Building a B2G sales strategy for your team is no more difficult than developing your B2B strategy, but it is different. This is the biggest mistake sales leaders make when trying to expand into the Federal Market, they assume what worked in their B2B business will work in B2G and that is not always the case. As with most things in life, proper planning leads to the best results and the same is true when mapping out your B2G sales strategy.
We outline 5 steps you must take when developing your federal sales strategy so you are set up for success in the Federal Market.
5 Easy Steps To Building A Federal Sales Strategy
1. Federalize Your Marketing Efforts
Marketing is all about understanding your ideal buyer and how they purchase. In Federal Sales you typically have more decision makers and they each have their own role in the purchasing decision. It is your job when developing your Federal sales strategy to ensure you provide the right information to each player you encounter from the technical employee, to the contracting office, purchase card holder and more.
As you examine your marketing collateral, each of the below items will need to be written to appeal to the Federal employees involved in the decision-making process:
- Elevator Pitch
- Proof of Concept
- Competitive Analysis
- Social Media
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2. Create A Federal Channel Partner Plan
Every agency has their own contract vehicles to purchase the products and services they need. As such, you need to partner with the right people who can help you resell to your target agencies. If your target agency needs to purchase through GSA Multiple Award Schedule, then either your organization needs to be listed on a GSA Schedule or you need channel partner that is listed. Below are a few common contract vehicles:
- Schedule 70
- EAGLE II
There are dozens of other vehicles and the preferred vehicle can vary from agency to agency and even department to department. To secure a spot on a vehicle also requires significant time and effort on an ongoing basis. To make this process easier, we often suggest partnering with organizations that are already listed on a vehicle instead of trying to get on the vehicle yourself.
3. Meet Federal Product Certification Requirements
While B2B sales may require specific credentials from vendors, the B2G world places a significant focus on compliance to ensure taxpayers’ money is used appropriately. Compliance can come in the form of the product itself meeting specific cybersecurity or cloud standards or that it is accessible to all users through 508 compliance. If you don’t research and attain the specific certifications you need, then the likelihood of your Federal sales strategy producing revenue is slim to none.
4. Build Your Federal Sales Team
As you are developing your Federal sales and marketing teams, you need to choose the people who understand the Federal market. Selecting a top commercial inside sales rep, does not mean this person will be successful in the Federal Market. Select the people skilled in their field but who also know:
- Federal Cycles
- Federal Processes
- Federal Speak
- Federal Customers
- Federal Resellers
If you don’t hire the right people you will spend a lot of time and waste a lot of money, as your sales reps try to gain the knowledge needed to be successful in the Federal Market.
5. Execute Your Federal Business Plan
Once you have developed the above elements in your B2G sales strategy, you are ready to execute on your plan and produce rewarding and lucrative results.
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