With all the attention given to AI and machine-learning driving business processes, are we at risk of losing sight of the need to apply authentic human learning to improve results? With so much focus on AI, we tend to overlook the meaning of the leading word of that phrase, “artificial”.
It’s commonly said that business-to-business (B2B) companies have a similar marketing challenge to those in consumer (B2C) categories. After all, they say, it’s still ‘people’ making decisions. That’s only partially true.
Why It Hurts So Much to Lose a New Business Opportunity and how Win-Loss Analysis May Help
When you lose a deal you thought was yours, it hurts – a lot. So, you quickly jump back into the fray, pursuing other potential deals. Afterall, as the old adage says, “Sales is a numbers game”, and if you just focus on putting more deals in the funnel, you’re bound to win the opportunities you’re supposed to win. Right?
Whitewater rafting. It’s kind of a Colorado thing – like Subarus, Tevas, and dogs. That crazy pin-balling off boulders, both seen and unseen, as you hurtle downriver tossed about by ever-changing rapids, rises, and drops, can leave you wondering how you’ll ever make it to the takeout.
Having a group of deals expected to close, but instead get “pushed” into next quarter is as frustrating as it is common. And it is common.
A checklist for companies considering a Win-Loss Analysis Program Many Sales leaders are thinking strategically about their “win-rate” and how to improve it. Once a focus only for Enterprise companies, …
A caution for sales leaders: Don’t be your own worst enemy Winning at enterprise sales is hard enough. Often, Sales leaders make it harder still by encouraging or enabling bad …
How Win-Loss Analysis leverages success ~ We hear so much about the customer journey. Mapping this journey becomes the centerpiece of the marketing effort, aimed at reaching, nurturing and delivering the customers who score appropriately to the sales effort.
How agile leadership depends on customer voices ~
You may wonder if this is yet another rant about Win-Loss Analysis. Well, it is – sort of. To take a 50,000-foot view, there are two camps: one that believes Win-Loss Analysis is un-necessary and another that sees it as a vital component to a marketing and sales organization. The true believers are already doing it, and hopefully reaping the results; the nay-sayers are doing their best to succeed without it.
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