Shared Imaging was founded more than 25 years ago to bring the best in diagnostic imaging technology to healthcare providers, ranging from world-renowned medical centres to Critical Access Hospitals, and serving communities throughout the United States. Shared Imaging provides flexible options for obtaining and servicing CT, MRI, PET/CT and DR systems.
Healthcare in the United States has become more complex in the last decade and sweeping changes have challenged healthcare providers to keep up with the ongoing modifications.
As a result, it’s more difficult for healthcare organizations to invest in new equipment needed to treat patients. There’s more red tape to cut through and more buyers involved with each decision than ever before, making it increasingly challenging for companies like Shared Imaging to close a deal for their diagnostic equipment. “Healthcare providers have to navigate a lot of complexities that have been introduced into their decision making process, and as a vendor that sells into that space, its incumbent upon us to effectively navigate our way through that complexity,” said Dave Stewart, Vice President of Sales for Shared Imaging. “As a small- to medium-sized company with a unique, customized solution, we had to figure out a better way to manage that complexity, align our solutions and better understand our customer needs.” Specifically, Shared Imaging did not have a formalized, structured sales process in place, and Stewart recognized the need to implement a strategy to manage the entire sales process more effectively. And since Shared Imaging was implementing a CRM system, it was a perfect time to adopt a formal sales process.
With such an experienced team, Stewart figured implementing a sales methodology was the right move to make in order to begin a strategic account initiative, so his team would be more efficient in targeting accounts.
The sales team at Shared Imaging includes just eight representatives, but it’s an experienced group—each rep has at least 10 years of experience selling capital equipment or healthcare solutions. With such an experienced team, Stewart figured implementing a sales methodology ‘Strategic Selling®’ under Miller Heiman Group (now part of Korn Ferry Digital) suite of Sales Enablement products was the right move to make in order to begin a strategic account initiative, so his team would be more efficient in targeting accounts.
For Stewart, it was natural to adopt it at Shared Imaging.“Behind the scenes, we were implementing a CRM system, and we knew that we needed to add some structure into how we build that out,” Stewart said. “We needed to add some process rigor into what we were doing, and to me, that’s what the Strategic Selling process is all about.”“What Strategic Selling does is takes the emotion out of the sales process,” Stewart said. “With Strategic Selling, we can look at our opportunities and evaluate our position a bit more objectively. It provides us with a rigorous process to help us look at challenges from our customer’s perspective more logically and objectively.”Prior to the meeting, the team was given material to review and study, and was asked to come to the session with a specific real-life customer scenario to work through during the class.In addition, Stewart consults with the operations manager, who runs training for Shared Imaging, and they decide which modules of Strategic Selling the team will review during its regular calls. The team also takes advantage of online tutorials that are easily available and easy-to-use.“We have a plan in place to formally touch it at least once a month through some kind of training material that’s available,” Stewart said.
The Results: Identifying Strategic Accounts
It took just a short time for Shared Imaging to see the benefits of formalizing its sales process through implementing the methodology introduced by Strategic Selling. Implementing Strategic Selling allowed Shared Imaging to define, develop and target strategic accounts that fit the company’s ‘ideal’ customers. This allowed the sales team to specifically identify targets that would most likely do business with Shared Imaging. “We’re not going to have the right solution or offering for everybody,” Stewart said. The Strategic Selling process has also expedited the sales process, allowing sales representatives to identify more quickly the accounts they have the potential to win and the accounts that are not worth the time it would take to close. As a result, Shared Imaging has a healthier, more reliable sales funnel and a sales staff better equipped to take advantage of it.