If you’re thinking about hiring a senior living sales consultant because something isn’t working with your sales team, read this first. Not all issues require an outside consultant. In fact, many issues are fixable within the team itself, especially if yours is grappling with one of the very common issues below.
Are the marketing and sales teams working in silos?
Departmental silos are so last century—and for good reason. Collaborative efforts between sales and marketing teams reduce friction and unnecessary redundancies. When marketing and sales teams work in harmony, the results can be powerful. (HubSpot refers to this alignment as “smarketing.”)
How can you tell if an alignment issue exists? Well, do your sales and marketing teams meet regularly to discuss goals and results? If the answer is no, that’s usually the first (and biggest) clue that your sales and marketing alignment is out of whack.
- SOLUTION: Bring sales and marketing teams together. Schedule regular meetings between the two departments to discuss goals, share ideas, and highlight wins. Make sure the team members aren’t simply going through the motions, either. Encourage collaboration. Get inspiration from brands that have successfully aligned their sales and marketing teams.
Is the sales team attempting to work all leads?
It doesn’t make sense for sales departments to work all the leads that come in. Why? Because most leads aren’t ready for a sales interaction. The lead wants time to engage with your site and content (often upwards of eight times!) before talking to anyone in sales. Here’s the good news, though: When a lead is ready to talk to sales, they’re going to be much easier to close.
- SOLUTION: Your sales team needs to adjust its approach—and expectations. First, have a method in place to score leads as marketing-qualified leads (MQLs) and sales-qualified leads (SQLs). The SQLs will be served up to the sales reps. The MQLs will enter lead nurturing workflow. (Good marketing automation is critical!) The goal is to enable these MQLs to learn more and (eventually) indicate when they’re ready for a sales call.
How is the overall lead quality?
Maybe the problem isn’t the sales process, but the lead quality itself. We often remind clients that more website traffic isn’t always better—sometimes it’s just more. Don’t get taken in by vanity metrics. Instead, focus on quality. Attracting a smaller volume of highly quality website traffic is much better than a high volume of low quality traffic.
- SOLUTION: Revisit your buyer personas and audit your website’s messaging and keyword strategy. What messages and keywords brought in the types of leads that have converted in the past—and that you’d like to see more of? Again, making this adjustment might cause you to see a dip in overall website traffic. Don’t panic! If lead quality and conversions increase, even if traffic has decreased, you know you’re on the right track. (And, of course, you’ll follow the above tip about scoring leads appropriately!)
Has a lead nurturing program been developed and properly executed?
If your sales team has been treating all leads the same way, then the answer to this question is “probably not.” Remember, marketing-qualified leads (MQLs) aren’t ready to talk to a sales person just yet. That’s OK. Your job is to provide helpful info that will empower them during this journey. A good lead-nurturing workflow will do all of that in the low-pressure way today’s buyers crave.
- SOLUTION: Once again, marketing automation to the rescue! Marketing automation software like HubSpot makes it easy to develop and deploy custom lead nurturing workflows.
Has the team given up too quickly on leads?
If your sales team has been working all leads, no doubt you have a high number of leads in your senior living CRM that are labeled cold or dead. The problem? Many of those leads were likely only marketing-qualified, not sales-qualified. So of course a high number of them didn’t answer the phone or return your sales reps’ calls.
Implementing lead-scoring and lead nurturing workflows for MQLs is a great solution for moving forward. But what about all those so-called cold or dead leads already sitting in your CRM? Aren’t at least some of them still viable?
- SOLUTION: Deploy a re-engagement campaign and see if you can revive some of those cold or dead leads (and properly score and nurture them). We walk you through the process here.