The New Forecast Flow


Having an accurate sales forecast is critically important to the business. But the challenge remains: forecasting accurately is hard. There are many variables that contribute to the challenge of rolling up an accurate forecast on a consistent basis.

Mini Sales Manager Training to Improve Your Sales Forecast Accuracy


Here’s a crash course in improving the accuracy of your sales forecast. Unfortunately, these issues may have not been addressed in sales manager training courses you’ve attended. sales performance sales managers sales training

Your Portfolio Companies’ Forecasts Are Unbelievable, But Maybe Not In A Good Way

Sales Benchmark Index

Sample output of multi-method forecasting: Some say that forecasting is an art and others say it’s a science. The indecisive say that it is a combination, and many board members and PE deal teams say it’s a disaster. In some.

Forecasting Games

Partners in Excellence

It’s about the forecast–the monthly, quarterly, annual forecast. Then midway through the quarter, we have a forecast update. And our managers always know we were going to miss, so they committed less to their managers, all the way up the food chain.

Build a Successful and Results-Driven Sales Culture

Speaker: Gary Galvin, CEO, Galvin Technologies

As a sales manager, you’re tasked with not only answering this question, but directing your sales team to achieve goals and deliver results. Likewise, it’s even more important to shape your sales culture into one that is positive, accountable, and metric-driven.

3 Crucial Things Sales Managers Must Do to Boost Forecast Accuracy


Why do sales managers spend so much time reviewing and analyzing sales forecasts yet sales people typically do not? Here are three key things every sales manager must to do to boost forecast accuracy. Quality Pipelines Drive Forecast Accuracy.

VIDEO: The Secret to Accurate Sales Forecasting


There’s no one question that sparks more debate among sales managers as, “How can I forecast closed deals more accurately?” Many sales people attribute accurate sales forecasting to pure luck or guesswork. How reliable is your sales forecasting?

Forecast Integrity

Partners in Excellence

Recently, I was in a discussion with a great sales management team. At one point in the discussion, we started discussing forecast and accuracy. It’s a difficult topic, too often, I think management spends entirely too much time obsessing over the forecasting process.

Earthquakes Hold the Key to Accurate Sales Forecasts

Understanding the Sales Force

I recently downloaded eWeather HD and as I poked around, I found something I had never seen before and it has a huge tie-in to sales management, the pipeline, and accurate forecasts! I love finding cool new apps for my iPad and I''m always looking for the next great weather app.

How Do We Improve Forecast Accuracy?

Partners in Excellence

Yesterday, I wrote, Forecast Accuracy, Again. It focuses on why we need forecast accuracy, which may be different from what most sales leaders think. I’ve actually become very accurate forecasting when and how this topic comes up.

How to Inject Reliability Into Your Forecast

Sales Benchmark Index

Most sales reps are opportunistic. Every prospect is a potential sale. As a Sales Manager, you end up scratching your head. Sales Leader Forecasting Sales Manager Sales Manager Resources

Optimize your sales forecasting process

Base CRM

Sales forecasting is a critical business function for every company, whether you are a startup or larger enterprise. Whatever the case, you need the right process to accurately forecast company growth and make strategic decisions. The key to successful sales forecasting is to continually improve the methods you use so that the forecasting process evolves to fit the unique needs of your business. Track your sales data. Manage your sales pipeline.

Thanksgiving Weekend Reading List: Forecasts, Pipelines and Quotas


The fiscal year for many sales people ends in less than six weeks. There’s no doubt that quota and forecasts are top of mind for both sales reps and managers. How to Stop Sandbagging and Overly Optimistic Forecasts. 4 Steps to More Predictable Sales Growth.

Become a Top Sales Manager with These 6 Essential Tips


The first-line sales manager is one of the most rewarding, yet overworked positions in the sales chain. With so many diverse yet intertwined activities to deal with throughout the day, sales managers often find themselves in a perpetual juggling act.

How to Stop Sandbagging and Overly Optimistic Forecasts


As a sales manager or sales leader, you know which of your reps are sandbagging or overly optimistic when it comes to forecasting. I have never understood why we, as sales managers and leaders, allow sales people to believe this is an allowable best practice.

How to Diagnose Why Your Sales Forecast is Inaccurate


That type of scenario is simply mortifying if you’re a Sales VP, suggesting to the CEO or board of investors that you really have no idea what the heck you’re talking about, or what you’re doing. So why exactly are your sales forecasts never accurate?

10 Reasons To Hug Your Sales Manager

Tony Hughes

Sales Management is without doubt the most important link in the revenue chain. If you’re a sales person you probably don't fully understand what your sales manager really does for you beyond approving your expenses and hassling you about the forecast.

Urgency and Want (Forecasting)

A Sales Guy

In sales however, “when” something is going to happen, is as important as “if” something is going to happen and if you can’t nail the when, you’re only doing half your job. The greater the pain, the quicker the sale is made.

VIDEO: 4 Ways to Increase Your Pipeline and Improve Your Forecasting


As a sales person, you know how important it is to increase your pipeline with qualified deals and work them efficiently through the sales funnel. But what do you do when your manager tells you to close a deal now – this month or this quarter – and it’s not in your buyer’s timeframe?

Sales Tech Simplified: How to Deliver Accurate Forecasts and Improve Pipeline Management @AvisoInc

Smart Selling Tools

We call it Sales Tech Simplified. Michael: There are three critical sales processes that are central to driving revenue: forecast management, pipeline reviews, and deal reviews. There is no more important task for sales than closing more deals.

Move the Deal Episode 2: It’s Magic: The Art of Forecasting

Miller Heiman Group

Episode two features the Director of Sales Operations Management of Particle Measuring Systems —and Miller Heiman Group Icon —Kathy Venincasa. Venincasa started in the accounting world and has since found her home in sales. Mastering Sales Forecasting.

How Social Prospecting Helps Forecasting

Sales Benchmark Index

Marketing is not driving the quality sales leads the field needs. You’re hearing it from your Sales Managers and reps. Your VP of Sales is sick of the excuses. He tells you to produce more consistent forecasts ASAP. Manage the Large Pool of Prospects.

Sales Tips: Untrustworthy Sales Forecasts Cost Billions

Customer Centric Selling

Sales Tips: Lack of Trustworthy Sales Forecasts Costs Billions. This guest post was created by MIT Sloan School of Management, courtesy of

Forecast Accuracy, Peeling The Onion

Partners in Excellence

We are barely a week into the New Year, but yesterday I found myself in a conversation with an executive team about the forecast. They were looking at the January forecast and starting to think about the quarterly forecast. How do we improve our forecasting then?

Sales Management Advice for CEOs

Tony Hughes

Back in 2005 when I was Managing Director for an international software company, I developed a simple framework for transforming sales. I handed our leading sales person a commission cheque, for one quarter, of almost $500,000. All of our pre-sales people received commission cheques for a single quarter equal to their annual salaries. Strategy: Do we have an effective strategy for managing relationships and competitive threats?

Weighted Pipelines And Forecasts

Partners in Excellence

I have to admit, I’ve never been able to figure out the value or meaning of the weighted pipeline and forecast. So while we are measuring progress through the sales cycle (e.g. Then we move to the weighted forecast. What do you think of weighted pipeline and forecasts?

The Ultimate Guide to Sales Forecasting

Hubspot Sales

Sales forecasting can play a major role in your company’s success ( and your own career development ). According to research from the Aberdeen Group , companies with accurate sales forecasts are 10% more likely to grow their revenue year-over-year and 7.3%

Build a sales management process that works in 4 steps

Base CRM

Maybe you’re a new sales manager, stepping out of your sales rep role and wanting to find the best management practices. Or maybe you have been managing a team for some time now but are struggling with hitting your targets. Hire and manage your sales team.

Fifty Shades Of Forecasting

Partners in Excellence

He said, “Funny, my regional sales managers never want reality to get in the way of their forecasts.” I’m thinking of calling it “ Fifty Shades Of Forecasting.” Please contribute your favorite forecasting, funnel, or pipeline story.

Onboarding is for sales managers too

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: JIM NINIVAGGI, CHIEF READINESS OFFICER, BRAINSHARK “What’s your onboarding program for new sales managers?”. While most companies would agree that sales onboarding is a strategic priority, the focus of their processes is often only?—? Manager candidate cultivation.

How to Fix a Sales Forecast Killer


Territory turnover for this new sales manager isn’t unusual, but the solution can be evasive, expensive and humbling. Experienced sales managers, however, know how to deal with it. He had 10 sales territories in his domestic North American sales force. It only took two months after the first rep’s retirement to start seeing an impact on the forecast and on revenue. Experienced sales managers, however, know how to deal with it.”. _.

Stop Wasting Time On Forecasts!

Partners in Excellence

Over the past several weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time talking and corresponding with lots of people on forecasts. An article I wrote several years ago, The Most Used, Useless Metric In Sales has been republished in several venues–creating some discussion.

The Problem With Forecasting

Partners in Excellence

In virtually every conversation with a sales executive, at one point we get into a discussion about forecasting. No one has accurate forecasts. They put in strange processes to increase the accuracy of the forecast. Wonder if this technique will improve forecast quality?

“The Forecast Meeting”

Partners in Excellence

A friend and I were sharing our experiences in forecast meetings. Each of us has participated in hundreds of these, there seems to be a consistent pattern: Sales Manager: “Are the deals you’ve committed to the forecast going to come in as forecast?” ” Sales Person: “Well boss………” Sales Manager: “We need to backfill $1M, what can you bring in to make up the gap?”

Sales Tips: Proactive or Forensic Sales Management

Customer Centric Selling

Sales Tips: Proactive or Forensic Sales Management. By John Holland, Chief Content Officer, CustomerCentric Selling®.

Why Most Sales Forecasts Are Inaccurate

Sales Benchmark Index

Here is a great tool to help CEOs ensure your sales team is forecasting revenues correctly. Nothing upsets the board more than an inaccurate forecast. The challenge is knowing whether or not your forecast is real. Sales processes are almost always designed inward out.

The 7 KPIs for Sales Managers Dashboard

Increase Sales

Sales managers face increased responsibility and accountability. Research continues to show sales teams do not meet sales goals while margins shrink due to the dynamics of market forces as well as government compliance. 1 – Sales to Earn or Close Time.

Sales And Sales Management Is Broken

Partners in Excellence

I have to admit being consumed with CSO Insights latest Sales Performance Report. There are profound differences between poor performers and top performers in the percent of people making quota and win rates of forecast deals. of forecast deals! That’s forecast deals!

Why CEOs/Presidents Tolerate Ineffective Sales Management

Understanding the Sales Force

Understanding the Sales Force by Dave Kurlan One of the comments on my article, The Validiation of the Sales Assessment Validation , mentioned the reluctance of CEOs and Presidents to redeploy or terminate ineffective sales managers.

Sales Management Review Cadence

Partners in Excellence

I’m not sure anyone looks forward to the Sales Management Review (sometimes these are called QBR’s, but there are other reviews). It’s unfortunate, because there’s a huge amount of value in the review process–both for sales people and managers.