The Scale Factory Scaling Story

The Scale Factory - Building sales & marketing momentum through 1-2-1 coaching.

How Scalewise sales & marketing coaching helped The Scale Factory’s Chief Consulting Officer develop a momentum-building sales plan and impactful lead generation strategy. 

DevOps Consultancy

Sales & Marketing Coaching

The Scale Factory is a specialist software development and IT (‘DevOps’) consultancy based in London. Founded in 2009, The Scale Factory focuses on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and predominantly helps UK-based SaaS companies to scale by advising on data security and compliance, such as encryption and storage. The Scale Factory currently employs 25 people and services around 60 clients per year.

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Bootstrapped business

The Scale Factory Need

Historically, The Scale Factory had choppy sales figures with peaks and troughs occurring from month-to-month. The Scale Factory was in the process of stabilising this pipeline when Covid hit. While this prevented face-to-face meetings and saw customers’ budget lines frozen, as a tech consultancy, it also led to a massive influx in sales leads with 20 different sales calls every week. To capitalise on this momentum, The Scale Factory sought an external perspective that could act as a sounding board for ideas and help The Scale Factory build a sales plan that produced consistent results.

Scalewise Impact

The Scale Factory’s CEO was referred to Scalewise Coach (and Scalewise Co-Founder) Gavin Sumner. After an initial exploratory call, Gavin and The Scale Factory Chief Consulting Officer Mike Mead began three hourly coaching slots per month. The Scalewise coaching had the following key impacts:

1. Fine-tuned sales decisions

Gavin and Mike first discussed The Scale Factory’s general sales plan looking for areas of improvement before moving onto problem areas in more detail. Mike was able to test ideas, flag potential issues and ask for advice when making tough decisions. For example, The Scale Factory was looking to forecast sales, but was unsure how to do it. Gavin explained how other organisations have developed frameworks and processes to achieve the desired results and weighed up the best option for The Scale Factory.

2. Built team’s confidence

Having Gavin in the wings boosted the sales team’s confidence. With an experienced sounding board, the team was now more sure of their strategies, bolder with their actions and less hesitant making decisions allowing them to arrive at sales solutions earlier and improve their effectiveness.

3. Enhanced product lines

Thanks to Scalewise coaching, The Scale Factory reviewed and overhauled their product lines. Having previously charged consultancy rates per person per day, The Scale Factory built out consultancy and engineering packages to solve specific customer problems at a fixed price. Additionally, The Scale Factory had a limited retainer offering that is now being expanded to cover more use-cases and deliver a better service to clients.

4. Improved marketing plans

Overseeing both sales and marketing, Mike felt his time was often constrained with marketing taking the hit. After reaching a point with Gavin where The Scale Factory was happy with its sales, Mike switched to working with marketing expert Linsay Duncan in order to focus their activities on more outbound activities and devise a strategy to successfully generate leads. Using the Scalewise model, The Scale Factory was therefore able to pivot to the type of coaching it most needed at the time.

“The external perspective has been invaluable. Being able to ask someone who’s been there, done that, whether your sales strategy makes sense gives you so much more confidence to execute a plan successfully. I’m really looking forward to doing the same with marketing – especially as I think we’ll need more hands-on support there.”

Mike Mead

Chief Consulting Officer The Scale Factory

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