What is pipeline conversion rate?
Conversion rates in general help us understand what proportion of a starting amount has been successfully converted and concluded. The pipeline conversion rate metric indicates the share of pipeline opportunities which were won (converted to Bookings) in each period.
Why is pipeline conversion rate important to measure?
Conversion rate metrics are incredibly useful tools in the revenue analysis toolbox. This type of metric answers a dual purpose as it helps companies both evaluate operational performance and estimate future business results. The pipeline conversion rate metric is one of the most widely-used and impactful of these metrics.
First, this metric provides a measure of the success that the company has had in converting the potential revenue of open opportunities in the pipeline to actual booked revenue. This is useful when comparing the performance of different teams and sales people, as well as how well opportunities from different lead sources and industries are doing. Second, this metric is often used to provide context and historical benchmarks for estimating future bookings given the amount of starting pipeline in these periods.
How is pipeline conversion rate calculated?
The basic formula for calculating the pipeline conversion rate involves dividing the amount of pipeline opportunities which were won by the amount of all pipeline opportunities.
This metric comes in three variations which offer different benefits depending on the situation:
- Net conversion rate
The share of the starting pipeline which was successfully converted to Bookings during the period. This metric is useful in answering the question "how much of the starting pipeline do we expect to be closed-won as Bookings?". This metric should also be calculated for each pipeline forecast category.
- Gross conversion rate
The ratio between the starting pipeline and all Bookings during the period. This metric accounts for changes and new opportunities added during the period and is useful in answering the question "what is the amount of Bookings we won - in total - compared with our starting pipeline?". It enables measuring historical success rates, comparing results between periods, and creating projections based on the starting pipeline of current or future periods.
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Total conversion rate
This metric indicates the share of the total open pipeline that was closed-won in a given period. The total potential open pipeline includes new Pipeline, pulled-In opportunities and changes to starting pipeline. It provides a measure of how successful the company has been in converting the potential pipeline within a given period to closed-won bookings.
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Also known as:
- Sales conversion rate
- Opportunity conversion rate
- Conversion efficiency
- Sales win rate
- Sales closing rate
- Prospect-to-customer conversion rate