Jun 07, 2024 Digital BIAS

How Sales Pipeline Analysis Enhances Performance with ARISE™

Sales Pipeline Analysis with ARISE™

The ARISE™ Go-To-Market (GTM) Strategy, developed by BIAS Digital, is a comprehensive framework designed to optimise the go-to-market process for B2B SaaS, Fintech, and technology-enabled businesses. ARISE™ stands for Assess, Research, Ideate, Strategise, and Execute, and each stage plays a crucial role in ensuring the success of a product or service in the market. 

This article focuses on the Assess stage and how it helps with pipeline performance analysis, ultimately helping improve sales rep performance by building personalised training programs.

The Importance of Pipeline Performance Analysis

Pipeline performance analysis is a critical component of sales management. It involves collecting, tracking, and analysing data to identify areas for improvement, optimise sales performance, and drive revenue growth. Pipeline analysis helps businesses understand the health of their sales pipeline, identify bottlenecks, and make data-driven decisions to enhance sales strategies.

Given that the best way to understand the pipeline is to have your sales teams use a CRM, ARISE™ was explicitly designed to work with the HubSpot Customer Platform—the CRM, Marketing, Sales, and Service Hubs. We chose this approach because it’s essential for scaling tech companies to adopt a tech stack that enables them to fully understand their customers.

The Assess Stage of the ARISE™ GTM Strategy

The Assess stage is the foundation of the ARISE™ GTM Strategy. It involves a thorough evaluation of the current state of the business, including its sales pipeline, market position, and internal processes. This stage is crucial for understanding how your business is performing today, taking a holistic view and setting the stage for the subsequent phases of the GTM strategy.

Key Activities in the Assess Stage

1. Data Collection and Analysis: Gather data from various sources, including CRM systems, sales reports, and market research. This data provides insights into the current performance of the sales pipeline and helps identify trends and patterns.

2. Pipeline Health Check: Evaluate the size, quality, and velocity of the sales pipeline. This involves analysing key metrics such as lead conversion rates, opportunity win rates, and sales cycle length[2][3].

3. SWOT Analysis: Conduct a SWOT analysis to identify internal strengths and weaknesses, as well as external opportunities and threats. This helps in understanding the competitive landscape and market dynamics.

4. Stakeholder Interviews: Engage with key stakeholders, including sales reps, managers, and customers, to gather qualitative insights. This helps in understanding the challenges faced by the sales team and the expectations of customers.

Using Pipeline Analysis to Improve Rep Performance

Pipeline analysis provides valuable insights into individual sales reps' performance. By analysing metrics such as connect-to-qualification rates, close rates, and average deal size, sales managers can identify areas where reps excel and need improvement.

Steps to Improve Rep Performance

1. Identify Skill Gaps: Use pipeline analysis to pinpoint specific skill gaps for each sales rep. For example, a rep with a high connect-to-qualification rate but a low close rate may need negotiation and closing techniques training.

2. Set Performance Benchmarks: Establish clear performance benchmarks based on pipeline metrics. This will help reps understand what is expected of them and provide a basis for measuring progress.

3. Provide Targeted Training: Develop personalised training programs based on the identified skill gaps. This could include workshops, one-on-one coaching, and online training modules focused on specific areas such as prospecting, qualifying leads, or closing deals.

4. Monitor and Adjust: Continuously monitor sales reps' performance and adjust training programs as needed. Regular pipeline reviews and feedback sessions help ensure reps are on track to meet their goals and improve their performance over time.

Building a Personalised Training Program

A personalised training program tailored to the needs of individual sales reps can significantly enhance their performance and contribute to the overall success of the sales team. Here’s how to build an effective training program using insights from pipeline analysis:

1. Define Training Objectives: Based on the pipeline analysis, define clear training objectives for each rep. These objectives should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART).

2. Develop Training Content: Create training content that addresses each rep's specific needs. This could include role-playing exercises, case studies, and interactive workshops focusing on real-world scenarios.

3. Leverage Technology: Use technology to deliver training content and track progress. Learning management systems (LMS) and CRM-integrated training tools can provide a seamless learning experience and enable managers to monitor the effectiveness of the training program.

4. Encourage Continuous Learning: Foster a culture of continuous learning by providing ongoing training and development opportunities. Encourage reps to participate in industry events, webinars, and certification programs to stay updated on the latest sales techniques and market trends.

5. Measure Training Effectiveness: Regularly assess the effectiveness of the training program by tracking key performance indicators (KPIs) such as improvement in close rates, reduction in sales cycle length, and increase in average deal size. Use this data to refine the training program and ensure it meets the evolving needs of the sales team.

How does pipeline analysis help craft a sales enablement strategy?

Pipeline analysis is a critical component in crafting an effective sales enablement strategy. By examining the sales pipeline, businesses can gain valuable insights into the performance of their sales processes, identify bottlenecks, and make data-driven decisions to enhance sales effectiveness. Here’s how pipeline analysis contributes to crafting a robust sales enablement strategy:

1. Identifying Bottlenecks and Pain Points
Pipeline analysis helps pinpoint stages where deals often stall or where sales reps struggle. By understanding these pain points, businesses can develop targeted strategies to address specific issues, such as improving lead qualification processes or providing additional training on negotiation techniques.

2. Enhancing Sales Training and Coaching
Insights from pipeline analysis can be used to tailor training programs to the needs of individual sales reps. For example, if a rep has a high connect-to-qualification rate but a low, close rate, they may need training focused on closing techniques. Personalised training programs can be developed to address these specific skill gaps, thereby improving overall sales performance.

3. Optimising Sales Processes
Pipeline analysis clearly shows the sales cycle length, conversion rates, and deal velocity. By analysing these metrics, businesses can streamline their sales processes, reduce the sales cycle length, and increase conversion rates. This optimisation ensures sales reps spend more time engaging with prospects and less on administrative tasks.

4. Aligning Sales and Marketing Efforts
Effective pipeline analysis helps align sales and marketing efforts by identifying the types of content and resources most effective at different stages of the sales funnel. This alignment ensures that marketing materials are relevant and valuable for the sales process, enhancing the overall effectiveness of sales enablement efforts.

5. Measuring and Analysing Performance
Regularly measuring and analysing key performance indicators (KPIs) such as win rates, average deal size, and customer engagement levels provides insights into how well sales teams are utilising the resources and training provided. This data-driven approach allows for continuous refinement and optimisation of the sales enablement strategy, ensuring it remains aligned with business goals and market trends.

6. Personalising Sales Interactions
Pipeline analysis helps sales reps understand buyer behaviours and preferences, enabling them to tailor their interactions with potential clients effectively. By leveraging insights from the pipeline, sales reps can personalise their pitches and communications, making them more relevant and compelling to prospects.

7. Supporting Continuous Improvement
A cyclical process of measuring, analysing, and iterating the sales enablement strategy fosters a culture of continuous improvement. By regularly reviewing KPIs and gathering feedback from the sales team, businesses can identify trends, pinpoint areas of success, and address challenges promptly. This iterative process ensures that the sales enablement strategy evolves with changing market conditions and customer needs.

Analysing your pipeline drives revenue growth

Pipeline analysis is a powerful tool for crafting a sales enablement strategy that drives sales performance and revenue growth. By identifying bottlenecks, optimising sales processes, aligning sales and marketing efforts, and personalising sales interactions, businesses can create a sales enablement strategy that empowers their sales teams to succeed. 

Continuous measurement and refinement of the strategy ensure that it remains effective and aligned with business objectives, ultimately leading to sustained growth and competitiveness in the market.


The Assess stage of the ARISE™ GTM Strategy is instrumental in enhancing pipeline performance analysis. By thoroughly evaluating the sales pipeline metrics like sales pipeline velocity, number of opportunities to number of deals, to identify areas for improvement, businesses can develop personalised training programs that address the specific needs of their sales reps. 

This improves individual performance and drives overall sales success and revenue growth. By leveraging the insights gained from pipeline analysis, businesses can create a culture of continuous improvement and ensure their sales teams are equipped to meet the challenges of a dynamic market environment.

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Published by Digital BIAS June 7, 2024