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Marketing Strategy
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March 8, 2024

How to Create Sales Enablement Content that Closes Deals

Keelyn Hart
Content Writer at Letterdrop


  • To create effective sales enablement content, talk to customers, understand the buyer journey, and collaborate with the sales and customer support teams.
  • Sales reps should use sales enablement content at each stage of the sales cycle and corresponding stage in the buyer journey to nurture prospects and address their needs.

You want your content to land with your audience and drive conversions. Your Sales Team want to close deals.

Whether you're a Content Marketing Manager or someone on the Sales Enablement team, creating compelling sales enablement content can help the Sales Team close those deals and ultimately influence the top line. It's a win-win scenario.

According to a study, 95% of buyers prefer to choose a provider who offers content that helps them navigate the buying process.

Without good sales enablement content, your company will likely have incredibly long sales cycles and miss out on multiple opportunities to close new accounts.

So, how do you write sales enablement content that actually helps do the trick?

In this guide, we'll show you:

  • Where to find ideas for sales enablement content
  • How exactly your Sales Team should use sales enablement content
  • What formats you should use

Once you're equipped with a solid strategy, you'll be pushing out sales enablement pieces that close the deal in no time.

What is Sales Enablement Content?

Sales enablement content is content made for the Sales Team to give to prospective customers, providing answers to common questions and helping them understand the product better. At the end of the day, it should help your Sales Team close deals.

Content for sales enablement also requires continuous improvement and updates to keep it relevant.

Essentially, sales enablement content educates prospects by addressing any questions and concerns they may have about the product and persuades them to buy.

We've experienced great results at Letterdrop since using sales enablement content in prospecting emails — in fact, our cold email engagement rates have gone up 4%.

How Do You Decide Which Content to Create for Sales Enablement?

Sales enablement content needs to be genuinely helpful to actually influence a buying decision, which is why it's so important to know exactly what your ICP needs from you.

Here are the ways you can get inspiration for helpful sales enablement content.

1. Talk to Customers

Where better to learn what content to cover than directly from existing customers? Talk to them either over video chat or in person to find out:

  • What challenges they face
  • What they care about
  • What tools they're currently using
  • The ins and outs of their job
  • What kinds of solutions they're looking for

Sales calls are also a source of valuable marketing insights, so try and watch as many call recordings as you can. Letterdrop has a handy feature that lets you pull content ideas directly from sales calls automatically, so you don't have to spend hours combing through call footage.

The Letterdrop-Gong.io integration can pull content ideas directly from sales calls
The Letterdrop-Gong.io integration can pull content ideas directly from sales calls

2. Understand the Customer Buyer Journey

While closing an enterprise deal may be different to closing a small business deal, the buyer journey generally has four stages:

  • The unaware phase. At this point, a prospect is just learning about the space.
  • The problem-aware phase. The prospect is aware of an issue they're facing and starts searching for solutions.
  • The solution-aware phase. The prospect is aware of multiple solutions and is weighing up their options.
  • The product-aware phase. By now, the prospect knows enough to confidently choose a solution and transform into a paying customer.

You need to align these stages with appropriate content for your Sales Team to use. For example, there's no point in giving a prospect in the unaware phase a product-led article. At that point, they have no idea who you are or why they have any need for your product.

You can then audit your existing content since it's more than likely that you'll find pieces that can either be used for sales enablement as-is or updated to become sales enablement content.

If you understand what your customer is looking for and when, it's easier for you to know what content will land.

Understanding levels of buyer awareness in the marketing funnel. Letterdrop
The different stages of the buyer journey

3. Talk to Your Sales Team

Nobody understands what resources could help close deals better than your sales reps themselves. You should:

  • Ask your Sales Team for insights on what they need to best answer frequently asked questions and concerns.
  • Use their answers to customers in sales calls as fuel for your content
  • Set up a workflow for gathering these insights, like opening a Slack channel specific to sales feedback or creating a spreadsheet.

Letterdrop has a dashboard for collecting ideas that connects to Slack, so it's easy for our Sales Team to leave their content suggestions.

It's easy for our Sales Team to suggest content ideas in Letterdrop

We also have an upcoming feature to create first drafts of sales enablement posts for you using questions from your customers and answers from your sales reps.

4. Talk to Your Customer Support Team

You can go over tickets submitted by customers to find out:

  • Frequently asked questions
  • Common issues
  • What they are happy about

You can use this information to build up your content and improve the customer experience.

‎List of Top Formats for Sales Enablement Content

As you're no doubt aware by now, sales enablement can take on many forms to suit specific stages of both the buyer journey and the sales cycle.

We'll show you some examples of the types of sales enablement content both the marketing team and the sales team can create based on the sources we mentioned above.

Types of Content You Can Create from Customer Conversations

I can't emphasize enough just how much you can do with the information you gather from customer calls. Here are some examples of what you can create using these conversations.

From the Marketing Team

1. Content That Tackles Objection Handling

You and your Sales Team quickly find out what objections customers usually have, such as worries about onboarding your software, and can create guides to help tackle these objections.

For example, suppose a common objection is "I'm thinking of going with competitor X." A good piece of content your Sales team could use to combat this is a comparison article showcasing both products' offerings.

Here's an example of a comparison article by HubSpot.

A comparison article like this one from HubSpot is good for objections about competitors
A comparison article like this one from HubSpot is good for objections about competitors

2. Onboarding Content and Product Demo Design

Once you've witnessed successful (and unsuccessful) sales cycles, you'll be able to determine how to best help customers get started with your product and what materials they need.

You can:

  • Create step-by-step guides on your product
  • Help create product demos
  • Help design interactive demos

Here's an example of an interactive demo from DigitalOcean.

An interactive demo by DigitalOcean
An interactive demo by DigitalOcean

3. Sales Decks and Presentations

With the help of customers, you and the Sales Team will be able to narrow down best features, value propositions and more.

You can then create multimedia presentations for specific stages of the sales cycle, and visuals positively impact how much prospects remember about your company. In fact, studies show that people retain 55% more of the same information if it comes with visuals.

Here's a slide from a sales deck from Leadnomics which showcases its best features.

A sales deck from Leadnomics
A sales deck from Leadnomics

4. Video Testimonials

Sales calls are a great source of customer quotes and video snippets, which can be used in content or sent as-is by your Sales Team to close deals. Here's a customer reel we compiled recently as an example.

From the Sales Team

1. Sales Scripts

After handling so many customer calls, your Sales Team should have an idea of common questions and answers and be able to create pre-written scripts to guide reps through calls.

2. Sales Battlecards

Similar to the above, these cards give actionable talking points such as your product's USPs versus competitors, customer testimonials, objection handling, and more. Here's an example from MailChimp.

A sales battlecard from Mailchimp

3. Sales Playbooks

These comprehensive guides are best to come from your Sales Team themselves to help train sales reps or improve sales strategies across the board. They should cover:

  • competitor information
  • buyer personas
  • objection-handling techniques
  • best features, and more.

Types of Content You Can Create from Existing Marketing Materials

This content will, of course, come from Marketing.

Remember we talked about auditing existing marketing content and using it as sales enablement content? This includes:

1. Educational Blog Posts

Here's a guide we wrote on setting up a Webflow blog for the benefit of our prospects.

An informational blog post on Letterdrop
An informational blog post on Letterdrop

2. Case Studies

These are the ultimate sales pitch to potential customers since they demonstrate data-driven examples of how you've helped similar companies go from zero to hero. Here's one from Metadata.io.

A case study from Metadata
A case study from Metadata

3. Whitepapers

In-depth and research-backed whitepapers are great to send to prospects since they're primarily factual rather than opinion-based. Here's an example from HSO.

An example of a whitepaper by HSO
An example of a whitepaper by HSO

Types of Content You Can Create With the Help of Customer Support

Your Customer Support team are a great resource for customer-centric content, like:

  • Case studies, which we've covered under customer conversations.
  • Testimonials, which can be either written or recorded.

Some customer testimonials on Letterdrop
Some customer testimonials on Letterdrop

Types of Content You Can Create With Internal Data

Every company has a collection of valuable data surrounding customer profiles and the product itself. You can gather this information from product docs and market research.

From the Sales Team

1. Product Cheat Sheets

These are docs covering everything to do with the product that are quick and easy for your sales reps to reference during customer conversations.

2. Pricing Guidelines

These help sales reps determine the best and fairest price point per account, based on company objectives and customer expectations.

3. Product Comparison Charts

This chart typically lists key features, specifications, and other relevant details of your product against competitors', making it easier for potential customers to evaluate their options and make an informed choice. Here's an example template from Venngage.

An example of a product comparison chart from Venngage
An example of a product comparison chart from Venngage

P.S — Marketing can use these to create product comparison articles, like the one earlier from HubSpot.

From the Marketing Team

Buyer Personas

These are detailed profiles that help you and your Sales Team understand your target customers better.

Both the Marketing and Sales teams can use them to tailor their strategies, messaging, and content to address the specific needs, preferences, pain points, and behaviors of different customer segments. Here's an example from HubSpot.

An example of a buyer persona from HubSpot
An example of a buyer persona from HubSpot

How Your Sales Team Should Use Sales Enablement Content

Now your Sales Team has the sales enablement content they need to help them nurture prospects into customers. They interact with customers at different stages of the buyer journey and sales cycle, and they need to know what content to use when for the best results.

Here are the seven stages of the sales cycle and suggestions for what sales enablement content to use at each stage.

1. Prospecting: This is the initial stage where sales representatives identify and research prospects who might be interested in your product. In their cold outbound, your sales reps should be using:

  1. Educational blog posts and guides. For example, at Letterdrop, we bring Webflow to parity with WordPress and reach out to prospects with Webflow sites who may be encountering issues. We booked a demo when we used a "how to" guide in a cold email.

We booked a demo by including helpful content in a prospecting mail
We booked a demo by including helpful content in a prospecting mail

2. First Contact: Qualification and Needs Analysis: In this stage, sales reps are evaluating whether a prospect is a good fit for their offering. They assess the prospect's pain points, needs, budget, authority to make decisions, and overall potential as a customer. They should be using:
a. A sales script to reference
b. Questionnaires and similar assessments to help understand whether the prospect has potential to become a customer

3. Follow-Up Questions. The prospect may have a lot of follow-up questions about the product, which can best be served by:
a. More blog posts and guides
b. PDFs
c. Sales decks
d. Explainer videos
e. Case studies

Here's how our Sales Lead, Zach, uses case studies in follow-ups.

4. Presentation and Product Demonstration: At this stage, the sales rep showcases the product's capabilities, highlighting its features, benefits, and how it addresses the prospect's needs. The content they'd need at this stage would be:
a. Product demos
b. Sales decks and presentations
c. Product cheat sheets and battlecards for your sales reps to reference
d. Case studies
e. Product comparison charts or articles

Here's Zach on using comparison articles to help prospects evaluate Letterdrop against competitors near the end of the sales cycle.

5. Objection Handling: It's common that prospects will raise concerns and objections once they understand the product better. To combat this, sales reps can use:
a. Objection handling decks
b. Sales battlecards
c. Onboarding content
d. Case studies and testimonials

6. Formal Proposal: After understanding the prospect's needs, your sales rep will prepare a formal proposal or quote outlining the terms, pricing, and specific details of the offering. At this stage, they could use:
a. Pricing guidelines

7. Closing the Deal: This is the stage where the salesperson seeks to finalize the sale and secure the prospect's commitment to becoming a customer. Negotiations may take place to reach mutually agreeable terms. They could make use of:
a. More case studies and customer testimonials to make the final nudge

Helpful Content Can Help Seal the Deal

High-quality sales enablement content isn't possible without the collaboration between marketing and sales, which is why it's so important that you bridge the gap between the departments and put prospects first.

We write a lot of sales enablement content at Letterdrop. If you want to learn more about our processes and how we can help streamline your content ops, why not reach out to us or subscribe to our bi-weekly newsletter?

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