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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

How sales enablement saves you time

Every job is busy – that’s just reality. But, if you’re a sales rep, you may be thinking that not all jobs are created equal. As a content strategist, I’d argue that marketers are busy, but for the purpose of this post we’ll focus on sellers – and how sales enablement tools can help them save time. 

Let’s get started by looking at how sellers spend their time. The truth is, the majority of their time isn’t spent selling. Shocking! According to the LinkedIn State of Sales Report 2022, sellers only spend a quarter of their time selling. The rest of their time is spent performing a variety of other tasks, including internal meetings, training, administrative duties, and updating their CRM. 

If you’re anything like me, maybe you’re still surprised that sellers only spend 27% of their time selling. I thought the gig was all smiles and dials – turns out I was wrong. Fortunately, our research has shown that one tool can help sellers save up to 15 hours a week: sales enablement software

Now, hear me out. We wouldn’t just say that because we’re the leader in sales enablement. The numbers actually bear it out. In the 2023 Value of Enablement Report – a multinational survey of more than 1,200 professionals in sales, enablement, and customer service – respondents overwhelmingly stated that their sales enablement platform saves them time. 

In this post, we’ll see how go-to-market (GTM) professionals use sales enablement to operate efficiently. Let’s get to it!

How sales enablement platforms save time

Sales enablement saves practitioners 15 hours per week. That’s nearly two complete business days. While the time savings are great, what’s even more impressive is what survey respondents are able to do with their time. According to the report, 83% of respondents who use sales enablement software stated that they have more time to focus on revenue-generating activities. 

But sales enablement technology saves time on a variety of activities. According to the survey, 52% of respondents say that sales enablement software helps them save time on finding metrics for planning and forecasting. The benefits also extend to sales enablement training. 48% of respondents say that sales enablement tech saves time on organizing requests and addressing training gaps. Another 47% of respondents noted that sales enablement tools save them time locating information. 

Time savings can have a great impact on employee morale. Think about it – when sellers can easily and quickly find content or access training, they can feel confident that they’re better prepared for client interactions. But, that’s not always the case in organizations that don’t use sales enablement technology. The survey found that 91% of respondents who don’t use sales enablement tools not only spend more time looking for content, but the time they spend on non-revenue generating activities also affects their morale. It also negatively affects their wallets. 67% of respondents who didn’t have access to the correct content said that spending time on non-revenue generating activities affects their income. 

Smarter enablement leads to better outcomes.

We believe that when organizations practice smart enablement, great things will happen. And organizations that currently use sales enablement technology tend to agree. Even as budgets tighten, 71% of respondents say that their company plans to increase its investment in enablement technology in 2023.

Organizations that plan to maintain or increase their investment in sales enablement technology do so because of the impact it has on their employees. We won’t share exact numbers here – we’ve got to save some of the best findings for the report, which you can download here. But, on a serious note, organizations that use sales enablement technology believe that their solution helps with both client and employee retention. 

How Seismic can help

The Seismic Enablement Cloud™ is purpose-built to help organizations weather difficult times by operating more efficiently. If you find that your sellers are only spending a quarter of their time focused on revenue-generating activities, or if you’d like to help them save 15 hours per week, we can help. We’ve helped thousands of customers like Salesloft achieve 35% higher win rates by delivering sales enablement content to customers through Seismic. 

If you’d like to learn more about how organizations extract value from their sales enablement solution, download the Seismic 2023 Value of Enablement Report

Once you take a moment to see the numbers for yourself, there’s still work to be done. Carve out some time in your calendar to get a demo.