Get SMART About Revenue Generation


Building SMART Revenue   – Generally speaking

Intelligent revenue generation is vital to any organization, whether it needs revenue to stay in business, wants to grow, or is positioning itself for sale. This is a small sample from our Building SMART Revenue Workshops. As we review SMART revenue generation, you might find ah-ha moments about missing elements in your revenue plan. 

SMART revenue defined

SMART Revenues are those that align with a company’s mission, goals and generate a profit for the company.

A business that generates SMART Revenue is one where people want to work, offering products and services that people want to buy.

For business owners & executives SMART Revenue results in increased profits and additional time to focus on their business instead of being caught up in it.

Importance of Measuring SMART revenue

Why is measuring SMART Revenue important?

SMART revenue metrics helps business owners and executives run their businesses, understand at a glance whether they are on-track, and what’s working. It also helps them reach their goals – to grow and add to the value of their business.

Non-Smart Revenue

What types of revenue generation aren’t “smart”?

Non-Smart revenue – Examples 

Expecting to generate ongoing revenues from products or services outside of a company’s areas of core capability.

Making sales in a new market segment without understanding and providing for the needs of that segment.

Relying on Bluebird Sales to meet day-to-day revenue goals.

Measurements of SMART Revenue

What are good categories to measure for SMART Revenue?


Measure overall revenues with the key question of “Is there enough”?

Lines of Business                                          

The products or services a company sells – identify opportunities and pitfalls by knowing what is popular and profitable.

Vertical Market Segments

Based on the company, segments may include: industry niches, distribution channels, and geographic areas. Know which are successful, which need attention and which to abandon.

Business Development

Includes the pipeline of sales from both existing & new clients.  Companies need to be assured there are sufficient future sales to meet their needs.

SMART Revenue generation

Who is responsible for SMART Revenue generation?  Where does information about a company’s SMART Revenue exist?  The following table offers an example:

Group or
Individual Responsible

Location of Information

Sales Team

Financial Statements, Sales Reports, Sales Funnel/Forecast

Marketing Team

Financial Statements, Sales Reports, Sales Funnel/Forecast

Customer Service Team + Receptionist

Sales Reports, Call Logs, Client Surveys

Delivery or Service Team

Sales Reports, Call Logs, Client Surveys

SMART Revenue generation – Key Characteristics

Those responsible for generation:

Are market facing

Have client interaction

Everyone within an organization is responsible for generating SMART Revenue.






Measurements to assure there are enough overall revenues.

Sales Team

Financial Statements
Sales Forecast

Lines of Business

Are all of their LOB’s worth keeping? Are some better than others?

Customer Service

Call Logs
Financial Statements

Vertical Market Segments

Which industries/customers should they focus on?

Sales Team

Financial Statements
Sales Forecast

Business Development

Can they create future demand
for their product?

Sales Team
Marketing Team

Sales Pipeline/forecast
Number of Leads Generated

Quantifying SMART Revenue - Critical Factors by Category

How is SMART Revenue quantified? What are the specific, critical factors within each category we want to assess? The table below offers insights about quantifying SMART revenue and critical factors to consider.


Critical Factors


Overall revenues – compared to plan

Lines of Business

Number of: Returns, Complaints, Complements; Volume of sales within core business areas – all compared to plan

Vertical Market Segments

Current revenue by niche; Number of repeat clients & volume; Number of new clients & volume – all compared to plan

Business Development

Number of bids generated & won; Number of new clients; Amount of sales in funnel; Number of add-on orders – all compared to plan

Quantifying SMART Revenue – Key considerations

  • To be sure the information is useful, it should make a comparison between the actual performance and projected results in a business’s strategic revenue plan.
  • All measurements of SMART Revenue should be based on individual company goals.
  • Additional analysis may be necessary to determine more unique critical factors.

Below is an example of what a SMART revenue analysis might look like.





Overall Revenue

Is the increased revenue a spike or a sustainable trend?

Lines of Business

Revenue from each LOB

Are there enough LOBs?

Should she diversify?

Vertical Market Segments

Revenue + number of repeat & new clients in each segment

Which segments are performing?

Which ones aren’t?

Business Development

Number of new contracts won;
Number of new clients

Do they have enough upcoming sales to sustain the company?


SMART Revenue reporting

What are the characteristics of a SMART Revenue report?

  • SMART Revenue reports may contain informational notations as well and include details about economic and regional data, etc.
  • Information needs to be reported in the language and terminology of the business or industry.
  • Information measured must be tied to the company’s mission & goals.

The table below summarizes SMART revenue reporting characteristics:




Report should be issued once per month


Report should contain just a few critical factors, making it easy to understand

Easy to Obtain

The majority of information already exists it just needs to be complied


Performance information should be compared against plan goals, show a Y-T-D summary against plan & should indicate any required action



SMART Revenues align with a company’s mission & goals AND it generates profit.  It is key for the success of a business.

Good categories to measure include:


Vertical Market Segments

Lines of Business

Business Development

SMART Revenue Generation

Everyone is responsible, not just a few people on a team

There are many places to find existing information – it just needs to be compiled  

Quantifying SMART Revenue

Identify goals to determine which critical factors should be measured

To ensure information is useful, it should be compared to planned projections

SMART Revenue Reporting

               Reports should be timely, simple, easy to obtain and meaningful

               Information compared should also include any action that is required

SMART revenue generation is key to financial health and sustainability in the larger context of overall organizational performance. This perspective combined with practical tools and processes will ensure your organization develops and sustains the revenue sources needed to deliver results and have a long-term impact.

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