The B2B sales landscape has always been widespread, with field sales representatives traveling across the country, meeting clients, prospects, and working at conferences. Sales representatives are used to being coached one-on-one by the sales manager and having regular teambuilding exercises that strengthened the team. In short, sales representatives are used to meeting and connecting with people every day. Then the pandemic covid-19 hit, and the entire sales model had to change to no in-person contact and a declining economy.
The B2B sales team was forced to drastically change the way they work and move bout in the world, the office moved home, and all meetings are held online. Some companies have even been forced to close. Sales leaders needed to adapt the way the team is selling since customer needs, habits, and economics are changing. The B2B sales landscape will be completely different from what it was before the pandemic. Companies are reducing spend, interaction through digital channels is becoming essential, and sales have moved from in-person meetings to videoconference, phone calls, and web sales.
Companies will realize that there is no need for big office spaces because it is more likely that work will be done remotely once the pandemic is over. Instead of permanent office locations, meetings will occur in restaurants, community meeting spaces, or meeting rooms in coworking spaces.
We will also see a decline in travel; instead of sales reps going out in the field, they can communicate with their customers via video conference calls. Time spent on travel is saved and can be used for more customer interactions. Businesses will also become more environmentally aware and start purchasing locally. Essential travel will be close to none.
Sales have become a digital experience during the pandemic, and it is likely to stay that way once it is over. Virtual meetings, telephone calls, and webinars are the new routine, and in the future virtual reality, technologies can be a standard tool for presenting your product to the customer.
So, what do these changes mean for companies? Leaders need to ask if the organization has the right skills to operate in the new landscape if they have the right sales manager to take them through the crisis and beyond and build trust and comradeship within the sales team.
When companies understand that the way they work must change with how the times are evolving, they can continue to grow.
We have developed a new Sales Operating Model that will help companies transition into the new normal and change the way B2B sales are working post-covid-19.
There is no quick-fix to get back on track post-covid-19. For some organizations, some of the areas above have not changed, for some, all have changed. Pinpoint a few where you will get the most value with the least complexity. The importance is to act because it will be a new normal and you cannot afford to wait.
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