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Case Study: ISK Industries

“dynaMACS is dramatically better than our old software in terms of ease of use, reporting capabilities and the ability to automatically import manufacturer reports.”

Bob Johnson, CFO
ISK Industries Inc.

ISK_LogoClient Challenge

ISK Industries Inc. used a custom-built sales and commission software for many years. But when the time came to update the program, CFO Bob Johnson says, from a bottom line perspective, the cost far outweighed the benefits. The software was not particularly user friendly and had limited reporting capabilities.






 

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For ISK Industries, the switch to dynaMACS can be summed up in one word: Dramatic. “Compared to our old software, the difference is dramatic. dynaMACS is dramatically better in terms of ease of use, reporting capabilities and the ability to automatically import manufacturer reports,” Bob says.

It’s also been a big timer saver, helping the agency to be more productive. Resources are able to focus on revenue-generating activities, rather than administrative tasks. Bob cites more benefits in four key areas:

Sales IQ: “There are countless ways to sort the data. It’s extremely flexible, and any type of report is available in a couple of clicks.” Data can be viewed on-screen, saved or printed in a matter of seconds. Users can move from summaries to detailed information on manufacturers, sales numbers, commissions-paid, customer and sales rep performance, and more.

eSi: “Nowadays, the vast majority of commission information comes from manufacturers via an Excel spreadsheet. We are able to use what they send, without having to manually enter data.”

dynaMACS Mobile: “Distributing information is so simple. We can quickly send out a file and all of our reps have the most up-to-date information. We are also able to select what data is sent to which sales reps.”

Support: “After just an hour of training, we were up and running. I didn’t get inundated with questions about how to use the software. It’s extremely intuitive.”

Tip #1208 – Checking for Software Upgrades

Keeping up with the latest version of dynaMACS software will provide all users with the latest changes in dynaMACS functionality. We continually listen to your feedback in order to make dynaMACS a more user friendly tool and to add or improve features that will help you and your agency become more successful. It is recommended that you periodically check for software updates.

To Check for dynaMACS Software Updates

    1. From the dynaMACS main screen select Help>Check for software update…Help_Check_Update
    2. From the True Update Welcome dialog box select the Next button.True_Update_WelcomeNote - Operation Failed

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    3. If the following Already Updated dialog box appears, this indicates that you are already on the most recent version of dynaMACS. Select the Close button and restart dynaMACS.True Update 2
    4. If the Update Available dialog box appears indicating that there is a newer version of dynaMACS than the one installed on your system, select the Next button.True_Update_Windows
    5. The Updating Software dialog box will appear displaying the status of the download process. This may take several minutes.Updating_Software

When the download completes the dynaMACS installation process will start. Please follow the prompts and instructions until the installation of the update is complete.

Tip #1207 – Using Sales IQ to Identify Sales Problems

The dynaMACS  Sales IQ feature is a powerful tool that allows you to monitor and analyze all of your sales and commission performance.  Did you know you can also identify customers that have not bought in a period of time?

Example

In the following example we will look at a quick and simple way in Sales IQ to see what customers have not purchased from a particular manufacturer in the past three months.

  1. From the dynaMACS main screen select the Sales IQ button.Main Screen
  2. From the Sales IQ Home screen select the Manufacturers tab.Sales IQ Home 1
  3. As you can see in the list of manufacturers displayed below, there are 4 manufacturers with a negative YTD Variance, B.C. Industries being one of them.
  4. To view the customer sales activity for this manufacturer we will select and right click on the manufacturer B.C. Industries and then select Show Customers from the drop down box.Sales IQ Home 2
  5. From the Sales IQ:  Drill-Down (1) Manufacturer>Customers screen select 3 Months from the No Sales Activity In: drop down box which is in the lower right hand corner of the screen.
  6. Select the Refresh button.Sales IQ Home 3Note
  7. The list will refresh displaying the 15 customers that buy from B.C. Industries that have NOT purchased in the past 3 months.
  8. As you can see, the YTD Variance is a negative value in most cases.
  9. The customer All Others displays the combined values of all other customers that HAVE purchased from B.C. Industries in the past 3 months.
  10. The last two columns show what percent of the total sales for B.C. Industries each customer represents, this Year-To-Date and Last Year Total.  Using these values you can determine the significance of each customer.Sales IQ Home - Drill Down 1
  11. By using the Up  or  Down  arrows in the upper left hand corner of the screen you can quickly go from manufacturer to manufacturer to identify other customers meeting the same criteria of no sales in 3 months.Sales IQ Home - Drill Down 2

Tip #1206 – dynaMACS Quarterly Tax Reporting

In dynaMACS Sales IQ you can retrieve quarterly commission numbers which can assist you in expediting your tax reporting.  If you need to report by state, you can do so by using the Sales Analysis reports feature OR filter by state/region in Sales IQ.

Sales IQ Agency Comm (3Mos) – Example

In the following example we will generate a report using Sales IQ for quarterly commissions by manufacturer for commissions received July – September 2012.

  1. From Manufacturers tab in the Sales IQ screen select Commissions Received from the Source drop down list.Note: If you do not have the Commission Reconciliation module then you can pull the data from Shipments vs. Commissions Received.
  2. Select the Agency Comm (3 Mos)option from the Data drop down list.
  3. Select September from the As-of drop down list.
  4. Select 2012 for the As-of year from the drop down list.
  5. The quarterly commissions received will appear in the column Totals for Jul 12, Aug 12,u Sep 12.Sales IQ Home

Sales Analysis Commission Received by State – Example

In the following example we will generate a report using Sales Analysis for quarterly commissions by state for commissions received July thru September 2012.

  1. Select Commission Rec’d from the Selected Source of Data drop down list box.Note: If you do not have the Commission Reconciliation module then you can pull the data from Shipments vs. Commissions Received.
  2. Select Sales and Agency Commission from the Select Column Set (Headings) drop down list box.
  3. Select Customer State/Region from the Select Sub Totals Group drop down list box.
  4. Enter 09 and 2012 in the Print As-of Month/Year
  5. Select 3 Months from the Replace Current Month With drop down list box.
  6. Select the Print button.Sales Analysis Reports
  7. The following report is displayed showing the commissions received for Jul – Sept 12 by state.State Report

Case Study: PG Tool Sales Agency, LLC

“dynaMACS is always innovating and continually enhancing the software. I would recommend dynaMACS to anyone.”

Diane Geiger, Treasurer / Inside Sales
PG Tool Sales Agency

PG_Tool_LogoClient Challenge

PG Tool Sales Agency had been a customer of dynaMACS’ predecessor, MACS software, since 1989. When dynaMACS was introduced in 2003, PG Tool didn’t hesitate to upgrade. “We’d been happy with the software from the beginning. When dynaMACS came out, we wanted to have the newest product – the latest and greatest version,” says Diane Geiger, Treasurer and Inside Sales Director for PG Tool. “We went with dynaMACS because of our good track record with MACS – and we are glad we did. It’s been great.”




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In fact, long-time customers like PG Tool have helped make dynaMACS the most powerful, easy-to-use software on the market. “The dynaMACS team is very open to input. They’ve listened to our feedback over the past 25 years, and they constantly work to improve the product based on how sales agencies like ours use the software on a day-to-day basis. dynaMACS is truly designed for professional sales agencies that need multi-level sales and commission analysis,” Geiger says.

Geiger says dynaMACS delivers intelligence on customers and manufacturers that help the sales team be more effective. “We can recognize trends by customer, manufacturer and sales reps. This helps us determine the types of promotions to offer based on the income generated. It also helps with up-sells and cross-sells.

The agency also knows who is not buying, or whose purchasing has dropped off, so salespeople can spend their time on the accounts that need the most attention. Salespeople can use their time more efficiently, by sorting customers by zip code, analyzing sales and setting up call days and planning the most efficient routes.  

What’s next? PG Tool is preparing to step into the next-generation of innovation. dynaMACS recently introduced processing on the Cloud. PG Tool will be among the first dynaMACS customers to process on the Cloud. This gives salespeople access to real-time data that is accessible from anywhere, on most smart devices, like smart-phones and tablets, at any time.

Case Study: J T Chapman Company

“Knowing where sales & commissions are day-to-day keeps us at the pulse of the business.”

Alan Chapman
J.T. Chapman Company

JT_Chapman_CompanyClient Challenge

J.T. Chapman calls its old software “stagnant.” The data was static, with no ability to “slice and dice” information, segment data or drill down for more details. Furthermore, the agency could not gauge sales throughout the month because they had to wait until the month-end closing procedure was finished before seeing updated numbers.




JT_Chapman_Company_StatisticsdynaMACS Solution

Today, J.T. Chapman is happy to report that dynaMACS addresses each of these issues – and more. “dynaMACS gives us the flexibility that we were lacking,” says Alan Chapman. “We can drill down to get more detailed information from any screen and we can select any combination of manufacturer, customer or sales rep,” which enables the sales agency to view and analyze numbers in a multitude of ways.

dynaMACS enables the agency to select data for any previous point in time, view sales and commissions for the past five years, and compare sales information to any prior month or year.

Chapman also points out, “Waiting for month-end for sales numbers is a thing of the past. Knowing where we are day to day keeps us at the pulse of the business.”

J.T. Chapman has dynaMACS Mobile for all of its salespeople, and Chapman says, “My top salesman looks at numbers every day. It helps him do his job more effectively.”

Another feature that helps J.T. Chapman is the ability to manipulate numbers based on fiscal year. “Our fiscal year runs October to September, but if a manufacturer or customer is on a calendar year, I can click a button and match theirs.”

Asked how his old software (CAS) compares with dynaMACS, Chapman laughs, “There’s no comparison.”