B2B Reporting 101: All You Need To Know

Published by Yash Chawlani on

It is not possible to fight a war and win a war without knowing what exactly is happening at various places and levels. Similarly, when you run your B2B business, you need to know what is happening and where and what is contributing to revenue. Regular and relevant reporting enables one to understand the circumstances better which in turn lets one take better decisions. Knowing what has happened, what is happening, what needs attention, and what needs to be done is crucial.

 

B2B Reports help you create sales and marketing performance monitoring hubs, identify winning and losing campaigns, share success data with managers, colleagues, and investors and overall directly connect every part of your sales and marketing efforts to revenue.

 

What makes a Report a Good B2B Report? What should they consist of?

There are a lot of prerequisites for an effective and actionable B2B report. To make it easier and faster for you to grasp we’ve broken those down into the following sections:

 

Performance

Under this section, there are indicators of every components’ performance in a given period. These can be represented in the form of visuals and infographics to make them even more concise yet retain the required and necessary information.

 

Sales

This section will include the total sales figures for that particular time and additional information such as sales figures for every product or service.

 

Marketing

This section will include all information about the performance of various marketing campaigns running during that span and additional insights into how the market has changed in the period and how well is the marketing being received.

 

Production

Information regarding how many products were manufactured, projects completed, service cycles completed are reported under this section. Additionally, information regarding inventory level and resupply orders are reported under this section.

 

Progress

This section contains information regarding what progress has been made in various forms and functions of the business in comparison to the previous reporting cycle. This information is crucial as it helps one understand whether the business strategies are driving growth or need to be reworked to initiate and sustain growth.

 

Revenue Growth

A business’s growth is measured by comparing its revenue to that of the previous cycle. Revenue growth is generally accepted to be a good indicator of a business’s progress.

 

Customer Base Growth

This keeps a track of how many new customers were acquired, how many were retained successfully, and how many were lost to competition. Sustained positive growth in terms of Customer Base is highly sought after in B2B.

 

Costs and Expenditure

It is a general understanding that businesses keep becoming cost-efficient as they grow. Reporting on all costs and expenditures incurred while operating and monitoring them enables one to cut down costs wherever possible and increase efficiency.

 

What Went Right

The various positives such as target completion and objective fulfillment in various business processes are reported here which helps the firm understand what strategy brings good results. New objectives and targets can be set accordingly to ensure steady growth for the long term.

 

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What Can Be Improved

This section reports the problem areas, those that need attention, and those that can be improved further on. Knowing where a function falls short in terms of either strategy or functioning helps the firm rework things to correct the performance and get it to a level which it is supposed to be at.

 

Essential KPIs for Your B2B Report

Key Performance Indicators help you make the reporting concise yet informative. A single number or a ratio can tell a lot about how the various functions of a B2B business are performing and this makes reporting and acting on the reporting effective.

We’ve categorized the KPIs below so it is easy for you to keep track.

 

Marketing KPIs:

Website Traffic

Though one of the basic KPIs, website traffic is a good base indicator of the effectiveness of your marketing function. The more traffic you have, the more sales you make (provided the traffic is relevant).

 

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Conversion per Activity

Filtering out leads from the sea of visitors to your websites is essential. This metric helps you do this as visitors turn into leads and move down the sales funnel.

 

Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC)

Knowing how much it costs to acquire new customers reveals a lot about the effectiveness and efficiency of the marketing function. CAC is the average cost of acquiring customers.

 

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Customer Lifetime Value (LTV)

Knowing how much revenue one customer adds to your business, in the long run, is important as it allows you to decide many things along with how much spending is justified to acquire new customers. If your customers stay subscribed for 10 months on average and spend $10,000 a month, the LTV is $100k per customer.

 

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Lead-to-Close Conversion Ratio

Generating leads is not enough, knowing what percent of those convert into a sale, gives one a brief idea about what improvements are needed and what areas can be improved upon.

Sales KPIs:

Sales Velocity

It is a measure of how fast leads move through a firm’s sales funnel while generating revenue. Knowing and improving your sales velocity can help you sell faster and better.

 

Sales by Product or Product Type

A good indicator to understand which products and product lines are doing well and which products need upgrades and revamps to make them better.

 

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Sales by Region

Helps one understand which region is doing well and which isn’t. This will facilitate a business to expand in regions with low sales and offer better service in regions that exhibit high sales volumes.

 

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Opportunity by Lead Source

This indicator will point towards the source where most of your leads and revenue originate from. These sources can then be prioritized and invested more into.

 

MQl to SQL Conversion Rate

Knowing how many of the MQLs were converted to SQLs helps one understand the coordination between and cohesive function of sales and marketing functions.

 

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Other Essential KPIs

Return on Investment

This is one of the most important KPIs for a B2B Business as knowing how much dollar output is generated for every dollar of input shows how well or how poorly the business is doing as a whole.

 

Monthly Recurring Revenue

This is a good indicator for knowing how many customers keep reordering your products or stay subscribed to your service. This reflects the demand for the value you’re providing to customers over time.

 

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Customer Satisfaction

This indicator helps address any issues regarding customer satisfaction. Ensuring all your customers are satisfied goes a long way in ensuring growth for your B2B business.

 

Churn Rate

This indicator tracks how many good prospects and existing customers were lost over a period and can help address major issues as they arise to ensure quick mitigation to prevent further damage.

 

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Net Dollar Retention –

This indicator accounts for changes in monthly recurring revenue by factoring in the fluctuation in the size of the customer base over a set period.

 

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B2B Reporting Software

You will find several B2B reporting products in the market. Tools like Hubspot Marketing Hub, Zoho Marketing Automation, and Salespanel Reports can provide you much of the data. Since we are Salespanel, we will explain how B2B reporting works on our tool.

 

Salespanel tracks a customer’s entire journey right from their first visit to their last and attributes every action to revenue and marketing campaigns. In just a few clicks, you can find out which campaigns are contributing the most to conversions and break down customer attributes. The tool helps you see a breakdown of your top pages, understand where MQLs are coming from, track all channels from one central dashboard and share data with your team members. You can also use filters to find specifics. For example, if you want to how many leads have been acquired from a particular ad campaign and learn details about those leads (which countries they are from, which pages they visit, etc.), you can find the information in just a few clicks.

 

Salespanel’s reporting will enable you to optimize various functional areas of your business to raise the level of revenue while minimizing the various necessary costs incurred during operations.

 

Sharing Reports with Teams and Executives

Reports are a good way of helping the various functions and personnel running a business understand what is going on with the business during a certain period.

 

Knowing what is happening within each function and the business as a whole enables the personnel and functions to adapt accordingly to ensure seamless operation and timely delivery of value to suffice the market demand.

 

The difficulty in making this possible is that personnel at different levels in the business need to be informed about different things for reporting to be effective.

 

The top-level executives require information that gives them a general overview of business functions and the business as a whole which enables them to understand and make decisions and implement decisions quickly.

 

The custom reporting function baked within Salespanel’s reporting enables you to generate relevant reports and distribute them to the right personnel and executives at the right levels.

 

This ensures that your managers, partners, investors, and fellow colleagues in other departments are aware of the important things.

 

To Wrap It Up

Reporting is an important business function that is usually not paid much attention to (by startups and smaller companies) but needs to be managed properly as it brings in a lot of benefits to a business’s internal functioning.

 

B2B businesses especially make big gains when their reporting function is working the way it is intended to. Having access to critical information at the right times enables a business to make the most of the timely opportunities and avoid catastrophic failures that could occur due to oversight caused by being unformed.

 

If a B2B business wants to perform well and grow steadily it must have the right setup to ensure people running the business are informed about all necessary things at the right time. This ensures all the cogs keep turning and the business keeps running well.

 

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Yash Chawlani

Yash Chawlani is a Freelance Content Marketing Strategist who is known by his personal brand Merlin. He specializes in SEO and Social Media and helps B2B and SaaS companies out there with his top-notch content strategies. In his spare time, you can either find him in the gym or on the football field.

Nilangan Ray, Marketing Head Nilangan from Salespanel

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