Episode #279 -Brynne Tillman
Effective Sales Territory Planning For Sales Managers
Brynne Tillman is the LinkedIn Whisperer and CEO of Social Sales Link. For over a decade she has been teaching Entrepreneurs, sales teams and business leaders how to leverage LinkedIn for social selling. As a former sales trainer and personal producer, Brynne adopted all of the traditional sales techniques and adapted them to the new digital world. She guides professionals to establish a thought leader and subject matter expert brand, find and engage the right targeted market, and leverage clients and networking partners for warm introductions into qualified buyers. In addition, Brynne is the Co-host of the Making Sales Social podcast and author of The LinkedIn Sales Playbook, a Tactical Guide to Social Selling.
If you are a sales leader, how do you go about planning your organization’s sales territory approach? Whether you’re dealing with geographic territories or industry niches and companies within those niches, you need to use every resource available within your team to establish your territories wisely. Brynne Tillman has a wealth of insight into this sort of planning and specializes in using LinkedIn to find the best territorial fit between the target territory and the sales professionals on your team. Listen to this episode to get all the details from Brynne’s experience.Learn effective #sales territory planning as a sales manager, on this episode of #SalesReinvented with guest Brynne Tillman (@SocialSalesLink). #selling #SalesTips @SalesReinventedClick To Tweet
Outline of This Episode
- [0:18] Brynne Tillman: The LinkedIn Whisperer
- [1:16] Territories help with organization and sales networking
- [3:44] Brynne’s ingredients for the perfect sales plan
- [5:36] A bonus for those establishing sales territories
- [6:33] What makes a great territorial salesperson?
- [9:43] Brynne’s DO’s and DON’Ts for sales territory planning
- [13:57] A favorite territory sales planning story from Brynne (and the lesson learned)
Territorial sales planning can make a bottom-line difference
Strategically approaching your sales territory planning will yield tremendous results if you take the time to do it. And those in leadership within sales organizations especially need to learn how to establish and assign territories for maximum impact. Brynne says that when doing so, every element that goes into creating a lead list should be very focused. When you can define not just what to do but with whom to do it, you can be much more productive and focused. This is where Brynne’s expertise with LinkedIn shines.
She suggests that sales professionals search their ideal buyers (titles, positions, companies) and their geography using LinkedIn. Even the free version can perform searches like this on a granular level. You’ll be able to build a sizeable list of leads to qualify and approach using the advanced search functionality offered on the platform. When you do this, you don’t waste time cold-calling people who aren’t a good fit for your offering. That results in more targeted conversations, which will impact bottom-line sales.Territorial #sales planning can make a bottom-line difference for your company. Learn how to do it right from guest Brynne Tillman (@SocialSalesLink). #selling #SalesTips @SalesReinventedClick To Tweet
What is the most effective way to sell what you sell?
Many sales leaders grab a map and set of pins to begin their sales territory planning, but Brynne says that’s one of the least effective ways of going about it. She suggests that you examine your existing book of business to first, understand who your target market is and what they typically buy from you. Using that data, look at the territory in question and find the companies and organizations that possess what you might call a “look-alike” profile. In the end, you want to ensure that the filters you’re using to create your territorial sales plan produces a list of prospects that are achievable for the sales rep, both in terms of profile and geography. Brynne calls this “the planning before the planning” and says it’s a huge step toward empowering sales reps for success.
The ingredients of an effective territorial sales plan
Too often, sales leaders don’t consider their sales team’s existing relationships when assigning territories. Brynne says this is a huge mistake. As a sales leader, you can do your own research to ensure you are assigning the right sales rep to the right industry niche or geographic territory using Linked In. First, ensure you have connected with the sales rep yourself. Next, use LinkedIn’s search functionality to research your sales rep’s connections by industry and geography. You may find that a rep you intended to assign to a specific city has very few existing relationships there while another on your team has many. A successful sales rep rises and falls on relationships so don’t leave out existing connections when devising your territory strategy.
Brynne’s DOs and DON’Ts for territorial sales planning
- Ensure that your LinkedIn profile clearly speaks to your target buyers
- Sales leaders: Search your rep’s contacts to ensure they fit the territory
- Talk to your reps to ensure they fit the territory you’re assigning them to
- Don’t use a map and pins to assign territories
- Take an account-centric approach, not just account-based
- Allow for flexibility when assigning territories because of relationship opportunities
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More About Brynne Tillman
Are there any books on or including Territory Sales Planning that you recommend? Sales Hunting: How to Develop New Territories and Major Accounts in Half the Time Using Trust as Your Weapon by David A. Monty
In the field of Territory Sales Planning – Who do you most admire and why? Morgan Rector – He handles an incredibly large territory with dozens of commercial lenders and they love him.
Are there any aspects of your own Territory Sales Planning skills that you are working on improving at the moment? We have this down for ourselves, thanks.
Hobbies, Interests? Listening to awesome podcasts, playing with my grandbaby, and playing tennis