How do you plan out what sales enablement content you'll make any one quarter? How much of this is driven by sales versus product marketing?
It should be collaborative and I would somewhat divide and conquer by you setting up the enablement you know will be needed based on your PMM roadmap such as product launches and other new collateral (comp intel, pitch decks, research reports, etc…), and by sales leaders coming to the table with ...more
What's the best way to ensure that sales uses the sales enablement content that marketing creates...even if there WAS collaboration on the content?
First, create content that’s in line with what you know they will use. I mentioned in one of my other answers here that oy need to understand their selling methodology and ensure the content aligns with it. If they use Demo2Win then know your content needs to follow a Tell-Show-Tell framework aro...more
Is there a framework for creating good sales enablement decks for new B2B products or training new sales rep on your product?
Great Our enablement decks follow this outline: Learning Objectives, Executive Summary/”Sales Play Made Simple”, Business Issues & Value, Key Personas, Key Messaging and Product Capabilities, Competitive Overview, Deal Examples, Customer Success Stories, Crawl/Walk/Run Sales Strategy, and Additio...more
Many sales team members don't realize (or are concerned with) the importance of their interactions with prospects as a source for product and messaging insights. What do you do to encourage enthusiastic communication on what they're learning in the field?
Great question – I’d recommend 3 things to ensure you’re getting insights from the field: 1) Create a slack channel devoted to this so people have one place to submit insights from their client meetings (especially competitive insights), 2) conduct at least 1 client meeting ride-along per month. ...more
Two things to consider here: if they are resisting your product messaging, it may be worth asking yourself if it’s the right messaging to being with. Then consider how you’re framing the messaging to the sales teams based on who they are talking with. Let’s look at both of those. To evaluate if...more
Your sales enablement roadmap should be one piece of your larger PMM roadmap. If you can flight out upcoming product launches, new research reports that will be launching, etc… then you can tie an enablement approach and cadence to each of these. Aside from new enablement, it’s good to monitor an...more
How do you draw the line between sales enablement that product marketing is responsible for vs. sales ops?
This somewhat depends on the resources your company has on each of those teams. If you have a full sales ops team then partner with them to understand win/loss and pipeline health. What you’re looking for is how much you’re winning/losing, why you’re winning/losing, who you’re winning/losing agai...more
What do you do for external-facing competitive assets? That is, assets (PDF, slide, etc.) that a sales rep can share with a prosect or customer to compare or differentiate their product from a competitor?
This is certainly a divisive topic. One school of thought is what I call “the Pepsi challenge” approach. That is, if you’re #2, you always mention #1, but if you’re #1, you never mention #2 (you don’t hear Coke bringing Pepsi into their ads, right?). While philosophically that might be the right ...more
My company commissioned a research report with a 3rd party (HBR), and wants to "go big" with promotion and activation in the market. Have you done this before with success? What was your strategy in terms of Sales Enablement?
Exciting! Build a three-prong strategy around how you’re going to directly promote it, how you’re going to get the industry to promote it, and how you’re going to get your client-facing teams to promote it. 1) Direct: showcase it our webpage and make it a gated asset so you can collect leads fr...more
If you were implementing a B2B Marketing and Sales Enablement program, what are the first 5 assets you would create?
First, divide your efforts into “sales plays” (or depending on your company’s terminology they might be “sales motions” or “use cases”). Sales plays should each have a revenue target attached to them, and collectively, the revenue across all your sales plays should total the entire new business r...more