Another tip from VP sales at Hubspot Mark Roberge at the Sales 2.0 convention re top-of-funnel strategy.
Mark recommends on keeping the top-of-funnel as wide as possible and worry about the filtering and the quality further down at the funnel.
Most companies don’t know what type of a customer will convert and this will allow tracking a whole bunch of data that can be analyzed later.
However, the danger in that strategy is when passing all those customers to your sales team, it could lead to ineffectiveness and waste of their time so it is recommended to use filtering at this stage so that the most quality stuff is being transferred.
As mentioned in my previous post: “Top 3 Metrics to Measure Customer Engagement“, there are ways to set your filters by. Choosing the right metrics and measuring them correctly will assist in screening out the non-potential buyers and keep the high potential ones is essential to any successful SaaS business.
Once the data is gathered and there are more and more leads you can continue optimizing this process.
I highly recommend at the top of the funnel keeping it as wide as possible and worry about the filtering and the quality further down to the funnel, and the reason being is especially when you are stunning out and most people are starting out with inbound. You actually have no idea who’s going to work out, what type of marketing tactics are going to work, what types of buyers are going to actually work well in your funnel, so keeping it why it is, possible allows you to capture a whole bunch of data to see what actually progresses through.
The danger in that strategy comes when you pass everything to the sales team because that can lead to a lot of ineffectiveness in recent time by that sales team so with that process you want to have a lot of filtering to make sure that the most quality staff is actually getting down to the sales team.
And as you gather data and gather more and more leads, you will continue to optimize that process.