8 Ways To Increase Your Average Deal Size

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Creating profitable relationships in a trust-based sales environment starts by aiming for quality over quantity. Increasing the average deal size can be a more effective way to boost revenue and build meaningful, long-term relationships with your clients. In this blog, I will explore eight powerful techniques you can leverage to increase your average deal size. From refining your target market to avoid wasting time on ill-fitting clients to engaging directly with decision-makers at the top, each method is designed to increase your deal sizes and enhance the overall value you provide to your clients. Whether you are looking to shift your sales team’s focus from quantity to quality or seeking ways to add more value to your existing client base, these techniques offer practical, actionable advice that can significantly impact your business’s bottom line.

Here are eight techniques you can leverage to increase your average deal size:

1. Qualify-out poor targets

“Spray and pray” marketing campaigns target everyone and anyone. Getting maximum exposure can seem like a good idea, but the reality is that not every customer is a good fit. Not all business is good business: do not make the mistake of wasting your limited time and resources on clients too small for your goals. You are usually better off spending your resources targeting people who actively need your services. Using this strategy helps you create win-win relationships instead of trying to get as much money as possible out of the wrong end of the market. Being specific with your marketing helps attract more repeat customers and referrals from their positive experiences. Targeting a specific profile also keeps your sales and marketing staff focused.

8 Ways To Increase Your Average Deal Size

2. Pursue larger clients even if they are ice-cold

Winning larger clients often means a larger average deal size. However, winning over a larger business is a slower and more complex process than winning over a small client. The higher up you go, the tougher client acquisition gets. Many established companies have business relationships they value and are unlikely to break in a hurry. For these reasons, it can be easy to talk ourselves out of cold outreach. However, it’s important to remember the prospecting process is gradual. What starts as a simple email leads to a handshake at an event, a friendly phone call, and, eventually, a sale. During the prospecting period, you need to find ways to create value. Even if reaching out doesn’t result in business immediately, it helps you become known in your industry. Being recognised is helpful years down the road when someone is ready to make a change, and they remember the efforts put in by you or your sales team.

8 Ways To Increase Your Average Deal Size

3. Increase effort, not activity

Increasing your average deal size reduces the number of sales it takes to reach your target. Executing a higher sales activity volume can lead to a lower average deal size and even missed targets. Assuming more activity and more “knocking on doors” will lead to the right result is a common mistake businesses make. Instead, determine the right size of deal your organisation needs and focus your sales efforts on the activities required to get these. When we put ourselves under pressure to make quick sales, we will burn through the market looking for a “yes”. If you give them time to cultivate relationships and build value, you can increase revenue without increasing pressure on either your own business or the market. Taking this approach helps your salespeople learn more about your ideal clients. Instead of grasping at straws to create value, you can make educated guesses based on previous relationships.

8 Ways To Increase Your Average Deal Size

4. Provide more services to existing customers

The first barrier with this approach is fixed-price contracts: what if you have already set a monthly or annual contract value that the client has agreed to pay? In our experience, everything is negotiable, provided you have a decision maker with a degree of discretion on one side and additional value to deliver them on the other. Creating new services that complement your original offerings will help you find ways to deliver more value and, therefore, increase your average deal size. Look for areas in your services where customers can customise their experience – you can offer these as added value. Exclusive content releases, paid coaching or training over and above standard service delivery, and results-driven bonuses or kickers are all possible ideas to incrementally increase deal size. Get your sales team to frame this value as customer-centric ideas to create improvement in your customer’s business. Looking at deal size from this perspective will help your clients see the value in additional services.

8 Ways To Increase Your Average Deal Size

5. Steer clear of low-priced packages

Many companies set their prices too low. Low prices may attract people who want to trial your service but are unable to commit. Clients with this mindset usually don’t proceed to larger projects or managed service contracts and end up occupying your resources without providing a long-term return to either themselves or your own business. Setting your prices higher also helps you better serve your clients. Many products and services work better when executed by the entire company rather than just a handful of people. Clients who understand this are more likely to commit to long-term projects with an opportunity to benefit both sides. The right buyer is happy to pay more for a service tailored to their needs.

8 Ways To Increase Your Average Deal Size

6. Secure fixed prices for long-term contracts 

As the market and your industry continue to evolve, your prices will also have to adapt to the times. It is important to include in your contracts that your prices are subject to change, unless your clients make long-term commitments. Explaining the type of price increase customers can expect yearly can help them make a decision. Locking in fixed prices provides stability for both sides and prevents any surprises. It is worth breaking down the work structure in your contracts so clients can see exactly how their funds are used. Securing the fixed price language in the contract needs to be a highlighted goal for your sales team.

8 Ways To Increase Your Average Deal Size

7. Accentuate where you can add value

Instead of offering discounts to close sales, find alternate ways to create more value for your clients. Discounts and trial periods cheapen your service and make it harder for people to appreciate the value that they’re getting. Staying away from discounts as a closing strategy is a simple mindset shift that will help you increase your average deal size. Instead of a discount, reinforce the value that you deliver. Reporting is a great way to start: specifically, regular reporting that shows your clients improvement in measures or KPIs that demonstrate a return on their investment in you. Other clients might value you allowing an additional degree of flexibility to their contract in return for a price premium. Yet others will pay more for a faster service level, or more attentive relationship management. Adding value is different for every buyer and company. What your clients find valuable will depend on their priorities and other factors that you can learn by building relationships.

8 Ways To Increase Your Average Deal Size

8. Sell directly to the C-suite

You make the best use of your sales time and energy when you engage directly with decision-makers. When you deal with managers who have to seek answers from higher-ups, the sales cycle takes longer, and you have less control. Building relationships with professionals in the C-suite takes longer, but it gives you and your salespeople a direct pipeline to all the facts. Selling someone in the C-suite on your service will also have a much bigger impact than convincing a mid-level manager that it’s a good idea. While building relationships with the C-suite takes longer, it’s an effective way to increase your average deal size. Once people in powerful positions understand your value, the extra time spent building relationships becomes exceptionally valuable.

8 Ways To Increase Your Average Deal Size


Businesses can foster a more sustainable and profitable model by focusing on quality over quantity, targeting the right clients, and building trust-based relationships. The outlined techniques, from qualifying poor targets to selling directly to the C-suite, are not mere tactics but fundamental principles that underpin a successful sales strategy. They emphasise the importance of understanding your clients’ needs, providing more value, and engaging with decision-makers directly. By implementing these strategies, businesses can increase their average deal size, strengthen their market position, build lasting relationships, and deliver exceptional value to their clients.

Partner with Resonate to increase your average deal size

Resonate helps its clients improve their strategy, marketing, and sales. We measure average deal size for our clients and we have demonstrably helped many of our clients increase their average deal size. We give healthy, pragmatic advice on which prospects to qualify out strategically and who to chase (and how). We also design go-to-markets with you and execute them end-to-end from a marketing perspective, enabling your team to run the sales cycle effectively with our guidance. Visit our Sales Services page to learn more about what we do, or contact us to discuss your business needs. 

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RK is the CEO & Co-Founder of Resonate.

RK is Resonate’s chief strategist, thought leader, and IT industry veteran. Our clients depend on RK to advise on their business strategy, channel strategy, and sales strategy. 

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