Sales Cycle Acceleration

Sales Cycle Acceleration | SP Home RunHow long is your company’s average sales cycle length? 

If you have a high degree of clarity on this number, give yourself a pat on the back. You’re in the small minority. 

Now going even deeper, do you know how your sales cycle length varies by buyer persona? 

And do you segment your leads to be able to add value in different ways?

Segment, Nurture, Accelerate, and Close Faster

Most companies -- especially small businesses -- mistakenly lump all of their prospects and clients into one bucket. 

While this approach may have been effective in a bygone era, your prospects and clients today have much higher standards. 

The titans of selective consumption like Amazon, iTunes, Netflix, and Sirius XM have completely ruined it for mere mortal companies like yours. 

Selective consumption has made it possible for your prospects and clients to get exactly what they want, when they want, 100% on their own terms.

Personalize or Perish

As a result, a plain vanilla one-size-fits-some approach -- usually fueled by a cocktail of arrogance, ignoring, and living in the past -- just won't’ cut it anymore. 

If you don’t give your prospects and clients exactly what they want, exactly when they want, rest assured your company is one click and browser back-button away from irrelevance. 

So what can you do to combat that?

 The solution requires a two-pronged approach:

  1. Understand exactly who your buyer personas are -- and their true goals, plans, challenges, and secret motivations
  2. Understand exactly how your buyer personas navigate the buyer’s journey for a product or service like yours 

When your company invests the resources to properly segment your leads by buyer persona and buyer’s journey stage, your prospects and clients not only have a much more favorable impression of your company’s ability to address their goals and solve their problems.

Staying One Step Ahead to Be Proactive

However, the benefits are much greater. By now understanding exactly what each buyer persona wants to know at each stage of their buyer’s journey for your products and services, you can proactively deliver educational resources that stay one step ahead. 

So with better segmentation, and having resources for each buyer persona and buyer’s journey stage, you’re proactively educating your potential clients about what matters most to each. 

That way, by the time your sales team is involved, your sales team can do with it does best: selling and closing, rather than educating on a one-off basis.

Building Blocks for Sales Cycle Acceleration

For data driven companies, that track average sales cycle length, this kind of approach can lead to dramatic sales cycle acceleration -- as companies are no longer depending on how frequently a sales rep can reconnect with a lead and deliver the exact information at the exact moment. 

Instead, your sales reps can observe how each lead interacts with different kinds of content and offer assistance at the exact moment that active buyers are ready for a sale conversation. 

Moreover, your sales team will be an order of magnitude more helpful to prospects and clients as they’ll be able to personalize the conversation to the kinds of issues that the person has shown the most interest in. 

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