The Sales Acceleration Formula. Using Data, Technology, and Inbound Selling to go from $0 to $100 Million

  • ID: 3089770
  • Book
  • 224 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"A new breed of disciplined, data–driven leaders are re–shaping the field of sales. The Sales Acceleration Formula explains why."
Tony Robbins

"A lot of factors go into building a great sales force, but those factors don′t have to be a mystery. Roberge breaks down the moving parts of a sales force recruitment, hiring, training, compensation, and performance evaluation and describes the metrics and methods he has applied to these components to make his company a success. If you want to engineer sales success, this book, written by an engineer–turned–sales–leader, is for you."
Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell is Human and Drive

"The Sales Acceleration Formula provides the most powerful, practical approach yet to the total marketing and selling process from lead generation to close. It helps senior sales and marketing executives understand how to work in concert to satisfy customers, quickly close sales, and grow revenue exponentially."
Ben Shapiro, Malcolm P. McNair Professor of Marketing, Emeritus, Harvard Business School

"In The Sales Acceleration Formula, Roberge provides a prescriptive blueprint for scaling a modern sales team. It should be on every sales leader′s reading list."
Kevin Egan, VP of Sales, Dropbox

"Mark has been at the forefront in figuring out the new sales methodologies around inside sales, leveraging metrics for insights, and web technologies for increased rep productivity. I′d highly recommend this book to anyone running a sales organization."
David Skok, General Partner, Matrix Partners

"Predictable scale is on every CEO and sales executives′ mind. However, it is rarely achieved. Roberge provides a great tactical approach toward reaching this goal."
Brian Schmidt, Global VP of Sales, TripAdvisor

"Early in my career, I worked as a sales representative at a Wall Street economic consultancy. Back then the salesperson had the information and therefore the power in the relationship. Now, because of the wealth of content on the web, traditional selling doesn′t work so well. In this important book, Mark shares his radically successful formulas for how sales needs to change in order to be successful in our new buyer–driven world."
David Meerman Scott, bestselling author of 10 books including The New Rules of Sales and Service

"It′s time to rev up the revenue engines! The Sales Acceleration Formula transforms the mystique of selling into a scalable methodology that savvy leaders can implement."
Jill Konrath, author of Selling to Big Companies and Agile Selling

"Mark Roberge and Hubspot are one of the few places I go myself to study up on what′s new and working in sales, as a legend in the making."
Aaron Ross, author of Predictable Revenue

"An engineering mindset arms the modern sales leader with an unfair advantage. The Sales Acceleration Formula explains why."
John McGeachie, VP of Sales, Evernote

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Foreword Neil Rackham ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

PART I The Sales Hiring Formula 1

Chapter 1 Uncovering the Characteristics of a Successful Salesperson 3

Chapter 2 Five Traits Great Salespeople Have and How to Interview for Them 11

Coachability 12

Curiosity 16

Prior Success 19

Intelligence 20

Work Ethic 21

Chapter 3 Finding Top–Performing Salespeople 25

Build a Recruiting Agency within Your Company 26

Find Quality Passive Sales Candidates on LinkedIn 28

Find Quality Passive Sales Candidates through Your Team: The Forced Referral 33

Understand the Sales Talent Pool in Your Area 33

Chapter 4 The Ideal First Sales Hire 37

PART II The Sales Training Formula 45

Chapter 5 Setting Up a Predictable Sales Training Program 47

Defining the Three Elements of the Sales Methodology: The Buyer Journey, Sales Process, and Qualifying Matrix 50

Create a Training Curriculum around the Sales Methodology 53

Adding Predictability to the Sales Training Formula 54

Constant Iteration on the Sales Process 57

Chapter 6 Manufacturing Helpful Salespeople Your Buyers Trust 59

Train Your Salespeople to Experience the Day–to–Day Job of Potential Customers 60

Enable Your Salespeople to Build Their Personal Brand with Potential Customers Using Social Media 62

PART III The Sales Management Formula 67

Chapter 7 Metrics–Driven Sales Coaching 69

Implementing a Coaching Culture throughout the Organization 71

Creating the Coaching Plan Together with the Salesperson 72

Examples of Metrics–Driven Skill Diagnosis and Coaching Plans 74

Peeling Back the Onion 79

Measure the Coaching Success 80

Chapter 8 Motivation through Sales Compensation Plans and Contests 83

Criteria to Evaluate a New Commission Plan 88

Involve the Sales Team in Compensation Plan Design 89

Promotion Tiers: Removing the Subjectivity from Promotions and Compensation Adjustments 90

Using Sales Contests to Motivate the Team 93

The Best Contest I Ever Ran 95

Chapter 9 Developing Sales Leaders Advantages of a Promote from Within Culture 97

Prerequisites for Leadership Consideration 102

From the Classroom to the Real World 103

Common Potholes from New Sales Managers 104

PART IV The Demand Generation Formula 109

Chapter 10 Flip the Demand Generation Formula Get Buyers to Find You 111

How Can Your Business Rank at the Top of Google? 113

This Does Not Happen Overnight 115

Create a Content Production Process 116

Complement Content Production with Social Media Participation 121

Long–Tail Theory 123

Chapter 11 Converting Inbound Interest into Revenue 127

Marketing s Role in Converting Interest into Revenue 128

Sales Role in Converting Interest into Revenue 137

Chapter 12 Aligning Sales and Marketing The SMarketing SLA 149

The Marketing Service Level Agreement (SLA) 151

The Sales Service Level Agreement (SLA) 154

PART V Technology and Experimentation 161

Chapter 13 Technology to Sell Better, Faster 163

Accelerate Lead Sourcing with Technology 165

Accelerate Sales Prospecting with Technology 167

Accelerate Lead Engagement with Technology 170

Automated Reporting with Technology 171

Chapter 14 Running Successful Sales Experiments 175

Generating Ideas for Experiments 176

Best Practices of Experiment Execution 178

Chapter 15 HubSpot s Most Successful Sales Experiments 183

The HubSpot Value Added Reseller (VAR) Program 183

GPCT 186

Chapter 16 Conclusion: Where Do We Go from Here? 191

Index 195

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MARK ROBERGE served as HubSpot′s SVP of Worldwide Sales and Services from 2007 to 2013, scaling the customer base from 1 to over 12,000 and his staff from one to hundreds of employees. Mark holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and an engineering degree from Lehigh University. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, Inc Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Harvard Business Review. Mark currently serves as the Chief Revenue Officer of the HubSpot Sales Division.

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