Missed Sales Targets – A blessing and a curse  

Missing sales targets can indeed have both positive and negative aspects, like a double-edged sword.  

How a company handles a salesperson missing their targets can significantly impact morale, performance, and the overall success of the sales team. It’s important to strike a balance between holding salespeople accountable for their results and providing them with the support and resources they need to succeed.  

Here is one example of a situation and what we did to fix the issue QUICKLY! 

Meme about missing targets

CASE STUDY – Technology Product Focused Partner Solutions Team  

Initial situation  

  • Sales teams consistently missing target. 
  • Team of ‘product floggers’ rather than ‘business builders’ or solution sales people.  
  • Successful historically, yet needed to demonstrate to partners and suppliers the value that their proposition brought to their businesses.   

What we did …  

  • Refocused sales team on key activities and work preferences (Hunters or Farmers) 
  • Coached all sales team, in the field and in workshops, in ‘Hearts and Minds’ solution selling  
  • skills.  
  • Implemented LSMFT Value Proposition.   
  • Introduced Partner Business Development Programme to drive “sell through”, not just  
  • “sell to”.  
  • Coached the whole leadership team.   

Outcomes …  

  • 12% increase in sales revenues.   
  • Relationship with major distributor became a true ‘strategic partnership’.  
  • Sales team worked closer with their Distribution Partners.  
  • Wider range of products and solutions sold.        

The above is, in our opinion, the best and quickest way to solve the problem. However, if you have time, some other common ways businesses can address missed sales targets can include:  

Regular performance reviews 

The salesperson’s performance can be reviewed to understand why the targets were not met. This may involve examining sales tactics, customer interactions, market conditions, and other relevant factors.  

As a Sales Manager, it’s a good idea to schedule a time each month to meet with each member of your sales team individually to go over their performance, any roadblocks they may be experiencing and any goals they have set. 

Training, coaching and support 

Sales managers may consider engaging with a Sales Trainer to offer additional coaching and support to help the salesperson improve their skills and strategies. This could involve:  

  • providing a tailored training program  
  • guidance on prospecting techniques  
  • assistance in overcoming specific challenges  

Goal adjustment 

In some cases, if the sales targets were unrealistic or circumstances beyond the salesperson’s control impacted their ability to meet them, the targets may be adjusted to be more attainable.  

Accountability 

While support and coaching are important, there is also a level of accountability for the salesperson to take ownership of their performance and actively work towards improvement. This may involve setting clear action plans and timelines for improvement.  

Learning and improvement  

Missing sales targets presents an opportunity for learning and improvement. A good Sales Trainer will encourage Salespeople to analyse what went wrong, identify areas for growth, and adjust their approach to increase their chances of success in the future.  

Hitting sales targets

Positives of missed targets  

On one hand, it can be seen as a blessing because it presents an opportunity for learning and growth. When targets are missed, it prompts a reassessment of strategies and processes, encouraging businesses to identify weaknesses and areas for improvement. This can lead to valuable insights that help refine future sales approaches and ultimately contribute to long-term success. 

Negatives of missed targets  

On the other hand, missing sales targets can be viewed as a curse due to the immediate negative consequences it may bring, such as:  

  • financial losses  
  • damaged morale among sales teams  
  • loss of confidence from stakeholders  

Additionally, it may also signal broader issues within the organisation, such as ineffective marketing strategies, inadequate product offerings, or a lack of alignment between sales and other departments.  

Ultimately, how a company responds to missed sales targets determines whether it becomes a blessing or a curse.  

By adopting a proactive approach, acknowledging shortcomings, and implementing necessary changes, businesses can turn missed targets into opportunities for improvement and future success.  

Missing and succeeding targets

Contact KONA to discuss how we can strengthen and motivate your sales team. 

Call 1300 611 288 or email info@kona.com.au  


When to walk away from a sale

When should a Salesperson walk away from a sale?

I have walked away from many deals in the past and I will continue to do so if it is not the right fit, or it feels wrong. While writing this I’m taken back to the very first time I walked away from a sale, actually, I actively discouraged the person to buy.

I moved back to Ireland from Guernsey in the Channel Islands in the 1990’s and it was the height of a recession. The only thing I was qualified to do was in hospitality and I could not find any employment. So, I took a job in sales, something I thought I would never do. However, this was not any sale job, this was selling life insurance, door to door, commission only. I thought, “welcome to sales”!!!

Back then we went into the office on a Monday, took out the yellow pages and hit the phones to make appointments, 100+ calls a day to get three, maybe four appointments. On one of these appointments my BIG boss came out with me.

So, we met at Michael Mc—– house (a modest terrace home south of Dublin) and the first thing I noticed was that the outside was very unkempt. When Michael greeted us, he was so lovely, and we were given tea and biscuits. On the icebreaking part of the meeting, it transpired that he knew my father and that was the reason he agreed to meet.

The sales pitch began, and we were on fire… I presented the pack brilliantly and it was going so well, and he was “putting pen to paper”, when his son came down the stairs and asked for (I think new school shoes, I can’t remember) and the response from Michael was something along the lines of “make do as we can’t afford to buy new shoes at the moment”.

At this point I took the contract from him and said something along the lines of “Michael, on second thoughts I am not sure that this is the right policy, based on what you told us I will need to go back and do a little more research.” and we left.

I knew that he was over committing and because of the relationship he once had with my father he felt obliged to continue.

When we were outside my boss “ripped into me” with nearly every expletive you can imagine. He said, “You will never make it in sales as you clearly don’t have what it takes, the killer instinct, you have just ripped up £2,000.” At this I told him to shove it and I went back to London.

When to walk away from a sale

As a salesperson, do you know when it’s time to walk away from a sale?

Walking away can be a tough decision, particularly when you’ve invested your time and energy into building a relationship with a prospect. Having said that, there are some situations where it can be the right choice.

Here are 6 common reasons to walk away from a sale as a salesperson:

1. Ethical Concerns

Ethics in sales refers to behaviours that ensure that every customer is treated with respect, fairness, honesty and integrity.

Some common examples of ethical issues in sales include:

  • Selling a product rather than a solution
  • Telling only part of the truth  
  • Lacking accountability

If the product or service you’re selling doesn’t meet the needs of the customer or if it’s not the right fit for them, it’s best to walk away rather than push them to purchase something they don’t need.

2. Unrealistic Demands

If the customer is making demands that your company can’t fulfil or that would compromise your integrity, it’s better to walk away than to promise something you can’t deliver.

Some of the things salespeople should avoid when a customer has unrealistic expectations include: Arguing with the customer, losing your patience, not actively listening, not looking for other options for the customer.

3. Lack of Respect

Occasionally as a salesperson you may encounter a customer who is disrespectful, demanding or who comes across as rude. The old saying “The customer is always right” is not always the case.

If a customer or prospect is disrespectful or abusive toward you, it’s not worth sacrificing your dignity or well-being for a sale, and it’s time to walk away.

Remaining professional when dealing with difficult customers

4. Price Objections

If the customer is solely focused on price and unwilling to see the value in your product or service, it may not be worth your time to continue the sale.

Objections in sales are inevitable, and a tailored Sales Training Program can assist sales teams with effective objection handling techniques that they can utilise when customers raise objections. However, if your customer is only objecting on price, and you have done your best to overcome their objections, it could be in your best interest to walk away from the sale.

5. Unreasonable Expectations

As a salesperson, on occasion you may encounter customers who have unrealistic expectations. For example, they might push for an unrealistic timeline that would require you to cut corners or compromise quality. When this happens, it’s better to walk away than to risk damaging your reputation.

If there’s a significant gap between what the customer expects and what you can realistically deliver, it’s best to be upfront about it and potentially walk away rather than disappoint them later.

6. The Customer cannot see the Value of your Product or Service

It’s the salesperson’s responsibility to show their prospect the value that their product or service will have. If a prospect can’t clearly see value, they will not buy.

When you have made attempts to show your prospect the features, benefits and value of your product or service, and they still aren’t convinced, it could be time to walk away.

A good tip to ensure you are demonstrating value is to reflect on the conversations you have with prospects. This way you can learn from them and improve your value proposition.

Walking away from any sale is never a good feeling. But remember, walking away doesn’t necessarily mean entirely giving up on your customer. It could simply mean postponing the sale until a better fit or solution is found, or referring them to a colleague or competitor who may be better able to meet their needs.

Sometimes as a salesperson it's best to walk away from the sale

Contact KONA today to find out how we can help to strengthen your sales team with a tailored Sales Training Program.

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After 30 + Years I became an Overnight Success

Grinding It Out – the Real Key to Sales Success

I’m sure some of you are sick of hearing me say this but yet again I was called “lucky” and once again I responded: “I work bloody hard to ensure my “luck” because day in and day out I “Grind it out.”

This is the same if I am practicing my Krav Maga or selling, I don’t expect to receive benefits if I have not put in the work.

Grinding it out means consistently putting in the effort day in and day out, which is a fundamental aspect of achieving success in sales. While natural talent and charisma can certainly help, it’s often the dedication to the grind that separates top performers from the rest. Here’s why:

Activity = Results

Persistence Pays Off – “Activity = Results”

The best sales trainers will tell you that sales success doesn’t happen overnight.

It’s about making countless calls, sending numerous emails, and meeting with potential clients regularly.

Each rejection is a step closer to a “yes” and grinding it out means not giving up in the face of setbacks.

Building Relationships

Sales is as much about building relationships as it is about pitching products or services. Consistently showing up, being reliable, and providing value to clients helps to build trust and rapport over time.

Some of the benefits of building strong relationships in sales include:

  • Influencing repeat purchases
  • Developing trust
  • Increased customer loyalty

Continuous Learning

The world of sales is always evolving, with new techniques, technologies, and trends emerging constantly. Those who grind it out are committed to continuously learning and adapting their approach to stay ahead of the curve.

Sales Training can help your team by giving them access to experienced sales trainers who can assist them with learning new skills and refining existing skills, as well as improving their communication and increasing productivity, ultimately leading to an improved overall customer experience.

Resilience and Consistency

Rejection is inevitable in sales, and it can take a toll on morale. Grinding it out requires resilience—the ability to bounce back from setbacks, learn from failures, and keep moving forward.

Consistency breeds success – to be successful in sales, you need consistency rather than occasional bursts of brilliance. It’s about showing up every day, doing the work, and gradually building momentum over time.

Hope is not a sales strategy.

Setting and Achieving Goals

Grinding it out in sales involves setting clear goals and relentlessly pursuing them. Consistent effort is essential for achieving success. Whether it’s:

  • A daily call quota
  • Monthly sales target, or
  • A long-term career objective

Putting in the effort to achieve your goals rather than just setting them and “hoping” for the best can go a long way to being successful in sales.

Remember, “Hope is not a sales strategy”!

Ultimately, while talent and skill certainly play a role in sales success, the real key is the willingness to put in the hard work day after day, even when it’s challenging or discouraging. That’s what separates the top performers from the rest of the pack.

Quote about success from Ray Kroc.

Contact KONA today to discuss how we can help your sales team achieve success through our tailored Sales Training Programs.

Call 1300 611 288 or email
info@kona.com.au


The “No BS” Way to Train Salespeople

For a Sales Trainer to Train salespeople in a “no BS” way, they require a straightforward and results-driven methodology, that addresses the challenges and dynamics of sales in the real world.

Out in the field, there is not always a “manual” to refer to, and every customer is different. With many “off the shelf, by the book” training programs, all of the hard work and learnings can be forgotten by your team shortly after.

So, how can your sales trainer provide your sales team with the tools they need to make it in real world selling situations?

The answer is simple – focus on Sales Training Techniques that will stick.

KONA Sales Training Workshop
A KONA Sales Training Workshop

Effective Sales Training

An effective sales training program can make a huge difference when it comes to the morale and performance of your sales team, as well as motivating salespeople and sales managers to get out of their comfort zone.

What are the benefits that come with an effective Sales Training Program?

Productivity

Increasing your sales team’s confidence can result in better productivity as well as allowing staff to make important decisions without the constant guidance of their manager.

Sales training can also offer insight into automating sales processes to free up more of your team’s time.

Teamwork

Effective sales training can bring your team together, encourage collaboration, as well as creating a more positive work environment. Improving staff morale and creating a sense of community among staff members can also improve sales performance.


Staff and Customer satisfaction

Training equips salespeople with useful skills and knowledge that can improve their interactions with customers. This can then lead to greater customer satisfaction. When more customers are satisfied with the service they receive, salespeople are more likely to feel happy and fulfilled at work.

Communication skills

Both Salespeople and Sales Managers can learn and develop new skills from an effective sales training program. Sales training can improve everyone’s ability to think on their feet and make efficient decisions.

The characteristics of a good vs. bad salesperson.

Use success stories to train and motivate

A great way to motivate salespeople, especially those who are relatively new to the field, is to use storytelling as part of your training program.

The best sales training programs will include Success stories from senior salespeople or trainers. They can be inspirational and entertaining, and they are more likely to leave a memorable, lasting impression on a sales team.

Most effective are stories and case studies that show examples of what did and didn’t work in different scenarios, and those that showcase the entire sales process, from initial enquiry to closing.

Statistics can also be a useful tool when training and motivating a sales team. 

Once you have told the success story and the outcome, you can break down the process into steps that the team can replicate and try with their own sales.

Offer Training Refreshers

An important aspect of training that is often neglected is offering training refreshers.

Even after the most successful training programs, it’s easy for teams to forget what they have learned when they are back on the front line.

The best sales trainers will create smaller snippets of the training for refreshers that can help align with our brain’s natural capability to recall and retain information.

How often employees want training vs. how often employers deliver training

Sales Coaching

Sales coaching after training can make a big impact on your sales team and will improve retention rates following the training they have received.

Some of the benefits of coaching your sales team after training include:

  • Improved performance
  • Better customer-relationships
  • Improved sales productivity
  • Increased staff-retention
  • Increased skill development

One of your sales team’s main objectives should be to learn how to apply new techniques, make changes where necessary and measure their results.

To get the most out of a Sales Training program, you need to give your salespeople the right tools, and most importantly, lead by example.

Contact KONA to discuss how we can tailor a Sales Training Program to your Sales Team!

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Pipeline or Perish

The mantra “Pipeline or Perish” takes centre stage in the realm of Sales and Business.

For companies navigating the competitive sales industry, your Sales Pipeline isn’t just a tool; it’s a lifeline, determining the fate of your business in a world where adaptability and efficiency reign supreme.

So, if you want to thrive in Sales, why is it important to leverage your Sales Pipeline? The first step is to understand the Pipeline.

Sales Pipeline Funnel

Understanding the Sales Pipeline

A sales pipeline is an organised and visual way of keeping track of potential buyers as they progress through the purchasing process.

The sales pipeline is a strategic roadmap that guides your team from prospecting to closing deals. It’s a dynamic system that demands attention, proactive management, and a keen understanding of your customer’s journey.

The stages of a Sales Pipeline

1. Prospecting and Lead Generation

The sales journey begins with identifying potential customers.

An effective sales pipeline starts with a robust lead generation strategy, ensuring a steady influx of prospects.

Without a consistent flow of leads, your pipeline may run dry.

2. Qualification and Engagement

Once leads are in the pipeline, they need to be qualified. This involves:

  • Understanding their needs
  • Uncovering their challenges
  • Assessing their fit with your products or services

Engaging prospects at this stage is crucial for building relationships and moving them through the pipeline.

5 reasons why you should qualify your customers.

3. Proposal and Closing

The proposal stage is where you present tailored solutions to your prospects.

A well-nurtured pipeline positions your team to confidently make proposals that resonate with the prospect’s needs. Closing the deal is the culmination of a successful journey through the pipeline.

4. Post-Sale Relationship Building

The sales pipeline doesn’t end at closing. Post-sale relationship building ensures customer satisfaction, encourages repeat business, and sets the stage for referrals.

Neglecting this aspect can lead to churn and missed opportunities for growth.

Pipeline or Perish

Why use your Sales Pipeline?

Predictability

Your sales pipeline provides a clear view of potential revenue and allows for accurate forecasting. Without utilising this tool, businesses operate “in the dark”, unable to predict or plan for future success.

Resource Allocation

A well-managed pipeline enables efficient allocation of resources. It helps you identify areas of strength and weakness in your sales process, allowing for targeted improvements and optimisation of resources.

Customer-Centricity

By understanding where each prospect stands in the pipeline, you can tailor your interactions to meet their specific needs, ensuring a positive and personalised customer experience.

Meme about providing an excellent customer experience.

Competitive Edge

Typically in sales, speed and efficiency are paramount. Using your sales pipeline allows you to respond quickly to opportunities and challenges, giving you a competitive edge over those who neglect this crucial aspect.

In the relentless pursuit of success, businesses must recognise that “Pipeline or Perish” is more than a cautionary phrase—it’s a call to action.

Your sales pipeline is the key to navigating the complexities of the modern marketplace, ensuring not only survival but sustained growth and prosperity. Embrace the power of your sales pipeline, and let it be the driving force that propels your business forward in the face of challenges and uncertainties.

Contact KONA today to discuss tailored Sales Pipeline Training for your Sales Team!

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info@kona.com.au


You can’t handle the truth, but a fortune awaits if you can

Truth – the unspoken reality where in Sales, the famous line “You can’t handle the truth” takes on a whole new meaning.

I sometimes, not often thankfully, get push back from salespeople when I challenge them for “over promising” or blatantly misleading the customer with “white lies” or even damn right mistruths.

The Sales Industry is often filled with glossy pitches, exaggerated claims, and a constant dance between what’s said and what’s unsaid. But what if, instead of shying away from the uncomfortable truths in sales, we embraced them?

"You can't handle the truth" meme

The Uncomfortable Truths in Sales

In Sales, perception often trumps reality. The pressure to meet targets, impress clients, and outshine competitors can lead salespeople and businesses to bend the truth.

However, this short-term gain can result in long-term consequences, eroding trust and damaging relationships.

The uncomfortable truth is that authenticity and transparency are rare commodities in the sales world, but they are precisely what set the stage for lasting success.

Internal Wealth – Building Credibility

The first step to embracing the truth in sales is acknowledging the uncomfortable realities. This requires:

  • Firstly, a real respect for the customer
  • Gratitude for them giving you the opportunity.
  • A deep understanding of the product or service being sold.
  • Recognising its strengths and weaknesses

Sales professionals who can honestly communicate these aspects build credibility and trust with their clients. This internal wealth, built on authenticity, becomes a foundation for success and customer loyalty.

Truthfulness is a powerful tool for salespeople. Consistently embracing the truth not only proves your credibility but also positions you as a trusted advisor, assisting with building positive and productive relationships with your clients.

Trust and credibility go hand in hand.

External Wealth – Growing Genuine Relationships

In a sea of sales pitches and polished presentations, a genuine connection with clients stands out. The fortune that awaits in sales is not just financial; it’s the wealth of authentic relationships.

Clients appreciate honesty, even when it involves admitting limitations. By being transparent about what your product or service can genuinely offer, you pave the way for trust, repeat business, and word-of-mouth referrals.

The Journey to Truthful Selling

Product Mastery: Invest time in understanding your product or service inside-out. Acknowledge its strengths and limitations to present a realistic picture to your clients.

Active Listening: Understand your clients’ needs and concerns. Actively listen to their feedback, and address any issues with transparency.

Long-Term Vision: Shift the focus from short-term gains to long-term relationships. Building trust may take time, but it forms the base of sustained success.

Constant Learning: Stay informed about industry trends and changes. Being knowledgeable allows you to provide accurate and timely information to your clients.

Telling the truth in sales.

In the competitive sales industry, the truth is a rare commodity. Yet, those who dare to confront the uncomfortable realities and embrace authenticity are on the path to a fortune that transcends mere financial gains.

Internal credibility and external relationships built on truth are the keys to sustained success in sales. So, the next time you’re tempted to embellish, remember: the fortune you seek lies in the honest truth.

Contact KONA today to discuss how we can help your Sales Team achieve success.

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Some Do, Others Teach

I do both, but when I’m running a workshop for Salespeople, sometimes I get pushback. I remember once, Sales Trainer Glenn Dobson was challenged with this statement when running a workshop and his response was spot on: “How do you think I got to be here!” I remember once I received a similar challenge as a Sales Trainer when delivering a Call Centre Sales Workshop. My response was to counter challenge. I suggested that we both sit side by side and hit the phone, the person who delivered the weakest result in one hour had to buy lunch for the entire workshop of 10 people, this challenge was declined by the delegate!

In life there is a timeless saying that encapsulates a deep message: “Some do, others teach.”

This simple, thought-provoking phrase captures the intricate relationship between those who actively engage in doing and those who choose to convey their wisdom through teaching.

We will unravel the layers of this idea, examining the connection between action and instruction, and how each informs and enriches the other.

A quote about teaching and learning from Hilda Charlton.

The Doers:

“Some do” – a mantra embraced by those who plunge headfirst into action, tackling challenges, pushing boundaries, and carving their paths through experience. These individuals are the pioneers, the risk-takers, the embodiment of resilience and tenacity. The doers are the architects of progress, the catalysts of change, whose actions shape the world we know.

The Teachers:

On the flip side, there are those who find fulfilment in guiding, shaping, and enlightening others. These are the educators, mentors, and influencers who embody the spirit of “others teach.” They draw from their own experiences, both triumphs, and tribulations, to mould the minds of the next generation. Through the art of instruction, they pass on the torch of knowledge, sparking curiosity and creativity. The teachers play a pivotal role in building a foundation upon which the doers can stand, enabling them to reach even greater heights.

Quote rebutting the notion that those who can't do, teach.

The Relationship Between Doing and Teaching

The dynamic relationship between doing and teaching is not a contrast, but a partnership. The lessons learned in the field, the trenches of real-world experience, provide the substance for the narratives shared in classrooms and lecture halls. Conversely, the insights gained through teaching illuminate the blind spots of action, refining strategies, and filling them with a deeper understanding of the consequences of their choices.

Consider the artist who, through years of dedicated practice and experimentation, perfects their craft. They become both the doer and the teacher, using their mastery to inspire aspiring artists. The entrepreneur who navigates the turbulent seas of business becomes not only a doer but also a mentor, sharing the pearls of wisdom with budding business minds. In this interaction, both realms thrive, each feeding off the vitality of the other. It amuses me when sometimes we get “You charge XXX for one day!” And my response is always the same; “No, I charge XXX for 30 years’ experience and one day delivery.”

“Some do, others teach” represents the ebb and flow of knowledge, wisdom, and growth. The doers and the teachers, though seemingly distinct, are two sides of the same coin, each enriching the other in a perpetual cycle of learning and application.

It is in embracing this paradox that we unlock the true potential of human endeavour, fostering a harmonious relationship between action and instruction that propels us forward on the journey of self-discovery and collective progress.

Quote about the importance of teachers in creating all other professions.

Contact KONA today to discuss how we can help you grow your business.

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Prospecting in 2024.

How can I effectively prospect and find potential customers in 2024?

Sales Prospecting for Lead Generation

Sales prospecting is the process of searching for potential customers and making contact with those who “qualify” to purchase your product or service. Prospecting lays the foundation for the whole sales process as it is the first step of the customer journey.

Lead Contact Ratio

The chances of getting hold of a lead increases 100 times if they are contacted on the date and time with highest response rates since most recipients are active at night.

Multiple contacts and Social Media Dependency

•             Only 2% of sales are made on the first contact

•             3% of sales are made on the second contact

•             5% of sales are made on the third contact; and

•             10% of sales are made on the fourth contact.

Also, 48% of online users rely on social media presence whenever they decide to purchase a product. So, it’s best to reach out to prospects in various ways to get higher contact ratio and eventually close a sale.

Australian Content Marketing Tactic Usage graph.

Delayed buying response

Patience is a key to becoming successful in sales. Why? Around 63% of prospect who requested for information are going to buy for your products or services for the next 3 months. Others might take up to a year or two to actually purchase something.

“55% of B2B buyers search for products or vendors on social media because of word of mouth or referrals “ – Meltwater

Prospecting Techniques

‍There are many prospecting techniques that can be used. These techniques range from researching prospective leads online to cold calling and everything in between.

The choice of technique can depend on the salesperson’s strengths and circumstances. Although, typically the most effective tactics are adapted over time with practice and the right training.

Graph showing how salespeople typically spend their day.

Prospecting in 2024 – 10 effective techniques

Let’s take a look at some prospecting techniques that we think will be most effective in 2024. Keep in mind however, that prospecting in sales is different for everyone, so don’t hesitate to try different things and see what works best for you.

1. Create Buyer-Personas

In sales, it’s important to understand your ideal target customer. By creating Customer Profiles or Buyer Personas, you can increase your chances of prospecting to the right audience and ultimately closing more deals.

This process typically involves:

  • Researching demographics
  • Considering behavioural characteristics of your target audience
  • Narrowing down the details
  • Using your buyer personas in your marketing

2. Do your Research

This step of the prospecting process involves getting a detailed understanding of your potential leads.

This specific information can make your pitch more effective and personal, which will help to make you stand out from the crowd amongst a number of generic pitches.

Research will help you to understand:

  • Who is and is not buying your product or service
  • What motivates your customers
  • Whether or not they are loyal to your brand

3. Utilise Social Media

‍Social media is becoming an increasingly powerful tool when it comes to sales.

Social media allows you to engage with customers, as well as seeing what people are saying about your business.

Social media is great for advertising and running promotions.

Using social media effectively can help your business in many ways. To name a few:  

  • Attracting new customers
  • Getting your brand image out there
  • Gives customers an avenue for providing feedback and reviewing your product or service

Social platforms such as Facebook, and LinkedIn help you gain access to numerous potential leads, and allow your advertising to reach further than other marketing avenues. This makes it easier to connect with prospects in a personal and engaging way.

4. Warm Calling

‍Unlike a Cold Call, Warm Calls are when you reach out to prospects who already know of your business in some way.

Whilst ‍Cold Calling is still a valuable prospecting technique, Cold Calls usually work best when used in conjunction with other strategies.

When prospects already have an idea of what you have to offer, Warm Calls are more likely to lead to successful sales deals.

5. Personalise your approach

No matter your preferred prospecting technique, having a personalised message immediately assists in building strong relationships and beginning the emotional contract with your customer.

Email remains a powerful sales prospecting strategy. And luckily enough for salespeople, in today’s digital world, it is easier than ever to personalise emails going out to your database.

The power of LinkedIn Social Selling.

6. The Power of LinkedIn

Social media is quickly becoming the key to social-selling.

LinkedIn allows you to build your brand profile and establish a reputation with your customers as a trusted expert in your field. And as an effective lead generation platform, LinkedIn is the ideal place to connect with potential customers and build relationships.

7. Using Data and Analytics

Leveraging sales data and analytics is an important prospecting technique as it helps in making decisions, prioritising and measuring the results of sales tactics.

Sales and marketing data can give you insight into:

  • Customer trends
  • Patterns
  • The needs of your customers

Use data to your advantage to enhance your prospecting efforts.

8. Word-of-mouth Referrals

‍Referrals open you up to new opportunities when it comes to prospecting.

Did you know that studies have shown an average of 13% of all sales are due to word-of-mouth referrals.

Establishing trust and strong relationships with your customers can give you the opportunity to ask them for referrals, and reach potential leads outside of your network.

9. The importance of Planning

‍Proper planning and preparation before prospecting allows you to establish your goals and strategies.

This means you will have clarity on how you can achieve your goals and what steps you need to take.

Planning helps your sales team to:

  • Recognise their target audience
  • Establish a business strategy
  • Make prospecting efforts more effective
  • Ensure communication is professional and organised

10. Offer Incentives

‍Offering incentives can be a great way to increase your chances of making a sale.

Some examples of incentives include:

  • No-obligation consultations
  • Limited time discounts and offers
  • Exclusive access to new products or services

The main goal for most businesses is to boost revenue. By offering customers incentives, you can encourage them to buy, leading to increased sales and revenue.  

By trying out these techniques in the new year, your sales team can boost their efforts and optimise their sales strategy. Remember, sales prospecting is different for everyone, so don’t forget to try new things and find out which techniques work best for you.

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How to close the sales year and have a strong start to the new year

The end of the year can be a hectic time for Salespeople. December is a time when most people are focused on doing their Christmas shopping and making plans for the new year.

However, salespeople are concerned about hitting their yearly sales targets. If your end of year sales campaigns haven’t made much of an impact this year, it can make the holiday season a particularly stressful time.

But what if we told you that the year doesn’t have to end on a negative?

That’s right, with enough focus, a strategic plan, and an effective and experienced Sales Trainer, you can end the year on a positive note, and most of all, enjoy the holiday season.

End of year for Sales Leaders

For sales leaders, closing the sales year successfully and setting the stage for a strong start to the new year requires strategic planning, effective execution, and a focus on key areas. Firstly “plan your activity year. As a sales manager you should be planning to spend 60% of your time with your team, driving and pushing results.

  • Conduct a thorough review of the current year’s performance. Analyse sales metrics, revenue figures, and key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • Identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Understand what worked well and areas that need improvement.
  • Establish realistic and measurable sales goals for the upcoming year. Ensure that these goals align with overall company objectives.
  • Break down annual goals into quarterly, monthly, and weekly targets for better tracking and accountability.
  • Assess the effectiveness of current sales strategies and tactics. Identify what contributed to success and what needs adjustment.
  • Consider emerging trends, customer preferences, and changes in the market that might impact sales strategies.
  • Recognise and celebrate the achievements of the sales team during the current year. This boosts morale and motivation.
  • Conduct team-building activities to foster a positive and collaborative environment.
  • Identify areas where the sales team could benefit from additional sales training or skill development. This may include product knowledge, objection handling, or negotiation skills.
  • Invest in professional development programs to enhance the team’s capabilities.
  • Streamline and optimise sales processes to improve efficiency. This may involve updating CRM systems, revising sales scripts, or re-evaluating lead qualification criteria.
  • Seek feedback from the sales team to identify bottlenecks and areas for improvement.
  • Develop strategies to upsell or cross-sell to existing customers, increasing the lifetime value of each client.
  • Introduce incentives and rewards for achieving specific sales targets. This could include bonuses, recognition, or other perks to motivate the sales team.
  • Consider running sales contests to add excitement and foster healthy competition.
  • Develop a detailed sales plan for the upcoming year that outlines strategies, tactics, and resource requirements.
  • Communicate the plan clearly to the sales team and ensure alignment with the overall business strategy.
  • Regularly monitor sales performance against set targets. Implement a system for tracking progress and adjusting strategies as needed.
  • Stay agile and be ready to adapt to changes in the market or internal dynamics.
Don't underestimate Sales Activity in December. Wrap up loose ends to close more sales before the end of year.

Don’t underestimate Sales Activity during December

Many salespeople make the mistake of thinking that sales slow down in December.

On the contrary, the best sales trainers will know that the last few weeks of December can have some of the highest conversion rates of the year.

While many salespeople choose to take time off during the holidays, they could be missing opportunities, as many people are still around for holiday sales!

There are always sales to be made, especially when businesses typically offer markdowns during this time. A good salesperson acknowledges that they will have to work a little harder during the holiday season to see results. While your prospects are slowing down, you can take this opportunity to make extra calls when possible and strengthen that emotional contract.

This will lead you to closing more deals before the end of the year. And if not, it will at least give you a starting point to pick up from in the new year!

The importance of Pipeline Management

Deals that you know for sure aren’t going to be closed in December can be a distraction.

Do you want to:

  • Improve Sales Performance?
  • Have more consistency with Sales numbers?

Pipeline Management is the answer you are looking for.

As we move towards the end of the year, having too many deals in your pipeline can be counter productive. It can lead your focus away from the right deals, and leave you wasting time on deals that are going to be a slow burn.

Here are some tips to consider when tidying up your December Pipeline:

  • Does the prospect want or need your product or service?
  • How urgently do they need your product or service – can it wait until the new year?

If you’re still unsure, consider a quick follow up call to decide if it is a ‘dead lead’ or not. Don’t be afraid to be direct. Save everyone time and ask the prospect whether it is likely they will make a decision before the end of year, or if you should follow them up next year – This will help with setting you up for a good start to the new year.

It’s always worth taking the time to tidy up your Pipeline, to help with keeping you on track towards the end of year and beyond.

Tidy up your Sales Pipeline at the end of the year.

Appreciate your Sales Team

It’s important to acknowledge and appreciate your sales team and the hard work they put in, especially at the end of the year.

Some benefits of showing appreciation to your sales team include:

  • Increasing morale – Salespeople love to receive recognition, particularly when they meet or exceed their targets or close a big deal.
  • Motivating your team – By ensuring your team are motivated, your employees will feel inspired to work harder towards reaching their goals.
  • Boosting confidence – When a salesperson is confident, they’re more likely to win leads, and not take it personally when they don’t.
  • Making the team feel valued – Sales Teams who feel valued are typically more motivated to succeed and have increased job satisfaction rates.

It’s a good idea to celebrate each person for what made them stand-out, rather than having just one ‘Salesperson of the year’.

Some ways you can show your appreciation to your team include:

  • Offering incentives
  • Rewarding success
  • Organising a team lunch or dinner
  • Organising unique awards for each person

Prepare for the New Year

The way you end the sales year can strongly impact your start to the new year.

The habits you make will likely carry over into next year, so it’s important that you end the year on a positive, to prepare you for the next.

Investing in professional development including Sales Training, Sales Management Training, or Sales Pipeline Training can be a great way to start the new year on a positive note, and get the team motivated for a great year of sales. Training is also a good way of getting the team to break old habits that may have held them back this year, and learn new strategies and techniques to boost their sales in the new year.

Don’t make the mistake of giving up on meeting sales targets before the end of the year.

Take the time to plan out how you are going to tackle the holiday season in sales to end the year on a high note and have a strong start to 2024. Engage with one of KONA’s Sales Trainers today!

Find out how KONA can help your Sales Team have a strong start to the new year by locking in your tailored Sales Training Program today!  

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Why Sales Coaching is more valuable now than ever

KONA Sales Coaching
Garret Norris – CEO of the KONA Group at a KONA Sales Workshop

The main objective of Sales Coaching is to provide real value to a business. A quality Sales Coach will help salespeople recognise and understand their points of weakness, and then create a structured plan to overcome them.

Sales coaching is an important element of continuous improvement and development of salespeople.

It is more important now than ever for businesses to invest in Sales Coaching for their Sales Teams. In a cost-sensitive climate, sales productivity has a direct impact on the bottom line, which then impacts business revenue. Maximizing sales productivity begins with effective sales coaching.

The difference between training and coaching.

The difference between Sales Training and Sales Coaching

Training and Coaching are actually very different and have different outcomes.

Sales Training typically teaches people specific skills, focusing on knowledge transfer and skill retention.

Coaching offers tailored advice to clients during one-on-one sessions and hones in on enhancing skillsets that are already there, rather than introducing new skills.

For example, if a company is introducing a new CRM (customer relationship management system), the employees will need to be trained to learn how to use the new system.

Once the team has learned how to use the new CRM, some employees may struggle to apply their knowledge in real-world situations. This is where coaching comes in.

Studies have shown that up to 73% of employees who have received coaching, say that coaching improved their communication skills, interpersonal skills, work performance and more.

How will you know when coaching is required?

Some signs that your team may need coaching can include:

  • Lack of productivity
  • Low morale
  • Lack of employee engagement
  • Breakdown of communication between team members
  • Conflict

Some common areas that we find coaching should be focused on include:

Sales coaching enhances the performance of individuals in your team with ongoing and personal attention to develop their strengths. It will enable the team to reach their full potential and achieve sales goals.

Return on Investment after Sales Coaching.

Return on Investment after Sales Coaching

Good indications of ROI (Return on Investment) after Sales Coaching are factors including:

  • Improvement in sales metrics
  • Increase in revenue
  • Boost in employee morale

Some ways that you can measure ROI after sales coaching can be through: employee surveys before and after the coaching, KPI’s, and Sales performance tracking. Focusing on the results before and after coaching will give you a good indication of how your team has benefited from Sales Coaching, as well as bringing to the surface other areas that may need attention in the future.

Coaching for Team Leaders and Sales Managers

KONA facilitates Team Leader and Management Sales Coaching. Performance and development plans can be incorporated to meet the development expectations of your team.

Hiring a Sales Coach for your business comes with many benefits. Sales Coaching can:

  • Bring your team together
  • Increase business revenue
  • Bring in new clients
  • Retain existing clients

KONA’s Sales Coaching is tailored to your company’s needs. We offer different programs based on who needs coaching, and what areas they need to be coached in, such as improving communication skills, refining closing techniques, or addressing particular weaknesses.

The value of Sales Coaching.

Contact KONA today to discuss how we can tailor our coaching programs to your business.

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info@kona.com.au