- Why GetAccept?
At GetAccept, we believe in the power of relationships, creating personal and engaging interactions in the online business process. B2B businesses are moving online, adapting to the digital way of selling, with a growing conviction that digital is the way of the future. By 2025, 80% of B2B sales interactions between suppliers and buyers will occur in digital channels.
Sales engagement is the interaction between salespeople and buyers. These interactions can include anything from sales calls, meetings, email click-through rates, and e.g downloading an ebook.
Sales engagement can be measured, and when you measure you will gain insights into how the buyer interacts with your brand throughout the buyers’ journey. Engagement insights are useful when improving the quality and efficiency of the sales process.
Even though sales enablement and sales engagement complement one another, and both enable the sales team to engage effectively with prospects and customers, each of them has a different focus area.
Sales enablement helps businesses to align their sales process internally with other departments, while sales engagement is more about helping sales professionals to reach, engage, and communicate with their prospects and customers.
Creating personal interaction, and engagement, between the buyer and seller is a challenge when selling digitally. It can cause an engagement gap, create trust issues, and make it harder to close deals. To help and improve the digital interactions that will help you to increase engagement, it's important to work with features that keep the personal and human touch alive.
Since the massive shift to online selling, video and live chat have emerged as the top channels for interacting and closing sales with B2B customers. Video and live chat are both sales enablement features that can increase engagement with prospects and customers while selling digitally.
So, how do we know that we are running in the right direction adding engaging content to our sales process with the goal of creating more sales?
According to McKinsey, video and live chat have emerged as the predominant channels for interacting and closing sales with B2B customers.
By analyzing the usage of GetAccepts sales enablement platform, we can see that documents that are sent with GetAccept have an average hit rate of 67% and, when adding engaging communication channels like video, live message, and branded design, the hit rate increased by 30%. We could also see that:
There is a power within sales engagement, especially when you know how to master “it”. So, how can you bring personal and engaging interactions to the online sales process?
And, not to forget, the importance of building trust within the digital environment.
Let’s take a look at different sales engagement features that can be used to create, and increase, your sales engagement throughout your sales process.
Video is the preferred format when it comes to consuming content. Over 1 billion hours are watched on youtube every day. So, how does that translate into B2B sales?
According to a report published by Forrester, including video in an email leads to a 200-300% increase in click-through rate. And, 90% of users say that seeing a video about a product is helpful in the decision process.
Video fits perfectly into every stage of the sales process. Video allows you to cut through the noise by sending a quick intro. It’s eye-catching and you’re able to show the prospect that there’s an actual human behind the email. With video, you are able to quickly clear any confusion there might be around a specific question or terms with the proposal, that might have been hard to communicate over an email.
Using video as a part of your sales process will help you to stand out from your competition and create sales engagement with your prospects and customers. A video can be used in many different ways throughout the sales process.
Chatbots and live chats is a virtual customer service that gives representatives and salespeople the opportunity to communicate with people via instant messaging. But, how to use them in your sales process to increase the sales engagement?
Sales engagement features like chatbots and live chat can be used throughout the sales process. From lead generation to building client relationships, and answering FAQs. Leads qualifying chatbots and live chats have proven to be an asset to each stage of the sales process.
Effective branding will differentiate you from your competitors, and by doing this it will allow you to build a relationship with prospects and your customers. We all know that the sales process can't happen without a document.
Sales collateral is anything that helps sales teams close more deals, faster. Companies develop content with the aim of moving prospective buyers through the entire sales process. Content typically comes in different types, targeting every stage of the buyer’s journey, such as product overviews, case studies, ebooks, whitepapers, FAQs, fact sheets, testimonials, how-to slide decks, proposals, executive summaries, quotes, contracts, implementation guides, etc.
But more than how you define it, what matters is how it actually performs and gets your customer engaged.
With different sales engagement features, tools, and analytics I’m sure that we can create a personal engagement throughout the sales process. But, not to forget, it's important to always bring our whole self into the sales process and to “Sell as you are”.
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