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Over 186 Sales Enablement vendors worldwide

Google Trends – trends.google.com

LinkedIn users with Sales Enablement in their job title

I track the number of LinkedIn users with Sales Enablement in their current job title. On 5-Feb-2020, LinkedIn had 10,540 users like that globally and the use of the term Sales Enablement in job titles hit an all time high! Of course that includes many employees of Sales Enablement SaaS software vendors, but nevertheless it more than tripled since August 2015 when I started tracking it. [This blog turned 10 years old in 2019.]

I keep a work in progress list of vendors / services / solutions for…

  • Sales Enablement Platforms (SEP) / Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Marketing resource management (MRM)
  • B2B Marketing/Brand Digital Asset Management (DAM)
  • B2B Sales Knowledge Management (KM)
  • Sales asset management (SAM)
  • B2B Sales Content Management Systems (CMS)
  • Digital Content Management for Sales (DCMS)
  • Sales Engagement Platforms
  • Learning Management Systems (LMS) for sales

…with a focus on improving the [online/offline/mobile] experience of B2B enterprises/SME/startups for all staff / partners who touch accounts.

A $2.5Bn USD a year market:

My count is over 186 vendors:


Paul Krajewski LinkedIn
twitter @SalesEnablement
German citizen. Permanent Resident in Canada. Currently based in Sydney, Australia. Spent 2007-’09 at Nortel Networks in Toronto in Global Marketing looking after the implementation of the BizSphere Sales Enablement application for Nortel Networks’ 4000 sales people world-wide. After working as Head of Training & Senior Sales Enablement Consultant at BizSphere, spent 18 months in Shanghai, China as the first Product Manager at MING Labs.
Sr. Product Manager at Pivotal Labs from Jan-’15 to Jul-’19; now at sendsei.co

b2b and b2c Sales Enablement software company updates you might have missed

Google Trends – trends.google.com


Announced 5-Mar-2020:

Pipedrive pipedrive.com @pipedrive web-based Sales CRM. CRM platform developed from the salesperson’s point-of-view. 5-Mar-2020, Pipedrive announced that it has acquired Mailigen, provider of an email marketing automation solution. The first acquisition in the company’s history, will make it easier for Pipedrive customers to access software that generates leads & nurtures customers. Mailigen mailigen.com @mailigen email marketing automation platform & agency servicing small to medium size companies around the world. Email marketing comes to Pipedrive for the first users later in spring 2020. Get ready to engage your customers & make entirely new ones. Mailigen in Riga, Riga, Latvia (Pipedrive in New York, New York, US)

InsideSales.com had a corporate rebrand to XANT™ in 2019

Along with the rebrand, XANT is expanding its recently introduced Revenue Acceleration Cloud™ beyond sales to also enable marketing & account management teams to optimize their day. Xant now sells a sales engagement platform, its Playbooks Chrome extension (which offers salespeople smart suggestions wherever they may be working, be it their customer relationship management [CRM] platform), and…

announced 27-Feb-2020

…also a new mobile sales enablement solution, Playbooks Mobile (a “complete sales enablement solution available on mobile devices. It leverages & provides the full functionality of the Playbooks solution to sales executives”).

XANT, Inc. XANT.ai @XANT_AI Playbooks Mobile by XANT (previously insidesales.com) announced rebranding 4-Nov-2019: PLAYBOOKS: The Intelligent Sales Engagement solution that improves the productivity, visibility & effectiveness of teams in a way CRM & AI alone cannot. Complete sales enablement solution available on mobile devices. Guides reps to focus on the accounts, people & opportunities that will actually generate revenue. Playbooks does this by prioritizing a reps daily tasks & enables AI driven engagement. Modern engagement powered by Buyer Intelligence. PROVO, UTAH 84606, USA

Announced 28-Feb-2020:

Asana asana.com @asana a work management platform for teams. The work management software vendor launched its first offering aimed at a specific job role in 2019 with Asana for Marketing. The list of options for individual business units grew in 2020 with the addition of Asana Operations & Asana Sales. Asana for Operations lets users access Asana’s gallery of workflow templates or create their own custom versions to standardize processes such as vendor & employee onboarding & management. Asana for Operations & Asana for Sales and Account Management are two new end-to-end solutions for teams to manage their entire operations & sales workflows. The suite of capabilities is available on Asana’s Business & Enterprise offerings. Asana targets sales & ops teams with new integrations: Salesforce, Jira Cloud & Tableau integrations are designed to help the work management app appeal to specific business functions. San Francisco Bay Area, West Coast, Western US

Atlassian Corporation Plc (Confluence Cloud, Trello, etc) atlassian.com/software/confluence @confluence Confluence is a team workspace where collaboration & knowledge meet. Create, collaborate, & organize all your work in one place. Many organizations use Confluence as their intranet & some even as the Sales Enablement portal. “Confluence Cloud: Get your files together: With the new Microsoft OneDrive for Business integration, embed Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint files in your Confluence pages so it can always be your single source of truth! By typing “/trello” on a Confluence page, you can embed a complete Trello board for easy access. Work together from anywhere with Confluence Mobile: Stay on top of the latest with your team & move work forward – straight from your device.” Sydney, NSW, Australia

box box.com @box Online file sharing & cloud content management service offering unlimited storage, custom branding, & administrative controls. Simplify how you work. One platform for secure content management, workflow, & collaboration.

The all-new Box Relay is now available. A way to automate processes in Box. For the first time ever, enterprises have a single content management platform to drive team collaboration & streamline processes across the extended enterprise. Productivity & workflow tools usually fall on the extreme ends of the “how work gets done” spectrum: they’re either designed for ad-hoc collaboration or for rigid processes. Yet in today’s agile business, teams need both — a way to collaborate in real time, while also automating the manual work that’s done every day.

Competes with Accellion, Dropbox, & ShareFile. San Francisco Bay Area, USA

Another rebranding:

Close close.com @close (also known as close.io or Elastic) inside sales CRM for startups & SMBs. Close more deals. Supercharge your sales with one of the best CRMs for startups & SMBs. Get pipeline view, calling, lead management, email automation, & more. Palo Alto, California, United States blog.close.com/sales-enablement & sales enablement toolkit

Dropbox dropbox.com @Dropbox (acquired HelloSign) Dropbox for Business helps companies seamlessly collaborate with secure file sharing, access from anywhere, & robust admin controls. San Francisco, CA, US. Acquired HelloSign hellosign.com @HelloSign Simplifying work for the businesses of tomorrow: We are HelloSign, HelloFax & HelloWorks. San Francisco, CA

Olono olono.ai (previous name nexd.io) @OlonoAI sales orchestration. Intelligent Next Best Actions that improve win rates & quota attainment. Real-time, guided selling for B2B sales organizations. SaaS-based solution: Leverages the sales & marketing application investments organizations have already made, capturing all sales activity from any source—then delivers Intelligent Next Best Actions that increase engagement & improve win rates for AE’s & AM’s. Austin, Texas, USA. Oct. 3, 2019InsightSquared insightsquared.com @insightsquared, provider of revenue intelligence solutions, acquired Olono. Together, InsightSquared & Olono offer an end-to-end revenue operations (RevOps) platform, connecting your sales & marketing data with historical & real-time activity & engagement data to boost sales execution & grow revenue. InsightSquared alone had estimated $9M USD in annual revenue & Olono estimated $5.1M USD.

involve.me involve.me stereosense GmbH (also known as brandquiz) @involvemeapp Make “no code” interactive content in minutes. Set up funnels with 2 minute landing pages, surveys & accept payments online. User engagement platform that helps businesses create personalized customer interactions. Engage Your Users With Interactive Content: Create personalized interactions at every step of the customer journey. Acquire & keep customers involved. involve.me is reimagining customer experience by allowing e-commerce shops & digital marketers to easily create personalized interactions at every step of the customer journey, so they can better acquire & keep customers involved. Vienna, Wien, Austria

Triptych Software triptych.com @GetTriptych Triptych is sales content management & channel marketing enablement all in one! Triptych is sales empowerment. We give distributed marketing & channel selling teams omni-channel sales support that includes everything from print to digital to 3D. Give your reps and channel partners a single platform to customize, order, & provide feedback on sales materials. At the same time give marketing the analytical data it needs to produce effective sales materials & cut waste. Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. Owned by or started by the same leader as The Marek Group? See @marekgroup on my list of all Sales Enablement vendors globally or see @tamimarek

More movement & acquisitions in the Sales Enablement market

More movement and acquisitions in the Sales Enablement & MarTech markets! [Edits 16-Mar-2020]


For the first time, I’m using the number of LinkedIn users with Sales Enablement in their job title to come up with a compound annual growth rate:

compound annual growth rate of 31.78%

I’ve updated my complete market overview airtable with 480+ line items:

XANT, Inc. XANT.ai @XANT_AI Playbooks Mobile by XANT (previously insidesales.com) announced rebranding 4-Nov-2019: PLAYBOOKS: The Intelligent Sales Engagement solution that improves the productivity, visibility and effectiveness of teams in a way CRM & AI alone cannot. Complete sales enablement solution available on mobile devices. Guides reps to focus on the accounts, people & opportunities that will actually generate revenue. Playbooks does this by prioritizing a reps daily tasks & enables AI driven engagement. Modern engagement powered by Buyer Intelligence. PROVO, UTAH 84606, USA

Olono olono.ai (previous name nexd.io) @OlonoAI sales orchestration. Intelligent Next Best Actions that improve win rates & quota attainment. Real-time, guided selling for B2B sales organizations. SaaS-based solution: Leverages the sales & marketing application investments organizations have already made, capturing all sales activity from any source—then delivers Intelligent Next Best Actions that increase engagement & improve win rates for AE’s & AM’s. Austin, Texas, USA. Oct. 3, 2019InsightSquared insightsquared.com @insightsquared, provider of revenue intelligence solutions, acquired Olono. Together, InsightSquared & Olono offer an end-to-end revenue operations (RevOps) platform, connecting your sales & marketing data with historical & real-time activity & engagement data to boost sales execution & grow revenue. InsightSquared alone had estimated $9M USD in annual revenue & Olono estimated $5.1M USD.

    • Instructure, Inc. @instructure – also known as Bridge @GetBridge – was bought out by Thoma Bravo for $2Bn (!!!) on Dec 4, 2019. This deal was done in cash.
    • Uberflip has acquired SnapApp @Snap_app on Dec 3, 2019. SnapApp (We empower marketers to create interactive experiences that activate buyers, accelerates leads through the funnel, & unleashes growth. Boston, Massachusetts, United States) SnapApp has joined the Uberflip family to help marketers create better content experiences, accelerate pipeline, & gather audience intelligence that can drive business ROI.
    • Impartner impartner.com @ImpartnerPRM Impartner PRM formerly known as TreeHouse Interactive (acquired in 2015 by Kennet Partners) SaaS-based Partner Relationship Management & Marketing Automation Platform (MAP) solutions, will acquire the Through Channel Marketing Automation (TCMA) business from partner automation solutions provider TIE Kinetix @TIEKinetix. The acquisition includes TIE Kinetix’s suite of Brand Control & Demand Generation technologies. Impartner will provide a channel management platform to help companies accelerate the performance of their channel. The sale is expected to close in Q2 2020.
    • Trapit trap.it @trapit platform for employee advocacy & social selling. Empower employees on social media with content.  Trapit was acquired by ScribbleLive in May 2017. Then Rock Content acquired ScribbleLive on Dec 10, 2019. [ScribbleLive: content cloud provider that helps companies manage the lifecycle of their content] Rock Content: Based in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

This month February 2020, my blog is turning 11 years old (see the archive going all the way back to February 2009), but I’m proud to say that there are no broken/dead links at the moment [despite one false positive]:

Besides helping with SEO, screening for broken URL links also servers as my alert for defunct sales enablement companies for my market death watch / death pool and helped me hear about the acquisition mentioned above.

ABOUT the author

Paul Krajewski LinkedIn
twitter.com/SalesEnablement

German citizen. Permanent Resident in Canada. Currently based in Sydney, Australia. Product Manager (SaaS Software PM / Product Management) at sendsei.co

Co-Director of the Founder Institute Sydney fi.co and host of the Lean Startup Sydney meetup. Master of Media Management from Curtin University of Technology, Australia. Spent 2007-2009 at Nortel Networks in Toronto in Global Marketing looking after the implementation of the BizSphere Sales Enablement application for Nortel Networks’ 4000 sales people world-wide. At the same time – as part of a Leadership Development program sponsored by Nortel’s CMO – rotated into different marketing roles for 4G wireless technology, Unified Communications (UC), virtual 3D environments for web conferencing with 3D spatial audio, etc… After working as Head of Training & Senior Sales Enablement Consultant at BizSphere, spent 18 months in Shanghai, China as the first Product Manager at MING Labs. Sr. Product Manager at Pivotal Labs from Jan-’15 to Jul-’19.

Depending on how you count, the Sales Enablement industry is turning more than 20 years old

Pam Didner’s book Effective Sales Enablement

Pam Didner’s book Effective Sales Enablement. Honoured to be mentioned. The book will be launched in the UK on 10/3 and in the US on 10/23: https://amzn.to/2uf6scr
Pam Didner’s book Effective Sales Enablement  https://amzn.to/2uf6scr

Depending on how you count, the Sales Enablement industry is turning more than 20 years old!

 

I’m proud to be quoted in Pam Didner’s excellent book

‘Effective Sales Enablement’

As you can see above, we were trying to find out how old the term Sales Enablement or the Sales Enablement industry is.

We used Google and Google Trends.

However, Google Trends only allows you to go back to 2004:

Today, I found out that there is a second book that is quoting my blog and specifically my research on how many people on LinkedIn have Sales Enablement in their job title; which was 10,540 globally on 5-Feb-2020.

That second book happens to be in Japanese! amazon.co.jp/dp/4761274581/

That book is actually making a great point.

Using Google Translate on an excerpt I was able to read that the author looked at when the domain salesenablement.com was first registered: 1998!

That’s in line with when the first Sales Enablement companies were started:

Depending on when you consider two companies to constitute the start of an industry, the Sales Enablement industry recently turned 20 years old!

It also reached more than $2.5Bn USD in annual revenue for software (not counting content services / training / agencies or CRMs):

My blog – you could argue – has been tracking or writing the “History of the Sales Enablement market” since 2009 (See the archive and the search on this blog) and my lists have over 468 line items of active, acquired and shut down businesses or rebranded product names.

The company I moved from ‘active’ to ‘out of business’ the most recently was:

Chemistry usechemistry.com @usechemistry enterprise web & tablet technology built to align Sales & Marketing through 3 of the most critical components: Digital asset management, integrated data collection, & customized sales tools. Used to compete with SETVI, SKURA, & Distribion. Kansas City, MO, USA (Website offline since 5-Feb-2020 but last LinkedIn post already 11 months old.)

It will be interesting to watch, if the popularity of the term Sales Enablement continues to even reach the popularity of the much broader term MarTech or if another term takes over. So far, Sales Engagement does not seem to take off.

If you want to help Chiefmartec to crowdsource the next marketing technology landscape:

We’ll be unveiling this next generation of the landscape at the MarTech conference in April in San Jose. However, you can start by making suggestions through these two forms now:

Contribute a new or updated martech vendor here.

Report an acquired or defunct martech vendor here.

(Martech vendors: this is your chance to make sure you’re on the landscape!)

The eagle-eyed citizen developers among you might notice that those are Airtable forms. That’s a partial hint to some of what may be coming.

We will still be publishing an updated 16×9 graphic for MarTech too. To have your suggestions make it into that insane logomaniac poster lovely work of art, please submit them before the end of February.

Yet another market overview graphic – martechseries.com publishes Sales Enablement primer

Having identified far over 186 Sales Enablement SaaS vendors here on my blog and tracking more than 468 line items for the entire market in an airtable (which you can search or export), I really thought I was aware of most vendors.

However, Sudipto Ghosh at martechseries.com posted the following graphic on Jan 24, 2020 and I have to admit: Quite a lot of logos I’m not familiar with.

I have started to add the vendors from this graphic to my lists.

Just as one of the Canadian vendors fell off my list for Canada (nudge.ai) and moved to my list of shut down businesses, I’m adding a new one also from Canada: Content Camel contentcamel.io

In other news: The number of LinkedIn users with Sales Enablement in their current job title reached a high of 10,528 globally on 2-Feb-2020

The $50 billion category

When sales enablement software vendor Highspot @Highspot announced a Series D-1 investment round in December 2019, CEO Robert Wahbe told GeekWire about “this $50 billion category”.

I’m not sure what the category is here.

Sales Enablement? CRMs? MarTech?

Salesforce.com, Inc. had a revenue of $13.28Bn USD in 2019 for reference.

As I’m trying to show with this blog and my market overviews – I think the Sales Enablement SaaS market has reached $2.5Bn USD in revenue a year.

Depending on which category we are talking about I see these options for you if you find yourself in charge:

Over my career since 2007, I have been part of 3-4 large custom built Sales Enablement software projects for companies in North America, Europe, and APAC. For some reason they were all in telecommunications or enterprise information management & IT System Management solutions technology / IT services.

The most recent (2017/2018 for me) was a multi million dollar one in APAC and is still going; seen as a success internally.

Essentially the old “buy versus build”-question… Maybe more than a few hundred million USD go down that path a year, but I’m sure that is shrinking – with the success of SaaS and open source.

Obviously using open source content management software such as Drupal still comes with costs.

I still don’t see how the entire pie above would add up to $50Bn USD.

Maybe to get to the $50Bn USD a year category you have to frame it as MarTech’ given Gartner found that in 2018 “marketers spent 29 percent of their budgets (not including media spend or agency fees) on martech”.

chiefmartec mentions that “over the past six years, hundreds of martech start-ups raised a ton of capital (Venture Scanner puts the figure at $49 billion)”. There you go!

As I mentioned in my blog post from 2018 I don’t think many of the vendors I am tracking are profitable. Many never will be.

The whole point of this graphic of mine is actually in the text/labels where you can see who bought who (to acquire reoccurring revenue and show growth):

Elay Cohen @elaycohen CEO & Co-Founder of SalesHood @saleshood is calling for the sales enablement category to get quantified.

He believes the category equals

= ((total software, consulting, training, content spend

– minus CRM spend) per person)

* (the number of customer-facing employees + partners)

He also believes that the real spend (as per the math above?) is about

$2,500USD a year * the number of “sellers” (customer-facing employees + partners) which some sources put at 15M sellers.

Hence he gets to $37.5Bn USD a year!

Workplace Collaboration Market Map and Sales Enablement vendors by revenue

Workplace Collaboration Market Map by Merci Victoria Grace

Merci identified eight categories of workplace collaboration startups: Messaging, Voice & Video, Calendar & Meetings, Documentation, Project Management, Design, Search & Context, and Low Code/No Code & Internal Tools:

Workplace Collaboration Market Map by Merci Victoria Grace

A number of the companies shown above are listed on this blog of mine here for their use cases in Sales Enablement: Asana, Notion, Airtable, Pitch, Canva, Guru, Chorus, etc… Slack might be on the next updated market map… and I’m a big user of Zapier myself.

For my own market overview for Sales Enablement I created this chart to download & zoom into (or export over 473 line items from this Airtable).

Just like Merci who notes in her blog post “workplace collaboration is largely dominated by Microsoft and Google’s respective productivity suites.” I have also added Google on this chart & my lists as Google Cloud Platform (G Suite / Drive / Docs / Sheets / Slides / Keep / Forms / Sites).

Searching through the entire b2b Sales Enablement software market

If you want to find out if a specific name is already being used by a Sales Enablement vendor or you work for a vendor and want to see if they have been mentioned on this blog, please try the search on this blog (upper right on desktop) or on my Airtable.

I never used to see the point in these types of graphics (landscapes) putting together many vendor logos visually…

See marketing-technology-landscape-supergraphic-2019

…where the nature of the media format and the effort involved only allow updates once a year (some companies included went out of business; See my constantly updated list of dead Sales Enablement companies)…

…and there is no clicking through on individual companies.

However, I like the concept of the interactive graphic over at vendorneutral.com/certified-vendors/ by @Vendor_Neutral where each logo is a link:

For easy sorting and filtering/searching through the entire (473 line items!) Sales Enablement software market (and exporting/downloading it) I put together this airtable:

Airtable let’s me show the relationships between the vendors:

If you prefer blog post style lists with vendor logos please see my global vendor list. This is where they have their key offices:

USA 297
Canada 39
Australia 27
UK 26
India 19
Germany 17
Netherlands 7
Sweden 6
Switzerland 6
Denmark 5
Japan 4
NZ 3
Finland 3
France 3
Belgium 2
Poland 2
Costa Rica 2
China 1
Singapore 1
Mauritius 1
Spain 1
Israel 1
Mexico 1
Italy 1
Thailand 1
Latvia 1
Czech Republic 1
Argentina 1
Greece 1
Luxembourg 1
Austria 1

This is where visitors to this blog came from in 2019 (the year my blog turned 10 years old):