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Welcome to our latest edition of Expert Speak, How about we tell you how much we can accelerate your sales? which comes from Véronique Motte, President CPM Group of Companies in France

 

How about we tell you how much we can accelerate your sales?

 

sales demonstrations

A few weeks ago, our teams organised a conference during the 2018 edition of the MPV trade show which took place in Paris. The title of this conference was “The 4 drivers which really influence sales demos performance”. CPM France teamed up with L’Oréal France to present real-life feedback from this innovative approach.

 

True fact: sales demonstrations are a sell-out driver for brands

Deployed on a large scale over 40 years ago, at the same time as mass-market retailing, demonstration days are one of the most popular marketing drivers for brands and also one of the most outsourced. Interestingly, according to a study done by EY in France, it is also one of the most preserved media spends:

 

  1. Because it is easier to cut incrementally into a demonstration days budget
  2. Brands want and need to stay connected to the field and their shoppers.

For a long time in France, sales demonstrations were a sell-in incentive. Nowadays, being a media in its own right, it is therefore central to the concerns of marketing and sales departments.

 

Measuring sales demonstrations performance: an innovation on the market

Using sales data provided by L’Oréal and a mathematical equation defined by CPM France’s Business Intelligence team, we were able to build a robust statistical model based on linear regression. That’s how the ROI-focused approach for L’Oréal Consumer Products Division came into life.

 

We found out that in order to achieve a specific ROI, four drivers that can influence performance must be taken into account: the product display, the store environment, the promotion and the ambassadors themselves. This proved that when all the right drivers are aligned, the sales demonstrations performance can be accelerated by over 300%.

 

Reaching new heights…

I cannot express how proud I am of the teams at CPM who have made this possible. We are reaching a brand new level: we were famous for the quality of the field work execution we provided, which has never and will never be easy, but the right people with the right tools help… we are now able to measure for our clients the performance of the activities they outsource with us.

 

In other words: at CPM, we make demonstration days work. Oh, and by the way we also measure the performance of our other solutions too…

 

Véronique Motte

President CPM Group of Companies in France

 

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sales demonstrations

 

Ce mois-ci dans « Les experts prennent la parole » un article spécial « Journée des droits des femmes » écrit par Lorraine Butler, directrice générale, CPM Irlande.

 

Dans notre quotidien bien rempli, la Journée internationale des femmes fait place à la réflexion et à la sensibilisation, prônant la reconnaissance des femmes pour leurs efforts et leurs réalisations. Elle nous invite à prendre le temps de réfléchir aux progrès des femmes, à notre contribution et à nos réussites. De même, elle nous rappelle que nous devons poursuivre nos efforts en vue des réussites futures, à la fois individuelles et collectives.

 

Personnellement, au cours de ma carrière, j’ai rarement été discriminée parce que je suis une femme. Cela ne veut pas dire que je n’ai pas connu de personnes (hommes et femmes) moins chanceuses. Mon approche a toujours été de choisir « la bonne personne pour chaque poste ». Cependant, en mûrissant sur le plan personnel et professionnel, j’ai compris que certaines circonstances individuelles devaient être prises en compte et adaptées de façon à aider la bonne personne à atteindre son plein potentiel. C’est une philosophie qui est appliquée par mon équipe de management, et nous devons trouver des leaders, à tous les niveaux de notre entreprise, qui adopteront cette philosophie. Mais celle-ci ne naît pas d’un claquement de doigt, elle doit être cultivée, développée et appréciée.

 

S’il est possible d’enseigner les principes du leadership, il faut être un leader né pour les embrasser pleinement et naturellement. Néanmoins, je pense qu’il est possible d’améliorer et d’apprendre le leadership avec le temps, même sans avoir de prédispositions particulières. Mais pour devenir un leader efficace, il faut vraiment le vouloir, pour les bonnes raisons, et croire en son discours. C’est seulement de cette manière qu’il est possible de gagner la confiance de son équipe, élément indispensable d’un leadership efficace. Bien sûr, il y a « bon leadership » et « mauvais leadership ». J’ai toujours adhéré au concept d’« ombre du leader », qui consiste à prendre conscience de l’ombre projetée par notre leadership et de l’influence qu’elle pourra avoir sur les autres.

 

Les compétences sont essentielles pour tout poste de leader au sein de notre organisation. Les personnes qui y travaillent sont notre plus grande force et les leaders, à tous les niveaux, doivent en permanence chercher à les inspirer et les motiver. L’empathie et l’intuition sont des qualités importantes, de même que le fait de savoir quand les utiliser. Pour diriger une équipe, il faut la choisir avec soin et prendre conscience que certains membres sont plus compétents que soi pour certaines choses. Un bon leader est capable d’embrasser la diversité et de prendre en main le développement de son équipe. Le développement des personnes conduit au développement des affaires.

 

Mon conseil aux femmes d’aujourd’hui, où qu’elles en soient dans leur carrière : tout est possible ! Quel que soit votre objectif, vous pouvez l’atteindre, mais vous devez prendre en main votre voyage et votre destination. Entourez-vous des bonnes personnes, en qui vous avez instinctivement confiance et de qui vous pouvez apprendre. Que vous en ayez conscience ou non, chaque jour est un entretien ! Faites ce que l’on attend de vous à votre poste actuel, et faite-le avec excellence. Mais adoptez les pratiques et les comportements du poste que vous visez ! Trouvez-vous un mentor que vous respectez et qui a des choses à vous apprendre. Mais surtout, veillez à suivre ses conseils : pour en arriver à son niveau d’accomplissement, il (ou elle) aura sûrement appris quelques petites choses en cours de route… Alors écoutez, observez et agissez sur ses conseils, la voie du succès n’en sera que plus rapide.

Ce mois-ci dans « Les experts prennent la parole » un article écrit par Andrew Potter, directeur général, groupe CPM Australie.

 

déploiement merchandising En tant qu’entreprise chargée du déploiement merchandising de clients nationaux et multinationaux depuis plus de vingt ans, nous veillons constamment à faire bouger les choses et à appliquer les meilleures pratiques possibles. Nous cherchons en permanence à réévaluer, réinventer et réajuster les « anciens » procédés et systèmes, en nous demandant sans cesse : « Notre modèle merchandising permet-il un déploiement optimal des coûts et ressources ? Créons-nous de la valeur pour nos clients ? »

 

Qu’il s’agisse de merchandising, de vente directe ou de service client, nous repensons en permanence la façon dont une activité peut être structurée pour apporter de la valeur non seulement à nos clients, mais également aux distributeurs et à leurs clients.

 

L’un des exemples les plus représentatifs de cette démarche, consistant à appliquer les meilleures pratiques et à voir les choses « en grand », est le travail de merchandising que nous avons mis en place et continuons de gérer pour un client national du secteur des télécommunications.

 

En 2016, ce client a réalisé que sa structure de merchandising terrain actuelle n’était pas assez performante. Des cycles d’appel inefficaces, des résultats de conformité en dessous de la moyenne… Nombre d’éléments indiquaient la nécessité de remanier complètement son approche terrain. En vue d’accroître sa part de marché dans la catégorie hautement concurrentielle du prépayé, ce client a fait appel à notre équipe australienne pour l’aider à atteindre l’excellence opérationnelle et à combler le fossé séparant ses merchandiseurs des autres revendeurs.

Le défi principal consistait à mettre en place une meilleure communication commerciale chez les revendeurs, partout en Australie. Pour le relever, nous avons commencé par redynamiser la fonction merchandising en adoptant une approche axée sur la vente.

 

Afin de garantir une présence commerciale supérieure à celle des concurrents, la nouvelle équipe de vente s’est vu confier des responsabilités de merchandising à la fois traditionnelles et innovantes, l’objectif principal étant de laisser dans le magasin une empreinte positive après sa visite.

En redynamisant la fonction merchandising grâce à cette approche, nous avons offert au produit de notre client une visibilité incomparable. Résultat : des chiffres record en termes de vente et de service. Grâce au précieux temps d’engagement obtenu, nos équipes peuvent entretenir les relations en magasin, garantir une présence de marque plus importante face aux concurrents et promouvoir les avantages du produit.

 

Depuis le lancement de ce programme, nous avons fourni au personnel les compétences de vente et de création de valeur nécessaires. Forte de ce savoir-faire, notre équipe terrain est en mesure de maintenir une communication pertinente avec des acteurs clés du retail. Cette communication éclairée découle d’une approche fondée sur la connaissance : le personnel peut accéder aux informations en temps réel et aux données après-vente. Au final, cela se traduit par la stimulation des commandes, l’augmentation de l’espace de vente et la capacité à mettre en avant les caractéristiques et avantages du produit.

 

 

Outsourcing, How do you make 1+1=3

 

The pace of change has never been so fast, with all businesses, markets and sectors being challenged by where to invest to grow, skills shortages, new entrants and margin erosion. The need to partner and have a flexible cost, skills and asset base has never been greater, however if you believed the headlines about ‘Outsourcing’ you might take the view, is this model outdated and time for a change…

 

With so many clear benefits of Outsourcing should the debate not be about how to make Outsourcing a success and why Outsourcers are in the main seen as Suppliers rather than Partners….

 

Is the term Outsourcing in itself the issue? Should in future the  objective be ‘Smart Sourcing’ where Clients identify partners that bring investment in assets that deliver value and agility in a world where the pace of change demands the need to compete with new entrants and start ups that are disrupting their markets.

 

The benefits of Outsourcing are clear if done well:

  • Business Focus: Businesses can focus on their core service offering and outsource tasks that require Insight, assets, channels and talent that are not core to their business
  • Efficiency: Leveraging an existing infrastructure of an Outsource business will deliver efficiency and best practice, therefore taking Clients through the experience curve much faster
  • Flexibility: Clients can flex Talent, Data and IT  resources without the internal cost and process constraints
  • Speed: The pace of change is relentless, Outsourcing with a partner that has invested in Technology and Talent systems that designed to deliver at pace and integrate with current processes gives Clients a competitive advantage
  • Talent Pipeline: Outsourcing with a partner that designs Talent systems that align with Clients competencies and values delivers a constant pipeline of future Talent
  • Insight: Data and Intelligence can deliver a key competitive advantage, Outsourcing to a partner that invests in how to use data to maximise ROI will ensure that resources are deployed to maximise return
  • Expertise that keeps Clients ahead: By Outsourcing a task that is core to an Outsourcer that is committed to investing in their asset base will ensure that the Service offering will remain future proofed and allow Clients to focus their investment on growing the Core business
  • Test and Learn: To grow there is always a need to invest in opportunities that are not delivering revenue currently, Outsourcing allows the flexibility to ‘Test and Learn’ without the distraction of current teams delivering in the core markets

 

So if the argument to ‘Smart Source’ is clear, how do you make this your competitive advantage? The truth is as ever with every partnership both parties have to play their part and work hard at the relationship, however the sentiment has to move from Supplier to Partner!

 

So, how do you make 1+1=3:

The Buyer’s Role:

  • Commitment from the Top:  Being really clear about why and what you are partnering for is essential and led from the top, this involves being part of the selection process and committing to a ‘Top to Top’ relationship
  • Clear aims and objectives:  It is important that both client and partner  jointly develop clear Joint business plan that details the vision, results and behaviours are expected from the partnership
  • Confidence in the Partner:  There needs to be confidence that the client organisation could not provide a better service ‘in house’ either due to cost, skills or assets that the partner brings. That confidence allows the Client to value and respect the partnership and what it delivers
  • Comparative treatment:  The organisation must treat partners people with the same respect and camaraderie as internal employees. Partnering does not make ‘Loaves and Fishes’ achievable, therefore agree the targets and stretch goals together
  • Commit to the Partnership:  Commit to reviewing the ‘Joint Business Plan’ of the partnership monthly and quarterly to ensure there is alignment on results and future plans. Share your plans and objectives as part of these reviews to ensure the partner is delivering to the business agenda

The Partners Role:

  • ‘Do what you say you are going to do’Trust is key in any Partnership, therefore delivering on agreed objectives is key in creating and maintaining that trust. As part of this the overall sentiment always has to be around acting in the best interests of the Client organisation even if that has short term financial impact for the Partner organisation. Create ‘True Stories’ as case studies of how great results and value are created by delivering on the Joint Business plan
  • Consistency & Quality of People:  People relationships at the Client and Partner organisations is an important factor, however in particular the consistency and quality of the team you deploy will have a large bearing on the outputs and relationship
  • Proactivity:  Having a clear agenda and process for ensuring that the partnership creates a competitive advantage for the Client organisation is key, the pace of change will only increase, therefore committing resources to driving innovation is key
  • Client Focus:  Create a Client focus culture where is it the priority of the whole organisation to deliver on the Client objectives and have a knowledge, understanding and passion for their market that matches the Client organisation
  • Invest:  The Partner must be an expert in their Service offering, however more importantly have clear plans to invest in the future to keep them as the expert and a partner that creates a competitive advantage for Clients

The Relationship:

  • Connection to the top:  A ‘Top to Top’ relationship allows for communication of overall business strategy and early escalation of any issues to allow for a speedy resolution. Ensuring that both parties commit to this demonstrates that that the partnership is seen as a competitive advantage to the Client
  • Contract flexibilityThe pace of change demands that the contract allows for agility in the type of service and resources being deployed, therefore the contract needs to provide for this and not disadvantage one partner over the other
  • Cultural FitEnsuring that both partners see the world the same way in terms of business values,  talent management, business ethics, investment and overall commitment to the partnership is key to both the success and overall sentiment of the relationship

Key Takeaway

 

Seeing clear value in any Outsourced engagement is key in ensuring that the relationship can be seen as a partnership rather than a Client/Supplier arrangement. Given the recent examples of poor Outsourcing is now the time to re-examine your current relationships and ensure you gaining the value and competitive advantage that is required in this fast paced business world.

 

CPM are experts in Outsourced Sales across sectors such as B2B, B2C, Automotive, FMCG, Utilities and On Trade. ROI for our Clients is core to our DNA, therefore our continued investment in Insight and data intelligence is key to deploying Sales resources to where the greatest return will be delivered. CPM are Omni-channel experts with the ability to blend F2F, Contact Centre and Digital to deliver a seamless Sales experience.

 

If you want to discuss how to partner to achieve Sales success please contact Phil Roberts 07739 301187 phil.roberts@uk.cpm-int.com

Outsourcing,

 

 

Welcome to our first edition of Expert Speak for 2018, ‘Storytelling’ which comes from Mike Hughes, Chief Executive Officer, CPM International Group.

 

STORYTELLING

Last year we lost a client – something I am not used to, something I take personally and something that bothers me. Since then I have spent time reflecting on what went wrong and how we need to be better next time.

 

Part of this process led  me to reflect on the current trend for ‘storytelling’. Storytelling, we are told, is the best way to create chemistry with people, to get you more airtime with customers, colleagues and leaders; apparently, that’s because a great anecdote hooks people, takes them on an emotional journey and conveys a memorable message……stories that resonate with people inspire them to take action.

 

I completely buy all this and successful pitch meetings need to do all of those things but I think there is one word that is missing which is particularly important in challenging economic times…and that word is ‘true’….because  stories need to be true stories backed by evidence, fact and testimonials. Donald Trump has introduced the world to fake news and the blurring of fact and fiction and in a world where performance pressure has never been greater, where the sales director’s door revolves ever faster and where experience is at a premium, it is easy to believe the hubris of a new supplier pitch.

 

Ideas are easy but execution is difficult and the stakes are high when execution falls below the required standard. I hear increasing numbers of stories where clients are on the receiving end of over promising and under delivering suppliers, for example, thinking they are getting a state of the art reporting system from day one only to find it doesn’t work or where they are told they should not worry because their sales team will transfer to the new supplier only to find out that they have lost 50% within the early months because promises are not matched by delivery. This matters because poor performance stains the image of our industry as well the individual company delivering it and the short term pressures our clients are under means they can’t afford to lose a single sale.

 

Clients need partners who are going to do what they say they will and this year if you ask CPM to pitch for your work, you can rest assured our stories will be true stories.

 

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