You are a great leader. You have a powerful sense of mission and purpose. You energize and motivate your sales force to achieve seemingly impossible goals. You aren't afraid to take risks but you also know to rely on data-driven decisions such as the one you just made to implement a new CRM system. According to Aberdeen Research reports, companies that use a CRM system have 14.8% better customer retention rates, 40% better team attainment of quotas, and 41.7% better individual sales rep attainment of quotas, as well as better insights into the sales pipeline. Sounds amazing! So why does your sales team appear to hate it? And how can you help them get on board?
- Inadequate training
- The fear that management will use CRM to micro-manage
You think you are enabling your sales reps by implementing a CRM system – but the reps don’t see it that way. As any salesperson has overheard, and CSO Insights research shows, the CRM system is not really about helping the salesperson sell – it’s about giving everyone else visibility into the sales pipeline and specific sales activities. To lessen their fears, ensure your reps that your company will only be tracking the necessary information and not using it as "Big Brother" to scrutinize every single action they make.
- More time spent on non-sales activities
As we all know – time is money. And time is something that sales reps can't afford to waste on non-sales activities. Updating each customer record with every email, phone call, meeting, canceled meeting, change in status, change in schedule, revised proposal, and so on and so forth is not work that benefits the individual salesperson. So they aren't motivated to do it, except under threat such as “no more leads” or “no bonus.” To help your reps keep their CRM records up-to-date look at automated solutions that will automate as much data entry as possible so your reps can save valuable time.
When adopted and used correctly, a CRM system can be a great investment for your company and your sales force. If you invest in the right tools and devote the necessary time and effort to configure the system in a way that meets your salesperson’ needs, then you will gain their trust and participation. And they might even begin to love it!
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