Accelerate Podcast with Andy Paul
January 12, 2017

How You Can Grab the Attention of Busy, Distracted Buyers. With Jill Rowley. #353

Welcome to Sales Kick-Off Week on Accelerate!

Joining me on Day Four of the 2017 Accelerate! Virtual Sales Kick-off Week is my guest Jill Rowley.

Jill Rowley, is a digital transformation specialist, well-known speaker, social selling evangelist, and enterprise sales expert.

On Day Four of our 2017 Virtual Sales Kick-off Meeting, we focus on how you can cut through the noise to grab the attention of busy, distracted buyers.

In this episode, Jill provides techniques to you can use to cut through the distractions competing for your buyer’s attention, how to use social to connect with people (not just to sell them), and essential strategies to elevate your digital and social skill sets.

Mastering the art of making authentic connections is essential for every sales professional. Listen to this episode to learn how!

KEY TAKEAWAYS

[:53] Jill calls herself a sales professional trapped in a marketer’s body. Jill knows her buyers, and advocates for them. She started at Salesforce.com in 2000, after years of consulting, then moved to Eloqua, a Salesforce customer.

[5:00] Salespeople and buyers face the same challenge: distraction. Buyers have a nearly unlimited access to information and people, but are overwhelmed; sellers equally have access to them, but get lost in the distractions.

[6:25] The best salespeople know the customer intimately, at a human level, at a company level, at an industry level. The more you know their situation, the better you can help them.

[7:45] Know the ideal customer profile, so you are not chasing bad-fit prospects, but those where you can create value best; and find their right internal influencer to be your champion.

[11:30] Jill tagged some GE Execs in a relevant Tweet; Jim Fowler, GE CIO, Retweeted it. Through DM, email, and phone they connected in a great conversation. Social has impact.

[15:05] Invest in upping your digital and social skillset. Get training for yourself, and make the business case for your organization to do the same. Your customer is already there.

[19:05] Never send a generic LinkedIn invitation. Customize an invitation to your prospect, because every impression matters.

[22:43] Celebrate customer success. Tweet an announcement of a customer doing something great, not an announcement about your great success. Nobody Tweets your data sheet!

[24:18] Instead of thinking of prospects and customers, think of buyers. Nobody wants to be targeted, prospected, hunted, farmed, or closed. They want to have a buying experience.

[26:18] SDRs and BDRs need to know the buyer, knowing their problems that you solve, and how to connect the dots to get that person’s attention. Get on a learning path, every day.

[30:27] Take charge of your career, and if you do well, you’re going to be rewarded, even if it’s not exactly according to the prescribed structure.

[32:23] Set a pair of reading glasses on your desk, to put on whenever you have a question about what you’re doing, ‘to see it through the customer’s eyes.’

August 22, 2016

How to Coach Your Prospects To Make Better Decisions. With Jeffrey Lipsius. #233

Jeffrey Lipsius is the President and Founder of Selling To The Point. He is the author of an interesting new book called, Selling to the Point: Because The Information Age Demands a New Way to Sell. In this episode Jeffrey and I discuss how selling (and buying) have changed and the impact these changes are having on sales reps. Among the many topics we explore are the important steps sales reps can take to increase their influence with their prospects and how reps can become a “decision coach” to help customers make better purchase decisions.

July 14, 2016

How to Elevate Your Personal Sales Productivity. With David Brunner. #200

David Brunner is the founder and CEO of ModuleQ, the technology behind Rev, which is a mobile-first, sales enablement app that brings the power of Personal Data Fusion to the world of sales. In this episode, David and I discuss what Personal Data Fusion is, why it is important to sales reps and how ModuleQ is employing it to help salespeople increase their personal sales productivity. Be sure to listen now!

June 2, 2016

On Accelerate! Now: Episode 169 with T.A. McCann. Use Digital Intelligence to Gain a Competitive Sales Edge

T.A. McCann is a serial entrepreneur and a co-founder of Rival IQ, a digital intelligence gathering tool which enables you to analyze your performance, gain critical insights and beat your competition across social media, SEO keywords and website content. In today’s episode, T.A. and I discuss how sales teams can leverage real-time intelligence about the digital activities, and successes, of their competitors to become smarter and more competitive sellers. Be sure to tune in today!