Inbound Sales

KyleJepson
Inbound Professor
Inbound Professor

What's keeping your reps from selling?

Companies hire salespeople to sell, but then a host of competing demands and unhelpful systems almost always get in the way. Have a suggestion for how to remove distractions and focus on selling? Share it in the comments below!

 

*To learn more about this, check out the Enabling your sales team to spend more time selling lesson via HubSpot Academy. 

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BDunn0
Contributor

What's keeping your reps from selling?

Administrative duties that keep adding up are slowing down the sales.

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ETackie
Member

What's keeping your reps from selling?

One too manay administrative tasks. 

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JBarnes22
Member

What's keeping your reps from selling?

I'm currently not in a workplace, but I can speak on the last one I was a member of. What kept reps from selling was the lack of proper training & accountability.

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MTobari
Member

What's keeping your reps from selling?

Lack of product knowledge

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azannis
Participant

What's keeping your reps from selling?

Too much time spent to create personalised offers to customers due to a lot of different products offered. 

Also, travelling to customers is a period during which not much tasks or activities can be completed (especially while driving)  

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ASeidl
Member

What's keeping your reps from selling?

What keeps reps from selling? 

Lack of personalization with the product. Lack of desire. Inability of structure.

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BRzempoluch
Member

What's keeping your reps from selling?

other administrative tasks that we don't have enough administrative staff to help with

 

 

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WHowery
Member

What's keeping your reps from selling?

Not having a system in place causes reps to be disorganized and unfocused.  Systems and structure seem to help our Marketers to be most effective.

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KeithIgoe
Participant

What's keeping your reps from selling?

When reps don't recognize that they have a duty to provide value to their leads, they can lose touch with their sales process and lose opportunities to sell.

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alyssandrabrook
Participant

What's keeping your reps from selling?

What is keeping them from selling is, as Kyle Jepson explained, is that you must have your CEO or owner see how the reps go. You as a company must put in hard work and dedication because you can always build a better product.  

WBarber
Contributor

What's keeping your reps from selling?

Currently, price lists are inconsistent and unclear. This is friction slowing our sales reps. 

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AOwens413
Member

What's keeping your reps from selling?

What Keeps your reps from selling?

Lack of customer personalization, along with not the full information before calling and almost no feedback given

PDiwan
Member

What's keeping your reps from selling?

Mostly the responses to customers would vary because of inability of structured data. I have seen different sales people of same organization providing completely different answers to similar questions from the similar customers. This purely happens because even when personalization is there, sales persons would have very limited recall for standardization of responses or situations.

A system having structured respnoses to similar persona of customers and recommending it to sales people is very essential.

JVanderlei
Member

What's keeping your reps from selling?

Structure - Inability to structure.

They should be responsible enough to organize themselves in the most effective way, with the sales process put in place. There are factors well within their control that enable them to be successful. Structure is the make or break in my opinion.

EddieAgaronian
Member

What's keeping your reps from selling?

Lack of customer personalization, along with not the full information before calling and almost no feedback given

KANDEL
Member

What's keeping your reps from selling?

The admin tasks are the biggest wasters of time. We attempt to automate as much as possible.

AMCardona
Contributor

What's keeping your reps from selling?

We are in the same boat right now and are finally fixing it and creating base copy for our sales reps to use. When I'm creating base copy I always leave personalization sections for the rep to make use of... Like at the beginning the of pandemic I always started all my emails asking how anyone's loved ones health was so I knew when to show more compassion in general around things like if a marketing member told me their kid was sick I would ask how they kid was doing in followups and offer to help with the work I gave them

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FKhadraoui
Member

What's keeping your reps from selling?

ACTUALLY THE LACK OF COUCHING 

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TahaAurangzeb
Member

What's keeping your reps from selling?

Time consumed in administrative task is eatcing a huge chunk out of main goal which is to sell if in a way this could be minimized, selling increases.

ajansen
Member

What's keeping your reps from selling?

A sales process that

  • is undocumented - No formal process that would guide someone with uncertainty on the process. This delays the process as the salesperson has to seek guidance.
  • has no training built in at regular intervals - there is no way to structure a standardized approach to sales when there simply is no opportunity to train people
  • is carried out by people with multiple responsibility areas - No designated sales people means that technical and admin/billing teams have to focus on a wide breadth of targets in the multiple responsibility areas rather than focus on sales and onboarding.

These are a few issues that are especially common issues for small teams which require some creative problem solving and steps towards scaling either the needed manpower e.g outsourcing sales, or to develop a designated person/team and process.