Sales leadership plays a crucial role in motivating teams, providing resources, tracking data, and implementing strategies tailored for revenue growth. Savvy hotel sales managers employ tactics optimizing sales training, technology, pipeline analysis, prospecting, and team culture to achieve occupancy, ADR, and booking goals.
This article outlines actionable sales management techniques for improving sales team productivity and property revenues.
1. Conduct Regular Skills Training
Continuous sales skills development through roleplaying, workshops, and expert coaching maximizes talent. Train negotiation, objection handling, storytelling, executive presence, proposal writing, relationship building, and consultative sales.
2. Incentivize Success
Tie individual bonuses and rewards directly to sales activity metrics, conversions and profitability growth. Consider group performance plans fostering teamwork. Recognize top performers publicly.
3. Monitor Pipeline Forecasts
Track deal progress through defined pipeline stages to isolate chokepoints losing qualified opportunities. Identify consistent stall points like proposals, demos, or contract phase. Assess why.
4. Arm with CRM and Tools
Provide systems centralizing prospect/client data, automating workflows, and tracking interactions for sales efficiency. Integrate call logging, email templates, virtual meeting capabilities, and digital collateral development.
5. Set Clear Goals and Benchmarks
Establish specific, measurable sales objectives for occupancy, ADR, conversions, and revenue to drive focus. Set daily, weekly, and monthly metrics aligning to yearly revenue targets. Provide goal transparency.
6. Share Competitive Intelligence
Educate team on competitor offerings, rates, deals, and value propositions to inform competitive positioning. Conduct comparison audits on amenities, packages, promotions, and partnerships competitors offer.
7. Develop Account Target Lists
Build targeted prospect lists based on company size, industry, travel needs, and potential opportunity for dedicated outreach campaigns. Prioritize leads strategically by likelihood of conversion and revenue impact. Provide calling lists.
8. Promote Team Collaboration
Foster teamwork through group goal setting, peer mentoring, recognition, and post-win celebrations for camaraderie. Facilitate mentoring relationships between top and emerging performers. Celebrate group accomplishments.
9. Analyze Lost Deal Post Mortems
Identifying recurring reasons proposals lose provides insights to improve close rates. Gather feedback from prospects on needs unmet. Evaluate gaps in capabilities, packages, or positioning.
10. Maintain Motivational Momentum
Keep energy and engagement high through contests, incentivized competitions, and varied daily huddles. Vary competitions based on bookings, outbound calls completed, proposals created, or responses received.
11. Track and Report on Metrics
Monitoring bookings, pipeline conversions, productivity, site visits scheduled, and deals won keeps efforts aligned. Share daily metrics updates on TVs, during huddles, and through digests. Review weekly in team meetings.
12. Gather Customer Feedback Insights
Solicit prospect and client input through surveys and interviews to guide refinements. Interview lost accounts on deciding factors. Survey customers on experience. Mine for improvement opportunities.
By taking a targeted management approach, hotel sales leaders can significantly impact team performance, competitive edge, and bottom-line revenues.
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