How can you manage your key accounts, when they think they are managing you? Beth Rogers Athens Sales Management Forum Sep...
How important is selling? <ul><li>“ Everyone lives by selling something.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Robert Louis S...
The history of sales Go out and  get the  numbers!!!!!!!!!
The sales function today <ul><li>Understanding business strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding purchasing strategy </li>...
Where does this leave marketing? “ We believe that a 20% gain in profits can be realized by  companies that improve  a poo...
Integrated sales and marketing <ul><li>Joint vision, values and goals </li></ul><ul><li>Teamwork </li></ul><ul><li>Mutual ...
Managing business relationships Rogers B, 2007 Sales takes the lead Marketing takes the lead strategic co - operative tact...
Examples of strategic relationships <ul><li>Parts manufacturers in automotive </li></ul><ul><li>Medical supplies company/ ...
Key account management is…. <ul><li>An approach which includes </li></ul><ul><li>developing  long term  relationships </li...
It should work…. <ul><li>In a survey of 200 Fortune 1000 companies in 2005, most were able to raise revenues and profits b...
The trouble is…. <ul><li>What sort of customer justifies this level of investment? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“best” customers ...
Managing risk in business relationships Rogers B, 2007 strategic co - operative tactical prospective Our value to the cust...
The role of purchasing <ul><li>“ Professionalism in purchasing,  </li></ul><ul><li>with its ongoing external trading relat...
Strategic contribution of purchasing   <ul><li>Focus on the capability of a supplier is associated with improving value of...
Purchasing strategy Kraljic 1984 Leverage Bottleneck Strategic Non-critical Importance  of purchase  (profit  impact) Comp...
Which means that…. <ul><li>You can only have a strategic business relationship with a customer if you, as a supplier, are ...
Cost control <ul><li>The best-known brand in industrial chemicals set up a sub-branded e-commerce division to deal with pr...
Selective investment <ul><li>As early as 1989, a French stationery company set out to help its largest customers to automa...
The nature of KAM <ul><li>The development of value, such as joint new product development and/or process integration betwe...
But…. <ul><li>Be sure your key account thinks you are strategic too! </li></ul><ul><li>Beware risks  </li></ul><ul><ul><li...
Remember how business relationships break down: <ul><li>Communication breakdown </li></ul><ul><li>Critical incidents </li>...
Strategic relationship momentum: <ul><li>Mutual value and mutual problem-solving </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovation/differen...
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  1. 1. How can you manage your key accounts, when they think they are managing you? Beth Rogers Athens Sales Management Forum September 21 st 2007
  2. 2. How important is selling? <ul><li>“ Everyone lives by selling something.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Robert Louis Stevenson </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Nothing happens until something is sold.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Senior executive, telecoms industry </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The key purpose of selling is to “create build and sustain mutually beneficial and profitable relationships through personal and organisational contact.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>UK National Sales Board </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The history of sales Go out and get the numbers!!!!!!!!!
  4. 4. The sales function today <ul><li>Understanding business strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding purchasing strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Using analytical tools </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>specific to sales strategy </li></ul></ul></ul>Management of “top line” strategy
  5. 5. Where does this leave marketing? “ We believe that a 20% gain in profits can be realized by companies that improve a poorly working marketing/sales relationship Into a better one.” Kotler, Rackham et al, 2006
  6. 6. Integrated sales and marketing <ul><li>Joint vision, values and goals </li></ul><ul><li>Teamwork </li></ul><ul><li>Mutual understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Shared information </li></ul><ul><li>Shared process management </li></ul>
  7. 7. Managing business relationships Rogers B, 2007 Sales takes the lead Marketing takes the lead strategic co - operative tactical prospective Our value to the customer strategic co - operative tactical prospective High Low Low High Customer value to us
  8. 8. Examples of strategic relationships <ul><li>Parts manufacturers in automotive </li></ul><ul><li>Medical supplies company/ logistics </li></ul><ul><li>Steel company + top 17 customers </li></ul><ul><li>Oil company/tyre manufacturer </li></ul><ul><li>Ceramics supplier/steelworks </li></ul><ul><li>Logistics provider/mail order company </li></ul><ul><li>Facilities management company/laboratory services </li></ul><ul><li>IT supplier/bank </li></ul>
  9. 9. Key account management is…. <ul><li>An approach which includes </li></ul><ul><li>developing long term relationships </li></ul><ul><li>with strategic customers </li></ul><ul><li>whose needs you understand in depth, </li></ul><ul><li>and for whom you develop a specific offer with a differential advantage over the offers of competitors... </li></ul>McDonald, Millman, Rogers, 1996
  10. 10. It should work…. <ul><li>In a survey of 200 Fortune 1000 companies in 2005, most were able to raise revenues and profits by more than 20% on average through collaborative initiatives with customers (McKinsey). </li></ul>
  11. 11. The trouble is…. <ul><li>What sort of customer justifies this level of investment? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“best” customers place 40% of unprofitable orders (SCEB) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>suppliers who are not able to collaborate effectively lose money trying (McKinsey) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supposedly “key” relationships do breakdown </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Managing risk in business relationships Rogers B, 2007 strategic co - operative tactical prospective Our value to the customer strategic co - operative tactical prospective High Low Low High Customer value to us
  13. 13. The role of purchasing <ul><li>“ Professionalism in purchasing, </li></ul><ul><li>with its ongoing external trading relationships, </li></ul><ul><li>is key to supporting and/or enhancing the brand; </li></ul><ul><li>sometimes this can be the only differentiating </li></ul><ul><li>factor between companies.” </li></ul><ul><li>CIPS – Chartered Institute </li></ul><ul><li>of Purchasing and Supply </li></ul>
  14. 14. Strategic contribution of purchasing <ul><li>Focus on the capability of a supplier is associated with improving value of purchasing function </li></ul><ul><li>62% of companies procure most of their business needs from their top ten suppliers </li></ul><ul><li>However, diminishing returns set in if organizations try to set up strategic relationships with more than 5% of their supplier base. </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Performance Benchmarks: Procurement, 2006, </li></ul><ul><li>American Productivity and Quality Center </li></ul>
  15. 15. Purchasing strategy Kraljic 1984 Leverage Bottleneck Strategic Non-critical Importance of purchase (profit impact) Complexity/risk in supply market
  16. 16. Which means that…. <ul><li>You can only have a strategic business relationship with a customer if you, as a supplier, are in that strategic box </li></ul><ul><li>If you are in any of the other boxes, your choices are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce all overheads associated with the relationship and focus on streamlining processes so you are “easy to do business with” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Selectively invest to improve your position </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Cost control <ul><li>The best-known brand in industrial chemicals set up a sub-branded e-commerce division to deal with price-driven customers. It concerned industry analysts at the time, but delivered good overall results, even in the short-term. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Selective investment <ul><li>As early as 1989, a French stationery company set out to help its largest customers to automate purchasing stationery </li></ul><ul><li>An oil company offered stable prices, stock control and just in time delivery in return for single sourcing </li></ul><ul><li>But where next? </li></ul>
  19. 19. The nature of KAM <ul><li>The development of value, such as joint new product development and/or process integration between the supplier and customer </li></ul><ul><li>The business management skills of the account manager </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term planning </li></ul><ul><li>Special organizational focus, including key account teams </li></ul>
  20. 20. But…. <ul><li>Be sure your key account thinks you are strategic too! </li></ul><ul><li>Beware risks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Concentrating resources on small number of customers might increase market exposure – hence the need for portfolio management </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Monitor closely – things change over time </li></ul><ul><li>Be distinct between “key” and “keep” </li></ul>
  21. 21. Remember how business relationships break down: <ul><li>Communication breakdown </li></ul><ul><li>Critical incidents </li></ul><ul><li>Change of contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Confidence fails </li></ul><ul><li>Complacency </li></ul><ul><li>Core product problems </li></ul><ul><li>Change in strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Contingency building </li></ul><ul><li>Cost issues </li></ul><ul><li>Collapse of status quo </li></ul>
  22. 22. Strategic relationship momentum: <ul><li>Mutual value and mutual problem-solving </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovation/differentiation (product/process) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost reduction </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Deliver it </li></ul><ul><li>Sustain it </li></ul><ul><li>Renew it </li></ul>
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