HP wanted to drive up sales team performance and align the field on best practices patterned after the most productive sellers and the most desirable deals.
Here was the challenge.
HP wanted to equip and motivate HP enterprise sales teams to find and pursue the right opportunities in key industries, horizontal IT solutions, and mission-critical application environments. Pearson & Co. understood that sales reps needed richer context about customer care-abouts, purchase triggers, competitive options and selling strategies that would help them uncover opportunities and better frame their solution portfolio in the most productive customer context.
So how did HP address it?
HP has engaged Pearson & Co. over the past three years to discover and develop the right selling strategies and then distill them into actionable, highly visual playbooks that enable sales to open doors and move more smoothly through the customer buying process. We begin the development process by deconstructing the driving factors behind the big wins to see the patterns that are fueling successful selling in a particular context And we deliver each Contextual Messaging strategy in a sales playbook—more than 75 to date—that drives rapid adoption and success among sales teams. Our process is unique; our results are definitive.
What did Pearson & Co. do for HP?
Every playbook starts with extensive interviews to identify the current patterns of success. We speak with sales and other internal stakeholders to hear what's working—or not—at that moment in time. We add that to our technology and sales domain expertise, and then we build out the ideal sales plays for that vertical, horizontal, or solution context. Plays may detail how to pick off low-hanging fruit in the installed base, moves to surround or displace competitors, and paths to penetrate greenfield situations.
Playbooks include scripted conversations and tactics for overcoming common roadblocks and combating competitive moves. The guides visually map and profile the buying process and deliver deep insight about influencers, decision-makers, and organizational dynamics that can help or hurt. We help reps understand their opportunity and the important customer dynamics they will encounter. We simplify solution descriptions to make them more memorable and build discovery questions, objection handling, and critical sales arguments. Our competitive tips are nuanced and woven throughout. We leave out the message clutter; our standards for relevance are high. We seek to add real value to sales teams.
Our playbooks have been met with great enthusiasm by the executive sales team, channel partners, and HP sellers worldwide. They have been cited as "the finest selling tools ever seen—in HP or otherwise," "groundbreaking," and "the gold standard for HP sales guides moving forward." They have already helped sales teams:
Now, here's what YOU need to do.
If you need to drive up sales performance and enable Contextual Messaging across your sales force, call Jenée Gatto today at 408-540-5305.