The Ultimate B2B SaaS Funnel

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If you’re running a B2B SaaS that closes deals on the phone, there’s only ONLY funnel you need to make it all work. I’ve been asked the same question almost weekly for years now: “What funnel do I need for my SaaS?” It’s the question everyone asks, what funnel is going to work for me when I’m selling a SaaS. Finally, I’ve decided to answer that question if you fit in this scenario:

  • You have a B2B facing SaaS product
  • You close your deals on the phone as a high ticket monthly or annual contract
  • You have a sales team to feed with leads

Why?

Inevitably B2B has the highest cost to close, but at the same time, they can close a ton of revenue QUICK.

 

The Funnel

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(click the image to see the high-quality version)

The way this funnel works is by qualifying traffic before allowing them to take the next step. If they’re not at least solution aware – know that the market you’re in is a solution they should be looking at – than they don’t have the option to see a case study or book a call. Ideally, when you’ve nailed it down, you’ll add an even bigger barrier by ONLY allowing people who are product aware move into the case study and call. Meaning people who know you’re a good option to solve the pain they’re looking to resolve.

So let’s go end to end…

 

Step 1 – TRAFFIC

Any source will do. Organic is great if you can swing it, but any traffic medium can work. In step one you’re sending that traffic to 3 different content pieces (could be video or articles – here I just said articles for simplicity sake), each will likely have their own targeting buckets.

 

Step 2 – CONTENT

The purpose of having 3 pieces of content is to bucket the traffic you’re bringing in and expand the potential prospecting audience. Each piece of content focuses on the different buying mindsets of a prospect:

1) Don’t know they have a pain – the hook is typically highlighting the disruption or pain they don’t know they have yet (limit this to 5 minutes of consuming content)

2) Know they have a pain, not sure how to solve it – this is all about explaining the ‘what’ behind solving the pain, not the how (limit this to 10-15 minutes of consuming content)

3) Pain and solution aware, seeking a product to fix it all – this is where you can get specific about how you’re getting a result for a company that’s similar to them and how you can do the same for them (limit this to 30 minutes of consuming content)

These pieces of content can be articles, videos, podcasts or honestly whatever – but the goal is to make moving to the next step easy – so articles or video do best here.

If they come into bucket #1 and don’t know they have a pain, they should NEED to consume content piece #2 and/or #3 before being able to move on.

I can’t go into an insane amount of detail on why and how this is structured but know the prospect needs to understand they have a pain and it has to be agitated in order to see the case study as a valuable offer.

 

Step 3 – CASE STUDY

Effectively you’re ‘showing them the way’.

The case study should be designed to show them a result they want, tied to a similar type of company to them.

Example, if you had a mobile app building SaaS selling to agencies, your case study would showcase how an agency built a 6-figure recurring profit center using your solution. This step is getting them to opt-in to receive the case study, which will be emailed to them.

Once they opt-in, you’re shooting them right over to the next page which is booking a call for a strategy session.

 

Step 4 – STRATEGY CALL

In this step you’ll be positioning the call as a strategy call to help them see if there’s a fit for using your product and if you can help them attain a result similar to the case study.

You’ll want it to be booked as a 30 or 45 minute call but have your call booking software send out a 60 minute time block so you have enough time to make the sale and close out any notes and all you’ll need to take.

The key to pre-framing this conversation is in positioning it as a strategy call and taking a pre-call application BEFORE they get on the phone.

 

Step 5 – PRE-CALL APPLICATION

This is for pre-framing your call but also to help you visualize a path for your call to take. Based on the answers you can identify beforehand if they’re a good prospect and also identify questions you’ll need to ask in order to get them to a ‘yes’.

Make sure you have copy stating it’s a mandatory application that’s needed in order to maximize efficiency on the call.

This also helps in framing the call as a strategy session vs a pure sales call.

 

DONE

That’s about all there is to it. Comment below with your questions and I’ll be happy to answer them!

 

Bonus – Get The Template

If you want the ready to edit and launch template for this funnel, click here!

 


 

 

jamilvelji

Jamil started out in marketing, running campaigns for an agency and then transitioning into the world of startups and SaaS businesses. Jamil has lead growth teams at a number of startups across the globe and advised many others, helping them with their growth strategy. Since then he's become an entrepreneur that uncovers hidden pains for employees, founders and small to enterprise businesses to solve problems and alleviate their pain. Jamil also specializes in providing businesses with highly effective, automated sales funnels that increase conversions, optimize revenue and take their business to the next level.

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