Well, actually, they do, but not for the reasons they did in the past.
Data from two research studies that asked your customers how they can best be served by your sales reps and how your reps were perceived will be presented at the SAMPS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on September 19th and 20th.
Among the findings
>But don't start dismantling your sales forces yet. The research also identified information and services that customers wanted your reps to provide, along with the professional skills and personal attributes that made reps highly desirable.
At the SAMPS Annual Meeting, Bill Kelly, President of BioInformatics LLC, will present the results of a study that focused on customers who purchased life science instruments and consumables. The study identified what reps could do to build strong customer relationships and to deliver the tactics to support a lab in the way that the lab wants to be supported.
Information uncovered in the Bioinformatics study includes:
In the second study, Jon Meyer of the Life Science Strategy Group and Cinda Orr of Scorr Marketing utilized survey mechanisms developed in conjunction with the SAMPS to assess the perceived value, strengths, and development needs of sales teams that sell to buyers of services related to life science R&D and manufacturing.
Results from the second study documented several aspects of a rep's interaction with a customer, among them
The findings from these research studies confirm the SAMPS raison d'être, that is, to provide the means for its members to work collaboratively to set best practices, create educational programs, and develop a code of conduct and industry standards. The Annual Meeting represents an opportunity to not only improve the business practices that improve an organization's bottom line, but to help the life science industry create more efficient approaches to develop therapies and diagnostics.
To help ourselves and our customers, life science commercial professionals have to improve their craft and interact more effectively with clients. Joining your peers at the Annual meeting to discuss these research studies and other topics, attending SAMPS webinars, and participating in discussions at the Association blog are mechanisms to reach these objectives.
But the key ingredient was and always will be your involvement.
If you can't attend the Annual Meeting but want to learn more about the research studies, contact Mary Follin (consumable and instrumentation study), or Jon Meyer and Cinda Orr (services study) directly.