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Sales Models, Metrics, and Motions Blog

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Matt Bertuzzi

Matt bleeds blogs, business books and inside sales. He is never short an answer to the question, “Read or see anything interesting lately?” Matt works with Bridge Group clients on tools, roadmaps, and advice around inside sales. Internally for The Bridge Group, he works on technology, content, and other (fun!) projects.

Recent Posts

Returning to the Sales Floor

Posted by Matt Bertuzzi on Thu, Jul 16, 2020

Last week, Trish and I did an event with Sam Jacobs of Revenue Collective. We discussed our recent research on sellers' appetites, attitudes, and apprehensions about returning to in-person work.

You can access the full 45-minute recording (which I highly recommend) or . For those of you who want the Reader’s Digest | tl;dr version, we shot a 10-minute Bridge Group Client Brief hitting highlights.

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The State of the B2B SaaS Labor Market

Posted by Matt Bertuzzi on Thu, May 21, 2020

LinkedIn has been hard lately.

I’m sure you are seeing the same thing - post after post from friends and colleagues about layoffs. While the impact has been enormous in people terms, the scale has been hard to gauge. Are we over the hump? Is the snowball still rolling downhill? 

So I decided to do some research. I built a list of 200 B2B SaaS companies that:

  • Had 100+ employees
  • Took venture funding since 2018
    and
  • Are HQ’d in the US or Canada
     

I then used the amazing crowdsourced resources of layoff.fyi’s tracker and Candor’s hiring/freezing/layoff data to track which companies are still hiring, which have frozen hiring, or which have done layoffs. Here’s what I found.
 

Point 1: Funded B2B SaaS was hit hard

From our broader B2B tech data, we know that roughly 30% of companies laid off AEs through late April. For my VC-backed SaaS sample, that number is 41% with another 18% having frozen hiring.

Those selling into Massively Affected Industries (MAI) were the hardest hit. We define MAI as advertising, hospitality, HR & recruiting, live events, medical practices, real estate, travel, and so on.

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The Pandemic's Revenue Impact on FY2020

Posted by Matt Bertuzzi on Thu, May 07, 2020

What a year April 2020 was.

Record breaking unemployment news, record setting fiscal and monetary reaction, positive (?), and ever-changing epidemiological models make it hard to trust the ground underfoot.

We wanted to quantify the evolving impact on the B2B tech space so together with RevOps Squared, we surveyed 110+ revenue leaders. We asked:

  • What actions they have already taken
  • Future actions they are considering
    and
  • Their outlook for the remainder of calendar 2020
     

Finding 1: Roughly 30% of leaders report reducing the number of AEs

(Note this data is as of April 24th) The median reduction was 40% - a huge number! A further 35% report concern over possible future reductions.

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Early Data on the State of Outbound Prospecting [MAR 2020]

Posted by Matt Bertuzzi on Wed, Mar 25, 2020

I think I’m starting to understand why the phrase “may you live in interesting times” is considered a curse. 

A global health crisis, an unscripted pivot to work from home, and an accompanying economic fallout--times are certainly interesting.

If you’re like me, you're keenly interested in what this all means for outbound prospecting today and tomorrow. One of the best sources of real-time data is Chris Beall, CEO of conversations on demand company ConnectAndSell. He is (and has been for years) sharing data on dials, conversations, and meetings.

Earlier this week, he shared their “top couple hundred customers' results since mid-Feb 2020.” I’ve taken the liberty of charting out the data.

Conversation to Booked Meeting Rate

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