When you analyze the 20% segment would the loss of a couple accounts make it impossible to be successful? The answer is typically “of course it would”, so what are you doing to maintain, defend, and continuously provide value to those customers?


We recently analyzed a set of customers for a client and within several of those accounts the customer was growing at a much faster pace than the relationship between the two companies. Meaning, the client was providing business to a competitor instead of providing more business to the incumbent.


When the client looked at the data internally it appeared on the surface that the relationship was solid (8% year over year growth). A problem was recognized when we compared the customers overall growth (17%) and the client’s growth (8%) within the account.


Before downloading and conducting the exercise highlighted below, let’s remember the 3 challenges we’re solving for within our Key Account program:


  1. Defense
    • Eliminate attrition of your most profitable / anchor accounts
  2. Cross/Up-sell
    • Sell more where you and the top customers best align
    • Sell different products to existing accounts (cross sell)
    • Sell more of the same product to other divisions and business units in the existing accounts (Up-sell)
  3. Over serve the Top
    • Provide premium services to the most valued account


With the above challenges in mind, download the “Key Account Growth Rate Analysis” tool here to compare your growth rate to your Key Accounts growth rate.


Key Account Growth Rate


After completing the analysis, answer the following 5 questions:


  1. Is your growth rate within each key account aligned with their growth rate?
  2. Are you leading or lagging the growth rate? Why?
  3. Are you hanging your hat on those key accounts that are losing the overall market share battle?
  4. Are you missing cross/up sell opportunities within these accounts?
  5. Analyze the overall market growth rate; are the key accounts you identified still the right accounts?


With the continuous consolidation of vendors in Key Accounts, how long will it be before you find yourself outside looking in at the key accounts in your market? Review the 3 challenges for Key Account management and make sure you’re addressing them before it’s too late. Make sure you’re over serving those Key Accounts that provide the greatest opportunity for growth.


Download The Key Account Growth Rate Analysis Tool Here


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John Staples

Leads teams of highly qualified experts, all relentless in their pursuit of helping you make your number.

John is the global leader of SBI’s account management business unit. As such, he and his team help clients across 19 verticals drive top line growth and operational efficiency in sales and marketing.


John’s marketing, sales and product expertise span a multichannel strategic approach. He has an unyielding focus on strategic and key account development, which enables strategic alignment between all functional team members in order to reduce acquisition cost and increase lifetime value.


His broad experience in sales, marketing, product and engineering allows him to bring a unique problem solving approach to his team and clients. As he has discovered through decades of experience, clients are often distracted by the symptoms of a larger problem and overlook the root cause of it.


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