Guidelines and Questions for Part 1 Due Week 4
- Introduction to Multiple Account Management Selling
- Introduction to Your New Employer – NewNet Systems
- Introduction to Your New Account Management Position
- Introduction to Your NewNet Systems Account Reports (Contact Screenshots from the CRM Program)
- Use the 20 new account CRM Contact Screenshots found in Appendix 2 to complete the metrics report (table) for your meeting with your manager Casey. The report should contain the following headings.
- Stage of the Selling Process
- Anticipated Dollar Amount
- Forecast Sales (Anticipated Dollar Amount X Likelihood to Close)
Using your metric report and the details in each case notes section, prepare a written report for Casey regarding your analysis of the accounts.
- Which contact(s) do you think you should ignore for now? Justify this recommendation.
- Select accounts that you feel you need to focus on immediately. Justify why you selected these accounts.
- How many accounts do you have at each stage of the selling process? (i.e., how many at prospecting, rapport, needs discovery, presentation, closed, etc.) Based on the number of accounts in each stage, and the amount of time spent on each account, how would you assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the previous representative’s account flow management (a.k.a. pipeline management)?
- Which account(s) appear to have some legal or ethical issues to consider further? Describe what these issues might be.
- From an overall perspective, what was the previous sales representative’s primary sales approach? In what ways does the previous sales representative appear to have been very successful with the accounts? What ways do you think the previous sales representative could have improved upon the effectiveness or efficiency of her pipeline management?
The objective of this assignment is to simulate the important activities of managing the sales pipeline and effectively using CRM details to create value in the professional selling process. This project also integrates the Terminal Course Objectives for MKTG425, Personal Selling and Sales Management.
Professional account managers (a.k.a. professional sales representatives) are often given accounts that have been previously managed by others. This occurs for reasons such as a colleague leaving the firm, promotion to a management position, territory realignments, and even a miss-match of communication styles between the buyer and the original sales representative. The first part of our project involves territory realignment for NewNet Systems, a Value-Added Reseller that provides B2B network products and services.
To begin, read the company details in Appendix 2 of your textbook. Following are the sections you should read carefully.
After reviewing and understanding the scenario of your new position at NewNet Systems, go to Chapter 9 in your textbook. At the end of the chapter, you will find the details specific to this part of the Course Project. Read the Chapter 9 details, titled Developing and Qualifying the Account Database carefully.