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August 14, 2012
Issue No. 313
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Bernadino-Graydus Named LEAF's Director of Operations
LEAF Commercial Capital Inc. (LEAF) has announced that Sandy Bernadino-Graydus has joined the company as director of operations.
Print Audit Releases Print Audit 6 for Mac Version 6.3.4
Print Audit has released an update for the Mac version of its flagship print management software, Print Audit 6.
KYOCERA Announces National Contest Winner, Finalists
KYOCERA Document Solutions America has announced its Grand Prize winner and regional finalists for its "Taking Care of Business" demo competition for authorized dealers across the United States.
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Building My Business Webinar - "MPS Compensation Strategies"
As the office equipment landscape changes and you look to develop a professional services-type business, you need to look at how sales professionals are compensated. Traditional transactional compensation plans can be a challenge to effectively compensate and motivate sales professionals to move in that direction. In this webinar, Luis Gonzalez of SalesScoreKeeper LLC will discuss possible options to create and maintain both a transition and long-term strategies to motivate sales professionals to sell and maintain these types of accounts. This webinar will cover all aspects of preparing your dealership to move to this type of compensation, whether it is now or in the future. Free to BTA members, this webinar is scheduled for 4 p.m. Eastern, Thursday, Aug. 16. For more information or to register online, click here.
22-23 ProSolutions 2.0 - San Francisco, Calif.
ProSolutions 2.0, taught by Mitch Morgan and Chris Ryne of Growth Achievement Partners, provides a time-tested strategic sales methodology that works. The sales process enhances the sales performance today and provides the tools to be successful in the future. In this workshop, you will learn: How to expand and leverage relationships into broader/higher-level discussions with accounts and prospects; How to gain understanding for the tactical and strategic aspects of the sales process; How to get to the C-level and what to do when you get there; Account planning; How companies spend their money to achieve business goals and solve business problems; How to help your customers and prospects identify and resolve business problems; How to develop your sales team; How you have evolved beyond the copier and that you have a lot to offer, but you can still be pigeon-holed as a "copier company" and that can shift the playing field to your disadvantage; and how to utilize an effective account review process. For more information or to register online, click here.
BTA Managed Services Workshop - Baltimore, Md.
The managed services (MS) opportunity provides a tremendous market for MFP dealers. MS offers a more cost-effective way for your customers to manage their current spending on IT support. By utilizing technology and automation versus traditional break-fix labor, performance and stability increase and costs go down. But this is just a component of the larger opportunity for our channel. The combination of additional cloud-based solutions, hardware-as-a-service offerings and the technology road-map services that your SMB customers need are not only key program differentiators, but are also best-practice strategies for both account expansion and successful integration into the bullpen for the core business. In this workshop, Mitch Morgan and Chris Ryne of Growth Achievement Partners will show you how to set up a managed services business in your company. Areas of focus will include: the phases of the MS process, financial targets, packaging of services, MS systems and processes, staffing, dealing with competition and the MS sales process. For more information or to register online, click here.
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2012 BTA Service Report
The 2012 Service Report is useful for comparing your service operations to those of your peers. This year's report provides data broken down into performance categories: profitability (service revenue per service employee and per technician, service sales per unit in base, service gross profit, etc.), personnel (technician accountable time, average billing rate, incentive plans, distribution of time, clicks per technician, etc.), call center efficiencies (response times, gross calls per day, recalls and incompletes, installation times, etc.) and product (copier/MFPs on contract and T&M, percent of sales, etc.).
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July/August Issue of The Business Owner Posted to the BTA Website
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