Five Reasons You Should Use a 12-Week Sales Projection
Here’s why every salesperson can benefit from a 12-week sales projection:
You gain focus
Having a projection that lasts just three months means you have to get on with it. Unlike many long-term sales plans, it is not possible just to forget about it for a while. Also, because the project is fresh, initial enthusiasm is kept.
You get results quickly
This isn’t just about succeeding after a three-month period. You should see results coming in way before that. They may not always be sales: they can also be new connections and prospects, calls or even communications going out from your company.
You plan activity not just numbers
Most sales planning is all about the end number. Don’t get me wrong: this is vitally important. However, it is just as important to know how you are going to get to those numbers. You have to plan the prospect journey and the right activities around this. How many calls, e-mails, social media engagements and direct mail drops do you have to carry out each week.
You check in every week
The other key factor in a 12-week sales projection is to review every week. Did you carry out what you planned? If not, what stopped you and how can you prevent this being a barrier next week?
You know if it’s working or not
The weekly check-in should also review whether your activity achieved the results you wanted. Did your social media connection requests lead to enough new prospects? Did enough people answer your calls or open your e-mails? Do you need to review the targets in your project in order to get the right results? Change the messaging slightly? Or even move to a new project rather than wasting your time on something that just isn’t working?
Try setting yourself a 12-week sales project
“How To Succeed At Print Sales” gives you precise instructions on how to create a 12-week sales project. I also share lots of ideas on different sales goals for 12-week sales projects.
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