According to Corporate Visions, Inc., polling business-to-business marketers and salespeople from around the globe, 85% of companies agree their sales teams’ ability to articulate value messages is one of the most critical factors in closing deals, yet only about 41% implement formal strategies to ensure an effective presentation.
In fact, an alarming 34% of respondents indicate no one is responsible for coaching and certifying that salespeople are proficient in delivering their company’s value messages at all, says the report.
Respondents were asked to rate to what extent they agree with the statement: “Our sales team’s ability to articulate our message is one of the most critical factors to closing deals.”
Respondents were then asked if they expect salespeople to practice delivering company value messages in role-play or stand-and-deliver settings, with the following results:
When asked to identify who or what department is responsible for ensuring that messages are practiced and coached, allowing respondents to select more than one option, response included:
Tim Riesterer, chief strategy and marketing officer for Corporate Visions, says “… everyone believes that salespeople with their lips moving is a company’s most powerful weapon for communicating value, but reasonable practice and inspection of competency is not a requirement… ”
He followed up by saying that “… even leaving it to sales managers… is essentially a hit-or-miss proposition… given the pressure for pipeline and deal forecasts… (and) the distributed nature of sales teams.”
Finally, respondents were asked how often they require salespeople to submit videos of themselves delivering the messages for coaching and feedback:
Riesterer added that this is “… a missed opportunity for companies to differentiate themselves in the market by being more purposeful in sales messaging practice, coaching and certification… salespeople learn best by doing… practicing in front of an audience to… (get) feedback and receive coaching advice in environments that most closely resemble where sales conversations actually take place… ”
For additional information from Corporate Visions infographic, please visit here; or for the press release http://corporatevisions.com/blog/2015/04/14/q1-2015-survey-release/. go here.