Productivity post for the business world types follows. If you're here looking for the sweet cut today on employment law, come back tomorrow. Or next month. I pretty much only write about the EFCA in that realm...
Still here? Great - you're my type of people...
Here's an interesting tidbit from the world of sales. Sales pros have to work the sales funnel to end up with sales - that's how they get paid. They've got to make a certain number of raw/cold calls to find the decision maker, get them interested enough to take a demo (at least in the software biz), evaluate their pain, tell them how the solution is going to fix the pain, etc. So 100 initial calls equals 15 demos, which equals 5 site visits, which equals 1 sell. Results may vary by industry and skill of the sales rep.
No calls = no sales = no commission.
One of the biggest drags in the process is trying to get the initial call with the decision maker in an organization. Does anyone answer their own phone these days? Voice mail is the digital gate keeper, and if you're starting from the top down as a salesperson, most C-level folks still have Marge in place - the human gatekeeper.
The result is that tracking calls isn't always a relevant stat. Lots of garbage dials that a rep makes that lead nowhere... Not the rep's fault... Don't hate the player, hate the game...
So, how can you make your sales reps more productive? Would you believe offshoring the process of the initial dialing and subsequent dealing with gatekeepers, phone trees in automated phone systems, etc.?
There's a new business I ran across in conversations built on that very model. More from the Connect and Sell website:
"What would you think if you could get a 500% increase in the number of connects your sales rep makes per hour for less than the cost of one additional sales rep?
Not enough sales. Lumpy quarters. Good strategic sales reps don't like making cold calls. Inside sales reps are expensive and hard to measure. It is difficult to get through to decision makers.
ConnectAndSell delivers sales prospects to you live so that your sales reps can focus on selling. We accelerate the process of connecting to new prospects or existing prospects that your team is working to close.
We do this through a combination of patented switching technology and virtual sales agents so that when we connect to a prospect, the prospect believes that your sales rep has made the call. We never speak to your prospects directly.
This enables your sales reps to spend all of their productive time presenting your product or service.
We guarantee 5 live connects (i.e. conversations with named individuals you have targeted) to each of your sales reps per hour and typically average 7-10. If we don't deliver 5 live connects per hour, you pay nothing.
That's right people. Trying to get someone on the phone has become so difficult it now makes more business sense to offshore the process to India and let your white collar sales pros wait and focus on having the productive conversation they need to have, especially if you have a target rich environment.
I don't know this company and this is not a sponsored post. I'm just intrigued by productivity plays in the workplace. Check out their more detailed PDF of the process here.
Fascinating stuff. NOTE: This post WAS NOT created in draft form, for my review, by an HR Capitalist partner in Bangalore. Now that I say that, is that available?