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power of AI in sales enablement
April 30, 2024

5 Ways AI Is Transforming Sales Enablement

power of AI in sales enablement

This article originally appeared in Training Industry.

In the competitive landscape of modern business, staying ahead requires more than just traditional sales tactics. With the advent of artificial intelligence (AI), sales enablement has undergone a remarkable transformation, empowering businesses to boost productivity, enhance customer engagement, and drive revenue growth like never before.

Companies are just dipping their toes into this new technology pool, but those that do are seeing gains in productivity and revenue generation. According to McKinsey & Company, “Players that invest in AI are seeing a revenue uplift of 3 to 15% and a sales ROI uplift of 10 to 20%.”

In addition, McKinsey analysts say, “AI can boost sales effectiveness and performance by offloading and automating many mundane sales activities, freeing up capacity to spend more time with customers and prospective customers (while reducing cost to serve).”

The benefits of AI-powered sales enablement extend to all facets of the sales organization. From streamlining repetitive tasks to creating learning materials and providing invaluable insights, AI is a game-changer for sales teams across industries.

5 Ways AI Is Transforming Sales Enablement

1. Enhances Efficiency

AI automates routine tasks for sales professionals by leveraging advanced technologies such as large language models (LLMs), natural language processing (NLP), machine learning (ML), and robotic process automation (RPA). For example, AI can help with the following tasks:

  • Email Outreach and Follow-ups: AI-powered email automation tools can draft personalized emails based on predefined templates and prospect data. These tools utilize LLMs to understand the context of each interaction and tailor the message accordingly. AI can also schedule and send follow-up emails at optimal times based on recipient behavior, increasing the likelihood of engagement and response.
  • Lead Qualification and Scoring: AI can automate the process of qualifying and scoring leads by analyzing lead data, including demographic information, online behavior, and engagement history. Machine learning algorithms learn from past interactions to accurately score leads and determine their readiness to buy, enabling sales professionals to prioritize their efforts on high-potential leads.
  • Training Assessments: Generative AI sales enablement platforms can automatically build quizzes based on training videos and their transcripts. Managers decide how many questions to ask, what style they should follow, where the questions should be placed within the video, and which topics to cover, and the tool creates the quiz. Instead of spending weeks reviewing training content and developing quiz questions, the platform does it for you in just minutes.

2. Improves Personalization

Personalization is important on two fronts: for creating customized training programs and for creating personalized buyer experiences that convert more leads into customers. In both cases, you create experiences in which people are more likely to feel valued and to engage with the content.

  • Personalized Training Programs: Generative AI sales enablement platforms can be leveraged to create personalized training for sales professionals by analyzing individual performance data, identifying areas for improvement, and delivering targeted learning experiences and institutional knowledge tailored to each salesperson’s needs.
  • Personalized Buyer Experiences: Through advanced algorithms and predictive analytics, AI enables sales teams to deliver highly personalized experiences tailored to each prospect’s needs and preferences, fostering stronger connections and driving conversion rates. For example, AI can identify the best content to share with a buyer based on their industry and needs and add it to an email or to a digital sales room.

3. Optimizes Sales Performance

Through intelligent coaching and feedback mechanisms, AI provides sales reps with personalized training and guidance, helping them hone their skills, overcome challenges, and consistently exceed targets. For example, top AI-powered sales enablement platforms include:

  • Dialogue Simulators: Role-play exercises are a great way for sales reps to practice what they learn and grow their skills. However, in-person role-plays are expensive and time consuming. An excellent alternative is an AI-powered dialog simulator. These tools use AI to create life-like avatars, then a sales or enablement manager feeds it question and answer sets based on common scenarios sellers face. Sales reps then have conversations with the avatar. As they provide responses, the simulator uses generative AI to determine if the response is correct. And it can pause a conversation to give feedback and advice.
  • Conversation Intelligence: AI-powered Conversation Intelligence tools analyze video and audio sales conversations to extract valuable insights and provide actionable feedback to sales teams. They can detect and analyze keywords and phrases, such as product features, pricing, and objection, as well as tone and sentiment of the conversation. Managers can review specific segments of sales calls or demos where coaching is needed and provide targeted feedback to help sales reps improve their performance.

4. Enhances Customer Engagement

AI enhances customer engagement during the sales process by providing personalized, timely, and insightful interactions that address the specific needs and preferences of each prospect. By leveraging AI-powered technologies and analytics, sales teams can foster stronger relationships, drive higher engagement, and ultimately, increase sales effectiveness and revenue generation. Examples include:

  • Personalized Content: AI algorithms analyze customer data, browsing behavior, and past interactions to generate personalized content tailored to the interests and pain points of individual prospects. Or it can identify the best content in your content management system to share with the customer. Whether it’s whitepapers, case studies, or product recommendations, AI ensures that the content resonates with the target audience, increasing engagement and driving interest in your offering.
  • Dynamic Email Campaigns: AI-driven email marketing platforms leverage predictive analytics and machine learning algorithms to deliver targeted and timely email campaigns to prospects. These platforms personalize email content, subject lines, and send times based on individual preferences and behaviors, increasing open rates, click-through rates, and overall engagement.

5. Facilitates Data-Driven Decision Making

With access to vast amounts of data and real-time analytics, AI equips sales leaders with actionable insights, enabling them to make informed decisions, optimize strategies, and adapt to changing market conditions swiftly. An AI-powered sales enablement platform can analyze and give insight into:

  • Sales Content Impact: The platform can validate the effectiveness of your content, topics, and messages. It can also help you understand the impact of your content — the engagement and whether it is helping to move deals forward.
  • Sales Team Performance: AI-driven platforms track and analyze key performance metrics, such as conversion rates, win rates, pipeline velocity, and sales cycle length, to assess the effectiveness of sales strategies and tactics.
  • Sales Rep Skills: AI-driven platforms analyze sales performance data to identify coaching and training opportunities for individual sales reps. By tracking performance metrics, identifying skill gaps, and correlating training outcomes with sales results, AI helps sales managers make data-driven decisions about coaching priorities, training investments, and skill development initiatives.

The AI Era Is Here

AI has emerged as a transformative force in sales enablement, offering a plethora of advantages ranging from heightened productivity to enriched customer interactions. Moreover, AI streamlines operations by automating mundane tasks, giving sales professionals the freedom to focus on strategy and having meaningful engagements with clients. To thrive in this evolving landscape, businesses must seize the potential of AI-powered sales enablement tools, lest they risk falling behind their more agile competitors.

About the author: Deniz Olcay is vice president of marketing at Allego, the market-leading revenue enablement platform. His career has always revolved around sales. Those experiences have given Deniz a deep understanding of the challenges involved in equipping sellers with the knowledge and tools necessary for success in a digital-first world.

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