If you’re a regular LinkedIn user you’ve probably noticed there have been quite a few changes this year; following Microsoft’s acquisition of the company for $26.2 million in 2016. There’s more to the makeover than just a cleaner look – there have been some changes in functionality too. So is it still the best sales weapon out there?
Let’s be honest - cold calling can feel daunting and uncomfortable. Even for the most experienced sales person it will probably be one of the toughest parts of their job and the one they regularly put off. If your standard approach is to close your eyes and hope for the best then the chances are you’ll not get much in return. Before you pick up the phone read these tips and start turning up the heat on cold calling.
B2C purchases are usually quick and rarely involve much commitment. You are probably offering a product / service that can be purchased online, shipped to their doorstep or virtual doorstep. Simple. This means that you can successfully get a sale after only one interaction. However if used smartly, one powerful social media post could be enough to boost your sales.
Sales is sales, right? If you have skills and experience, you can sell to anyone in any environment. Wrong – business to business (B2B) selling and business to consumer (B2C) selling require different skills. Knowing which skills and techniques to use in the B2C environment will transform you from an average into an exceptional sales person
To be a high performing sales person you need to have a daily routine that sets you apart from your colleagues. So what should your routine look like? There are some simple concepts that will take you a long way in your sales career and they’re practiced by all the best sales people every day. The application of these principles is almost guaranteed to move you to the top of your field.
LinkedIn is the social network that smart sales people use. In the business-to-business (B2B) world it’s an invaluable tool, especially for prospecting. It can help you gather information on people and learn more about the organizations they work for; resulting in better quality prospects who you are more likely to be to sell to.
Objection to price is the number one challenge that sales people encounter. Being prepared for these objections is crucial to your success. So what should you consider to keep your conversion rate healthy?
Why do relationships close deals? It’s simple: people buy from people. Competitors are lining up to tempt people away from what you have to offer but there is one thing that will stand you apart from them and it’s you.
Do you read every email you receive? Your prospects certainly don’t. Your email is stacked against others in their inbox all competing for attention. First impressions count and crafting a good email is essential and that includes writing a killer subject line.
Influence is just effective communication. Great salespeople have an enormous capacity to influence and persuade others – and it’s a skill you can learn and develop over time.