June 2017

Our Numbers Are Down!

Numbers Are Down As many companies round the halfway point of their sales year, sales metrics are under increasing scrutiny. Pipeline coverage, close rates, deal timing and size have become the primary (or only) subject for sales leadership...always followed by the question "what should we do?"

The usual response is to place increased pressure on the sales reps in the field.

Unfortunately, the problem is rarely lack of motivation on the part of the sales rep. Instead, the weakness in the sales numbers results from ineffective early stage, top of funnel activities. And the root cause is driven by how reps are engaging with their prospects and customers early in the sales cycle (at the top of the funnel.)

In short...it's not their fault! The organization has failed to properly prepare them for early stage engagement -- identifying and aligning with their customers' key business issues. Without this alignment, pipeline coverage and velocity are lower, close rates are down, and deal size and profitability are affected.

The evidence is in your SFA system

Reps or teams that align with key business issues -- speaking the language of value of their customers -- have higher early stage funnel velocity. They connect higher in their customers' organizations. They close larger, more profitable deals. They have higher renewal rates. Their customers follow them from one vendor to the next. They are considered "trusted advisors."

I've worked with many of these sales professionals. They have fun at work. They care about their accounts and the individuals in those accounts. They are personally invested in the success of their customers. And they do indeed sweat the details.

They are truly sales professionals.

Savvy organizations study these reps and design sales enablement processes to assist their B and C reps to perform similarly, to be able to engage with customers powerfully and effectively. These organizations identify the early warning signals of declining sales productivity, frequently driven by external market forces, and address them before they become problematic.

Upcoming Events 

Executive Roundtables

Our next Executive Roundtable: Moving the Needle on Sales Performance, is scheduled for Tuesday, June 20th.

The Acelera Group Executive Roundtables provide a forum for sales executives at leading tech companies to discuss critical sales productivity issues, share best practices and lessons learned with their peers. Participation is limited to clients and invited guests.

For more information about the Executive Roundtables and a list of upcoming issues to be explored, please visit our Upcoming Events page.

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