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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?
Rapport is all about highlighting common interests and establishing a mutual feeling of friendliness. When people like each other they engage with each other, which is why quickly building rapport is a key sales skill.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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