How to sell to leads during and after COVID-19

Let’s face it: The novel coronavirus upended life in a lot of different ways. Economies nosedived, entire cities shut down overnight and most employees have been forced to work remotely until further notice. But humans adapt quickly. People are already journeying down the road to recovery.

6 steps to adapt effectively

To thrive in the next normal, B2B companies will need to continue adapting to the new economic reality. A survey of B2B sales operations by McKinsey & Company shows the pandemic has accelerated previous trends — omnichannel selling, inside sales, tech-enabled selling and e-commerce. Nearly eight in 10 (79%) B2B companies say they are very likely or somewhat likely to sustain these shifts for 12+ months post-COVID.

The right kind of help is not what you think

After a series of delays to critical upgrades, the world has blue-screened and is now in the process of painfully rebooting. We don’t know how long the process will take, nor which point we are at within it.

Are you digital-ready?

When implemented well, the changes in B2B sales required by a more digital sales environment will become opportunities to drive improvements in these key areas:

How COVID-19 could reshape sales

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused sales organizations to adapt overnight to a new world of social distancing and digital-only collaboration. The comfortable confines of the corporate office are off limits; customer calls are virtual-only; and plans for sales kickoffs, trade shows and other in-person events have shifted to a virtual model (or been cancelled altogether).

Hiring B2B Sales Professionals During and Post COVID-19

Post-pandemic sales teams will need employees with digital skills, design thinking, entrepreneurship and innovation. Before you start hiring, set smart recruiting goals. Here are a few recruitment strategies to help you get started:

4 tips for more engaging remote sales presentations

Sales reps who were selling in person a few months ago are now steeped in a very different (virtual) reality. But how do salespeople feel about remote sales calls versus in-person presentations?

Managers in the recovery can focus on change

Our behaviors and decisions change regularly to a very large degree because of context. With the quarantine, and now the recovery, the context that the entire world is experiencing is different from what it used to be. We’re exempting monastic monks and those who live off the grid. But that’s not you, nor is it your customers.

Pandemic Selling by the Numbers

Almost half of small and medium-sized business owners (48%) have experienced a severe decline in demand or have stopped operations altogether in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while 56% have pivoted to a new business model to survive.

COVID-19 accelerates expected B2B sales trends

The way companies buy and sell from each other looks very different than it did even six months ago. McKinsey & Company created its B2B Decision Maker Pulse, a survey of 3,600 B2B decision makers in 11 countries and 12 sectors across 14 spend categories. The objective is to identify how decision makers continue to learn and pivot their operations in the age of COVID-19.