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Why Your Sales Analysis Goals Matter

When it comes to sales analysis, people often discount the importance of having meaningful goals and objectives. Maybe they’re in such a hurry to get at the data and “see what they can see” that they just skip that step. Or maybe they think that the proper objectives are already “baked in” to whatever toolset they happen to be using.

Or maybe they think that the goals and objectives for sales analysis are so blatantly obvious that they require no further thought or careful consideration.

However, through our interactions with various sales operations, it’s clear that meaningful sales analysis goals and objectives are not obvious. From our perspective, there are far too many groups operating under no explicit or stated objectives at all, or operating under goals that are relatively weak and ineffectual.

And it’s unfortunate, because having powerful goals can make all the difference.

For example, imagine there are two different groups with the same tools, same skillsets, and so on. From nearly every angle, these two groups appear to have the same capabilities and competencies. But when you compare their sales analysis goals and objectives side-by-side, they look like this:

analytics objectives comparison

Now…which group do you think will ultimately produce more significant results? Over the course of a year, which group would you bet your paycheck on having more impact on overall sales performance? And which of these two groups would you expect to be viewed as a more valuable contributor to their company’s success?

The point is that your objectives matter. After all, they provide the “why” behind your efforts and define “where” you’re ultimately trying to go. So put some thought into it and be deliberate about choosing objectives and goals that are really worth pursuing.

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