International Sales Management Programme

Re-acciona Programme Award

Once again, ITC Galicia has been awarded the contract to provide business and sales relaunching services within the framework of the RE-ACCIONA programme which was set in motion in 2012 by the Galician Institute for Economic Advancement (IGAPE in its Spanish acronym). ITC has been managing the programme since its outset.

As a consultancy that specialises in strategical sales planning as well as providing operational support for sales departments, our objective is to provide guidelines to Galician SMEs with the aim of optimising their use of resources and to ensure they maximise ROI when launching sales campaigns, both at home and abroad.

We assist with their efforts to increase sales and to locate and expand their customer bases. We provide aid in singling out targets markets and in their search for distributors, agents and direct customers, again both on the domestic scene and markets abroad. To date, more than 150 Galician SMEs have entrusted their expansion to ITC.
Our purpose is to provide our services to help many more!

ITC achieves significant increases in both domestic and international sales for a Galician manufacturers of Designer Sports Bags.

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At ITC not only do we provide internationalisation services, but we also develop sales strategies and establish the best sales management policies for your firm.

In the UK this new trend has been named Fashion Sports Bags and  has revolutionised the world of paddle and racket wielders, especially in Anglo-Saxon countries such USA and Australia as well as the UK.

The Fashion Sports Bags are designed and manufactured by the Galician firms and are suitable for all sports kit, equipment especially paddles and tennis rackets.

The first challenge ITC had to overcome was to change the channels through which the material was sold. The bags were originally sold through sports shops and clubs this was widened to include fashion boutiques a designer accessories. Fashion buyers have really begun to appreciate these designer accessories which combine sport with the latest trends.

The second challenge faced by ITC was to identify potential customers abroad. The export policy has been defined and includes minimum orders, prices and conditions for each of the models. The agreement has been signed with several distribution channels, margins agreed and model contracts for sales agents drawn up. The policy was enhanced with sales campaigns and promotions that helped to attract the first clients and to initiate sales overseas.

Chapter 2: The Most Common Fails in Client Follow-up

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Last month we published the first chapter in this serieson our web titled: First International Sales Meeting: Do your Homework, Listen and Ask! Based on a number of reflections and advice on achieving success in your first international sales meeting. Over all these years of experience working with hundreds of clients, it has become evident that making a good impression in the first meeting is not enough: our follow-up and continuing sales management has proven to be as or more important than this first meeting.

Something we hear all too often from many clients is: “we have a meeting with a potential client, everything seems to fit and go well, but all of a sudden the lines of communication dry up, they don’t answer and seem to lose interest, what are we doing wrong?”

There are many reasons why a potential client may lose interest in our company and it is not always for reasons of whether or not ours is the best product on the market: more often than not it is due to mistakes we have made in the planning, follow-up and sales management and stages. Following are a few points detailing what your shouldn’t do during the negotiations:

  • If we arrange to call a client on a specific date and time, you MUST make the call. “I was in a meeting”, “I got caught up” are NOT excuses.
  • Do your homework before you pick up the phone, you should have your sales pitch prepared beforehand, are your certain you know why this client should buy from us? Does the product we are offering really meet the needs of the client? Will he derive immediate benefits? Will the product make his life easier, save him time and/or money?
  • We shouldn’t concentrate exclusively on those clients which, for whatever reason, we have decided will produce the best results. We must make time for all our potential clients so as not to miss any potential business opportunities.
  • Never make promises you can’t keep! You should avoid committing to supplying goods you can’t make, don’t agree to sending catalogues, documents or samples you don’t have.
  • All offers, documentation and samples should be sent in a timely manner.
  • The aim of the call is not just to wish the client all the best, rather it is to make the sale move ahead by answering all outstanding matters: Can we offer any further details? Have we provided all the information requested by the client in a clear frank manner? Are we following all the stages of the negotiation logically or have we moved on without properly finalising a previous step?
  • Does the answering machine make you nervous? You should prepare for this possibility: you must speak in a confident tone and explain the reason for the call clearly. Consider the possibility of leaving a comment that will catch the attention of the client.
  • After the first meeting and establishing a relationship with the client, you should try to avoid passing the contact on to another person. This might generate a feeling of distrust and that negotiations have gone back to the starting point. Never forget that business confidence is based on trust and personal relationships.
  • The bustle of the day-to-day, business trips, meeting etc…. means we are not available 24-hours a day, but that is no excuse for not returning a call or answering a mail as soon as is humanly possible. When we return the call, if the person we want to speak to is not available, we must leave a message explaining when we are.
  • If we send mails or make calls everyday, we run the risk of becoming a “spam supplier” for the client. That does not, however, mean letting months go by between calls which will leave us open to “being forgotten”. We must capitalise on the inertia of the first meeting by following up regularly without overdoing it nor becoming invisible.

The way we manage the sales follow-up will set the tone for our future relationship with the client and the success of the negotiation will depend on this rapport.

Júlia Farré
Consulting Partner at ITC 

Sales Management Programme in France

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The France à la Carte project is an intensive course to give training in sales management in France whose goal is to provide support for sales teams in SMEs.

Once again, International Team Consulting and CECOT, the Employers’ Association, offer the Programme, France à la Carte, for those companies that require an intensive course in Sales Management in France. The aim of the programme is to provide support to SME sales departments. The programme was presented within the framework of an event to enhance sales in the French market.

The meeting took place on 23rd January at the CECOT HQ and, under the leadership of Júlia Farré – Consulting Partner in ITC, a number of companies took a very active part in explaining their experiences in the market. The workshop proved t be very informative and enriching one in which each of the firms shared their own experiences and were able to evaluate the different strategies and paths taken by the various companies.

Designed by CECOT and International Team Consulting, France à la Carte is a year-long programme that includes intensive day-to-day sales management and market research together with training and guidance. Asun Cirera, Director for International Trade at CECOT, declared: “Our aim was to offer an eminently practical programme that would help SMEs to achieve their short and medium term goals. Results are obtained more quickly as the projects are carried out under the weekly guidance of professionals with many years of practical experience in sales management and organising sales networks in France”.

For further information on how our programmes can help you, please contact:

Júlia Farré