Outsourcing your sales analysis needs can open the doors to a variety of benefits that -while not always guaranteed- are still likely worth the effort. This blog post will help you determine which services, tools, or outsourcing opportunities are best for your business when it comes to outsourcing your sales analysis needs.
Obesetuber lists out some benefits that can be realized by using an outside agency for sales analysis include: potential revenue increase, increased consistency and accuracy of data, decreased overhead cost of delivering data internally, and developing a robust system of referral marketing.
Outsourcing your sales analysis needs can be a very rewarding endeavor for any business, but to get the most out of your investment, it is important to pick the right outsourcer. The ideal outsourcer will have the following qualities:
With local knowledge comes a greater likelihood of success. Try to find an agency that has a history of helping businesses that are similar in scope or size as yours do their analysis. In addition, during your scheduling process, schedule a meeting with the agency in-person or over video conference and have them outline their process and goals for working with you.
Passion for your business’s success
Why do they do what they do? Do they love to help small businesses succeed, like most of us do? If so, you might have found the right agency.
This is a big one. Does the agency have a bad reputation? How do they treat their customers and employees? All of these things matter when choosing an outsourcer. A good place to check is through various review sites like Yelp or Angie’s List. If at any point you get a bad feeling about an agency, just move on to the next one. It is important that you are comfortable with who you choose to work with.
Does the agency offer a variety of options? Some agencies might charge a flat rate for whatever time frame you need and provide no flexibility, while others offer true “solutions” that can include an initial analysis and ongoing support.
A great thing to do is to ask a few simple questions before signing anything official. For example, what are the terms of your contract? If you can go under 100 hours, does it include VAT taxes? How long will it take to get results from your analysis? How will they share their information with you? These are all very important questions that should be answered prior to signing any contracts.
Quality control system
Also, a good agency will have some sort of quality control system in place. This means that they do quality control audits to ensure that your outsourced analysis is being done in a timely manner and to high standards. In addition, if there are any errors, the agency should be willing to fix them for you at no cost to you. Also, ask how they handle updates or new data. Do they require additional charges or do they have built-in processes?
When it comes to working out the details of your analysis project, focusing on your desired goals and objectives is key so that the outsourcer has an understanding of what will push your business forward. This will help give them the “big picture” of what you want to achieve.
Once everything is agreed upon, you are ready to start working together. The first step is scheduling a meeting with your outsourcer in which they can get to know you and discuss how they can help. It may sound simple, but remember that this is a business decision for them as well. They need to understand your business and be able to describe how their services can help you achieve success. Next, it is time to have the outsourcer do their analysis on your company and share their work with you. This is a very important step because it allows you to see how they have analyzed your company’s data and what the results are.
It is important that they listen to you and respond to all of your questions. There are times when you will want to ask them more questions, which is okay, but make sure that their main objective is to help you achieve the results you desire. Once this has been achieved, look at the goals agreed upon at the beginning of your analysis process. If there are any areas that need improvement or if anything has not been covered, suggest changes or alterations. This will allow both parties to reflect on their work and make improvements moving forward for better results.
The Outsourcing Process
Once you’ve found the perfect outsourcer, it is important that you follow through with your contract and make sure things go smoothly. It is also important to be very diligent throughout the process in terms of communicating with your outsourcer as much as possible. Using your outsourcer can be a laborious task, however the end result will definitely be worth it!
So if you have determined that outsourcing your sales analysis needs is a great option for you, then perhaps now would be a good time to review the list of benefits listed above and decide which are most appealing to you.
Sales analysis is a voluminous process that becomes more complex as the business grows and more data is collected.