Carol Meyers, board chair of Crunchr and Go-to-Market advisor, joins Ryan this week to talk about her experiences with Win-Loss analysis over her accomplished career. They touch on how to use Win-Loss data to inform when you have a real competitor, how to present Win-Loss at a board meeting and how AI will affect the business landscape for Sales and Marketing.
1. Win-loss analysis is crucial for understanding customer preferences and identifying areas for improvement in marketing, sales, and product development.
“If you don’t get selected, you obviously don’t get that wonderful opportunity to be the product of choice and the thing that helps a customer achieve their goal.”
2. A programmatic approach to win-loss analysis is essential for capturing leading indicators and staying ahead of market shifts.
“It gives you an opportunity to think about ‘how do we arm the sales force, how might we adjust our messaging?’. Is this going to be a big future competitor or just something that sort of operates around the fringes?”
3. Combining win loss data with insights from sales teams, analysts, and other sources helps paint a more comprehensive picture of the market and customer preferences.
“I think it’s a matter of thinking about what are you hearing through win-loss? What are you hearing through other channels, and how do you combine that together?
4. Boards and leadership teams often lack a systematic approach to using win loss data and struggle to take meaningful actions based on the insights.
“Teams need to really think through making sure they’re providing the right context about any information that they’re sharing… You should be using [win loss data] to help you make decisions and take action in your business.”
5. The future of sales and marketing will be heavily influenced by AI, with new major players emerging and existing giants leveraging AI to dominate the market.
“I do believe that AI is going to be more impactful than we can imagine… AI is going to have just… impacts I can’t even imagine.”