Each of your departments is somewhat responsible for the overall development and growth of your business, but none of them more so than your sales team. When your sales representatives are keeping up with their closed deals, you are bound to start scaling your company to introduce some operational changes to your infrastructure. In that rush to grow and manage that growth, too many companies focus entirely on other departments to make sure that other teams can handle the enhanced workload that’s about to come their way.
Although this makes perfect sense from that managerial perspective, how you handle your sales team will also contribute to the rate of your growth and to the way your business handles the upcoming changes. That said, it’s up to you to make sure that your growth strategy has a dedicated section for your sales department and their needs. Before you rush to help your marketers and service providers only, make sure to add the following tips into your strategy so that your sales department can keep up with your business growth rate and help you succeed.
Don’t fall behind with networking
Sales experts thrive with the help of networking, it’s their key method to evolve and grow as professionals and the best possible way to build connections for your business. That means that the key segment of managing your sales team successfully and in favor of your overall growth includes preparing them for upcoming networking events. Now that you’re focused on growth, you cannot neglect the upcoming conferences and seminars your salespeople require to continue doing what they do best.
In fact, now that your business is growing, you should send them to even more relevant events and make sure that they let the world know of your success. This step alone will help them keep developing their skills and it will simultaneously make a difference for your reputation.
Enable ongoing communication
Your sales team is often on the go, and that means that they need the right tools to make their work as seamless and effortless as possible. Their key responsibility is client communication and negotiation, which means that when they’re on the go, their phones and laptops are their greatest allies. As their leader, you can ensure that they have the best mobile phone plans their trade requires, preferably ones with endless data. This can help them stay on track with their sales metrics when they travel to events, and it will help them interact with potential clients and stay available on the go.
Add to that, a powerful laptop will allow them to keep track of their CRM tools and keep all of the most essential data updated when they travel. Managing recent leads, responding to emails in a timely manner, and simply being there for interested people can in turn help your sales teams manage their growing workload more effectively.
Digital tools also matter
Now that their gadgets are ready, you should move onto the most optimal software solutions, including robust CRM platforms that can actually handle your growing business needs. Handling more ongoing clients and potential clients can lead to chaos, so keeping all of your information safely stored and available to your sales team makes it easier to manage your sales department during this growth period.
Built-in chat features and other communication tools, notifications and alerts, and email integrations all enable your sales department to function more smoothly. However, it’s up to you to train them on how to utilize these tools to full capacity and how to mitigate any growth issues with the help of automation.
Introduce mentorship in your sales teams
Sales reps never stop advancing. Your educational workshops might give them a solid basis for mastering new methods and techniques, improving their language, their ability to “read” others, and the like, but salespeople continuously test out their own personal approach to the trade. They’ll inevitably uncover unique hacks on the best ways to interact with specific clients, and they can pass on that knowledge to the members of your new sales.
So, beyond your in-house lectures and workshops, give your sales teams another useful responsibility: assign mentors to your new employees so that they can learn faster and thus adapt to your growth more easily.
Update your sales materials
How frequently do you publish, print, and send out copies of your case studies, recent research you’ve conducted, and any other valuable information that puts your business on the map? A growing business needs to keep its data recent and industry-relevant, so ongoing research and updating are essential for your sales reps.
The same applies to their business cards and the materials they’ll bring to the next networking events. Hand out the most relevant materials that reflect your current state of affairs, and your sales team will be able to handle any tough cookie out there.
Refine your sales strategy
Up until this very moment, your sales strategy has obviously brought on numerous success stories your way, hence the growth you’re experiencing in your business. This, however, will not work by default in the future, since trends and customer preferences change together with each market. You cannot send your sales team into a changing field with outdated maneuvers to approach your potential clients. You risk citing outdated sources and mentioning tools that have become obsolete.
To stay relevant, your sales strategy should grow with your growing business. Use your marketing data and your other experts to fuel your new sales strategy and give your team the necessary information to make a strong case to your future clients.
Moving forward, your business will undoubtedly deal with growing pains that your experts will find ways to manage. Some of those ongoing issues will be up to your sales department to mitigate and handle, hence the need to take them into consideration when strategizing for growth management. Keep these tips in mind to make the process easier on your sales representatives, and they’ll stay motivated to keep growing your business in the years to come.