understand the process at one level is meant to add efficiency to the work being done. Process must be such that it accomplishes the work in hand and generates data for insight. The process is not fine-tuned if it slows the overall work in the name of data collection. The contemporary CRM adds a lot of clerical job for sales people. The sales people have to do a lot of data entry. This in-turn impacts their over-all sales time.
Mobile technology is quite an enabler when it comes to managing a distributed field force network of an organization. Big or small the impact of technology is significant.
We will be explaining how a simple thing like automating “attendance” into a compliance process for field force can impact your growth in business.
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Every time we enable an organization with mobility sales solution it is an enriching experience. Every industry has its challenges. Some need to manage their distributors while some wish to optimise their production. While some organization looks for a sales process to manage inventory while for others mobility solution helps in forecasting.
All these challenges are served under the backdrop of sales.
Strikingly some of the common factors of sales are quite similar across industries. Let us know what drives sale in your industry through the comment area
The thing with sale is one cannot define a time for sale. You meet discuss benefits, negotiate, meet again, talk about successful projects to build credibility, re-negotiate, quote, send proposal, then wait for reply, follow up, fix up a meeting, close a sale and give support till the client servicing team takes it up completely. Now imagine this happening for multiple leads simultaneously.
“Sale is not a time-structured process. It can happen just any time. Rather it is all-the-time process.”
There is lot of information that is vital during each stage in sale and is best serves when they are reported on real time basis. What else can serve better than a mobility solution ?
Sales team is the one that generates revenue for the organization. It becomes the sole responsibility of the organization to introduce automation, training or operational processes etc that will bring efficiency.
Stating so the organization has to answer this important question – How can they best help the sales team do its job best of its capability?
Mobility is one of the best choice when comes to mind. (for the above reasons and more)
Any organization, irrespective of industry, whom we have worked with have impressed how face to face interaction is necessary for sales. Nothing works better for a top-of-mind recall than a sales person of the company visiting you frequently. This can happen best when we enable the sales person to be mobile at his work.
Simply said, laptops are not that portable. If we have to provide portability to sales team, the machine has to be portable too. Mobile and tables fills the void that laptops have created by laptops in the profession of sales. And the feature and price makes portability very attractive even for the organization. This shift is as well not scary because mobile devices are commonplace. Even than that the usage of the device does not have a steep learning curve.
No matter how simple placing an order may seem but it is a confusing process. The key word here is “process”. Placing an order is the last step in the process. One needs to know finalise the price, negotiate if there is an order in bulk, have to conform on the delivery timing, one would like to clarify on the credit period and payment mode etc. before an order be placed. If sales person can put the information on the go and close the deal, it expedites the complete process of sales itself. Again, mobility solution strikes the chord here too.
But sales is not only about going mobile. Here is the mindset that organizations need to develop to benefit from mobility in their sales process.
Mobility is about increasing selling time. If a solution can drives quality and effective time for sales, it not only motivates the salesman but also makes the customer feel valued. This is the exact reason why CRM solutions do not work out well for sales. CRMs add lot of data entry job and kills effective sale-time.
Mobility is to enhance a sales process. Without sales process mobility is going to backfire. Think it this way, if
is missing from the sales culture of an organization then mobility will just end up as buzz word.
Mobility is an enable for an organization who wants to drive sales through insights. Adding the power to capture sales action/activities on the move opens up valuable data. The true value of the data remains in the fact how one uses it. The data generated through mobility solution would not be able to contribute to the sales process only when organization can extract insights out of that data.
It needs just few years to see experience paradigm shifts in “way things happen”. The border line of past, present and future technology have been colliding and that too very randomly. And being a mobility sales tech company, we are encountering the same in the field of SALES.
Here we share our view on what we are experiencing around
Organizations and their sales team always focused on their knowledge-algorithms to identify their customers. And now they have added one more extra rule that finds out– who is not their customer.
This extra layer of selectivity is defining the way organizations are doing their sales.
The pretext of such behaviour is- you cannot be for everyone. And that holds true for products or services at the price that they are offered. There are no services or products that cannot be made a little bad or better with a little lower or higher price point respectively.
The selectivity is defining the medium, approach, investment and even defining processes of sales.
It would be unfair to say that this type of mindset for sales is new. It was surely present but in current times it has amplified and organizations are fearless to apply.
You may associate with this one – How many times you have avoided picking up calls from an unknown number. And in case you picked up, you would hang up in seconds to find that you have a tele-marketer on the other side!
No matter how much we target our marketing trying to provide relevant information to masses, the fact is – we cannot define what is relevant to everyone. It is still broadcasting and the hit ratio will be on the lower side.
The concept of social selling and warm leads are taking over cold calling techniques. The business medium like mobile, tablets, laptops are internet-connected and mostly act as content –on-demand media. Social media have made things more visible than before. Finding connection or association is no longer a coincidence. Sales as a profession now utilises these tools to their benefit.
A big chunk of “relevance” is the outcome of data that organization have of their customers via different tools. And this leads to the next point in the sales-shift.
Tablets have clicked the sweet spot. They are powerful, portable and come at various price ranges. Now when they are backed with software (called apps) they can add new dimensions. And that includes a lot of data driven activities. When that happens the piece of hardware make complete business sense.
Mobility technology has made CRM, which involves a lot of clerical work from salesmen, redundant. The ability to pass information in real time adds steroids to the complete process of sales. Data collected with mobility technology provides intelligence to business. With that intelligence a business can predict the consumption pattern better. This in turn helps the salesperson to be just in time for sales and be more relevant to the customer.
Hope you liked the article and looking forward for you to join us with more insightful news from our end. Please share with us your sales challenges. We would also be glad to hear your sales success stories.
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