Bootstrapping Relevance: Making Web Conversions Meaningful for Long Sales Cycles

ConversionXL

Often, little more than a form fill tells you about the potential for a five-figure sale months down the road. Google Analytics insights frequently end with raw counts of goal completions, leaving a yawning gap between on-site behavior and sales for companies with long sales cycles. The data-related challenges of long sales cycles are well known: Between a form fill and a sale, there may be dozens of touchpoints spanning weeks or months.

How to Shorten Your Sales Cycle and Avoid Wasting Time

Both Sides of the Table

One of the questions I’m most often asked by CEOs is how to hire sales people. I’ve also written extensively on sales and on which sales execs to hire and how to think about the different kinds of sales leaders. One of the questions I used to ask in any recruiting meeting for a senior hire or even a junior sales rep is as follows: “When you run sales campaigns do you prefer to . Sales & Marketing Advice Startup Advice

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5 Stages of the New Sales Cycle

Duct Tape Marketing

5 Stages of the New Sales Cycle This content from: Duct Tape Marketing Generating and converting leads is mostly what marketing is about. koocbor via Flickr In this pursuit, marketers have long realized there is a definite cycle that must occur in most businesses in order to get a prospect’s interest and then turn that interest into dollars. Many businesses have differing cycles depending upon the complexity or cost of the purchase being considered.

Sales Tools Can Shorten Sales Cycles And Help You Sell More

YFS Magazine

What all businesses have in common is the need to continually boost sales in order to grab more market share and achieve brand recognition. Grow Marketing & Sales b2b sales direct selling retail sales sales sales tools selling tips

You Should Self-Publish Your First Book — Here’s Why

YFS Magazine

Writing a book can help you leapfrog the conventional sales cycle in several ways. Grow Marketing & Sales book publishing branding marketing personal branding self publishing

Buyer Centric Funnel Design

For Entrepreneurs

In the talk, I cover: How to design and build a buyer-centric sales funnel that has low CAC and fast sales cycles. How to figure out why your sales funnel. Startup Help SaaS SaaS sales Sales & Marketing Machine Sales and MarketingIn my talk at the 2017 LAUNCH SCALE conference in San Francisco, I discuss how to get inside your buyer’s head to increase funnel conversion rates.

5 Ways AI’s Role In Sales Might Surprise You

YoungUpstarts

by Ryan Moore, Director of Client Management, Peak Sales Recruiting. Sales isn’t exempt from this recent growth, either. AI tools are currently transforming the world of B2B sales, and some of the unique ways AI can streamline your sales process might surprise you. At Peak Sales Recruiting , we have identified the top 5 ways AI is making the sales process easier, smarter, and more efficient for businesses. Shortening the sales cycle.

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Is Your SaaS Go-to-Market Strategy Tsunami-Proof?

ConversionXL

Three out of every four B2B buyers would rather self-educate than learn about a product from a sales representative, according to Forrester. Or would you prefer to go through a lengthy sales process to see if it’s a good fit? The sales-led GtM strategy.

The Virus Survival Strategy For Your Startup

Steve Blank

All your assumptions about customers, sales cycle and most importantly, revenue, burn rate and runway are no longer true. If you are selling to businesses (a B-to-B market) have your customers’ sales dropped? If so, whatever revenue forecast and sales cycle estimates you had are no longer valid. Or you change sales strategy. “Winter is coming.”. This is the one blog post that I hope I’m completely wrong about.

Finding new Market Opportunities in Food Business: A Case Study of GOPA Pakistan

Where to Play

Their root lies in a small ice-cream manufacturing and sale unit which was established back in 1988. Time to revenue is low due to short transactional volume and the short sale cycle. This opportunity has a short sale cycle with quick payments.

Weekend Favs September 28

Duct Tape Marketing

Customerly Marketing Automation – Automate communications with prospects to shorten your sales cycle. Weekend Favs September 28 written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you to check them out if they sound interesting.

5 Ways To Validate Your Technology As Market Driven

Startup Professionals Musings

Technologies that cure world hunger may find that that hungry people don’t have money, and government agencies as customers are a very long sales cycle. Technical entrepreneurs love their technology, and often are driven to launch a startup on the assumption that everyone will buy any solution which highlights this technology. Instead, they need to validate a customer problem and real market need first.

Tech Essential For Real Estate Business

YoungUpstarts

CRM tools likewise give highlights to enable you to bring close sales. You can digitally track your communications with your prospect so you generally have key information on hand and see exactly where they are in the sales cycle. CRM apps help you increment your prospecting and sales efficiency; while websites help you reach mobile and online home buyers.

Marketing Your Startup: A Billion-Dollar Company’s First Marketer Reflects Back

View from Seed

But even with that webinar’s success, we still had a lot of education to do in order to get people to understand what we did and even how we saw marketing in general, which we needed to do to generate demand and sales. NVV: Lots of marketers are under pressure to come in and generate demand right away, whether because sales is asking for leads or founders are demanding PR or user growth. But marketing should always be ahead of sales to alleviate pressure.

Confronting A Radically New B2B Marketplace: The Storytelling Secret That Will Rock Your Result

YoungUpstarts

A recent survey by CEB reported that 57 percent of the typical business-to-business sales cycle is complete before the buyer’s first contact with vendors. The challenge for marketing and sales professionals in business-to-business markets is breaking through the cacophony of noise and clutter to not only capture buyers’ attention, but powerfully communicate your unique value.

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How Tech Can Help Your Business Grow

YoungUpstarts

You can also leverage analytical data about your sales cycles in order to better understand how to maximize your revenue. Whether you’re using the internet to reach new customers, boost your employee’s productivity and reach sales goals, or save on valuable equipment for your team, tech can help your business meet its goals more quickly, with less trouble, and for a lower price.

Sensitivity Analysis key in startup financial projections

NZ Entrepreneur

Key Variables to Consider: Sales units. Founders are typically ambitious when projecting sales volumes. Some common drivers of sales underperformance include product-market fit challenges, slow/low sales channels, and poor execution. Timing of sales.

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Why an investor rejection isn't a knock on you

Hippoland

Think about it – if you’re using MailChimp and make let’s say $100 in sales for every send. 3) Your business model seems flawed OR is not the right fit I talked a lot about unit economics and sales cycles in my last post.

Timing Is Everything: Tips For Improving Customer Communications

YoungUpstarts

One of the most important factors is timing of marketing and sales outreach. At OptifiNow we have created the following tips businesses can use to improve the timing of sales outreach to boost results: 1. Analyze current sales outreach timing. Is there a strategy behind emails and flyers going out or is a shotgun approached used each time more sales are needed? Organize sales collateral. Once sales collateral is categorized it needs to be assigned timing.

Get Ready To Announce Your New Product Launch

Rembrandt Communications

Instead of just sending out a last-minute press release, more time gives your PR team the opportunity to plan coordinated campaigns that cover the product introduction all the way through the year-end sales cycle and beyond. By involving your PR pros AND your teams in marketing, sales, finance, customer service, and more, you can bounce ideas off of each other and get a well-rounded picture of how your product will best serve the needs of your customers.

Why an investor rejection isn't a knock on you

Hippoland

Think about it – if you’re using MailChimp and make let’s say $100 in sales for every send. 3) Your business model seems flawed OR is not the right fit I talked a lot about unit economics and sales cycles in my last post. For example, some VCs have such deep pockets that they can throw a lot of money at a company to wait out a long sales cycle. In order to bootstrap your way to success, it largely means you need high margins and fast sales cycles.

ConversionXL Live 2017 Tickets Now Available

ConversionXL

We’ve got the top optimization names discussing topics from long sales cycle B2B optimization to large scale testing challenges (think 100 concurrent tests) to really nailing your user research. ConversionXL Live 2017 tickets are now available ! Dates: April 5 to 7. Location: San Antonio, TX. Same unique format: 3-days in a resort hotel that’s booked fully for the event! Everyone stays in the same place for the whole duration of the conference.

9 Steps Proven To Build A Successful Sales Team From Scratch

YoungUpstarts

by Eliot Burdett, co-founder and CEO of Peak Sales Recruiting. Building a sales team from scratch is one of the most difficult and important tasks of a CEO. Generating revenue through sales, especially as start-up capital diminishes, can make or break a company’s success. Having spent 25 years building sales teams I have the following 9 steps proven to build a successful sales team from scratch: 1. Define sales team structure.

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What’s more important: product or sales?

Version One Ventures

It’s the age-old debate among start-up circles: which is more important to the success of a start-up: the strength of the sales/distribution strategy or the quality of the product? To be successful, a stand-alone company needs a top-notch product and a clever distribution/sales strategy. It’s typically much easier to add sales expertise to a product-driven organization than it is to add product focus to a sales-driven start-up.

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5 Surprisingly Simple Ways To Improve Your Ad Conversion Rates

YoungUpstarts

It often has to do with the sales funnel that occurs after a prospect clicks on your ad. Friction is best described as any variable, trend, or element that slows down the progression of your sales cycle.

The SMB Guide To CRM In 2019

YoungUpstarts

Your patrons have shared their data all last year through clicks, subscriptions, customer service requests, sales inquiries and more — and now expect your business to be able to turn those interactions and touch points into a more targeted, holistic experience. billion dollars and growing, leaders are investing in this software to improve customer interactions that lead to sales. by John Oechsle, President and CEO of Swiftpage.

Building the Best Seed Syndicates

View from Seed

This can be helpful for businesses that have long sales cycles, ones that are in unpopular market segments, or are located in geographies without ample downstream series A capital. If you are convinced that you want go grow by building virality in your product a-la-Dropbox, you probably don’t want investors that invest in companies that win primarily on enterprise sales. As I like to say, fundraising tends to move slow until it moves fast.

Discovery: How Sales Sets Customer Success Up To Succeed

YoungUpstarts

Sales teams learn a lot during the courting relationship with a prospect, and Customer Success teams rely heavily on their Sales counterparts to extract information, consolidate it, and then share it at Handoff in a seamless fashion so that customers feel that they are known and understood. Discovery typically happens during the sales process and again once a customer is handed over to Customer Success. by Tim Conder, VP of Customer Success at Bolstra.

Does Your Small Business Need a Sales Engagement Platform?

The Startup Magazine

There are so many moving parts, from accounting to sales software to inventory management, that it can take up a huge amount of time and put a strain on a company’s resources. Sales Engagement Software. The post Does Your Small Business Need a Sales Engagement Platform?

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6 PPC Tactics for Account-Based Marketing Campaigns

ConversionXL

ABM campaigns dedicate resources and time toward only a few prospects, and enterprise-level leads often have long sales cycles. LinkedIn also allows for scheduled content promotion to keep your brand top-of-mind during the long sales cycle. If this seems overwhelming, you may want to invest in the LinkedIn Sales Navigator to make engaging these prospects easier to manage. PPC campaigns continue to become increasingly well-targeted.

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Prevailing Wisdom

Mucker Lab

2005 – “Sales cycle is too long for software companies selling to government and educational sector”. 1994 – “Consumers are fickle and unpredictable. Consumer products and services are hit driven, it’s really hard to build a scalable consumer company”. Internet). 1996 – “It’s impossible to get to build a billion dollar company selling widgets at $15 and taking $1 commission one at a time”. eBay).

How to Build a Business Around Referrals

Duct Tape Marketing

Today on the podcast, Maher and I discuss the importance of creating a referral-based business, why it’s far more effective than focusing on the traditional sales cycle, and what you can do to start winning referrals for your business, no matter what field you’re in. What you’ll learn if you give a listen: Why the referral cycle is preferable to the traditional sales cycle.

Top Hat Raises $22.5M Series C in a Tough Vertical: What Can We Learn from their Success

Version One Ventures

And selling to institutions requires a long sales cycle. Top Hat adopted a bottoms-up approach to distribution, as covered in the Globe and Mail article: Sales took off after Top Hat ignored advice and flipped its sales strategy. So Top Hat decided to flip their sales strategy and market/sell directly to university students and teachers. Our portfolio company Top Hat just closed a $22.5M (USD) Series C round.

The #1 thing successful founders think about for their next startups

Hippoland

For example, if you are running affiliate ads for hotels, you might get 3-5% on a sale. Sales cycles matter though. HOWEVER, the length of a sales cycle is a strong consideration for most repeat successful founders.

The truth about onboarding costs

Version One Ventures

Shorten sales cycle. Conventional wisdom says that web-based companies must be scalable on all levels. Start-ups should avoid any kind of manual intervention or heavy lifting to acquire, onboard or retain users… after all, users automatically flock to, sign-up to and stay with great products. However, as we’ve seen time and time again, conventional wisdom doesn’t always know best.

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Startups Need To Build Solutions, Not Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

Creators of technologies that cure world hunger may find that hungry people don’t have money, but government agencies as customers are a very long sales cycle. Technical entrepreneurs love their technology, and often are driven to launch a startup on the assumption that everyone will buy any solution which highlights this technology. Instead, they need to validate a customer problem and real market need first.

Prevailing Wisdom

Mucker Lab

2005 – “Sales cycle is too long for software companies selling to government and educational sector”. 1994 – “Consumers are fickle and unpredictable. Consumer products and services are hit driven, it’s really hard to build a scalable consumer company”. Internet). 1996 – “It’s impossible to get to build a billion dollar company selling widgets at $15 and taking $1 commission one at a time”. eBay).

B2B Ecommerce Sites: What Works for B2B Buyers?

ConversionXL

Ecommerce sales are growing for traditional B2B businesses as well as direct-to-consumer brands, which are opening wholesale sides to get a slice of the growing B2B ecommerce pie. B2B buyers have two key differences that impact marketing and website design choices: A more complex sales cycle; Niche targeting. A more complex sales cycle. B2B sales cycles can last for months, even more than a year. Measuring success before the sale.

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Are You Building Your Business With a Crock-pot or a Microwave?

Duct Tape Marketing

If you’ve been in business for about 10 years or more, think back – what was your sales cycle before the search engine ruled the world? I am willing to guess that if you said your sales cycle used to be 6 months, and you really look at the time from engagement to close today, it probably is 6 to 8 weeks now. If we sell a product that used to have a 6-month sales cycle, we could reasonably do a weighted forecast, six months out.

Startup Growth Strategy: How to Pursue Multiple Market Opportunities

Where to Play

It thus enabled the new venture to mitigate the risk of slow adoption and long sale cycles, without spreading themselves too thinly. The post Startup Growth Strategy: How to Pursue Multiple Market Opportunities appeared first on Market Opportunity Navigator. Start-ups must focus sharply. Everybody knows that! And the reason for that is very clear: they are always limited on resources – money, management attention, time… so they simply cannot afford to spread it too thinly.

How to Win Your Clients in Bulk

Duct Tape Marketing

How can you apply this sales technique if you’re not offering big packages? What you’ll learn if you give a listen: Why speaking at events or conferences can help to shorten the sales cycle significantly. What role establishing your authority has in making sales. How can you apply this sales technique if you’re not offering big packages? What role establishing your authority has in making sales. *

A dumb American’s perspective on investing in Southeast Asia

Hippoland

Here’s my take on B2B – if you look at the US ecosystem, most of the high flying B2B companies got to their level of growth because of fast sales cycles. These fast sales cycles tend to come from selling to other startups. And that sales cycle can be long.

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SaaS + Marketplace

A Crowded Space

This creates a hurdle for a company to adopt the software solution that may create longer sales cycles or lower sales conversion. . Sales cycle decreases . Sales conversion increases. One of the hardest things about marketplaces is that you typically only get a very small rake. 10% of services is common. After transaction fees, you may be left with just 7% of gross services.