I tell a story to all our new clients when we are training them how to generate reports in Salesforce CRM. This story is told to illustrate how to look for trends in Salesforce, and then take corrective action if necessary. The story goes something like this;
We see a lot of our clients that start to use reports from Salesforce to track the source of their leads. In a lot of cases, these reports will show that the main driver of new leads is Google Adwords. The second report that we show them is the source of closed sales, and in this case, it's not uncommon to see that Adwords delivers a far lower percentage of the revenue that would be expected, particularly from a high volume of leads. The point of the story is - what do you do next?