Floyd Jerkins founded Jerkins Creative Consulting in 1991 and worked with hundreds of dealers before selling his consultancy to Spader Business Management in 2015 and casually retiring. Floyd and his wife, Jane, moved from Southern Illinois to the beach in the panhandle of Florida. In 2018, Hurricane Michael blew through the area and Jerkins helped several businesses get back up and running.
In teaching telephone techniques to salespeople and sales managers, I'm always amazed at how many misunderstand the value of the incoming calls to the business. Salespeople many times don't treat them as true lead. This misjudgment is costing the salesperson and the business thousands of dollars every year.
By establishing value and knowing how to communicate that to a prospect, the closing ratio goes up dramatically, but so do the margins. A sales-driven organization takes time, energy and the correct vision to have a highly competent team.
This is the first article in a 3-part series about four key elements of professional selling and marketing: 1) relationship selling tips and strategies, 2) hiring, training and leading a sales force, 3) integrating marketing and sales teams to perform as a whole unit, and 4) tips and strategies to measure sales and marketing effectiveness and performance.
Universities and colleges have had to rethink and revise the way they educate students and this is particularly true for precision ag undergraduates accustomed to hands-on, in-field learning. Dr. Scott Shearer, Professor and Chair, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Ohio State University shares how he and his peers have evolved their approach to ensure ag students continue their education, largely online, as well as the potential of adopting permanent changes to the academic calendar based on the lessons learned during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) are coming together during NAMA’s 2020 Agri-Marketing Conference with a pre-conference workshop with content targeted specifically for these types of organizations.
Built on 90 years of expertise, Yetter Farm Equipment leads the agriculture industry in designing effective and innovative equipment for residue management, seedbed preparation, precision fertilizer placement, harvest attachments, strip-tillage, and more.
Machinery Scope offers premier risk management tools for farm equipment. We provide timely, personalized, and flexible solutions to protect more farm equipment investments than anyone in the industry. We add value and peace of mind when you are buying, selling, or managing your farm equipment by offering extended warranty plans.