4 steps for designing a new sales plan

In the world of sales, change is inevitable. Consumers are fickle and vendors must be prepared to tailor their strategies to meet new demands. An inability to adapt can likely lead to losses as clients flock to other businesses that are more suited to their tastes. 

As a result, designing and implementing new strategies is an important part of sales performance management (SPM). Supervisors must research market trends, evaluate their resources, refine current systems and educate agents if they want to successfully implement new plans. 

Study the field
Research sales strategies that have proven to be effective in your industry. Competitors can provide a wealth of knowledge when it comes to learning successful tactics and adapting your business to market forces. For instance, if a leading organization has started using new sales incentives to motivate its employees, consider adopting those strategies for your enterprise. 

Microsoft recommends asking your clients how you can improve your strategy. The customer is always right, and listening to your patrons’ feedback demonstrates that you’re a forward-facing organization. 

Bring in new resources 
New tools could simplify the transition from current plans to new strategies. Managers can install new software to streamline problematic practices that require improvement. Every company requires different resources for its projects, so managers have to keep their goals in mind when it comes to implementation. A vendor that’s focused on converting leads can find compensation solutions for new business, instead of using programs for recurring revenue. 

Never stop improving
No strategy will be perfect on its first day, but managers must be open to further improvements to their plans to avoid future headaches. Supervisors should monitor their employees’ progress to see what areas can be refined. Managers should actively seek comments to learn how their systems can become more intuitive and promote sales instead of frustration. 

Teach and offer support
Microsoft also writes that the initial stages of implementation are the most important. Agents will be watching their managers closely to see if they’re committed to a new process or if they can revert back to the old system without any problems. In fact, some agents might actively want to use the original to avoid the extra work associated with a transition. 

Managers should provide training for the new process so that employees don’t grow frustrated with the change. Additionally, a series of seminars or courses demonstrates that the company is committed to its plan and can easy any transition woes.