The Key Performance Indicators You Need To Be Measuring

The Key Performance Indicators You Need To Be Measuring

KPIA2Regular monitoring and reviewing Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) is essential to ensuring that your sales strategy works. Taking the measures beyond the revenue and associated metrics and assessing performance against the process it actually takes to get quantifiable sales results can be a sales manager’s best approach to running a successful team.

Knowing how to track your team’s peformance beyond the set figures you want them to reach can be a difficult concept to put into place but leading CRM software SalesForce have outlined the seven KPI’s they think that every Sales Manager should be tracking to get the most out of their team.

7 Key Performance Indicators That Every Sales Manager Should Use

Conventional wisdom holds that revenue-per-sales-rep is the only metric that ultimately matters in sales management. But sales process optimization is all about identifying key strengths and coalescing your team into an efficient selling machine. In other words, management is aboutcoaching your team to success.

Tablet-chatWhen we talk about Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), we’re talking about leading indicators – signposts along the way that your sales team is doing the things they need to do in order to be successful. Keeping your eye on nuanced, tactical KPIs is one of the best ways to keep your strategy on track. Practicing great fundamentals leads to great outcomes.

Lead Response Time

When it comes to lead response, speed is essential to increasing sales reps’ odds of success. The data seems to confirm what our instincts tell us — that prospects equate a responsive company with a good company. Since Harvard’s study on response outcomes showed that sales reps that contacted leads within 1 hour were seven times more likely to have a meaningful conversation with a decision maker, other studies have affirmed the findings.

The only question then has been not when to respond, but who should respond. Is some sort of automation such as an email or robocall enough? Don’t kid yourself. There’s really no substitute for a personal phone call by an actual sales rep. To measure this, you’ll need to track inbound and outbound phone calls within and look at how quickly your team, on average, responds. With few exceptions, try to ensure that your sales team responds within 1 hour.

Rate of Contact

One thing we’ve learned from connecting call metrics to is that virtually every good sales manager wants to make sure that outbound call volume is high. A new study from AG Salesworks & BridgeGroup estimates that reps should be generating roughly 32 opportunities per 1,000 outbound calls. Keep in mind that those numbers were for outbound prospecting, a term that tends to include many calls that are relatively cold. So keep an eye on those call logs. If lots of activity doesn’t lead to achievement, it may be time to start listening to sample call recordings to try to work on the pitch.

Rate of Follow Up Contact

Persistence pays off.  A National Sales Executive Association survey found that 48% of sales agents never follow up with leads a second time. This is significant since 10% of sales are closed on the fourth contact, and 80% are made on the fifth to 12th contact. As a sales manager, you hope to look at every lead record that is being worked over time and see multiple leads and calls logged against it.

Clicks from Sales Follow-Up Emails

Think about the best sales follow-up emails you’ve ever received. Effective reps try to bring something to the conversation that will re-interest and re-engage you. That often requires links to content. That could be a link to a promotion, whitepaper, a new pricing page, or in the B2B world, even a study that validates the product  being sold.  The goal of this metric isn’t necessarily about volume or click-through-rate (CTR). It’s to ensure that reps are actually embedding links to content in follow-up emails that are tailored to the leads they’re working.  If you find it isn’t happening, it may mean that you need to either get them more content they can use, or make them aware of what you already have.

Social Media Usage

This is one of the more difficult data points to measure, but in general, you need to make sure that your sales reps are active in social media. We know that top sales reps use LinkedIn, and that there is a direct correlation between reps that are social media enthusiasts and revenue as a direct result from the channel. What’s less clear so far is how much contact and what types of contact are making the difference. Since there are few KPI guidelines in place for measuring social micro-strategies, you’ll have to rely on your own instincts to define how your reps are making connections and using the channel.

Usage Rate of Marketing Collateral

As a marketer that has worked on many sales & marketing alignment projects, I can say with confidence that much of the content created for sales enablement purposes goes unused. This can be because sales reps didn’t get favorable responses to it in the past, or because reps forget it’s available, or even because they didn’t know it was available in the first place.  This is surprising because the right marketing content can provide tremendous value to reps. Great content such as whitepapers and videos actually offer reps an opportunity to follow up with leads to see what they thought of it.

Using the Content Library will tell you whether various pieces of marketing collateral are being used or not. To really close the loop on tracking, try using unique call tracking numbers on all your content. This will tell you whether you’re getting callbacks after the content goes out.

Opportunity-to-Win Ratio

How many wins do your reps get after getting prospects to the opportunity stage? This is a surprisingly important metric. You might have sales reps on your team that are excellent networkers and door-openers, but awful closers. If so, then you need to help them either get better, or move them into a different role so that they can open doors for your closers. Either way, tracking this metric is key.

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What is the number one KPI or tracking tip you’d give to a sales manager?

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