Organizations need to keep a watchful eye on not only their overall company sales strategy, but also at the individual sales rep level. Sales reps are the foot soldiers in the field. They are in the trenches every day and well rewarded for it too, however they should also be able to chime in on decisions out in the field. The sales reps have a direct line to their client base, they should understand the landscape better than their managers. They should know what solutions address whatever the clients pains are, they should know what works the best and what areas the client may think needs improvement or is not up to par with the competitors. It makes no sense to continue the same strategy if reps are under-performing. Getting them involved and getting their feedback on sales strategy will get their minds thinking. They will be involved and have their mind focused on possible areas to improve solutions for clients. If their minds are ticking regarding the best solutions for the customer, then the client perceives the value. If they are bought in, it may lead to better performance.

Due to the recession, companies indeed conducted internal assessments on maximizing all available resources. The same applies for the sales reps when under-performing. If they simply maintain the same strategy and just hope for better results, that leaves too much to chance. They need to adjust their own strategy real time. If they are not presently paying attention to industry trends, they might miss plenty of opportunities to derive value for their clients. Unfortunately many under-performing sales reps are selling blind and are unable to recognize market opportunities. Sometime changing strategy could ignite much needed enthusiasm which suffers whenever a rep is not meeting his quota obligations. The key for the sales manager is to uncover what particular sales strategy compliments the individual rep's strengths and then tailor the strategy accordingly.

Sometimes when sales reps hit a slump, they try to stack their pipelines with opportunities that have unrealistic chances of closing in a reasonable cycle simply to appease their sales manager. Desperate sales reps may do whatever is necessary to keep their job. The sales manager needs to make sure that the sales rep is pushing all his energy towards meeting quota not just trying to look busy. It takes open 2-way communication between manager and rep to find out exactly what's not working and why. It's fairly common that most organizations employ the same strategies from rep to rep, so whenever any slowdown in the economy occurs, it affects the entire team. Having multiple strategies and different avenues to account penetration will provide suitable backup in the event of recession. Organizations would be wise to listen to their sales people on the ground and adopt various sales strategies. The more flexible organizations adapt and are able to implement various strategies according to changes in the marketplace.

Author's Bio: 

Henry Okwo is the Founder and CEO of SalesGymUSA, a Targeted Sales Training company. Henry is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley where he was a 2-time National Champion. He has over 15 years sales and management experience and has developed a specialized sales training program based on sports performance development to boost sales. Find out more targeted sales strategies to increase your sales results at Henry also conducts a daily mental workout on his blog,