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As a business process expert, I understand the pipeline as a continuous flow of sales opportunities that goes through various stages from initial contact with a potential client to the closing of the sale. This concept is fundamental in sales and marketing management, as it allows for effective visualization and management of the prospect-to-customer conversion process.

At its core, a sales pipeline consists of a series of sequential stages that reflect the progress of an opportunity from identification to closure. These stages may vary according to the structure and specific needs of each company but commonly include phases such as prospecting, qualification, proposal presentation, negotiation, and sale closing.

The pipeline provides a clear and structured view of the status of sales opportunities at different stages of the process, allowing sales teams to identify bottlenecks, prioritize efforts, and make informed decisions to maximize conversions. It also facilitates resource allocation and strategic planning by providing a revenue forecast based on ongoing opportunities.

Effective pipeline management requires diligent tracking of each opportunity throughout its lifecycle, including recording activities, tracking customer interactions, and regularly updating the status of opportunities. This can be achieved through the use of customer relationship management (CRM) tools that allow centralizing and organizing sales-related information.

It is important to highlight that a dynamic and healthy sales pipeline is one that is continually fed with new opportunities while advancing the conversion of existing ones. This involves a continuous effort in prospecting activities, lead generation, and maintaining relationships with customers to ensure a steady flow of opportunities over time.

The Sales Glossary is a compendium of all the most commonly used terminology in sales strategy. Many of the concepts listed here are used when implementing a CRM system or a digital sales funnel, no matter if they are legacy systems or an online CRM. See also our blog that deals with sales techniques, marketing and sales culture.