The $1B Sales Pipeline Secret-How We Helped a Fortune 100 Client Achieve it in Just 14 Days
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The $1B Sales Pipeline Secret: How We Helped a Fortune 100 Client Achieve it in Just 14 Days

- Venkataraman Subramanyan

In today’s highly competitive business environment, building a billion-dollar pipeline might sound like a daunting task, but it is achievable with the right mindset and approach. 

As a sales professional, you might be familiar with the traditional approach to building a pipeline,

  1. Looking at all the white space and adding it to the CRM. We look at what’s not consumed by the customer, add that to the pipeline and it balloons.
  2. Guessing the needs of your customer. Collecting all of these, maybe on sticky notes and adding it to the pipeline. 

However, these approaches lack one crucial element – the customer.

Account planning without customer validation is hallucination.

We have to start looking at a new way to grow your pipeline that revolves around the needs of your customer. 

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The first key is,

#1: Focus on Customer Outcomes

The first strategy to building a billion-dollar pipeline is to focus on customer outcomes. 

As you think about your customers, consider how you can help them grow, cut costs, decrease risks, increase share, and innovate. 

Connect the dots between your products and services and the outcomes your customers want to achieve. 

This ability to think outside-in, to think customer-first, and to think about customer outcomes is crucial.

You have to shift from a sale first approach to a customer first approach. 

#2: Risk Mitigation

Your customer’s risk is your opportunity in disguise.

When it comes to discussing customer risks, it is essential to establish a container of safety and trust with your client. 

This trust enables customers to feel comfortable and confident in your presence and believe that the hard conversations you’re having are for their success. 

Your intent should translate into empathy, where your customer feels that you’re part of the journey as you look at mitigating those risks. 

It’s not just about rationally understanding the risks but emotionally connecting with the customer and making sure they feel comfortable sharing and monetizing the impact of those risks.

#3: Partner with your Customer

The last element of building a billion-dollar pipeline is to start working alongside your customer. 

Develop a joint action plan, a mutual account plan, and a multi-horizon plan with specific goals, strategies, metrics, measures, and milestones that both parties sign up to. 

When the customer is alongside you on the journey, the ability to achieve more is heightened and tightened. 

It’s not just one stakeholder for your customer; it’s a set of stakeholders with whom you need to validate and triangulate your focus.

These strategies were implemented when our team worked with a Fortune 100 client with the aspiration of becoming the best subsidiary or market unit in the world. 

This investment in building a billion-dollar pipeline helped them to rigorously qualify and progress the pipeline for the rest of the year. 

The result was that they achieved the best subsidiary and market unit of the year, which was a coveted accomplishment.

Building a billion-dollar pipeline is achievable with the right approach and mindset. 

Focus on customer outcomes, handle customer risks sensitively, and work alongside your customers to develop a joint plan. 

By implementing these strategies, you can create a pipeline that not only generates revenue but also creates long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with your customers.

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Author:

Venkataraman Subramanyan is a Global Leadership Development Expert & Sales Coach. He is the Founder and CEO of Tripura Multinational. Venkat’s mission is to touch and transform a hundred million lives by 2025, and a billion lives by 2030. With over 30 years of experience, Venkat is passionate about 2 things – Leadership Transformation and Sales Acceleration. His trademarked deal qualification framework is licensed worldwide by organizations and filters over $3Billion in deals annually. He is an accredited member of the Forbes Coaches Council.

Tripura Multinational is a dynamic sales organization dedicated to empowering sales professionals and organizations to achieve unparalleled success. Originally established as a platform to address skill gaps in the sales industry, Tripura has evolved into a multi-faceted entity that offers comprehensive engagements for Sales Managers and Sales Leaders. Through the transformative power of Sales Coaching, Tripura enables sales organizations to elevate their performance from good to great and ultimately reach a world-class level. Our approach focuses on optimizing sales skills, management expertise, and leadership capabilities, helping clients plan more effectively, qualify leads better, orchestrate sales processes seamlessly, and expand their business with confidence. 

Our organisation is the trusted choice of market leaders across various industries and segments, relying on our expertise to elevate their performance to new heights. Recognized for our ability to enhance excellence, we are entrusted with the task of making the client’s best even better.

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