Lead generation modeling made simple
- How many opportunities are required to get a sale?
- How many leads do you need to create a new opportunity?
Let’s leave out sales cycle length for now, to keep things simple. Let’s just look at leads-to-opportunities-to-sales.
To build the model, you need a handful of inputs:
- Average sales price of a closed deal
- % of leads that turn into a new sales opportunity
- % of new sales opportunities that convert into a sale
- Average cost per lead
If you don’t know these figures explicitly, come up with a reasonable but somewhat conservative guess. With this input, you can build a model telling you:
- How many leads you need
- How many sales will result (and with what bookings output)
- How much those sales will cost via a paid lead generation campaign
And with that model, if the inputs are isolated and the lead/opportunity/sales figures are calculated with simple formulas, you can make adjustments to the inputs to see what the sales and/or revenue impact would be if you:
- Generated more leads
- Increased the average sales price
- Increased the % of leads you can close
- Increased the % of opportunities you can close
Start simple, but build this model and share it with your team. Discuss it with sales management. Get on the same page, and execute with more confidence that what you’re doing is leading directly to sales success.