Sales Growth

Sales Growth : Five Proven Strategies from the World's Sales Leaders

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A comprehensive guide to how companies can drive sales growth Finding growth today can be an enormous challenge for companies in a complex and fast-changing business environment. There are no simple solutions, but in Sales Growth, experts from McKinsey & Company provide a practical blue-print for achieving this goal by revealing what world-class sales executives are doing right now to find growth and capture it as well as how they are creating the capabilities to keep growing in the future. Broken down into five overarching strategies, this book focuses on the valuable lessons that power growth, including how to get ahead of the competition by taking advantage of trends and turning complex analysis into simple guidelines that sales reps on your front line need to sell better. Page by page, you'll learn how successful sales executives find untapped pockets of growth, act like locals to make the most of emerging markets opportunities, and power growth through digital sales. You'll also discover what it takes to find big growth in big data, develop the right "sales DNA" in your organization, and improve channel performance.
* Based on interviews of more than 120 of today's most successful global sales leaders, from a wide array of B2C and B2B organizations * Offers real-life examples of how successful sales leaders overcame the challenges encountered in the quest for growth * Contains insights on finding growth before your competitors, optimizing sales operations and technology, developing sales talent and capabilities, and much more Created by sales executives for sales executives, this book will provide you with the practical guidelines and useful insights to drive sales growth today and in the future.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 157 x 219 x 23mm | 386g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1118343514
  • 9781118343517
  • 557,136

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The challenges facing today's sales executives and their organizations continue to grow, but so do the expectations that they will find ways to overcome them "and" drive consistent sales growth. There are no simple solutions to this situation, but in "Sales Growth," experts from McKinsey & Company provide a practical blueprint for achieving this goal by exploring what world-class sales executives are doing right now to find growth and capture it--as well as how they are creating the capabilities to keep growing in the future. Based on interviews with more than 120 of today's most successful global sales leaders from a wide array of organizations and industries, "Sales Growth" puts the experiences of these professionals in perspective and offers real-life examples of how they've overcome the challenges encountered in the quest for growth. The book, broken down into five overarching strategies for successful sales growth, shares valuable lessons on everything from how to beat the competition by looking forward to turning complex analysis into simple messages for the front line. Page by page, you'll learn how sales executives are digging deeper than ever to find untapped growth, maximizing emerging markets opportunities, and powering growth through digital sales. You'll also discover what it takes to find big growth in big data, develop the right "sales DNA" in your organization, and improve channel performance. The in-depth interviews with sales leaders at BMW, Caterpillar, Coca-Cola Enterprises, EMC, Google, Lattice Engines, Novartis, Pioneer Hi-Bred, salesforce.com, Samsung, SWIFT, VimpelCom, Vodafone, and Wurth provide rare insights into a range of topics. Their stories, as well as numerous case studies, touch on some of the most essential elements of sales, from adapting channels to changing customer needs to optimizing sales operations and technology, developing sales talent and capabilities, and effectively leading the way to sales growth. Engaging and informative, this timely book details proven approaches to tangible top-line growth and an improved bottom line. Created specifically for sales executives, it will put you in a better position to drive sales growth in today's competitive market.
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Praise For "Sales Growth" "Reading this book is like walking into a room where more than a hundred of the world's sales leaders are openly sharing their perspectives. Sales Growth puts sales management back where it belongs: at the center of management thinking about what makes businesses successful." --Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO, salesforce.com "If timing is everything, then "Sales Growth" has it made. We are at an inflection point where massive changes in technology and customer behavior point to growth opportunities. This book provides a critical blueprint for bridging those opportunities--both those in the future and right in front of us." --Richard Kellam, Global Chief Customer Officer, Mars "This book is a must-read for sales executives in emerging markets. The research and practical ideas clearly spell out how to create a global sales strategy with a local edge." --Ricardo Villela Marino, CEO, Itau Latin America; Board Member, Itau Unibanco "Sales Growth shares wisdom that successful sales leaders have cultivated to create greater value for their customers and their companies. It offers a compelling set of case examples that combine the art of selling with true analytical rigor and operational know-how." --Gerhard Gschwandtner, CEO, "Selling Power" magazine "Improving sales performance with methods and tools is a must. A refreshing change beyond the common focus on back office and operational excellence. This book is fact-based and takes a unique customer perspective. I have no doubt that the practical insights laid out here lead to sales growth." --Michel Crochon, Executive Vice-President, Schneider Electric ""Sales Growth" is essential reading for business leaders and MBA students. It is a thoughtful and practical addition to the discipline of sales management. Using timely stories and provocative anecdotes, the authors provide executives with an important and accessible book." --David Schmittlein, John C. Head III Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management
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Table of contents

Foreword xi Preface xv STRATEGY 1 FIND GROWTH BEFORE YOUR COMPETITORS DO 1 The best sales leaders drive growth for their companies. They use data and insights to anticipate market momentum and pinpoint where untapped potential lies. They steal the march on competitors and lock in new customers first. CHAPTER 1 Look 10 Quarters Ahead 3 Insights from economic, technological, and behavioral megatrends translate into opportunities at the front line. The best sales leaders invest ahead of emerging demand and cultivate demand for products that won t be available for years. Peering into the future and harnessing tomorrow s trends is a job for sales leaders, not just visionary CEOs. Interview: William J. Teuber, Jr., EMC 14 CHAPTER 2 Mine Growth beneath the Surface 17 Averages are misleading. Take a microscope to existing markets and see the opportunities that competitors routinely overlook. Drill down to the zip code level or look at customer segments by industry or demographic characteristics to reveal untapped pockets of growth. Then turn the analysis into a simple message for the front line. Interview: Alejandro Munoz, Pioneer Hi-Bred 28 CHAPTER 3 Find Big Growth in Big Data 31 The explosion of big data (such as customer behavior or social media chatter) opens up amazing sales opportunities. This is rocket science, but if you re left behind, you ll miss out perhaps for good. Retailers could boost operating margins by up to 25 percent, and all kinds of companies could follow suit if they build insights from a wide array of internal and external data sources and create tailored selling propositions based on personalization. But to maximize the benefi ts of big data, it needs to be at the very heart of the sales culture. Interview: Shashi Upadhyay, Lattice Engines 45 STRATEGY 2 SELL THE WAY YOUR CUSTOMERS WANT 49 Sophisticated customers are not interested in traditional sales models. They demand faster, more seamless, and even enjoyable sales experiences; they want more information and more value, and they want it now. Delivering all this is hard enough doing so profi tably in both mature and emerging markets is a major challenge. Leading sales organizations are fi nding ways to improve digital, direct, and indirect channel performance, and are cracking the code of how to integrate them. CHAPTER 4 Master Multichannel Sales 51 No company can compete today using only a single sales channel. But with so many channels to manage, how can you ensure consistency, maintain close contact with customers, and raise profitability? The best sales leaders blend remote and fi eld sales, integrate online and offl ine channels, orchestrate direct and indirect sales teams, and even use service as a sales channel. Interview: Gregory Lee, Samsung 62 CHAPTER 5 Power Growth through Digital Sales 65 You have a website, but can your company really claim to be cutting edge with its digital strategy? The most forward-thinking organizations see sales fi gures and conversion rates skyrocket when they get online and mobile platforms right. They test and tweak constantly to delight the customer and turn clicks into sales. They embrace social media and understand that buzz is only valuable if it hits the bottom line. Finally, they recognize that digital cannot stand alone it is seamless integration with other channels that wins the day. Interview: Margo Georgiadis, Google 81 CHAPTER 6 Innovate Direct Sales 85 When did you last change your direct sales approach? Leaders of the most successful direct sales forces have done just that. They now engage customers early often before any sales pitch for example, by putting customers in touch with the experts who will infl uence their decisions. Even for the biggest suppliers in the most highly developed markets, there are always new ways for hunters to land new customers. Interview: Jan Geldmacher, Vodafone 95 CHAPTER 7 Invest in Partners for Mutual Profit 99 Often a partner is the best or only way to reach the fastestgrowing markets, but the partner relationship can be fraught. The winning approach is simple: treat partners as an extension of the sales force, help them with their bottom lines, and set clear guidelines for channel confl ict. Companies that master the challenge improve channel revenues by 10 to 20 percent and cut cost of sales by 5 to 10 percent. Interview: Stu L. Levenick, Caterpillar 110 CHAPTER 8 Sell Like a Local in Emerging Markets 113 Fast-growing emerging economies present huge sales opportunities, but successful sales organizations don t rush in. They balance the need for speed with a nuanced understanding of the specifi c local market; they overinvest in fi nding the right partners to spare a lot of grief later on; and they think big building up sales capacity well in advance of needing it. Interview: Mikhail Gerchuk, VimpelCom 127 STRATEGY 3 SOUP UP YOUR SALES ENGINE 131 Sales leaders can t deliver growth or optimize channels by waving a magic wand. No frontline effort can succeed without the right back-offi ce capabilities. An effi cient and effective sales support operation is critically important for supporting both the direct sales force and channel partners. CHAPTER 9 Tune Sales Operations for Growth 133 Sales operations not only represent a huge opportunity for cost improvement (reducing back-offi ce costs by 20 to 30 percent is not unusual), they are also an important contributor to customer experience, and sales force and channel effectiveness. An effective back office can boost revenues by 10 to 25 percent by giving frontline sales teams 50 percent more time to sell. Customers, meanwhile, love the smoother fulfi llment and faster turnaround time. Interview: Alain Raes, SWIFT 143 CHAPTER 10 Build a Technological Advantage in Sales 147 Sales technology continues to evolve, but companies must ensure that it enables success instead of gathering dust in a metaphorical backroom. Technology helps sales leaders pull ahead of their peers, arming account managers with killer insights or improving better integration with channel partners. It requires investment, but the top companies understand the benefi ts, and they focus on acquiring the right analytical tools and talent so that technology delivers the high returns it promises. Interview: Frank van Veenendaal, salesforce.com 157 STRATEGY 4 FOCUS ON YOUR PEOPLE 161 Sales leaders can have all the market analysis, all the multichannel processes, and all the technological wizardry available, but without investing substantially in the right talent, they will achieve little. CHAPTER 11 Manage Performance for Growth 163 Performance management is the bedrock of many sales organizations, especially as performance varies more in sales than in other functions. The best management invests enormous energy in this fi eld and can see close rates rocket by 25 percent, higher customer satisfaction ratings, and up to 30 percent higher contract values. To achieve this, they coach rookies into stars, set the right tempo for reporting and intervention, and know motivation goes deeper than money. Interview: Mario Weiss, Wurth 175 CHAPTER 12 Build Sales DNA 177 Achieving excellence in sales for six months is great, embedding it in the genes of the organization is better. World-class companies create a culture fi t for the long term. They give middle managers a starring role as agents of change, and they focus on creating crack teams, going beyond individuals skills to build institutional capabilities. Interview: Ludwig Willisch, BMW 188 STRATEGY 5 LEAD SALES GROWTH 191 It s time to think about accelerating sales growth in your own company. Sales leaders need ambition, determination, and the persuasive skills to bring both the board and the front line with them on what can be a challenging, but extremely rewarding journey. CHAPTER 13 Drive Growth from the Very Top 193 Sales leaders know they themselves must be at the vanguard of change. Without strong leadership any growth program will fl ounder. Best-practice leaders challenge the status quo, they galvanize their team, they model change, and they demand results above and beyond everything else. Interview: Hubert Patricot, Coca-Cola Enterprises 199 CHAPTER 14 Make It Happen 201 The preceding chapters are rich with ideas, examples, case studies, and interviews with leading sales practitioners. Now it s over to you. For sales leaders determined to drive change and seek the sales growth on offer, we have a selfassessment guide and some benchmarks to get you started. Stakeholder alignment is essential, as is a clear vision of how to prioritize the transformation effort. Only 30 percent of change programs succeed ensure yours is one of those that make the grade. Interview: Huw Tippett, Novartis 220 Epilogue 225 Sales Growth Online 227 About the Authors 229 Acknowledgments 231 Index 233
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'Offers very practical guidance to enable sales executives and business leaders to achieve successful sales.' (CPO Agenda, July 2012)

A worthwhile book (Sales Initiative. November 2012)

'A nicely structured book worth reading, its subtitle, Five Proven Strategies from the World's Sales Leaders does what it promises.' (The Market, July 2013)
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Offers very practical guidance to enable sales executives and business leaders to achieve successful sales. (CPO Agenda, July 2012) 'A worthwhile book' (Sales Initiative. November 2012) A nicely structured book worth reading, its subtitle, Five Proven Strategies from the World s Sales Leaders does what it promises. (The Market, July 2013)
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About Inc. McKinsey & Company

Thomas Baumgartner is a partner in McKinsey & Company's Vienna office. He co-leads McKinsey's work on sales and channels globally. Baumgartner advises clients in industries including high-tech, electronics, transportation, basic materials, telecommunications, and consumer goods where he helps them outline and drive large-scale, top-line growth programs. Homayoun Hatami is a partner in McKinsey & Company's Paris office. He co-leads McKinsey's work on sales growth. Hatami has a broad range of experience working with high-tech and telecommunications clients in Europe, the United States, and Asia. Jon Vander Ark is a partner in McKinsey & Company's Detroit office. He co-leads McKinsey's work on sales growth. He has deep expertise in sales and channel management across industries including travel, automotive, industrial, and consumer durables.
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