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State of Sales Enablement Report 2023 - Our Point of View

Our friends from Sales Enablement Pro recently released their State of Sales Enablement 2023 report.

At Sales Velocity Labs, we have been focused on delivering revenue impact for our clients. We have been doing this via three primary methods:

  1. Measuring and increasing Sales Velocity

  2. Driving seller competency performance

  3. Building data-driven sales performance optimisation strategies using MEDDPICC and conversion metrics

So we were naturally delighted that Sales Enablement Pro's report ratified our approach. Their research revealed three core themes that demonstrate how companies can overcome adversity, achieve sales goals, and drive more business results this year through strategic sales enablement.

Measuring and Increasing Sales Velocity: A Critical Imperative

In the realm of B2B sales, success hinges on more than just closing deals—it's about the journey from lead to conversion, and every step in between. Sales Velocity has emerged as a fundamental metric in determining the efficiency and effectiveness of the revenue generation function.

To truly maximise sales velocity, organisations must meticulously measure and strategically drive the four levers that underpin it: the number of opportunities created, average deal value, average win rate, and average length of the sales cycle.

Number of Opportunities Created: Seeding the Pipeline for Success

The first lever, the number of opportunities created, serves as the lifeblood of sales velocity. Generating a consistent influx of high-quality leads is akin to seeding a garden with potential blooms. By nurturing a steady flow of opportunities, organisations ensure a vibrant pipeline that fuels sales growth. Each new opportunity represents a chance to engage with a potential customer, making it crucial to develop targeted lead generation strategies that align with the needs and preferences of the market.

Average Deal Value: Amplifying Impact and Revenue

Beyond quantity, the quality of opportunities is equally important. This brings us to the second lever—average deal value. Focusing on deals with higher value not only increases revenue per sale but also optimises resource allocation. By nurturing opportunities with the potential for substantial value, sales teams can make a more significant impact on the bottom line. This strategic approach enhances sales velocity by concentrating efforts where they matter most.

Average Win Rate: Converting Potential into Reality

While the number of opportunities and their value are vital, the third lever, average win rate, is the bridge between potential and reality. A high win rate signifies that sales efforts are resonating with customers and prospects, resulting in successful conversions. Improving the win rate demands a deep understanding of customer pain points, effective communication, and the ability to showcase value propositions convincingly. Elevating the win rate accelerates sales velocity by turning more opportunities into closed deals.

Average Length of Sales Cycle: Navigating Efficiently

The fourth lever, average length of the sales cycle, represents the journey from initial contact to conversion. Shortening this cycle is essential for boosting sales velocity. Streamlining processes, reducing friction points, and leveraging data-driven insights are tactics that can accelerate the progression from lead to closed deal. A shorter sales cycle not only expedites revenue generation but also enhances customer satisfaction, leading to potential referrals and repeat business.

Elevating Seller Competency: The Key to Unleashing Potential

Driving consistent seller performance is the cornerstone of a successful sales enablement strategy. The report underlines the role of ongoing, data-driven training and coaching in achieving this goal.

By identifying winning behaviours through data analysis, sales managers gain insights into areas where reps excel and where they need improvement. This creates a feedback loop that not only helps managers guide their teams more effectively but also empowers reps to take ownership of their growth.

In the fast-paced B2B landscape, adapting to changing buyer behaviours and preferences is crucial. Data-driven coaching ensures that sellers are well-prepared to address evolving buyer needs. Equipping sellers with the right skills and knowledge not only boosts their confidence but also fosters a culture of continuous improvement, leading to higher conversion rates and increased customer satisfaction.

Data-Driven Enablement: A Non-Negotiable Strategy

Gone are the days when sales enablement could rely solely on intuition and experience - also known as 'random acts of enablement'. The modern sales landscape demands a data-driven approach to achieve optimal results.

The report underscores the importance of surfacing insights that highlight effective enablement strategies. These insights serve as a compass for aligning go-to-market teams and focusing efforts on activities that truly impact business outcomes.

Data-driven enablement empowers organisations to identify trends, patterns, and opportunities that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. It allows for the refinement of strategies based on real-time feedback, ensuring that resources are allocated efficiently and strategies are tailored to actual market demands. This not only accelerates sales velocity but also creates a more agile and responsive sales force.

The B2B sales landscape is evolving rapidly, and staying ahead requires a holistic approach. Measuring and increasing sales velocity, driving seller competency, and embracing data-driven enablement are no longer optional strategies but critical imperatives. By leveraging these insights, organisations can forge a path to success in a competitive market, enabling sales teams to meet the needs of today's buyers and navigate the sales cycle with finesse.


Kunal Pandya

Kunal Pandya

Founder & CEO


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