At the beginning of 2016, I wrote about the Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) framework that we adopted at Woodpecker and about the way we worked on our marketing personas. At that point, we had around 100 B2B customers.
Our customer base has grown to 1000 since then. And it has obviously changed a bit, too. Here’s about how we actually measure the changes in our customer base in order to constantly rework our ideal customer profile as our company grows, and why it’s important to keep the ICP up to date in general.
We’ve got 2017. It’s been 6 years since the publication of Predictable Revenue. Whereas the basic presumptions about sales and growth made in the book are still valid, outbound messaging has changed a lot over the years. What used to work fine for email outreach in 2011, probably won’t work as well nowadays.
If you feel like outbound lead generation and proactive selling are not working for you as well as they are praised to be working, you should catch up with the ongoing changes taking place in outbound sales. Here’s what to pay attention to in your cold outreach to make it work in 2017.
Question: Is there a golden way for getting a quality contact list of sales leads? The answer, sad but true: No, there isn’t. But there are at least three good enough ways worth trying. All of them have their pros and cons. Not all of them will match your particular process of generating sales leads. The key is to choose those that work best for you and your company. Here’s a short analysis of the three ways to help you decide where to start from.
If you’re doing outbound sales, you’ve probably heard about the ABSD (Account Based Sales Development) trend lately. Is it new? Is it for everyone? Is it a revolutionary approach that will bring you $$$ as soon as your sales team adopts it? What is it, really? Check out the short introduction to ABSD in simple words.