Sales Enablement SaaS software market

Talk about investments off the charts: 22-Feb-2021 Highspot raises USD $200M

The round included all existing investors: ICONIQ Growth, Madrona Venture Group, OpenView, Salesforce Ventures, Sapphire Ventures and Shasta Ventures. The round values Highspot at $2.3 billion.

$2.3Bn USD as the valuation for one single vendor in such a saturated market, which by the way is not a winner takes all market!

$2.3Bn USD was pretty close to the size of the entire Sales Enablement software market in 2020, if you left out some revenue numbers I always like to add to account for alternatives (instead of only focusing on competitors, also looking at alternatives).

I estimate annual revenue by creating an average across multiple sites such as:

growjo.com/company/Highspot which guesses that:

Highspot’s estimated revenue per employee is $145,000

getlatka.com/companies/highspot

owler.com/company/highspot

This blog (turns 13 years old in 2022) had more visits in 2020 than in any year from 2013 on.

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Spikes in Google search traffic for the term Sales Enablement (even compared to MarTech) seem to be a COVID trend worldwide.

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The most recent acquisitions I tracked on my overview with 760 line items (export available) for market players in Sales Enablement and related industries were:

23-Aug-2021, Bigtincan acquired Brainshark, Inc. (Sales Readiness solutions for training, coaching & onboarding: Solutions for course authoring, course content creation, 1:1 video coaching with AI-scoring, & readiness scorecards to help customers train, coach, & assess the buyer-readiness of customer-facing teams incl. frontline sellers, field marketing, & support)

19-Aug-2021, sales enablement & marketing orchestration platform Seismic acquired Lessonly, a provider of sales training, coaching, & enablement solutions. With this acquisition, the company will provide sellers the access to marketing & sales content as well as coaching plans, learning programs, & practice scenarios in one location. In addition to the acquisition, the company has also closed a $170M Series G funding bringing the company’s valuation to $3B.


4-Feb-2021: Box Inc acquires Amsterdam’s e-signature startup, SignRequest for €45.6M. 10-Jul-2018: Box acquired Butter.ai for an undisclosed amount.


Signavio signavio.com @signavio (now part of SAP) WALLDORF, Germany. 5-Mar-2021, SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) announced it completed the acquisition of Signavio (in the enterprise business process intelligence & process management space). Signavio’s products become part of SAP’s Business Process Intelligence portfolio & complement SAP’s process transformation portfolio. “With Signavio now an official part of our business process intelligence unit, we can help companies quickly understand, improve, transform & manage their business processes at scale.” SIGNAVIO COLLABORATION HUB: Harness the wisdom of the crowd, & transform the way you work together. Discover A New Way To Work: Business processes & decisions are the foundation on which your organization is built. Signavio Collaboration Hub & Live Insights acts as a single source of truth, giving employees across your organization a transparent meeting point to combine their work & expertise. Manage your process content across the entire Signavio Business Transformation Suite. Streamline presentations & provide easy-to-understand updates to your stakeholders. View any & all process content in a clear & simple way. Drive initiatives across your organisation by ensuring everyone is on the same page. PROCESS MINING FOR SALESFORCE: Get the story behind your sales cycle with game-changing insights to supercharge your sales. FACTUAL INSIGHTS DRIVE EFFECTIVE SALES: Signavio Process Intelligence for Salesforce app: Analyze your sales performance over multiple dimensions, & compare the effectiveness of your sales teams across regions, market segments or product lines. Who is doing better than the rest, how are they doing it, & then apply those lessons across your whole organization. Turn your best salesperson into every sales person. Hidden within your sales cycle are habits, risks & process behaviors that can have a dramatic effect on your bottom line. Signavio Process Intelligence for Salesforce: See visually, how your sales process is actually being executed. See every action & interaction over time, from the moment leads enter the top of your funnel through to deal closure. Refine your sales methodology, focusing entirely on excellence across the end-to-end sales cycle. Monitor & identify inefficiencies, duplication, or wasted steps within your sales cycle: The whole picture of how your sales have performed over time, not just a single point in time like traditional business intelligence. Taking this historical view is crucial to understanding how to improve the way you’re selling & continuously upskill your sales team. Signavio ANZ PTY LTD, Melbourne, VIC, Australia & Signavio UK Ltd., London, UK & elsewhere & Berlin, Germany

Dropbox dropbox.com @Dropbox (acquired HelloSign) Dropbox for Business helps companies seamlessly collaborate with secure file sharing, access from anywhere, & robust admin controls. San Francisco, CA, US. Acquired HelloSign hellosign.com @HelloSign Simplifying work for the businesses of tomorrow: We are HelloSign, HelloFax & HelloWorks. San Francisco, CA. 10-Mar-2021, Dropbox announced it plans to acquire DocSend for $165 million. DocSend docsend.com @DocSend helps customers share & track documents by sending a secure link instead of an attachment.

Screen Shot 2021-03-25 at 8.56.04 pmUpland Software uplandsoftware.com 2-Mar-2021, Upland Software, Inc. announced it acquired BlueVenn, a cloud-based customer data platform (CDP). BlueVenn bluevenn.com @BlueVenn Learn more about your customers & deliver outstanding, omni-channel customer experiences with the BlueVenn customer data platform. Raleigh NC, US & Bristol, UK. With BlueVenn, Upland customers can now securely unify their consumer data, unlocking the insights needed to create omnichannel digital engagement strategies to drive their business forward, all from a single vendor. A step forward for Upland in the Customer Experience (CX) category. Centralizing customer data has been a persistent challenge for enterprises since today’s digital consumer uses text, email, mobile applications, & websites to interact with the brands, products, & services they love. BlueVenn will sit at the center of the Customer Experience Management (CXM) offering & deliver a single view of the customer that will drive better engagement across every digital channel. Securely access all your online & offline consumer data sources – from in-store to email to mobile – in one centralized location. This unified view unlocks unique insights into crucial buying behaviors & makes them actionable, which allows companies to optimize omnichannel marketing campaign performance. All while ensuring consumer information is kept secure & compliant with regulations. With a unified consumer database sitting at the center of Upland’s CXM product suite, customers will have the power to reach their consumers where they are, driving engagement & conversions whether on email, mobile application, SMS, or online.

Screen Shot 2022-02-03 at 1.18.03 pm19-Apr-2021, DANVERS, Mass., USA, Demand Science DemandScience demandscience.com @DemandScience (Buyer Intelligence Platform / B2B Sales Enablement & Market Intelligence Solutions) completed the acquisition of Leadiro leadiro.com @leadiro B2B sales enablement, sales intelligence & data enrichment platform with 60M+ verified records. Moreover, Demand Science achieved 50% CAGR since 2014, & is on track to exceed $100M in revenue in 2021. UK-based Leadiro experienced more than 100% year-over-year revenue and EBITDA growth in 2020. Q1 was a record revenue quarter with approximately 150% year-over-year revenue growth. Demand Science is a global buyer intelligence platform that accelerates demand generation for the world’s largest software, technology & B2B companies. It delivers data & prioritized buyer insights that align sales & marketing professionals with more qualified audiences through its PureB2B, Klarity, Internal Screen Shot 2022-02-03 at 1.36.09 pmResults, Leadiro, Tidings, & BIOMES brands. Interestingly on 3-Feb-2022 klarity.com started to redirect to leadiro.com. 20-Jul-2021: Airborne App Airborneapp airborneapp.io @Airborneapp_io sales engagement & enablement software platform (Toronto, ON, Canada) acquired by Demand Science. 8-Feb-2021, global buyer intelligence platform @DemandScience acquired Tidings @TidingsCo on-demand automated newsletter creation SaaS platform, to expand its sales enablement (klarity.com which used to be prospectone.com) & intelligence solution suite.

Brandwatch acquired by Cision for USD $450M, creating a PR, marketing, & social listening giant: 26-Feb-2021, Online consumer intelligence & social media listening platform Brandwatch has been acquired by Cision, best known for its media monitoring & media contact database services. Brandwatch’s key executive team will be staying on. The move combines two large players to offer a broad range of services, from PR to marketing & online customer engagement. The deal is expected to close in the 2nd quarter 2021.

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add Highspot USD $200M Series E funding round, 22-Feb-2021 & 19-Aug-2021, Seismic $170M Series G funding bringing the company’s valuation to $3B

Link 22-Feb-2021 Highspot raises USD $200M

3-Jun-2021, Enterprise sales enablement platform Gong.io raised $250M Series E funding valuing it $7.25Bn. More than 3x its previous valuation $2.2Bn [Raised $584M in total]. 46% of b2b sales reps list lead quantity & quality as their top challenge. Gartner predicts that by 2025, 60% of b2b sales orgs will transition from experience- & intuition-based selling to data-driven selling, merging their sales process, sales applications, sales data, & sales analytics into a single operational practice.

Please check the following numbers for yourself. I took them from this post from 4-May-2020: EBITDA margins in SaaS are terrible

Microsoft Office / Teams / SharePoint / Dynamics / Yammer / Skype / LinkedIn (PointDrive) sold SlideShare 13
Bigtincan: Contondo, FatStax, Zunos, Veelo (mobilepaks) Asdeq Labs, XINN, Agnitio A/S, ClearSlide (SlideRocket), VoiceVibes, Vidinoti, Brainshark 13
Salesforce CRM CMS / Sites / Content / Chatter / Quip / Einstein / AppExchange / Trailhead / Slack / LevelJump formerly known as Lurniture 13
Showpad (LearnCore, LIA, Voicefox, Hickup, Taptera) 7
SAP (Callidus, iCentera, Litmos LMS, Emarsys, Signavio signavio.com) CRM, CPQ, CLM 7
Seismic (SAVO, KnowledgeTree, Zensight, Percolate, Grapevine6, Lessonly) 7
Upland Software: Altify, Kapost, RO|innovation, Qvidian (Sant & Kadient), BlueVenn, Objectif Lune Inc. objectiflune.com @objlune 9
Adobe: Adobe Experience Cloud / Marketo / ToutApp / Figma 5
Conga (Octiv [formerly TinderBox]) acquired by Apttus apttus.com owned by Thoma Bravo 4
ZoomInfo Technologies (acquired by DiscoverOrg) acquired TellWise, Clickagy AI, Komiko 3
Mediafly (Alinean / iPresent / Presentify / InsightSquared [acquired Olono Olono.ai]) 4
Dropbox (HelloSign hellosign.com, DocSend docsend.com) 2
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
Gong.io (Vayo, ONDiGO) 2

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