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.
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.
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?
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Do you who loathe cold calling? Do you fear the rejection it can bring? Using the phone in sales is only difficult for people who use outdated approaches. It’s time to get smart and start smart calling.
In a study conducted by IBM of over 4,000 companies it was identified that employees who felt they weren’t being invested in, and therefore couldn’t meet their career goals in their current organization, were 12 times more likely to consider leaving. And that’s only the start of the problem. Poor employee retention leads to increasing recruitment costs for your organization and creates unstable working environments where employees feel disengaged and lack motivation. So instead of asking whether you can afford to invest in employee training; ask yourself whether you can afford not to.
Do you think of LinkedIn as just a forum for getting a new job? Then you’d be wrong. Imagine one of your clients let you have access to their contact list so that you could pick out the people you wanted to connect with. That’s exactly what LinkedIn does. It’s a business and employment-oriented social networking service that helps people connect with each other and it’s an essential tool if you’re a sales professional.
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.
Storytelling is the ability to create a vision in someone else’s mind. Great sales people use stories to engage their audience. This engagement creates empathy, builds trust and ultimately drives sales.
Being in front of customers is the single most important part of any salesperson’s day, but don’t overlook investing time managing your sales pipeline. Most organizations don’t make the most of this activity – wasting time forecasting rather than using their pipeline as a management tool to improve sales performance. So, how can you become a sales pipeline master?