B2B buyers are turning to self-education when researching a purchase decision, which means they have access to more data than ever. For Ed Calnan, Founder and President of the sales enablement platform Seismic, data-fueled storytelling is the only way B2B sales professionals are going to stand out from the crowd and provide relevant, genuine customer experiences.
In 2019, the sales enablement platform market tallied $1.1 billion, and that number is projected to climb up to $2.6 billion by 2024. Also, 76% of organizations increased their enablement budget. This trend in sales enablement is indicative of “the customer era,” a time where customers feel more in control and have higher expectations of the customer experience during the buying process.
Sales enablement platform provider Seismic has acquired Percolate, a marketing campaign orchestration and content management platform. Through the acquisition, the company is positioned to deliver personalized content throughout the customer journey and across multiple channels, via customer-facing teams including sellers, customer success reps and partners.
Allego and Seismic announced a new partnership designed to help sales and marketing organizations improve performance by providing a central resource for personalized sales collateral, customer engagement videos and learning material. The integration combines Allego’s sales learning and readiness platform with Seismic’s sales enablement solution aimed to generate data that positions sales, marketing and sales enablement teams to analyze engagement and optimize coordination.
While algorithmic-guided selling is a newer concept and implementation of these types of tools are only just starting to ramp up, a new report from Gartner’s 2019 Market Survey, titled: Current and Emerging Technologies in Sales, shows that the B2B world is ready. In fact, 51% of sales teams have or plan to deploy algorithmic-guided selling within the next five years.
As buyers continue to expect more relevant, contextual engagement earlier on in the buying journey from vendors, B2B organizations are digging even deeper into buyer data to ensure they can meet expectations. This includes leveraging intent data alongside other behavioral analytics to provide hyper-personalized messaging and content that resonates with audiences and highlights the brand’s authenticity.
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Seismic, a sales and marketing enablement platform, announced that it has raised $100 million in a Series E funding round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. General Atlantic, JMI Equity, and Jackson Square Ventures also participated in the round, which brings the company’s total funds raised to date up to $179 million.