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How to set sales targets and achieve them!

I have a question for you today: Are you on track to reach your sales targets?

Don’t worry if you just answered “no” to that question, because I am going to give you some ideas and a stack of free resources, to help.

I’m also going to give you a simple 5 step guide, to show you how to set your sales targets in a way that’s easy to manage and achieve!

OK, there are 3 possible answers to my opening question:

  1. Yes.
  2. No.
  3. Sales targets?  What sales targets?

Sales targets: If you are on track

If you are currently on track to reach your sales targets, keep on moving forward.  Just make sure you don’t allow complacency to rob you of a great year’s results.  Examine what you have been doing and look for the most effective elements of your marketing, as well as any elements that have underperformed.

Seek to improve your weaker areas and refine your stronger areas.  Nothing happens in business by chance, so be sure to research where your successes have come from, so you can build on them in the 2nd half of the year.

Oh, and WELL DONE!

Sales targets: If you are off track

If you are currently off track, this is a fantastic time to review your marketing strategy and get yourself on track.  Make a list of every marketing activity you are using as part of your overall marketing strategy and examine how well or how poorly they have been performing for you.

If you are currently using certain types of marketing simply because you see others using it or because it feels comfortable, STOP!

You need to identify the correct marketing mix for you and your business, based on your sales targets, your resources and what you want to achieve. Here are 180 marketing and business development ideas to help you.

Here’s a list of 32 questions, to help you get your marketing and business development back on track.  Oh, and if you have not yet discovered the right marketing for you, here is a list of my top ten marketing tips.

Sales targets: What sales targets?

Most small business owners don’t have a process in place, to set and then track their sales targets.  It’s easy to see why, when you consider that the whole process seems so complicated.  This makes it hard to focus and to he honest, a little daunting too.  The good news is that it’s easy to set realistic, easy to follow sales targets.

The key, is for you to know how many sales you should be making each month or each week, in order to meet your annual turnover and profit goals.  By chunking the annual number down into monthly or weekly targets, it’s far easier and less daunting to keep on top of the figures.

Here’s a simple, easy to follow way to discover what your sales targets should be, in weekly or monthly chunks.

  1. List your turnover / revenue targets for the next 12 months.  We need to know what this figure is, in order to know how many sales you should be making each year.
  2. Now, list how many “average” sales you would need to make over the next 12 months, in order to achieve the above figures.  Write this number down.
  3. To get an approximate idea what your “average” sale value is, list (for example) the value of your last 20 sales, and then divide that number by 20.  This is only an approximate figure, but it will give you something to work with and is usually pretty accurate.
  4. Now, divide the number you wrote down in step 2, by 12.  This will give you a monthly sales target.
  5. If you want to work on weekly targets, (this suits some business types better than others), simply divide the annual number of sales by 52.

The great news is that no matter how things are right now, you can improve your sales and not only reach your annual targets, but blow the lid off them!

Whatever you do, make sure that if you are off target and not enjoying the success your hard work deserves, that you make the changes required.  Things will not “just get better” by themselves.  For better results, you need to be making better marketing decisions.

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  1. Thanks Jim.

    Having worked with thousands of sales people and hundreds of small businesses, I can vouch for the critical importance of sales targets.

    My sales planning process is a rolling 24 month budget, with sales and actual selling days clearly identified.

    This avoids the trap of having to make a sales number when half your selling days are gone because of public holidays, for example.

    Best of sales to you, Robin :)
    .-= Robin Dickinson´s last blog ..Stop underpaying yourself =-.

    • Absolutely, Robin – though I’m sure you appreciate the difference between the depth it’s appropriate to go into in a blog post, for non-sales professionals, as opposed to the kind of fully fledged planning delivered by experts, for the unique needs of a corporations sales function?

      Thanks for the feedback.

  2. This is another post I will have to reread. This has been a year of so many changes. Right now, I can say Yes but I have so much more to put in place.

    I can honestly say now, despite recent obstacles, I am trending exactly the way I would like to be on my sales targets.

    Thanks, Jim, for enlightening and thought-provoking posts, always.
    .-= Julie Walraven | Resume Services´s last blog ..Are You Growing Weeds or Flowers? =-.

  3. Nice questions and action points, Jim – good resource for anyone not quite sure how to set and measure. And even for those that do… 😉
    .-= Danny Brown´s last blog ..B2B Marketing and Social Media – Close, But No Cigar. Yet… =-.

  4. Good reminder to check sales progress against goals and to review the plan…what aspects are working and contributing to sales and what aspects of the plan are underperforming. Also liked the Top 10 Marketing Tips…while doing several of these already found one or two that I know that I should be incorporating but am not as of yet, but soon will be.
    .-= Donna Templeton´s last blog ..Editorial Photography – Photographing the “Bump” =-.

    • That top 10 tips is the most read page on this blog, Donna; largely because there’s something there for almost everyone.

      I’m glad you found it useful. Thanks for the feedback.

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