SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (February 16, 2023) CloudShare, the product experience company, has published its 2023 State of Virtual Sales and Training Experiences report. The big takeaway is that interest in virtual sales and training among B2B software vendors is growing rapidly as the return on investment, enabled by modern tech and techniques, becomes more apparent.

The use of tools that enabled B2B software vendors to engage customers online increased dramatically over the past few years. Despite the return of face-to-face meetings, that trend has continued. According to CloudShare’s 2023 report, vendors that used modern technologies such as in-app video conferencing and strategies such as multiple instructors and self-paced training significantly increased participation, completion and engagement in virtual sales and training.

Following are the key data points from CloudShare’s study, which is based on thousands of virtual sales and training experiences delivered by hundreds of B2B software vendors.

Sharp increase in demand for virtual software experiences

Sales engineers and software training instructors accelerated their use of software to deliver virtual sales and training experiences in 2022. The number of B2B software vendors using CloudShare’s platform grew 84% from 2021 to 2022 and the number of people who participated in virtual sales or training on CloudShare’s platform increased 51%.

Virtual product training experiences’ growth tripled year over year

A growing number of companies are using an increasing amount of virtual training in their programs. Training experiences delivered through CloudShare’s platform increased 17% from 2020 to 2021, strong growth even in a field known for harnessing virtual technology. Last year the number of training experiences on CloudShare increased 52% year-over-year.

Self-paced training is grabbing an increasingly larger slice of the training pie

Virtual instructor-led training is still an important model but self-paced training has become crucial, too, as it requires fewer resources and allows users to train on their own schedules. In 2020, self-paced training on CloudShare’s platform accounted for just 5% of all training hours. In 2021, that increased to 14%. In 2022, 34% of virtual training on CloudShare was self-paced, compared to 66% for virtual instructor-led training.

Participants are less likely to drop out of virtual training experiences

Training course dropout rates have historically been a big concern for B2B software companies. Per CloudShare’s research, that’s less of a problem in virtual environments. 62% of students who took virtual instructor-led classes using CloudShare last year completed all their courses and only nine percent left before their course was a quarter of the way through.

Multi-instructor training boosts participation and class completion rates

It’s widely believed that one-on-one attention in training sessions leads to greater participation and engagement, and CloudShare’s research bears this out. In 2022, classes with multiple instructors had twice the number of attendees as single instructor classes, and multi-instructor courses had a 52% completion rate compared to 47% for single-instructor courses.

In-app video conferencing is a must-have ingredient for boosting class completion

In 2021, training classes that utilized in-app video conferencing were completed 67% of the time, up from 46% in 2020. In 2022 the number jumped again, with 71% of attendees completing classes with in-app video conferencing.

“As we enter a time of economic uncertainty, it is more important than ever for B2B software companies to maximize their sales and training budgets,” said Annie Reiss, CMO at CloudShare. “According to our research, virtual sales and training experiences are proving their worth. The key is for companies to go beyond traditional, static experiences and leverage modern technologies and strategies that are proven to boost participation and engagement.”

About CloudShare

CloudShare is a leading product experience platform that helps software companies increase customer acquisition and retention by providing their end-users with highly engaging hands-on virtual POCs, demos, and training experiences in the cloud.

CloudShare’s virtual experiences are easily replicated in the cloud and purpose-built to generate user engagement that ultimately impacts key business metrics such as repeat purchase rates, lower support costs, higher win rates, faster sales cycle, and more.

CloudShare is proud to serve leading global software companies such as Atlassian, SAI Global, ForgeRock, Salesforce, and more.