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Terms + Definitions

Revenue Glossary

Productive conversations are impossible if your revenue teams don't speak the same language. This glossary is for revenue teams that need total alignment to run revenue—and fast.

Click on the terms you find most interesting for additional information.

Term TL;DR How it helps you run revenue
Account Engagement The touchpoints and responses across all of your accounts.

Everything you need to know about the health and activity of your key accounts.

Track all your touches across prospects and accounts—meetings, emails, mutual action plans, and more.

Answer these questions:

  • Where are reps spending the most time?
  • Are you getting the executive-level engagement you need?
  • Which gaps can you fill to win more business?
Clari Revenue Platform The only platform that treats revenue as a process, not just an outcome.

Clari's Revenue Platform enables full collaboration and governance across your go-to-market organization so you execute more consistently to drive predictable revenue.

Automatically gather fragmented data from all your teams into a single point of clarity—then apply AI to adopt efficient workflows and actionable insights.

CRM Automation Let your revenue team spend more time on what they do best instead of ticking boxes and typing notes.

The antidote to manually pulling numbers, combining endless spreadsheets, and chasing reps to update their records.

Automatically capture sales and marketing activity from all of your systems—then populate leads, create contacts, and associate to opportunities without lifting a finger.

That means every meeting invite, email reply, and ABM touchpoint.

Forecasting The revenue number you call each month, quarter, or year.

The process of forecasting predicts revenue for the month, quarter, or year by pressure-testing your numbers, tracking critical changes, and adapting to revenue-health indicators.

Sales forecasts get a bad rap—for the average company, they're usually off by 40%. But that's because they rely on spreadsheets and guesswork based on outdated data.

Forecasting should be based on real-time data, predictive insights, and processes used by best-in-class companies.

Mutual Action Plan (MAP) A living doc that makes your sales process a collaborative, productive experience between you and your buyer.

A step-by-step timeline that ensures both the sales team and the customer are on the same page.

An effective MAP outlines deal objectives, major milestones, action items, and the expected ROI of the deal.

You're on the right track if you use buyer-centric language, introduce it early, and treat it as a living document.

Pipeline Management Your revenue GPS that delivers real-time insights into account status and engagement.

Pipeline management gives you a real-time look at how deals are moving along, which ones are at risk, and where to put your efforts.

With deal flow, deal activity, and opportunity scoring, you can focus your pipeline discussions on where to go instead of where you are.

Predictable Revenue The ability to call your number accurately every quarter.

Successful companies are built on predictable revenue: what will come in, where it will come from, and which levers the team will need to pull to get there.

Treating revenue as a collaborative, governed process means hitting 96%+ forecast accuracy.

Revenue We'll tell you what it’s not: just the number you measure at the end of the quarter.

Yes, ARR and MRR measure how much $$$ you're bringing in.

But it shouldn't stop there. If it does, you're losing a lot more $$$ through revenue leak, customer churn, and subpar win rates.

Instead, revenue is a cross-functional process that requires collaboration between your employees and governance in your systems.

Revenue-Critical Employees Your team members who directly contribute to revenue via net new sales, renewals, and upsells.

Sales, marketing, customer success, finance, leadership: up to 50% of a company's employees are revenue-critical.

These teams contribute to a company's revenue-generating process—which means they should have visibility into what they need to deliver consistent outcomes collaboratively.

Revenue Collaboration & Governance A strategic framework for running revenue and controlling the end-to-end process.

RevCG is purpose-built to optimize the revenue process at your company.

Collaboration is how you run revenue. Governance is how you control revenue.

By putting both in place, you activate all revenue-critical employees and approach revenue as a process instead of simply an outcome.

Revenue Collaboration The partnership between your sales, marketing, and operations teams.

Revenue collaboration is one of the two pillars of the revenue process.

True end-to-end collaboration enables all revenue-critical employees to easily and effectively work together to run revenue.

At a minimum, it means marketing has what it needs to make informed decisions, sales has the right context on incoming leads, and leadership spends less time on status checks and more time on next steps.

Revenue Governance How you control and improve your revenue process.

Revenue governance is your ability to control the end-to-end revenue process.

Effective revenue governance allows you to work with a single source of truth for automated, real-time, and team-wide insights.

Then you use those insights to create efficient, documented, and flexible processes for better collaboration.

Revenue Leak The loss of revenue due to breakdowns in the revenue process.

The revenue that you earned—but have not captured—due to breakdowns in the revenue process.

Neglected deals. Clunky handoffs. Low retention. Poor lead quality.

There are dozens of underlying reasons for revenue leak, but they all have one thing in common: you don't usually catch them until it’s too late.

That's why nearly 15% of committed deals are lost because of what the team can't see, and $24B in revenue is lost because of what leadership can't control.

Revenue Operations The critical set of people and capabilities that let you operate revenue as a process.

RevOps gives you accurate data, a single source of truth, automated reporting, accurate tracking, and more.

Collaboration and governance don't just happen on their own: you need shared goals, metrics, processes, and data.

RevOps gets you from "we're winging it" to the visibility, accountability, predictability, and productivity you need for consistent growth.

Revenue Precision The full, predictable, and repeatable capture of revenue.

Instead of throwing more outbound messages or higher call quotas at the problem, revenue precision lets you identify specific opportunities.

In turn, you:

  • Win more
  • Retain more
  • Predict better
Sales Analytics Data visualizations and up-to-date insights that give you a comprehensive view of your revenue process.

Get an accurate view of your revenue—past, present, and future.

See metrics for your entire pipeline—like historical conversion rates—or for specific accounts—like which reps need additional guidance.

With team-wide sales analytics, you make every meeting more productive—from sales 1:1s to QBRs.

Run revenue like a pro.

There are multiple ways for you to assess your revenue leak, learn how to achieve revenue precision, and educate yourself on the future of revenue.

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