Winning Strategies for Buyer Enablement in 2024
Sales best practices
April 1, 2024

Winning Strategies for Buyer Enablement In 2024

With the abundance of high-quality information for B2B buyers, you would expect the buying process to be much easier than it used to be.

However, the opposite seems to be the case. According to Gartner, 77% of B2B buyers state that their purchase was very complex or difficult.

Buyers need strategic information about your value proposition, how it solves their specific needs, the challenges they should expect, and how they can overcome them. 

Making this information available and accessible, puts you at a competitive advantage.

This is called buyer enablement. 

In this post, we will look at 6 buyer enablement strategies and why they work.

Sales Enablement vs Buyer Enablement

Sales Enablement: Focuses on equipping the sales team with the necessary tools, resources, and training to close deals effectively.

Buyer Enablement: Focuses on empowering potential buyers with the information, resources, and tools they need to make informed purchase decisions and navigate the buying journey smoothly.

Importance of Buyer Enablement

1. Builds Trust and Credibility: The transparency and educational support involved in buyer enablement promotes long-term relationships. According to Salesforce, 87% of business buyers expect sales reps to serve as trusted advisors

2. Increases Sales Efficiency: Buyer enablement reduces the burden on sales teams. When prospects are well-informed and understand your value proposition, sales reps can focus on building relationships, addressing specific concerns, and closing deals effectively. 

3. Improves Customer Satisfaction: Providing accessible resources and addressing concerns upfront prevents misunderstandings and disappointments later.

4. Shortens Sales Cycles: At any stage of the buyer's journey, if you can provide timely and relevant materials, it will help to speed up their decision-making process thereby shortening the sales cycle.

5. Competitive Advantage: Companies that prioritise buyer enablement can differentiate themselves from competitors. A smooth and informative buying experience creates a positive first impression and differentiates you from competitors. Prioritising buyer enablement showcases your commitment to customer success. This builds trust and establishes your brand as reliable and trustworthy, leading to a positive brand reputation compared to competitors.

6 Buyer Enablement Strategies and Their Benefits

1. Centralise Information in a Userfriendly Structure

Presenting information in a well-structured and easily accessible manner is as important as providing the information.

B2B buying decisions are often complex, involving multiple stakeholders with multiple priorities. Overwhelming buyers with scattered information can lead to confusion and delayed decisions. 

Benefits of centralising information in a user-friendly manner

  • Improved Understanding: Presenting information in a user-friendly manner, allows buyers to understand your product or service easily. This improves their confidence when making a purchase decision.
  • Facilitates Comparison: Centralising information allows potential buyers to easily compare different features, pricing options, and benefits of your product or service against competitors. This enables them to make an informed decision that aligns with their specific needs and budget.
  • Increased Accessibility: Making information available and accessible enables buyers to learn at their own pace, enhancing informed decision-making.
  • Reduces anticipated risk: Easily accessible resources like FAQs, case studies, and demos can reduce buyers' perceived risk associated with the purchase, increasing confidence and the chances of a successful transaction.
  •  Enhances the Customer Experience: Structuring sales content in a user-friendly manner reduces frustration caused by disorganized content, leading to a higher chance of a successful purchase.

Hubforce provides personalised, user-friendly content environments for each buyer. You can upload all relevant sales content and they would be structured according to the buyers’ needs and priorities. This requires zero effort from you, enabling you to personalise buyer enablement at scale.

2. Map Decision-Makers

By mapping decision-makers, you can ensure that you are engaging with the right individuals throughout the sales process. This helps you to build stronger relationships with key stakeholders, increase their buy-in, and strengthen the overall business relationship.

Benefits of mapping decision-makers

  • Targeted Communication: When you map the key decision makers in the buying process, you can tailor your communication and buyer enablement resources to their specific needs and roles. This increases the effectiveness and relevance of your message, leading to better engagement and understanding.
  • Build Consensus: Mapping decision-makers allows you to identify potential champions who can advocate for your solution internally. By providing champions with the right resources you can enable smoother internal discussions.
  • Streamlined Sales Process: By mapping decision makers, you can understand the decision-making hierarchy. This enables you to prioritise engagement with key decision-makers and influencers, focusing your efforts on the individuals who have the most significant impact on the purchase decision.
  • Increased Success Rates: Mapping decision-makers allows you to develop a deeper understanding of the buying group. This enables you to anticipate potential challenges, tailor your strategy accordingly, and ultimately increase your chances of a successful purchase by addressing the needs of all stakeholders involved.

3. Multithread Stakeholders

Multithreading enhances clearer and more targeted communication. Buyers can reach the most relevant individuals within the selling team, ensuring their questions and concerns are addressed quickly and efficiently by the appropriate expert.

This reduces confusion and delays, streamlining the communication process.

Benefits of Multithreading

  • Enhanced Collaboration: Stakeholders can collaborate and exchange relevant information effectively. This enables a more coordinated and unified approach to addressing buyer needs and concerns.
  • Deeper Understanding of Needs: Buyers can express their specific requirements and challenges in detail, while sellers can gain a deeper understanding of the buying team's decision-making process and internal dynamics. For example, the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of the buying team can easily express his concerns to the CTO of the selling team. They speak the same professional language and have higher chances of mutual understanding.
  • Increased Efficiency: Multithreading eliminates the need for information to flow through different channels before reaching the right individuals. This ensures faster response times, faster problem-solving, and reduced sales cycles.
  • Improved Decision-Making: By facilitating open communication and knowledge exchange, multithreading empowers buyers with access to a wider range of expertise and perspectives. Sales teams can also tailor their approach based on a deeper understanding of the buying team’s priorities.

4. Develop Mutual Action Plans (MAPs)
MAPs create a clear roadmap for the buyer and seller toward the purchase decision. 
This eliminates confusion by outlining specific actions, milestones, and responsibilities for each party. This alignment ensures everyone is working towards the same goal. The buying team must be actively involved in developing MAP.

Benefits of MAPs

  • Enhanced Communication and Collaboration: The process of developing and reviewing a MAP promotes open communication and collaboration between buying and sales teams. This ensures clear expectations, timely updates, and the ability to address any concerns or roadblocks promptly.
  • Builds Trust and Transparency: By actively engaging the buyer in creating the MAP, you demonstrate transparency and a genuine interest in their success. This builds trust and establishes a strong foundation for a collaborative partnership.
  • Increased Accountability: Outlining specific actions and deadlines promotes accountability on both sides. Everyone is held responsible for their part, driving the buying process forward and minimising the risk of delays or missed expectations.
  • Improved Decision-Making: Collaboration during the MAP development process promotes discussion of individual needs and expectations. This enables both buying and selling teams to make more informed decisions. Challenges can be identified and addressed early.
  • Shortened Sales Cycles: Clear action steps and milestones using MAPs reduce unnecessary back-and-forth communication, minimise delays, and allow both parties to work towards a defined goal within a specific timeframe.

To ensure the effectiveness of your mutual action plans, it is important to develop them in a collaborative and user-friendly environment. Using spreadsheets can overwhelm buyers and provide zero visibility into their engagement.

Hubforce provides collaborative digital sales rooms where you can work closely with stakeholders to develop an effective mutual action plan. Instead of spreadsheets, you have a more user-friendly environment with well-structured plans and progress bars. The MAPs can also be segmented into milestones. This prevents overwhelm and motivates the buyers as they see their progress.

Your team also gets full visibility into the buying team’s engagement. You can see what content they are spending time on and detect where they may be facing challenges. This data enables you to follow up promptly and address potential concerns proactively.

5. Personalise Sales Content
Personalised content eliminates irrelevant information overload and allows buyers to find the specific resources they need quickly and efficiently.

Benefits of personalised content

  • Increased Engagement: Personalised content increases information retention and a positive perception of your brand. By tailoring content to specific needs and interests, you stand out from the generic information overload buyers often face.
  • Deeper Understanding: By tailoring content to the buyer's specific challenges, you demonstrate an in-depth understanding of their situation. This increases trust and positions you as a trusted advisor, genuinely interested in addressing their unique needs.
  • Improved Decision-Making: By providing relevant and specific content, buyers gain a clearer understanding of how your solution addresses their unique challenges. This leads to better-informed choices and a higher likelihood of a successful purchase.

6. Measure Engagement

Benefits of measuring engagement

  • Addressing Concerns Proactively: By measuring engagement, you can identify and address buyer concerns promptly. This prevents roadblocks in the decision-making process and allows you to provide relevant resources that address their specific anxieties.

With Hubforce, you don’t need a data analyst to analyse buyer engagement. Buyers' engagement with all your sales content is tracked in real-time and data is displayed in a very user-friendly structure in the digital sales room. Hubforce sends you live notifications and follow-up suggestions.

Buyer Enablement Tools For 2024

Personalised Content 

There’s no buyer enablement without content. Content for buyer enablement includes;

  • Case studies
  • Documentations
  • Tutorials
  • Comparison pages/guides
  • Pricing pages 
  • Webinars
  • White papers
  • Demo videos

Interactive ROI Calculators
This makes it easy for buyers to visualize their return on investment in your solution.

Digital Salesrooms

Digital sales rooms allow you to provide personalised collaborative sales workspaces for each buying team. They enable you to centralise all sales content in a single accessible buyer environment. This ensures a single source of truth, preventing information inconsistency.

Hubforce is a digital sales room that allows you to build out these personalised workspaces (also known as hubs) with zero effort. Hubforce AI creates these hubs automatically and also structures the sales content in a way that aligns with the buyer’s priorities.

You can accurately track buyers' engagement with your sales content using Hubforce smart analytics. This ensures that you can follow up with the most relevant content at any time to empower the buyer and accelerate decision-making.

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