In most cases, winning an initial deal is not the end of the sales road. If you’re an Account Manager, Customer Success Manager, Account Exec or in a similar role, your job typically includes a directive to “land and expand”—to find opportunities to “up-sell” your customers more of what they originally bought or to “cross-sell” them additional products. If you are in a subscription-style business, you might also be responsible to make sure your customers renew for another term.
In all of these cases, you will use InsideView to do two things:
- Monitor accounts for changes that might be renewal threats or opportunities to up-sell/cross-sell.
- Expand your contacts in the account to protect against organization changes and to find new buyers.
Monitor your accounts
By now you're familiar with the concept of Watchlists and Alerts. You will want to make sure all of your customers are on a Watchlist so you aren’t caught off guard by events such as executive changes, acquisition, partnership, expansion, or financial trends.
Don’t forget to follow individual contacts as well as companies. In addition to news mentions, you’ll see social media posts from them that can give insight into what’s going on at the company and what’s on their mind—timely, off-the-cuff information that you won’t get from news articles.
Expand your contacts
Your success in growing an account hinges on your ability to both find contacts in other parts of the organization as well as build relationships with people who are higher in the organization.
The quickest way to find additional contacts in your accounts is to build a People List based on your customer Watchlist. Specify job functions and/or titles that match your likely buyers.
But rather than entering company attributes, scroll down to "Business Type" and specify a Watchlist.
You can even filter the list to see only people to whom you have a Connection.
Don't forget to set the check box to include existing customers.
Browse the list results to find the most promising contacts. Move the mouse over a name to see a preview. Click the name to see the person's complete profile. Note particularly any to whom you have Connections in your network. These are often people worth reaching out to right away.
You can add the most promising names to your Watchlist right from the list building screen. When you move the mouse over a name, the "Follow" button will appear in the "Title" column.
If you’re focusing on finding additional contacts in a single company, you can use the People tab to filter employees by title, functional area, and level in the organization. The People tab also shows you who you’re connected to in the company.
Insights - view news you need
Insider Tip: Don’t see any news about your company? Don’t stress. InsideView pushes information from a company’s blog, Twitter feed, and Facebook page. Sometimes the best information you’ll find is right there on social media.