Speakers: Mike St. Clair | Greg Alexander, SBI
How to organize the sales team to hit the quarterly number.

Sales Org

Today’s show is a demonstration on how to organize the sales team. There’s not enough headcount, but how do I prove it?  To go deeper on organization design, download our 10th annual workbook, How to Make Your Number in 2017. Turn to page 282 of the PDF to review the Sales Organization Design phase of the workbook.

 

Joining us today is Mike St. Clair, Vice President of Sales for Rentokil North America. Mike is responsible for revenue and market share growth throughout the US, Mexico and Canada for pest control, brand protection and interior landscaping. Mike is uniquely qualified to demonstrate how to organize a B2B sales team.

 

Without enough headcount, making the case for the right quantity is required to hit your quarterly number. Where and how you place your reps must be right. Listen to Mike demonstrate the seven dominant sales organizational models, and why he did, or did not, select each at Rentokil.  

 

Some of you are struggling with how to determine how many feet on the street you need, what type of reps you need, and which org model is the best one for you. My hope is that by demonstrating how to do this you can avoid costly mistakes.

 

Mike goes into depth on each model. Listen to each and identify which model you are using for your sales force today. Using Retokil as a use case, validate that you have the right model, and evaluate whether alternative or hybrid approaches are better for you.

 

Here are the specific seven sales organization models Mike will demonstrate:

 

  • Stratification (big accounts, midsize accounts, small accounts in a pyramid)
  • Hunter/farmer
  • Geography
  • Product specialists
  • Vertical industry specialists
  • Role specialists
  • Hybrid (2 or more of the above combined)

     

This podcast is 51-minutes of high protein clarity on how to organize the sales team.  Coupled with this deep demonstration is a workbook where you can go deep with your own salesforce. Download our 10th annual workbook, How to Make Your Number in 2017. Turn to page 282 of the PDF to review the Sales Organization Design phase of the workbook.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Greg Alexander

Leads the firm's focus on the CEO’s role in accelerating revenue growth by getting the product team, the marketing department, and the sales organization into strategic alignment.

Greg is the host of The SBI Podcast, the most listened to sales and marketing podcast on the internet.

 

He is the host of SBI TV, a monthly television program broadcast on the internet featuring top B2B sales and marketing leader sharing their strategies to grow revenues.

 

Greg is the Editor-in-Chief of The SBI Magazine, the leading B2B publication focused on sales and marketing effectiveness.

 

He is the author of two critically acclaimed books Topgrading for Sales and Making the Number.

 

Greg has authored over 100 articles on SBI’s award winning blog, The SBI Blog.

 

He graduated from The University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BA in English and received his MBA from Georgia Tech.

 

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