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5 Sales Engagement Strategies That Actually Work in 2024

Published on April 25, 2024
Sreekanth NP
Growth Marketer,

Imagine this: You've got a fantastic product, a strong sales team, and a pipeline brimming with prospects. But something's off. Crickets chirp on calls, emails languish unopened, and deals stall out faster than a one-horse race. Weak sales engagement.

Sound familiar?

People are inundated with sales outreach day in day out these days. Capturing a prospect's attention feels like winning the lottery. The struggle is real, sales leaders. Engaging prospects effectively separates the closers from the ghosters. So, how do you craft a sales engagement strategy that cuts through the noise and ignites real conversations?

Let's dive in.

What is Sales Engagement and Why Should You Care?

Sales engagement goes beyond the basic "spray and pray" approach of mass outreach. It's about building genuine connections with prospects throughout the sales cycle. Think of it as the art of sparking a conversation, not just delivering a monologue. Effective sales engagement personalizes interactions, addresses specific needs, and fosters trust.

Why is this so crucial? Because today's empowered buyers do their research. 96% of them, according to HubSpot. They're bombarded with information and wary of pushy tactics. Simply put, engagement is the key to unlocking their interest. Going back to HubSpot’s research, 82% of sales pros say that building relationships with people is the most important part of selling (and the most enjoyable part of their job).

And yet, this doesn’t happen nearly as much as it should in most sales organizations. Let’s find out why and what you, as a sales leader, can do about it.

Why isn’t Sales Engagement Happening in Most Orgs?

To dive deep and understand why, let’s consider a sales rep as a microcosm and examine what a typical day of work in their life looks like.

Imagine you have a sales representative named Tom. Tom is hard working, Tom is talented and Tom works remotely. 

Tom’s day starts with getting ready for work, putting on sweatpants and suits, as any sensible remote employee would do. But because Tom is organized, he first checks the calendar - “What does my day look like? Who am I talking to, first?”

A Day in the Life of an SDR - 1

Now that Tom knows what’s up, it’s time to be gung ho and call the first prospect.

A Day in the Life of an SDR - 2

Since Tom is energetic, enthusiastic and good at his job, he does a fabulous job of engaging the prospect.

A Day in the Life of an SDR - 3

So far, so good, right?

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But that’s where the buck stops.

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Oh, the horror. Tom realizes that before lies him the dreaded CRM updates. The unruly beast he must capitulate to, because it’s necessary.

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But Tom is no pushover, he's a tough rep. He updates the CRM fields, one by one and sends the follow up emails. He organizes his notes in CRM and creates reports.

He does all the mundane but necessary non-selling tasks. Because he has to.

A Day in the Life of an SDR - 7

After all that time spent on such tasks, Tom is drained.

But the day is still not over. Miles to go before Tom sleeps.

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So what happens when an immovable object meets an unstoppable force?

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Your sales reps go through this every day. The pain and drudgery of such mundane tasks deplete any energy and enthusiasm they have and it reflects in their prospect conversations.

So, what can you do, sales leader?

Eliminate such mundane tasks off their to-do lists. Use tools like Rafiki that automate them and save your reps hours everyday while letting them do the work they enjoy - engaging their prospects.


Sales Reps: Level Up Your Engagement Game

It’s not just the sales leaders who can do something about engagement after all. Corrective measures should trickle down from all levels of the organization. Here are some actionable tips that sales reps can take to elevate engagement from crickets to conversations:

  • Be a master listener: It's all about the prospect, not you. Actively listen to their challenges and tailor your pitch accordingly.
  • Personalize your approach: Ditch the generic templates. Research your prospects and craft messages that resonate with their specific needs. Think "consultative" not "canned."
  • Embrace the power of storytelling: Weave compelling narratives that showcase how your product solves their problems. Facts tell, stories sell!
  • Leverage social selling: Engage with prospects on their turf – LinkedIn, Twitter – by sharing relevant industry insights and sparking conversations.
  • Follow up, but make it smart: Don't bombard inboxes. Use Rafiki's Smart Follow Up to send automatically crafted personalized emails that summarize key points and nudge prospects towards the next step. This saves you time and ensures your follow-ups are relevant and impactful.

5 Cutting-Edge Sales Engagement Strategies for 2024

While the tips in the previous section are essential, true engagement mastery requires a strategic approach. Here are 5 cutting-edge sales engagement strategies that will keep your prospects glued to the conversation:

1. Video Prospecting: Video is king, when it comes to engagement. Sending personalized video introductions or demos grabs attention far quicker than a text-heavy email. Tools like Vidyard, Hippo Video and Loom can help your team scale this approach. Briefly introduce yourself, highlight the prospect's specific pain points, and showcase how your solution can alleviate them. Keep it concise, engaging, and under two minutes.

2. Interactive Content: Static brochures are a snoozefest. Instead, captivate prospects with interactive content like quizzes, polls, or assessments that uncover their unique challenges. This not only gathers valuable insights but also positions you as a trusted advisor who understands their needs. Use a tool like Paperflite or Venngage to create interactive content.

3. Multi-Channel Engagement: Gone are the days of relying solely on email. Today's buyers expect a more dynamic experience. Integrate social media messaging, voice notes, or even personalized text outreach to keep the conversation flowing across their preferred channels.

4. Data-Driven Personalization: Personalization without data is like driving blindfolded. Utilize your CRM and sales intelligence tools to gather prospect data and tailor your outreach accordingly. For instance, Rafiki's Lead Scoring can analyze conversations and automatically assess a prospect's fit based on the qualification methodology your team uses, saving them time and ensuring you prioritize the most promising leads to engage.

Rafiki's Lead Scoring

5. Real-Time Conversation Coaching: Imagine having a coach whispering sales magic in your ear. That's the power of conversation intelligence platforms! Tools like Rafiki transcribe and analyze calls, providing insights into rep performance and highlighting opportunities for improvement. Rafiki's Smart Call Scoring removes subjectivity and empowers reps to focus on areas that will truly elevate their engagement skills.

The Engagement Edge

Sales is hard, and sales engagement is what makes it so.

By equipping your team with the right strategies and leveraging technology like Rafiki, you can transform your reps into engagement experts. Foster a culture of continuous learning and embrace data-driven insights to refine your approach. The rewards? A pipeline buzzing with qualified leads and deals closing at record pace.

Sign up for Rafiki’s free 14 day trial to explore how your sales engagement can be skyrocketed.


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