Category Archives: Win-Loss Review
This final step in the win-loss review process is the equivalent of the all-important follow through: whether you’re swinging a baseball bat or golf club, you don’t stop the motion once you’ve made contact with the ball. To get the best results, you continue the motion to fulfill the arc to completion.
One of the most critical components of your win-loss review process is knowing what to ask. This is a golden opportunity to connect with clients or potential clients to find out how your company is doing, including the quality of your sales reps, products, marketing, pricing, and delivery. Don’t blow it.
If you stopped your win-loss review process after the interview, you would have spent quality time with a client or potential client gathering feedback on your business. That shows the client that you value your performance and strive to improve, as well as building goodwill toward future opportunities.
Many companies manage by numbers, which are important, but far from comprehensive. What’s the story behind the data? If your sales team is winning more pitches than they lose, you might consider leaving “well enough alone.” Something’s going your way, so don’t tinker with success, right?
Wrong. Even if you have a winning success rate, you still need to know what’s working well so that you can capitalize on it. And if you’re losing, find out what needs to change in order to turn those stats around.
In most organizations, reviewing every won or lost opportunity is impossible. While there is so much information about each sales opportunity in your funnel readily available, there is a point of diminishing returns. As the process owner or executive sponsor, you need to determine what’s most important and how much is “too much.”