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When removing the smallest companies from the distribution, we find growth rates for companies using mainly Internet distribution lagged. Companies with mixed distribution strategies appear to be more agile and reported the highest growth. There was no distinguishable difference between growth rates for field sales vs. inside sales dominated companies. Rates are largely in line with last year’s survey.


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The top 50% of the fastest growing SaaS businesses generate much higher upsells than their competitors. The larger the business, the greater the impact of upselling

The best SAAS businesses have a LTV to CAC ratio that is higher than 3, sometimes as high as 7 or 8

47% of millennials want to work at diverse companies, according to a recent study.

Our experiences with SaaS startups indicate that they usually start with a couple of lead generation programs such as Pay Per Click Google Ad-words, radio ads, etc

In 2017, IBM generated 37.8 billion U.S. dollars in global IT services revenue, making it the largest IT services company in the world in terms of net sales

Smaller SAAS companies reported more frequent use of third-party providers as their primary application delivery method, while the largest companies were more likely to use self-managed servers

The median startup spends 92% of first year revenue on customer acquisition, taking 11-months to payback their Customer Acquisition Cost

When determining Sales Capacity, “it’s worth noting that some percentage of new sales hires won’t meet expectations, so that should be taken into consideration when setting hiring goals. Typically we have seen failure rates around 25-30% for field sales reps, but this varies by company. The failure rate is lower for inside sales reps. can be counted as half of a productive rep”

The average company booking professional services revenue on new deals is equivalent to 16% of the first year subscription value. Professional services margins are approximately 22%

More than 1/2 of SAAS companies increased their spending on customer retention last year

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