5 Stages of Sales Prospecting

Sales prospecting is a process that turns your target market into a customer sale. Breaking down the process into 5 stages can help you not only notice areas of improvement but figure out ways in which you can increase sales and make your work more efficient and effective.

The first three stages of sales prospecting are the ideal customer profile, suspects, and prospects. These three stages are essential to determining who you want to target, which of your suspects fit into this target and interacting with them to verify that they match with your ideals. Although these first three steps are vital, they pose a problem when it comes to sales prospecting as a whole. Companies tend to spend about 75% of their time on these three stages, none of which directly generate revenue. In order to more effectively turn your prospects into customers, you need to move your focus to the last two stages of sales prospecting.

The last two stages are the qualified prospect and customer. Qualified prospects are those who have the budget, authority, need, and timing. These individuals will eventually complete the sales process, become your customers and boost profits for your business. These last two stages are key to generating revenue and therefore need to be emphasized. It may seem difficult to change your strategy after relying so heavily on the first three stages, but there is a great solution that can make the process easier. It can be done by partly automating the first three stages of sales prospecting and putting in place a well-structured sales process. This not only brings speed in the sales process and makes it cost-effective but the time of the sales team is intelligently apportioned to bring more closure.

Intelliverse can remove the burden of the first three stages so you can emphasize the qualified prospect and customer stages and therefore more efficiently increase your profits. Intelliverse Managed Solutions can streamline the qualification process by providing you with more qualified prospects who you can quickly turn into customers. Their efficient and effective technology is what ultimately results in a better, faster and cheaper sales prospecting process.

5 Stages of Sales Prospecting

Jason is responsible for Intelliverse's development and sales efforts to better connect businesses with their customers. Jason comes to Intelliverse with 20+ years of sales and management experience, with the past 15+ in cloud solutions.