Traditionally, the sales manager is an individual who is tasked with developing and guiding a team of sales personnel and ensuring sales targets are met or even exceeded.
Projecting the future, especially future sales volume, is often akin to “black art” rather than science. Reaching sales goals can be very difficult if the company does not have a well-turned marketing group, especially if there is little or no consistency in the sales process.
The key to hitting aggressive sales targets is the creation of a structured sales process that allows sales success to be replicated, leading to maximum conversion at each stage of the sales cycle.
The Benefits of Outsourcing Sales Management
The difficulties and challenges associated with managing sales operations are invariably unique to different companies and different industries. Every organization is different. Start-ups are very different from legacy companies; every market is different.
Many small and medium-size business organizations see benefits associated with outsourcing sales management, including:
The costs associated with bringing in an outsourced sales manager are lower than the costs associated with a full-time Vice President of Sales, even less than a dedicated sales manager. This becomes very evident when a full-time employee’s salary and benefits are factored in. An outsourced sales manager is under contract for a given number of hours each week. As such, costs are contained while problems are solved.
With in-depth sales management experience, an outsourced sales manager has a unique perspective on the development of sales strategies, plans, processes, and team development. When these skills are put into place, sustainable sales performance and success follows.
One important role of an outsourced sales manager is to identify performance problem area and develop solutions that increase volume, revenue, and profit.
For many small and medium-sized businesses, outsourcing sales management responsibilities can lead to revenue growth and sustained sales success.