The latest article to catch my eye, Barrett's The 12 Sales Trends of 2012, has the overall theme of "Adapt or Perish", which I think pretty much sums it up.
It's a lot like the theme I developed in this post last month.
Picking through the 12 sales trends covered most are part of the ongoing evolution (or should it be revolution) in sales that's been brought about by "search" and the internet. This has been the single most disruptive force in sales aver the last 10 years.
When I say disruptive, that's not a criticism, I'm talking in terms of how search has completely changing the B2B sales landscape.
It's what the article points to as "A seismic shift in the way we sell".
In the 21st century business is more about questions than answers; more about thinking than action; more about people than capital. 2012 is about getting your house in a new order because the world changes yet again and we need to change with it.Transactional salespeople, or "order takers" have basically been replaced by ecommerce. Every aspect of sales has gone higher up the food chain, which is reflected in a number of the trends outlined including "the polarisation of buying and selling".
Your sales team today are no longer just "closers", they're facilitators.
Other trends look at improving efficiency of selling, through better CRM, targeting and segmentation and reducing expensive sales resources, such as "Field sales team numbers to halve".
It's now all about getting more from less, which is basically what every business needs to consider.
As the article concludes, "Buyers are in the driver’s seat"