Caret’s Outbound Sales Magic: Turning Leads into Deals

Caret - Josh Whitt- Sales Agency Spotlight

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In episode #110 of the Transform Sales Podcast, Co-Founder of Caret, Josh Whitt, discusses his journey into sales and how Caret assists B2B service and software companies in scaling their outbound sales. He shares a case study where Caret’s strategies significantly increased a client’s qualified meetings and deals in just two months. Josh details Caret’s lead-building process, emphasizing a high-touch approach and the importance of a strong value proposition. He also advises potential clients on the importance of a solid sales playbook and openness to change for growth. The episode wraps up with an offer to connect listeners to Caret through the CloudTask marketplace.

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Would you briefly introduce yourself, Caret, and how you broke into the Sales Outsourcing Industry?

I am Josh Whitt, Co-Founder of Caret. My journey into the Sales Outsourcing Industry began with my involvement in several successful B2B SaaS companies post-undergrad. My roles in these companies were centered around sales, marketing, and go-to-market strategies, which were instrumental in scaling businesses significantly. This experience paved the way for the inception of Caret, initially formed to aid in the growth of acquired companies, and eventually evolving into an agency serving a diverse range of clients.

Our approach is comprehensive, encompassing market segmentation, digital marketing, and establishing robust outbound sales processes. We integrate these strategies into our clients’ existing systems, exemplified by a case where we increased a client’s meeting rates from 2.5 to 5 meetings per rep per week, significantly enhancing their sales performance.

For potential clients considering Caret’s services, transparency about their business’s strengths, weaknesses, and the specific problems they solve is crucial. This openness allows us to tailor our strategies effectively, ensuring efficient use of time and resources. Our journey and success in the Sales Outsourcing Industry are rooted in a deep understanding of sales dynamics and a commitment to adapting and innovating to meet the unique needs of each client.

Who are Caret’s Best-Fit Customers?

Caret’s best-fit customers are primarily B2B service and B2B software companies that have experienced growth predominantly through word-of-mouth referrals and inbound lead sources. These companies typically reach a point where their growth via these methods is no longer scalable or the inbound channels become too competitive and expensive for sustainable growth. They are at a stage where they need to develop an outbound sales organization to continue scaling effectively.

These companies often have a few common characteristics:

  1. Growth Stage: They have successfully grown to a certain point but are now facing limitations in scaling further using their existing strategies.
  2. Need for Outbound Sales: They recognize the need to establish or strengthen their outbound sales capabilities to reach new markets and customers.
  3. Unique Value Proposition: Companies that have a clear, strong value proposition, solving specific, often complex problems, tend to benefit more from Caret’s services. This is especially true if they offer a differentiated service or product in their market.

Caret is particularly effective for clients who are clear about the problems they solve but need assistance in reaching a wider audience through more proactive sales strategies. The ideal clients are those ready to invest in building or expanding their outbound sales processes and are open to adopting new strategies for growth.

Let’s talk about a Caret Success Story

One notable success story of Caret involves a client in the SaaS industry. This client primarily drove their business growth through Google Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising, but over time, this method became highly competitive and less effective for them. They needed a new strategy to scale their business more rapidly and turned to Caret for assistance.

Caret’s approach with this client was multi-faceted and comprehensive. The first step was conducting a thorough market segmentation to identify an untapped market segment that the client could effectively target. This was followed by developing a strategy that included warming leads through digital marketing and then engaging these leads with outbound sales efforts. Caret also revamped the client’s sales playbook, processes, and funnels to better handle leads generated from outbound efforts, integrating these new strategies into the client’s internal CRM system.

The results of this collaboration were significant. Initially, the client’s sales team, comprising almost five members, was setting about 2.5 meetings per week in total. After implementing Caret’s strategies, this number increased to five meetings per week per sales representative. This improvement meant that the team was now setting approximately 25 to 30 meetings per month for each representative, marking a substantial increase in potential sales opportunities. Additionally, the client began seeing deals closing within a surprisingly short timeframe, indicating a faster sales cycle and more efficient sales process.

This success story highlights Caret’s ability to not only identify and target new market segments for their clients but also to effectively integrate new sales strategies into existing business models. The result was a significant improvement in the client’s sales performance and overall business growth.

What are the Top 3 tips you would give Buyers to increase the probability of achieving the result they want with Caret?

I would offer the following top three tips to buyers to increase the likelihood of achieving desired results when working with us:

  1. Be Transparent and Self-Aware: It’s crucial for clients to have a clear understanding of their strengths, weaknesses, and the specific problems their business solves. This level of transparency and self-awareness is vital for us at Caret to develop a tailored strategy that aligns with the client’s unique needs. Clients should be open and honest about their current market position, what has worked for them in the past, and where they’ve faced challenges. This information helps in creating a more effective and targeted outbound sales strategy.
  2. Embrace Change and Adaptability: Clients should be prepared to adapt and possibly change some of their existing processes and strategies. The willingness to embrace new approaches, especially in outbound sales and marketing strategies, is essential for success. This might include adopting new technologies, revising sales playbooks, or redefining target markets. The ability to pivot and incorporate new methods is often a key factor in achieving significant growth and improved sales results.
  3. Have a Clear Understanding of the Target Market: While Caret can assist in market segmentation and identifying new potential markets, it’s beneficial for clients to have a good grasp of their ideal customer profile (ICP). Understanding who their best customers are, what specific problems they face, and how their product or service solves these problems can greatly expedite the process. This clarity enables Caret to more effectively tailor outbound strategies and messaging, leading to better engagement with potential customers and higher conversion rates.

By following these tips, buyers can work more effectively with Caret and increase their chances of achieving the sales growth and market expansion they desire.