5 Sales Performance Dashboard Examples CROs Must Have to Improve Sales Readiness

CROs today have no shortage of dashboards to access across tools and teams. Bloated tech stacks – more than a third of companies in our recent research indicate sales orgs are using 10+ tools – means that it’s not a matter of finding data, it’s about sorting through sales performance dashboards to understand what’s important and what to do about it.

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And CROs don’t have time for that.

It’s pretty straightforward: here’s what they want to know:

  • Why deals are won or lost
  • When pipeline is at risk
  • Where managers are spending time in sales coaching efforts
  • Which enablement efforts are (or aren’t) working and scalable
  • How to get more sellers hitting quota

They need a whole view of sales performance that’s inclusive of data from sales, enablement, operations, and marketing activities and they don’t want to sort through 10 different dashboards to find that reporting.

Complete visibility is possible and in this blog post, we’ll lay out the sales performance dashboards that will help CROs create scalability and winning in their sales orgs.

In this blog post, we’ll talk about:

  • What is a sales performance dashboard
  • Why adoption is not a reliable metric for sales performance
  • 5 key sales performance dashboards for CROs

What is a sales performance dashboard?

A sales performance dashboard is a single hub for all your most important sales metrics including sales KPIs, hiring and onboarding metrics, training and coaching metrics, outreach metrics, and pipeline metrics. Broken down, here’s what RevOps and sales enablement leaders focus on:

Conversation intelligence, sales forecasting, and Digital Sales Rooms that also include integrations with CRMs and sales engagement tools

Revenue productivity, sales content management, and sales coaching data that also pulls data from tools like HRMS and sales performance solutions

A good sales performance dashboard should go beyond the stuff you find in the CRM and really help you understand which deals are at risk and answer questions like where you have issues with buyer engagement, potential issues with seller efficiency, who needs help on what topics, and how to win more.

For example, you should have visibility into which content and programs truly drive an ROI for customers, voice of market insights from calls on competitors, pricing, and so on.

On top of those considerations, best-in-class sales performance dashboards should also include the following:

This is the total amount of revenue generated by the sales team over a given period of time.

This is the percentage increase or decrease in sales revenue compared to a previous period.

This refers to the number and value of deals that are currently in progress and have not yet closed.

This is the percentage of leads that are converted into customers.

This is the average dollar amount of each closed deal.

This is the amount of time it takes to close a deal, from initial contact to signed contract.

This is the cost of acquiring a new customer, including sales and marketing expenses.

This is the total amount of revenue a customer is expected to generate over their lifetime.

This is a measure of how efficiently the sales team is working, such as the number of calls made or emails sent per day.

This is the percentage of deals that are won versus the percentage that are lost.

Why adoption is not a reliable metric for sales performance

To be blunt: CROs don’t care about adoption. They rely on their CRM to give them data about where deals and forecasts stand, but even those tools aren’t good indicators of whether or not the team will hit quota. Looking at adoption metrics gives a single view that doesn’t surface any valuable information about deal health.

For example, our research indicates this:

Average sales rep

Reps at winning orgs

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Role-plays per year

It’s clear that adoption is important here — but that’s only part of the story. Without a way to track sales performance and connect them to the number of role-plays performed, you’ll never know exactly if those role-plays had any impact on the rep’s performance in the field and ultimately, any impact on closing deals.

Another example is a training module with assessments. Your entire team may have completed them, but if they don’t remember what they learned or apply it when interacting with prospects, that adoption metric doesn’t have any real impact on revenue productivity.

The takeaway is simple: No single sales metric tells a full story.

Adoption and engagement are important, yes — but to get real insight into sales performance, you need to track, analyze, and learn from a much wider variety of data. That’s why a complete sales performance dashboard that tracks metrics across all enablement activities – onboarding, ongoing training, conversation intelligence, sales content, and key competencies development – is the most effective way to see a full picture of sales performance and productivity.

What do CROs care about?

With the above in mind, it’s important to build reporting and dashboards that answer questions CROs are probably asking their teams weekly.

  • How healthy is my pipeline?
  • Which deals are at risk or progressing nicely?
  • Are reps doing the right volume of activities?
  • Are they prepared to hit quota?
  • What do my top reps do differently?
  • What do my top managers do differently?
  • What do my buyers and customers need from us in regard to positioning, pricing, our product, services, and integrations?
  • What content and enablement programs are truly driving an ROI and being used by my team?

5 key sales performance dashboards for CROs

CROs, CSOs, and sales leaders want to fully understand how their teams (and even individual sellers) are moving toward true revenue productivity. For example:

  • Is a new team or rep ready to sell?
  • What are the top skill gaps in the organization?
  • What do most reps do right (or wrong) in sales conversations?

In order to derive such insights, they’ve got to have the right data at the ready — visually presented in a way that’s easy to consume and take action on.

Though the sales performance metrics tracked vary from organization to organization, these are five key data reports all CROs need to improve sales performance.

Pipeline + deal risk

A pipeline deal risk dashboard is a visual representation of the various risks associated with pipeline deals that allow CROs to assess the risks involved in each deal, prioritize deals based on their risk level, and take appropriate measures to mitigate them. Typically, these dashboards include the following:

This provides an overview of the current pipeline deals, including the deal value, stage, and potential risks associated with the deal.

This section provides a detailed analysis of the risks associated with each deal. It includes factors such as the deal’s complexity, potential hurdles, and revenue impact. The risk assessment helps CROs identify the most significant risks so they can prioritize efforts accordingly.

This section provides updates on the progress of each deal, including milestones achieved, timelines, and any deviations from the original plan. It allows CROs to identify any potential issues early and take corrective action.

Sales Readiness Index

This dashboard helps organizations assess their sales team’s readiness to sell their products or services and provides an overall view of the sales team’s capabilities, identifying strengths and weaknesses that can be addressed to improve their sales performance. A Sales Readiness Index Dashboard typically includes the following components:

An overview of the entire sales team’s performance, including metrics such as revenue generated, deals closed, and sales cycle length.

Analytics related to the training programs that are available to the sales team. It includes metrics such as completion rates, satisfaction ratings, and the effectiveness of the training programs.

Metrics such as the number of touches required to close a deal, the average time it takes to close a deal, and the conversion rate at each stage of the sales process.

This outlines metrics such as the usage of sales content, feedback from the sales team, and the effectiveness of the content in helping to close deals.

Metrics such as adoption rates, usage, and the effectiveness of the technology in improving sales performance.

Ideal rep profiles

An ideal rep profile (IRP) is a profile of a sales rep who is likely to succeed at a given organization. Much like an ICP includes characteristics that make the customer “ideal,” an IRP defines the competencies and skills a rep must have to regularly close deals and meet (and surpass) quota.

The initial step in implementing a more effective readiness approach is to establish your ideal rep profile (IRP). This involves identifying the skills and competencies that are associated with successful sales outcomes, based on observations of your top performers.

Since each organization is unique, the IRP will differ from company to company. It is essential to create an IRP that reflects your organization’s sales goals and aligns with the specific needs of your customers.

After setting up your IRP, it is crucial to evaluate your reps’ performance in comparison to these standards. This evaluation allows you to identify areas of strength and knowledge gaps that may hinder success. Understanding how each rep measures up to the benchmarks is essential in determining their skill level.

Ideal rep profile competencies

Sales coaching effectiveness

Overall, a sales coaching dashboard should provide sales coaches with the tools and information they need to improve the performance of their team and drive revenue growth. By tracking key metrics, providing targeted coaching, and enabling collaboration and communication, sales coaches can help their reps achieve their full potential and drive success for the organization.

A sales coaching dashboard should include the following metrics and features:

These should include key performance indicators (KPIs) such as win rate, deal size, and pipeline coverage.

These metrics can include things like product knowledge, selling skills, message consistency, and competitive knowledge.

Sales coaches should be able to schedule and track coaching activities such as role-play sessions, one-on-one meetings, and group training sessions. The dashboard should provide an easy way to monitor the progress of these activities and ensure that they are happening on schedule.

Conversation analysis tools can help sales coaches understand how reps are engaging with prospects and customers, identify areas of improvement, and provide targeted coaching. The dashboard should provide access to these tools and make it easy to review call recordings and other conversation data.

The dashboard should provide a way for sales coaches to collaborate with other members of the sales team and share best practices. It should also enable communication with reps to provide feedback, answer questions, and provide coaching tips.

The dashboard should provide access to sales enablement content such as training materials, playbooks, and battle cards. This content can help reps improve their skills and knowledge and enable them to engage with prospects and customers more effectively.

ROI of sales enablement efforts

This dashboard should calculate the ROI of sales enablement activities, based on the increase in revenue generated and the cost of sales enablement activities. This information can help sales leaders determine the value of sales enablement activities and make data-driven decisions about where to invest resources. It should include the following:

Includes KPIs like revenue generated, win rate, sales cycle length, and average deal size.

The dashboard should also track sales enablement activities such as training sessions, coaching sessions, and the creation and delivery of sales content.

Includes metrics that show how reps are engaging with sales enablement content, such as how often they are accessing content, which content is used most often, and the content’s impact on deal acceleration.

The dashboard should also track how sales enablement activities are impacting individual rep performance. This could include metrics such as the number of deals closed, the amount of revenue generated, and improvements in win rates and sales cycle lengths.

The dashboard should provide visibility into the cost of sales enablement activities, including the cost of creating and delivering content, and the cost of training and coaching sessions.

Access the insights you need to improve revenue productivity

Some sales metrics only tell part of the story. To fully track sales and revenue, you need a full sales performance metrics dashboard — one that helps CROs understand how training, enablement, and revenue productivity initiatives impact business results.

With Mindtickle, CROs have access to all of the performance dashboards they need to understand the impact of training and enablement on overall revenue productivity and take action to make data-based improvements. In fact, Mindtickle provides the right role-based reporting to every team member responsible for optimizing sales performance, from sales leaders to enablement to front-line managers.

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This post originally appeared in October 2021, was updated in May 2023, and again in January 2024.