Accelerate Podcast with Andy Paul
January 31, 2017

How to Build Valued Relationships With Your Buyers on LinkedIn. With Trevor Turnbull. #369

Joining me on this episode of Accelerate! is my guest Trevor Turnbull, Owner of Linked Into Leads, online reputation strategist, LinkedIn trainer, keynote speaker, and owner of the 30 Day Sales Machine program.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

[:51] Trevor’s agency, Linked Into Leads, is in Vancouver. 98% of their clients are outside of Vancouver. They generate leads, using LinkedIn to turn cold leads into warm prospects.

[3:56] Trevor uses LinkedIn as a tool — a massive database of opportunities — to get his clients in front of their audience at the right time in the buying process. Trevor teaches methods for effectiveness.

[4:50] Trevor has a degree in marketing, but went straight into sales in 2003, cold calling from the Yellow Pages. In 2009, he started using LinkedIn for social selling, human to human.

[7:19] Tip: make sure your profile photo is professional. Don’t treat LinkedIn as an online résumé. Those who view your profile want to know how you can help them, but you have just six seconds to capture their attention.

[8:07] In a LinkedIn campaign, use laser focus. Specifically aim for your target persona, and speak to them directly about pain points, with headline, summary, and supporting media.

[13:31] The 30 Day Sales Machine is a marketing cycle program for a LinkedIn campaign of 1000 connection requests (50 per day), and replying to responses. Use a dedicated email account for a campaign.

[16:45] Don’t just join LinkedIn groups of your peers. Join groups of your target buyers. You have to request to join. Let the group admin know what value you offer to them.

[20:31] In a LinkedIn campaign, define your searches, and save the searches for further filtering.

[23:14] TIP: Use the permission method for connecting: Thank you for visiting my profile. I’m looking to expand my network in the (blank) space, here in (blank). Would you be open to connecting on LinkedIn? This gets much better response than the generic request.

[25:48] If the person accepts, follow up with a message that doesn’t ask for anything: Great to have you in my network, I look forward to sharing ideas. If there’s anybody I can help connect you with, don’t hesitate to ask.

[27:08] Differentiate yourself and start a conversation with a second follow-up such as: I’m looking to get some feedback from decision makers such as yourself on the challenges they’re facing with (blank). Some of your peers have said this …

January 21, 2017

Using Social Media in Your Sales Process. With Philip Calvert. #361

Joining me on this episode of Accelerate! is my guest Philip Calvert, social media sales expert, and social media sales strategist, based in the UK. Among the many topics that Philip and I discuss, are Philip’s journey from financial service sales to social selling strategist, how LinkedIn gives salespeople a public face, how to use LinkedIn effectively and politely, and how social media can build bridges, but cannot close sales.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

[5:10] As the founder of a networking site, Philip received invitations to speak about social media, not only for financial services, but for law, accounting, pharmaceuticals, etc.

[7:41] When Philip asks audiences  if they know why they’re on LinkedIn, hardly any hands go up. Unless you have been trained on it, you’ll never fully get the best out of it. LinkedIn is the website for your personal brand. People buy people.

[11:02] Everybody, in every organization, is potentially a salesperson. The social media philosophy of a business must be extremely clear, and in a policy book. E.g., “We encourage everybody to get involved, but don’t do anything stupid.”

[12:48] It starts with training people how to build a professional profile. Make sure to have a good photo and some human interest on your profile. List your interests in the Additional Information section, as searchable keywords, separated by commas.

[18:32] The ‘loose connection,’ concept includes connecting with everybody possible, except spammers. What does Philip say is the main function of social media?

[22:41] Social media can distract you with shiny new tech. “Give that a go,’ is not a strategy. Have a strategy about which platforms to use, and how, to create conversations, which can build relationships.

[26:24] Most people never bother to customize the LinkedIn connection request. Do it! Always connect from a person’s profile page, not from the LinkedIn suggestions list, so you can see their interests, to customize your note.

[28:04] What does Philip advise you to do when you get a notification that someone viewed your profile?

[31:43] Use courtesy and common sense to determine the best way to start building a relationship with the person you find on LinkedIn. It may be through LinkedIn, or it may be to pick up the phone, or send an email.

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.’

December 7, 2016

How To Extend Your Sales Reach with Social Selling. With Tim Hughes. #324

Joining me on Accelerate! once again is Tim Hughes, UK-based Founder and Partner of Digital Leadership Associates, a social digital transformation agency. He is one of the leading experts on social selling, and author of a great new book, Social Selling: Techniques to Influence Buyers and Changemakers. Among the many topics that Tim and I discuss are Tim’s journey from salesperson to sales expert and author, how social selling is becoming mainstreamed, how the traditional sales methods are being replaced, and why most sales reps are still not taking advantage of the opportunities presented by social selling.

December 3, 2016

What’s Your Unique Promise of Value? With John Smibert. #321

Joining me on this episode of Accelerate! is John Smibert, Co-founder and CEO of Strategic Selling Group. Among the many topics that John and I discuss are the importance of building your personal brand — your unique promise of value; how you as a salesperson can become a domain expert; and why every salesperson should publish on social media.

November 22, 2016

Enhance all Sales Touch Points with Social. With Jamie Shanks. #312

Joining me on this episode of Accelerate! is Jamie Shanks, CEO of Sales for Life, Inc., author of the Social Selling blog, and author of the new book, Social Selling Mastery: Scaling Up Your Sales And Marketing Machine For The Digital Buyer. Among the many topics that Jamie and I discuss are common misconceptions about social selling; the necessity for engaging the buyer on every front, including social; surprising data about how different generations use social in sales; and how companies benefit, both in sales, and internally, by introducing social into their selling.

October 10, 2016

Best Social Marketing Practices for SMBs. With Jeff Korhan. #275

I’m excited to talk to my guest on this episode. Joining me is Jeff Korhan, host of This Old New Business podcast, speaker, trainer, and author of a great book, Built•in Social: Essential Social Marketing Practices for Every Small Business. In this episode, Jeff shares some of his best practices on social marketing, including how to take that first step to define and implement your social media strategy, what it means to own and design your own market in this digital age, and how to build your business around your audience.

 

October 6, 2016

Amp Up Your Social Selling with The Right Sales Tools. With Kevin O’Nell. #272

My guest on this episode is Kevin O’Nell, CEO of PeopleLinx, a system that activates social selling to drive more quality leads, create faster sales cycles, and increase conversion rates. In this episode, Kevin and I discuss the role of social selling in the early stages of the buyer’s journey, and dig into the effective (or ineffective) use of sales technologies that managers and teams are implementing.

September 8, 2016

How to Use the Social DNA of Your Buyers to Increase Engagement. With Mike Scher. #248

Mike Scher is CEO and co-founder of FRONTLINE Selling, developer of Staccato PRO―a sales development platform that leverages the social DNA of a buyer in order to contact and engage with the right decision makers and influencers. Join us now as Mike and I discuss multiple topics including the biggest challenges sales reps have in reaching the right decision makers, how to balance the quantity of proactive sales touches with effectiveness and efficiency and how FRONTLINE analyzed the data from over 1.8 million outreaches to develop its platform.

September 7, 2016

How to be a True Value Provider. With Jeffrey Gitomer. #247

I couldn’t be more excited to talk to my guest on this episode, Jeffrey Gitomer, one of my all time favorite sales experts. Jeffrey has written 13 books on the science of personal development and sales, including the all time best selling sales book, The Little Red Book of Selling: 12.5 Principles of Sales Greatness. Join us now as Jeffrey and I talk about a range of topics on sales, including social selling, smarter alternatives to cold calling prospects, what the value proposition is really about, what it means to be a true value provider, why close rates are so low, how to train consistency, and sales people placing blame rather than taking responsibility.