Precision Pending, ShareBuilder AI

Sep 28, 2023 6:00:00 AM / by Taylor Snow posted in Media Sales, Features and Updates, ShareBuilders, Customer Success, CRM, Industry News, Radio, TV

The Problem We Are Solving

In the ever-changing world of media sales, forecasting accuracy is crucial. However, we've observed a persistent gap between pending dollars and related booked revenue. Our data analysis has revealed that pending dollars can be consistently off by as much as 160% compared to what sales teams actually close at the end of each month.

This discrepancy is a consequence of various factors. Sales reps have different ways of approaching their pending dollars: some are constantly overconfident, or projecting higher closing rates; others may procrastinate in entering their pending deals into the system; and still, others might have an inflated expectation from certain accounts.

These factors and others culminate in an inflated pending amount, leading to a substantial divergence between the forecasted and actual revenue. Such inaccuracies can affect the strategic planning and decision-making process at various levels, ultimately impacting our customer’s bottom line. It is this very problem that we aim to help solve.

Our Understanding

With over 20 years of experience in creating CRM solutions specifically for the media sales industry, our expertise at ShareBuilders is informed by an extensive understanding of the unique challenges and needs of this sector. Throughout these years, we've engaged in comprehensive competitor analysis, direct interaction with our customers, and meticulous study of sales rep behaviors.

We've observed that the human element can add unpredictability to forecasting. After trawling through vast datasets of pending deals and sales team performances, we've gained a profound understanding of how pending dollars are managed, and more importantly, how they could be estimated better. This insight into the intricacies of the sales process and the industry's unique needs has become the springboard for the development of our groundbreaking feature, Precision Pending.


Precision Pending

This is just a preview of the decisions and understanding that led us to develop Precision Pending, a revolutionary feature of ShareBuilder AI. This tool is powered by machine learning, custom data modeling, and our proprietary algorithms. Unlike traditional methods, Precision Pending takes into account diverse factors, such as the sales rep's pending precision, pending trends, and the account's history, among others. By integrating these factors into the pending process, Precision Pending offers a more reliable and accurate view of pending dollars. This AI-driven solution brings more predictability to the process, mitigating the uncertainties associated with human predictions. With Precision Pending, we're taking a significant stride toward empowering our customers with the ability to predict revenue more accurately and consistently.


A Commitment to Continual Improvement

At ShareBuilders, we believe in constantly pushing the boundaries to empower our customers. That's why we're proud to announce that we're releasing Precision Pending to all of our customers at no additional cost. We see this as a collaborative journey where we learn, grow, and innovate together.

Our initial models project that Precision Pending can help reduce uncertainty between 30-50% from raw pending dollars. This is a significant stride towards helping sales teams to more reliably forecast revenue, but we do not intend to stop there.

As we continue to roll out this feature, we'll carefully monitor its performance and listen to our customers' feedback. Our aim is not only to improve Precision Pending but also to ensure that it continually adapts to the changing realities of media sales.

This is a significant milestone in our journey toward helping companies with confident revenue predictions. We believe that through persistent efforts and close collaboration with our customers, we can continually narrow the gap of uncertainty and revolutionize the media sales landscape. We are excited about the road ahead and hope you are too.

Welcome to the future of forecasting with Precision Pending.

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ShareBuilder AI Announcement

Sep 27, 2023 11:11:32 AM / by Taylor Snow posted in Media Sales, Features and Updates, ShareBuilders, Customer Success, CRM, Industry News, Radio, TV

For over twenty years, ShareBuilders has been a beacon of innovation, powering some of the nation's largest media brands with game-changing solutions. As media sales continue to transform, we're not just adapting; we're redefining what it means to furnish state-of-the-art pricing and sales analytics tools, enhanced by our team's unrivaled depth of industry expertise.

As AI reaches a pivotal stage in its evolution, we are harnessing its potential in alignment with our mission statement - we make your data make sense. This commitment propels our mission to deliver solutions that don't just follow trends but set them.

We view AI not merely as a tool, but as a technology capable of forever reshaping the landscape of media sales. At ShareBuilders, AI is more than a buzzword; it's a path to create compelling benefits for our customers, offering a unique blend of assistance, enhancement, and empowerment. Its potential to address the industry's most daunting challenges and unlock new avenues of opportunity is unprecedented, promising to reimagine everything from routine tasks to the most creative and forward-thinking initiatives.


Announcing ShareBuilders AI

We're thrilled to unveil ShareBuilders AI, a groundbreaking suite of features designed to elevate the capabilities of the ShareBuilders Platform. These new AI-powered functionalities will extend across CRM and Pricing experiences, delivering all-new data insights faster and more reliably than ever before. ShareBuilders AI encompasses a wide range of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and highly complex proprietary algorithms.

Guided by Our Approach to AI

As we venture on this transformative journey, we remain steadfast in our guiding principles of Accountability, Transparency, Inclusiveness, and Purpose. Our commitment to these values ensures that ShareBuilders AI solutions are not just technologically advanced but also accountable and transparent in their implementation.
Read Our Approach to AI

AI Designed for Transparency

To signify the presence of ShareBuilders AI within our platform, we're introducing a new system-wide design language. ShareBuilders AI features are distinguished by a unique icon and purple coloring, providing customers with immediate transparency and a clear indication of AI implementation.

"With ShareBuilders AI, we're disrupting our industry by delivering cutting-edge solutions and capabilities and becoming the most all-encompassing media sales platform on the planet."
-Chris Koller, ShareBuilders VP of Sales & Marketing


Our AI Journey Has Just Begun

With ShareBuilders AI, we're merely scratching the surface of what's to come. Look forward to the ShareBuilder AI features, including Precision Pending, Rate Impact, Forecasting, and many more, as we continue to drive the future of media sales solutions.
Stay tuned for our upcoming blog series that will delve into each new ShareBuilders AI feature, unveiling how they can enhance your media sales operations like never before.
Welcome to the future of media solutions with ShareBuilders AI, only available on the ShareBuilder Platform.

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New ShareBuilders Feature - Rate Details In Our Pricing

Sep 20, 2023 2:34:22 PM / by Bill Witsik posted in Features and Updates, ShareBuilders, Radio, TV

There’s no question the new and improved ShareBuilder Platform looks sharp, but it also contains a key new feature that can benefit sales managers. The new Pricing feature is called Rate Details, and it can be found on the Rate Card tab.

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The Future of Media Sales Efficiency: ShareBuilders Announces New Platform

Sep 12, 2023 8:00:00 AM / by Rachel Sprenkle posted in Media Sales, Features and Updates, ShareBuilders, Radio, TV


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Our Approach to AI

Sep 5, 2023 11:07:40 AM / by Taylor Snow posted in Media Sales, Features and Updates, ShareBuilders, Industry News, Radio, TV, OOH

For over 20 years, ShareBuilders has been a pioneer in leveraging data to empower media companies with data-driven decisions. As the landscape of media sales undergoes constant change and transformation, we recognize the need to pivot ahead and meet the demands of our customers and their industries. Embracing the defining technologies of our time, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML), we are committed to a balanced approach, staying grounded in practical AI solutions that deliver meaningful benefits to our valued customers.

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A Closer Look at Automotive Sales Growth in 2023

Aug 30, 2023 4:15:00 PM / by Joe Campbell posted in Media Sales, ShareBuilders, Industry News, TV

Call it a comeback? The rebound in automotive sales continued to cruise in July, fueled by the economy and the improving inventory stockpiles. We’re always paying close attention to auto news over here at ShareBuilders, knowing it can have a significant effect on our clients' bottom line.

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Three Milestones for Forecasting Success

Aug 24, 2023 3:15:00 PM / by Anita O'Neill posted in Media Sales, ShareBuilders, TV

Project managers are pros at managing long, drawn-out jobs because they set checkpoints to verify their progress. As sales professionals, we can learn something from their playbook. If we don’t check milestones along the way, we will probably miss clues that can keep us from hitting our numbers.   

Milestone 1 – Teach your sales team to give you REAL pending. 

As you get to know your sales team, you will learn who excels at calling pending vs. those who are spouting “pie in the sky” numbers. You are accountable for your forecast, so you must trust the people reporting back. At ShareBuilders, we can work with you to determine if the pending number you are given is an actual possibility. Providing that data during your weekly call is crucial to the forecasting conversation.

Milestone 2 – Use ShareBuilder’s forecasting tools to check against pending and react if necessary.
Our forecasting tools allow us to analyze how much business is typically written from this point forward in the month or quarter. Do you have 20 points to go before you realize your number?  We can tell you if you have ever written that amount of business in the past. This encourages intelligent discussion about how accurate that pending amount might be in this current environment.   

Milestone 3 – Keep Revenue Potential within 5% of your Quarterly Forecast.

When the entire market is tight, it can be tempting to dive and grab as much share as possible.  This may be the correct strategy early on, but it can backfire quickly if you don’t pay attention.  Revenue Potential is an excellent check to verify if you can reach your forecast with current sellouts and AURs.  Once you get inside the quarter and paid is all entered, Revenue Potential can highlight your ability to “hold” your forecasted number without bumping orders out.  

Revenue Potential is calculated as follows:

Current Booked Revenue + Unsold Inventory at ShareBuilder Recommended Rates

Is the Revenue Potential number significantly lower than your current forecast?  If so, you need to adjust quickly by raising rates for your unsold inventory OR accepting that you will be bumping out cheap rates and potentially alienating some customers. If Revenue Potential is higher than your current forecast, you can certainly hold your forecast, assuming you continue moving inventory and don’t overprice.  

We can use many other checkpoints to help you stay laser-focused on accurate forecasting.  Talk to your ShareBuilders Consultant about these and other options.    

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Scoring Touchdowns with Football Inventory: Who Holds the Buying Power?

Aug 16, 2023 3:21:58 PM / by Mark Bretsch posted in Media Sales, ShareBuilders, TV

With the recent announcement of the CW Network airing 50 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) football and basketball games, the amount of live sports inventory increased substantially. Some would argue that there is a glut of inventory, hence a buyers' market. But as money continues to move out of Prime and into other dayparts, pricing your live sports becomes more of a priority as the competition for dollars will increase.

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Why Our Stations Love Aggregated Pacing

Aug 2, 2023 3:15:00 PM / by Rachel Sprenkle posted in ShareBuilders, Radio, TV

We’re told time and time again that one of our clients' favorite features in ShareBuilder Pricing is our aggregated pacing. And while the name doesn’t garner much excitement, the data behind it does.

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ShareBuilders Takes the Guesswork Out of Budgeting

Jul 26, 2023 3:00:00 PM / by Anita O'Neill posted in Media Sales, ShareBuilders, TV

“I love budget season,” said no one ever! Budgeting can be time-consuming and stressful, depending on your expectations for the following year. How much political should we expect? Should we price in full or ease into full political pricing targets? How much avoidance or crowd-out of core revenue should we account for in our expectations? Do we have any tentpole events that will change historical comparisons or make one month stronger at the demise of another? Do our competitors have major events that could dilute what we can expect?

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