How to Create an Effective Performance Improvement Plan
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Whether you run a restaurant, a catering business, a retail store, or a call center, your ultimate goal is to make more money. For some businesses, that may mean gaining more clients. For others, it may mean controlling spending. But how, exactly, are you going to achieve those things?
The experts at Sling are here to help. In this article, we’ll show you how to create a sales plan template so you can achieve all your interim goals on the way to making your business a success.
In this section, list every aspect of your target demographic. Include information such as:
Don’t be afraid to drill down and get specific. The better you know your target customer the more favorably you’ll be able to approach them.
Base all your sales objectives on the acronym SMART, which stands for:
It’s vital that your objectives satisfy these five criteria, or they will be more difficult to achieve. Here’s an explanation of each category.
When your objectives and goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timed, it will be much easier to tell if your team is accomplishing them over the long-run.
In this section, focus your efforts on defining:
This information will define how you move forward to achieve your goals. When considering your strategies and tactics, divide your efforts into two categories:
That way, you can maximize your efforts on two different fronts.
Here you should list any tools and systems you’ll need to support the strategies and tactics listed in part three. Common tools include:
And if you can find a software suite that satisfies a majority your needs, chances are it will be easier to use than separate apps that only perform one task. Sling, for example, bundles the last four tools into one system.
Because Sling is an integrated cloud-based platform, it’s easy to schedule, communicate, organize, and manage team members as well as track hours and calculate labor costs with just a few clicks or taps.
Metrics are the numbers by which you measure your progress toward achieving your goals. Common sales metrics include:
Your business will have its own unique set of metrics that will govern success and failure. Set as many metrics as possible to keep your team on track and engaged in reaching the objectives.
In this section, list all costs associated with the tools, systems, strategies, and tactics necessary to reach your goals. Common costs include:
As with the metrics in part five, your business will have its own unique set of costs. List as many as possible in order to get a complete picture of what it will take to achieve your objectives.
Part seven is all about the team that will have a role in your sales plan. List the following information:
Depending on the size of your team, you may include less or more information as you feel necessary.
Once you’ve written your sales plan template, don’t file it in a drawer and forget about it. Review your sales plan every two or three months to track your progress. You should also update the plan as time goes by to ensure that your team stays focused on achieving your ultimate goals.
For more free resources to help you manage your business better, organize and schedule your team, and track and calculate labor costs, visit GetSling.com today.
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