The message IDC is hearing from customers is loud and clear: Solve the business problem that’s killing me right now even if it doesn’t involve your solution and you’ll transform the nature of my relationship with you from sales rep to trusted adviser and your company from a seller to a strategic partner. If I have that relationship with you, I just might call you for help with my problem in the Midwest. But if your competitor is in that position, you are a snowball in a very hot place.
The Buyer’s world has changed dramatically with the economy. Approaches that proved themselves when times were good cannot be relied upon when such a radical shift has taken place. It takes managerial courage and organizational fortitude not only to admit we have a problem but to do something radically different to address the new set of challenges. As a result, IDC strongly recommends you consider the following fundamental questions as you embark on enabling your sales force.
How are you going to get your Sales People to become “Trusted Advisors” when they are being trained and compensated to sell?
Is that the difference between your top performers and rest that struggle to make quota?
Have you properly defined the act of “selling”?
Do you understand the full scope of the “buying” process?
How you answer these questions will profoundly affect your customer relationships and your approach to sales enablement. Customers are calling for radical change and your Sales Enablement implementation may be just the catalyst you need to get started down a new path.