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How to Use Predictive Sales Analytics to Increase Sales

Predictive sales analytics is a powerful tool that helps businesses forecast customer behavior, design more effective campaigns, and improve sales performance. The technique combines data analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to generate insights and predict future behaviors. By using predictive sales analytics, companies can eliminate much of the effort and uncertainty involved in creating sales forecasts and reports that consider future customer actions. As a result, many organizations are turning to predictive sales analytics to boost their sales performance. 

It is important to note that the success of predictive sales analytics depends on the accuracy and organization of the data being used. Startups and other organizations that do not have adequate data to analyze should be thinking about capturing data as they grow, ensuring that it is accurate and that they are collecting data that provides insights into buyer behavior. That said, all organizations need to consider the quality of their buyer data. If the historical data is inaccurate, the predictions produced by predictive sales analytics will also be unreliable. Thus, it is essential to ensure data collection is thorough, clean, and consistent to achieve accurate and reliable predictive sales forecasts. 

That said, there are several benefits to adopting a predictive analytics platform, including generating and qualifying sales opportunities, refining your messaging, and maximizing lifetime customer value. Here are some ways you can do that. 

Lead Scoring and Segmentation 

Predictive lead scoring is a useful application of predictive analytics in sales, regardless of the company's maturity. It involves using data and trends from previous leads to identify and score current leads. Lead scoring is an iterative process that must be reviewed and adjusted frequently. You can also create more detailed and relevant ideal customer profiles (ICPs) and buyer personas based on historical data, demographic information, and patterns in customer activity, enabling your team to focus on and pursue the most promising opportunities. 

Upselling and Cross-selling to Improve Lifetime Customer Value 

Sales leaders can use predictive sales analytics to improve upselling and cross-selling efforts. These tools can help you determine the best time to promote specific products or services to receptive customers based on their buying intent and preferences. Predictive sales analytics can help you tailor your messaging and promotions to sell effectively to the right customers at the right time by providing insight into behaviors. 

Improve Customer Retention 

Gain a deeper understanding of your customers from insights into product adoption and identify when they are trending towards abandonment. By using predictive analytics to craft engaging, respectful messaging that is not overly intrusive, where you demonstrate to customers that you care about, understand, and respect them.  

Targeted Discounts 

Predictive sales analytics can also help you identify the types and levels of discounts most appealing to your prospects and customers. By analyzing past deals, promotions, and pricing strategies, predictive sales analytics can provide insights on how to structure and plan discounts that will be well-received and generate positive returns. These resources can help businesses fine-tune their approach to offering discounts and promotions. 

Consider using predictive sales analytics tools to create accurate forecasts and gain actionable insights into customer behavior without the effort and time required for manual analysis. LTMG is a HubSpot Solutions Partner because the CRM has a broad set of tools to enable you to get the most out of your predictive sales analytics strategy. We can help your business streamline and simplify the process of generating forecasts and understanding customer behavior.