Whether B2B or B2C, nowadays growth based organizations have multiple channels to access their customers. Large organizations across sectors such as Automotive, FMCG, Consumer Durables, BFSI, Retail, e-Commerce, Telecom, IT & Tech have both direct sales as well as channel partners. Many B2B sectors such Industry IT, capital goods, aviation, chemicals also have channel partners.
Managing the performance of the channel, channel partners performance and improving overall channel effectiveness is a significant success factor for both the principal and the partner. Towards this, the role of analytics, particularly Sales Analytics is vital in achieving business goals and in making consistent progress.
For managers who are responsible for Channel Management and partner performance, such as Territory Sales Managers, Area Managers, Regional Managers, National Sales Managers, Account Managers, Dealer Management, Sales Analyst, Sales Planners, Business Heads here are a set of important metrics that they can monitor regularly. Once enough data is available, extensive sales analytics can be performed by channel sales managers using simple tools such as Excel to come up with insights for revenue growth. As the dynamics of Channel Partner Management for B2B and B2C are very different, I have split this into two groups – B2C Channel Partners and B2B Channels Partners
The type of metrics include Business Performance Metrics, Product Performance, Network Performance, Partner Profitability, Partner Sales Operations, Partner Staff Effectiveness, etc.
Following are a set of metrics that can be tracked at the Area Office, Region Office or Head Office Level to evaluate the performance of various channel partners and draw comparison between various channels.
In sectors such as Automotive, FMCG, Consumer Durables, Retail, Telecom, Technology products, etc, the trade channel includes Distributors, Dealers & Retailers who are appointed by the principal. In addition to the above, companies may appoint Modern trade partners such as large format corporate, e-commerce and have company owned outlets. When it comes to managing partner performance, below metrics that cover areas such as Partner Profitability, Operations, Inventory Management,Staff development are relevant for any Area or Sales Manager.
In sectors such as IT products and services, industry IT, capital goods, aviation, chemicals, etc appoint resellers, franchisee, business associates in addition to direct selling done by the brand. When it comes to managing partner performance, below metrics that cover areas such as Partner Profitability, Operations, Inventory Management, Staff development are relevant for any Channel Partner Managers.
Once a management routine to measure and report these metrics have been established, performance improvement can be achieved through advanced sales analytics such as: