Quickly surface product-qualified leads (PQL)

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Nothing says “I’m ready to buy” like a person who’s already getting value from your product.

Product-qualified leads (PQL)—sales opportunities qualified based on their product usage—tend to convert faster and more frequently.

But identifying them can be a challenge. Not every new sign-up counts as a PQL.

In this playbook, we’ll show you how to connect the dots between product usage and intent, spotlight PQLs, and follow up with them fast.

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What you’ll need:

Common Room (this is how we’ll identify and monitor product usage—sign up for free to follow along)
Access to product data (in this example we’ll use Snowflake)
Access to digital channels (in this example we’ll use Slack and LinkedIn)
Access to a CRM (in this example we’ll use Salesforce)

Step 1: Connect Snowflake

First we need to get our hands on our product data. In this example, our goal is to map the data fields we use to track product usage in Snowflake to Common Room ❄️

💡 Common Room provides integrations with multiple business data sources, including Snowflake, Hightouch, Census, and more. With dozens of natively built and fully managed integrations—as well as a powerful API for added extensibility—it’s easy to get your product data into Common Room.

Sign in to Common Room, click on Settings in the left sidebar (the little ⚙️ icon at the bottom), and navigate to Sources.

Select Sources from Settings menu

Find Snowflake in the list of data sources and click Get set up.

Select Snowflake

The team from Common Room will work with you to quickly set up your integration.

You can customize how the data that’s pulled in from Snowflake is mapped to different fields in Common Room.

Let’s say we’re a software company that sells collaborative design software. We offer a free four-week trial of our starter plan.

We want to ingest data from Snowflake that tells us when someone signed up for a free trial, how many design files they’ve created, and how many other people they’ve invited to join them.

But product data is only one piece of the puzzle. To understand which leads are worth our time, we also want to get a look at user activity across digital channels.

Step 2: Connect digital channels

We have a lively user base on Slack and see lots of activity on LinkedIn.

Not only will connecting these channels to Common Room give us visibility into intent signals outside of our product, it will help us deanonymize users and connect product usage to specific individuals and organizations 🕵️

💡 You can quickly and easily connect multiple digital channels to Common Room, from messaging platforms and social media channels to community forums and online repositories. The more data sources you connect, the easier it will be to resolve user identities and enrich their profiles based on digital activity.

We’ll start by choosing Slack from the list of sources.

Select Slack

We’ll be asked to connect and authenticate our account. Once that’s done, data from Slack will start flowing into Common Room.

We’ll then repeat this process with LinkedIn.

Okay, now that our digital channels are connected, let’s make sure we can surface our PQLs in our CRM.

Step 3: Connect Salesforce

Salesforce is our source of truth, so we’ll choose it from the list of data sources.

Select Salesforce

We’ll need to confirm that we’re an admin (otherwise, we can invite an admin to finish the integration setup). Then we’ll authenticate our account and bam—we’re ready to configure how data from Salesforce flows into Common Room and vice versa.

💡 Check out our full interactive guides for step-by-step directions on inbound and outbound data setup.

Once we’ve completed our outbound data setup, we can send the names, email addresses, company names, and more of our PQLs directly to our CRM.

💡 Common Room has bidirectional integrations with popular CRMs, such as Salesforce and HubSpot. This makes it easy to view data recorded in your CRM within Common Room, as well as pass data from Common Room to your CRM.

Now that we know we can sync Common Room data with Salesforce, let’s get to finding our PQLs 💸

Step 4: Create product-qualified tag

Click Tags in the left sidebar of the Settings menu.

Select Tags

As you’ll see, the Product qualified tag is one of many default tags in Common Room. Once we turn it on, any individual who matches our criteria will automatically be tagged with this label.

View tags
💡 You can create and assign both member tags and organization tags to quickly find and track ideal personas, economic buyers, current customers, and more.

Let’s decide what constitutes a product-qualified lead. We can customize our tag to include fields from Common Room, our data warehouse, and our CRM.

In this case, we want to focus on people who signed up for our product in the last 28 days, have created five or more design files, and have invited two or more people to join them.

Click Edit over the product qualified tag, then select Add filter.

Select Add filter

Choose Fields from the list of filters under Members.

Select Fields

This will open up a dropdown list of all the fields we’ve mapped into Common Room from Snowflake.

First we’ll choose Signup Date. This will bring up a dropdown menu where we can choose from a list of options or customize our own date range.

We’ll select Last 28 days.

Select Last 28 days

Next we’ll add another field filter. This time we’ll choose # Design Files Created and put 5 in the At least box.

Add criteria

Finally, we’ll add a field filter for # Invites Sent and put 2 in the At least box.

Add criteria

Hit Save and you’re all set. Any individual who matches our criteria will be tagged as a product-qualified lead 🥂

Let’s take a look at what we’ve found.

Step 5: Identify PQLs

Click Back to app to exit the Settings menu, then click Members in the left sidebar.

Select Members

Select Add filter, then navigate to Member tags.

Select Member tags

This will open up a dropdown menu. Choose Product qualified.

Select Product qualified

This will give us a view of every product user who matches our tag 👀

We can drill down further from here if we want to. Let’s say we'd like to prioritize the biggest and best opportunities—people who work at large organizations that bring in a certain amount of revenue each year.

💡 Common Room’s filters make it easy to narrow your scope by sifting through individuals and organizations based on specific attributes and actions, such as job title, tech stack, keywords, sentiment, and more.

We’ll click Add filter again and head over to Organization size.

Select Organization size

After we select this filter, we’ll add 1,000 to the At least box.

Add criteria

Next we’ll add a filter for Annual revenue.

Select Annual revenue

Then we’ll add $10M to the At least box.

Add criteria

Now we have a view of all product-qualified leads that work at organizations with at least 1,000 employees and generate $10 million or more in annual revenue.

Let’s make sure we’re always kept up to date on our leads.

Step 6: Create real-time alerts

Navigate to Team alerts in the left sidebar.

Select Team alerts

We’ll click Create team alert to set up what will trigger our alert and where it will be sent.

Select Create team alert

We want to get notified any time a user becomes a PQL 📟

First we’ll select New member under the trigger section.

Select New member

Then we’ll click Add member filter under the filters section and choose Member tags. Select Product qualified from the dropdown list.

Select Product qualified

Finally, let’s make sure we get alerted where we work. We’ll choose an internal Slack channel under the Action section.

Select Slack channel

Click Create alert and now we’ll be the first to know about new PQLs.

But we don’t just want to know about product-qualified leads—we want to follow up with them. Let’s make it easy to get in touch with our PQLs.

Step 7: Create segment

Select Segments from the left sidebar.

Select Segments

Click New segment and choose Create new segment for members.

Select Create new segment for members

Next we’ll click on Set up management rules to configure how leads will be added to our segment.

Select Set up management rules

Click Set criteria, then hit Add filter. Choose Member tags and select Product qualified from the dropdown list.

Select Product qualified

Segments are reactive. Any time a person matches our criteria, they’ll automatically be added to our segment. Likewise, any time a person stops matching our criteria, they’ll be removed. We can always turn this off by unselecting the auto-remove feature.

We’ll click Save and now we have a list of all our PQLs.

View segment

Now let’s make it actionable. We’d simply toggle on Task view at the top of our segment page and voilà—we can work down our list one by one 🗂️

View task list

Depending on what integrations we have set up in Common Room, we can add leads to an Outreach sequence, send them to Salesforce, DM them on Slack, and more.

View task list options

We can mark leads as complete as we work, or even snooze them to repopulate our list at a later date.

We’ll be turning product-qualified leads into product-qualified buyers in no time.

Wrapping up

There you have it—a fast, easy way to surface product-qualified leads and take action on them right away.

We can discover high-intent product users, evaluate their customer fit, stay alerted to their movements, and reach out to them—all from the same place 😍

In search of another playbook? Let us know what you had in mind. And if you haven’t already, sign up to try Common Room for free.

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