1917 – CRM & Marketing Automation with John Burdett

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks with the President and CEO of Fast Slow Motion, John Burdett.

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John Burdett discussed the transformative power of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platforms and how businesses can leverage these tools to scale and thrive. Fast Slow Motion specializes in helping companies grow by maximizing the capabilities of CRM platforms like Salesforce and HubSpot.

Fast Slow Motion offers key services such as standardizing business processes within CRM platforms. By centralizing all data, businesses can achieve consistency and efficiency across their organization, allowing for more streamlined operations and better decision-making based on accurate and comprehensive data.

John also highlighted the role of empathy in sales. CRM platforms can qualify potential clients, ensuring a good fit for the service provider and the client. John emphasized the importance of systems and processes enabling businesses to help the right clients and build meaningful relationships based on a deep understanding of their needs.

Key Points from the Episode:

  • Importance of fully utilizing CRM platforms for business growth
  • Standardizing business processes within CRM platforms
  • Implementing structured sales stages and cadences
  • Role of empathy in sales and using CRM platforms to qualify potential clients
  • Evolving landscape of CRM platforms and integration of AI into sales processes
  • Mission and engagement approach of Fast Slow Motion in helping small businesses grow using technology
  • Commitment to adding value and making a positive impact on clients' businesses
  • Invitation to visit Fast Slow Motion website to learn more about their services
  • Insights into the potential of AI in enhancing sales processes
  • Emphasis on helping businesses that are ready to be helped and adding value to their growth journey

About John Burdett:.

John Burdett is an accomplished entrepreneur and the visionary founder of Fast Slow Motion, a company celebrated for its significant impact on the tech industry and noted for being listed among the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private companies in America for five consecutive years. With a robust background in computer science and a knack for building technology businesses, John's expertise lies in creating scalable systems that help companies thrive. His journey, marked by a blend of athletic discipline and technological acumen, underscores his commitment to detailed, intentional execution and leadership.

John has directly contributed to scaling nearly a thousand businesses, showcasing his broad impact across various sectors. He is exceptionally skilled in utilizing Salesforce to enhance business operations, emphasizing organizational design, enterprise software development, and technology consulting. John is also committed to mentoring and coaching, underpinned by his values of integrity, hard work, and a healthy lifestyle, making him a beacon for aspiring entrepreneurs worldwide.

About Fast Slow Motion:

Fast Slow Motion is renowned for its expertise in optimizing business operations and leveraging advanced CRM and marketing automation platforms like Salesforce and HubSpot. Since its inception, the company has managed over 1,900 projects for nearly 1,000 clients, demonstrating a strong capability in tailoring scalable processes for diverse industries. This adaptability is further exemplified by their effective remote workforce model, implemented since 2014, which ensures efficiency and continuous service delivery regardless of geographical boundaries.

The team at Fast Slow Motion brings a wealth of experience from their backgrounds in Fortune 500 companies, focusing this deep expertise on aiding small to medium-sized businesses. They specialize in custom technology integrations that streamline operations and facilitate growth, allowing companies to concentrate on core business activities rather than managing technology. Their comprehensive service includes advising on CRM capabilities, implementing essential add-ons, and providing training and mentorship, making them a crucial partner for businesses aiming to establish a robust foundation for sustained success.

Tweetable Moments:

08:35 – “Capturing both the qualitative and the quantitative information throughout the sales process allows you to be smarter and more empathetic with the person you're selling to.”

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Josh (00:00:05) - Hey there, a thoughtful listener. Are you looking for introductions to partners, investors, influencers, and clients? Well, I've had private conversations with over 2000 leaders asking them where their best business comes from. I've got a free video you can watch with no opt in required, where I'll share the exact steps necessary to be 100% inbound in your industry over the next 6 to 8 months, with no spam, no ads, and no sales. What I teach has worked for me for over 15 years, and has helped me create eight figures in revenue for my own companies. Just head to up my influence. Com and watch my free class on how to create endless high ticket sales appointments. Also, don't forget the thoughtful entrepreneur is always looking for great guests. Go to up my influence. Com and click on podcast. I'd love to have you. With us right now. John Burdett. John, you are the president and CEO at Fast Slow Motion. You're found on the web at fast Slow Motion. Com John, thank you for joining us.

John (00:01:18) - Thanks, Josh, for having me. Very honored to be here.

Josh (00:01:20) - Absolutely. Well, what is fast, slow motion.

John (00:01:24) - we're a business that help other businesses scale and grow the right way using CRM platforms, primarily Salesforce and HubSpot. So we're the boring process people that help do the right things to help grow and scale businesses so that little businesses can come, can become big businesses, over time.

Josh (00:01:42) - Yeah. And so when we're talking about kind of, you know, really leveraging our systems or our platforms, well, I'm sure you've got a laundry list of things that people are under utilizing if they use. So you talk. So it looks like, again, you work predominantly with HubSpot and Salesforce. Is that right?

John (00:02:00) - That's exactly right. Yeah. Most smaller businesses have technology below. They have a ton of tools, a ton of systems. And a lot of that is the victim of us entrepreneurs buying shiny objects and things like that. So we're big fans of standardizing on one of these major CRM platforms like Salesforce and HubSpot, and running most of your business processes within those tools so that all the data is in one place.

John (00:02:25) - You can do things consistently. you don't have to worry about integrations, and the right hand knows what the left hand is doing. So when you win that deal, your implementation team or your account management team or your project team has all the same information that your sales team had and vice versa.

Josh (00:02:41) - Yeah. What are the consequences of like, let's say again, you invest in HubSpot and you're using 5% of what's capable just because. And there could be a well, let me ask you, why do people underutilized what they buy? Is it just confusion? Is it overwhelming? You know, obviously, I think they might be looking at maybe the extra investment or expense and they're like, well, we're you know, we're already paying this and our internal staff and our platform. and maybe it's just not budgeted I don't know.

John (00:03:11) - Yeah. Yeah. I mean, it's like any investment a lot of times when you buy something, you don't get the get the full return on that investment. So a lot of times I tell people when you buy Salesforce and you don't use a partner like us to help you implement it, it's like buying a Ferrari and just listening to the radio in the garage.

John (00:03:26) - You're not getting the full benefits of all that Ferrari will offer it, usually out of ignorance. They don't understand all it can do, and it's not the best use of their time to configure and use the tools the right way. They need to be focusing on building their own business, talking to their customers, hiring people and things like that. So just like when I'm remodeling my house, I don't do it myself. It would be a disaster. So I hire a general contractor. I hire a plumber or higher electrician. You really need to do the same thing with your business tools if you want to get the most out of them, and if you don't, they're going to be super expensive things that you just leave parked in the garage and don't get the full value out of. On the opposite end of that, if you do configure them the right way, you can really get a huge ROI and really lower your total cost of ownership of some of these tools, and get rid of a lot of things that you don't need and make your life a lot simpler and be more efficient, which allows you to out scale and outgrow the competition because you're more nimble, fast, you know, you have an information advantage, all of those types of things.

John (00:04:30) - And so that's really kind of the holy grail that we like to help, figure out for our clients is, yeah, it's CRMs are great for sales, they're great for marketing, but they're also good for project management and account management and service and customer service and, you know, building customer portals and all these kinds of things. HR we use it for full HR recruiting, all that kind of stuff all in one place. And then suddenly you're getting a ton of investment out of this tool that you're paying for because you're only paying for it once and you're getting all these benefits out of it.

Josh (00:05:03) - Yeah. I wanted to ask you about this, too. You know, I remember having a transformation, experience on this a number of years ago where I didn't realize the importance of, you know, having system and structure to sales stages and cadences. Right. Which might sound like such an elementary thing to some people listening to this, but to others they're probably like, wait, what? Right. And and there was a point we had about we had over $200,000 MRR just sitting in our pipeline.

Josh (00:05:35) - And I'm looking at all this and I'm like, why aren't these people buying, you know, and I'd look at this list every day. I'm like, You know, just trying to guess at what I should be doing with each person every day or me and my team. And, you know, really what I discovered is that, man, if you just leave it to chance every day on what you're supposed to be doing. I mean, you're really hurting your sales.

John (00:05:57) - Yeah. You want to be intentional. You want to be proactive and not reactive. And if you think about it, we're that way in most aspects of our life. But sometimes we get. We want to make this sales process some magic art form, and it's really more of a science or an engineering kind of discipline where you don't have to over engineer things. You can keep things as simple as possible, but consistency and knowing why you're winning and why you're losing is really the thing you need to to undercover to, to discover so that you can double down on the things that are winning, that are you're winning for, and then stop doing the things that are causing you to lose.

John (00:06:33) - And it also reduces the reliance on heroes. So many organizations, you know, they have these great salespeople and they're doing great things, but they don't know how to repeat it. Those people leave. It creates a lot of frustration. So what we want to do is we want to put, you know, the best golf clubs inside of people like Tiger Woods, right? We want to use both. We want the hero working for the organization, but put the best tools and processes behind them so that they're focused on hitting the golf ball and not all the other things that come along side of being successful at sales or any of the other things that are critical for a business.

Josh (00:07:11) - Yeah. you know, I'm a fan, and I'm wondering if you can help me with some ideas, like if our goal as an organization would be to exercise greater empathy, exceptional empathy for our potential clients or those that might be in our pipeline. What are some best practices that you're a big fan of today? And I don't know if this is outside, if this is in your zone, a genius, but I'd love your take on it.

John (00:07:36) - No, I think it's it's mission critical because we're humans and humans want to interact with humans. And at the end of the day, selling is caring and helping. It's there's nothing. It's not bad if I if I have a problem, I want to be helped. And so creating systems and processes so that you can help the right clients and not try to sell to people that aren't interested and what you're really trying to do. And those tools allow you to be more empathetic and focus on those right ones. So, so much of like what we do in our sales process is we're really trying to qualify the buyer to make sure they're going to be a good fit for us, and we're a good fit for them. And if we're not, we're trying to help them find somebody else that can help them. And then that way we're not wasting our people's time and we're not wasting their time trying to sell to the wrong people. And I think a lot of times in sales, that's where you kind of have that used car salesman adage where you just I mean, it's because they're selling to you things that you're not interested in.

John (00:08:35) - And you know that capturing both the qualitative and the quantitative information throughout the sales process allows you to be smarter and more empathetic with the person that you're selling to. So I think it's a combination of recognizing that and then putting systems in place to systematically capture that information so that you're capturing, you know, they went to this college, they love dogs, they like to go out to eat at night and all these kinds of things that allows you to be a human and relate to them. But also understanding all the business problems they have, which allows you to correlate that information next to all the other information you have in your system and say, yeah, we you know, we've worked with ambulance providers multiple times across the year. Those people are awesome people. They do great work. And here's how we solve some of their problems and get very specific. When you talk like that to a business owner and you speak their language, that's the definition of empathy, because you're putting yourself in their shoes and you're able to almost complete their sentences before they are.

John (00:09:37) - That's an awesome area. And then they're like, oh yeah, I need your help, and you're able to really add value to them.

Josh (00:09:44) - I love that, I love that, John, I, you know, to to those of us who don't necessarily pay attention to the headlines coming out of, you know, some of the, the bigger CRMs like your Salesforce and your HubSpot. I'm curious what they've been doing over the past a little bit when it comes to AI. And if you're hearing any rumblings of what's coming up ahead. But I can't imagine. I mean, what I mean, I think our world is going to be changing when we think about how sales is done and how CRMs can enable that. And I'm sure you're seeing some exciting things right now.

John (00:10:17) - Yeah, it's really a cool time to be in the industry because AI is just a tool. it's an amazing tool, but you want to know how to use that tool the right way. And there's so much unknown information and there's a lot of chaos in the industry.

John (00:10:28) - But if you really think about it, your enterprise data, which the majority of that's going to live in a CRM, is really kind of the missing piece to the to the AI conversation right now, because you can go ask AI a lot, and the large language models have learned over all the information and the internet, but guess what? They don't have access to your client data, your sales data, your marketing data. And so if you can correlate those two together, I can really start adding value to your organization. But what's the problem? Do you trust the models? Do you trust the tools? Do you want to expose your private customer information? To these tools to be able to help you. And that's where the tools like Salesforce and HubSpot fit in to provide a trust layer between your data so it's protected, but you're also getting the advantage of the AI tools that are out there. So there's many reasons you want to go with these larger tools and these larger providers. And that's one of the big ones.

John (00:11:26) - When you think about AI and focusing on that, and there's many other reasons you would want to. So I'd be very wary of some of the smaller providers. because don't.

Josh (00:11:38) - Don't, don't do it. At the risk of cheapening your relationship with your clients or potential customers, that.

John (00:11:43) - You don't want all that customer information out, out in the world because you just, number one, violate a lot of your legal agreements, more than likely. But you've more importantly, is what you said you just lost trust with the people you serve. And that that, you know, you lose trust. You lose everything.

Josh (00:11:59) - Yeah. Yeah. Certainly. Like, you know, if I had a meaningful and it felt like a personal relationship with someone and then all of a sudden they're communicating with me in a way that's clearly not them and not their voice, and they're trying to pass it off as if it is them. I'm, you know, maybe I'm a little too sensitive to that, but I'd probably be borderline offended.

Josh (00:12:19) - Not offended, but I just I'd feel disappointed a little bit, I guess. Yeah.

John (00:12:23) - Yeah. You want that human aspect. But you once again, it's kind of like the, the bad example I use of, of really good golf clubs and Tiger Woods hands. You want these AI tools to help enable those sellers and those producers so they can be real humans, but have real information at their fingertips to be more relevant, add more value, do it faster, all those kinds of things. So being able to answer questions like, you know, Wanda's Bob closed deals faster than Lucy. you know, show me the last five deals that had these characteristics. and what we did to help close those so that that producer can use that information and say, oh, you know, I didn't get the CFO involved fast enough or whatever it needed to be that unlocks, and reduces the friction in the cell cycle. And it's extremely powerful. And they didn't have to spend hours and hours of data, research or anything like that.

Josh (00:13:16) - You have a very sizable team with fast, slow motion. You have a huge roster of clients. Can you tell me a little bit about the company itself and what engagement with fast, low motion looks like?

John (00:13:29) - Yeah, yeah, we specialize. And like I said, helping small businesses become big businesses using CRM platform. So we're small business consultants that know how to leverage technology to get the most out of it. So I'm personally and our team is very passionate about helping smaller growth businesses grow up the right way. And we feel like they're grossly underserved. they need the high level, McKinsey level consulting, but they can't afford it. And they need the powerful tools like Salesforce and HubSpot but don't know how to use it. And we kind of bridge that gap between the two to put the right processes in place. So it's not about just doing technology consulting and tell me what you want order taking kind of stuff. It's a all right, let's talk about your business. Let's talk about your problems. Let's talk about your sales process.

John (00:14:17) - Let's put that in place quickly and then start getting the results out of that and start iterating on it. And so that's what we built the company on. We're a little over ten years old now. And that's who we are and that's who we want to be. So we don't want to be anybody else. And like you said, we've had the privilege to serve almost a thousand clients so far. We've done thousands of projects. and we just pride ourselves on knowing that we've made every mistake possible. And that makes us highly qualified to help people, hopefully not make those same mistakes.

Josh (00:14:46) - Yeah. To our friend John that's been listening to our conversation and they're intrigued and wondering if they might be a good fit for you. You might be a good fit for them. where would they go from here? What would they do? And, you know, certainly if you have any resources that that you'd like to share, you know, let's love to share it. Pass that along.

John (00:15:02) - Yeah. The easiest way is just go to fast slow motion.

John (00:15:04) - Com and you'll see access to our website which has a ton of information, access to all our social channels. We're very active on social. We have our own podcasts if you want to check it out. And so you can kind of get to know us before you talk to us, but there, you know, go to the Contact Us page on the website and we'll get back to you really fast. And we'd love to have a conversation with you. Like we said before in the conversation, if we're not the right fit, we'll help you find somebody that is the right fit. And we, we want to help the people that are ready to be helped and that we can add value to. And that's why we get out of bed every morning. And that's what we love doing.

Josh (00:15:38) - Yeah, it's it is really is a great industry. And again, we're helping good people do good things, make big impacts in the world. So I appreciate you again. Your website fast slow Congratulations by the way on the on the podcast.

Josh (00:15:52) - which again it's all linked up at your website as well. And then of course when you get there you'll find everything that there's quite a bit there. And also I'd say that, your LinkedIn profile is a pretty good follow as well. So you share some good stuff there. So John Burnett president CEO fast slow motion website fast slow John, thank you so much for joining us.

John (00:16:14) - Thanks for having me Josh. Really appreciate it.

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