How a key placement triggered a complete shift in transforming the sales department.

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The Background

The story begins with Martyn Bassett Associates initially placing Peter Spencer as the Director of Sales at iView Systems in August of 2016. Having had worked together in previous roles, Martyn knew that iView Systems were very eager to bridge a gap in their sales force, and Peter was perfect to quarterback that change.

Peter was coming into a sector that is not an IT space, but more of an application business-centric software department – that has business users with very specific needs and requirements to do their job. Martyn understood the difference between the technology that operates more as the plumbing and the wiring and the user-focused software, and what was needed from a salespersons’ capabilities. This knowledge helped lay the groundwork further down the line.

“Martyn is very knowledgeable; he knows the space, and he takes the time to understand what you’re looking for. He continually follows up and he knows what is truly required for salespeople.”

The Challenges Began to Mount

When Peter joined the team, he recognized right away the need for a clean level-set on how the product was being positioned in the market and a complete revamp on their sales playbook. The team wasn’t engaging at the level that was required, and there were concerns at the ability to demo in detail both on a personal style and a personal capability level.

After conducting an internal audit on the sales team, and spending quite a bit of time getting to know everyone, what they did and how they did it, Peter switched his focus onto what the customers were like – what they were looking for, what the market was like and how their product fit in. And once he got to that point, he knew they needed to make a change on how they operated with more of a software engagement methodology around the concept of solution selling.

“This is the world Martyn lives in – it’s not even a debate. And I wanted to tap into that expertise with his team.”

Better In Tune With The Customers

With all of this fresh intel at his fingertips, Peter re-engaged Martyn to go to work and help bridge the gaps in their sales team. Martyn got to work and came back by placing a Customer Service Administrator, a Lead Generation Specialist, and two Sales Executives.

That helped trigger a complete shift.

Peter saw are juvenated sales team and adramatic increase in their overall activity level. The pace at which they engaged and qualified new customers saw a significant spike. All the existing accounts increased and improved and the quality and velocity of work being done saw major advancements.

Peter’s team saw other positive changes such as how to effectively sell the breadth of their product and not just a couple of things. They were getting into the workflow of what customers are trying to do and married what the product can do for that workflow.

A Complete 180 in Their Sales Playbook

iView Systems started firing on all cylinders and were yielding much better results in terms of satisfaction on implementation. As they strengthened the relationships with their existing customers, it became very simple for them to add on because they already knew all about their challenges, what they’re doing and why they’re doing it.

“We can execute across the whole sales playbook now, as opposed to before when we were only running with one play at a time.”

Peter understood the need to be able to run a variety of plans at any given time – not just once. So part of this process meant completely revamping their prospecting plan, how they responded to new leads, solidifying a plan to identify new opportunities, reaching out to existing customers and truly leveraging their internal network.

They resurrected the extensive list of their older leads, which drove new opportunities and also helped them take a granular look at the individual pipelines of their sales reps and see the potential that lay there.

As the Director of Sales, Peter has his team executing across all playbooks of selling which grew their pipeline, closed more deals, qualified out thriving opportunities, made their numbers – and also led to exiting every quarter with a growing pipeline.

“Based on Martyn’s exposure over the years to many different companies, managements, and the changes that are needed on the sales side at an overall company level – he’s able to provide phenomenal counsel.”

Martyn and his firm are awesome at hiring salespeople and sales leaders. He pretty much staffed up our entire sales team at Eloqua.

We benchmarked him against the best, even local recruiting firms and we found that Martyn could bring on better people, with less yield loss, from Toronto.

Mark Organ
CEO, Influitive

You can spend weeks, even months, in search of the right candidate. Or you can work with someone that knows where to look and save yourself the headache. I gave Martyn Bassett a job description and watched him repeatedly deliver on that from within the sales talent pool.

Keith Nealon
CEO, Vyze

Innovation is the key to success, which is why I trusted Martyn to build the product management team that’s pioneering our next generation of software. These were strategic, technical roles and – as usual – Martyn’s team delivered nothing less than the ideal candidate.

John McAuliffe
President, Leonardo

We drew up a very specific wishlist for our Business Development Executive – which included experience in managed and professional services, consistent over-performance and experience as a consultant – before we retained Martyn. We had no guarantee that candidate was on the market but Martyn’s team produced several that ticked all the boxes and one that exceeded our expectations.

Steven Graham
Managing Director, Computer Aid

Martyn has access to a seemingly limitless number of talented sales leaders and he is sure to understand business needs and present only fully vetted candidates. I wholly recommend him for anyone – candidate or hiring manager – looking to find the right home for talented sales leaders.

Chris French
VP Enterprise – Eastern Region, Globoforce

Having gone through interviews and job negotiations many times on my own before, I have to say that being presented by a recruiter this time made the process so much smoother. I’m sure that myself and my employer are both happier with the outcome as a result of working with Martyn Bassett Associates through the process.

Eric Bradnam
Solutions Architect – Channel Sales, Dundas Data Visualization

Martyn’s ability to bring talent to you is a benefit in and of itself, but what truly impressed me is his understanding of what you need and what you don’t need and having the conversation about it.

I looked at Martyn as more than the guy bringing talent to me – I looked to him for advice throughout the process.

Jamie Schneiderman
CEO, Clearfit

A company is only as successful as its talented people, which is why we turned to Martyn to find us the right people, for the right roles, at critical points in Leonardo’s growth.

Having top talent in place has helped the company’s transformation from a small media production company to a digital technology company serving the global hospitality industry. The quality of talent that Martyn has brought us is unmatched.

Paolo Boni
CEO, Leonardo

It’s a tricky thing to find the right people based in Toronto who can go and sell to distant markets and how to sell in a SaaS world with the right language skills – you can imagine it’s like finding a needle in a haystack and Martyn came up with great candidates that we used to fill a number of roles.

Greg Durand
VP, Global Sales, Cority

The entire Martyn Bassett team was easy to work with and we were able to quickly develop an open and transparent partnership.

Leveraging their strong expertise and extensive talent network, they helped us find the technology sales leaders and management services experts we needed. 

Erin McLean
SVP, Marketing & Human Resources