Win Loss Analysis: A Strategic Imperative

The first question salespeople ask themselves when they lose in a new business situation is, “Why did I lose?” Salespeople often ask prospects why they lost a deal, but they don’t typically get a straight answer. In fact, according to sales research data, the complete truth from prospects is shared only 40 percent of the time. This means that on average, in 60% of new business situations, salespeople do not have a complete and accurate understanding of why they lost.

Understanding why a deal is won or lost is critical, yet most sales teams and companies have a limited understanding of the true reasons for winning and losing. Clearly there is a significant opportunity for many companies to improve their close rates by better understanding prospect perceptions.

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About the Author

Richard Schroder is president of Anova Consulting Group, a leading market research and consulting firm focused on Win Loss Analysis and Client Satisfaction Research. He is a sought-after speaker and a recognized thought leader in Win Loss Analysis. He is the author of a new book, From a Good Sales Call to a Great Sales Call (McGraw-Hill, 2011). To read Richard’s complete biography, click here.

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  1. Kathy
    Kathy says:

    excellent article. The client is not always comfortable giving out the info as to why they chose a competitor especially if part of the reason was the sales person. It is better for a 3rd party or someone else from the company to ask the questions. I also find it useful to ask specific questions and not just ‘why did we loose the sale”


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