Sales Planning for Software Companies

Sales Planning to keep resources required to an absolute minimum but still meeting the need

The Sales Planning process is designed to keep the resources required to an absolute minimum. Our focus is on business implementation and our approach is modular. Our process can be started at any stage in the life cycle of a software company taking advantage of previous business planning and implementation efforts. 

1 – Sales Planning starts with the Value Proposition

Your customer value proposition is your starting point of the current international process. How do you ensure that you get your fair share of attention and profitable business? How do you ensure that your products and services are part of the solution that will help your customer and not part of the problem they are trying to solve? Sometimes, political decisions can provide extraordinary opportunities. E.g. the Brexit should have a massive impact on the way, U.S. firms will enter the European market. 

2 – Distribution Strategy

The Distribution Strategy Definition module takes your sales planning through a thorough analysis of the sales and marketing channels and processes for your type of product or solution and provides a foundation for making implementable and practical decisions concerning distribution on the short-term as well as long-term.

3 – Organization Assessment

The Organization Assessment is an analysis of your organizational resources and structures about to your globalization ambitions. This is even more important in times of uncertainty due to changing politics. With black swan scenarios like Brexit, international software firms might need to challenge their established delivery chains.

4 – Technology Assessment

Without any advantage in your customer value proposition, we recommend you to go back to your lab and rework your plan. But a superior product/solution offering is not enough. You also need a technological foundation and firm policies and procedures to manage product development, release plans, roadmaps, support, critical bug fixing, etc. This fact sheet describes the Technology Assessment services that will enable you to handle and manage the product and technology-related requirements arising from a sales channel. Incumbents might have a perfect understanding of their industry but will fight disruptive change due to a technology shift e.g. blockchain. A temporary outsourcing to a partner like Sembassy gives the flexibility to move into the new market quickly, but decide on significant investments in local teams, office infrastructure, and headcount later. 

5 – Market Outlook & Forecast

We will give your sales planning the answers to your most fundamental questions concerning market development in your business arena. Only a limited number of customers will purchase software or software-based solutions in another country. You need to know the mega trends in your area of operation and who your contenders are. 

6 – Sales Planning and Target Market Analysis

The best way to find out what customers want is by asking them! Imagine that you are considering entering a new market. How do you get insight into what your potential customers are currently using? When are they planning to change? How do you learn about the competitors who are supplying your potential clients? The Market Analysis Demand Side gives you exactly this information. By letting us undertake a dedicated and targeted market analysis by interviewing selected potential customers you get that insight. The most obstacles in a new market are competitors and customer behavior. The Market Analysis – Supply Side will provide information such as main competitors, their approaches, market size, dominating technologies and price structures. With our Target Market Analysis – Service Packages, we can help international software companies to perfectly understand the European target market 

7 – Distribution Framework definition

The distribution framework includes all programs and the legal agreements required to enable the internal organization to successfully implement the distribution strategy. There is no sales planning without a rock solid set of templates, telling everyone what to do and which tools to use. Sembassy´s network can leverage clear guideline and provide sales Initiatives to give you a jump start in the European Union. We have best practices in place and access to buying centers. 

8 – Go To Market Tools & Deliverables

Companies usually use a broad range of tools for internal collaboration, market communication, pre- and post-sales support, and performance analysis. Contact us to have a chat about our checklist for initial onboarding. Check the list of sales terms and performance indicators and contact us to discuss, how Sembassy can support your business ambitions in the European market.