Veronique Motte, CPM France CEO discusses Sales Outsourcing in our latest CPM Expert Speak. The obvious choice for some but less well-known to others, sales outsourcing lets brands be more agile and keep ahead of the pack.
To adapt to situations, seasonality and new trends…
The modern consumer is multichannel. Their new needs and new ways of consuming are prompting brands to adapt, revise or even recast their marketing and sales strategies. This is having an impact on the efforts required of their salespeople in the distribution networks. Or rather it should. When a manufacturer’s sales force is given the task of concentrating on the French hypermarket network, it remains focused on the relationships it has built and maintained with each store. These sales representatives, who drive for miles along the roads of France for early morning appointments with department managers, do not have the “bandwidth” to absorb what we in our lingo call a new sales front. So, for a manufacturer who fully intends for its strategy to include the new network that is so popular with consumers, the convenience stores – Carrefour City, Franprix, G20, Intermarché Express, etc. – there is an alternative: the outsourced sales force.
In France, the new “convenience” sector accounts for over 8,500 outlets and 30% of growth in consumer products in 2015, according to Nielsen. In recent years, consumers have been using them with increasing frequency and in response, retailers have increased the number of outlets and thus the number of possible points of contact with these consumers.
In 2014, when French manufacturers were asked about the new challenges facing their sales force in 2016, they cited the improvement in coverage of the new distribution territories – corner shops, drive-thru, etc. When they were asked if they were using or planning to use outsourced sales forces, 55% of them answered “yes!”(PBMO study). The figures published by our French professional association, SORAP, also speak volumes. The outsourced sales force market grew by 9% between 2014 and 2015. Outsourced merchandising grew by 18.5%. This growth phenomenon is expected to continue.
Manufacturers measure the value that outsourced sales or merchandising forces sales teams can create as backup to their employees, by targeting stores that are not visited by them, such as neighbourhood or village mini-marts, but also beachside supermarkets and mountain grocery stores on a more seasonal basis. The importance of the phenomenon transcends our borders, with the same trends being observed in the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. Outsourcing one’s sales force, or its merchandising or activation – the three main business lines of sales and field marketing agencies – is nothing new. What is new is the discovery of the many opportunities that this offers to brands in the current consumption environment, which many might describe as “complex” or even “confusing”.
… and to try new things, innovate and stay competitive
In order to benefit from a qualified sales team whose activities adapt to the year’s various high points, the brands are ready to team up with partners specialising in sales and field marketing campaigns, and try out new and original, even radical, commercial solutions. Like the outsourced shared sales force: shared between two manufacturers, these sales representatives can better and more efficiently cover a sales front in a more economical manner for each of them. In this case, the external service provider makes the relationship between the two companies much easier: part arbitrator, part advisor, it acts as a genuine facilitator while the brands retain complete freedom in defining their strategies.
Because in 2016, the sharing trend is bigger than ever! This is plain to see in the consumer services sector. On the B to B side of things, start-ups are increasingly taking it on board, with fab labs and co-working spaces. Sharing is thus becoming a true entrepreneurial philosophy that major manufacturers are embracing on their own scale with growing enthusiasm.
Other innovative mechanisms, such as e-merchandising (optimising product visibility on e-commerce or drive-thru sites) or crowdsourcing (data collection micro-tasks assigned to paid private individuals) also complement more traditional sales strategies.
For in addition to our local trends, players from further afield – Amazon, Alibaba, Costco, etc. – these names that are used to proclaim that competition is healthy, are transforming the distribution landscape. The status quo is definitely not an option.
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London, United Kingdom, 26th June 2017
CPM first set up office in the UK in 1936 as an over-the-counter marketing agency and has continued to evolve and grow to become today’s global leader in integrated field sales, contact centre and digital sales services; representing over 200 blue chip global brands across a multitude of sectors.
Following its momentous 80 year anniversary in 2016, and with a strategic focus on expanding its new and existing client portfolio, CPM is delighted to announce the launch of a new logo, brand identity and website.
The new image signifies CPM’s continued growth and culture for innovation, whilst retaining the heritage and trust it has developed with its clients over the past 80 years through its brand promise: Using the power of insight to create influence and drive sales for our clients.
The new brand identity and logo is an evolution of the former visual elements with a modernized typeface, injection of colour and a revamped, powerful image library.
“The colours of the new logo (blue, green, and red) have been linked to each element of our brand promise of Insight, Influence, and Sales. We hope this will convey an image of confidence whilst offering energy and excitement. As sales specialists this aligns perfectly with our company culture.”
Tom Preece, Group Chief Executive Officer.
To coincide with its fresh new image, CPM have also launched a new website to showcase its new brand identity using a responsive and easy-to-navigate menu design so that users can find their way around the site on any operating platform.
CPM will be rolling out the new identity to all assets as of 26th June 2017.
Speaking about the new brand entity, Group Chief Development Officer of CPM, Joost van de Ven remarked:
“On the back of a significant year in 2016 celebrating 80 years in business, and to reflect our expanding client and service portfolio, this new brand identity and website reflects our client centric focus and commitment to technology and innovation, not only in the field but also in our contact centres and online. This is one of the core reasons our clients and employees alike choose to work with us! While we have developed ourselves as a global leader in outsourced sales over the past 80 years, we are always thinking outside the box and looking for fresh, high tech solutions which not only deliver a true competitive advantage but also drive incremental sales for our clients. »
CPM is the leading partner for outsourced sales solutions, with impressive global clients spanning FMCG, Retail, Technology, Automotive, and Financial sectors, to name a few.
To discover CPM’s new brand image, please see visit www.cpm-int.com.
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