Many of us have found ourselves in the position , selling a technical service , where the successful sales exec (hunter) needs a prerequisite level of technical and industry knowledge that does not come with a crash induction course. When and how do you justify the addition of another such BDM, with the cost and risk associated? It’s a bit like the investment choice between real estate and some shares. Taking on a(nother) BDM is a bit like buying a slice of real estate. You can’t buy the front door to get started small and try before you buy.
But you can try before you buy, if you play it creatively and cleverly. Start off by treating the decision as a market research-come-business case exercise. Hire an outsourced tele-lead gen/lead qual function starting off with just a few hours a day or week (whatever is small for your situation). Carefully craft the scripts , the offer, the “carrot” for having the target on the other end of the phone agree to have your current BDM/s visit to scope the requirement. Assess the demand, the proportional uptake , the normal funnel metrics , and calculate your business case.
You may well find, that in addition to answering your opening question, you will head down the pathway of setting up permanent phone based lead gen / lead qual as an integral feature of your sales process. In this sense, your total BDM activity is predicated on working received qualified leads, instead of drumming them up themselves.