A friend, Bill Herr, got me thinking one day when he said, “CRM Software is like handing a salesperson sheet music and expecting them to sing a few bars.” How true I echoed. Considering I failed in my first implementation of a rudimentary CRM system by failing to properly train the salespeople, I understood what he meant. Yes, they had a few hours of cursory training but certainly not enough.
From observing many companies, not much has changed. The salespeople have the laptops, but knowing how to use the most important piece of software the company can give them is still hit and miss. I run into this failure when I call on clients in my consulting business and I hear of it from SLMA members.
“Huh, oh, yes, we got the software,” the manager mumbles and looks at me side-ways. “Do your salespeople use it,,” I ask. The answers range from no, to hell no, to kind of.