Now that you’ve spent some time pondering the first four of my recommended key predictive indicators for forecasting your company’s growth and success, it’s time to look at the last four in the series – and prepare to lift the anchors. The next KPIs of utmost importance to nearly every B2B enterprise are the following:
5. Average Sales Cycle
A command of your average sales cycle will keep your sales organization honest (and humble) – and will also provide you with more confidence in sensibly predicting new revenues. It’s also especially helpful to examine when it’s coupled with the Lead to Client Conversion Rate.
Measure every deal that goes into the sales pipeline and track how long it takes for each to close. Average the combined figure (# days to close) – and voila, you have your metric, and with it, a prudent expectation! It’s not a perfect science, but it establishes a KPI you really need.
You might be tempted to look at this in terms of products, services, and customer groups, and I would encourage you to do so. But first, start with the overarching metric—how long does it take my sales organization to close a deal?