But this process is still relatively new, with plenty of room for sales leader error. There’s myriad mistakes you can make when building your sales stacks, but these three are definitely ones you want to avoid:
3 Big Sales Stack Mistakes
1. Searching for a silver bullet
Let’s be clear: a sales stack can improve productivity and efficiency. What it cannot do is solve all of your sales organization’s dilemmas.
There is no silver bullet — no simple and seemingly magical solution to a complicated problem. Adding technologies to your sales stack does not automatically create more productivity and reduce inefficiency. It requires a behavior change that allows the technology to enable sales reps.
When considering sales stack technologies, evaluate which activities your salespeople need to be doing on a daily basis. Then you have a foundation for what types of sales technologies will enable your team to be more effective.
2. Keeping up with the Jones’
There is a constant flow of new inside sales technology coming to the market. It’s easy to want the newest, shiniest and coolest technologies for your sales stack.
But just because your peers have certain technologies does not mean they are the right fit for your own sales stack. There is no perfect sales stack. And just like every company operates very differently, so is every companies’ sales stack uniquely built.
Avoid making rash and quick buying decisions in an effort to keep up with your competitors or partners. Purchases should be based on research and testing (a few more essentials for building sales stacks here).
3. Trying to automate everything
There’s a lot of noise around sales stacks, but one of the worst mistakes you can make is to ignore the fundamentals of selling when building your sales stack.
Remember: Sales cannot be done entirely by a robot, so forget trying to automate the entire sales process. Your salespeople will always need to be having conversations and doing discovery, and you, as the sales manager, will still need to engage in coaching.
It’s okay to be excited about sales stacks, but just keep in mind that it cannot replace human interaction. While you’re in the process of embracing technological advancements, don’t forget to get back to the basics, as well.
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