This blog is part of a series focused on Sales Enablement, a modern business solution designed to help sales and marketing teams sell more effectively using information, content, and tools. Each blog will focus on a topic in the transformational technology space that can help sales and marketing become more efficient.
Your organization has valuable information, and lots of it. If you’ve been helping customers solve problems in their business, then you’ve been building knowledge within your organization. Yet, too often when the sales team goes in for a pitch, your customer is staring at a dated, generic deck built with a one-size-fits-all approach.
As the B2B world grows more complex, the deals do too, a recent Harvard Business study shows the number of people involved in a B2B purchase has gone up over 20% in the last two years. As buyers grow more risk-averse and emphasize safety in their decision making, sellers must adjust.
How can a sales team adjust to a new, information-packed world? What lessons can we learn from ghosts of pitch decks failed?
The composition of a winning pitch deck in 2019
Every great sales professional knows the saying, “people buy stories”. But how does your story translate through a team of six as they relay the message like a game of telephone? Not favorably.
A well-crafted pitch deck conveys three things:
- a compelling story
- builds trust through data and research
- shows the customer you understand their problem
When communicating value to the customer you should also consider how easy you’re making the sale. A good pitch deck allows your champion within the business to carry on your marketing message effortlessly. Ultimately, an easy buying experience will increase your chances of closing the sale by 62%.
Top 5 reasons pitch decks fail
Despite the fact that a pitch deck can be an important part of the sales process, sales reps are only closing about 29% of the opportunities they’re pitching.
While there are all kinds of problems likely inherent in this number, we know that the sales pitch deck is often a contributing factor. Five of the most common problems with these documents include:
- Failure to address the customer’s specific problem, and how you can eliminate it
- Failure in covering risks, and how you will address them
- Wrong chart data or the application of the data is too vague
- Failure to address the competition
- Too much content
A huge oversight for sales teams is neglecting to keep in mind that the real reason for the pitch is to solve a problem that the customer has. Fortunately, technology can help.
Transformative tech and its new role in your pitch
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are now processing information faster than ever before. AI is estimated to be only a couple of decades from passing up the human brain as the most efficient information processor in existence. All considered humans are still experts at making connections with other humans and solving complex business problems that may not have enough data to help a computer solve.
If you consider personalization and specificity as a high priority when attempting to close a sale, how can we use AI to get us there?
Sales enablement software acts as a hub for your organization’s experience and information, dynamically storing and distributing it to the users who need it most. Consider a simple case study: your organization has pitched over 100 customers in the last year with varying success. Each pitch diversified its contents slightly based on the industry, company size, product, internal experts and more. When your next pitch comes up, how will you select the deck you want to use? Which experts will you include? How much time will be required to make it perfect?
The answer too often is that “perfect” just isn’t an option, and many of the items above will be overlooked. Luckily, a modern sales enablement software solution, powered by AI, can handle much of the time-consuming work in just a few clicks.
On ikaun’s platform, a user can build a dynamic pitch deck that is completely custom in moments. Just select the assets, people, and information you want to include.
Export the information to a sharable link, or a branded slide deck.
If your team is struggling to convert, or they’re using pitch decks that are one-size-fits-all, empowering them with cutting-edge tools will enable them to spend more time on tasks that add authentic value.
Ikaun was built to help organizations easily create, discover, and use knowledge to enhance employee productivity and increase business outcomes.
Leverage your organization's collective experience for better decision making; easily search for internal experts by skill sets, industry expertise, and more.
Ikaun’s Intelligent-Knowledge-Assistant searches through your ikaun environment and other connected systems to help answer FAQs, find people, find assets, or support complex research scenarios.
Create easy-to-read profiles that include biography, skills / expertise, employment history, certifications, affiliations and other key information about your employees.
Leverage experience already unified in your ikaun platform to create beautiful on-brand proposals and pitches in minutes.
Deploy knowledge campaigns to inform employees about active pursuits, new clients, or firm news.
Connect your document management systems, CRM, and other popular applications with ease and confidence.