Fast ICP: Leveraging Sales Insights for Precision Targeting

In the realm of sales, understanding your Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) is paramount. As a sales professional, you’re not just a conduit between your product and the market; you’re a vital source of real-time, actionable data. This data is crucial in sculpting an ICP that truly reflects those most likely to engage with and purchase your product. But beyond just identifying a generic ICP, there’s immense value in pinpointing what I call a “Fast ICP”—a subset of prospects that are not only likely to buy but are poised to do so quickly.

The Essence of ICP

At its core, an ICP helps focus your sales and marketing efforts on the type of companies and individuals who are most likely to convert into customers. These aren’t just any potential customers; they are the ones that best fit your product or service, often resulting in quicker sales cycles and higher customer satisfaction rates. Jeb Blount in his influential book Fanatical Prospecting emphasizes the importance of knowing whom to target. He asserts that the more precise you are in understanding your prospective customer, the more streamlined and effective your prospecting efforts become.

Insights from the Front Line

As someone on the sales front lines, you interact with a variety of potential buyers daily. You see firsthand who is engaging with your company and for what reasons. This direct interaction is invaluable as it provides a depth of understanding that no third-party data can replicate. You learn not only why companies decide to buy but also why they hesitate or refuse. This knowledge is essential for refining your Fast ICP.

Developing the Fast ICP

To develop your Fast ICP, start by analyzing the characteristics of companies that have made quick decisions in the past. What industries are they in? What size are they? What common needs do they share? Christopher Voss, in his book Never Split the Difference, teaches the value of deep understanding and tactical empathy. Applying these principles, try to grasp not just the surface-level facts about these fast-deciding companies, but also the deeper motivations behind their decisions.

Here’s a step-by-step approach to defining your Fast ICP:

  1. Review Past Interactions: Look back at your sales interactions, especially those that moved swiftly from initial contact to close. What patterns do you see? What were the specific needs and pain points these customers mentioned during demos?
  2. Analyze Engagement Reasons: Understand why these companies were engaging with your product. Was it to solve a specific problem, to innovate, or to cut costs? This insight can guide your messaging to similar prospects.
  3. Identify Non-Converters: Equally important is to understand why some prospects did not convert. Recognizing these reasons helps in fine-tuning your approach, ensuring you’re not wasting effort on unlikely prospects.
  4. Craft Targeted Messaging: Use the insights gained to shape communications that resonate deeply with your Fast ICP. Your messaging should not only attract their attention but also speak directly to their specific business needs and motivations.
  5. Adjust and Iterate: The market is always changing, and so should your ICP. Continuously refine your ICP based on new data and interactions. This dynamic approach keeps your sales strategy aligned with current market realities.


By focusing on developing a Fast ICP, you harness the power of direct sales insights to target more effectively and close deals faster. This strategy not only maximizes the efficiency of your sales process but also increases the overall effectiveness of your outreach efforts. Remember, in sales, as in many areas of life, knowledge is power. Use the insights you gain from every interaction to continually refine your approach and stay one step ahead in the competitive market.