VIEWS: 249 PAGES: 2 CATEGORY: Sales & Marketing POSTED ON: 3/28/2009
With the advent of technology such as the Internet, lead generation has never been more active. Internet marketing is a very effective tool to use for advertising. Because of this, marketers practically deal with a large amount of leads every day. That can be very difficult for the salesperson and the marketer and may even result in their inefficiency and disorganization.
The Benefits You Can Enjoy from Sales Force Automation With the advent of technology such as the Internet, lead generation has never been more active. Internet marketing is a very effective tool to use for advertising. Because of this, marketers practically deal with a large amount of leads every day. That can be very difficult for the salesperson and the marketer and may even result in their inefficiency and disorganization. That is where sales force automation (SFA) comes in. SFA is simply introducing an automated system that your sales force, comprising of sales managers, sales agents, and marketers--can use. Areas that SFA Covers Sales force automation covers three important areas in your sales department. These areas are the following: Lead management. Without an automated solution, lead management can be very inefficient and cluttered. However, with sales force automation, you can enjoy several benefits like efficiency and accuracy. For example, an automated lead management system can make sure that no two marketers or salespersons are handling the same leads. You can also make sure that the action being taken on a certain lead is appropriate for the level of interest that he or she holds for the product or service offered to him or her. Opportunity management. An SFA’s opportunity management feature improves greatly the productivity of your sales teams. For example, it allows them to come up with a very efficient process of handling sales leads. They are also able to pool together their skills to identify potential weak spots as well as exploit strong points in the sales process. An SFA also allows sales managers to streamline the operations of their salespeople, as well as accurately measure their progress by real-time tracking. Account management. In order to keep track of the movement of your current customers as well as organize their information, a sales department needs to maintain an account management system. While legacy account management systems have done a good job in the past, the amount of information generated by the Internet is simply too much for these systems to handle. By introducing sales force automation, you can accurately track and manage your customer’s accounts. You can easily access information that will allow you to team up with the salespeople based on how they can take very good care of your customers. These include pieces of information like interest in a product and previous purchases, for example. These are also data that can help you gauge whether or not this particular customer will want to buy a similar or related product in the future. Territory management. Territory management is simply defining who gets which lead to handle. With the territory management features of an automated sales force program, the flow of information can easily be manipulated in order to cope with any changes that may occur in your company. For example, department A was previously in charge of handling leads with very high lead scores. At some point, the company has decided to reorganize departments, and department A is now in charge of new and raw, unprocessed leads. With an automated system, the change can easily be adapted to with a few clicks of the mouse to facilitate reassignment. Contract management. Another important part in sales management is contract management. With a contract management solution in place, you can easily manipulate contracts. For example, it is easy to find which contracts are about to expire and would need renewal. This way, you can right away inform the contract holder. Contract management features of an automated sales force will also let you quickly access important information on an account through electronic databases. Content provided by: www.leaddistribution-info.com Visit our lead management software sponsor: www.leads360.com
Pages to are hidden for
"The Benefits You Can Enjoy from Sales Force Automation"Please download to view full document