How to Enable Sales by Tracking Your Competitors in Salesforce

Do you find yourself competing with other vendors to win deals? I’m guessing the answer is yes. Virtually all B2B companies have at least one direct competitor. And whether you’re working at a startup that’s trying to take market share away from more established brands, or you’re working at an enterprise company trying to maintain a dominant position, it pays to track who you’re winning and losing deals to.

How to Track Deal Competitors in Salesforce

If you’re using Salesforce, it’s fairly easy to track who you’re competing against. Just create a custom picklist of all your potential deal competitors. Then, have sales reps log any competitors that prospects mention during a deal. It is absolutely essential to get this competitor data in Salesforce because it can be used to create dashboards based on a variety of competition metrics. And once you know which brands you’re losing deals to, you can pivot your strategy to beat particular competitors.

competition dashWant to build a dashboard to track the competition? Here are three metrics you should consider adding:

Loss Reason

If you want to beat competitors, the first thing you should be doing is tracking exactly why you’re losing deals. For every closed/lost opportunity, log exactly why these opportunities didn’t close whether it’s due to price, role change, competitor, technical incompatibility, or other issues. Looking for patterns and learning from past losses enables you pivot in ways that will help you win more deals in the future.

Competitors You  Lose To

If you track which competitors your team is losing deals to, I guarantee you’re going to begin noticing trends. And if you’re losing a lot of deals to a particular competitor, there’s likely a reason why. The first question to ask is if they are beating your company in terms of pricing, feature set or implementation time (here’s where tracking Loss Reason really comes in handy). If a competitor does have a discernible advantage in any of these areas, you can work with marketers to create content that highlights ways that you are better than specific competitors.

As a very basic example, I recently bought a new iPhone from Verizon. At Verizon, they don’t pretend that they offer the lowest prices. However, they are very quick to mention that while Verizon is a bit more expensive, they also offer superior coverage. Their hope is that by highlighting an advantage (better coverage) it can mitigate a disadvantage (higher price). I decided that I’d rather pay a bit more for better coverage.Whether you’re selling phones or complex IT solutions, you need to know where you win. Then, when you’re in a competitive deal, you can try to steer conversations to be about the ways that your offering is superior.

Competitors You Beat

Does your company match well against particular competitors? Tracking which competitors you are consistently beating can indicate additional opportunities for your prospectors to hone in on. If you do well against a specific competitor, your reps could search social media sites for signals that any of their current customers are dissatisfied. If so, it could indicate a good opportunity to reach out.

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About the Author

Jesse Davis

Jesse Davis is a sales and marketing strategist and Sr. Content Marketing Manager at RingDNA. Over the past decade, Davis has honed his business communications skills working as an inside sales manager, business writer and agency marketer. He is a proponent of utilizing platform technology and evidence-based methodologies to optimize creative campaigns, marketing ROI and sales performance.

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