What Are Your Buyers KPIs?
Knowing the buyer’s KPIs is essential if you really want to understand the motivation and behaviour of the professional buyer. As salespeople you and I are measured based on reaching our sales target, no doubt with some consideration of margin. But how are our counterparts in procurement measured? What’s Driving Your Buyer? Salespeople will rightly […]
Procurement: The Corporation’s New Bankers!
The credit crunch forced organizations to look for new ways to access funding their growth and survival. Then enter procurement – the organisation’s new banker! Most people are worse off since the global credit crisis. There is one notable exception however. That is procurement! Procurement has become the new organisational banker. Its role has expanded […]
‘The Procurement Oscars’ – Our Nominations
Recognizing Procurement Best Practice We recently made our nominations for the EPIC Awards – the equivalent of the Oscars for indirect procurement. They include; P&G, La Poste France and Emerson. Organized by My Purchasing Centre and Procurecon, The EPIC Awards intends to honour Excellence in Purchasing Indirect Categories. Now you might think it strange that sellers would […]
The Era of Avoiding Procurement Is Over
Collaboration with procurement is the future of selling – that was the clear message from research just published by ES Research Group and The Bay Group. In the past sellers exercised considerable creativity in avoiding procurement – seeing them as an unnecessary impediment to the sale. That strategy won’t work any more warns the authors and sponsors […]
Show Me The Money! A Challenge Shared By Buyers & Sellers
Numbers are increasingly a part of today’s complex sale. Yet they can be troublesome, for buyers, as well as sellers. The Problem With Your Numbers Do you ever find yourself getting confused by the numbers in a sales pitch, or ROI calculator? Well, it happens more often than you might think. Every day buyers and […]
Capturing Your Buyer’s Imagination
A sales person can provide the buyer with all the information in the world, but if the buyer can’t imagine the seller’s solution in their business there will be no sale. Capturing the buyer’s imagination is an important part of winning the sale. We traditionally associate imagination with poets, writers and artists, yet it plays […]
The Cost Of Bad Sales Leadership
There is an X Factor among sales teams that is over looked. It is that of leadership in the form of the sales manager. A sales manager who is a leader can transform ordinary sales people into champions; a bad one will hold everybody back. Just this week we saw a great example of this. A […]
When Sales Managers Become Micro-Managers
Contrary to what you would expect the measure of greatness of a sales manager, is not the extent to which the organization is dependent on him, or her. Rather the greatness of a sales manager is reflected in the degree to which the sales organization runs smoothly regardless of the manager’s direct involvement. Similarly, the maturity of a sales organization […]