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5 Steps to Improve Predictability

Achieving a predictable lead flow can be challenging. These steps can help. 

Window and door installers often grapple with the unpredictable nature of demand, leading to fluctuations in workloads, cash flow and staffing. Attaining business consistency is challenging, but creating predictability in the sales pipeline helps to address these issues. By ensuring a steady flow of opportunities for the sales team, businesses can operate efficiently without overburdening staff or overspending on marketing and sales. Establishing a predictable sales pipeline allows window and door contractors to balance demand, enhance profitability and boost staff satisfaction.  

Overcoming Predictability Challenges 

Businesses must address several challenges, including variable lead quality, erratic volumes from lead providers, inconsistent reporting and lead attribution issues to achieve a predictable lead flow. Additionally, balancing immediate concerns with a strategic focus on creating a predictable future state can be challenging. Nonetheless, establishing a stable workflow is essential for maximizing revenue and ensuring profitable growth.  

Five Steps to Improve Predictability 

Window and door installation businesses can enhance the predictability of their marketing and sales funnel through the following measures:  

1. Monitor Metrics

Closely track metrics such as cost per lead, cost per appointment and cost per sale. Prioritize these measurements and regularly assess their consistency and profitability. Establish benchmarks and aim to meet or surpass them. Configure your CRM to attribute each sale back to its lead source, which enables you to compare lead providers' reliability and consistency over time.  

2. Test Standard Processes

Continuously challenge established lead sources and handling methods through small tests. Employ a champion-versus-challenger approach to assess the effectiveness of changes, such as new lead sources, revised call scripts or variations in response cadences. Regularly conduct experiments, evaluate outcomes and apply successful techniques to improve efficiency and profitability.  

3. Allow Time For Data Validation

Plan time for results to become clear and to establish reliable conversion rates for new lead sources. This process may take up to two or three months to accumulate enough data for evaluation. Persistence and long-term tracking of results can help optimize conversion rates and achieve predictable success.  

4. Prioritize Speed-to-Lead

To increase conversion rates, ensure quick response times to leads, ideally within five minutes or less. In some cases, response time should be under a minute to remain competitive. And deliver quotes promptly; a swift response and quote can set your business apart from competitors and position it as the preferred service provider.  

5. Outsource Front-End Processes

To enhance results without hiring, training and managing additional staff, consider outsourcing parts of the front end, such as lead generation. Outsourcing can reduce costs and increase consistency since the cost per raw lead remains fixed month-to-month. Focusing internal efforts on appointment setting and sales enables businesses to concentrate on the customer journey aspects where they can add the most value, leading to more efficient lead processing and greater predictability. Collaborating with a trusted partner can streamline operations, improve ROI and allow resources to focus on core competencies and strategic growth.  

Implement these steps to increase predictability, improve profits, enhance staff satisfaction and create opportunities for growth. 



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Gregg Hicks

Gregg Hicks is a longtime marketer of home improvement services. He is a new business leader for Modernize and has 20 years’ experience across web analytics, SEO, social, SEM and affiliate marketing. His role as spokesperson is to explain the value of thoughtful matchmaking between homeowners and home improvement professionals that forges positive and productive connections between the parties.