This blog (turns 13 years old in 2022) had more visits in 2020 than in any year from 2013 on.
Spikes in Google search traffic for the term Sales Enablement (even compared to MarTech) seem to be a trend worldwide, but cannot be observed in the USA.
The most recent acquisitions I tracked on my overview with 753 line items (export available) for market players in Sales Enablement and related industries were:
ClearSlide clearslide.com acquired SlideRocket @SlideRocket to let you create & edit presentations in the cloud with slide-by-slide analytics. On 12-Dec-2017, ClearSlide joined Corel Corporation. Then on 23-Dec-2020, @bigtincan announced that its wholly owned US subsidiary, BTC Mobility, LLC has entered into a binding Stock Purchase Agreement with Corel, Inc @corelsoftware where Bigtincan agreed to pay USD$16.25M for @ClearSlide, the sales engagement technology platform with hundreds of customers across three continents. The company has estimated annualised recurring revenue of USD$5.2M. Bigtincan completed a AUD$35M institutional equity raise to support the purchase. The acquisition will add 32 staff members to Bigtincan’s books. Shares in Bigtincan (ASX:BTH) traded 2.24% lower at AUD$1.09. This sale of ClearSlide might mean Corel has exited the Sales Enablement market.
VoiceVibes, Inc myvoicevibes.com @voicevibes voice analytics & AI-powered coaching platform helps professionals make the best impression, every time they speak. Baltimore, Maryland, USA. On 15-Jan-2021, Bigtincan Holdings Limited @bigtincan (ASX: BTH) announced that its wholly owned US subsidiary, BTC Mobility, LLC entered into & completed a Stock Purchase Agreement (“SPA”) with the shareholders of VoiceVibes & acquired 100% of the issued capital of VoiceVibes, Inc for USD$2M. VoiceVibes revenue in FY21 is not expected to be material. Bigtincan plans to retain the VoiceVibes team & integrate VoiceVibes’ technology into existing Bigtincan offerings. Now Bigtincan has acquired: Contondo, FatStax, Zunos, Veelo (mobilepaks) Asdeq Labs, XINN, Agnitio A/S, ClearSlide (SlideRocket), & VoiceVibes (See my entire market overview for all acquisitions).
Slack acquired by Salesforce 1-Dec-2020. Combining @SlackHQ with @Salesforce Customer360 “will be transformative, creating the operating system for the new way to work. Together, we’ll enable companies to grow and succeed in the all-digital, work-from-anywhere world.” Slack shareholders will receive $26.79 in cash & 0.0776 shares of Salesforce common stock for each Slack share, representing an enterprise value of approx. $27.7Bn based on the closing price of Salesforce’s common stock on 30-Nov-2020.
ServiceNow acquired Attivio IP, core technology, & select R&D talent; announced October 2019. With the addition of the @attivio search engine @servicenow moved beyond keyword-based search to deliver conversational AI & search experiences at scale to customers. servicenow.com cloud-based platform & solutions deliver digital workflows that help people do their best work. Santa Clara, CA, USA. ServiceNow, Inc. acquired Attivio, Loom Systems, Passage AI, Sweagle, Montrêal Canada based Element AI elementai.com @element_ai (on 1-Dec-2020).
Grapevine6 grapevine6.com @Grapevine_6 Toronto, ON, Canada. 1-Dec-2020, US based Seismic (Nu:Pitch became Seismic) acquired Grapevine6 (a social & digital sales engagement platform / a way to engage with buyers on social media). As a result of the acquisition, Seismic launched a new integrated offering called Seismic LiveSocial, a social engagement solution for sales & client-facing teams. It leverages the AI engine built by Grapevine6 to help sellers become advisors by authentically engaging with their prospects & clients across the social media landscape. Sales teams can share timely & compliant content from 11k+ third-party publishers across 6 different languages, targeting the right buyers across multiple social platforms. Additionally, brand leaders can measure the ROI of their social engagement strategy.
|Microsoft Office / Teams / SharePoint / Dynamics / Azure / Delve / Xbox / Mesh / Loop / Yammer / Skype / LinkedIn (PointDrive) LinkedIn Learning / Viva Sales seller’s companion to CRM working in productivity apps like Outlook & Teams w. integrations to Dynamics 365 Sales & Salesforce CRM||10|
|Bigtincan: Contondo, FatStax, Zunos, Veelo (mobilepaks) Asdeq Labs, XINN, Agnitio A/S, ClearSlide(SlideRocket), VoiceVibes, Vidinoti, Brainshark||12|
|Salesforce CRM CMS / Sites / Content / Chatter / Quip / Einstein / AppExchange / Trailhead / Slack / LevelJump formerly Lurniture / Salesforce Genie / Genie for Tableau / MuleSoft / Slack Genie / Einstein AI & Flow automation||8|
|Showpad (LearnCore, LIA, Voicefox, Hickup, Taptera)||7|
|SAP (Callidus, iCentera, Litmos LMS, Emarsys, Signavio) CRM, CPQ, CLM||7|
|Permira permira.com: Nu:Pitch became Seismic: Seismic (SAVO / SAVO Group, KnowledgeTree, Zensight, Percolate, Grapevine6, Lessonly [Obie acquired by Lessonly 29-Jul-2021])||6|
|Private Equity Firm HGGC, LLC invested in Upland uplandsoftware.com: Altify, Kapost, RO|innovation, Qvidian (Sant & Kadient), BlueVenn, Objectif Lune Inc. objectiflune.com, BA-Insight Inc. bainsight.com||8|
|Adobe: Adobe Experience Cloud / AEM / Marketo / ToutApp / Figma||4|
|Conga (Octiv [formerly TinderBox]) acquired by Apttus apttus.com owned by Thoma Bravo||3|
|ZoomInfo Technologies (acquired by DiscoverOrg) acquired TellWise, Clickagy AI, Komiko||3|
|Mediafly (Alinean / iPresent / Presentify presentify.co.uk / InsightSquared [acquired Olono Olono.ai])||3|
|Episerver Inc. (Insite Software acquired Storyworks Ondemand / Storyworks1. Optimizely acquired Insite optimizely.com/insite/ Sep-2020, Episerver [Acquired by Insight Partners] acquired Optimizely In Bid To Drive ‘Experimentation’)||4|
SalesRight salesright.co @SalesRightCo helps SaaS sales teams close deals faster through Interactive Live Quotes. Developer of a cloud-based platform designed to allow SaaS sales teams to deliver pricing & close deals faster. The company’s platform is an interactive quote delivery software that accelerates the quote creation, delivery & close process. The software’s Interactive Live Quotes increase conversion rates for SaaS sales teams while reducing time spent per opportunity. Quotes provide prospects with interactive buying experiences backed by sales psychology, while serving up the analytics sales teams need to accelerate the deal to close. Sales reps save 10+ hours a month by replacing pricing spreadsheets, slide decks & proposals. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. 19-Nov-2020: Acquired by FastSpring; Bright Market, LLC dba FastSpring, USA. 18-Feb-2018, Accel-KKR acquired FastSpring for an undisclosed amount.
AutoKlose autoklose.com @autoklose Sales Engagement, Email Tracking, Outbound sales automation platform. Features automated lead gen, drip campaigns, calendar scheduling, & CRM integration. Toronto, Canada / USA. Owned & operated by ExchangeLeads Inc. doing business as AutoKlose. Plano, Texas, Oct. 20, 2020: VanillaSoft, a sales engagement technology company, announced that they acquired email automation & sales intelligence platform vendor AutoKlose.
CHICAGO, 28-Oct-2020, Mediafly mediafly.com @mediafly a provider of sales enablement technology, content management & advisory services that create interactive, value-based selling experiences, announced it acquired Presentify presentify.co.uk a global visual communication solution based in the UK. 21-Nov-2020, Mediafly launched Jumpstart Presentations, a new offering to help brands accelerate their digital sales transformation & move beyond the traditional pitch presentation.
Nudge Software neednudge.com nudge.ai @nudgeai a social selling app that helps you grow the right relationships from your network of weak connections. We Believe That trust trumps content & your network is your net worth. We’re bringing the business world closer together one Nudge at a time. Their Co-Founder & CTO is Steve Woods, who was Co-Founder & CTO of Eloqua from its inception in 1999 through IPO & acquisition by Oracle in 2012. Find + nurture relationships, generate + accelerate pipeline, & build revenue growth. Used to have $310K in estimated revenue annually & used to compete with Datanyze, Clearbit, & InsideView. Out of business as of 21-Jan-2020. nudge.ai @nudgeai a social selling app that helps you grow the right relationships from your network of weak connections Toronto, ON, Canada. NUDGE.AI ASSETS ACQUIRED LESS THAN TWO MONTHS AFTER COMPANY SHUT DOWN: SAN FRANCISCO, CA; 11-Mar-2020, Nudge has been acquired by Affinity affinity.co @Affinity. Affinity’s new Relationship Intelligence product for sales teams due out later 2020; Affinity expands to open Canadian office. Affinity relationship intelligence platform, announced the acquisition of Nudge, a revenue intelligence platform designed to build relationships & grow sales. Affinity (founded in 2014 just like Nudge) offers a platform that (using AI) collects & analyzes data to build better network relationships. Similarly, Nudge had developed an AI-based revenue intelligence platform for sales teams, used to identify gaps in stakeholder relationships, with the goal of finding & increasing pipeline attrition.
triblio triblio.com @triblio Account-based marketing software that helps generate demand & engagement from the targeted accounts. ABM is at its strongest when marketing & sales teams are in step. In developing features, we talk to both sales & marketing teams to see what they would find most helpful. Washington, DC, USA. Boston, Mass. 23-Jun-2020 – IDG Communications has agreed to acquire Triblio in a deal that will accelerate the shift to ready-made, highly automated marketing technology platforms.
thedocyard thedocyard.co @thedocyard_co deal management platform in a single integrated solution that empowers teams, drives productivity & manages risk. July 2020, thedocyard acquired 100% of LockBox Technologies Pty Ltd lockboxtech.com.au Publicly listed transaction management company, thedocyard, is to buy out (reverse merger) virtual data room (VDR) business Ansarada. Listed on the ASX as ASX:AND 9-Dec-2020. SalesPreso salespreso.com @SalesPreso enterprise sales platform to ensure that all your salespeople tell your best sales story, every time. Rebranded to livepreso.com @livepreso LivePreso automatically makes the perfect content for each customer experience. Presentation platform SalesPreso raised AUD$5M, & rebranded as LivePreso as it ramps up its offering for business. Shearwater Growth Ventures, the $50M Sydney VC fund co-founded by former WiseTech directors led the round. The funds will be used to further develop the LivePreso platform to automate the creation of digital content for business-critical meetings like account renewals, reviews, business development & new sales opportunities. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia