• June 26, 2023

Gartner’s Top Sales Technologies

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Gartner at its CSO and Sales Leader Conference in Las Vegas identified nine key technologies that sales leaders should embrace to increase their sellers’ productivity and buyer engagement.

“The technologies that make up this list prioritize buyers’ value of real-time collaboration, provide them with the help required to influence consensus, and allow them to leverage digital tools for purchase guidance,” said Dan Gottlieb, senior director analyst in the Gartner Sales Practice.

“While our research indicates buyers have a preference for a rep-free purchase experience, they also report that their interactions with sellers are the most valuable parts of the buying process,” Gottlieb said. “Their willingness to work with sellers via technology presents a compelling opportunity to experiment with new ways to engage digitally.”

The following are the top technologies that sales leaders can use to boost buyer engagement:


In the next two years, 30 percent of outbound messages will be generated by artificial intelligence using CRM data and prompts engineered by sellers to build highly tailored messages that align with the buying priorities of multiple buyers.

“Generative AI is on course to change the way sales organizations do business,” Gottlieb said. “AI will empower B2B sales teams to easily produce highly relevant content, creating better messaging to engage a higher number of buyers in a deal and faster.”


Visual collaboration tools provide a shared virtual canvas to tell stories, co-create, and annotate content with buyers. These tools help sellers explore complex solutions with their buyers, demonstrating client understanding through an interactive and visual real-time experience. Gartner predicts that by next year, visual collaboration applications will be the center of 30 percent of meeting experiences.


VR provides a computer-generated 3-D environment that surrounds a user and responds to an individual’s actions in a natural way, usually through immersive head-mounted displays. While considered a luxury in sales settings, VR can facilitate real-time 3-D virtual meeting experiences in the metaverse, offering a digital-first selling experience for buyers to learn about products and engage with peers.


DSRs offer a consolidated vendor microsite and project management hub that empowers buyers with a single space to reference vendor assets and information. DSRs streamline how a small group of targeted buyers interact with the supplier, offering better customer experience. They also support customer retention, turning into a collaborative platform where the supplier and customer continue to work together to achieve better lifetime value.

By 2025, 80 percent of B2B sales interactions between suppliers and buyers will occur in digital channels.


Workstream collaboration products, such as Microsoft Teams or Salesforce’s Slack, deliver a conversational workspace based on a persistent group chat. Sales leaders can use this technology to set up channels, answer questions in real time, and facilitate dialogue with buyers.


Conversation intelligence analyzes interactions between buyers and sellers, using AI to deliver relevant insights to improve interaction quality (e.g., suggesting next best actions). Gartner predicts that by 2025, 75 percent of B2B sales organizations will augment traditional sales playbooks with AI-guided selling solutions.

“Active listening is one of the most fundamental skills in facilitating the buying process. Conversation intelligence helps sellers pick up on trends in buyer rhetoric, giving them additional guidance to use during real-time sales conversations,” Gottlieb said.


More than half of buyers say they use supplier-provided digital technologies during the buying process. Visual configuration enables buyers to interact with a visual representation of a physical product. Sellers can walk buying teams through customizations in real time, making this technology useful for solution exploration and requirement building.


Interactive demonstrations allow buyers to interact directly with synthetic data in digital products. Sales teams can customize a real-time walk-through or product tour for a personalized experience via their websites or digital sales rooms.

“By putting buyers in the driver’s seat for solution exploration, requirements building, and supplier selection, the likelihood of their engagement and, by extension, purchase power soars,” Gottlieb said.


Narrative automation technologies use AI to conduct relevant research about a company (such as financial metrics) and convert that research into value-messaging sales content assets, improving seller confidence in their sales engagements. Sellers can distribute a highly strategic narrative to more executive buyers, improving account coverage.

Gottlieb left attendees with a key caveat when evaluating technologies: “There is no single technology to rule them all. Adopt the best-fit technologies suited to meet your customers’ needs and capitalize on your sales organization’s strengths.”

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