Win-Loss Analysis: Why Surveys Alone Won't Cut It

Win-Loss Analysis: Why Surveys Alone Won't Cut It

Many of us at Clozd have years of experience working directly with survey feedback, and we recognize where this feedback is valuable. However, we’ve learned that when analyzing wins and losses in a complex B2B sales environment, surveys pose some unique challenges. Survey response rates and issues with data quality can prevent organizations from capturing the full story behind why they are winning and losing valuable business. If you are considering a survey-based approach to win-loss analysis, first consider these challenges.

Win-Loss Analysis: Why interviews?

Win-Loss Analysis: Why interviews?

People who are new to formal win-loss analysis, especially in B2B settings, often ask questions like: "Is it important to interview clients?" "Can we survey them instead?" "What's wrong with analyzing the data that's already in our CRM?" This blog post explores reasons why it's essential to base your analysis on actual interviews with decision-makers at won and lost accounts.

SalesFounders Podcast

SalesFounders Podcast

Check out the recent SalesFounders Podcast episode about win-loss analysis featuring Clozd founder, Spencer Dent. Leveraging his experience at Bain, and Qualtrics, Spencer co-founded Clozd with the mission to help companies uncover the truth about why they win and lose. On this episode, Spencer shares some of the most common pitfalls, and why win-loss analysis should be an integral part of your growth strategy.

Is Your Baby Ugly?

Is Your Baby Ugly?

No one is going to tell you your baby is ugly. Likewise, no client is going to tell a product manager that their baby (the product) is ugly or undesirable. Maybe that's a bit extreme, but in practice it's true that clients are hesitant to share critical product feedback with the product's parent. For companies that want candid, honest feedback about their product offering they need to enlist the help of a neutral third-party.

Four Pillars of Effective Win-Loss Analysis

Four Pillars of Effective Win-Loss Analysis

Win-loss analysis is the practice of capturing and analyzing the reasons why you win and lose sales opportunities. It’s the equivalent of film study for football teams. 

Better methods and technologies for film study can give certain teams a distinct competitive advantage. Likewise there are methods and tools that companies can employ to make win-loss analysis more effective. At Clozd, we bucket them into four categories that we refer to as the four "pillars" or "core competencies" of win-loss analysis.

The "Post-Mortem" is a Waste of Time

The "Post-Mortem" is a Waste of Time

Excerpt: "My client had spent 18 months chasing a $400 million deal. They were confident that they were going to win. When the bad news hit, all hell broke loose. “Did you hear we lost the deal?” was repeated over and over for the next 48 hours. And that’s when I heard it the first time, “We need to do a post-mortem.” That was the first of many "post-mortems" that I have participated in for multiple clients and employers in various industries. In general, they are a waste of time because they are plagued by several key shortcomings . . . Stop wasting time on post-mortems and get a pulse on your competitive positioning by formalizing and operationalizing an ongoing win-loss initiative."