What is Sales Enablement? Tools and Strategies for 2024

Sales enablement refers to the strategic tools, resources, and competitive intelligence you provide your sales team with so they can close more deals.


Market shifts are impacting how sellers sell and buyers buy. As buyer committees get larger, deal cycles lengthen, and budgets tighten, having a solid sales enablement strategy in place is no longer just a nice to have — it’s a must. 

And if you’re looking to gain a more in-depth understanding of the best sales enablement tools and strategies in 2024, you’re in the right place. This article explores the various aspects of sales enablement, including the key roles involved, content creation, management, training, and more. 

What is Sales Enablement? 

Sales enablement refers to the strategic tools, resources, and competitive intelligence you provide your sales team with so they can close more deals. Various teams, including Revenue Operations, Marketing, and Sales, work together to bridge the gaps between strategy and execution so reps can close more deals, more efficiently. 

The key sales enablement roles include: 

  • Sales Enablement Manager: This person oversees the sales enablement strategy and is responsible for collaborating with sales leadership and cross-functional teams to ensure alignment. Generally, the sales enablement manager reports to the Director or VP of Sales. 
  • Sales Training Specialist: This person develops in-depth training programs that cover product knowledge, sales techniques, and objection handling. The Sales Training Specialist reports to the Sales Enablement Manager. 
  • Content Manager: This person creates and manages brand and sales collateral, decks, blogs, product guides, and any other necessary materials that supports prospects, customers, and reps throughout the sales cycle. The Content Manager reports to the Head of Content, Director of Marketing, or CMO. 
  • Product Marketer: This person owns any goal related to positioning, messaging, and competitive intelligence. The Product Marketer reports to the CMO. 
  • Sales Operations Analyst: This person oversees sales data, KPIs, CRM systems, and sales automation tools. The purpose of this role is to uncover areas of opportunity to improve sales processes. Depending on the company size, this person may report to the COO or the CEO. 
  • Sales Enablement Coordinator: This person handles administrative tasks related to sales enablement. This includes: scheduling training sessions and managing the content library. The Sales Enablement Coordinator reports to the Director or Manager of Sales Enablement. 

Sales Enablement Strategies

Sales enablement strategies are designed to capture the attention of qualified prospects, establish rapport, identify pain points, address objections effectively, and position your product as the solution to their challenges. 

When you craft your sales enablement strategy, you’ll want to consider: 

  • Your target audience: Who are you selling to? What pain points are you addressing? Make sure you’re well-versed in your target market demographics, their behaviors, and challenges. 
  • Content needs: What types of content will resonate with your target audience? Content should be engaging, educational, and showcase the value of your product or service. 
  • Training and development: What training and resources do your reps need to do their jobs more effectively? This may include competitive intelligence decks, battle cards, and recordings that help your sales team handle objections and demonstrate the value of your solution. 
  • Sales tools and tech: What tools do your reps need to optimize productivity and improve performance? Examples include CRM systems, sales automation software, and analytics platforms. 
  • Marketing alignment: Sales and marketing go hand-in-hand, and both teams need to be aligned on messaging, ideal customer persona (ICP), and branding to ensure consistency in communication. 
  • KPIs: How will you track and measure the effectiveness of your sales enablement initiatives? Key metrics include conversion rates, win rates, sales cycle length, competitive win rates, and customer satisfaction. 

Think of your sales enablement strategy as a living plan. It adapts based on market conditions, customer preferences, and the competitive landscape. 

Now, let’s dive into the key components of sales enablement strategies: training and development, content creation and management, CRM implementation and measurement, and how to create your ideal customer personas (ICPs). 

Training and Development 

Comprehensive training and development programs are essential for your sales enablement strategy to succeed. Empowered with the right skills and knowledge, your reps can navigate sales processes effectively and drive revenue growth. 

Before you begin the training and development process, you’ll need to define your sales methodology. This is the structured framework your reps will use to engage with prospects and customers, and close more deals. Common examples include MEDDIC selling, consultative selling, solution selling, challenger selling, and SPIN selling. 

When determining the best methodology for your organization, consider the following: 

  • Product complexity and price: Some methodologies are better suited for selling high-value, complex offerings, while others are more effective for simpler products and services. Before selecting one, consider the complexity and pricing of your solution.
  • Market dynamics: Market volatility is very real, and bringing in new business has become increasingly challenging. Assess how the market dynamics are impacting your business, and what methodology may be most effective during this time. 
  • Customer preferences: How do your customers prefer to buy? Your methodology will depend on the market and persona you’re selling to. Some buyers respond better to consultative approaches, while others prefer a more hands off approach. 
  • Team experience and skills: What motivates your team? Choose a methodology that motivates them and aligns with their strengths. 
  • Sales Enablement KPIs and organizational goals: How will you measure effectiveness and track KPIs? You also want the methodology you choose to align with your overall business objectives and support revenue targets. Select a methodology that provides clear metrics for evaluating success.  

Implementation of training

When it comes to the training implementation of your sales enablement framework, take a structured, learner-centric approach. Here are 5 ways to implement training and support for your enablement strategy: 

  1. Assess your team: What are your sales team’s current skills, knowledge gaps, and average performance levels? Identify areas for improvement and focus. Also, make sure you align your training initiatives with your business objectives and sales goals. You may need to consider market trends, customer preferences, and the competitive landscape and use these insights to determine the best way to train your team to address these challenges and opportunities.
  1. Develop the resources: What resources does your sales team need to be more effective? What teams need to be involved in the creation of these resources (I.e. Product Marketing, Finance, Rev Ops, etc.)? Consider everything from actionable guides to scripts, recordings, and coaching programs that will help them succeed. Incorporate a mix of foundational selling skills, product knowledge, objective handling techniques, and high-converting customer engagement strategies

In terms of the training modalities, you’ll have more success if the resources are interactive, and you accommodate different learning styles and preferences. Examples include in-person workshops, virtual training, peer role playing exercises, in-person coaching, and on-demand courses and modules.

  1. Offer phased training: Within 48 hours of learning something new, 80% of the information will be forgotten. If you want your sales enablement framework to succeed (and obviously you do — because you’re reading this article), then roll out your training program in phases. Start with the foundational topics and give your reps time to master those principles before moving on to the more advanced concepts. Give them ample opportunities to apply their learnings so they don’t forget them (for example, peer role playing) and schedule regular refresher training sessions to ensure continuous improvement. 
  1. Provide continuous support: Being a seller in today’s market is hard. Make sure your reps have the ongoing support they need to be successful. Host regular feedback sessions where reps can listen to winning and losing calls, and get coaching from their peers and managers. Also, make sure you’re recognizing and rewarding individuals who demonstrate consistency and master the skills they’re learning. 
  1. Develop clear metrics: What sales enablement metrics and KPIs will your team be measured on? Establish clear metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of the training program and measure its impact against sales performance and business outcomes. 

Sales Content Management

Sales content management involves collaborating with various teams and stakeholders to create, organize, and analyze  sales content. This content is designed to help reps do their jobs more effectively, and win deals. Typically, it includes a mixture of eBooks, product one pagers, pitch decks, and success stories/case studies. 

Content Creation and Management

When it comes to content creation and management, sales teams typically work with content and product marketing. 

Examples of sales enablement content include: 

  1. Case studies: These materials feature a blend of customer testimonials, case studies, and success stories, aimed at demonstrating the effectiveness of your solution in addressing prospects' challenges. By showcasing similar businesses that have benefited from your product or service, case studies serve to build a compelling business case for potential buyers. Ideally, this content is publicly available via your website, social media pages, and review sites. This makes it easier for prospects to do their own research. 
  2. Product one pagers & explainer videos: These assets offer concise, visually engaging product information that’s easy to digest. They explain the product features and benefits in a simplistic manner and may include: a snapshot of product offerings, unique selling points, and customer benefits. They can be referenced in real time, during a call or product demo, and sent in a follow up. 
  3. Sales decks: Reps use sales decks as a roadmap to guide prospects through their solution. Sales decks are a visual presentation that outline your unique selling point, how you help customers solve their problems, and your value proposition. These decks generally include graphics that showcase the benefits and functionalities, price points, key statistics, objection handling, and an explanation of what prospects can expect throughout the sales process. 
  4. White papers/eBooks: This content dives into industry-specific topics, providing real value to prospects while also showcasing your organization’s expertise and thought leadership. It builds credibility and trust. White papers and eBooks contain information that addresses common pain points and challenges faced by prospects, demonstrating your company’s understanding of their needs and offering solutions. 
  5. Battlecards: Battlecards are concise, actionable sales information that help reps navigate the competitive landscape and win deals. These cards typically contain insights on your competitors’ strengths and weaknesses, key messaging points, objection handling strategies, and differentiation factors. Generally speaking, marketing and product will work together to gather market intelligence and analyze competitor data and customer feedback to develop the battlecards. 

Technology Stack

In sales enablement, your tech stack refers to the tools, platforms, and technologies that are used to support the sales process and empower your sales teams. Typically, this involves a combination of tools designed to address various aspects of sales enablement, including: 

  • Content management
  • Customer relationship management (CRM)
  • Sales analytics
  • Communication
  • Sales training 

Each of these elements is often managed by its own tool, which is part of your overall tech stack. 

  • CRM software: CRM software platforms help sales teams manage customer interactions, track leads and opportunities, and maintain a centralized database of customer information. Examples include Salesforce, Hubspot, and Zoho. 
  • Content management systems (CMS): Content management systems are used to create, organize, and distribute sales collateral such as presentations, product documentation, case studies, and training materials. These systems often include features for version control, content personalization, and analytics. Examples include WordPress and SharePoint. 
  • Sales engagement platforms: Sales engagement platforms provide tools for reps to engage with prospects and customers. Examples include email automation, sales call tracking, meeting scheduling, and sales cadence management features. Examples include Salesloft, HubSpot, and Salesforce. 
  • Sales analytics and reporting tools: Analytics and reporting tools help sales teams gain insights into their performance, track key metrics such as sales pipeline velocity and conversion rates, and identify areas for improvement. These tools often integrate with CRM systems to provide comprehensive data analysis. Examples include Salesforce, Gong, and HubSpot. 
  • Learning management systems (LMS): Learning management systems are used to deliver and manage sales training programs and resources. LMS platforms enable sales teams to access training materials, complete courses, and track their progress. Examples include Docebo and Litmos. 
  • Communication and collaboration tools: Communication and collaboration tools facilitate collaboration among sales team members and enable seamless communication with prospects and customers. These tools may include video conferencing, instant messaging, and collaboration platforms. Examples include Slack, Teams, Zoom, and Asana. 
  • Integration and automation platforms: Integration and automation platforms integrate different systems and enable reps to automate repetitive tasks, such as data syncing between CRM and marketing automation platforms, or triggering follow-up actions based on predefined conditions. Examples include Calendy, HubSpot, and Clari. 

To measure and enforce the usage of your tech stack, define your KPIs (including users adoption and content engagement metrics). Use built-in analytics to track user activity and review performance against these metrics. Also, make sure to host regular training sessions to ensure your reps can confidently use the tech and experience the benefits it offers. 

Buyer Personas

Ideal customer profiles (ICPs) are detailed descriptions of who your customers are, what they want, and why they need your solution. ICPs typically include demographic information, company size, industry, revenue, pain points, challenges, goals, and buying behavior. To improve sales and marketing efforts, creating and refining ICPs is essential. 

Here are questions you can ask to formulate your ICP: 

  • What company size does your solution serve the best?
  • Where are they located?
  • What industries and verticals do they operate in?
  • What are the typical job roles and titles?
  • What is their average revenue? 
  • Are there regulatory or compliance requirements to consider?
  • What technologies do they currently use?
  • What are their primary pain points? 
  • Who are the key decision makers and stakeholders?
  • What is their typical buying cycle?
  • Who are your most satisfied customers?
  • What features and benefits do your key customers value the most?
  • What are the challenges and objections that arise during the sales cycle?
  • Who are your main competitors?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of your solution?

By asking and answering these questions, you can create ICPs that improve targeting and segmentation and drive business growth. 


Here’s the bottom line: selling is hard. And based on the current market, it’s not going to get easier anytime soon. Fortunately, by creating and enforcing a sales enablement strategy, you can give your reps the tools and resources they need to be successful. Not only will this help your reps navigate complex sales processes with confidence and efficiency, but it will also help your organization increase revenue, improve customer satisfaction, and stay ahead of the competition.