21 Revenue Strategy Examples to Kickstart Your Revenue Growth

Aka: Revenue Strategies - the Foundation for CRO Success 

In a recent confidential interview, a CEO shared his thoughts about the next 12 months:  "We believe we will achieve our revenue and profit goals over the next 12 months with our current resources. We have the right team, the latest software and tools, effective processes, remarkable products & services, strong branding and a unique value proposition." He went on to admit “… but we are not achieving our revenue and profit goals and we are still unsure why.”

The proper revenue strategy aligns marketing, sales, and customer experience teams around a singular goal: drive profitability. Without a strategic roadmap, healthy and sustained growth simply cannot flourish, which is why organizations put so much emphasis on the planning process. In fact, studies reveal that tightly-aligned sales and marketing functions result in an average of 36% higher customer retention rates and 38% higher sales closing rates, than their more loosely aligned counterparts.

Unraveling such a puzzle to understand what is ‘broken’ has us first visiting the revenue strategy. Choosing a revenue strategy impacts all other aspects of planning and whether goals are achieved.

Topics: Strategy Strategic Revenue Growth Planning

SCORE Seattle Event: Starting & Growing a Consulting Business

On February 23rd, many attended a SCORE class: “Starting and Growing a Consulting Business” at Greater Seattle SCORE in Seattle, led by John Martinka. I was honored to be a panelist along with Dave Shapiro.

Topics: Events Professional Development

The 2018 BP Pulse – A Distribution and Manufacturing Survey


The BP Pulse is a Distribution and Manufacturing Survey compiled in association with the Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound (CAMPS). Berntson Porter (BP) has partnered with CAMPS to provide valuable insight into the Pacific Northwest economy and distribution and manufacturing industries.  This content was thoughtfully developed by a professional staff of CPAs specializing in distribution and manufacturing industries. If you are in the distribution, transportation, and/or manufacturing industries, I expect you will find this report especially helpful. If you serve or support these industries, the survey results will help you better understand the barriers and opportunities faced by those you support.

Only Half of Americans Trust Business – What to Do About it


The public’s trust in business is in a period of steep decline. However, business is not the only casualty in this modern era of skepticism and distrust.

News headlines and everyday conversations reveal that trust in government, media, science, religion, law enforcement, and the judicial process are all dwindling as well. In fact, the 2018 Edelman Trust Index report declares,

“In a year marked by turbulence at home and abroad, trust in institutions in the United States crashed, posting the steepest, most dramatic general population decline the Trust Barometer has ever measured.”

It goes on to say that the cumulative effect of this distrust has negatively affected the American brand domestically and abroad.

Trust in American-based businesses has fallen 5% in the last year alone, adding to a disturbing downward trend that has left US businesses lagging behind their competition in other developed countries. This 5-point drop was the largest decline of any country surveyed globally.

Topics: Marketing Trends Statistics Brand Integrity

How to Get More Authority - While Keeping the End in Mind

Seth Godin said:

Extraordinary contribution changes not just the recipient, but the giver as well…

The hard part isn't working for free. The hard part is figuring out that this is your chance to do more than you're asked, to resist being unpaid labor for an organization too cheap to pay you properly. Instead, this is a rare moment to leap.”

What's missing in Seth’s great share

Those who are still trying to figure out how to show up and be consistent are in the early part of their journey. Without a foundation of skills and expertise, ‘leaping’ does require some good judgment.

When that time comes, they can look at their skills, talents and how they make an impact… and sometimes will have an epiphany: “it matters”.  That is when they go beyond marketing – and leap… which leads to bigger rewards for everyone.

Topics: Leadership Business Culture Brand Integrity Professional Development

Predictions for 2018 (and My Recommendations)


I believe it is important to start working on next year’s strategy about four months in advance of the new year. By doing so, you have enough time to make an impact on the last quarter and lay the foundation for the next fiscal year to start well. If you find yourself working on your 2018 strategies now, don't delay - there's still time to complete them.

Have you seen the predictions for this year? Some are wild and crazy, and others astound me.

Topics: Business Development Planning Forecasting

A Missing Foundational Element for Revenue Growth

Sustainable long-term growth in any organization requires meticulous planning and execution. However, many organizations fail to plan appropriately at the inception, resulting in haphazard roadmaps, mismanagement of resources, and stymied growth.

But planning is not overlooked because management thinks it is inconsequential – it is most often subverted because it is simply difficult to do correctly.

Topics: Strategy Strategic Revenue Growth Planning

Sales and Account Development: How to Build Profitable Client Relationships

Account development is the smartest path an organization can take to increase profitability. This approach utilizes existing clients as assets to generate revenue, rather than requiring marketing teams to generate more leads or sales teams to convert more leads. The result is a viable roadmap for long-term growth rather than a short-term surge.

However, like any other business endeavor, internal and external barriers can stymie the success of any account development plan. Recognizing these obstacles upfront gives an organization a chance to sidestep their effects before they can impede effective implementation and execution.

Topics: B2B Sales Strategy