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Generative AI for sales: The power and the potential

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Most of us are familiar with the term “time is money” and how it seems like we don’t have enough of either. For a sales rep, this can be especially true when so much of their performance and earning potential is tied to outcomes and not actions. A hundred good conversations or emails might result in nothing, but the right conversation with the right prospect can seal the deal.

Organizations have tried to help their sellers by automating early-stage engagement via marketing. But as B2B leads flow into the sales funnel, engagement needs to be far more focused and tailored to the prospects. Enter generative AI for sales.

Boosting sales engagement with generative AI

Sellers don’t tend to be the earliest adopters of technology, but generative AI might be the exception because it could have the power to effectively add more time back in their day.

Selling is about consistent engagement and tailored, often routine, interactions with prospects and customers. Often that engagement is very similar across clients with only a few copy/paste changes, but it can also be highly tailored to address specific challenges or concerns that crop up during discovery.

Generative AI has the power to accelerate these highly customized engagements without losing the critical details the prospect or customer needs to hear. This can happen when AI technology is linked effectively to company-specific data such as:

  • Meeting transcripts
  • Audio recordings
  • Product messaging
  • Competitive differentiators

Fine-tuned customer engagements help sellers navigate the hard questions to determine the strength of buying intent, effectively helping the seller and the intelligent sales automation platform segment opportunities by strength.

Intelligent selling hinges on good data

AI-powered sales solutions are quickly becoming one of the most effective tools to help sellers identify where they should focus and what they should focus on.

Generative AI will play a large role in future sales engagement, impacting all aspects of selling, including:

  1. Customized cold outreach
  2. Account and opportunity highlights
  3. Email and meeting responses
  4. Proposal request responses
  5. Intelligent scheduling

But like all other forms of intelligence, outcomes are only as good as the inputs.

Intelligent selling is all about helping sellers focus on the right subset of opportunities and taking the right actions to progress each from pipeline to forecast to close. However, predictive scoring, data-driven recommendations, opportunity insights, relationship intelligence, and more are all driven by information.

The better information AI-enabled sales automation systems utilize, the better recommendations and insights they produce for sellers.

Sellers still in control

All the recent news about AI has created a lot of fear about potential job loss across many industries and professions. However, generative AI isn’t about replacing salespeople. Rather, it’s about easing the seller’s daily work, enabling customized sales engagement more scalable.

As organizations leverage generative AI for sales, they need to communicate the benefits clearly and assure sellers that robots aren’t taking their jobs. Training needs to show how AI can help streamline sales processes and that sellers will be able to organically use AI capabilities within their natural sales flow.

For example, sellers will want to tweak content generated by AI to add their flavor in most situations. They can accept or reject recommendations and provide feedback to improve AI results.

Once sellers see how AI can relieve some of the more routine parts of their job to boost their effectiveness, they’ll be on board. Then they can focus on becoming the trusted advisors that customers value.

The brave new world of B2B sales

Generative AI has the potential to revolutionize B2B sales engagement. By helping sellers create compelling messages for every prospect and situation, AI will improve response rates. With better engagement, sales velocity can soar, helping organizations reach their goals faster.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs):

Generative AI empowers sales by analyzing vast amounts of data, including meeting transcripts and product messaging, it crafts highly customized interactions tailored to individual prospect or customer needs. Generative AI streamlines and enhances sales engagements with prospects and customers, accelerating the sales process by ensuring that critical details are communicated effectively, making every interaction more impactful and relevant.

  • Customized Engagement: generative AI tailors interactions based on specific challenges or concerns that prospects or customers face, thereby ensuring every message resonates with the recipient.
  • Efficiency: it accelerates routine or repetitive tasks, allowing sellers to focus on more strategic tasks.
  • Data-Driven Insights: AI-powered sales solutions provide predictive scoring, opportunity insights, and relationship intelligence, guiding sellers to focus on opportunities with highest propensity to convert.
  • Enhanced Sales Velocity:  driving faster sales funnel conversions, with improved engagement, tailored messaging, intelligent insights, and predictive scoring.

Generative AI is revolutionizing sales engagement in various ways; for example it aids in crafting customized cold outreach messages that resonate with potential clients. It proactively provides account and opportunity highlights, ensuring sellers are always informed. Additionally, it assists in formulating email responses, RFP responses, and even with intelligent scheduling, ensuring optimal time management.

While generative AI offers numerous benefits, it does come with its fair share of challenges. The effectiveness of AI-driven recommendations hinges on the quality of input data; inaccurate or incomplete data can lead to suboptimal suggestions. There’s also a learning curve for sellers to organically integrate AI into their workflow. Moreover, there’s a need to strike the right balance between AI-generated content and a seller’s personal touch, thereby ensuring interactions remain genuine and human-centric.

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