Sales Force Automation

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Sales Force Automation

What is SFA?
Number of process designed to produce a sale of products using less time and effort.

Largest segment of CRM automation

What customers want?
Timely and accurate information about products Info about sales order Follow up within the time frame

SFA ± Sales Force Automation


  

Focus on cultivating customer relationships and Improving customer satisfaction Scenario Number One Scenario Number Two

The Ever-Evolving SFA






Early 1990¶s companies with field sales forces were faced with tremendous amounts of customer information. Software vendors realized this unmet and unrecognized need. Info about customers was kept in ³little black books´ that left with the sales reps.

The Promise of SFA




 

Putting account information directly in the hands of field sales staff. Making them responsible for it with the promise of«.. Making them more productive. Synchronize information with the corporate client/server database.

Sales Force Automation Tools


Sales Process/Activity Management
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Include a sequence of sales activities Guide sales reps through each discrete step in the sales process

Opportunity Generated Generated

Opportunity

Lead allocated

Prospect contacted

Prospect qualified

Solution identified

Order placed

Sales Force Automation Tools


Sales Process/Activity Management (cont)
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Offer calendars to assist in the planning of key customer events
 

Proposal presentations Product demonstrations Signal important tasks Generate documents as they are needed Make decisions based on the user¶s input
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Alarm Reminders
  

Generate a mailing suggestions

Sales Force Automation Tools


Sales and Territory Management
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Tools that enable sales managers and executives ondemand access to sales activities


Before, during and after the order

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Enables managers to set up sales teams and link individual accounts, regions and industries. Allows tracing of territory assignments and monitor pipelines and leads for individual territories. Allows optimization of individual teams

Sales Force Automation Tools


Contact Management
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Deals with organizing and managing data across and within a company¶s client and prospect organizations.

Sales Force Automation Tools


Lead Management
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Also known as ³opportunity management´ and ³pipeline management´ Track customer account history Monitor leads Generate next steps and Refine selling efforts online Allows sales management to automatically distribute client leads to a field or telemarketing rep based on the re¶s product knowledge or territory

Sales Force Automation Tools


Configuration Support
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Automatically factors in complex customer attributes and requirements to build a solution from scratch Among the companies who may use such tools
  

Computer technology vendors Appliance manufacturers Telephone companies

Knowledge Management


Many CRM tools geared to SFA include functions specific to accessing and conversing on a range of corporate documentation to supplement sales efforts and provide fast data during the heat of a sale.

SFA and Mobile CRM


From Client/Server to the Web
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SFA functionality now rests on a headquarters Web server running CRM software Eliminates the traditional support costs of managing communications Resource expenses are less than those needed to support the old client/server mode.

SFA and Mobile CRM


From Client/Server to the Web
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Simplifies access by allowing a company to outsource remote access to the ISP Laptop config and support costs are reduced It staff now manage and protect critical customer data in a central location at headquarters Risk of deleted files, smashed laptops, or lost sales reps are dramatically reduced.

SFA and Mobile CRM


SFA Goes Mobile
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Support for handheld devices is the next step in the evolution.
    

PDA¶s Cell phones Web Phones Two-way pagers Tablet PC,

SFA and Mobile CRM


Benefits of Mobile CRM
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Requires much less time than traditional fax or email Field staff have access to info and can update making companies smarter about their customers Real time alert about vital customer events Just-in-time personalized messages Provides field staff with access to vase amounts of information

SFA and Mobile CRM
 

New wireless protocols such as WAP Bluetooth
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New standard for short-range wireless communications



Research the various wireless protocols and Bluetooth

Sales Force Automation Tools


Field Force Automation (FFA)
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Part customer service and part sales force automation Also known as ³field service management´ Field technicians receive dispatch orders via their PDAs, pagers, and cell phones Making use of these same devices during the actual repair.

An SFA Checklist for Success


Understand how SFA will help, and enlist salesperson stakeholdership at the beginning
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Initial requirements gathering Rollout tool





Communicate the value to the sales force up front Invest in-and enforce-training.

An SFA Checklist for Success


Beware of inherent sales processes packaged into SFA tools
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Customize YOUR sales process

  

Understand the infrastructure necessary to support wireless technologies Let SFA use affect sales compensation. Change hiring practices and job role descriptions to include use of CRM

Campaign Preparation
Determine campaign programs: Decide your channels and process
Phone/Telemarketing Search Engine/ Google Ad Words Inside Opportunities Lead Capture/ Lead Qualify

Website PR/Events

Field Opportunities Email Events Tips & Tricks Be sure to have a process defined for your programs and Campaigns

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