Tips To Get Ready For Territory Plan Reviews
- by Elay Cohen
- July 1, 2019
SalesHood - Sales Enablement Platform
Here are tips to get ready for territory reviews either at the start of the year, quarterly or mid-year to exceed revenue goals. All too often we wish we would have done more planning, preparation and enablement at the outset of a year, quarter or month. Instead, we procrastinate and do nothing.
What are you doing to help your teams build pipeline and close more business? It’s not enough to tell our teams to go develop more pipeline and close more deals.
Here’s a sales planning checklist you can use to get a fast start on your year, quarter and month.
#1: Assess and document pipeline and sales capacity gaps to ensure you have enough marketing and sales resources to hit and even exceed your goals.
#2: Customize territory and account planning templates and expectations to account for pipeline gaps, revenue goals and go-to-market plans.
#3: Prioritize accounts and enrich account data with contacts and suggested compelling events to help your sellers initiate outreach and conversations
#4: Work with marketing to create updated buyer personas, short and long sales pitch materials, customer stories, email outreach templates and first call qualification guides to enable your teams to own self-sourcing pipeline. If you give them the tools they won’t have any excuses to do the daily prospecting work.
#5: Communicate the sales plans and sales coaching material being developed with your teams so they are aware of the investments in time and resources you’re making in their success. The training and ongoing coaching is intended to help them and should be seems as value-add benefit versus compliance.
#6: Coach your teams on planning, prospecting and selling with learning paths by role so they have the confidence and competence to succeed. Make the training bite-sized and relevant to their revenue goals.
#7: Have everyone create, share and even record their territory plans and account plans to get feedback from managers, peers and teams. Do this before quarterly business reviews or team meetings to optimize collaboration and accelerate outcomes. You can learn more about our 5 Minute Territory Planning template here.
#8: Baseline performance and measure results so you can assess what’s working and what’s not working. Be sure to baseline metrics like pipeline, win rates and deal size. You can learn more about top sales enablement metrics here.
We have a library of proven coaching content and templates for territory planning, account planning, prospecting and more. You can request access and a trial here.
Getting ready for territory reviews is a team sport. It involves sales leadership, sales operations, marketing and sales managers to be aligned. Sales leadership needs to make enablement and territory reviews a priority. Sales operations needs to make sure we have the right data and territory assignment to ensure everyone knows what their targets and winning sales plays. Marketing needs to provide us with the pitch and product marketing collateral to enable our teams. Finally, sales managers need to know their coaching role and most importantly be ready to reinforce the messaging and sales plays.
Elay Cohen is the author of SalesHood: How Winning Sales Managers Inspire Sales Teams to Succeed and the co-founder of SalesHood, a SaaS sales enablement platform and community for sales professionals. Elay is the former Senior Vice President of Sales Productivity at Salesforce. Recognized as the company's "2011 Top Executive", and credited for creating and executing all of Salesforce's sales productivity programs that accelerated its growth from $500M to $3B+ in revenue. The sales training and sales support innovations delivered over these years by Elay and his team to thousands of sales reps resulted in unprecedented hypergrowth. He also created the Partner Relationship Management (PRM) category.
Based on my experience leading Sales Productivity at Salesforce, accelerating revenue from $300M to $3B, we’ve packaged our proven methodology into SalesHood, helping client after client achieve record breaking revenue growth.
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