An organisation’s competitiveness heavily relies on its sales and marketing team. Therefore it is important that these teams are highly skilled and competent. It is thus important for an organization to continuously train these teams to sharpen their skills and competencies. Sales and Marketing being dynamic professions require higher levels of skills and knowledge. Out of all skills that are required, there are certain fundamentals skills that sales and marketing professionals should possess.
Here is a list of a few vital sales & marketing skills and competencies.
Sales Professionals: Skills And Competencies
Sales is one of the toughest jobs and it requires many activities to be done to sell a product or service. Here are 7 top skills and competencies that any sales professional must have.
- Product Knowledge: The first requirement to sell a product or a service is to gain detailed knowledge about them. This skill is acquired by product training. It educates them about the details such as how each product works, what benefits it offers and the reasons why customers should purchase their product.
- Communication Skills: Effective communication is a key factor in a successful sales and helps in building meaningful relationships with the customers. A sales professional should know how to shift the customer’s perspective, and convince the customer to purchase his/her product.
- Product Demonstration skills: There are certain products/services which require a demonstration to start a sale process. Hence, the sales professionals need to not only understand the product, but must be able to showcase the capabilities and benefits of the product.
- Self Motivation: A sales professional must be enthusiastic and motivated about the product he/she is selling in order to convince the customers to purchase them.
- Market Dynamics: Sales professionals should have expert knowledge about the product’s market, industry, strategies, needs and its competitors. It helps to build meaningful contacts with other individuals and companies, establish credibility, develop trust and recognize various opportunities.
- Sales prospecting: Sales prospecting simply means to reach out to the potential customers who have shown their interest in the company’s product.
- Managing the sales process: An effective planning with proper time management helps in managing the sales process. Maintaining frameworks and checklists helps to avoid mistakes and in managing the sales process and time.
Marketing Professionals : Skills And Competencies
Marketing field is advancing day-by-day thus it requires the market professionals to be up to date too. Here are 7 top skills and competencies that any marketing professional must have.
- Creativity: Market professionals need to have creative minds, to be able to think of new and exciting ideas for their product’s marketing. Creative thinking helps to keep the product’s presence fresh and attract more and more customers towards the product.
- Analytical skills: Analytical thinking is a much needed skill to determine the actual needs and requirements of the customers. It helps to deal with customers with varied needs.
- Content marketing skills: Content marketing focuses on creating valuable content to attract and retain customers. Effective content marketing skills improve brand awareness & recognition, build credibility and authority, and develop lasting relationships with the customers.
- Technological proficiency: Technological skills helps in the process of digital marketing, e-mail marketing, social media advertising and on many other platforms. Thus, technological skills are valuable for market professionals.
- Collaborative skills: Every organisation needs to collaborate with different companies and individuals for business purposes. Market professionals with strong interaction and speaking skills help the company to secure a firm place in the market.
- Critical thinking: Critical thinking helps in evaluating situations and statements, problem solving and in business-influencing decisions. It also strengthens an individual’s observation, explanation, analysing and reflecting skills.
- Marketing logistics: Marketing logistics involves a lot of planning and coordinating activities. Having such skills helps in expansion of the product line, reduces the distribution cost and maintains a competitive edge of the organisation.
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