How to Craft a 5-10-50 Efficient Sales Funnel Process

By January 14, 2021 March 6th, 2024 Sales & Marketing Advice

Last Updated on March 6, 2024 by Dave Schoenbeck

Every business owner wants an efficient sales process, but it can be hard to know where to start with so many different models. So I’ve created a straightforward sales funnel management procedure for business leaders to institute. It’s called the 5-10-50 sales funnel process, and if you’re stuck for ideas, it might be just what you’re looking for.a steel funnel surrounded by ball bearings that symbolize an efficient sales funnel process 

What Is the 5-10-50 Sales Funnel Process?

The 5-10-50 concept is an actionable guide for your written sales process and your business’s personalized sales funnel. It will show you where to spend your energy and how to focus your messaging. It’s perfect for business owners strapped for time and struggling to follow up with new leads. All you’ll need to do is make three lists.

First, the 50. Make a list of 50 potential prospects that match your target market well. Identify the key decision-makers, their company background, who they are connected to in your network, and any other helpful information that will help you sell to them. 

Research them completely. Decide how you will solve their problems and pique their interest. Your goal is to find a way to reach them. Your messaging should focus on how you can solve their problems better than your competition. 

Next, the 10. This list is usually a subset of 50, consisting of prospects that have demonstrated interest by reaching out to you or people you who have nurtured a relationship with. They are typically early-stage potential customers. These qualifying leads require a different tempo, messaging, and contact frequency and are further down the sales funnel process.

When you contact these individuals, your messaging should be more personal. These are people you have a connection with, and you need to foster that connection if you want to make the sale. 

The final 5 are prospects that are high-confidence future customers. They are much further down the sales funnel than the previous 10. As a result, you have a better relationship with them, your confidence in them is higher, and your messaging should be all about guiding them to purchase.

The 5-10-50 process should be in your CRM system if you have one. If not, this should be an active list that you frequently review. When someone falls off the list, either by becoming a customer or turning down your pitches, a new name must be added to each level as needed. 

Following this process will help you hit regular touchpoints with your leads who are most likely to convert while keeping a broad audience of prospects to focus on down the line. It’s a foolproof way to ensure that a constant stream of potential customers will always work through your sales funnel. 

Do you want to work on your own 5-10-50 sales funnel process? A business coach can help. Please complete my contact form and join me for a complimentary coaching session to work on your funnel management process.


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