JBarrows Filling the Funnel Course Template
Learn how you can customize and reinforce Filling the Funnel course tips where sales plays are happening to maximize revenue.
When we met with John Barrows who founded JBarrows Sales Training, this concept of losing valuable information through our short-term memory was nothing new to him. He offers individual and group online training, in-person and remote training, for growing sales orgs who want to learn how to boost their productivity and drive more revenue.
“The biggest piece that’s been missing for us is reinforcement after our classes are over,” said John. “Everyone is energized after the course and can’t wait to take what they’ve learned and implement it. But, what happens when you get back into your day-to-day workflow? You struggle to recall the concepts. You’re on a sales call and remember you had training on objection handling or selling the value but don’t have the information on hand and struggle to recollect.”
“That’s why I was so excited to hear about Spekit’s solution. Now, through our partnership, all of that valuable information a rep has learned through our course becomes accessible and reinforced as the reps are prospecting, making their calls and closing deals. It’s able to move from short-term memory to long-term memory because it’s available and accessible directly within their day-to-day workflow,” said John.
Check out a few of our conversations with John Barrows to learn how you can maximize sales velocity and revenue by reinforcing training right when and where your reps need it:
The Fundamental Process of Sales
The fundamental process of sales, AIDA, was the first process to put any structure into sales. AIDA is:
These are the 4 mental stages ones needs to go through before making a purchase.
Prospecting isn't about selling your solution, it's about selling the next step in the sales process, it's about selling time.
In other words…
Prospecting is about gaining attention and creating interest.
You have about 5 to 15 seconds to get a prospect's attention through social media, email, call, etc.
This, in turn, earns you extra minutes to create interest by asking a question or putting forward a value proposition.
This, in turn, will earn you a meeting where you can create a desire.
ProTip: Sell time! Quantify what you're asking for - 15 mins, 30 mins etc.
The Sales equation is made up of 4 stages:
By understanding the conversion ratios, we can figure out what needs to be done to make improvements in the process
Here are the ratios for each stage:
This means a Sales rep would need to make 1600 cold calls to get 8 meetings. Of these, only 4 would go into the proposal stage and only 2 deals would close.
By adjusting the ratios you can improve your conversion rate.
ProTip: Research! This will help you elevate over other sales reps and improve the prospecting stage.
You could have accessed this content directly within Salesforce, Outreach, or wherever your sales team is working.
All this content (and more) is available to import and surface where your sales reps are working. Give your reps the bite-sized reinforcement, guidance, and coaching they need – where and when they need it.
Identifying the target audience
Several characteristics help you qualify a lead in your sales process. Each company has its own sets of characteristics that will help you categorize your leads into the following:
- Tier 1 - these are good leads
- Tier 2 - these are average leads
- Tier 3 - these are poor leads
Here are some examples of qualifying pointers that can help you categorize your leads:
- Size/ Revenue
- of employees
- Technologies used
It's important to find the right bracket under each qualifying pointer to help you make the most of your prospecting efforts. Here's an example:
ProTip: Try to check as many characteristics as you can before you reach out to your prospects through research.
Finding the right leads in an Account
Once you've figured out who your target audience is, you need to figure out who to contact in these Accounts.
There are 2 main approaches when trying to crack into new accounts:
- Top-down approach
- Bottom-up approach
These two approaches are separated by a power line. Each company has a power line that distinguishes between those who can make decisions and those who can't.
The Top-down approach is recommended because:
- It's easier to find exec level folks on social media, blogs, etc.
- They love to delegate and will give great referrals
- Each company has a power line. This distinguishes between those who can make decisions and those that can't
ProTip: When speaking with an exec level individual don't sell your solution, ask for referrals.
Identifying important roles an Account
When prospecting, we need to identify people in an organization we should be focusing on and people we should be avoiding.
Tailoring messaging when contacting execs in targeted accounts
When speaking to executive-level personals in an org, it's important to get and keep their attention and stay above the power line as long as possible. Keep in mind the qualifying pointers when reaching out to these folks.
Here's a summary of the things you should and shouldn't say when talking to your prospecting:
ProTip: Research! Do some research before reaching out. Something as simple as going on their company website and personal LinkedIn will give you an upper hand over other sales reps.
Triggers used to increase the response rate
Once you're aware of the do's and don'ts when speaking to exec's in an Account, you need to know what to say to them.
There are several factors and triggers that can be used to increase the chances of getting a response rate from an executive at an Account.
More common factors as we discussed earlier are messaging based on Industry they work in or their role.
Other common Factors include:
- Social Media Presence
- Existing # of office locations
- Look and Feel of the Website
- Mission and Vision Statements of the company
More specific factors include:
- Launching new products
- New Locations/ Geographic expansions
- Hiring/ Growth
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- New Leadership roles
- Quotes from executives (this gets the highest response rate)
How to find relevant information
There are two ways you can find information to use when reaching out to folks in an Account.
- Going on the companies website
- Have the info come to you
Going on the website:
Have the information come you:
Develop your message
An elevator pitch is a short description given by sales reps when they make a call to introduce an idea, product or company that explains the concept in a way such that any listener can understand it in a short period of time.
This description typically explains who the product is for, what it does, why it is needed, and how it will get done.
The historical elevator pitch fails for many reasons. These are:
- The message is way too long.
- Talks all about you, for example, your product gives so and so features, rather than providing any value to the prospect.
- The messaging is too general, doesn't use any triggers.
- The messaging is super cheesy. Make sure your tone and pitch are audience-appropriate.
The historical pitch lacks attention grabbers. These are things you can say that will get the attention of the prospect in the first 15 seconds and engage them further.