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How to Make Sales During a Pandemic

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As the world collectively prays for a speedy recovery from COVID, business must go on. Maintaining quarterly performance and hitting quotas is more difficult than ever, but there is also a great opportunity for all of us to solve new challenges.

We won’t bother you with stats and figures showing how the pandemic is wreaking havoc across our economic landscape (there’s enough of that on the internet already). Instead, here we’re focusing on how you can soldier on and maintain, or even grow, your sales in this strange new situation we find ourselves in. And it all begins with a basic three step plan: ‘Go online’, ‘put people first’ and ‘be flexible’.

Go Online

Brick and mortar establishments will always have a place in our markets, but all organizations must develop an online channel to fall back to. While the pandemic continues to stifle traditional business, ecommerce, on the other hand, is experiencing a massive boom. Walmart and Amazon have both reported a staggering 40% to 97% increase in their onlines sales just this first quarter.

If you don’t have a digital market in place, now is the time to give it a serious thought. If you feel you have no experience or knowledge to make the switch to the internet, don’t worry. For small businesses, creating an ecommerce platform has never been easier with numerous third party services specializing in creating one for them. What you need to worry about is how soon you are willing to pull the trigger.

Put People First

Our quarantine lifestyle has made face-to-face interactions problematic, but you still need to find ways to show your customers that you care. A good rule of thumb is to always have more online calls than what’s required. Meetings should rarely be ‘presentations’. Avoid PowerPoints slides in favor of good old fashioned conversations where you try to understand the client; who they are, where they come from, etc. When a client senses empathy, they are more likely to do business with you.

Sales is a pursuit to satisfy customers. Simply delivering isn’t enough. You need to go above and beyond to nurture a strong connection with your clients. While marketing can fulfil this need, your sales, project management, business development and other teams must all collectively touch bases with your clients during the bidding process.

Be Flexible

The pandemic is a que for everyone to start thinking out of the box. Put aside tried and tested business models and ask yourself; how can I tailor my business to all types of needs? Car companies are altering their assembly lines to build ventilators and airlines are using their fleet for cargo delivery. Maintaining revenue is all about providing a service in any way, shape or form.

You don’t need to simply come up with new products and services. Instead, accommodate your clients as best you can. Change your pricing model, provide installment options or agree to something outside your SOP’s. The goal is to get the ball rolling with a potential client. One example is that here at IdeasUnlimited, we offer turn-key solutions based on a holistic approach. Now, we have changed our packages to be smaller and scalable in the long run. This allows clients, who are now more risk-averse than ever, to be more comfortable in working with us since we give them the option to initiate without a huge investment.

While there are plenty of reasons to lament a global health crisis, we ultimately see great hope. IdeasUnlimited believes in the power of human ingenuity and we have always bet on people’s ability to find creative solutions for even the most complex problems. We are proud of our remote workforce who have skillfully navigated us through the pandemic and each one of them are ready to extend their assistance to you. If you’d like to know more, then be sure to read about how we helped a California based eshop reach global success. Whether it’s creating your own online store, assisting with customer service or providing operational support, we are always here to help! Contact us at sales@ideasunlimitedonline.com and give your business the boost it deserves.

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Why is Your Sales Support Staff Crucial for Keeping Your Business Afloat?

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Why Do You Need Sales Support Staff?

Why is your sales team not achieving their desired quotas and is instead consistently underperforming? Is this a consistent problem that is harming your closing rate? Read on to see the biggest reason why in order to address it straight away.

Hire sales support

One of the most effective strategies of making headway in this department is to hire sales support. Sales support staff exist for the sales representatives to be able to close sales faster, smarter, and more efficiently.

Typically, less than 40% of a sales team’s time is spent generating financial returns. Why is that the case? Because 60% of an agent’s time is spent on time-intensive and painstaking secondary tasks. A lot of them are not directly related to acquiring new clients, but they are absolutely essential for keeping your clients happy. This then translates into keeping your business afloat. You need sales support staff to handle the bulk of these secondary tasks so your sales agents can focus on closing new leads.

However, there is a fine balance your company has to walk to hire just the correct number of sales support employees to enhance your sales team’s productivity but also justify the additional expense. Having 50-60% sales support workers in your sales team hits the sweet spot.

Ancillary tasks need to be assigned elsewhere to free up the frontline and pre-sales team’s time and energy. Administrative support tasks like handling accounts, scheduling meetings with customers, following up with them about their order(s), and other sundry tasks are some of the duties that should be performed by sales support staff.

Customer Relation management by Sales Support

Maintaining a Customer Relationship Management System is part of their job description as well. They update client accounts, new developments, and current statuses here for easy access by any relevant company employees. This is a farsighted approach which streamlines processes that weigh down those workers whose work directly translates into more revenue being generated. Spending hours and hours on monotonous routine tasks is tedious for someone who knows their time would be more productively spent elsewhere. A CRM system is also a convenient reference for the processes that your business incorporates. It allows for you to easily scale up when required and is also helpful for training new hires.

CRM systems also acts as a task management platform with reminders of meetings, things to do, and deadlines. They are connected to communication channels like email, telephone calls, and social media etc. for real time engagement with clients. They also record the history of each order and client interaction, which in turn allows for a better understanding of why some deals fall through while others are successful.

What Are the Responsibilities of Sales Support Staff?

The job of a sales support individual is to streamline processes and provide bilateral support and tertiary services to ensure the sales staff can perform at their maximum capability and efficiency. Your sales support staff will mainly be handling peripheral tasks related to client orders and inventory management. They will take care of administrative tasks like scheduling meetings, data processing, providing leads to the sales team and handling customer inquiries. These personnel need to be able to organize their tasks proficiently because they are crucial for the efficient running of the company.

Sales support increasing accountability

Their responsibilities will include the following:

  1. Administrative support

Sales support staff make sure processes run smoothly by providing administrative support. Their tasks include:

  • Processing orders and updating backlogs in the digital CRM system.
  • Scheduling meetings with clients and assigning them to sales representatives.
  • Forwarding all client complaints and inquiries to the respective departments for maximum productivity and client satisfaction.
  1. Acquiring and retaining clients

This staff will also act as your frontline appointment setters, cold calling and warm calling agents, and backend data entry operators to ensure that your sales team works as well as it can. They will take care of:

Sales Support as a client retainer
  • Handling client inquiries to their satisfaction.
  • Forwarding prospective client leads to the sales agents so they can follow up with them on their end.
  • Recording sales orders with their relevant details in the CRM system and handling rush orders.
  • Overseeing the status of pending orders by keeping in touch with the clients to reassure them and keep them up to date.
  1. Monitoring the sales team

Sales Support to monitor the sales team

The sales support staff also monitors the sales team’s internal processes on a day-to-day basis. This creates a tiered organizational structure so that the responsibility and supervision does not rest solely in the hands of one manager. On the other hand, the tasks are subdivided to be better achievable. This aspect covers:

  • Keeping a check on the sales team’s developments and progress.
  • Analyzing data from the CRM system to investigate the ratio of leads converted into sales, the factors behind a low or high conversion rate in different areas.

Sales support can study buying habits in different demographics according to their sales data for more targeted marketing. Any insights on sales trends across the industry would be helpful for the team to know which directions to pursue.

  • Organizing reports to chart the sales team’s performance as well as research and implement strategies to improve said performance for the optimum running of the team.

We often see companies laying off sales support staff in a purported effort to reduce costs while still keeping the essential workers to keep the business operational. But by reducing the percentage of sales support, the company sees a dramatic decrease in productivity and efficiency. Scaling up or scaling down, for each frontline sales agent, there needs to be a sales support agent. This will ensure that processes run smoothly and without easily avoidable glitches.

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Is COVID-19 Harming Your Business? We Can Help

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The coronavirus pandemic has rained trouble down on small businesses from every angle. The business landscape is uncertain, and every sector has had to adapt. Whether business is reduced, or it is temporarily booming, we can help you get through this time. Our secret is leveraging and managing a remote workforce.

Chat, Email, and Call Center Support

Just like most businesses today, your business may be spread thin; perhaps employees are staying at home, availing PTO. Or perhaps you could not afford their services, but cannot handle all the work they were taking care of. If so, it might be time to look into hiring and managing a remote workforce.

Hiring a remote workforce during this time to take care of customer emails, calls and chat requests is the best way to ensure that your customers or clients feel well taken care of. While clients will understand that you are working with a reduced staff, they will appreciate your company much more and will not put services on hold if you are proactive in getting their work done.

A remote workforce is often much less expensive than local services. Not only will that drive costs down when margins are thin, managing a remote workforce through IdeasUnlimited will ensure that you know exactly what it’s doing any time it is on the clock. As industries have shifted almost entirely to telework, employers have been worried about paying their employees for work that doesn’t get done due to all the distractions at home. IdeasUnlimited remote oversight services guarantee that your employees are working on their job duties wherever they are in the world.

Chat support, email support, and call support can be customized to any business. If your emails are piling up, or clients are concerned about never being able to reach you, you can hire IdeasUnlimited services on an hourly basis today.

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Boom in Business?

If you’re experiencing a boom in business during the COVID-19 pandemic, you need to capitalize on this and handle it correctly with your customers. Responding to clients promptly and making sure that they do not experience any hassle in getting their order or service requests through, is paramount. This will pay dividends in happy, returning customers. Hiring a customer care center that is experienced in support services will ensure that you hit the ground running and do not need to waste time interviewing contractors. With top remote teams providing 24/7/365 support, fast scalability and flexibility, omnichannel support, and cost-effective packages, IdeasUnlimited will be the ideal partner to help you during this crisis. IdeasUnlimited will take most of the work of managing a remote workforce off your hands.

Healthcare Call Center Support

Hiring a remote workforce for a call center during the coronavirus crisis will provide the ideal infrastructure for handling all your client calls and queries. A healthcare service inundated with calls and questions during COVID 19 will have to scale up quickly, without any degradation in customer service. With most doctors switching to telehealth appointments amidst the crisis, having a remote workforce ready to handle potential healthcare clients has become even more important. Through IdeasUnlimited’s healthcare call center staff, you can hire remote call center workers to take care of both frontend and backend services. Frontend agents can set up appointments, handle prescription refills, check eligibility and benefits etc. The backend agents, who are also certified in all major EMR platforms, can enter patient demographics, claim scrubbing and submission, billing, etc.

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Operations Support

Business relief plans offered through governments the world over do not cover contractor pay. Thus, you should look into hiring overseas contractors who will ease the financial burden on your business, since you will get the same work done for much cheaper. IU services such as marketing support, virtual assistant support, and call center support can help you keep your business going, but at a lower cost than usual.

Outsourcing invoice generation and collection, bookkeeping, and payroll will not only cut your employee costs down, it will allow you to focus on core business responsibilities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, your primary focus should be on adapting your core business model to the changing conditions and appealing to existing customers. Support services can be outsourced at a cheaper rate than in-house employees or contractors.

Marketing and Ecommerce Support

With most brick and mortar stores being forced to close their doors, or having to adhere to strict restrictions regarding footprints, online shopping and deliveries have boomed. Your business needs to set up or enhance its ecommerce platform as soon as possible, because that’s where the bulk of your customers will be contacting you. IdeasUnlimited can help you with website development and have your website up and running as soon as possible. However; you need to market the website once it is published.  Providing a good customer experience on the website is also imperative. IdeasUnlimited offers a full ecommerce support package, including technical support, logistics support, marketing support, backend support, product research, and brand management. We can also help you with managing a remote workforce for website development and maintenance.

Billing Support

During the COVID-19 pandemic, your business should give clients a larger window of time to fulfill invoices; however, you should not be giving work away for free. It is necessary for cash flow that you track client work and bill them on time and accurately. You should try to stay on top of this; however, if you can’t, hiring a remote worker to take care of this for you may be the best option. IdeasUnlimited can provide you billing support at flexible hours per week, to make sure that your business does not lose money it should not be missing out on during this pandemic.

Contact us today to get a custom quote for your business at sales@ideasunlimitedonline.com.

Tips for Ensuring Your Virtual Assistants Do Not Slack Off

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Originally posted as an answer on Quora for If you have multiple virtual assistants across multiple businesses, how can you be sure that they are not slacking off?

Answer by Shakira, Operations Manager – Project and Growth, IdeasUnlimited

shakira@osbprovider.com

Hiring a virtual assistant to provide administrative support, marketing support, technical support, or any other kind of support services required by your business requires a strong trust-based relationship, more so than hiring an in-house worker. Hiring multiple virtual assistants across multiple businesses compounds the need for a mechanism for building and maintaining this trust in the remote workforce.

The strategies and tools for ensuring they are not slacking off depend on the type of virtual assistant you have hired:

  1. Dedicated

Is the virtual assistant supposed to set aside designated hours for your project or business? Go for this type of virtual assistant if you need assistance with a high volume of meticulous work in certain hours of the day or if a project is time sensitive.

  1. Flexible

Do you want the virtual assistant to complete the set tasks by a certain deadline but work any hours that suit him/her? Most design and web development projects lend towards this type of virtual assistant as do multilingual transcription services and translation of audio files. For such a virtual assistant, your criterion for judging performance and, hence, whether he/she is slacking off will be the quality of work delivered.

  1. Shared

Does the virtual assistant work for you in set hours shared with other projects? Shared hours would be perfect for you if you need virtual PA services or other support services to cover certain hours.

Tips for ensuring your virtual assistants do not slack off

  • Communicate Objectives, Expectations, and Deadlines Clearly: A good virtual assistant needs clear communication of goals, responsibilities, and timelines to deliver results. Once you communicate all three at the beginning of the project, both of you will know how the work is supposed to be carried out. This ensures the virtual assistants do not slack off since they are aware of what results they need to deliver by a particular date.
  • Use a Time Tracker and Productivity Management Software:This creates a transparent process wherein you can see activity levels, app and URL usage, attendance, etc. It will also motivate the virtual assistant to give their 100% to the task since screenshots and the reports generated ensure productivity levels stay high.
  • Set Up a Project Management Mechanism:Take some time out of your schedule or hire a project manager to keep an eye on the project’s progress. This will keep you in the loop, ensure that objectives are being met, and proactively identify any problem areas that can be corrected before they derail the project. This will be the most important tool for managing flexible virtual assistants.
  • Hire Proficient Virtual Assistants from a Professional Support Services ProviderSince you would be hiring from a firm that professionally recruits and places virtual assistants, you’ll be assured of a wider range of highly qualified and reliable candidates who can assist you in a wide range of tasks and businesses. In addition, to build client loyalty, the firm will handle project management as well as the administrative aspect such as payroll processing, and will also monitor the remote team for you. You can simply focus on growing your business by assigning tasks to them. The firm will even take care of initial and ongoing training of the virtual assistants for you. This also reduces the risk of hiring a stranger to assist you in your business since the support services provider will be responsible for finding and retaining virtual assistants, freeing you from that hassle.
  • Give Incentives to Improve Productivity:Like any other workers, virtual assistants will also perform better when offered the correct incentives. Setting up a reward or bonus scheme for performance par excellence will encourage the virtual assistants to complete their tasks on time and to the best of their abilities. This will be most apt for a dedicated virtual assistant since you need to keep their motivation levels high for regular stretches of time and they provide the greatest range of support services.

Use these simple tips to ensure your virtual assistants do not slack off and you get quality work on time. Please comment down below if you have any questions or suggestions.

5 Easy Tips for Creating a Better Brand Image as a Receptionist

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A good receptionist service constitutes performing a number of administrative support tasks. Administrative support services are the backbone of a successful business; hence, they require a combination of skills for efficient delivery, namely technical, interpersonal, and communication skills. A receptionist typically handles all telecommunication, receives and guides office visitors, manages itineraries and prepares for meeting and training schedules.

All administrative support workers who are responsible for customer support are brand ambassadors since professional receptionist service provides the first contact point in most interactions. Therefore, a receptionist holds greater responsibility of conveying the company image correctly and professionally. Use these 5 easy to implement yet very powerful training tips for a receptionist to define the company image in a better manner:

Positive Language and Tone

Your enthusiasm and warm tone can help you bring in meaningful connections for your office. It is important that you avoid a negative tone and phrases. Avoid phrases that are cold and demanding. Instead, use friendlier, warmer phrases to deliver the same message.

Phrases to Avoid Phrases to Use
You need to… I’ll be happy to find a solution for you
…can’t be done Gladly! / My pleasure!
I don’t know! Happy to take your message
No problem! May I put you on hold?
Hold, Please! Will have the call returned
… not available I’ll be happy to follow-up with you
Just a sec. One moment please
Who is this? May I ask who is calling?
What? Will you please repeat that?

Usage of correct tone and phrases goes a long way in establishing a positive image of your company and products/services in the minds of your potential connections. Your welcoming language will show that you are concerned and demonstrate your sincerity and ability to help.

Gatekeeping Skills as a Brand Ambassador

Receptionist service training constitutes discerning between clients, potential clients, and mere inquiries. A trained receptionist shields the people in-charge from interruptions to help them focus on their tasks. This is when a receptionist performs the role of a gatekeeper. Like for b2b sales, receptionists take the calls and set appointments. They are rarely involved in final decision-making but they are the ones who decide who gets through to make a pitch and who does not.

Here, a receptionist gets a chance to act as a gatekeeper as well as a brand ambassador. While screening for unwanted calls, keep your questions simple and your tone friendly. Invest your time to identify a potential, new business opportunity and deal accordingly. This showcases the professionalism of your company with which it handles clients and customers.

Connect to the Relevant Person

As you have trained yourself to assess caller/visitor agenda, make sure you refer them to the appropriate department or person without delay. This saves time for all the parties. It also shows that your company is resourceful and organized along with creating an image of specialized and cooperative staff.

A Quick Recap and Follow-Up Message Before the Call Ends

Setting up clear expectations and definite timeframes create a professional environment for carrying out business activities. A receptionist can make callers comfortable by helping them get things done. For quality customer experiences, the receptionist service should include a quick recap of the information gathered and a follow-up time for the caller. This makes things easier and clearer for the one who has approached your company, resulting in higher chances of positive reviews.

Share Informational Material About Your Products and Services

In addition to showing your dedication by reiterating the information received from potential clients and providing them a follow-up schedule, a little marketing could also help create a better brand image.

You can take permission from upper management and then share relevant authorized material with your clients through any channel they may prefer such as emails, fax, post, text messages, etc.

This can provide supplementary information to the clients about your company and its goods and services. Additionally, it can show them how things are carried out in your organization and what range of solutions are offered to clients. This might also lead to further opportunities with the client and a recommendation for potential collaborations.