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Global Sales Management

Session-1

Sales Management
Sales and Marketing - Discuss

CUSTOMER A You are a salesperson for the Sport Shoe Corporation. On arrival at your office you find a letter marked "urgent" on your desk. This letter is from the athletic director of Ball State University, and pertains to the poor quality of basketball shoes you sold him. The director cited several examples of split soles and poor overall quality as his main complaints. In closing, he mentioned that since the season was drawing near he would be forced to contact the ACME Sport Shoe Company if the situation could not be rectified. What actions on your part would be appropriate? A. Place a call to the athletic director assuring him of your commitment to service. Promise to be at Ball State at his convenience to rectify the problem. B. Go by the warehouse and take the athletic director all new shoes and apologize for the delay and poor quality of the merchandise. C. Write a letter to the athletic director assuring him that SSC sells only high-quality shoes and that this type of problem rarely occurs. Assure him you'll come to his office as soon as possible but if he feels ACME would be a better choice than Sport Shoe he should contact them. D. Don't worry about the letter because the athletic director seems to have the attitude that he can put pressure on you by threatening to switch companies. Also, the loss in sales of 2040 pairs of basketball shoes will be a drop in the bucket compared to the valuable sales time you would waste on a piddly account like Ball State.

CUSTOMER B Sam Gillespie, owner of Central Hardware Supply, was referred to you by a mutual friend. Gillepsie had been thinking of dropping two of their product suppliers of home building supplies. "The sales should be guaranteed," your friend has stated. Your friend's information was correct and your presentation to Gillepsie convinces you he will benefit from buying from you. He comments as you conclude your presentation: "Looks like your product will solve our problem. I'd like to think this over, however. Could you call me tomorrow or the next day?" The best way to handle this would be to: A. Follow his suggestion. B. Ignore his request and try a second close. C. Probe further. You might ask: "The fact that you have to think this over suggests that I haven't convinced you. Is there something I've omitted or failed to satisfy you with?"

CUSTOMER C In order to convince your customers that your product's benefits are important, you must show how your product's benefits will meet their needs. Suppose your customer says: "I need some kind of gadget that will get me out of bed in the morning." Check the statement below which best relates your product feature, the G.E. clock radio's snooze alarm, to this customer's need: A. "Ms. Jones, this G.E. radio has a snooze alarm which is very easy to operate. See, all you do is set this button and off it goes... B. "Ms. Jones, the G.E. radio is the newest radio on the market. It carries a one-year guarantee and you can trade in your present radio and receive a substantial cut in the price. C. "Ms. Jones, since you say you have trouble getting up in the morning, you want an alarm system that will make sure you wake up. Now, G.E.'s snooze alarm will wake you up no matter how often you shut the alarm off. You see, the alarm goes off every seven minutes until you switch off the "early bird knob."

Sales management
Marketing mix

Products

Prices

Promotion

Distribution

Advertising

Public Relations

Personal Selling

Sales promotion

Internet

Sales Management

Personal Selling
Personal Selling
Personal selling involves two-way communication with prospects and customers that allows the salesperson to address the special needs of the customer.

Personal Selling

Sales Management

Sales Management is the attainment of sales force goals through planning, staffing, training, leading, and controlling organizational resources.

Sales Management Functions


planning

Resources

Controlling

Staffing

Performance

Leading

Training

Planning

The conscious, systemic process of making decisions about goals and activities that an individual, group, work unit, or organization will pursue in the future and the use of resources needed to attain them.

Staffing
Activities undertaken to attract, develop, and maintain effective sales personnel within an organization.

Training
The effort put forth by an employer to provide the salesperson job-related culture, skills, knowledge, and attitudes that result in improved performance in the selling environment.

Leading
The ability to influence other people toward the attainment of objectives.
Guiding average people to perform at above average levels

Controlling
Monitoring sales personnels activities, determining whether the organization is on target toward its goals, and making corrections as necessary.

Sales performance
Sales Management is the attainment of sales goals in an ethical, efficient, and effective manner.*

Sales Objectives
Objectives of sales management
Sales volume Contribution to profits Continuing growth

Sales Objectives
Financial Results are another objective of sales management. The Objectives of sales are therefore decided on the basis of where the organization stands and where it wants to reach. It is a collaborated effort from the top management along with the marketing managers and sales managers to provide with a targeted estimate.

Sales Research
Purchase Drivers: How do customers make their purchase decisions? Competitive Analysis: What are the strengths and weaknesses of our competitors, how can my business neutralize their strengths and capitalize on their weaknesses? Sales Force Evaluation: How well does our sales force perform from the customer's perspective? How well do we explain our value, are we on message, etc?

Sales forecast
A sales forecast is the estimated dollar or unit sales for a specific future time period based on a proposed marketing plan and an assumed market environment.

Sales Forecasting
What is the need for sales forecasting?

Decisions derived from sales forecasting


Employment levels required Promotional mix Investment in production capacity

1. A sales forecast becomes a basis for setting and maintaining a production schedule manufacturing.
2. It determines the quantity and timing of needs for labor, equipment, tools, parts, and raw materials purchasing, personnel. 3. It influences the amount of borrowed capital needed to finance the production and the necessary cash flow to operate the business controller. 4. It provides a basis for sales quota assignments to various segments of the sales force sales management.

5. It is the overall base that determines the companys business and marketing plans, which are further broken down into specific goals marketing officer.

Planning Forecasting Budgeting


Marketing Plan

Sales Forecasts

Sales Force Budget

Forecasting types
Macro forecasting is concerned with forecasting markets in total. This is about determining the existing level of Market Demand and considering what will happen to market demand in the future.
Consumer durables

Micro forecasting is concerned with detailed unit sales forecasts. This is about determining a products market share in a particular industry and considering what will happen to that market share in the future.
Washing machines, Refridgerators

Activity
Form groups of 3 Decide a business Assuming your investments, expenditure etc make a sales plan for the next quarter. Explain who will be your target market and why?