November 5th 2007

2007 The Sales Force of the Future Study Results. Ben Ball . Dechert-Hempe & Company

2007 The Sales Force of the Future Study Results. Ben Ball . Dechert-Hempe & Company. ( A very good reference for retail trends) This just in. I heard Ben talk on the Advanced Selling Podcast ( Itunes) . In my experience manufacturers who sell to retailers are often at the vanguard of changes in the state of selling today. I will quote from the conclusions pp.

Retailers are already looking to manufacturers to provide creative, innovative ways to appeal to consumers by offering a compelling, differentiated value proposition. They expect strategic thinking based on consumer understanding and insight that results in programs that can be effectively executed in their stores. They do not want merely to be sold; they want help selling more to their customers. It is interesting to note that this retailer theme came across strongly in our 2002 study.
Manufacturers see the fu
ture as continuing to be a “selling” environment, albeit a more sophisticated one. They seem to think their future role will require attributes / skills that are similar to those they value / are good at today. They have begun to react to the shifting dynamic by attaching higher developmental priority to certain attributes that are highly valued by retailers. However, there are a number of attributes that will be increasingly important to retailers in the future to which manufacturers have assigned relatively low development priority. Many of these neglected attributes fall into the Creativity, Consumer and Demand Generation attribute groups.
Manufacturers who embrace the idea of developing the account management attributes that retailers are looking for will have to develo
p (or outsource) knowledge and skills that, in some instances, will lie outside of their traditional business expertise. But they will also be in a better position to work more effectively with their retail customers.

Get it here. 2007 The Sales Force of the Future Study Results.  Ben Ball . Dechert-Hempe & Company

This corrolates to what we find with Precision Sales and Marketing Implementations . Once you define the entire value chain for your company/product, nothing speaks as strongly as showing exactly where you help your customer add value to his customer. Recently a client demonstrated a geometric increase in sales “weekly” through using part of this system. ” I just love it when a plan comes together! ” George Peppard, The A-Team.

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