Sales Enablement vendor SalesHood announced the general availability of SkillsHood, an asynchronous training platform for the entire organization. The SkillsHood Enablement Platform “automates and scales organizational readiness and messaging alignment processes both for distributed and remote employees.”
“SkillsHood is our latest innovation created to boost employee productivity by elevating how employees learn, coach, and collaborate asynchronously across their organization,” posted CEO Elay Cohen on LinkedIn. “The SkillsHood Enablement Platform automates and scales organizational readiness and messaging alignment processes both for distributed and remote employees.”
SkillsHood delivers personalized learning and development training for both onboarding and ongoing training. Features include prescriptive learning paths, video role-playing, manager coaching, video storytelling, employee recognition, peer feedback, quizzes, and assessments. Streamed content may be delivered just-in-time by role and tenure. Other features include gamification, badging, and analytics. The enablement platform is integrated with Domo, GoodData, Tableau, and PoweredBI.
“It’s amazing to see sales enablement mature and transform to company-wide enablement,” said Cohen. “Now more than ever, all departments are looking for innovative ways to lift employee productivity and bring teams together virtually.”
Remote training will remain a core requirement after the pandemic. Gartner forecasts that 48% of employees will work at least part of the time versus 30% remotely before COVID-19.
Sales Enablement vendor SalesHood released Coaching Command Center, a set of templates, reports, and prompts to assist front-line managers in elevating the performance and win rates of their teams.
“We’re excited to release more innovation for virtual sales coaching,” said SalesHood CEO Elay Cohen. “We’re committed to helping front-line managers be better at developing their remote teams and boosting their win rates.”
In a call with GZ Consulting, Cohen emphasized that SalesHood focuses on productivity and outcomes for both sales reps and front-line managers, looking to raise the bar for all managers. The new Command Center is a coaching dashboard that analyzes performance and what sales reps are doing. It fosters managerial actions through celebrations, risk identification, and recommending Next Best Actions. A meetings-in-a-box feature supports coaching huddles and hands-on training, with recorded calls as input, and coaching to-dos.
According to Cohen, “curated coaching can be prescriptive” and should be performance and data-driven. It should also be scalable and repeatable, making it easy to schedule classes, coaching, and call reviews. Templates facilitate discussion and coaching. Open questions and training sessions are noted, and sales reps are notified if task assignments have not been addressed before the next one-on-one.
Along with templates, SalesHood provides a library of sales training tools, including battle cards, product playbooks, and win stories. Video recording guidance helps non-training professionals (e.g., product managers, competitive analysts, sales operations) chunk content into modules and cover key topics.
New Command Center tools include programs and coaching activities, team leaderboards, curated team videos, prioritized coaching activities, and coaching templates.
The graphical program tracker displays a data-driven timeline with drill-down tasks, helping front-line managers view programs and coaching activities. The program tracker assists with one-on-one coaching through automated activities, notifications, tips, and scorecards. A notification flag appears in the right corner of the top banner, letting managers immediately access pending coaching activities. For example, if there is a recorded pitch for review, the manager can review the video and offer feedback.
Team Leaderboards summarize team performance across engagement, completion, and performance metrics.
Team videos are submitted and reviewed by managers for comments and celebration. Videos include pitches, demonstrations, presentation dry-runs, deal wins, and stories.
Prioritized coaching activities are delivered to front-line managers on desktop and mobile devices (iOS and Android native apps) with automated coaching activities for pitch practice, role-playing, quizzing, assessments, and story submissions by their team.
SalesHood is packaged with a set of customizable templates for deal reviews, one-on-ones, and even quarterly business reviews. Templates are customizable to reflect the industry, markets, and sales strategies of firms.
“Right out of the box, SalesHood provides solutions for more structured, more efficient, and more lucrative sales team management,” claims the firm.
“Sales coaching creates space for collaborative skill and deal development conversations. Effective sales coaches give sales professionals the responsibility of ownership and accountability for their deal strategies from planning to preparation to close…
No longer will you be in the dark on how your reps are pitching to customers or handling common objections. You’ll be in the know as to how and if they are onboarding effectively. Are they retaining product knowledge? Do they understand the crucial competitive plays? Is their messaging creating interest? Is it aligned with the corporate message?”
“SalesHood Sales Coaching Demonstration” video
Aragon Research predicted that by the end of 2021, 55% of enterprises will have deployed digital sales coaching and learning.
“High performing sales organizations are now making sales coaching and learning a daily habit,” says CEO of Aragon Research, Jim Lundy. “Top salespeople are constantly practicing, and the best managers conduct regular coaching.” Despite the known correlation between coaching and performance, managers and their teams have been unable to embed this practice into their daily workflows.
Aragon Research placed SalesHood in its Leader quadrant for Sales Coaching and Learning (July 2020), scoring the highest on strategy, but below the other leaders on performance. Aragon listed a broad set of SalesHood strengths, including sales coaching and learning, sales content management, and front-line manager enablement. However, the firm noted that SalesHood lacks market awareness.