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Hardcover Making the Number: How to Use Sales Benchmarking to Drive Performance Book

ISBN: 1591842174

ISBN13: 9781591842170

Making the Number: How to Use Sales Benchmarking to Drive Performance

Numbers don't lie: 40 percent of all salespeople miss their targets each year. Given this fact, how can managers ensure their teams are doing everything possible? The key lies in benchmarking, which is not a new concept for finance or manufacturing, but rarely gets applied to sales. Making the Number will teach executives to embrace data-driven decision making and rely less on gut instinct.


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Science and Art

Ok, let's face it everyone, most business books are total garbage. As a matter of fact, this is the first review I have ever written for a business book, because I usually want to forget the grueling experience. Making the number is flotsam in a sea of garbage. :) First, let me say this. Because this book is about the science of sales and not the art, it is not peppered with anecdotes that keep you interested. This is more of a well-researched textbook, so prepare your mind for the work. A common theme touched by making the number (and the one that held my attention) throughout the book is the art of sales vs. the science of sales. I've read many enjoyable books on the art of the deal (most recently the little red book), but this is the first memorable book on the science of sales improvement. The methodology presented is straightforward, practical and actionable. Here are a couple of instances: - Metric Identification - For those who are antsy (like me) and want some meat quickly, it's worth flipping to this chapter. - Compare and Contrast - The explanations of statistical interpretation are so clear and crisp that I wished the authors could have been my business statistics professors in college. Bottom Line - I believe that making the number will help me and my reps make mine a little bit more consistently.

Best Contribution to the Sales Profession In Years

In a profession where there are far too many "gurus" who push unsubstantiated systems that have all the buzz phrases and branding, but that simply do not generate a sustained increase in sales, I have found "Making the Number" to be a most needed contribution. The stories of nebulous forecasting practices and charismatic sales leaders are bang on. The time has come for company sales leaders to be accountable for not only their forecasts, but for sharing exactly how they will achieve those forecast results. Making the Number describes a methodology for doing just that. If you are looking for the next "flavor of the month" sales guru, look elsewhere. If you need a serious system where you can learn to benchmark the various stages of your sales process against the best in the world, read Making the Number. It has changed someone who is always very careful (skeptical..?) using the words "process" and "sales" in the same sentence, and convinced me that there's not only benefit, but a glaring need. -Derek Gatehouse, Author of The Perfect SalesForce: The 6 Best Practices of the World's Best Sales Teams

A must read for any Sales Executive

Making the Number is a must read for any Sales Executive. The techniques described in this book are applicable to any industry and any sales force. I manage a global sales force and have been using these techniques for many years. When I heard about the book, I immediately purchased and read the book cover to cover in one sitting. I picked up a number of very effective metrics and quickly incorporated them into my daily, weekly, and annual measurements. Sales benchmarking provides a tangible method for success. By applying the methodology described in this book, any Sales Executive can elevate the performance of his/her sales team to world class status. I honestly believe that these techniques take the risk and chance out of selling and provide a path for repeatable success, even in a down economy. I have purchased this book for every manager on my sales team and have recommended it to each of my sales reps.

Why and how you should use benchmarking to improve the level and quality of your sales

This is an excellent book for any manager and executive (or even any salesperson) concerned with the performance of their sales organization. The authors show you why benchmarking your sales team is important and can be a powerful tool in helping you not only understand the hows and whys of your team's performance, but on where your team needs to go and how to get there. The book comes in five sections: Section one discusses what sales really is and all that is involved. You are also reminded about the importance of your customers and the experience you provide for them. I think you will also enjoy the chapters on what improving sales performance provides for executives and the individual salesperson. You are then introduced to what benchmarking is and the basics of what it involves. Section two discusses what you need to do benchmarking for your sales team. The authors also take you through processes sales, strategic sales, and best practices. A chapter discusses why you want to be a world class sales team and another shows you what a self-aware sales team looks like and how it functions. Section three shows you the five steps to making your benchmarking effective. They are getting the right metrics, collecting the right data, comparing and contrasting your team to those you are benchmarking against, deciding on focused action, and sustaining your efforts at improvement. Section four provides a call to action and shows you how to overcome objections to benchmarking, how to overcome implementation difficulties, and how to move forward with your benchmarking plans. Section five provides five case studies that illustrate the various points made in the text. I think this text can help you understand your present sales performance more clearly and what you need to do to improve your performance to reach new heights. This is the kind of practically minded book with a real focus that I enjoy reading and recommending. Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Ann Arbor, MI

Solid information

I have been following Greg Alexander's career from afar for some time now. I am pleased that he has been able to put together the essence of his learnings so succinctly in a book. I used to run the largest business book club in the world and know how starved both sales managers and their reps are for solid, case-based data on just what helps seal the sale. Sales benchmarking may sound a little too 'out there', but I think readers will find lots of "Aha!' moments throughout the book. I also feel marketing people, financial types, and even CEOs will appreciate the information and practical advice this book offers. I sometimes felt bad offering so many sales management titles to my book club members, but they often told me that if they got just ONE good idea from a book they were happy. I think they'll get at least one good idea per *chapter* from this one. My advice is download it to your Kindle ASAP. I did.
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