The trick to this success was that before I started searching I spent about a year researching what others were doing and looking for patterns of what worked. Communication, I thought, was the key. Months were spent building and A/B testing little tools to scale outreach as well as testing email copy and measuring response rates. If I raised any money, I didn't want to waste it learning how to search or burn cash learning what communication would work.
I also figured out how much communication I could actually send in a day without getting into trouble with sending providers or getting personally burned out. I needed to build a process to scale my outreach effortlessly when I eventually brought a team together. Over time I built a list of tested communication templates that would allow me to hit the ground running. And, id built a mechanism for tracking the performance of those emails and other communications once they were sent.
Once I felt like I had a workable and scalable process ironed out, I kicked off my search for a business while simultaneously exploring traditional search fund and equity raise routes. I launched my efforts with a team of about 5 full time interns and a full time employee focused on finding a business running my process. My entire process was templated out in some powerfully macroed spreadsheets that were largely point and click efforts. Tracking data was a bit of a nightmare but it worked.
Partner, Owner - Zibtek, LLC
When I acquired the business, we were using SalesForce - but it was clunky, expensive, and only getting more expensive with each passing year. We were also paying for web to lead automation, separate email and SMS marketing tools as well as some generic marketing automation components. And, we were paying for separate phone systems and dialers for each of our reps. None of these systems played well together and data had to be imported between systems manually in many cases.
The total cost for this jumbled mess was about the cost of a vp of sales when spread across the number of licenses we were using in each system. When we decided to stand up a new office in another city we needed a mechanism to get all the newly hired engineers on the same page with our processes, communication, culture and quality standards before we could put them on client projects. Cutting cost out of the business and getting something we wanted and needed was a no brainer. As soon as the lease on the new office was signed, OnCourse, a new breed of sales and marketing CRM was born.
And much more on the way.
CRM is not a new concept - but there are no better CRMs on the marketplace when it comes to searching for and acquiring companies. Searching in the lower middle market is getting more competitive, searchers and firms will need to step up their game if they want to be successful. When it comes to searching for a business to buy OnCourse, in my humble opinion, is definitely the best tool available. I hope you will consider it for your process.
There is always plenty of value to be found in the market - Hunt on!