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Counting 149 Sales Enablement vendors worldwide

LinkedIn users with Sales Enablement in job title
I have been tracking the number of LinkedIn users with Sales Enablement in their current job title.

As of December 22, 2016, LinkedIn has 4,185 users like that globally. Here my own graph tracking this.

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

  • Sales Enablement
  • B2B Marketing Asset Management
  • B2B Sales Knowledge Management
  • B2B Sales Content Management

…with a focus on improving the intranet & mobile experience of B2B enterprises for all staff / partners who touch accounts.

Several vendors merged, many changed owners or went out of business and new ones keep on popping up. My count is 142 149 vendors as of March 23, 2017.


Paul Krajewski

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PM / Product Manager / Product Management. German citizen. Permanent Resident in Canada. Masters 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. 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 & Co-Founder / Product Manager of Shario (mobile app startup). Currently based in Sydney, Australia.

Job opening – Product Marketing and Sales Enablement Manager – kCura

Product Marketing and Sales Enablement Manager

Job Location US-IL-Chicago

Req. # 2017-SM-SAM-0083

Type Full-Time
Department Marketing
Sub-Department Product Marketing

Overview

kCura is a global company with team members who are driven by our customers to build exceptional software for them to use every day. Our product, called Relativity, handles large volumes of data and helps corporations, law firms, and government agencies solve their own unique data problems.

The way we work together is centered on our core values of collaborating, communicating, pushing to exceed expectations (even our own), being humble, and having fun while we do it. We enjoy ourselves, give back, and work (and play) hard together. If this sounds like the place for you, check out the details of this position below.

As a Product Marketing & Sales Enablement Manager, you will develop the go-to-market strategies and sales enablement plans around major initiatives and product rollouts, act as the voice of the customer, and build and execute on activities and deliverables needed to successfully support the sales team to drive product success in the market through close relationships with sales, marketing, product management, and customer success. The Product Marketing & Sales Enablement Manager provides direction and applies company policies to broader team(s) or sub-department and is the subject matter expert for the communications in which they are involved.

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Another market landscape – the content part of the Sales Ops space

Sydney Australia

Obviously the Sales Enablement space is a very crowded one (with my own list counting 149 vendors). When I re-posted the Sales Enablement section from the Marketing Technology landscape, someone literally felt like it hurt their eyes…

eyes hurt
…and on March 23, 2016 William Wagner (@WilliamWagner3) called it out as…

Impossible to read. Sales Enablement on the Marketing Technology Landscape March 2016 https://t.co/ZKLw68r6Tt #salesenablement

impossible to read

Therefore, it was good to see a more reduced approach to a market landscape map by Scale Venture Partners.

Here what they call the “Content” part of the “Sales Ops” space, but for me it is the part of Sales Enablement that my blog is all about:

Sales Ops content

Here the entire landscape – Courtesy of Scale Venture Partners:

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I hope this additional third party view helps to identify which of the 149 vendors matter; aside from my geographic classification which obviously means less and less in a connected world and global economy. My Australian list just got extended to also include MING Labs @minglabs as one of their design leaders is opening a Sydney office.

List of Australian Sales Enablement companies – vendors in Australia

Interest in sales enablement around the world visitors visits views by countryInterest in sales enablement around the world visitors visits views by country countriesGiven that Australia has always been in the top 6 countries in terms of visits to this blog and given that Sales Enablement leader Iris Chan from IBM activated the Sydney Australia chapter of the SALES ENABLEMENT SOCIETY @_sesociety, I would like to add a list of Australian Sales Enablement companies in addition to my global list. See below.

Starting in 2007, I actually worked together with Iris on Sales Enablement for Nortel‘s more than 4,000 sales people and saw her grow into a leader in this space.

The SALES ENABLEMENT SOCIETY sesociety.org is a global volunteer group of practitioners – lead by Scott Santucci – dedicated to the elevation of Sales Enablement as a profession & strategic function.

Join them on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/groups/8465729/profile

Sales Enablement Society

 

List of Australian Sales Enablement companies – last updated January 18, 2017:

Logenta –LinkedInThey work with with leaders across enterprise sales, advice, marketing, & compliance to optimise & automate data-driven client engagement, massively increase sales productivity, & provide invaluable sales intelligence. They are currently focussed on a digital platform called SalesPreso that is being used in Telstra, REA Group, MYOB & Australia Post to integrate with their CRM & other systems to dramatically improve productivity for their sales teams, relevance for their customers, & insights for their management teams. Logenta is a premier partner & investor in SalesPreso salespreso.com which integrates with CRM & other data sources to automate the delivery of highly interactive digital presentations. Customer-insights are delivered through an elegant story-telling experience; the story is managed & consistent; the story is automatically relevant; the story is tracked & measured. Cremorne VIC 3121, Australia

MING Labs minglabs.com @minglabs User Experience Design company: Design & Development for mobile responsive websites or mobile apps. Also Portfolio & Marketing Consulting. The team was behind the user interface of BizSphere & Combionic’s slide library. Full disclosure: I’ve worked here. Berlin, Munich, NYC, Toronto, Singapore & Shanghai based, as well as having one of their design leaders starting a Sydney Australia office.

Peter Strohkorb Consulting peterstrohkorbconsulting.com @pstrohkorb International, Sales & Marketing Collaboration, Customer Centricity & Experience, Sales Enablement, Author, Speaker, Mentor

ShineCX Pty. Ltd. Sales & marketing enablement + automation. Bringing a Sales Enablement software platform to market (some focus on APAC). SHINE CX PTY LTD was incorporated on 2015-05-07. Brisbane, Australia. At least for Australia they seem to be partnering with RISEcx. [Together?] developed a platform that leverages the convergence of education, sales & marketing. Currently connecting to Salesforce Healthcloud to be Healthcloud’s first integration partner as they enter the field of Patient Engagement. RISEcx used to be SpinRiot spinriot.com founded in 2012, Portland, Oregon now branded as RISEcx risecx.com A scalable way to deliver adaptive content strategies to support unique customer experiences. Cloud based collaboration platform, easy to deploy, easy to learn, easy to use. Your brand powered by data driven marketing so you can see what’s working. Seamless interactive presentation created from your existing assets (video, PDF, PowerPoint, images, YouTube).

 

Q2 2016 Sales Enablement News – bots for sales reps?

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I was honored to be included on this list of ‘Top 6 Movers and Shakers in Sales Enablement’ by Conor Gilligan from April 20, 2016.

My own list of Sales Enablement vendors grew to 149.

The latest additions are

Bsharp bsharpcorp.com @bsharpcorp,

ContexTip contextip.com @contextip,

Nolinio nolinio.com @nolinio,

Promatum promatum.com @PromatumEE

and this addition to my list of Canada based Sales Enablement companies:

Vidyard vidyard.com @vidyard video solution to help you close even the toughest of deals more quickly & easily. Tools & data you need to maximize audience engagement, convert prospects through the sales funnel, & measure the true impact of video. Access all your video content from mobile or desktop; Hand-pick the ones that are perfect for the specific lead; Create a custom video playlist; Record a friendly, personalized video greeting if you wish; Create & send an email using well-designed layouts; Track who is watching what to gain insights on leads & close them more quickly & easily. Kitchener/Waterloo, ON, Canada

On January 26, 2016 Vidyard announced it closed a $35m series C round led by Battery Ventures, with existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Salesforce Ventures, OMERS Ventures, iNovia Capital, & SoftTech VC.

The future, according to Vidyard, “is about ignoring vanity metrics. Instead, businesses that move toward creating original video content to support every stage of the buying cycle need to focus on the metrics that help to explain customer behavior.” “View counts don’t do much to help you identify which buyers are the most interested in your products or services,”

On April 21, 2016 Paul Alex Gray spoke at #BotTO (event in Toronto on chatbots, AI, messaging, etc) outlining the transition from web to mobile to bots.

“Messaging: powers two-way interactions.

Bots: enable you to personalize experiences at scale.”

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Photo above by Ian Gerald King slide by Paul Alex Gray

bots for Sales Enablement

I’m not posting this as a statement that b2b sales reps are going away, but could see nice applications (bots) that automate [personalize at scale] the enablement of the sales rep with marketing/training content for her/his sales situation.

Slack bot

Slack bots

follow up – Sales Enablement market size and growth rate

sales enablement on the marketing technology landscape march 2016This is a follow-up to my post ‘What is the Sales Enablement market size and how hot is it?’ triggered by seeing that Sales Enablement grew on the Marketing Technology Landscape by Scott Brinker; becoming part of its largest category (by number of solutions included) “Sales Automation, Enablement & Intelligence” (with 220 solutions).

Obviously my own count of Sales Enablement vendors/solutions grew too.

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The interest in ‘Sales Enablement’ has continued to increase and left ‘Sales 2.0’ in the dust as Google Trends shows.

Visits & views to this very blog have also been up, but that is obviously not the best reference point for growth in the Sales Enablement market:

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As promised in my post ‘What is the Sales Enablement market size and how hot is it?’ I have been tracking the number of LinkedIn users with Sales Enablement in their current job title. As of December 22, 2016, LinkedIn has 4,185 users like that globally.

Here my own graph tracking this:

LinkedIn users with Sales Enablement in job title

Here a snapshot of what the Google Adwords tools can tell us about people using Google to search for Sales Enablement portal/solutions/tools and related phrases:

  • Mar 2015 – Feb 2016
  • worldwide
  • across all languages
  • Google and search partners

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You could obviously take many approaches to use these data points and the number of vendors (with their revenues or simply employee numbers from LinkedIn for example) to calculate the size of the Sales Enablement market.

However, it is obvious: Things are going up and to the right (including the cost of acquiring a customer; see bids for Google AdWords above).

In Forrester’s ‘Vendor Landscape: Sales Enablement Automation Solutions’ [from March 21, 2016] the average annual growth for 18 of the vendors surveyed was 38%.

Sales Enablement on the Marketing Technology Landscape March 2016

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As I’m continuing to update my list of Sales Enablement vendors below, I found it interesting to see Sales Enablement on the “Marketing Technology Landscape, March 2016” by Scott Brinker/ChiefMartec.com:

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Full graphic: The Marketing Technology Landscape, March 2016
Image Credit: Scott Brinker/ChiefMartec.com

Sales Enablement is actually part of the largest category (by number of solutions included): Sales Automation, Enablement & Intelligence (with 220 solutions)

My own count of Sales Enablement vendors is 149 as of January 5, 2017:

Competing with email

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Follow-up to my post What is the Sales Enablement market size and how hot is it? that has my constantly updated public spread sheet of vendors I’m aware of & definitions of Sales Enablement I subscribe to:

Out of 4 vendors Scott Santucci talked about in CRM magazine’s article ‘Sales Enablement Tools’ in 2010, …

“[…] Santucci says each of the relevant vendors — including BizSphere, iCentera, Kadient, & Savo Group — cater to slightly different problems. […]”

…only one still operates under the same name in 2015.

Besides the ever increasing number of new market entrants, what Sales Enablement vendors are really competing with and will be for the foreseeable future is email!

A recent whitepaper with data from an August 2015 survey by Highspot and Heinz Marketing says

“More than 70% of respondents rely on email to distribute content to their sales organization.”

It might seem logical to expect the importance of email to decline as baby boomers are retiring and millennials advance in the workforce.

However, the October 2015 IBV Millennial Survey ‘How Millennials are reshaping B2B marketing‘ by the IBM Institute for Business Value suggests a distinct preference for email amongst millennials. [This was for engaging with b2b vendors after the sales cycle has started, but in terms of the type of activity and state of mind it could be compared to receiving content from your own marketing / sales enablement organization.]

Source: IBV Millennial survey. ©2015 IBM Corporation
Source: IBV Millennial survey. ©2015 IBM Corporation

 

For sales enablement teams that means that for their most important task – as per the whitepaper with data from an August 2015 survey by Highspot and Heinz Marketing – “Making sure sales team can find content” they have to focus on ways to make that happen via email or deeply integrated with email.
whitepaper

Source: whitepaper with data from an August 2015 survey by Highspot & Heinz Marketing