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Sales Technology: The Journey to User Engagement

April 23, 2015 | By Steve Silver

  • Engaged users believe that using a system or platform enhances their job performance
  • But the journey to user engagement is not always clear or easy
  • Sales operations and sales enablement must understand and address the stages in the sales technology user’s journey

For many years, the discussion of technology adoption by b-to-b sales organizations has primarily centered on the number of logins and whether reps and managers are entering data. At SiriusDecisions, we’re changing the discussion from “driving adoption” to “promoting engagement.” When trying to deliver business and end-user value from investments in technology, sales operations must consider both user engagement as well as features/functionality.

Engaged users believe that using a system or platform enhances their job performance. They embed the technology in their processes, activities and interactions with other parts of the organization. There is a clear and beneficial fit between the system, the task and the job profile.

But the journey to user engagement is not always clear or easy. To achieve optimal user engagement, sales operations and sales enablement must understand and address the stages in the sales technology user’s journey, as outlined below:

  1. Acknowledgement – recognize that the technology is available
  2. Enlightenment – understand key features and functions
  3. Involvement – increase usage as part of job performance
  4. Endorsement – encourage others to use and leverage the tool
  5. Investment – demonstrate competencies and results
  6. Engagement – consistent use yields measurable increase in productivity

It may not be possible, nor should it be a goal, to get to the engagement stage for every sales technology. Cost, resource availability, business initiatives and other factors will influence these efforts and their outcomes. To make matters even more complex, not all users progress through the journey at the same speed.

Start by assessing existing technology investments for functionality (e.g. fit, scalability, data use and quality, integration) and user engagement. This provides a more complete picture of the status and benefits being realized from technology deployments and a guide to potential actions designed to increase business value.

Steve Silver

Steve Silver is a Senior Research Director of Sales Operations Strategies at SiriusDecisions. Steve brings with him more than 20 years of executive-level experience spanning sales operations, sales and product marketing. Follow Steve on Twitter @jstevensilver.

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