Step 2: Prioritize Leads

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What makes a deal close fast?

Sales professionals who exceed their number quarter after quarter have a secret. They focus their effort on the deals most likely to close quickly and they nurture other prospects until the time is right. 

What makes a deal close fast?  You’ve already screened your leads to make sure they are a good fit. Two other factors tend to accelerate a deal.

  1. There is a compelling event ("buying trigger") driving the sale.
  2. You have a strong connection to someone in the company who can make introductions and be your champion.

Customize your news feed

InsideView Agents gather news stories from over 30,000 sources and sort them into sales-relevant categories. Before doing anything else, it’s a good idea to optimize the news that InsideView provides so that it’s tailored to your business.

Turn off unneeded news categories

Use the “Manage Agents” screen to turn off any categories that aren’t a trigger for your business.

Turning off the flow of news stories you don’t care about helps avoid information overload and makes it easier to see critical news stories that might impact a sale.

Add Custom Agents to see stories with relevant keywords

The 18 Standard Agents that come pre-defined in InsideView for Sales cover many common buying triggers. But you can add your own Custom Agents to include news articles with keywords that are specific to your product or service.

Using Insights to Prioritize

There are several ways you can view Insights (news stories) in InsideView for Sales:  

  1. Browse news from the Overview Tab of a Company record in InsideView.

Use this technique when you are focusing on a single company. Company Insights are displayed in the InsideView window when you navigate to an Account or Opportunity page in your CRM.

  1. Add the company to a Watchlist and get a daily email Alert with the latest news.

In addition to getting a daily (or weekly) email with the latest company news, navigating to the Watchlist screen in InsideView allows you to scan for companies that have a a high number of Agent results (news stories). If you have tailored your Agents, this can be a clue that something is going on that is of interest.

  1. Use an Agent as a filter when building a Company List to show only companies that have news stories in a certain category.

If you use the Agent filter when building a Company List, you can find, screen and prioritize leads all in one easy step.

Using Connections to prioritize leads

Like buying triggers, having a Connection in a company can accelerate a deal. You can see a snapshot of your connections on the Overview Tab when you view a company in InsideView. For a more complete view of your connections to a company, navigate to the People Tab.

As with Agents, you can filter for Connections when you build a Company List in InsideView for Sales. This gives you a head start on finding high priority leads.

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