Establishing a Motivated Selling Culture
Motivation is the driving force in developing top notch selling techniques. Studies show that most employees seek more than just a paycheck and wish to be recognized for their unique contributions to the organization. According to industry pundits, motivation is highly individualized.
If you want to motivate your sales staff, you need to provide individual and group efforts to stimulate that spark for excellence. Implement three sales-team motivators:
- Pay attention to staff welfare and their success.
- Create a sales support system that puts the employee first.
- Treat your sales staff as executives.
Personnel development and incentives form the cornerstone of a successful sales career.
- First, an effective compensation plan is crucial to the motivational process.
- Second, continual training and development of retail staff is essential to ensure that a business is efficient, customer-focused and as profitable as possible. Sales pros as well as new recruits should participate in comprehensive training to keep everyone on the same page and confident in managing new products, ideas and processes.
Open-door policies should promote growth opportunities for career advancement and recognition of personal contributions. Although excellent employees may want to stay with the organization, if you cannot satisfy their financial and personal goals, they will be knocking on the door of your competitor.
Sales support systems need to maximize an employee's ability to be focused and successful. Communication vehicles must maintain an encouraging work environment in which all staff can thrive. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software or similar packages tie the sales team to the back-office staff and can be embellished to create two-way exchanges with customers. Management must hone a positive attitude and be approachable to their salespeople. Making newsletters, business journals and status reports available to employees help front line staff feel a partnership with the larger organization.
A strong professional self-image often governs staff-selling success. Treat all your sales team from upper level management to floor staff like they are executives, and give them the support they need to perform as such. Teach them to sell benefits rather than products, to focus on the client's needs and to offer solutions. Up selling becomes a key part of this process, which leads to greater sales and staff confidence.