None of our SDRs were making quota....
Rewind the clock a few years, I was at a Unicorn, everything should have been going great.
But our 25 SDRs were struggling. Each week we gave them over 3,000 fresh MQLs, but none of them made quota. We just fired our 2nd CMO and 3rd SVP of Sales, both of whom were successful at previous companies.
I was asked to step in and “fix” it.
What the hell was happening? We were a billion-dollar SaaS unicorn, the movie wasn’t supposed to end this way.
The problem it turns out was simple. Most of the prospects filling our funnel were not prospects at all.
The 3,000 MQLs had been ‘qualified’ using basic Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) criteria like # of employees, industry, and annual revenue. While helpful for sizing, this ICP told us nothing about what our prospects actually wanted or needed.
And at the end of the day, that’s why prospects buy -- when you can fulfill their wants and needs.
Does my unicorn story sound familiar? It should.
In Sales Development today, only 1 out of 100 MQLs will convert to an opportunity. And poor fit is largely why.
Pair this with the common misperception that more leads = more sales, and when leads flood in but sales don’t materialize, you lose your job. Don’t blame the lead, blame the seller, right?
Today only 43% of sales reps make quota – a number that’s declined every year from 63% in 2011. We need to change how we sell and by focusing on what prospects actually want and need, we can.
How to sell prospects what they want.
So, how do you figure out what prospects want and need? Great question.
The wants and needs of a person or business are known as ‘psychographics’. It sounds fancy, but it’s been around since the 1960’s in B2C and is incredibly powerful in selling.
For example, if you’re expecting your first child, you’ll have a strong personal interest in new baby products and services. Those are psychographics. If I sell baby clothes, you are my perfect prospect. It’s that simple.
Do psychographics really work?
Have you ever bought something Amazon recommends? If so, you’re not alone. Amazon sees a 30% sales increase from psychographic-driven recommendations.
How about NetFlix or Spotify Discover? NetFlix attributes over $1B in retention to psychographic content suggestions and Spotify delivers 31% of its music based on psychographics.
These are multibillion-dollar businesses using psychographics every day to deliver valuable goods and services that you, the consumer, want and need.
3 ways to use psychographics in B2B Sales Development
Traditionally it’s been very difficult to figure out business psychographics. What does a business really want or need? They rarely take surveys and they keep their data closely guarded.
But we live in an amazing time for Sales Development. The massive surge in public web data and digital communication makes it easier than ever to know what businesses want and need. Here are 3 ways you can leverage psychographics in B2B to improve prospect fit and close more deals:
Matt Belkin is the founder of GrowFlare, a prospect intelligence platform focused on helping B2B sales professionals sell better with psychographic data. https://tenbound.com/company/growflare/
He also serves as the COO of eSUB, a construction SaaS company, where he oversees all sales, marketing, and client success efforts.
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