Companies have recognised that big data is the segue for a strategic competitive advantage. Data has become the accelerator that has enabled businesses to gain a 360-degree view of their customers, allowing for greater control of the customer journey, increased influence on buying propensity, smarter analytics-based decision making and data-driven sales. Data processing techniques
The internet has structurally changed sales field operations. In the past, salespeople played a vital role in influencing purchasing decisions although with the prolific amount of information now available consumers are significantly further down the sales funnel in that they are more educated and have access to more information about products than ever before.
Over the last few years, we have seen a consistent trend of customers engaging with the seller much further down the sales funnel, which in effect is dramatically reducing pipeline visibility. Some studies show over 70% of the buyer’s journey is complete before engagement occurs, thus signalling a significant paradigm shift. At the point