17 Must-have types of sales collateral with examples

An overview of B2B sales collateral and its role in convincing leads and prospects.

September 20.2018  5 minutes


What is a Sales collateral?


Sales collateral gives potential prospects the information they would need to make a decision. It ensures that the target audience have the necessary details for effective evaluation and confident buying experience. A sales collateral is supposed to increase your chance of winning a sale and reduce the time taken to complete deals.

Let's start with an example:


Nicole Ferris is a sales administrator for an IT Services company who's responsible for enabling 400 reps in her company to sell effectively. After a recent meeting with her reps, she realizes that their prospects/leads are in different stages of the sales funnel and they're struggling to drive context in their sales conversations. Moreover, the sales reps are not able to automate their email cadences to the leads.


As a result, the company is missing out on a lot of potential opportunities.


She meets her high school friend Jean, who works for Intelligent Sales, a company that sells CRM solutions at a corporate event. Nicole tells her predicament to her friend, and Jean immediately knows what Nicole needs.


Once they are back to work, Jean sends Nicole a digital collection of her company's sales material about how a CRM solution can help with lead scoring, create campaigns, schedule cadences, and do a lot more. Jean's collection includes a product video, a classy digital brochure, a case study of how they have helped a similar client and a URL pointing to comparable use cases.

Nicole reviews the digital content that she has in her hands with her executive team, and they seek more information from Jean before they buy the CRM solution. Later, after the CRM gets implemented, Nicole's team reports a 150% jump in conversions in the first month itself!


How did Nicole convince Jean about using a CRM for her team?


She sent digital content, also called as sales collateral to help Nicole take the right decision for her team.


Let us now look at a real-world example. Ryder, a North America-based fleet management and supply chain company, is well-known for its fleet of rental trucks. The company has 400 shops with 5,000+ technicians on its rolls across the US and Ryder truck drivers can always be assured of the best service.


The company created a video of a remote-controlled Volvo truck being destroyed and reassembled in record time to show how efficient their workers are. Watch the video here.


Sales Collateral | Paperflite


The result? The video garnered more than 449k views on YouTube, besides winning awards for its impact.


How is this video helpful?


Ryder salespersons can use this video as part of sales collateral materials in their presentations to brag about the expertise. Besides obvious bragging rights, hosting it on channels such as YouTube and Vimeo helps in potential clients discovering it and reaching out to them to solve their truck maintenance issues.


What is A B2B Sales Collateral?


By definition, B2B sales collaterals empower salespersons to demonstrate the value of their solutions, strategically employed in the Consideration and Decision stages of the buyer's journey. It's objective is to equip the target audience with essential information, streamlining decision-making and simplifying the sale process within the middle of the funnel stages.

In the example at the beginning of this blog, it was the collection of sales collateral materials shared by Jean that convinced Nicole to implement a CRM solution.


We will now examine how sales collateral is key for sales teams to convince buyers who might be sitting on the fence to make an informed decision. 


And, while we are at it, let us understand how marketing and sales collateral are different from each other.


The Difference Between Marketing and Sales Collateral


We often get confused between marketing and sales collaterals, although each of them has distinct uses. Here are three differences between sales and marketing collateral: 


In our post titled “What is Marketing Collateral?,” we defined it as a collection of media used to educate prospects and customers about how their challenges can be solved (and needs to be met). Marketing collateral delivers actionable value and ensures top-of-the-mind real estate across all stages of the buyer's journey.


1.  Educative Versus Decisive


Note the emphasis on how marketing collateral educates customers about how their challenges can be solved. It is mainly used to gather mindshare of prospects and customers. 


But, sales collateral alerts them more pointedly. It tells them to arrive at a decision, i.e., one that favors the seller. It helps them cut out the noise from numerous sources and seek the one that will solve their problem.


2. Top Of The Funnel Versus Middle/Bottom Stage


Marketing collateral is used at the top of the funnel in the buyer's journey such as Awareness and Interest stages when prospects are trying to gather as much information as possible on their problem. 


On the other hand, sales collaterals are used in the middle stages such as Consideration, Shortlisting and Decision stages of the buyer's journey. They help to compare and decide between different solutions available for them.


3. Forms - Numerous versus Limited


Marketing collateral can take numerous forms such as newsletters, white papers, videos, podcasts, infographics, etc. and distributed widely on platforms such as social media, content distribution websites, and landing pages.


Sales collaterals include a narrow set of materials such as product videos, brochures, customer testimonials etc. that can be personalized for prospects during email campaigns and meetings ensuring a higher conversion rate.


4. Generating leads versus Closing the leads


Sales Collateral plays a crucial role in closing prospects already within the sales funnel, acting as a reliable companion to the sales team. 


This focused approach contrasts with marketing materials, which primarily aim at generating leads for the entire journey toward conversion.


5. Customization: Tailored vs. Segment-wide 


Customizing sales collateral involves adapting the content and format to align with the specific needs and concerns of individual clients or prospects. It may include personalizing presentations, tailoring product information to match customer pain points, or incorporating client-specific data into proposals.


Customizing marketing collateral often involves adapting the messaging, design, or format to resonate with different target audiences or segments. For example, marketing collateral may be customized based on demographic factors, geographic locations, or specific industry needs.


The Different types of Sales Collateral with Examples


Obviously, the next query that comes to mind is what are the types of Sales Collateral? Similar to the nature of marketing collateral, sales collateral can be different according to different industries. We have captured 6 of the most common examples of sales collateral used in B2B scenarios:


1. Product Videos


Salespeople need to demonstrate how their products/solutions work in real-life. One good way of doing that is through an explainer video that shows how their challenges are solved. Explainer videos have a strong visual appeal and can be viewed in offline mode or on social media or video platforms.


Eloqua created a series of videos around a character named ‘Modern Mark.’ These videos focus primarily on customer pain points such as lack of coordination between sales and marketing, dirty data, disconnected systems. Animation videos such as these resonate well with the target audience as they break down the problem. Salespeople can send these videos or show their prospects this video during presentations or even over emails.


The other video that we liked was Adobe Marketing Cloud's video named 'Click, baby, click' which used humor to good effect. The video funnily portrays how a CEO and his company gets excited to see a sudden spike in orders for their product - encyclopedias. It is later revealed that it was the handiwork of a baby placing orders on a tablet. Such videos are costly to produce, but they get their message across nicely.


Adobe video ad


2. Brochures


Brochures can be in digital or printed forms that customers can use to learn about a product or compare one solution versus the other. It can include text about a product’s features, its dimensions, uses cases, the underlying technology, and sometimes even a brief case study to drive home the point.


Here’s a collection of the best brochure templates from Canva that we found quite attractive. Don’t fall for the design in them, but make sure they serve the purpose they’re created for.


Brochures are mostly used in the Consideration stage or even slightly earlier depending on the industry. For example, in the consumer goods industry such as TVs or ACs, they’re used to compare features between products. In B2B scenarios, brochures are used in between the Interest and Consideration stages.


We liked FranklinCovey’s corporate brochure for its vivid description, elements that differentiate them, and how they help organizations create high-performing, collaborative culture, led by trust-building leaders. Development of sales collateral such as this could probably take several days or even weeks. However, one such descriptive brochure is enough to give you valuable leads over a period of time.


The other brochure that we preferred was Sapphire Systemscorporate brochure. Not only have they designed a unique viewer for it, but it also lets their salespersons share its URL even if they are out in the field.

Below is a Paperflite collection containing curated brochure examples from the fashion and retail industry.


brochure examples


3. Customer Testimonials


Customers believe other customers, so there can be no other authentic form of sales collateral other than hearing from them directly. That means your customer experience must be so good that your customers are willing to appear on a video or on your website to vouch for your product.


Customer credentials are mostly used in the Decision stage of the buyer’s journey because the buyer has more or less figured out which product works for them and is trying to see what other customers have to say about the product she is about to buy.


Hootsuite’s and Zapier’s customer testimonials are our favorites for this sales collateral type. Hootsuite has placed the customer testimonial on its pricing page, while Zapier has it on the homepage itself.  The placement of testimonials is a strategic choice that marketing teams need to make to ensure maximum impact.


And below we have linked to our collection containing great examples of testimonials from the travel and hospitality industry


testimonial examples


5. Case Studies


It includes the initial challenge, the solution that was provided and its benefits. During the Consideration stage of the buyer's journey, case studies are highly effective.


Based on our research of sales collaterals, we found Salesforce had built an impressive collection.  Their case studies do not always follow a fixed template but vary according to the industry and the business problem that they’ve addressed. Here’s one of their examples.


Sales Collateral Case Study | Paperflite


6. Customer Fact Sheets


These documents provide information about the customer that could include the company history, management information, the scale of operations, budgets, and needs, etc.


For example, Equinix Company Fact Sheet shows critical data that a salesperson wants to know before deciding his pitch such as their global data centers, location metrics, their ecosystems, etc.


Customer fact sheets are similar to battle cards and are used by sales teams to study buyer personas during the Consideration stage.


Sales Collateral - Company Factsheet | Paperflite


7. Research Reports


Research reports are detailed pieces of content authored by in-house experts or analysts at specialist research firms. Often, they are sponsored by companies to add more credibility to their own story. 


For example, Slack’s research report published in collaboration with IDC titled “The Business Value of Slack,” enlists the benefits that companies can derive for each of their departments like Sales, Engineering, HR, Marketing and Customer Support by using Slack.


Capgemini has partnered with MIT Digital to create a research report titled “From UX to CX: Rethinking the Digital User Experience as a Collaborative Exchange.” It talks about valuable user experience, one where customers extract value and the firm captures profit.


Sales Collateral - Research Report | Paperflite


Why do we recommend such long-form sales collaterals?


That is because companies invest a lot of effort in creating such long-form marketing collateral that can also be used by salespeople. Email campaigns based on research reports can be designed to serve as additional armor for the sales teams. When sales teams know that their audience has engaged with it, they could have more meaningful conversations with their clients.


8. Data Sheets / Technical Sheets / Comparison Sheets


Despite salespeople not being technical wizards, they often get queried about the technologies embedded in their products. Hence, having data sheets or technical sheets at hand during client conversations will prove useful. Comparison sheets are elaborate sales collaterals that help a buyer compare between different products and decide on the best option.


9. Ebooks

Ebooks are engaging digital publications that showcase knowledge and ideas while delving deeply into a particular subject. Their importance lies in their ability to create authority, serving as knowledge pillars that enlighten potential customers and establish a foundation of trust by providing insightful information.

They are found on websites, in email campaigns, sales presentations, sales pitches, sales training and on various social media networks, where they are placed in an advantageous position to assist prospective clients at the beginning of their journey,


Grasping the audience's pulse right from the outset is of utmost importance. To maintain a continuous and meaningful presence, incorporating interactivity becomes essential. Envision replacing a static ebook with an interactive counterpart – one that engages the audience and offers insights into their perception of your content.


This interactive approach ensures a more immersive and participatory experience, strengthening the bond with your audience."


ebook example


10. Landing Pages


With a call-to-action that is crystal clear, landing pages are the smooth talkers of the digital world. They are individual webpages that are carefully created to entice visitors to become leads or customers. 


They serve as the first point of contact,  in a variety of platforms such as advertisements or social media with a targeted goal: to highlight a certain product or promotion.


Why is it significant? Leveraging your website's landing page as sales collateral offers numerous advantages. Using website management tools, you can track attribution and engagement metrics.


Enhance this further by utilizing specialized content experience tools like CleverStory, providing insights beyond typical webpage metrics. These metrics aid in refining your content strategy and offer valuable insights for improving ROI.


Here is one of our landing page for an example


Landing page example


11. Product Catalog


A product catalog is like a organized list or brochure that showcases a company's products or services, it is typically arranged in a systematic manner, such as categories or sections.


It serves as a valuable sales collateral, providing detailed information about each item, including descriptions, specifications, pricing, and, in many cases as visuals too. 


Product catalogue examples

12. White Paper


White paper serve as in-depth examinations addressing complex business challenges. Distributed through emails, websites, and social media platforms, they play a pivotal role in elevating a company's reputation and showcasing its expertise. 


White papers typically include extensive research-based data, which can be challenging to convey. Thus, it's crucial to follow a format that makes the information easier to consume. Additionally, consider incorporating interactivity into your white papers to gain better insights into audience engagement.


Since white papers are often used in the consideration stage, making them interactive can provide a competitive advantage in a landscape where static white papers are the norm.


white paper examples


13.  Presentation


Sales presentations play a crucial role for sales reps by facilitating interaction with prospects, effectively communicating the value proposition, addressing concerns, and guiding prospects to make informed decisions. 


Sales reps are well-acquainted with the typical sales presentation, understanding its contents and processes, as well as experiencing the drawbacks of traditional approaches such as monotonous slides filled with blocks of text. 


To enhance effectiveness, it is important to evolve towards current trends in sales presentations. This shift is crucial to ensure that presentations not only complement but also contribute positively to the overall efforts of the sales team.

14. Proposals


A sales proposal is a formal document that outlines a detailed offer, solution, or product presented by a seller to a potential buyer. It serves as a key tool in the sales process, providing a structured presentation of the seller's offering and how it addresses the specific needs or challenges of the prospect. A well-crafted sales proposal aims to persuade the prospect to move forward with the purchase


It typically occurs during the later stages of the sales process, often after initial discussions or presentations have taken place and the prospect has expressed interest.

15.  Digital Reports

Digital reports are thorough summaries of data, trends, or research findings that are provided in a digital format. 

They find homes in emails, websites, or other online platforms, acting as channels for the dissemination of insightful information. 


Their importance is in establishing a business as an authority in the field and offering data-driven content that audiences who are knowledgeable about data can relate to.


Digital report examples


16.  Sales Playbooks

Sales playbooks are in-depth manuals that include best practices, scripts, and strategies for sales teams. 

Sales teams use these playbooks internally as essential resources when interacting with customers. 


They are critical for providing teams with standardized methods, increasing productivity, and improving the client experience in general.


sales playbook examples

17.   Battlecards

Battlecards are quick-reference guides that provide essential competitive data and tactics for positioning. 

Sales teams frequently use these battlecards to highlight unique selling features and refute objections in competitive settings.


Their significance rests in giving sales representatives the tools they need to successfully negotiate hostile environments, thus increasing their chances of success.


battle card examples

18.   Buyer’s Guide

These are educational materials meant to help prospective buyers decide what to buy. 

These aids make decision-making simpler, whether they are delivered during the deliberation stage or shown on websites. 


With an emphasis on fostering openness and trust, they provide insightful advice that flows naturally with the buyer's journey.


buyer's guide example


Buyer's Journey

The process that prospective consumers go through, starting from the moment they become aware of a need or problem, to thinking through possible solutions, and finally deciding to make a purchase, is known as the buyer's journey.


Stages of the Buyer's Journey

For the sake of a better understanding of how this works, let's create a hypothetical customer. Let's call him James Sullivan.


1. Awareness Stage

Here, James sees a need or an issue and sets out to learn more about it. In this stage, the goal is for him to become aware of the problem and recognize possible fixes.


2. Consideration Stage

In this stage, James assesses many approaches and takes into account a range of market choices. Here, you want him to be able to weigh characteristics, evaluate how well each option fits his needs, and compare options.


3. Decision Stage

In the end, James, our buyer, selects a certain item or service and makes the ultimate purchase decision. This is where you persuade him to decide on the best course of action, work out the conditions, and finish the transaction.


Businesses may adjust their marketing and sales methods to match the demands of potential customers at each point of their journey by being aware of these stages and providing for them.


Sales Collateral for Awareness Stage

What to Expect from Buyers:

At the awareness stage, buyers are recognizing a need or an issue. To comprehend the problems they are confronting and consider possible solutions, people look for instructional information.


What They Will Be Looking For:

Customers are looking for material that answers their questions, exposes them to market trends, and gives educational tools. They are searching for information that piques their interest and solves problems they are facing.


Collaterals Involved in This Stage:


  • Blog posts that educate readers: enlightening pieces that tackle prevalent issues and offer significant perspectives.
  • Infographics: Data or concept visual representations that make difficult information easier to understand.
  • Ebooks and Guides: Comprehensive materials that explore market trends and remedies without being too heavy for the user.
  • Webinars: Recorded or live presentations that provide professional insights and guidance.


awareness stage sales collateral


Sales Collateral for Consideration Stage

What to Expect from Buyers:

In the consideration stage, buyers have identified their issue and are actively looking for solutions. They are searching for comprehensive details on particular goods or services.


What They Will Be Looking For:

Customers want information that emphasizes benefits, evaluates several options, and shows how each fits their needs. They wish to assess the advantages and viability of various alternatives.


Collaterals Involved in This Stage:


  • Case Studies: Actual situations that demonstrate how others have effectively handled comparable problems.
  • Free trials and samples: Chances to test a product out first hand and determine whether it's a good fit.
  • Demo videos are animated tours that show users how a service or product operates in real-time.
  • Product comparison sheets compare different goods and services side by side, highlighting their salient characteristics.
  • white papers: This provides detailed research backed data that helps make the potential clients informed decision

Knowing the buyer's journey makes it easier to customize these materials so that prospective buyers may be guided through each step with ease and eventually convert successfully.


consideration stage

Sales Collateral for decision Stage

What to Expect from Buyers:

In the decision stage, buyers have decided to buy. Right now, their attention is on completing details, settling on conditions, and making sure the purchasing process goes well.


What They Will Be Looking For:

At this point, buyers want clarity and certainty. They require written confirmation outlining the conditions of the acquisition, including the cost, the specifics of the contract, and any further obligations. It is essential to have openness and assistance throughout the last stages.


Collaterals Involved in This Stage:


  • Presentations: Highlighting the benefits of the selected course of action, reiterating the main selling points, and answering any unanswered questions.
  • Customer testimonials: Endorsements and social evidence that give the consumer confidence in their selection.
  • Proposals documents  are formal documents that describe the terms of the proposed agreement, such as its budget, schedule, and scope.
  • Contract agreements are legally binding agreements that specify the parameters of the transaction.
  • When it comes to meeting the demands of the buyer at the end of their journey, it is imperative to provide thorough, clear, and encouraging documentation to ensure a seamless transition from consideration to purchase.


decision stage collateral

How to make your sales collateral


Whether you're a seasoned pro or a novice starting your sales collateral journey, staying informed is crucial. Continuous updates on evolving expectations and methods to enhance your collateral are essential. Now, let's explore some of the most recent elements expected in effective sales collateral.

1. Define the Goal:
Whether the goal of your sales collateral is to raise awareness, direct attention, or assist in making a purchase decision, make sure it is clearly stated.


2. Create a Content Outline:
Create a well-organized outline that supports your objective. Provide engaging content that walks your audience through the buyer's journey, highlights benefits, and solves their trouble points.


3. Include Interactive Components:
Incorporate interactive components that promote active involvement and grab attention, such as surveys, quizzes, and clickable features, to increase engagement. With Cleverstory, you can embed your quiz, questionnaires, and polls directly into the presentation created with it no matter where you have created it can be embedded in a couple of clicks into your current presentation so you don’t create it from scratch in your current presentation.


4. Make Graphs and Charts Interactive and Attractive:
Make data visualization more visually attractive by using eye-catching graphs and charts. Include interactive elements that allow visitors to dynamically examine data points. Plus with Cleverstory’s easy embedding features you can pull up these charts, infographics, and dashboards from anywhere and add it to your presentation.


5. Make it Easier to Navigate:
Make sure the user experience is smooth by arranging the material appropriately. Provide easy-to-follow format, structure, interactive index, and clickable buttons  to help users navigate the content.


6. Clickable Buttons for Additional Information and Clear CTAs:
Give consumers more insights by including clickable buttons or links thoughtfully positioned throughout the article. This will allow visitors to explore more information without being distracted. Create a clear, concise call to action (CTA) that is in line with your objective and directs consumers to the appropriate next actions, such as contacting sales, downloading more information, or completing a purchase.


7. Able to Track Engagement and Performance:
Utilize analytics tools to track user behaviour and interaction. Monitor key performance indicators such as views, click-through rates, and time spent to facilitate data-driven improvements for upcoming content.  And if you think it can't get any better, CleverStory allows you to access data on where your audience interacts on the page, analyze the effectiveness of content, and gather various metrics.


Sales Collateral Management Best Practices


In this section, we will look at sales collateral management best practices that an organization must adopt for its sales teams to succeed:


1. Start With the End in Mind


No matter what collateral sales teams use for their conversations/interactions with clients, it must be relevant and contextual. Ask yourself these questions: 

  • Know what is your ultimate objective for designing sales collateral.
  • How do you measure the success of sales collaterals?
  • How will sales teams use sales collaterals?
  • How will they deliver them to customers - digital or physical?
  • Where are your salespeople meeting their customers - during events or at their office?


2. Identify Your Buyer Personas


Before you begin the process of designing sales collateral, learn who your buyers are. Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all. If you are creating sales collateral for Ph.D.s at Yale, are you going to throw in some big words? If you are designing for millennials, you might even use words like YOLO. Or, is your target audience 60-70-year-olds who need reading glasses? In which case, your case studies and brochures cannot be in 8 pt. font.


3. Do Your Competitive Research


What are your competitors up to? What are the types of sales collateral that their teams are using? What is the sales collateral that is working best in your industry?


If you are creating a comparison data sheet you cannot have incorrect data in it that might mislead buyers. Out-of-date information could hurt your reputation and that is why you need to stay on top of your competition and keep your sales collateral updated. Set aside time and resources for research because that will help create collateral that is contextual, timely and appropriate. Read our post on competitive intelligence templates to get started on it.


4. A Common Collaborative Platform


Today, people need access to the right collateral just when they’re about to meet with a prospect.


Sales teams are under constant pressure and scrutiny and do not have the time or the inclination to convey their feedback to the marketing team. That is why you need a robust platform that unites people across your organization – management, marketing teams, communication groups, sales staff, product engineering teams, etc.


This platform must be able to publish (or distribute) collateral, curate them for its originality and intended milieu, integrate with other software that teams use daily, provide deep analytics on collateral usage, and give a wholesome experience to prospects.


Investing in a collaborative platform will reap rewards down the lane in the form of improved visibility of sales collateral, shorter sales cycles, easier communication between teams. More importantly, you will know the true ROI of creating sales collateral.


5. Personalize Your Sales Collateral


Aren't you amazed when you walk into a restaurant and you are served your favorite dish without even ordering for it? Aren't you elated when you get an extra helping of dessert as a compliment for being a regular customer? That is how your prospects feel when you personalize your sales collateral for them.


Today, in the age of automation, you can shoot off a thousand emails without knowing if people are interested in what we are sharing. When you go that extra mile to delight one customer, there will be many more who will line up outside your door.


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6. Sales Collateral Audit


Every brand must be preserved and nourished. If you’ve changed your branding theme, you cannot have sales teams go to market with stale sales collateral as that will only confuse customers.


Similarly, you don’t want your sales teams to talk to their prospects with customer credentials of folks who have already left their organizations. Auditing the sales collateral from time to time will help your teams be consistent in their outreach.


For a large organization, auditing might be an arduous and lengthy process. But, it is still worth the effort because that way you know which sales collaterals need to be updated, which ones need to be retired, etc. 




7. Get Your Publishing Calendar Out


Inform your teams on the sales collateral that are ready to be published to enable them to plan their campaigns accordingly. Publishing the calendar enables you to take up only what is achievable in limited time and helps build trust and credibility amongst the team.


8. Security Matters


Client-specific critical data cannot be made accessible to everybody in your company. Restricting access to people who require it can help avoid needless risk.


Protecting client data is imperative in today's environment. If you have a company policy on sales collateral security matters, then ensure everyone abides by it lest it becomes a cause for embarrassment later.


9. Repurpose Your Assets


There are many ways of using sales collaterals. If you have been able to get a customer to speak for you on a video, you can use it in an email campaign or even on a customized landing page for your customers. If you have designed a case study, you can reuse the same template for a different client instead of doing it all over again.


A sales collateral management platform lets you achieve all that you wanted to with sales collaterals. It becomes a backbone of your collateral development, curation, distribution, and analytical process.


Coming Up with Sales Collateral Ideas


One of the biggest challenges for content marketers is to come up with B2B sales collateral ideas. But, don't get deterred from making the best sales collateral that your teams can put to good use. Here are 5 sales collateral ideas that you can immediately use.


1. Communicate with Sales Teams


Your sales reps are slugging it out with the competition and selling your product day in and day out. Their feedback is crucial in creating contextual sales collateral for enabling buyers to make decisions.


Keep the door open to talk to your sales teams as often as you can. Even informal chats with them at coffee counters will help you understand the ground reality. Instead of a top-down approach where you push sales collateral to your teams, try a bottom-up approach where you get feedback and start working towards delivering it.


2. Look Between the Numbers


How do you decide which sales collateral must get a higher priority over others? How do you know if a particular sales collateral is attracting a lot of attention? The answer lies in analytics.


We discussed earlier the need for a collaborative sales collateral management platform. This platform should give you key numbers and insights for you to create more of the sales material that is working. Here are a few metrics that you can measure:

  • The number of views/downloads for the sales collateral.
  • How are salespeople accessing it?
  • How are they using it to get buyer attention?
  • How are they discovering content?

Answers to these questions will tell you the themes for your sales collateral.


3. Events and Conferences


Events and conferences are happy hunting grounds for buyers looking to solve their business challenges. Identify the best events in your industry to learn what your customers are looking for and use that feedback to design meaningful sales collateral.


Events and Conferences


4. Look at Competition


Once in a while, it helps to look over the fence to see how your competitors are creating sales collateral. Try and see what methods they are using to woo their customers. Visit their website's resources section to learn the sales collateral that has been designed for customers.


5. Narrate the Best Stories


Nobody wants to know how good your product is. Instead, customers love to hear stories about how your product has helped real-world business challenges. Assuming there are no legal hassles in getting their word out to their market, get your customers to speak for you.


Think of simple ways of engaging them. It could even be a review on a platform such as G2 Crowd where a lot of buyers come to evaluate their software purchases.


Start Your Journey with Sales Collateral


If you want to make sales reps and customers fans of your sales collateral, you need to provide what will make them successful. They want you to be empathetic to their needs.


Creating and distributing sales collaterals doesn’t have to be hard if you have the right technology and a process in place. 


If you are trying to decipher how to create the best sales collateral, ask yourself these 5 questions.


  • What keeps your sales force (and customers) awake at 1 am?
  • What outcomes do sales reps look to achieve from each meeting?
  • What is unique in your product that no other alternative can offer?
  • What are the three things you want your prospects to remember after a meeting with a sales rep?
  • Why should leads/prospects care to read/view what sales reps share?




Who is responsible for creating sales collateral?


The marketing team creates sales collateral, making sure that it is consistent with messaging and branding. Sales teams might also provide information for tailored content.


Can sales collateral be used for both B2B and B2C sales?

Of course! Sales collateral is adaptable and may be used to support B2B and B2C sales tactics by customizing material to appeal to the requirements and preferences of different audiences, but Sales collateral finds even greater relevance within the B2B landscape


How often should sales collateral be updated?

Frequent updates are essential. Aim for quarterly assessments to make sure collaterals are up to date, incorporating new features, industry trends, and consumer demands as they change.


Can user-generated content be used as sales collateral?

Yes, content created by users is extremely valuable! Customer testimonials, evaluations, and reviews provide authenticity and increase trustworthiness. Use this information to strengthen your sales toolkit.


What collateral would be most valuable to the sales team?


Case studies take centre stage. Thorough success stories that illustrate how your product or service resolved actual issues are valuable sales tools that offer hard evidence of its worth and inspire trust in potential clients.

What kind of sales collateral is most effective?


Interactive sales collateral, it energises the interaction and enhances the persuasiveness of content as interactive material achieves greater levels of engagement than static content. This change overcomes constraints and provides prospective customers with a more personalized and engaging experience.

We hope this post will spur you on to create the best sales collaterals for your business. Do let us know your thoughts by emailing us at Karthik@Paperflite.com.


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