Software Advice BuyerView: Sales Force Automation Report 2014
Software Advice BuyerView:
Sales Force Automation Report
Insight into today’s software buyer
Every year, Software Advice talks with thousands of professionals looking for the
right sales force automation (SFA) software for their company. We recently
analyzed a random selection of 385 interactions to determine the following:
• How are prospective SFA software buyers currently managing sales activities?
• Why are prospective buyers choosing to evaluate SFA software?
• Proportionally speaking, how many SFA buyers represent small or midsize
businesses, and how many represent larger companies?
Buyers’ Current Methods of Managing Sales Activities
A surprising number of businesses continue to use manual methods to manage sales
activities. Just over 20 percent are replacing existing CRM or SFA software.
Industry specific software
Top Reasons for Evaluating SFA Software
62 percent of all buyers were evaluating SFA software to improve organization and
increase efficiency. Many also expressed dissatisfaction with their current methods.
Percent of sample
Unhappy with current system
Need more/better features
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70%
Small businesses (<50) Midsize/large businesses (>50)
Most Requested SFA Features
Percent of sample
Nearly all prospective buyers requested basic contact management, but fewer
asked for core SFA features like lead management (54%) or reporting (24%).
Alerts and notifications
0% 25% 50% 75% 100%
Deployment Model Preference
Of those potential SFA buyers who had a deployment preference, an overwhelming
majority (96 percent) preferred a cloud-based solution.
Employee Count of Buyers’ Companies
A surprisingly large proportion of the buyers we spoke to represented very small
companies, with 78 percent having 20 employees or fewer.
More than 501 employees
Annual Company Revenue of Buyers
59 percent of prospective SFA buyers generated under $1 million per year, while only
7 percent generated over $25 million.
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