Q2 2015 Sales Enablement market news and trends

Sales Enablement thought leaders

I’ve been cleaning up / refreshing my work in progress list of Sales Enablement apps/tools/solutions/services. Latest addition on May 20, 2015: salesbean.com

On April 1, 2015, I was honored to find myself on this list of 30+ Top Sales Enablement Thought Leaders.

I noticed that vbprofiles.com/search?q=Sales+Enablement is an extensive list of experts too.

Should Your Agency Get Into the Sales Enablement Game?, Jami Oetting, March 26, 2015.

Sales Enablement Tools: Keys To Building Trust To Win Sales, 4/21/15:

“Your Marketing team has likely already compiled a number of blogs, videos, and/or ebooks, tailored to different phases in the Buyer’s Journey. However, this doesn’t mean that only Marketing can use them. If, during their ongoing communication with their leads, your Sales reps notice a particular question is being asked again and again by a number of different leads, they can leverage Marketing’s content and pass it along. Again, showing that your company already knows about their concerns and is ready to answer their questions will build trust with your leads. […] By getting to know your leads through tools like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Buyer Personas, as well through conversations, and by showing that they care by delivering relevant and valuable information, your Sales reps can build a relationship with these leads. These relationships can speed up the process of closing leads into full-fledged customers.”

Will sales enablement software replace content marketing? by Alp Mimaroglu, 6/04/2015 with this graphic:

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Alp Mimaroglu also writes:

“[…] Sales Enablement […] cannot work without a backbone of data-driven content marketing. And the most efficient way for salespeople to get the right information these days is to look at the data behind marketing that works using marketing automation software. Both sales and marketing need to share the data their teams are producing. The problem is that this just doesn’t happen in most companies (as shown by commonplace disagreements on lead responsibilities). […]”

A bit older: Content in crisis: Content marketing vs. sales enablement John Koetsier, Nov. 5, 2014 with this graphic:
Image Credit: Content Marketing Institute

Image Credit: Content Marketing Institute

New Study Shows Rapid Onboarding Increases Sales Growth Rates by 10%, Eyal Orgil, May 11, 2015:

“PUT ALL YOUR SUPPORTING MATERIALS IN ONE PLACE – Forcing new reps to hunt around for information that they hope exists somewhere is no way to speed the onboarding process. When all your sales enablement documents – data sheets, presentations, case studies, etc. – are collected and stored in a central repository, new hires can quickly do their homework on any offering. More importantly, they know exactly where to find the value added materials they need to create a more compelling proposal. You can even take this one step further and integrate document management right into your sales quoting solution and automate the entire proposal process.”

Three Big Myths Debunked at SiriusDecisions Summit, Tom Pisello, May 19, 2015:

“B2B marketing is not replacing B2B sales, so more B2B marketing doesn’t equate to more effectiveness. Sales reps are still VERY relevant, however we do need to recognize that buyer’s have changed, and Frugalnomics is in full effect. As a result, you need to enable sales reps to engage effectively throughout the buyer’s journey, especially at the critical early stages of influence. The ability for sales reps to help buyers navigate the journey, gain consensus from committee decisions, and articulate your unique value – all critical for continued relevance and competitive sales success. […] Content is King? Although large amounts are spent every year to develop and deliver content, and these investments are growing YoY, SiriusDecisions reports that almost 2/3rds of the content marketing investment is wasted! In a survey of almost 300 firms, 65% of content spending was wasted. Half of the waste was attributable to sales reps not being able to find the content. While the other half saying the content wasn’t good or useful. More is not more when it comes to content. Prospects and sales reps are all to easily lost in a sea of content.”

Mobile Strategy For Sales Enablement, Shankar Ganapathy, April 30, 2015:

“Sales people are not chained to their desk anymore but they are attached to their smartphones, so it makes sense for them to have everything they need available on their phone. Rather than searching through hundreds of emails, wiki links or dropbox files to find the particular product update memo, a mobile sales enablement app can make updates easy to find in a fraction of the time. With Millenials estimated to make up 75 percent of the global workforce by 2025, you can also make your employees more productive by meeting their preference to consume content on the go. While the majority of companies understand the need for sales enablement, according to research by Adobe less than 30% are actually implementing sales enablement solutions because it can be complex and time consuming to execute. However, mobile sales enablement can be implemented quickly and cost-effectively. This means implementing a mobile sales enablement strategy now could give you a competitive advantage. While other companies grapple with how to keep their sales teams up to date, and their reps spend precious time searching their email box, reading through volumes of wiki pages or searching through files in cloud storage, yours can be having impactful and engaging conversations with customers. When I talk about mobile sales enablement, I don’t just mean replicating your CRM on a mobile app, but rather achieving true sales enablement for both your sales reps and managers. Think about how Whatsapp has replaced email, making communication and sharing photos instant, quick and easy without needing to log-on. Mobile sales enablement can have a similar impact on your sales teams.”

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Q4 2014 Sales Enablement market news and trends

As my list of Sales Enablement solutions has grown, I would like to take a look at some recent Sales Enablement market news and trends:
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Loyalty and rewards programs in Canada

Shario app
Shario app (also see these visuals)

Normally, this blog is focused on Sales Enablement for b2b.

Here my list of Canadian Sales Enablement companies / experts.

Here my worldwide list.

As a Canada-based co-founder of Shariomobile app for customer referral & loyalty at brick & mortar businesses – I would like to start a work in progress list of similar apps / solutions / companies in Canada.

I’m also adding a few eCommerce players.

Let me know what I’m missing. Last update July 6, 2016

Me on twitter: @pkralle @SalesEnablement @shario

“A 2014 Maritz (Bond Brand Loyalty) report found that 90 percent of Canadians are members of at least one loyalty rewards program. We have also quickly embraced online shopping and have a high penetration of mobile usage. Almost 80 percent of Canada’s addressable population owns a mobile phone, according to a 2014 eMarketer report. These factors, along with companies like Starbucks and Tim Hortons who have tied loyalty to mobile payments, are helping to drive Canadian comfort levels with mobile payment adoption.”

AdvanTag advantag.me
Aeroplan Montreal-based Aeroplan loyalty program for Air Canada made by AIMIA. Aeroplan® Membership Card. Aeroplan is a coalition loyalty program owned by Aimia, a global loyalty management company. The Aeroplan program was created in July 1984 by Air Canada
AIMIA (see Aeroplan)
Air Miles by LoyaltyOne, Inc. AIR MILES® Reward Program Membership Card www.airmiles.ca Airmiles is currently testing iBeacons and will be testing Android Beacon technology soon (end of 2015 / start of 2016)
Altitude – Air Canada rewards its most loyal customers through its top tier recognition program, Altitude, that offers frequent flyers
AMEX Rewards / American Express Rewards
Android Pay / Google Wallet app
AvidTap
Avion points – RBC’s Avion cardholders earn RBC rewards points. The most significant benefit of RBC’s Avion card is that you can fly on any airline, with no blackout periods or seat restrictions. “Two of the most popular travel rewards programs in the country are CIBC’s Aerogold and RBC’s Avion.”
belly card bellycard.com
Best Buy Rewards Best Buy® Reward Zone™
BMO Perks™ – BMO partnered with merchants for exclusive offers and savings when using a BMO MasterCard with specific merchants
Bond Brand Loyalty (see SynapzeINSTANT™)
Buytopia (Toronto’s buytopia.ca launched SnapSaves, now owned by Groupon; an app that pays consumers cash to shop) snap.groupon.com
CAA The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is rebranding its two-decade old loyalty program to CAA Rewards™ from Show Your Card and Save®. Over the last 15 years, CAA Rewards has grown to be one of Canada’s largest loyalty programs, with the most partners worldwide – more than 164,000 locations for savings worldwide, including 110,000 retail locations in North America and popular online merchants.
Canadian Tire Rewards / Canadian Tire Money® – Canadian Tire debuts mobile credit card app, game and loyalty card; September 23, 2015: “new mPay & Play mobile app available to all holders of the retailer’s Canadian Tire Options MasterCard. Allows users to pay for all of their Canadian Tire store purchases, redeem loyalty points, and unlock badges to collect bonus digital Canadian Tire money.” Canadian Tire’s new mPay&Play app for its MasterCard customers combines mobile banking payments with loyalty programs & promotional offers.
cardstar cardstar.com
Carrot Rewards app. More Rewards morerewards.ca is one of four charter loyalty providers – joining Aeroplan, the Cineplex Scene movie rewards program and Petro Canada’s Petro Points – to partner with the new Carrot Rewards app, which rewards customers for making positive lifestyle choices. Toronto-based Social Change Rewards, which developed the app Carrot Rewards. Created with funding from both the federal & B.C. governments, as well as a reported $2m from VCs, the Carrot App awards points to users who make positive health & lifestyle choices, such as taking a healthy quiz or looking at a healthy recipe. The app is designed to capitalize on Canadians’ love of apps & loyalty programs. The average Canadian has 4 loyalty cards in their wallet, with more than 50% saying they frequently use them to accumulate miles & points.
Checkout 51 checkout51.com
CIBC Aerogold. Two of the most popular travel rewards programs in the country are CIBC’s Aerogold and RBC’s Avion.
CIBC mobile payment app
Clubovahi clubovahi.com/app/ Toronto, Canada
Drop Loyalty Inc. “One rewards program for all your favorite brands.” Launched in Canada on the iOS app store June 29, 2016. Coming to Android soon. earnwithdrop.com “By linking any credit or debit card you use for every-day purchases, Drop will find your purchases as you make them. As Drop discovers your relevant purchases, it rewards you with points” (Built in Toronto, ON). “Already raised $1 million CAD in funding from U.S.-based investors like ff Venture Capital, White Star Capital, and Rothenberg Ventures.” Highline VC is the only Canadian investor. “The company is partnered with brands like Wealthsimple, Foodora, Chef’s Plate, Urbery, Thirstie, Carnivore Club, & FanXchange, […] “With some of the programs out there in market, a lot of brands that are promoted are not exactly the brands that young people shop at,””
Delta (see Marriott Rewards)
Denny’s Canada loyalty and rewards program – MyDenny’s, a new social, loyalty platform
Esso Extra®
Flipp (iOS/Android) flipp.com Flipp takes the weekly flyers crammed in your mailbox and puts them on your phone or tablet in a clean, searchable app.
GasBuddy (iOS/Android/Blackberry/Windows Phone) gasbuddy.com finding the station closest to you with the lowest price per liter
Global Payments Inc. / Global Payments Canada; integrating their payment technology offerings with Virtual Next’s (see below) mobile payment & loyalty solution. Merchants will be able to accept payment via both Apple’s & Google’s digital wallets. Goal: launch the product in fall 2015.
GoodLife Fitness Member Advantage goodlifefitness.com/member-advantage/ “Living the GoodLife is more than just a gym membership.” Introducing the GoodLife Member Advantage Program. Exclusive to GoodLife members
Groupon snap.groupon.com
HBC Rewards hbc.com/hbcrewards/ Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) Hudson’s Bay Rewards™ Card
hmv Canada, retail destination for music and entertainment. The company’s loyalty rewards program is called pure purehmv.com. 1.7 million plus activated members.
Holt Renfrew – Feb. 11, 2015 registration for Holt Icon Privileges was opened; microsite, HoltIcon.com Canadian department store chain Holt Renfrew is rolling out a new bespoke rewards program: Holt Icon Privileges
Influitive influitive.com helps companies mobilize their advocates to boost referral leads, reference calls, social media participation and more. Toronto & San Francisco
Kangaroo Rewards mobile loyalty and rewards program. Muscle Depot already deployed the Kangaroo Rewards program across all their locations in Montreal, Laval and Blainville. A Mobicept Product
Key To The City: T.O. Key To The City @TorontoCityKey Toronto Key To The City! Get instant loyalty perks citywide with your own key. Show The Key. Get The Perks. torontocitykey.com
KnexxLocal (with Instamonial™, KnexxLocal’s free mobile app, local businesses can get more word-of-mouth referrals) Canada, Toronto, ON
Kobo Super Points aims to make reading more rewarding. Kobo launches rewards loyalty program where customers instantly earn points with every eBook and magazine purchase they make online at Kobo’s site, or via Kobo’s free reading app. They can redeem those points from a catalogue of more than one million titles across a variety of genres.
Linkett linkett.com formerly WestonEx / westonexpressions.com “Creating Consumer Engagement & the Ability to Track it”. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Loblaw (see Ugo and PC Plus)
LoyaltyOne, Inc. (see AIR MILES®)
Marriott Rewards, Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program, is being expanded to include Delta Hotels and Resorts. Marriott Rewards members can now earn points or miles and Elite night credits, and redeem for free night stays, at twenty-one Delta Hotels across Canada, with the brand’s fourteen remaining Canadian properties joining the program in late April 2016. Delta Privilege members will also now enjoy the full benefits of Marriott Rewards membership. “Marriott Rewards’ expansion to include Delta Hotels gives our members even more choice when traveling in Canada,” said Don Cleary, President of Marriott Hotels of Canada. Delta Hotels features properties located in major Canadian centers of business as well as popular tourist destinations, including its flagship property Delta Toronto, Delta Ottawa City Centre, and the elegant Delta Grand Okanagan Resort—all of which are now available for members to earn and redeem points. Marriott International acquired the Delta Hotels brand in April 2015.
McDonald’s offers a McCafe sticker card for regular coffee drinkers
Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), mobile payments venture co-owned by US retail chains. CurrentC, CurrentC & Logo, MCX, MCX Merchant Customer Exchange & Design and all associated proprietary marks are trademarks of Merchant Customer Exchange LLC
Metro (adds mobile component to loyalty program)
metro moi™ Program
mobilexco The Mobile Experience Company, Whitby, ON, Canada mobilexco.com Mobile marketing platform, Tether™, helps businesses build relationships with people. Fosters 1:1 connections between merchants & customers and tracks their actions across all media touch-points (online & offline). Measures everything in real-time & easy to identify actionable insights. Simplified the world of mobile marketing – No apps to download. No special hardware required. Tether-Experience-Management-Platform
mobizou mobizou.com Location Based Mobile Marketing Platform with loyalty & referrals. Calgary, AB
Mopals
More Rewards morerewards.ca is one of four charter loyalty providers – joining Aeroplan, the Cineplex Scene movie rewards program and Petro Canada’s Petro Points – to partner with the new Carrot Rewards app, which rewards customers for making positive lifestyle choices.
New Rewards – a joint program between Copeesh! and New Canadians. Coming soon.
Omnego Inc omnego.com (white-label mobile app platform that empowers mobile engagement between businesses and their mobile users)
PayRange Inc. payrange.com mobile payment solution for machines, launching the vending industry’s first mobile based rewards and loyalty platform designed specifically for automated retail. The company is distributing its BluKey™ device to operators in the US and Canada. Consumers can download the free mobile app for iPhone or Android.
PC Points/Plus anyone can join the new and improved PC Plus programme to earn free groceries at select stores across Canada. Besides being your actual points card, the app lets you load special offers of the week (the items that are going to earn you extra points), see your points balance, find participating stores, get recipes and create shopping lists. 1000 points equal $1 in groceries.
Perka digital loyalty marketing platform launched April 2011. First Data, the global payment processing company, acquired Perka after purchasing Andreessen Horowitz-backed mobile payments startup Clover
Perkopolis perkopolis.com
Perkville perkville.com
PETRO‐POINTS™
plum® rewards; Chapters plum points are collected by buying in-store at any Indigo, Chapters, Coles, Indigospirit, World’s Biggest Bookstore, SmithBooks and The Book Company locations
PunchTab
pure (see hmv Canada)
Qriket http://qriket.com
RBC Royal Bank of Canada grew its mobile wallet user base since moving from a SIM-based model to host card emulation (HCE). Support for gift cards, loyalty cards and digital receipts is also being added to its HCE wallet. The new features will allow customers to manage and redeem loyalty points from more than 150 loyalty programs as well as track the return or warranty period for purchased items by interacting with digital receipts stored within the app
Royal Bank of Canada Exploring Blockchain Loyalty Program
RBC Rewards – Redeem your Visa rewards points for merchandise, travel, gift cards/certificates, charitable donations & RBC Financial Rewards vouchers.
RedFlagDeals (iOS/Mobile web) redflagdeals.com If there is a deal to be had in Canada, it is most likely being discussed on RedFlagDeals long before you hear about it.
Referral Rock referralrock.com @ReferralRock Customer Referral Service – Design, track and manage your program to get more customers
RewardingYourself Loyalty Wallet by LoyaltyMatch Inc. loyaltymatch.com (Loyalty and Gamification Saas Platform)
RewardLoop (mobile rewards program that rewards you for spending at your favorite merchants) rewardloop.com
Richtree Market Pass By Natural Markets Food Group richtreenaturalmarket.com
Rogers readies loyalty points program in bid to keep customers from switching to rival carriers. Rogers Communications will launch the national rewards program in stages, starting in Red Deer, Alta.
Rogers Mobile Shopper solution (enables customers to engage with brands in-store through mobile offers, applications & mobile payments technology. RioCan, Canada’s largest owner of shopping centres, is first to trial the Rogers Mobile Shopper solution in select Ontario-based shopping centres)
Save‐On‐More
SCENE® Card www.scene.ca SCENE points
Scotiabank SCENE® Card. Earn SCENE points by paying with your Scotiabank® SCENE debit, SCENE VISA or SCENE Prepaid VISA card.
Sears Card Sears Canada Inc announced updates to loyalty program and credit card transition process; says enhanced Sears club loyalty program is set to launch before the holiday shopping season 2015
Shario @shario https://angel.co/shario customer referral & loyalty app for brick & mortar businesses. [Full-disclosure: I’m a co-founder of Shario. It was designed by User Experience Design company MING Labsbehance.net/gallery/11853341/Shario-App
Shopify (Reward customers for each new customer that they bring to your store: Apps like Zferral and ReferralCandy automate this. Traditional loyalty programs where rewards are offered to repeat customers based on how much they buy: Apps like PunchTab & Incentify)
Shopkick
Shoppers Drug Mart (Optimum Rewards Program) Shoppers Optimum® Card
Simply Good’s coupon app GetLoop
SmoothPay smoothpay.com
Snapsaves (iOS/Android) snapsaves.com now owned by Groupon snap.groupon.com
Snipp Interactive Inc. Loyalty Program Of Choice For Unilever, L’oreal, Proctor And Gamble, Kellogs
SnipSnap Coupon App by SnipSnap App LLC Link to the Canadian iOS app store
SPC Card student loyalty program SPC Card with 1.1 million members; digital Student Price Card. The digital SPC Card is available via the SPC Card mobile app on iTunes and Android devices. Giving students relevant offers based on their location, making redemption easy via the Digital Card, and adding personalized offers the SPC app is engaging millennials. Soon to be accepted at all of SPC’s 15,000 partner locations throughout Canada, making it one of the largest mobile loyalty card activations currently in market.
Square (“Create and Apply Rewards with Square Register”)
Starbucks (My Starbucks Rewards). Starbucks has both an app & rewards card that gives free drinks & food to frequent customers. Starbucks Canada announced that it will bring the company’s innovative mobile ordering feature, Mobile Order & Pay, to approximately 300 company-owned stores in the Greater Toronto Area. Beginning in April 2016, you will no longer reach gold status with 30 stars or 30 transactions, and then score free food with 12 stars. Instead, with 2 stars awarded for each $1 spent, it takes 300 stars to get to gold and 125 stars for gold members to get freebies.
Stocard is a mobile Startup from Germany that has set the goal to make customer loyalty go mobile, thus making loyalty solutions more powerful for consumers and retailers.
Subway is expanding its Wi-Fi-enabled loyalty program to 600 Canadian stores following a successful pilot, highlighting how fast-food chains can leverage mobile to drive in-store traffic, especially among millennials. Subway has collaborated with Turnstyle to power the rewards platform, which will send a mobile coupon for a free sandwich to consumers who sign into the store’s Wi-Fi for the first time. This tactic is well-poised to bring hordes of new consumers into Subway locations and fuel a myriad of loyalty sign-ups, even among individuals who initially only want to use the complimentary Wi-Fi.
suretap™ wallet by Rogers Communications rogers.com/web/content/suretap
Sweet Tooth Rewards (turn-key points & rewards app for your Magento eCommerce store)
SynapzeINSTANT™ – Jan. 27, 2016 – Bond Brand Loyalty has rolled out an innovative new solution to help North American banks lead in the competitive landscape of reward and loyalty programs, all while offering bank customers a near “endless aisle” of instant redemption with leading retail brands. Better yet, the standalone rewards app requires no large-scale retailer POS integration or associated expense. SynapzeINSTANT™: A new app-based solution for any bank with a credit card loyalty program. It was created to help ease the ever-increasing costs financial institutions endure while trying to differentiate.
Tab Payments: Canadian restaurants currently using Tab Payments will be able to upgrade to Velocity’s payment and loyalty platform
The Club Sobeys Program
The More Rewards Program
Thirdshelf (retail app & loyalty platform) thirdshelf.com
Tim Hortons added a smartphone payment option to its lineup of mobile apps across iOS, Android, BlackBerry. Called “Pay with TimmyMe” it uses a pre-registered Tim Card to allow payments from the smartphone. Also launching its own loyalty rewards program partnering with CIBC for a Visa credit card that accumulates points redeemable at Tim Hortons stores.
TimePlay the company behind Cineplex TimePlay. Platform that delivers interactive, multi-player experiences while providing a targeted portal for offer delivery & e-commerce. Turns a mobile device into an interactive gaming device enabling thousands of participants to engage together and influence outcomes on a second screen. Toronto, ON, Canada & Los Angeles, Venice, CA
Turnstyle. “Subway’s expansion of Turnstyle throughout its network will continue to help the brand learn more about its customers, increase its marketing base and grow meaningful customer engagement opportunities,” said Chris Gilpin, CEO of Turnstyle. “The platform will enable new Subway restaurants to increase customer loyalty (visit frequency) and create compelling omnichannel marketing initiatives.”
Ugo (initially allow customers to load their TD Visa, President’s Choice Financial MasterCard & PC Plus cards into a mobile wallet. PC points can be redeemed at Loblaw & banner store locations)
Velocity: Canadian restaurants currently using Tab Payments will be able to upgrade to Velocity’s payment and loyalty platform
vicinity rewards (developed by US-based company, FiveStars. Launched in Canada by Rogers Communications. Vincity is a loyalty program for small business that rewards customers when they visit their store.)
Virtualnext virtualnext.com, Toronto, Canada & US based. Virtual Next is working together with Global Payments (see above)
Wallet (part of iOS)
Walmart Rewards
WestJet Rewards®

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web conferencing in a virtual 3D environment for remote meetings, training, sales enablement, and sales support

On March 28, 2012 Corporate Visions @corpv tweeted:

“Key findings: Sales enablement tools for customer conversations in a virtual environment are missing”

I would suggest to take a look at my posts on AvayaLive Engage.

AvayaLive Engage (formerly named web.alive and originally developed at Nortel) is was web conferencing in a virtual 3D environment for remote meetings, training, sales [enablement], and [sales] support. I’m no longer affiliated with the product or any of the companies behind it, but I used to do product marketing for it back in 2009.

“[…] rich and immersive avatar-based collaboration […]

    • […] allows you for the first time to meet with your online customer in the same way as if they crossed the physical threshold of your business’ front door. Unleash your real-time voice and existing highly skilled staff to go and talk to your customers, either one-on-one or in a crowd. By doing so, you provide them relevant information to help them down ‘off of the fence’ […]. The same environment can be used to provide support, and a community of users with knowledge can help deepen your relationship with customers, as well as providing a place to work with your customers […]”

Prospecting and lead generation in times of Sales 2.0

On February 7, 2012, Lauren Carlson wrote 5 Social Media Strategies for B2B Sales Success. In her post Lauren presents five ways in which B2B sales professionals can leverage social media to find and win more business. E.g.:

“[…] Try searching social media sites and tools for certain signal phrases, such as “seeking vendor recommendations,” or those that mention specific pain points your company can address. Refine your searches to social media channels your target customers use, such as by relevant industry hashtags on Twitter or industry-specific groups on LinkedIn or Facebook. This method of discovery requires minimal effort and can uncover leads that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. […]”

From my experience I would add ifttt [can be set up to search twitter etc], socialmention, and of course Google Alerts [which can be a bit slow] as free tools that allow companies to track their brand, to identify their potential customers, or as Laura writes to “track their competition. They can see what tactics their competitors are using” and when the competition is failing at something. However, Lauren also mentions “that many C-level execs aren’t chatting it up on Twitter and LinkedIn”, but that the people, who influence them or at least have access to them, could be.

Check out Lauren’s blog post for some great examples of how B2B sales professionals can get creative with social media.

Counting 159 Sales Enablement vendors worldwide

LinkedIn users with Sales Enablement in job title

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

As of September 20, 2017, LinkedIn has 5,406 users like that globally. Above 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 159 vendors as of September 27, 2017.


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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’ 4,000 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.

The Importance of Context

On September 7, 2010, Matthias Roebel from BizSphere wrote “The Importance of Context for the Enterprise 2.0”:

Just a few days ago Joe Galvin from Sirius Decisions wrote about how important Social Media – as an approach for better internal collaboration – is as part of a Sales Enablement strategy. I think he is absolutely right. What used to be the informal coffee corner chat before nowadays is mimicked in Social Media platforms. Over time, people will learn that even within an enterprise the sharing of information is beneficial for everyone in the end. Yes, there may be a lot of sceptics around, especially in sales teams, but with the right programs and incentives offered, they will make the jump to the new social collaboration paradigm.

However, the flip side of extensive social collaboration might be the appearance of new information silos as well as growing information overload. Without the social collaboration being moderated to a certain extend, it might lose some of its potential impact on the overall performance of the sales teams. Aaron Roe Fulkerson discussed this in a recent blog post: “The importance of context: why Enterprise 2.0 still fails to deliver value”.

web 3.0 with BizSphere

 

A company might use a lot of different types of social collaboration platforms – the challenges is: How can they be orchestrated in a way, that actual knowledge exchange is taking place across existing team and functional structures? And how can the content generated be aligned to some generally agreed upon enterprise structures? What companies, that are serious about implementing a Social Media strategy for sales, should think about, is to create and maintain an enterprise context.

Enterprise 2.0 from a Sales Enablement point of view

Then collaboration can take place within this context and will add greater value to a broader audience. Ideally, the enterprise context should constantly evolve based on feedback gathered during the ongoing social collaboration.