Sales Forecast and Budget Development
Venue: Crown Regency Hotel, Makati
The most common way to forecast Sales is to compute future sales goals by using past results and adding a certain percentage increment. However, it should be understood that this can be prone to various problems and concerns.
1. It can de-motivate salespeople especially if they feels the forecasts are too unrealistic
2. Assuming that sales performance should be better than last year without considering all other pertinent factors could lead to failed expectations
3. Pushing salespeople to achieve higher sales forecasts without giving them a chance to participate could lead to resistance and negative performance.
In the case of sales budgets, the primary issue is that even though the Sales Group is a supposed to be a profit center, it is also one of the biggest cost centers in a company. The concern of top management is that the return on every peso spent should be greater, especially in challenging business times. This puts the sales leaders in a dire situation. As sales targets increase, the sales budgets decrease.
The key point is to understand the ROI concept that although for salespeople the customer is king, on the side of the company, cash is king. The returns should be justified and substantial enough to sustain the company's growth and success in the marketplace.
This seminar focuses on the importance of pegging sales forecasts and developing sales budgets with an ROI mindset. Not only returns in terms financial investments but also in terms of time, effort and other investments that we make in each customer in our client base. This program presents key concepts and tools to help the participants realize the importance of cost vs. benefit in forecasting, spending their budgets or investing their time and effort.
The expected result is to develop a more holistic mindset in the participants as they carry out their forecasting and budgeting functions. This would not only benefit their sales teams and their companies, but most importantly their most valuable customers to strengthen the sales relationships that they build.
Module 1: Forecasting Sales and Budgeting your Resources
A. Addressing the Important Issue: Big Expense, Small Returns
1. Justifying Sales Costs and Sales Benefits
2. The Value of the "ROI" Mindset
3. Targeting your Sales Activities to get Tangible Results
B. The Need for Sales and Marketing Integration
1. Stop Playing the Blame Game
2. The Focused and Diffused Sales and Marketing Strategy
3. Aligning the Sales and Marketing Thrust
C. Avoiding the "Rear-View Mirror" Forecasting
1. Forecasting to Please or Forecasting to Achieve?
2. Using Past Sales Performance as Basis of Forecasts
3. Scenario Planning: Prepare for the Worst but Hope for the Best
a. Best Case Scenario
b. Most Likely Case Scenario
c. Worst Case Scenario
D. Utilizing the Sales Budget to get the "Best" Results
1. The New Challenge: Higher Targets but Lower Budgets
2. Making Do with what you Have: The Creative Approach
E. Using Value-based Analysis when Investing on Customers and Prospects
a. Star Customers
b. Vulnerable Customers
c. Free-Rider Customers
d. Lost Cause Customers
Module 2: Managing and Balancing your Time and Tasks
A. Sales Activity Management
1. Identifying Time Wasters and Time Savers
2. The 3 Types of Sales Activities
3. The Dilemma of Tracking Sales Team Activities
B. Time Management Principles for Sales Managers
1. Setting your Priorities
a. High Pay-off vs. Low Pay-off Activities
b. The Have-to-do vs. Want-to-do Activities
c. Teaching Salespeople to Manage their Time
2. Understanding how Sales Priorities Shift
a. Developing Time-Use Consciousness
b. Analyzing your Goals
c. Matching Time Allotment to your Goals
3. Narrowing your Focus
a. Urgent and Important
b. Not urgent but Important
c. Urgent but not Important
d. Not urgent and not important
C. Goal-Oriented Time Management
1. Categorizing your Activities based on Goals
2. Clarifying the Importance of these Goals
3. Developing an Action Plan to reach your Goals
a. Developing a Schedule and Time frame that works for you and your Team
D. Charting your Valuable Activities daily - the MUST DO List
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
The P1, 699+VAT per participant, per seminar rate will be applied for reservations paid within the assigned due date (SYSTEM GENERATED).
The P1, 999+VAT per participant, per seminar rate will be applied if payment is beyond the assigned due date and P2, 499+VAT per participant, per seminar will be applied for on-site payments.
[ Seminar Fee includes snacks, materials and certificate of completion ]