How to Turn All AV Employees into Salespeople

Explore how you can reach all your AV employees and get each of your departments focused on increasing the RMR that keeps your company running.

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How to Turn All AV Employees into Salespeople

Two key phrases that will always ring true: “Nothing happens until a sale is made” and “Everyone is a salesperson.” We all know and expect the person who has the title of “salesperson” understands the responsibilities of their job is to bring in new sales and increased RMR. What about the rest of your AV employeesAV employees? 

The normal nomenclature of the typical security company is — administrative, sales, installation and service.

All these areas depend upon each other for the overall good of your company; however, if you were to ask anyone other than an actual salesperson if their job includes sales, I’m willing to bet you will get a resounding “No.” 

Administrative Department

In most cases, this is the first person a prospect or customer encounters; your “director of first impressions.” They have immediate and lasting impact on how your customers will feel about your company.  

Having a “happy to serve you” attitude creates a sense of goodwill with a customer and can go a long way in reducing attrition and preventing cancellations — which also protects your RMR.

Your admin team can also work on upselling and making more loyal customers. When speaking with a long-time customer who has an older system, have them ask if it would be OK to have one of your representatives to stop by to review, or test their system with a tech, and show them all of the new “cool stuff ” you have available.

This is also a great time to work with the customer on a new agreement. 

The Installation Team

Regardless of how proficient the salesperson is, because they are a salesperson some people will always have a natural skepticism or resistance to them. However, once the installer arrives on the job, the pressure regarding the decision to buy is over.

The first thing an installer can do is to show up on time, professionally dressed, in a clean, well-organized van or truck — that tells the customer their time and money is important to you. 

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Teach your installers to engage the customer during a preinstallation walkthrough and point out any areas of improvement or omissions in the system they are purchasing. In many cases this gives your installer an opportunity to sell additional equipment and/or services.  

AV Service Technicians

Much like your installer, your service techs should be on time, professionally dressed, and well organized. This is important because no one likes to have a service call, which means your service tech may already be operating at a disadvantage with your customer.

Once the repairs have been completed, your techs should take the time to test the entire system with the customer, review all the functions and operations of the system, and — again — let them know about all your cool new offerings. 

Teach your installers to engage the customer during a preinstallation walkthrough and point out any areas of improvement or omissions in the system they are purchasing

Once the installation or service call is completed, make sure your AV employees know to clean up after themselves.

It shows your customer that you respect them and their time and business.

When your customer is happy and pleased with your service and installation, it’s the time to ask them for a referral. The worst they can do is tell you no. 

How do you convert AV employees that are not considered salespeople into being a part of the sales team?

First educate them; teach them the why’s and how’s of your security portfolio and how they can leverage that with the customer. 

Next, keep a sales board or spreadsheet that tracks how each member of the non-sales team has increased sales and RMR. Make it a competition and compensate your AV employees accordingly.