Some people claim that technology solves the problems you wouldn’t have without it. Without technology, it is almost impossible to make efficient sales today, say the others. However, digitization and automation can accelerate and improve the quality of many sales processes.
Quantitative sales optimization: Process more leads more efficiently
A constant issue in most sales departments is the question of how existing resources can be used even more efficiently and how as many leads as possible can be processed with as little time as possible. With the right technology, you can semi-automate many sales processes and save a considerable amount of time.
More calls with sales dialers
The sales dialer is an automatic dialling computer that shortens the idle time between multiple calls and thus ensures optimal time utilization in outbound marketing. Not only does it automatically start the next dialing process, but it also immediately provides the sales representative with the necessary customer record. Many power dialers dial more than one number at a time to further reduce waiting times. More advanced predictive dialers even learn from the customer’s telephony behavior – i.e. reachability times, time to answer the call, call duration – and optimize outgoing dialing attempts accordingly.
Authenticity through sales videos
The potential customer’s trust in the sales employee is in any case a decisive factor in whether a successful conclusion is reached or not. This can be achieved much better with the help of a face than with just a voice on the phone or even just a text mail. Emails that include a sales video are not only better clicked, they also have a higher conversion rate. Because being able to face your virtual counterpart creates commitment – especially if you personalize the videos.
Reach customers with text messages
Which of your sales e-mails recently had an opening rate of more than 90 percent? Text messages via SMS or common messaging services are almost always opened, usually within a few minutes. And they are positively perceived by customers – as long as they are concise and meaningful. A fast and effective communication channel with your leads, especially as reminders. However, you should make sure that you actually send them to the potential customer’s service phone. Many decision makers consider business text messages annoying on private devices.
Qualitative sales optimization: Win the customer’s loyalty
For many reasons, when a customer is on board, it is worth investing in the customer’s loyalty. On the one hand, you want him to stay with you for a long time and be open to cross-selling and up-selling options. On the other hand, he can also become interesting for you as a multiplier who opens the way into his network. Technology-supported processes can also help here.
CRM as a lexicon about your customers
A strong CRM system as the collective brain of your sales team is almost essential if you want to build sustainable relationships with your customers. This is where all the information about your contacts comes together to form a clear overview – immediately accessible when the customer calls. This tool is particularly powerful if you have it filled with comprehensive data without having to collect it yourself. Has your customer just opened a new location? Is he looking for personnel in a specific area? With the Implisense API, your CRM system is constantly updated with the latest customer data. A valuable information advantage for the development of a loyal customer service provider relationship.
Knowing what customers really want
Now, more than ever, technology gives you the ability to gain insight into the behavior of your customers before and after talking to your sales representative – and draw valuable conclusions. Evaluate, for example, how long visitors to your website deal with which content. Track the opening rates of your e-mails and find out how many people in the company have viewed a document. This will give you insight into what your customers are really interested in, their level of interest and on which leads you should use how many resources.
Algorithms are the best investigators
At first glance, when we talk about increasing sales efficiency, it seems to run counter to the desire to be a well-informed salesperson who knows his customers’ needs well. Because intensive research costs a lot of time. But technology can also help here. Because practical text mining algorithms can research many times faster, more specifically and more effectively than your sales team. And prepare the data into easily usable appetizers. On the Companies and Markets platform, for example, you can display clearly arranged background information on around two million companies with just one click. In which countries has the company recently become more active? Which technologies does it rely on? And which target groups does it address? In less than five minutes you have gained in-depth information – thanks to the preliminary work of algorithms. And you can do it for free.
Not every technology is like the holy grail that makes your sales team a high flyer. But if you cleverly integrate the new opportunities into your sales processes, you can achieve both: more quantity in exploiting your leads and more quality in building sustainable customer relationships.