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2016 Sales Performance Insights by CSO Insights and Miller Heiman Group


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Best Practices of World-Class Sales Organizations and their performance against Key Performance Metrics; Data for specific industry segments is available; call or eMail Medio Waldt, 610 659 3489,

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2016 Sales Performance Insights by CSO Insights and Miller Heiman Group

  1. 1. Critical Research Insights on Sales Performance Sales Process driving Sales Performance Medio Waldt Consulting Partner, Sales Performance February 2017 610 659 3489
  2. 2. Content Outline 2 •  Critical Research Insights on Sales Performance –  from CSO Insights; Methodology Agnostic •  Sales Best Practices Study: 70+ Behaviors tracked, 13 years running –  B2B Buyer Behaviors and Expectations from 2015 –  Top 12 Behaviors of World Class Sales Organizations from 2016 –  9 of Top 12 are NEW – Coaching, Social Selling, Analytics, Funnel Management •  Sales Performance Optimization Study: we track 450 + KPMs –  Insights on on Key Performance Metrics from 2016 –  Correlated to Quality of Sales Process and Customer Perceptions of your Value –  What is the impact of a 5% improvement in key metrics for your Company? •  What does this mean for your Company and Sales team? –  How does it connect to your CONCEPT on Sales Process & Sales Performance –  What you want to Accomplish – Fix – Avoid •  Other Studies, Open Discussion, and Next Steps •  Appendices: 40 Years, 5 Beliefs, Be Ready, Sales Ready Platforms –  Who we are, what we do, and how we do it
  3. 3. From our 2015 Sales Best Practices Study 3 The B2B Buying Process is becoming more complex More Buyers AND Sellers involved every year; takes longer to reach a decision Becoming more formal, with ROI required, often a Request for Proposal (RFP or RFI) Buyer Expectations focus on Competency and Adding value even before the Sale is concluded Sales Professionals are expected to provide a competent PERSPECTIVE and deliver VALUE (education, content, new insights) during the selling process, even before the contract is signed.
  4. 4. More People Involved Buyer: 5.8 2015 /4.74 5yr avg Seller: 4.4 2015 / 4.1 5yr avg More Formalized Process Significantly formalized: 61% 2015 / 45.2% 5yr avg Average sales cycle time: + 2.82% 2015 / 2.6% 5yr avg More Political Decisions Our Customer requires formal ROI: 61.4% 2015 / 40.2% 5yr avg Retention rate increase: + 5.4% 2015 / 4.8% 5yr avg Time Value EXPECTATIONS Don’t Waste My Time Know My Business Know Your Solution Add Value Ask Insightful Questions The Expectation Of The Buyer Is Rising and The Process Becoming More Complex 4
  5. 5. OLD WORLD NEW WORLD Sales Process Product/Service Delivery Client Expectation of When Value is Delivered Client Expectation of When Value Is Delivered ►  Help buyer’s navigate the purchasing process; sharing systems and methods for evaluating decisions ►  Providing tools and methods for assessing/calculating ROI ►  Understanding and documenting unintended consequences of various decisions ►  Assisting in creating implementation plans Providing Perspective Signed Contract Customers Expect The Sales Process And Seller To Provide Perspective. This Comes By Combining Expert Customer Knowledge With Expert Solution Knowledge 5
  6. 6. From our 2016 Sales Best Practices Study 6 •  “Drawing Back the Bow: Position, Enable, Follow Through” –  For the past 13 years, the message of the Sales Best Practices Study has been the same. –  The best always strive to get better. •  World-Class Sales Performers outperformed All Respondents by more than 23 % in key metrics, including … –  Number of Qualified Opportunities, New Account Acquisition, Average Account Billing, Year-Over-Year Existing Customer Growth, Quota Achievement –  By identifying the behaviors and attributes of World-Class Sales Performers that lead to results … –  Our Sales Best Practices Study provides an aspirational benchmark for other sales organizations that are working toward achieving high-performance results. •  “How do World-Class Sales Performers do these things?” –  Process is the answer, hiding in plain sight in the list of top 12. –  Process: repeatable, consistent, measurable, and continually improving.
  7. 7. From our 2016 Sales Best Practices Study 7 •  Sales Process –  repeatable, consistent, measurable, and continually improving •  3 of the top 12 behaviors exhibited by World-Class Sales Performers in this year’s study were also in the top 12 last year –  Sales and Marketing are aligned in what our customers want and need. –  Our organization is highly effective in allocating the right resources to pursue large deals. –  We know why our top performers are successful. •  9 of the top 12 behaviors exhibited by World-Class Sales Performers in this year’s study are brand NEW. –  Social Selling Guidelines –  Coaching and Professional Development –  Relationship Management –  Funnel Management
  8. 8. Critical Behaviors driving Sales Performance Source: 2016 Sales Best Practices Study, CSO Insights Top 12 Behaviors driving Performance 8 World All Class Other 1.  Sales and marketing are aligned in what our customers want and need. 94% 39% 2.  We have successfully implemented social media guidelines for our client-facing personnel. 71% 20% 3.  Our organization is highly effective in allocating the right resources to pursue large deals 94% 40% 4.  In a large deal, we always gain access to key decision makers. 90% 38% 5.  We have relationships and dialog at the highest executive levels with all our strategic accounts. 97% 40% 6.  We have an effective process for managing our global accounts. 91% 32%
  9. 9. Critical Behaviors driving Sales Performance Source: 2016 Sales Best Practices Study, CSO Insights Top 12 Behaviors driving Performance 9 World All Class Other 7.  We know why our top performers are successful. 94% 44% 8.  Our process for getting new hires to full productivity is highly effective. 82% 22% 9.  Our sales performance metrics are aligned with our business objectives. 91% 51% 10. We use sales analytics to measure and predict sales performance. 94% 30% 11. Our organizational structure allows us to easily adapt to our customers’ changing needs. 92% 39% 12. In an average month, our sales managers definitely spend adequate time coaching each individual on the sales team. 88% 32%
  10. 10. From our 2016 Sales Performance Optimization Study 10 Participants answer a series of questions on the quality of their relationship with their Customers, and on the rigor and discipline of their own Sales Process. Assigns them to one of three Performance Levels. Participants then answer specific questions as to how well they perform against Key Performance Metrics. Level 1 = 30%; Level 2 =44%; Level 3 =26% Level 3 Firms perform BEST on all Key Metrics Some Insights follow. 24% of all Sales Opportunities will result in NO DECISION Average Sales Funnel Win Rate is 45.8% - LESS THAN THE ODDS OF WINNING AT ROULETTE IN LAS VEGAS Direct correlation between Quality of Sales Process with % of Sales Professionals achieving Quota and % of Companies achieving their Business Plan
  11. 11. Sales Relationship / Process Matrix 11   •  Where do you think you are or … •  Where does your Client say you are on the Relationship (vertical) Axis? •  Where do you think you are on Sales Process (horizontal) Axis? •  What does all this mean? … Level 3 Firms perform BEST on all Key Metrics Medio  Waldt,,  610  659  3489   Sales Performance Optimization Study – 2016 Key Trends Analysis 11
  12. 12. Sales Relationship / Process Matrix 12   •  Since 2012, the % of firms identifying themselves in the TOP Tier 3 has been declining or is down from 2012 peak •  One implication may be that as the US Economy got better, the quality of our collective Sales Process declined - losing the rigor & discipline of great Sales Process Medio  Waldt,,   610  659  3489   y – 2016 Key Trends Analysis iness case for all to strive on on the SRP Matrix, the entage of firms that are o 30% today, these sales sed to the rule. So, how Merritt Lutz proposed? ients on how to leverage ation course, we started cs for each sales process tailored for each client to o. es leaders with a basis of ographies, and ultimately industry. Let’s review a 12
  13. 13. s of sales that sales ve on sales SRP Matrix s in hitting e following e achieving % of sales sales goals ure of 53% Improving Performance – a 5% difference 13   •  Modest changes in the “right” Selling Behaviors can drive significant improvement in overall Sales Performance. •  What would be the impact on your business IF … –  You could improve any one of these metrics by 5% –  You could have 5% more of your Sales Reps. achieving quota –  You could recycle the resources lost on the 24% of deals that result in “No Decision”
  14. 14. What We Study Study Description Sales Best Practices Study •  Identifies practices/behaviors which drive World-Class Sales Performance (e.g. implementing social media guidelines for client-facing personnel) •  Covers 70 key practices across the Sales System, Highlights top 12 differentiating items/year •  13 years running Sales Performance Optimization Study •  Collects 100+ sales metrics (e.g. % of salespeople achieving quota); Correlates metrics (e.g. organizations consistently using a sales methodology have ># of salespeople making quota) •  Uses Sales Relationship/Process™ (SRP) framework to identify tiers of performance •  Includes mini case studies throughout to illustrate concepts •  Trending and comparisons to previous periods of time, 22 years running Sales Enablement Optimization Study •  Provides organizing framework for Sales Enablement programs (sales training, content development, sales team coaching, effectively leveraging technology) •  Collects data on common challenges and best practices for execution •  2nd year Sales Compensation and Performance Management Study •  Used to assist in the design or improvement of compensation plans •  Collects data from sales leaders on how they measure, monitor, and reward sales and sales teams’ performance (e.g. % of companies which use customer type to define territories) •  7 years running …and more •  Additional studies (Channel Management), reports (Sales Management Optimization report) and points of view (Sales Enablement Research Notes, CSO’s Guide to Transforming the Sales Organization) can be found in the CSO Insights Research library 14
  15. 15. Open Discussion and Next Steps 15 •  What additional information do you need? •  What actions do we need to complete, on both sides? •  When can we meet next?
  16. 16. Thank you for your active participation Medio Waldt 610.659.3489
  17. 17. APPENDICES
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  19. 19. The most important decision we make as sales people, managers and leaders is how to connect with our customers. Talent is one thing, but a scalable, consistent selling methodology is everything. Customers expect a perspective; not a sales pitch. The best are always looking for ways to improve. Those that prepare win more and win more consistently. 40 YEARS 5 BELIEFS 19
  20. 20. AN UN-PARALLELED SUITE OF SOLUTIONS Miller Heiman Group offers a full suite of solutions that deliver what Sales and Service leaders need 20
  22. 22. SKILLS You’re Good. You just want to get better. EFFECTIVENESS You Need A Recognized Problem Fixed. And Fast. TRANSFORMATION You Need A Strategy and Culture Shift. INDIVIDUAL TEAM ORGANIZATION HOW WE HELP We uncover what the customer needs and see that requirements fit into three distinct categories 22 Sales Improvement Continuum: Where are you? Get Better Get Results Create Culture
  23. 23. DISCOVERY DESIGN DEVELOP IMPLEMENT SUSTAIN Deployment Of A World Class Client Engagement Methodology Ensures That Clients And Sellers Cover All Aspects Of The Sales Journey ►  Research ►  Field Study Interviews: •  Executives •  Management •  Customers ►  Assessments ►  Identify the Team ►  Change Management ►  Communications Planning ►  Project Definition ►  Implementation Advice ►  Sustainment Plan ►  Launch ►  Create Organizational Alignment ►  Develop a Communication Strategy ►  Develop Customized Learning Tools ►  Ready the Organization for Change ►  Develop Sustainment Tools ►  Facilitator Preparation ►  Program Kick Off ►  Project Status Tracking ►  Share Results ►  Develop a Strategy ►  Train Leaders, Coaches, and ►  Track Coaching Progress ►  Reinforce Key Messages and Concepts ►  Measure and Share Results
  24. 24. How ready to perform are you? Getting you ready CUSTOMER The Miller Heiman Sales System Puts The Customer At The Center Of What We Do. 24 Diagnostic – Prescriptive - Strategic
  25. 25. Drivers of change for customers The Sales Ready Sales System The Sales Ready platform Agenda What We Uniquely Do … To Drive Selling Performance 25 Sales ReadyTM - Building tailored, proven solutions that help your Sales team perform
  26. 26. Three Levels of Engagement 26
  27. 27. Thank you for your active participation Medio Waldt Consulting Partner, Sales Performance 610 659 3489