Navigating CPQ Project Costs: An Overview for Manufacturers
In today’s highly competitive and fast-paced world, manufacturers all over the globe have turned towards a CPQ or Configure Price Quote strategy. It enables companies to configure products, optimize pricing calculations, and accelerate quoting, all in a user-friendly online environment. While CPQ software helps companies grow, it also comes with a price tag that demands careful consideration. In this article, we are dissecting the various costs associated with CPQ projects. By understanding these costs, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about leveraging CPQ to help your business grow.
A comprehensive comparison: Online vs. offline product configurators
More than ever, manufacturers are relying on product configurators to customize their complex product offerings. However, the choice between an online and an offline product configurator can significantly impact the operations. Whether for habitual or company-specific reasons, the debate between online and offline software continues to be a hot topic. Let’s take a look at what the differences are and how to make an informed choice for your business case.
How to make a business case for CPQ
In 2016, I founded Hive CPQ to help ambitious manufacturers accelerate their sales. One of the main reasons I wanted to create Configure Price Quote software is because CPQ is the kind of software that has a great impact on a company. If implemented correctly, it becomes a key strategy and efficiency ingredient. Today I’m sharing my insights on how to make a business case for CPQ. Let’s dive right in!
CPQ vs ecommerce: Exploring the differences and complementarity
In today’s rapidly changing economy, companies are always on the lookout for ways to improve their sales processes. In recent years, Configure Price Quote software and ecommerce have proven to be useful tools for these companies to sell their products and services in an easy way. While the two approaches might seem similar at first, there are some key differences that are important to consider. Let’s take a look at these two online solutions, their similarities and differences, and how they can complement each other to help businesses grow.
The importance of UX design in a digitalized sales process
UX design, or User Experience Design, entails any interaction a user has with a product or service and describes their emotions, from frustration to satisfaction. It plays a pivotal role in design decisions and providing positive customer experiences. But could UX design also be interesting to help drive sales? And how would that exactly work? Let’s find out.
Time is money: the importance of time efficiency
“Time is money”, the famous words from Benjamin Franklin prove that time efficiency was even in 1748 a trending topic. Today, the pressure is higher than ever to not waste any time, which has in turn influenced customer behavior. Customers today are demanding a better and faster buying experience. How can you handle this growing difficulty as a company?
How to make a digital leap in your sales process
Over the last few years, digital technologies have had a major impact on our daily lives: we wake up reading the online newspaper on a tablet, work on our laptops throughout the day, host remote meetings, and go to bed scrolling through social media on our smartphones. These changes are forcing companies to reinvent their businesses and to make a digital leap. However, merely digitalizing the internal processes is not enough. Let’s take a look at why you should transform your sales process and how you can do so in today’s modernized world.
How to increase sales for your manufacturing business
Manufacturers are often struggling with long and complex sales processes, making it hard to increase sales. This has to do with the complex nature of the goods, but also with the fact that B2B sales requires various stakeholders to work together. On top of that, the manufacturing market has had some intrusive changes: increasingly demanding B2B buyers and global competition continue to impact companies. Increasing sales in manufacturing is therefore not as straightforward as it often is in other industries. We are bundling some tips to increase your sales again. Read along!
What do B2B customers expect?
Attracting customers is essential for the growth of your B2B or Business-to-Business company. The best way of doing so is by meeting their needs. For years, B2B customers have been distinguished from B2C target audiences. However, in the most recent years, we have been noticing a shift, initiated by the changing behavior and needs of B2B customers.
How CPQ drives sales
Are you losing sales because it takes too long to make a quote? Long sales cycles kill deals. It slows down your manufacturing business on its way to growth and holds sales back. Are you also looking out for a shorter sales cycle to be able to move faster and grow? A CPQ can assist you with this process. But what exactly is CPQ? And how does it drive sales? That’s what we will be figuring out in this article.
Why you should create quotes using automation software
Quotes are formal documents sent to your clients to offer goods or services at the indicated price. A good and winning quote includes accurate prices and product information, and has proven to be a method to grow your business even further. However, if you are selling configurable products, writing quotes is usually a long and dreadful process. The complexity of the products and prices slows down the workflow, resulting in an enormous backlog of quote requests that are not followed up quickly enough to keep the customers interested.
Why Guided Selling increases the performance of your sales teams and your dealers
The idea behind the job of a sales representative is simple: help your customer find the best solution that fits their needs. However this task is a lot harder in a B2B environment in which companies are often struggling to explain complex products. This is where guided selling comes into play, a powerful strategy to regain control over your solution offering.