Editor’s note: This is the last part of a two part article. You can read the first part here.
Here is how my team and I have managed to do more business in three weeks than we did all last year. It took us three months of hard conversations and tough work to get to the “start line” and begin executing our process — but it was worth it. I’ll tell my exact numbers at the end of this article.
I know you might be struggling to increase your — or your team’s — performance. So I wanted to share a few secrets I’ve learned about a cool process I found called “Predictable Revenue” (which may or may not be so predictable, but I didn’t name it …)
Here are five more ways of how you can do the same:
6) Learn all you can.
Frankly, we found that the process of Predictable Revenue is extremely helpful — some smart people have even called it the “Silicon Valley sales bible.” We took what we learned and added our special sauce to it. The more we saw it working, the more creative we became.
We are still learning what works. We’re only a few months into the New Year and already have more business booked than all the weeks of last year combined.
And we’re not going to stop learning. It’s making us millions of dollars.
7) Live by your numbers.
Develop a “sales dashboard” that you can look at and check your progress. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It doesn’t matter what program you use to create it, just make sure to include these things:
Number of sales emails sent per week
Number of leads generated per week
Number of inbound leads received per week
Number of wins per week
Average deal size
Average sales cycle
8) Specialization is your friend.
If we break down the process, you’ve probably got three specific sales tasks (like we do):
Lead generation – Finding new potential customers
Closing – Securing partnerships with these new customers
Account management – Managing your customers
If you have the benefit of having multiple sales team members, specialize their roles. If you’re a one man band, specialize your time. For example, dedicate:
5 hours – lead generation
3 hours – closing
2 hours – account management
9) Put your awesomeness on a template.
Make what you do repeatable, repeatable, and … repeatable. As awesomely as “repeatably” possible. But make sure that your templates do not look like templates. They’ve got to be emotional and personal. Write like you’re only talking to one person. After all, you are.
Turn your whole sales process into a series of “templates”. And keep making them better by learning. Remember: You have to stop and dig into the ugly details of what you have been doing — and why.