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Sales Enablement 2020: What’s On the Horizon?

Posted in:  Sales Enablement Strategy

As the new year quickly approaches, it’s time for sales enablement practitioners to begin to research trends and strategize for 2020. Common questions such as, “How is sales enablement evolving?” and, “How do I ensure I’m driving business impact?” rise as enablement teams review current metrics and finalize goals.

In our quest to help enablement teams prepare for the coming new year, we’ve teamed up with SiriusDecisions to explore the key themes in their Sales Enablement Planning Assumptions Report for 2020.

Sales Enablement Growth Brings New Challenges

As sales enablement evolves, practitioners have to stay ahead of the curve. SiriusDecisions found that 74% of sales enablement departments are planning for an annual budget increase. How will you spend that money wisely?

In the report, SiriusDecisions synthesized the key findings to establish six planning assumptions that should drive your sales enablement strategy in 2020.

Sales Enablement Functional Design and Development

All employees who engage directly with prospects and customers can benefit from the same types of enablement efforts that salespeople receive. Determining which employee groups can be similarly enabled requires insights and intelligence.

Ongoing Learning and Development

As sales enablement functions mature, organizations are beginning to understand the benefits of reimagining continuous learning as a constant component of sellers’ daily workflow, available on-demand and offered in context.

Talent Acquisition Support

Although HR manages the overall talent selection and placement process for new salespeople, enablement has the opportunity to streamline the process of hiring, setting sellers up for success by clarifying the required competencies for each selling persona.

Sales Onboarding

Sales onboarding is often delivered as a one-size-fits-all program that doesn’t accommodate differences in experience, personality, or learning style. An alternative approach to sales onboarding builds on the competency-based talent acquisition process by establishing more personalized learning.

Sales Asset Management

On average, B2B buyers consume at least 17 pieces of content throughout the sales process. With the use of sales asset management technology, enablement teams can now directly correlate content engagement with deal outcomes. This allows enablement to better equip sellers with useful content that helps to move deals forward.

Sales Communications

Sales enablement teams interlock with many functions, such as marketing and senior leadership. This puts them in a prime position to take the lead on minimizing the time salespeople spend processing internally generated information and maximizing their capacity to sell. Without the management of internal communications, sellers are forced to spend valuable time on non-selling related activities.

Identifying key focus areas as you plan for 2020 is only the beginning — now it’s time to learn how to implement and execute.

Join Highspot’s VP of Global Marketing Jake Braly and SiriusDecisions’ Senior Research Director Peter Ostrow this Wednesday, October 30, at 10 am PST/6 pm BST to learn how best to put these findings into action every day.

In this webinar, we’ll explore:

  • Best practices for sales asset management
  • Talent management and communications at leading companies
  • Trends that are re-shaping the enablement function

To learn how to take action for improved business impact in 2020, watch the webinar.