Speakers: Mike Huseman | Matt Sharrers, Melissa Valdez, SBI
The buyer is changing, and our sales channels must do the same. Buyers are more comfortable than ever purchasing virtually. Inside Sales organizations are handling larger deals than ever before. Today Mike Huseman is here to share his experience leveraging Inside Sales to virtually drive profitable growth.

 

Our guest today is Mike Huseman, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Business Development at EnterpriseDB. Mike is a proven revenue growth leader who has successfully navigated his sales organization to transition from field selling to a model that more fully leverages virtual selling while keeping in pace with the buyer’s preferences for sales interactions.

 

Today we are going to demonstrate how to leverage what we have historically referred to as Inside Sales which enables you to drive profitable growth through a virtual, digitally enabled sales team.

 

Each of the topics below are timestamped so you can easily find what interests you most. 

 

Segment 1: Leading a Sales Transformation

 

  • You have led a remarkable transformation at EnterpriseDB. The audience will find your story valuable as a use-case. Share with the audience an overview of what you faced when you began this transformation journey. minute 4:30 – 7:00
  • Decision to transition field-based selling resources to virtual sellers, and evaluating the buying preferences of your target buyers to determine which accounts should be field vs. virtual. minute 7:00 – 9:09
  • Changing your coverage model relative to technical (sales engineers versus sellers), and aligning your buyer’s journeys. minute 9:32 – 11:51
  • Securing buy-in from the rest of the c-level team, and from the board (and investors). minute 12:25 – 15:03

     

Skip to minute 5:27 to hear Mike discuss innovative, alternative routes to market things like inside sales:

 

“Traditionally, we had high-powered sellers in the field that spent a lot of time at customer sites. What we found over the past few years are: 1) buyers buy differently today, 2) the way that sellers sell and interact today has to change along with that, 3) the technology that’s available to accomplish a virtual selling motion has to compliment the buyer’s journey…” 

 

Segment 2: The Process of Transitioning to Virtual Selling

 

  • The processes Mike followed to transition from a prior structure to the new structure. minute 6:15 – 17:52
  • The process Mike followed to determine quotas comp plans for his new virtual sellers. minute 18:23 – 20:40 
  • Guiding the change management to successfully transition your selling team; for both those in sales who shifted from field to virtual, and also those sellers remaining in the field.  minute 21:55 – 23:57
  • Deciding whether or not traditional enterprise sellers can make the shift in structure to become virtual sellers. minute 24:27 – 26:00 

     

Listen to minute 18:57 when Mike talks quota and full coverage while going through a sales transformation. 

 

“We looked at what we wanted to grow. We looked at the historical productivity rates. We gauge and measure our sellers on two metrics, and those metrics only…” 

 

Segment 3: The Impact of the Sales Transformation

 

  • The impact this change had on your prospects and customers, and their early feedback. minute 28:04 – 29:21
  • Rolling out and communicating the change in the rep to the customer? minute 29:22 – 31:44
  • Shifting from field to Insides Sales, and the impact of that shift on LTV and Customer Acquisition Costs (CAC). minute 31:45 – 34:03 

     

Skip to minute 30:03 to hear Mike talk about his customer success function:

 

“We’ve just recently graduated to a full customer success motion. But before that we had implemented a programmatic approach, an interaction style, and consistent interaction program built in our customer success that focuses on every one of our customers. Now, the other thing we do with this, and I believe this is critical, is pull the sales mentality out of our customer success motion…”

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matt Sharrers

Leads the firm's focus on the CEO’s role in accelerating revenue growth by embracing emerging best practices to grow revenue faster than the industry and competitors. 

Matt Sharrers is the CEO of SBI, a management consulting firm specialized in sales and marketing that is dedicated to helping you Make Your Number. Forbes recognizes SBI as one of The Best Management Consulting Firms in 2017.

 

Over the course of nearly a decade at SBI, Matt Sharrers was an instrumental early partner guiding SBI as the Senior Partner. Matt’s functional responsibilities included acting as the head of sales where he led SBI’s double-digit revenue growth, and was responsible for the hiring function to build SBI’s team of revenue generation experts.

 

Prior joining SBI in 2009, Matt spent eleven years leading sales and marketing team teams as a Vice President of Sales. Matt has “lived in the field.” As a result, he is the foremost expert in the art of separating fact from fiction as it relates to revenue growth best practices. CEOs and Private equity investors turn to Matt’s team at SBI when they need to unlock trapped growth inside of their companies.

 

 

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