Unlocking Revenue Growth - Dave VanderJagt - Entrepreneur Intel - Episode # 27

Meet Dave VanderJagt, a Fractional CRO with over 15 years of experience in developing and managing high-performing B2B and B2C revenue teams. Dave discusses the critical role of a Fractional CRO, especially for companies under $20 million in revenue, and how aligning marketing, sales, and customer success is essential for growth. Dave joins Host Wes Mathews to explore the challenges of transitioning from founder-led sales to a structured team approach, the importance of having the right data and process-oriented models, and the role of AI in sales.

  • Success in creating revenue does not depend on inherent superpowers but on a data-driven approach to marketing, sales, and customer success. Having the right people in the right roles is crucial for any organization's go-to-market strategy.
  • Your team needs to work cohesively across functions like sales, marketing, customer success, and customer support to achieve significant growth. The CRO is responsible for building, running, and leading this unified team to maximize growth potential.
  • For organizations, even those pre-revenue, having a Chief Revenue Officer can be highly beneficial to structure and lead revenue generation efforts, especially if the company is funded and must quickly return investor dollars.
  • For effective CRM usage, start by using it consistently to manage your client base and revenue, then analyze where your leads and deals originated to recognize your successful strategies.
  • To succeed in sales-led growth companies, it's crucial to quickly learn, build, execute, and pivot effectively. Focus on tracking key leading indicators such as meetings booked, qualified opportunities, and pipeline progression to validate your efforts and drive results.
  • When selecting a CRM, consider the internal expertise and proficiency your team already has with a particular platform to avoid potential opportunity costs associated with learning a new system. 
  • The first priority upon gaining traction and initial revenue is to understand the unit economics of your business, such as customer acquisition costs and annual contract value, to inform your sales strategy.

Quote of the Show:
  • “If you think it’s just a sales or marketing game, you’re going to hamper your growth.” - Dave VanderJagt


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