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A Guide to Set Up Trend Reporting in Salesforce

Reporting in Salesforce is one of the most powerful features you have when trying to demonstrate the value of a business. Building key reports in a matter of minutes with a simple drag and drop interface that anyone can use is extremely effective. Being such a vital part of any business, it’s essential that as an Administrator you have a good idea of all the options available to you.

Let’s have a look at why you should be using Trend Reporting in Salesforce and how to use it. 

What is Historical Trend Reporting?

Historical trend reporting is a tested-and-tried way to keep track of the performance of one’s business over time. Sales managers use the feature to check on the overall business progress by conducting a side-by-side comparison of sales pipelines between two or more different periods. The presence of a drag-and-drop interface that calls for minimal Salesforce reporting training for users is mainly what gives this tool the edge on other data history tracking systems.

Historical Trend Reporting is still a new feature for a lot of people. It makes use of the Snapshot Reporting feature but is more focused on capturing small day-to-day or week-to-week changes happening in the sales pipeline. You can select data at up to 5 different points in time and view them in one row to check for direct data changes.

If you are only getting started with Salesforce, note that reports may time out or get lost for good if you set the prolonged duration between date snapshots. That said, you can be sure to access and manipulate data from up to three months ago, excluding the current month. You can choose whatever duration you feel suits your model and scale of business.

What Are the Benefits of Setting Up Historical Trend Reporting?

historical trend report can help you monitor your company’s sales pipeline to make sure it contains enough activity to meet current and future sales goals. Below is a list of the key benefits of using Historical Trend Reporting:

1. Monitor Changes in Your Pipeline

A sales pipeline enables you to track the movement of a prospect as they go from being a lead to making the purchase or scheduling an appointment. Pipelines help sales managers make crucial decisions about company objectives, individual targets, and new opportunities. Sales teams can also use the pipeline system to track pending deals at any given time and estimate the productivity of different agents.

Historical reports can be used to monitor activity in the pipeline and check on the progress of specific deals over a given period. They allow you to delve into figures, dates, status, and other details that could be adding up to impact the look of your pipeline. With the help of historical trending Salesforce lightning reports, you can compare the past and present values of your pipeline and see if the trend aligns with your business goals.

2. Assess Deals Below or Over a Given Value

Another instance where historical trending may come in handy is when you want to focus on deals that fall within a specific value range. If you wish to view the status of deals worth, say, $1,000 or more, a historical trending report will help you identify all deals that cut.

3. Focus on Deals that are Losing Value

You can also create a Lightning report to focus on deals that are taking too long to close or are experiencing a dip in value. A trending report will let you filter out deals that have increased in value, leaving you with the under-performing ones. This way, you will have fewer data to play with and more apparent paths to the underlying problems.

  1. From Setup, enter Historical Trending in the Quick Find box, then select Historical Trending.
  2. Select the object that you want to do historical trend reporting on. …
  3. Select Enable Historical Trending.
  4. To narrow down the amount of data that’s captured for historical trend reporting, use the filters under Configure Data.

What you are doing here is comparing a historical amount with today’s amount, collectively capturing all deals that are shrinking in value.

4. Track Changes in Forecast Amounts

Through a trending historical report, you can get to assess the accuracy of individual team members at estimating future sales. Salesforce lets you make a comparison of two points in time of your choice with the utmost ease.

  1. Go to the Reports tab on the panel and create a New Report. Select Forecasts on the Select Report Type tab and set up the filters to your liking. The Date Field and Historical Date tabs allow you to choose the period you want to focus on and the specific points in time whose data you want to compare.
  2. Next, you will choose the data you want to monitor, which, in this case, is where and how the forecast amounts changed. You can play with the filters as much as you want until you find the data you want in your report. You even get the chance to create a graphical representation of your data for a more condensed and inclusive view.

5. Track Case History

Keeping in mind cases undergo distinct changes over time, you may need to review each one of them separately for more workable solutions. Observe the status field over time and point out the causes that are making progress. Pick out the ones developing retrogressively and focus on them. Also, regularly check the priority field for potential wrongful classification of cases.

Steps to Creating Historical Trend Reporting

  1. From Setup, enter Historical Trending in the Quick Find box, then select Historical Trending.

  2. Select the objects that you want to perform Historical Trend Reporting on. You can select Cases, Opportunities, Forecasting Items and up to three custom objects. Select Enable Historical Trending.

  3. Mention the amount of data you can use to create Historical Trend Reports by using the filters under Configure Data. You can narrow down historic data for Cases, Opportunities and custom objects. For Forecasting Items, the available data is selected for you.
  4. Under Select Fields, select up to three fields to make available for Historical Trend Reporting. Click Save.

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