Kill the sales funnel: Why you should rethink this marketing method


What is wrong about the sales funnel?

The sales funnel is a marketing staple, especially in companies with digital offerings designed to generate and nurture leads with engaging content.

However, from both a sales and marketing perspective, it does have its downsides. Firstly, some professionals (and brands) develop tunnel vision regarding the funnel, keeping prospects on hold since they haven’t advanced from the middle to the bottom, for example.

Secondly, it can create an accidental overemphasis on one stage over another. Many brands focus mostly on generating leads at the top of the funnel, leaving their middle and bottom of funnel prospects hung up to dry.

The sales funnel is a metaphor for a lead’s readiness to buy and it should be seen as such rather than a best-practice set in stone to guide your campaigns. In other words, your marketing should focus more on its audience and their needs rather than molding campaigns to fit nicely in the funnel and its stages.


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How the sales funnel misleads marketing and sales teams

We previously mentioned some of the issues that can arise from following the lead funnel with tunnel vision, but how else does it mislead salespeople and marketers?

Here are a few misconceptions the sales funnel might cause:


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Should you kill the sales funnel?

How to perfect the imperfections
of the sales funnel

The sales funnel can cause problems, especially when taken at face value. To solve the issues that it causes, you must precisely not take it at face value and use other signals to measure sales readiness.

For example, buyer intent data helps you gain an understanding of leads’ behavior that can signify a propensity to buy. Intent data allows you to gauge a lead’s sales readiness with more precision than with a sales funnel, since it tracks real-time engagement and actions that signal interest in your brand.


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Alternative models to the sales funnel


Flywheel - Alternative models to the sales funnel

Inbound methodology (the buyer’s journey)

Here are the details of each step, inspired by HubSpot:


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SPIN selling

Solution selling

With the solution selling method, you follow these steps:


The idea is to qualify and identify buyers by utilizing the following steps:

The holistic approach

To adopt the holistic approach, follow these steps:


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