When you think about On-Site Sales Assist, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it another sales person, is it a clerk who processes the transaction or is it maybe a person that helps re-stock and bring product out?
That’s what I thought until I was presented with an opportunity to bring in a sales-assist team for one of my 18 day events and I had a decision to make. It was tough because I had the budget to do so but I couldn’t see the value in doing so.
I have always struggled with the concept of hiring a team of people to “assist in sales” mainly because I thought these teams of people are not fully immersed with my brand and because I couldn’t justify getting help when my team was big enough to handle the volume without any help.
I evaluated the pros and cons and decided that for this particular event I would give it a shot. The presentation the team put together changed my paradigm of what a sales assist team is and how they will benefit my event. With more than a pinch of hesitation I embraced this partnership and launched the event.
Two days into the event I was already sold on the idea of hiring a sales assist team. Here are the 3 reasons why:
1. They were special event experts
Although my team was composed of sales professionals a lot of them have not done special events before. Selling at trade-shows, off-site events and special events is very different than selling in a retail location. We were targeting customers who had no intention of buying our product before engaging in a conversation with us and the sales assist team did exactly that, engaged walk-by traffic in conversations.
After they engaged them in a conversation, they were able to filter the opportunity customers with a few questions and bring in a sale professional to take over the conversation. They had designed games and activities to help engage the crowd without focusing on our product directly. The purpose of the activities and games was to show the crowd a good time, create a memory and make people comfortable in our environment.
2. They allowed my team to do what they do best
By not having to worry about bringing customers in and trying to engage a crowd, my team were able to focus on what they do best. They spent a lot of their time discovering needs, connecting with customers, presenting solutions and closing sales. They didn’t have to think about learning a new skill of pro-actively starting a conversation about their product with a crowd that 10 second prior to walking by our booth had no intention of buying our product. The whole process really made my team comfortable and feel less out of place.
3. Ultimately they cost less
After seeing the benefits of having a separate team to do the special event type work I started thinking of making this a permanent process for all my off-site events. After looking at the costs involved in hiring temporary staff, hiring a recruiter, designing a training program and turning these employees over as much as I would have to, hiring a on site sales assist agency is much more cost-effective and better equipped to add value.
The team at Retailors Group has over 15 years of retail sales and field marketing experience. Retailors Group takes the time to understand your brand and align your core values into a tailor made solution that builds a long lasting relationship with your consumers.