Category Archives: LinkedIn
How to Make Referrals a Winning Part of Your Prospecting
Of all of the possible sources of leads, referrals are often the hottest and most desirable. Brokered by someone who knows you first-hand and trusts your work, there’s an implicit recommendation instilled, which carries considerable weight. The problem is that sales reps too often fail to pursue these opportunities.
Here’s a four-step process to bolster your long-term success by getting your sales reps to take a proactive approach to gaining referrals.
Senior B2B Execs Use Social Selling Tools When Buying and Influencing — Are Your Sales Reps Part of the Conversation?
Don’t be fooled by age or seniority. Old dogs, who happen to be seasoned, executive-level buyers and influencers, have not only adopted social media but are using it professionally as well as personally.
A white paper from IDC (“Social Buying Meets Social Selling: How Trusted Networks Improve the Purchase Experience” by Kathleen Schaub, IDC, April 2014) provides some eye-opening statistics for skeptics regarding just how much senior executives are using social media in B2B buying and influencing. According to the paper:
Optimizing Your Time for Less Painful Prospecting Activities
Prospecting is one of those activities that you either love or hate. For most people in sales, it’s unavoidable. Those who hate it generally suffer from “prospecting procrastination,” which is when a person will seek out any kind of busy work in an effort to put off and avoid the dreaded task.
Perhaps it is loathed because it rarely (if ever) yields immediate gratification. Others can’t handle the hang-ups and rejection. Whatever the reason, sales reps must realize the importance of prospecting to building and sustaining a pipeline that will pay off down the road — depending on your sales cycle length.
Social Selling: A Few LinkedIn Best Practices
Over the last few years, LinkedIn has rapidly evolved beyond a professional social networking site. Today, the LinkedIn network is becoming the hub of social selling. It allows members to leverage relationships with clients, participate in customized groups, and collaborate with your marketing team. Join us as Jim Brodo, Senior Vice President, Marketing, offers his executive tips for getting the most out of your LinkedIn membership and how to your social selling efforts.
Top 10 Disruptive Sales Technologies
Cloud computing has given us “software as a service,” disrupting the previous business model of selling suites of software to be installed on individual computers or network servers. The cloud has disrupted the market for storage. And if you even remember the once-ubiquitous floppy, is it the 3.5-inch, the older 5.25-inch, or the original 8-inch disk that once littered your desk?
Leveraging Trigger Events to Take the Pain out of Prospecting
In a recent post, I talked about ways to find ideal prospects. Once you’ve identified the profile of your likely buyers, you could start cold calling them to gauge interest and get them on your mailing lists, but that takes time and promises little yield. A more effective approach is to know situations or circumstances that precipitate buying among your current clients and then target ideal prospects in similar straits.
A Simple Guide for Defining Your Ideal Prospects and Leveraging LinkedIn to Find More
Growing your pool of potential customers begins with defining the profile of your ideal prospect. This activity should be done collaboratively between sales and marketing. Start by looking back at opportunities that you won over the past two or three years and recreate the path or circumstances that led a prospect from contact to lead to opportunity. Drill down to determine the types of individuals and organizations, as well as the situations or issues they faced that motivated them to talk to you.