The Aberdeen Group recently published its latest research brief on Sales Effectiveness from June 2013 entitled “
Higher Sales Team Quota Attainment
Best-in-class sales teams on CRM have a 35% higher chance of attaining quota compared to industry standards (91% vs. 56%).
Higher Individual Sales Rep Quota Attainment
Best-in-class sales reps on CRM are 39% more likely to attain individual quotas compared to industry standards (87% vs. 48%).
Reduced Sales Cycle
Best-in-class firms on CRM reduce their sales cycle by almost twice as much as their industry peers (2.3% vs. 1.2%).
Higher Client Retention
Best-in-class firms on CRM retain clients at a rate of 14% higher than the industry norm (90% vs. 76%).
Overall, the best-in-class industry leaders, according to Aberdeen, are those that have mastered their sales effectiveness. They consistently update their CRM with the latest sales projections. If a current deal is not in CRM, then it is not even discussed at pipeline review meetings. Having a mandated, uniform opportunity tracking process that all sales reps adhere to makes it much easier for sales managers and executive management to analyze sales performance and discuss the firm’s short-term health. All in all, CRM enhances sales pipeline reporting accuracy and reliability, thereby giving firm leaders more faith in the sales forecasts. Plus, it is much easier for sales managers to line up the needed sales and marketing support resources to help close the high-profile deals in the pipeline and properly predict and plan future staffing needs.
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