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But, for this deck, we’ll
be talking about your Sales and Marketing Dashboard: The place where the entire revenue creation team tracks your progress and collaborates around opportunities. Now that’s exciting.
Why are dashboards so important?
Dashboards are important because they align your entire sales and marketing organisation around the metrics you most need to track. 02 09
With a well-designed dashboard, you
can see: • If you’re attracting enough leads • How well they’re progressing through the sales cycle • How well you’re converting them • How much revenue is coming your way • Where the revenue is coming from • How your campaigns and sales people are performing • How happy your customers are… And that’s just a small sample.
05 06 07 08 They’re
open on screens all the time. Everyone refers to them. The most important meetings happen around them. The critical reports feed into them. A great dashboard helps streamline, automate and accelerate the entire sales and marketing operation.
That means a great dashboard
is one that your sales and marketing people agree on. OK ∙ It’s about what they feel is important. ∙ It’s what they want to see. ∙ It highlights the metrics they’ll track every day. And nothing else.
Here’s an example: Leads by
Source: where are they coming from? Leads by Source The sales pipeline: track opportunities by stage Customer satisfaction: if you can measure it, you can track it Customer Satisfaction Revenue by Month Year over Year Closed business: keep it in the green How are we doing vs last year? Revenue trend by type: looks like a great quarter
More than the sum of
its reports Each component in a dashboard represents one report. Here are some good ones: Closed Business Trends By product, over time – or any way you want to see it. Competitor report Who are you losing to? Top Reps Who’s chasing up and closing the most business?
Other popular components you’ll find
in many dashboards: Wall of Fame Who has completed the highest percentage of their assigned tasks? Opportunities How much revenue is in each of your stages?
Leads by Status Open? Working?
Qualified? Deals win rate How many are you winning? Conversion rate by market segment How are you converting in each? Again: anything you can track, you can build into a report and then feed into your dashboard. The key is to pick the important things.
But you also want one,
single dashboard that the sales and marketing folks agree on as your primary revenue creation tracker. 02 Make sure you use consistent, agreed metrics: it’s critical that everyone understands the definition of each metric that you’re tracking. 02 03 02 09 07 06 04 05 06 07 08 09
One of the most powerful
things you can do in your dashboard is to track all leads as they turn into prospects, opportunities and deals – or whatever you choose to call them.
We’ll get you started with
the ones shown below. But you can set up as many stages as make sense for your business, then build a report that feeds your dashboard. Stage Prospecting Qualification Needs Analysis Value Proposition Proposal/ Price Quote 04 05 Negotiation/ Review Closed/Won Closed/Lost 06
A purchase cycle stage is
not an abstract idea. It’s a specific state that’s defined by the actions taken by the prospect, your sales team or both. 03 To track your leads and deals through the cycle, your team needs to agree on what specific actions define each stage, then build these into your reporting and dashboard components.
The idea is to get
one out there, live with it a while, get feedback from the people using it, and improve it over and over again. Soon, everyone has the dashboard experience they really want. And they can’t live without it. 04 04 04 04
If you can’t easily create
new dashboard components, edit them and swap them around, you need a new CRM system. This stuff should take minutes (or you’ll never do it and find you’re stuck with a sub-optimal dashboard). 03 09
Early dashboards were silos of
information. You opened them up, got what you needed and went somewhere else to act on the information. Today, great dashboards are the centre of collaboration for the entire sales and marketing team.
It’s like having your company’s
own internal Facebook built into your dashboard. So people can ‘follow’ a metric or an activity, share it with other team members, comment on it or open a conversation around it. great progress! 05 @dashboard
This may sound like a
bell or a whistle – but in reality, it’s hugely powerful. Great dashboards are active collaboration platforms.
Again, old dashboards were static
data slices. New dashboards are active productivity environments. What does that mean? It means you can can capture tasks and activities in the dashboard, to make sure they get done. 02 03 07
All from within the dashboard.
No logging in and logging out. No sending emails or chasing with phone calls (unless you want to). We know: cool, right?
This one shouldn’t matter but,
let’s face it, it does. If you want people to spend time in your dashboards, you need to add a bit of eye candy. Yes, your data could be represented in columns and rows, but who wants to look at spreadsheets all day?
Dashboards are too important to
lock to the desktop. You need to be able to access your dashboard wherever you are. So tablet and smartphone versions are a really good idea. 10 09 05 06 07 08
A good mobile app should
let you do pretty much everything you could do from your desk, including: Search for and browse the dashboards you’re following View any and all components Share a dashboard or component Collaborate with colleagues inside the dashboard Access recently viewed reports and dashboards when you’re offline
The best dashboards are the
ones that whole teams practically live inside. You don’t want to break that habit just because people are away from their desks. 06 07
Your dashboard should be the
engine of your revenue machine. Define some key metrics and the business processes that drive them. Turn them into a report. Add in social capabilities. Aggregate a few critical reports into a simple dashboard. Let people assign and track tasks. Show it to your team. Improve it. Improve it again. Make it pretty. Improve it again.
07 And stand back. You’ve
just created a sales and marketing collaboration tool that doesn’t just report on revenue generation, it generates revenue. 08 09 DONE 03 02 04 05 06 07 08
At salesforce.com, we’re crazy about
dashboards (you may have noticed). That’s why we spend so much time and energy making sure our customers can build the very best dashboards in the civilised universe. 02 04 05 06 07 08
Dashboards that sales and marketing
people love. Dashboards that keep sales and marketing accountable to each other. 03 02 04 05 Dashboards that track everything important so you can improve everything important. 06 07 08 09 Dashboards that help you crush your sales forecasts.
Where do you go from
here? You can watch a video with some dashboard action here And sign up for free demos here Or a free trial here Or just skip all the foreplay and talk to salesforce.com now so we can get you into our dashboard, convert you into a customer and get you that promotion you so richly deserve.