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Do you know your sales funnel like the back of your hand, or the back of your head?

If your CEO, head of marketing, and head of sales can all agree that the following information is known than step to the head of the class.  However,  I suspect that you won’t pass the test, meaning your company is like 90% of other B2B companies that are:

  1. Struggling to align marketing and sales,
  2. Struggling to hit their revenue numbers,
  3. Struggling to develop a believable plan and budget for 2010,
  4. Struggling to achieve a comfortable level of transparency into the sales forecast.

Often you’ll know:

  • The size of your market
  • How much revenue you need to generate out of that market

But do you, or the team, know:

  • How many deals you need to close each month?
  • How many proposals that will take – for each month of 2010?
  • How about first meetings (you know the one, the “Hi, thanks for making the time, tell me about your business”)? How many do you need in month 1,2,3 and next year?
  • And how many leads will that take from Marketing, and how many must Sales generate itself?
  • How about the market? Do you know how much of that market you need, and whether (and how tightly) you can (or must) focus?
  • Does everyone in Sales, Marketing, Finance and Operations have the same view of these numbers? Or are there disconnects?
  • How do these planned numbers compare to your current numbers?
  • Which of these do you know, and which of them are gaps in the understanding of your funnel?

So, how well do you, and your team know all of the numbers, and what does the future hold?
You need to have a simple, single model of your demand for 2010 (and beyond), outlining
your total funnel – top to bottom.

If you’re wondering where the gaps are in your ability to plan and execute a revenue plan effectively contact me. As a certified Funnel Coach in North America for MathMarketing there are many ways I can be of service to you this year, and some are even free.

My colleagues at MathMarketing in Melbourne have a nice habit of hitting the nail on the head when it comes to discussing funnel management, revenue planning, and marketing training, which is why I boldly lifted the above (in italics) from their literature. Thank you, mates.


Think Your Market is Too Small? Try Recycling.

I was speaking with an executive the other day who repeated the concerns of her management team that their existing market was too small to sustain their growth.

Expanding into new markets may look enticing, but there are large risks and costs associated with this strategy.  As it turned out in this case I was able to show the company that their market was large enough to provide growth opportunities for the next 3 years.

A little back of the envelope math indicated a bleak picture at first. Considering the size of their available market and their current conversion metrics for demand generation they simply couldn’t reach their revenue target. They were burning through too many prospective buyers and before long every prospective customer in the market will have been contacted and perhaps even placed into their sales funnel.

Their conversion rates were respectable, too. Only incremental improvement could be expected. It was when I asked about buyer recycling (lead recycling)  that the answer started to emerge.

Many marketers and salespeople put all their energies into generating leads and working to progress these buyers through the funnel. But, a percentage of buyers always leak from the funnel at every stage. If your conversion rate at one stage in the funnel is 40%, this means 60% have leaked–they haven’t progressed. For whatever reason they weren’t willing or able to move to the next stage in the funnel at that time. Later a portion of these leaked buyers will be ready to re-engage with you (if you let them).

Sadly these buyers who leak for whatever reason are frequently forgotten by marketing and sales.

The company I was speaking to wasn’t actually ignoring their leaked buyers, but had a procedure in place to follow up with leaked buyers every 6 months. Ah-ha!

Using a sales funnel calculator from MathMarketing (click for  lite version of this calculator) I was able to show the company that by recycling their leaked buyers at every stage after 4 weeks rather and after 24 weeks they’d need 7,000 fewer fresh names over a three year period.

This meant the market was large enough if they could execute effective marketing and sales strategies for recycling the leaked buyers back into the funnel–certainly a much easier and less risky proposition than expanding into new markets.