Deals are the sales opportunities within a Pipeline. Users can create a deal as soon as they can enter a value for the sale. Users can associate deals with Prospects and Organizations, and keep up to date on tasks from the Manage Deals page.
Adding a New Deal
You can manually add new Deal in three different ways. You can click the New button in the top-left corner of the Manage Deals page; you can click the New Deal icon in the Sales Shortcuts; you can click Add Deal on the Deals Info Card. To be able to add a deal, you must have a sale amount.
New Deal Form
Use the New Deal Form to add a Deal to your Pipeline.
- Name – enter the Deal name
- Prospect – associate the Deal with a Prospect. Click (+) to add a new Prospect
- Organization – associate the Deal with an Organization. Click (+) to add a new Organization
- Amount – enter the sale amount for the deal. Required
- Pipeline – choose the appropriate sales Pipeline
- Stage – choose the appropriate sales Stage
- Owner – select the user who will own the Deal
- Close Date – enter the expected close date
Using Deal Pipelines
You can see an overview of all Deals in a Pipeline from the Manage Deals page. To reach the page, navigate to Main Menu > Sales > Deals. The page will show the Default Pipeline, but you can switch between Pipelines using the drop-down menu in the top-right.
By default, the page will display Deals in Card format. You can change the view with the buttons in the top-left.
The available views are
- Card View (default) – cards that you can drag and drop to move sales stages
- Mini Card View (left) – smaller cards in two-column format; best to view a large number of deals simultaneously
- Table View (right) – searchable list that you can organize and filter by Prospect, Organization, Deal Name, Amount, Stage, and Expected Close Date
While in Card View and Mini Card View, you will have an additional drop-down menu in the top-right. This menu contains sorting and display options for the Cards.
- Sort by Task – sorts deals in order from rotting, overdue, due today, due in the future, no tasks
- Sort by Deal Amount – sorts by amount in descending order (highest to lowest)
- Sort by Expected Close Date – sorts by date with soonest date first
- Show Expected Close Date – toggle close date on the Card
- Switch to Prospect/Organization Name – switch between the Prospect or Organization on the Card
- Switch to Prospect/Organization Photo – switch between the Prospect or Organization's photo on the Card
Use the Deal Filter option to search for Deals using any criteria from Standard and/or Custom Deal fields:
You can use Bulk Actions to edit multiple Deals at the same time. First, set your view to Table View (see above). Then, use the checkbox in the top-left corner to select the appropriate Deals and action.
Deal Cards are a great way to make sure your Deals are getting the attention they need. Cards help you manage Deals through the task box and color coding.
Cards will show you the following Task statuses:
- Future Due Date – gray Task box with the number of days until due; no color stripe
- Overdue – red Task box with the number of days overdue; red color stripe
- Due Today – green Task box saying "Today;" green color stripe
- No Task – orange Task box saying "New;" no color stripe
- Stage Rot– Task has stayed in the same stage for too long; yellow color stripe
When sorted by task, Cards will order Stage Rot > Overdue > Due Today > Future Due Date > No Task.
Just like Prospects and Organizations, each Deal gets its own profile. To reach the Deal Profile, either click on the Deal from the Pipeline, or click on the Deals Info Card in the other profile views.
- Pipeline Stage – see how long a Deal has been in a stage; move stage by clicking on the appropriate circle.
- Close Deal – mark a Deal as won or lost, or trash the Deal using the drop-down menu
- Task Panel – add a new note or activity, or attach files related to the Deal
- Info Cards – quickly view the Deal's information and connections
The system logs every Deal's history. Users can view every change to the Deal in the Sales Pipeline from the Deal Profile. To view a Deal's history, click on the info icon to the right of the Pipeline Stages.
Pipeline Stages indicate where a Deal is in the sales process. By default, OneFocus™ will use Awareness, Qualification, Interest, Proposal, and Closure as Stages. However, your organization may customize the Stages to fit your business model. For example, a non-profit charity may delete the Proposal Stage, or a sales organization may prefer to use "First Meetings" instead of "Qualification."
Make sure you keep your Deals in the appropriate stage. Automations can use Stages as a field for sending out specific nurture emails. You don't want a prospect you're ready to close on getting emails for a special offer you haven't discussed.
Every Stage has a Stage Rot timer. If a Deal stays in a Stage for longer than your organization's set time, OneFocus™ will flag it with Stage Rot. On the Manage Deals page, the CRM will give it a yellow color stripe. When Deal Cards are sorted by task, the CRM will list any Card flagged with Stage Rot first.
If you notice a Deal with Stage Rot, make sure you address it immediately. These Deals have stalled and are taking longer than your organization's normal sales cycle. Make sure you keep detailed notes for why a Deal is taking longer than normal.
You can view deals based on their probability to closing. Probability will affect the total value of Deals in the Pipeline. For example, a $1000 Deal with 10% probability will report $100 in value. This value is the expected revenue.
To view Deals by expected revenue, use the drop-down menu in the top-right corner of the Deals page.
If you are using custom probability on your Deals, you can also sort by Deal probability. To add a custom probability to a Deal, navigate to the Deal profile and double-click the Probability rating beneath the Deal Name.
Learn more about setting Probability by pipeline stage here.
Whether a Deal is won or lost, make sure you close it out. By using either the green Won button or red Lost button on the Deal Profile, you can pull the Deal out of the Pipeline. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the Deal Card from the Deals Management Page to buckets on the bottom of the page.
If you want to see your closed Deals,
- Navigate to the Manage Deals page
- Switch to Table View
- Click the Search icon
- Change the Status field to Closed Won to view won Deals
- Change the Status field to Closed Lost to view lost Deals
You can also add a Deal to the Trash. When a lead is trashed, it is completely removed from the Pipeline, and you will not see it on any of the Profiles or Manage Deals page. To send a Deal to the Trash, either use the drop-down menu in the Deals Profile or drag the Deal Card to the Trash bucket on the bottom of the screen.
In general, it's a best practice to mark the Deal either way rather than trashing it. Even if a Deal falls through due to silence, it's better to close it as Lost so sales leadership can review later.
From the Task Panel, you can add Notes or new Activities associated with the Deal. You can also attach files; for example, you could upload a credit application for equipment leases.
Any Notes or Activities associated with the Deal will show up in the Timeline below. This includes Automated activities.
The Info Cards to the left of the screen give you a quick visual summary of the Prospect's information and connections. You can rearrange the cards by clicking and dragging them to the order you prefer. Anything you move is exclusive to your login, so feel free to customize as you like.
Main Article: Info Cards.
To export Deals do the following:
- Click the List View icon as shown below.
- Filter results as desired by using the spyglass icon to the right of the New Deal button.
- Click the down arrow as shown below, and choose Export.
You can merge up to three Deals into a single Deal record. When merging a record all timelines are merged into a single timeline.
Follow these steps to merge one or more records together:
When the merge window appears there are four main areas:
The first column shows the Master Record. The Master Record will become the new record. All selected values from the duplicate records will be merged with the Master Record. Be default, the most recent value for each field is selected. All related timeline activities, notes, tasks, etc. will be associated with the Master Record.
Select additional records to merge with the original record selected for merge. You can select up to three total records to merge.
Pick each individual value that you’d like to use instead of the default selection. Changes appear in real-time under the Master Record column.
Add additional records to merge using the plus symbol.