The Process of Customer Acquisition to a Successful Close

The process of customer acquisition is critical to success, but often many leap first without a process in place. Without direction and strategy, the early stages of customer acquisition may be misdirected, resulting in lost time, money, and resources, as well as shaky profits. This is especially true for new businesses trying to get a foot in the door as they compete with well-established companies. The wrong customer acquisition strategy can be costly.

Topics: B2B Sales Action Plan Sales Funnel Map

How Top CROs Create a Culture of Innovation

The most successful Chief Revenue Officers are not afraid to think outside of the box. To have big, out-of-the-box ideas, a company must have employees who are not intimidated by creativity, innovation, and inventiveness.

Topics: Leadership CRO Chief Revenue Officer Innovation Business Culture

Creating a Chief Revenue Officer Role - Who 'Loses'

How things have changed: The competitive marketplace has been disrupted with key trends over the last several years. The disruptions and new trends require companies to create repeatable and predictable revenue that scales:

  • Digital products and services now offer unprecedented insight into buyers’ behavior.
  • New sales processes and KPIs are needed with responsibilities that transcend traditional sales roles.
  • Omni-channel sales and increasing role of mobile and self-service in both B2C and B2B business environments challenge the traditional sales processes.
  • New models are needed to maximize revenue by making a serious commitment to engage customers and deliver a multi-touchpoint experience that is personalized and value-focused.

Who has their finger on the pulse of revenue growth (for both marketing and sales) across the entire revenue process – from prospects to leads to pipeline to revenue?

The person who can lead the way with a new kind of analysis and execution crucial to the business in today's business world is the Chief Revenue Officer, or CRO.

Topics: Leadership Strategy CRO Recruiting

How to Provide Strategic Leadership by Leveraging Customer Research

Chief Revenue Officers (CRO) and Chief Marketing Officers (CMO) share a common goal: to improve a company’s brand architecture and positioning, thereby driving leads, sales, and profits. For companies that already have a solid marketing platform - and even for those that do not - understanding how to provide strategic leadership to accomplish this goal can be difficult. The following considers how to leverage customer research in order to improve your position as a leader and enhance brand architecture:

Topics: Strategy CRO Chief Revenue Officer Customer Research Analytics

Improving the Accuracy of a Sales Forecast – Myth or Reality?

Sales forecasting is not simply a necessary evil mandated by finance. The best sales leaders use revenue forecasting as a tool to manage the business, support strategic decisions, and allocate resources. Estimating sales accurately for the upcoming 12 months gives your organization foresight into where your income is really coming from and when. Sales forecasts drive decisions related to:

Topics: Sales B2B Sales CRM

Build an Effective Board to Drive Performance

Even with great leadership, as your business grows you may notice the increasing tension between working “in the business” – your day-to-day operations – and working “on the business” – developing future revenue strategy, creating policies to support business performance and dealing with compliance issues.

Eventually, your company will benefit from ‘outside’ executives and/or ‘independent’ directors whose experience will help you work “on the business”. They can bring valuable experience to guide your organization through different revenue growth stages.

Topics: Revenue Growth Strategic Revenue Growth

How to Get More Referrals

When someone gives a referral, it is an honor and a gift. Every company wants and needs more referrals to grow profitable revenue. Referrals convert better, close faster, and have a higher customer lifetime value than any other type of lead.

Referrals are preferred over salespeople.

More and more buyers are avoiding salespeople during the buying process. Sales reps, according to Forrester, tend to prioritize a sales agenda over solving a customer’s problem.

If organizations don’t change their outdated thinking and create effective sales models for today’s digital era, Forrester warns that 1 million B2B salespeople will lose their jobs to self-service e-commerce by 2020.

Salespeople Must Adapt

Salespeople must adapt to new culture and the new world of media to research, prospect, and network by sharing educational content and answering questions. As a result, they’re able to build relationships until prospects are ready to buy. "Solve the customer's problem" must become a mantra.

Adding a B2B Referral Strategy

A revenue growth plan dependent 100% on referrals will probably remain a dream, but achieving greater referral success doesn’t have to be out of the realm of possibility. If have satisfied customers who find value in your product and services and if you have a high Net Promoter Score – you may be closer to a referral engine than you think.

Topics: B2B Sales Infographic B2B Referrals Statistics

A Wealth of Ideas & Resources for Growing Revenue

Typically, a person taking on the chief revenue officer role has a minimum of at least five years of direct sales experience. This personal experience is important as it lays a foundation to lead a sales force with success. With growing revenue top of mind, the CRO considers how to tackle each one of their responsibilities. Unfortunately, there are often knowledge gaps as technology, culture and the marketplace quickly advances.

I have drilled deeper into the responsibilities of a Chief Revenue Officer to offer you resources to overcome barriers and leap forward to grow revenue:

Topics: Revenue Growth Strategic Revenue Growth Chief Revenue Officer