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Felipe Lodi, LinkedIn Sales

TSE 1221: How To Create A LinkedIn Profile That Consistently Brings New Business To Your Pipeline

Felipe Lodi, LinkedIn SalesHow do you use your LinkedIn profile? Many salespeople create a LinkedIn profile to bring in new business. 

Felipe Lodi is a returning guest and he’s back to teach salespeople how they can create a LinkedIn profile to bring in new business. Felipe is based in Ireland and he is helping other expatriates like himself to establish themselves in Europe. By teaching them the social skills needed and building their LinkedIn accounts, he’s helping them market their abilities and attract opportunities. He launched his book, Advanced LinkedIn, last year and now, he holds hundreds of workshops within the public and private sectors throughout  Ireland. 

Common Mistakes Salespeople Make on LinkedIn 

There are many common mistakes made on LinkedIn. Once you know what they are, they can be avoided. The most common mistake is the failure to use their headlines creatively.  The headline is 120 characters long and can be found underneath your profile picture. Most people just list their titles with a brief job description. Doing this is a waste of characters. The tagline stay visible and can be used to make a value proposition. As an alternative to your title, create a sentence that shares your why, how you do what you do, and what you sell. 

Another common mistake is that people don’t utilize their Summary or About Me sections effectively.  These areas give you a whopping 5,000 characters to really make a statement.

Common content: 

  • Creating bullet points
  • Providing your contact number and email address

A better alternative: 

  • Reasons why you’re doing what you’re doing 
  • Tell people why you are the right person for them 

Your profile is where you talk about yourself. When you go outside your profile and start engaging with people and creating content for others, talk about your prospects and how you’re going to solve their problems. 

Creating your LinkedIn profile

It’s not necessary to spend money on LinkedIn to make money. Use LinkedIn because of its organic reach instead. 

There are three ways to enhance your account:

Optimize Your Profile

Profile Optimization is to better ensure people will get to the information about you you want them to see, make sure your LinkedIn profile is visually appealing.

If you are looking for a job, don’t open a LinkedIn account to just looking for employment, but seek ways for you to find opportunities.

If you are in sales, start believing that LinkedIn is your sales platform. It’s the best place to reach out to C level executives because you have direct access. There are no gatekeepers on LinkedIn and salespeople can use this accessibility to their advantage.

It’s important to make your profile visually appealing. People will judge images before they read any information. It’s important to have an avatar and profile picture that looks professional. When Felipe changed his profile picture to an image of him holding a mic, the invitations for speaking engagements began to grow. People believed he had the ability to speak because of the image of him already doing the job. Use your photo to tell people what you do without them ever having to go to your profile. 

The people who invited Felipe to speak were the people who already had him on their radar because they already had a relationship through engaging on LinkedIn. Every little detail counts – the picture, the tagline, and the summary need to support the story you want to tell and what you want potential clients to know.

Start Creating Content

LinkedIn’s algorithm doesn’t downgrade content that looks like an advertisement, unlike Facebook and Instagram. You can take advantage of the organic reach by posting free ads.  In doing so, you reach people with whom you’re connected without paying any additional fees. LinkedIn’s ad platform is still fairly young compared to Facebook. For example, LinkedIn doesn’t have a feature to target a specific demographic but it can still be used to publish compelling content to attract business. 

The second part of Felipe’s methodology is to create a LinkedIn profile to bring in new business through the content you’re offering. Your content is your vehicle to attract more people to your profile.  If offers an opportunity to inject your products and services in a way that is appealing. For example, create educational content and allow people to have access at no charge. Include some components that talk about the items or services you offer. 

How to build your content:

  • In the first paragraph, talk about what you do. 
  • In the second paragraph, tell them a story about how you’ve helped someone in the past.

Content on LinkedIn needs to be there at all times. Utilize automation to repurpose your content for different time zones. Automating your content gives you more time to do the third part which is engagement.

Consider the Cost of Engagement

The last method you can use on how to use the LinkedIn profile to bring in new business is the cost of engagement which includes the time you invest in the activity on your profile, especially with the people who want to connect with you.  The more you engage, the more attractive your profile becomes. The relationships you nurture in the present can turn into future selling opportunities. You can show potential buyers how committed you are in your profile presentation and content creation. Don’t let two weeks go by without checking in. You want to let people know you’re accessible and you’re ready to answer their questions. Position yourself as an authority within your niche.

You may not see a lot of results such as likes from your posts but that’s fine. Even when you don’t see the number of likes, it doesn’t mean that it’s not working. LinkedIn only chases the number of views that matters. Your post might have zero likes but gets 230 that means, 230 people have stopped for at least three seconds to check your content. 

Even when people didn’t like or share your post, they have come to associate your face, your compelling tagline, and the type of content that you are pushing. 

LinkedIn also breaks down the number of views of your post such as the names of the companies that viewed your post. 

As a salesperson,  you can follow up with the people who have seen your post to start the conversation. They may have not liked but they keep seeing your posts and make the association with your content. There is something there that you can explore. Don’t be stuck in content creation, make sure to have time to create engagement. Try not to be anxious about the spellings and other menial things, put more importance on how you can repurpose your content. 

“How To Create A LinkedIn Profiles That Consistent Bring New Business In Your Pipeline” episode resources

Catch up with Felipe Lodi via his LinkedIn account. You can also check on his book, Advanced LinkedIn

You can also reach out to Donald via LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for any sales concerns. 

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Inbound, LinkedIn, Donald C. Kelly

TSE 1180: Can I Classify My LinkedIn Leads As Inbound Leads?

 

Inbound, LinkedIn, Donald C. KellyWith all the focus on social selling, it can be difficult to determine whether you can consider referrals and connections that result in LinkedIn leads as inbound leads.

If a prospect connects with your content which leads to a conversation and then an appointment, can that be considered an inbound lead?

LinkedIn connections

You’re likely among those sellers who understand that your LinkedIn profile is your personal profile. You cherish it and treat it with respect. You post thoughtful content and share impactful videos and write articles and long-form blogs. You’re creating content that your audience can engage with. 

If those prospects end up in your direct message as a result and that leads to a conversation, that’s an inbound lead. Though it might not qualify as inbound in the traditional sense, you’re engaging in the same activities. No matter who creates the content, it’s an inbound lead. You could even give it a unique KPI name like “social media lead” or SML.

Converting leads

If I connect with 15 or 20 business owners today and 10 of them reconnect with me, the result is 10 new social media leads. I can nurture them by creating videos, posts, or articles and tying the content to my new prospects. 

Ideally, those people will engage in a conversation.

I recently connected with a woman on LinkedIn who later posted a good piece of content. She mentioned me and others she had recently connected with using a “shout out.” Turns out all the people she mentioned continued to engage with her on LinkedIn

I’ll watch her content now since I had a positive interaction, and I might eventually decide to engage with her company. She’s nurturing us as prospects.

Engaging content

Then, once you do, be intentional about connecting with those who interact with your content. Work to connect with your second- and third-degree connections. 

Try this simple paragraph:

Thanks so much for commenting on my post today, James. Permission to connect here on LinkedIn?

Usually, when you connect immediately, they’ll appreciate your outreach. You can start a conversation that may lead to further interactions.  Now you’re getting more contacts off your ideal customer or prospect. 

Blur the lines

Imagine you have a targeted list of prospects that you’re trying to reach. You’re making phone calls to named accounts and you’re connecting on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. 

If you separate your prospects into different categories, you can optimize them. 

I recently connected with someone on LinkedIn who became a social media contact and then a social media lead. When the prospect asked about sales training for a team, it led to an initial appointment. 

That connection would haven’t happened without engaging content on social media and our interactions there.  

If you’re a sales rep looking to hone your craft and learn from the top 1% of sellers, make plans to attend the Sales Success Summit in Austin, Tx, October 14-15. Scheduled on a Monday and Tuesday to limit the impact to the sales week, the Sales Success Summit connects sellers with top-level performers who have appeared on the podcast. Visit Top1Summit.com to learn more and register! 

You can also connect with me at donald@thesalesevangelist.com or try our first module of  TSE Certified Sales Training Program for free. This episode has been made possible with the help of  TSE Certified Sales Training Program, a training course designed to help sellers in improving their performance. We want you guys to go out each and every single day to find more ideal customers and do big things.

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Sales From The Street, LinkedIn, Content

TSE 1164: Sales From The Street: “Should I Create Content on LinkedIn?”

Sales From The Street, LinkedIn, ContentI saw a question on Reddit recently from a seller who wondered whether or not to create content on LinkedIn. The seller worried that writing about topics like quota, rejection, or prospecting might sound too salesy and might hurt his pipeline. 

The truth is that many sellers have fear around the concept of creating content because we worry about how the audience will accept our ideas. 

Middle school prom

Not only should we post our own content on LinkedIn; we should also engage with other people’s content. 

Unfortunately, many of us treat LinkedIn like a middle school prom. We stand around the edge of the room watching each other, too afraid to dance. We might speak to a friend or two, but we’re afraid to look stupid, so we don’t dance. Instead, we let everybody else enjoy themselves. 

We don’t want to look stupid on the dance floor, so perhaps we look stupid on the sidelines instead. We’re afraid of the critics who might make fun of our efforts

True engagement

Engagement doesn’t involve moving around the room and saying hi to people at the dance. On LinkedIn, clicking “like” for a few posts doesn’t qualify as engagement. It won’t sustain relationships. It’s basically an indication of approval. 

Engagement requires you to bring other people into the conversation. If, for example, you’re in the water industry, and you see an article about the danger of water purification tablets, you can tag another colleague who wrote about the same topic. 

The author of the piece will take note of your efforts to bring someone else to his page, and your colleague will take note as well. 

Talk to people and work to create lasting relationships.

‘Salesy’ content

The question on Reddit came from a seller who worried that his prospects might tire of always seeing sales-related content. But consider your own news feed. Are you annoyed by the fact that you frequently see the same faces over and over again? Or do you simply choose to read things that are relevant and skip over the ones that are not? 

On the other hand, when one of those people shares something that helps you or connects you with someone else, that brand sticks in your mind. When you need help with something, you’ll remember the guys who showed up in your feed. 

When you post content and engage with other content, you stay top-of-mind with your audience. 

Audience

Make sure that you’re posting the right kind of content for your audience. Gear it toward your prospect. If you’re targeting salespeople, it’s ok to post sales content. But if you’re targeting decision-makers at Fortune 500 companies, don’t post about yourself. Post what the leaders in that industry want to know or read. 

Gear your content toward the people you want to attract. 

Don’t be paralyzed by the fear that your content won’t sound perfect. Understand who you’re targeting and who you want to attract. 

LinkedIn impressions

To understand how value-rich LinkedIn is, listen to TSE 1085 on our podcast. In it, my friend Steven Hart shared some LinkedIn stats with us based on the 48 Eyeopening LinkedIn Statistics for 2019.

LinkedIn provides 36 billion impressions per month. That’s 468 billion impressions per year, or 9 billion impressions per week. Users see content 9 billion times per week. 

Now factor in that there are 500 million people on LinkedIn, and only a fraction of them are active there. Of those, only 3 million people share content weekly. So those 3 million people who share content weekly are getting 9 billion impressions. 

The rest of us are afraid to share content, so we’re sitting on the sidelines.

Grab attention

Grab your reader’s attention, but be intentional about the stuff that you share. Post things that your prospect wants to read. You can certainly share industry-related content from magazines, but your content doesn’t always have to tie back. 

Consider these options for content:

  • Answer frequently-asked-questions about your industry
  • Share content that your industry would want to know about.
  • Share videos you create from your smartphone in which you answer questions.
  • Post complementary content that is indirectly related to your industry.
  • Repurpose your company’s own blog content.

Seek to be helpful. 

Challenge

Also, consider asking your own audience questions about what they are doing and what they’d like to see. If you tag people in a post and ask them about the CRM they use, you’ll initiate engagement. As more people comment, it will gain more visibility. If someone from outside your own connections engages with it, reach out to that person and request a connection.

Your challenge for the upcoming week is to share one piece of content every day. 

  • Monday: share an industry-related piece that includes something interesting.
  • Tuesday: answer a frequently-asked-question.
  • Wednesday: answer a common question using video.
  • Thursday: post complementary information.
  • Friday: share something your company has created. 

At the end of the week, if you don’t have any impressions, keep posting. You’re going to connect with new people. Ask your teammates for ideas if you can’t think of anything to post.

“Create Content on LinkedIn” episode resources

If you’re a sales rep looking to hone your craft and learn from the top 1% of sellers, make plans to attend the Sales Success Summit in Austin, Tx, October 14-15. Scheduled on a Monday and Tuesday to limit the impact to the sales week, the Sales Success Summit connects sellers with top-level performers who have appeared on the podcast. Visit Top1Summit.com to learn more and register! 

You can also connect with me at donald@thesalesevangelist.com or try our first module of  TSE Certified Sales Training Program for free. This episode has been made possible with the help of  TSE Certified Sales Training Program, a training course designed to help sellers in improving their performance. We want you guys to go out each and every single day to find more ideal customers and do big things.

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TSE 1144: Tools To Generate Quality Leads On Demand

If you ask sellers what they want more of, the second most popular answer will be quality leads, and the good news is that there are plenty of tools available to generate quality leads on demand

Joshua Smith serves as CEO of a real company called FizzyBlox on the front lines of revenue acceleration. He’s the co-founder of a couple of businesses and the author of the book Stacked: How to Guarantee Qualified Sales Meetings With Real Decision Makers. 

He recalls that his team wondered where the people at the top of the sales profession go to upscale. Where do they go to be educated? Their challenges are much bigger than the average seller because they are responsible for multiple billions in revenue. 

Lead generation process

People constantly tell me that they could close more deals if they could just get in front of more people. Research suggests that 65% of sellers’ time is spent on non-revenue-generating activities. For people whose job is selling, that’s a huge number. 

So how does any business optimize their lead generation process?

The bad news, according to Hubspot, is that for B2B lead generation, it’s virtually impossible to pinpoint which of the channels was most effective at lead generation. If I had to guess which channel was most effective, I’d guess it’s web-bound leads. In truth, though, Hubspot reported that the most effective channel was one labeled “other.” They simply don’t know which activities generate the most leads.

Opportunity

Truthfully, though, that uncertainty creates a huge opportunity. It suggests that there are tons of amazing tools out there that sellers can utilize to generate quality leads. They aren’t all publicized, so our job as sellers is to identify the different tools we can use and more importantly, how we can automate that process. 

Josh’s mission is to create the number one sales platform in the world for senior sales leaders to network, to mindshare, to problem solve, and to intimately discuss the pressing topics of revenue generation. 

LinkedIn

This tool won’t be news to anyone because so many of us are getting leads from LinkedIn, but we must realize that data is fuel for the economy of the business world. We’re on a long business journey and we can’t rely on a single gas station. As amazing as LinkedIn is, we can’t rely on a single place for our fuel. 

Sellers need to become their own content marketers to really meet the demands of the modern buyer. LinkedIn can do wonders for your business in terms of connecting with prospects, especially high-level decision-makers, in a space where they feel safe. Be mindful, too, that if you upgrade to premium, you can see what your social selling index is. You can measure yourself against the other people in your network or industry, which is a really good indicator of where you are. 

I recently had a conversation with someone as a direct result of my LinkedIn efforts, and it turned into an opportunity. It was easy to move the conversation from LinkedIn to a phone call without feeling sleazy. He raised his hand and engaged with me because of the content I shared. 

Your content positions you as a person who can help people. Focus on genuinely providing value rather than posting for the sake of posting. You don’t have to post every day. Josh engages with the sellers’ reps of the companies he’s pursuing and then gives his feedback on the buyer’s experience. If the experience is good, he’ll say so. If it’s bad, he’ll say so. The companies often engage with him after seeing his review, and it launches a natural dialog. 

Prospecting

Every seller wants more leads but few are willing to do the prospecting necessary to generate them. With the rise of AI and automation, sellers feel entitled to not do the work and instead rely on technology. LinkedIn is an established platform for lead generation, and Josh estimates that about 70 percent of the total sales revenue he has generated during his career has been a product of it. 

Even his other interactions like those at trade shows eventually land on LinkedIn, because eventually his prospects will look there to see who he is and what he’s about. Allocate time for LinkedIn. 

From a content perspective consider using automation to help you produce content without manually uploading it every day or every week. There are also plugins that automatically message people as soon as you connect, but if you rely on those you miss out on the personalization that is so important. 

Humans fundamentally need interactions. We’ll never be eradicated by technology because you must be genuine if you want qualified leads. Use automation, but don’t abandon your humanity.

SalesOptimize

Many people in the states opt to use ZoomInfo, but Josh reports that it’s expensive and the data often lacks accuracy. Instead, he suggests SalesOptimize, a tool that’s about 40 percent cheaper than ZoomInfo with much better accuracy and functionality. 

It’s a market intelligence platform that scans the Internet to extract company data like what technology it uses to build its website, who the hosting provider is, what are their annual revenues, and what are the associated brands? Additionally, it provides the contact information for the people who work there. 

Consider that searching for humans may be less effective because they won’t work for the company forever. Instead, search for companies because they represent the accounts. Your prospecting list includes companies, not people. 

SalesOptimize allows you to type in the kind of company you want to target and receive a list of all the different companies you can approach. It also gives you the details around each company so you can determine whether it’s actually a good fit. Once the company passes that qualification process, you can generate insights around people. 

Changing landscape

Given that the average sales rep stays in position for about 18 months, and given that there are multiple people at each company that we need to connect with, it simply makes more sense. Especially in the tech world, it’s rarely a single person that makes the buying decision. More likely, you’ll interact with five to 10 people on your way to a decision. Why, then, are we constantly searching for a single person? 

Even in organizations that have consistency, job functions change slightly. Additionally, titles might differ among companies because of differing hierarchies. SalesOptimize is cheaper, more accurate, and it’s GDPR compliant. 

Qualifier.ai

This tool is for the lazy sales folks who want a super-automated way of doing outreach and getting effective leads. It’s kind of an amalgamation of SalesOptimize and ZoomInfo, but it automates the outreach. Qualifier.ai is about 12 months old, and in its first year, they’ve gained more than 1,000 clients organically. 

It won’t be ideal for everyone because although automation is fine to an extent, personalization is still important. But if your company won’t pay for the other two tools, this is one you can afford for yourself. If you haven’t been given the actual tools you need to do a proper job, spend the money on this tool. 

It sends auto-sending sequences to your prospects and it measures and optimizes and tracks your open rates. You can set the sequence the way that’s best for you. 

Lead generation weapon

The last tool isn’t just a tool. It’s a weapon. Josh calls it a freak of nature. 

With lead generation, we’re collecting data. Our job is to get enough fuel to actually move the vehicle. This tool takes your prospect information and plugs it into this tool and turns it into jet fuel. ConnectAndSell allows you to provide basic data like prospect name, company, and office number in a spreadsheet. This tool navigates you past the receptionists and directories and connects you directly to the person you’re trying to reach without you doing anything. 

Typically in two hours, you might do about 30 dials. With this tool, Josh managed 411 dials in two hours and connected to 15 prospects. These weren’t sales managers or low-level people, but C-level people in Fortune 500 companies, the hardest people to get hold of. 

It’s expensive, but the ROI potential is huge. For two hours every day, you’ll be plugged in speaking to people. 

If you’re seriously looking to scale your business, get SalesOptimizer or ZoomInfo and even consider stacking it with ConnectAndSell to dominate the market. 

“Generate Quality Leads” episode resources

Find out more about Josh’s event at csouk.com. In October, they’ll release CSOConnected, an online pool for education that will provide access to all the interviews. After October, look out for CSOConnected.com.

Grab a copy of his book, Stacked: How to Guarantee Qualified Sales Meetings With Real Decision Makers. 

If you haven’t already, connect with me at donald@thesalesevangelist.com.

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TSE 1139: Sales From The Street – “Don’t Give Up So Easily”

Some companies will be harder to connect with than others, but sellers who don’t give up so easily may find that an intentional approach can overcome those things that appear to be obstacles.

Jacob Wardrop is the sales director at an email management provider called 28Hands, which helps people who feel overwhelmed with the volume of email and need a more automated way of handling it. 

Old school

Jacob once worked as a sales rep selling software to the construction industry, and he was assigned a geographical territory. The businesses ranged from 10 employees to about 400, and a couple had more than 500. One of those companies already worked with his competitor, and Jacob’s company had never been able to gain any traction with the other. 

Despite making probably 200 calls, his company didn’t know what the prospect was currently using and the company wasn’t even sure if it was a good fit. They simply knew that the prospective company was massive and that there weren’t very many construction businesses of that size in the UK. 

In short, the company wasn’t very open to the outside world. Employees weren’t able to use LinkedIn, there was a no-name policy from the reception, and nobody used their own email addresses. Each of the 19 offices had its own email address, and as emails came in, the receptionist would sift through them and hand them off. 

Finding a way in

His background was predominantly outbound so he had what he calls a hunter mentality. He spent a lot of years doing small deals, kissing a lot of frogs and doing a lot of meetings without a lot of reward. Eventually, he started doing bigger deals, and because he had a taste of success, he saw a great opportunity with this new company. 

He was reasonably sure he could get a meeting with them despite the fact that he couldn’t use LinkedIn or email, so the challenge was to get a foot in the door. Every seller before had failed to get beyond the receptionist, and Jacob got caught in that trap briefly, as well. 

In the end, he counted 67 phone calls to the prospect, and he calls the experience a lesson in thinking about the best way in to an organization rather than just relying on a call list.  

Seeking a favor

He started by scouring the website to see what information he could find. From there, because he worked in a geographical region, he trusted that he could find existing clients who worked in the same sector who would be willing to help out. He built a good relationship with some finance partners and other local companies. Over the course of three months, he felt comfortable asking for a favor. 

He asked for information about who the problem solver was in the company. In other words, if you wanted to get something done there, who would you ask? His clients gave him the gentleman’s name, and also gave him permission to use their name in his email contact. 

He sent a message requesting to speak to the managing director, and he got past the first stage where people tended to get stuck in this organization. The managing director agreed to a call and a meeting, largely out of curiosity. They had never worked with a company like ours, but many similar businesses were already working with us. 

Getting the right person

The initial email kicked off an 18-month sales cycle. 

Sometimes sellers want to make things easy for ourselves so we end up sounding like everyone else. Many salespeople will be handed accounts that others have farmed for years, and they’ll be tempted to repeat the same cycles and call all the same people. Instead, consider taking a fresh look and seeking alternative people. Get creative in terms of how you’ll connect. 

Give serious consideration to how you’ll be listened to.

Referral

The managing director passed him off to a management team to help with the initiative. The fact that he had a referral from someone at the top of the organization made a big difference. It means that Jacob could always call him and that he could update him on progress. That meant that the people he was meeting with were accountable for something. 

This deal was worth about half a million, while the average deal previously had been about $100K. It was a record deal, and after a lot of meetings and site visits, his company landed it. 

Many more traditional companies take a long time to make a decision, and there’s a lot of advice that says you shouldn’t keep pursuing opportunities which aren’t active. In this case, the fact that it took a long time was frustrating, but ultimately it was worthwhile. 

By the end of the deal, Jacob was weary from the stress and sleepless nights, so on a Friday afternoon when he knew the deal was close, he drove there. He arrived at 2 and stayed until 9 waiting for the company to be in a position to sign the deal. 

He persevered and stayed diligent and worked to separate himself from what everyone else was doing. 

Building a process

Eventually, he left a very comfortable position for one that didn’t have all the necessary components for success. He was frustrated and surrounded by negative energy. 

He read a book called The Chimp Paradox by Steve Peters that addressed how to focus on the things that are within your control. Jacob wrote down all the key elements of a high-performing seller, from data profiling and gathering to business development and having a senior sales team. 

The group had a product it could sell and a good message, but no intensity culture around it. He booked eight meetings in a day to see what he could learn off the back of that experience. He discovered that by simplifying and writing down a few key things and a simple goal helped him refine the message. It gave him some optimism because it generated some results. 

Generating data

The company started building data on its prospects from scratch until it could afford to have data profiles populated into the CRM. They recruited business development people and started working to answer questions. Why isn’t marketing doing certain things? Why isn’t the SDR doing certain things? 

It’s a much better approach than blaming other people for your problems or your challenges, which ultimately doesn’t help. It simply generates negative energy. 

Once you take control of the situation and decide to control your own destiny, that’s when things can turn around. 

Now, his team works to book 10 meetings before it spends a load of time or money on marketing content. It doesn’t matter whether they use email or LinkedIn. Simply that they book 10 meetings in a new sector because that element is within their control. You learn a lot when you’re in a room with 10 customers instead of being in an office.  

Focus on the components that you don’t need other people for. Become a bit of a lone wolf and then build something. 

Critique yourself

Regardless of the outcome, whether it’s positive or negative, analyze what you did well. You can have a bad call that still ends well. 

Many salespeople base all their self-esteem and confidence on outcomes from clients, which is a bit fickle since some of it results from luck. The danger is that they start to believe their own hype. 

Analyze yourself at every opportunity. Write down the things you’ve done well and the things you haven’t done well. 

“Don’t Give Up So Easily” episode resources

You can connect with Jacob on LinkedIn or connect with him via email at Jacob.Waldrop@28hands.com

You’ve heard us talk about the TSE Certified Sales Training Program, and we’re offering the first module free as a gift to you. Preview it. Check it out. If it makes sense for you to join, you can be part of our upcoming semester. You can take it on your own or as part of the semester group.

If you and your team are interested in learning more, we’d love to have you join us. Call (561) 578-1729 to speak directly to me or one of our team members about the program.

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Sales Tools, The Sales Evangelist Podcast

TSE 1127: Sales Tools Can’t Replace You!

Sales Tools, The Sales Evangelist PodcastSometimes sellers trust too much of our sales process to autopilot, and we lose sight of the fact that even the best sales tools can’t replace you

We get distracted from the things that matter most and we miss out on opportunities or ruin relationships because we forget the importance of the most important component of the sales process. 

Sales tools

Sales tools help us promote or sell a product. They could include CRM, which helps us sell by allowing us to track information. These tools may help us understand more about the prospects who are working in the organizations we’re pursuing. 

Tools might include your email account, your LinkedIn Sales Navigator account, your BombBomb account, your cell phone, or your Hubspot tools. There are countless tools you can take advantage of that will help you promote or sell your products more effectively. 

Sometimes I rely so heavily on those tools that I effectively take myself out of the cockpit. I’m unable to guide the sales process because I’ve trusted my tools to automate it. 

Where to automate 

Automation without oversight can leave room for errors.

While it’s good to use tools like prospect.io to automate your outreach, the problem emerges when we fail to personalize the process. If we set up generic emails and then blast them to hundreds of different people, you won’t get the results you’re seeking. People can immediately sniff out bulk outreach. 

If you rely entirely on automation, you’ll discover that very few people read your emails and even fewer respond. You may even discover that some unsubscribe from your communications. 

On the other hand, if you use merge tags to personalize your messages and you focus on a specific industry and you address a specific problem that this industry faces, you can create a message that speaks directly to that industry. 

Reaching out 

While I’m emailing these prospects, I’ll also reach out to them on LinkedIn via an invite, and I’ll comment on some of their relevant content. I’ll also use personal phone calls as well as text messages or possibly even Twitter. 

I interact in different locations. I’m present and I’m monitoring the interaction.

Unlike the generic situation which was devoid of my personal involvement, this option leaves room for my own personality. The prospects have a chance to interact with me in different settings because I’m actively involved. I’m present, and I’m overseeing the process.

People want to be treated personally. 

Don’t lose focus on the human side of your connections. Make sure to differentiate yourself from the competition. 

“Sales Tools Can’t Replace You” episode resources

You’re a savvy salesperson who wants to learn and grow. Check out Audible for thousands of titles, plus a free 30-day trial and a free book. 

If you haven’t connected with me on LinkedIn already, do that at Donald C. Kelly and watch the things I’m sharing there. I’m fairly easy to connect with. Just comment on something about my podcast. Send me an email.

You’ve heard us talk about the TSE Certified Sales Training Program, and we’re offering the first module free as a gift to you. Preview it. Check it out. If it makes sense for you to join, you can be part of our upcoming semester. You can take it on your own or as part of the semester group.

If you and your team are interested in learning more, we’d love to have you join us. Call (561) 578-1729 to speak directly to me or one of our team members about the program.

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Sandler, Mike Jone, LinkedIn, Social Selling, Prospecting

TSE 1125: Harnessing LinkedIn to Develop a Consistent Stream of Quality Leads

If you’re not already harnessing LinkedIn to develop a consistent stream of quality leads, you’re missing out on more referrals, possible testimonies, and a powerful prospecting tool. 

Mike Jones owns and operates a local Sandler Training franchise where he works with sales leaders and salespeople in those cultures to develop nontraditional ways of prospecting and selling. He has the privilege of seeing best practices and working intimately with sales culture. He loves the experience of moving between industries and geographies to see what the consistent themes of success are. 

Utilizing LinkedIn

Sellers must take advantage of LinkedIn, but many people use it wrong. 

They often don’t understand LinkedIn’s power to get to the right person. It’s difficult to connect with the right person, but LinkedIn gives people the ability to determine who they need to be talking to. 

There is power in connections. If you aren’t using it to find the right people in the organizations you’re connecting with, you aren’t using it to its full capabilities. 

There are two kinds of prospecting. 

  • Active prospecting, which includes developing daily behavioral metrics about how many conversations you want to have, how many appointments you want to have, and how many existing clients you should be reaching out to. Activity always precedes outcome. If I can dial in my activity and monitor it and compare it to a monthly revenue goal, that allows me to make strategic behavioral changes. Whatever outcome you’re seeking, you have a system perfectly designed to give you that outcome. If you want a better outcome, analyze what you’re doing from a behavioral standpoint in order to achieve that outcome. It’s a form of prospecting that provides real-time decisions, and it gets immediate results. 

 

  • Passive prospecting doesn’t provide immediate results. If, for example, you work 250 days a year and your prospecting system requires you to send out 10 emails, either directly to a prospect or a contact in LinkedIn, asking for an introduction. Over a year, that’s 2,500 prospecting attempts every year. In today’s business culture, it works and you’re missing an opportunity if you aren’t seizing it. 

Thinking about now

Sometimes, as sellers, we get so focused on the now that we forget to focus on the future. In the early days of my sales career, I was guilty of it, too. Every phone call you make doesn’t have to result in an immediate close. 

We may even make the mistake of prospecting to convince people, and that creates a lot of pressure. Instead, identify what kind of prospect is in front of you. 

There are four distinct mindsets that prospects have. 

  1. They have a need they know about. 
  2. They’re comfortable and they aren’t making any changes.
  3. They are willing to make changes in order to have a better return on investment.
  4. They’re arrogant. 

We can only help number one and number three. Numbers two and four will communicate with a salesperson differently. Instead of trying to convince, try to determine which of the four you’re dealing with. It will help you understand whether they’re open-minded about it. 

Prospect’s mindset

Don’t give up too early. When a salesperson reaches out to a prospect, they’re trying to change the prospect’s mindset and alter what they believe. 

Be consistently persistent. Develop a cadence that falls somewhere between “I’m bugging someone” and “I’m ineffective.” Prospecting takes time and sellers must stop looking at their monthly revenue as the barometer for success. We do it because we think that’s how the game needs to be played. 

Realize that your individual metrics and your revenue are important, but you don’t get a pass on your prospecting simply because you hit your revenue. Failure to prospect will impact you months from now. You must manage your calendar to make sure you can service the people you’re selling as well as your future prospects. 

LinkedIn content

LinkedIn is a huge tool for marketing and it’s designed to help people think and share different ideas and insights.

When we look to give back, we’ll get stuff in return. The more you give, the more the people who want your help will come to you. 

If you’re a giver and you’re prospecting, you’re giving so much great information. They’ll keep coming back to you. 

Introductions

Many salespeople don’t do enough to leverage their connections in order to get introductions, which is probably a better word than referral. Probably 20 percent of your clients will provide an introduction without being prompted to. They like to connect people. 

At the same time, there are probably the same number who don’t like doing it. The 60 percent in the middle will do it if someone asks them to. We just have to become proactive and make it part of our process.

The best time to ask for an introduction is when the prospect realizes that he got his value and he’s happy. If you’ve already found a process that works, don’t change it. But if you aren’t having success asking for introductions, wait until the buyer realizes what they have in value. 

It also probably depends on the type of product you’re selling. 

Team behaviors 

Figure out what behaviors your team should be doing and build some healthy accountability around those things. It’s easier to coach people who have individual belief systems and business acumen. Based upon metrics, you can give unique instruction to each person. 

Make sure to have a direct line to the decision maker in the company you are pursuing, and build it around a story. In other words, figure out a common connection to the person you’re trying to connect with and use that. That connection is much more likely to be successful than cold outreach will. 

Don’t wing it. Use your KPIs and other metrics to get prepared. Good sellers won’t sabotage their efforts or be lazy. They’ll want to do something that will help them earn more money. 

Finally, get your life “why-dialed in.” Figure out why you get out of bed in the morning, because that’s your source of power. If you don’t have your life “why-dialed in,” you’ll go through the motions and it will be mundane and boring. 

Evaluate your patterns and habits. Are you getting the habits and outcome that you’re looking for? Sales is a purposeful, predictable event. If you’re serious about what you’re doing and how you’re doing it, you can track and measure your output and change it. 

“Harnessing LinkedIn” episode resources

You can find Mike on LinkedIn or you can connect with Sandler Training by The Ruby Group. Visit Sandler Training to connect with someone in your own area. 

If you haven’t connected with me on LinkedIn already, do that at Donald C. Kelly and watch the things I’m sharing there.

You’ve heard us talk about the TSE Certified Sales Training Program, and we’re offering the first module free as a gift to you. Preview it. Check it out. If it makes sense for you to join, you can be part of our upcoming semester. You can take it on your own or as part of the semester group.

If you and your team are interested in learning more, we’d love to have you join us. Call (561) 578-1729 to speak directly to me or one of our team members about the program.

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Kyle Burt, LinkedIn, Sales Content, Social Selling

TSE 1103: Every Seller Should Create Good Content

Kyle Burt, LinkedIn, Sales Content, Social Selling

       

Every seller should create good content as a tool to gain leads, grow their business, and increase overall success. 

Kyle Burt first heard The Sales Evangelist podcast two years ago when we interviewed Alex Berman about using video in sales. Kyle, who once chose business school over film school, went home and started making videos. 

Massive success

Kyle quickly turned his video capability into massive success for himself. Before video, he was using cold calls, email, and “screaming from the tops of mountains,” knocking on every door and delivering cookies. When you’re starting out, you have to be willing to do whatever it takes. 

He realized that video provided a good strategy to get leads. But he shifted his focus to making videos because he wanted to make videos. He realized he had a level of value and a perspective that wasn’t being shared. 

Kyle recognized, too, that only the people in his bubble would understand the content he was posting because it was niche content. 

Coca-Cola

He established a weekly schedule because he knew he had to post consistently, and he introduced Whiteboard Wednesdays. It was a chance to introduce different technologies.

Maybe 20 videos later, he was on vacation in Cancun in 2017 when he got a LinkedIn message from the VP of technology for Coca-Cola. He assumed someone was pranking him, but in fact, the gig turned into a consulting opportunity with the company.

When Kyle realized the VP had seen the very first video he ever posted, the most awkward of the bunch, he knew that he was on to something with video. 

Objections 

In the case of objections, sellers often face their own objections to appearing in or creating videos. 

  • “I don’t look good enough for the camera.” 
  • “I don’t have the right equipment.” 
  • “There isn’t enough time to create videos.”

The important parts of the content are good audio and good content. 

Fear of the comments

In my own case, I’ve been slow to take advantage of YouTube because I’m a little bit afraid of the comments I might get. People can be nasty sometimes. 

The point is that there will always be the possibility of those comments. Someone once told Kyle he sounded like a little baby. He wasn’t even entirely sure what they meant by it, but he had to let it roll right off. 

You have to be ready to take it on the chin when you put yourself out there. You’re going to get some good and some bad. 

Internalize the fact that nobody has it all figured out, and then realize that people are genuinely good. Most people don’t want to tear you down, so don’t spend your time on the small number of people who have something negative to say. 

It’s worth noting, too, that stories only survive for 24 hours, so they won’t live forever. If you create a bad one, it won’t be around for long. Even with LinkedIn, the feed algorithm means that it might technically always be there, but it will be harder to find. 

Persistence

We spent two years trying to get Kyle on the show but we couldn’t make it work out because of different schedules. Our recording day is Monday because it’s what works best for my team, and sometimes we have to bypass opportunities if they don’t fit with that schedule.

In Kyle’s case, he was persistent. He got early access to LinkedIn Live, which as of this writing is only available to a few people, and he invited me to connect with him. After 18 months of no real interaction, he reconnected with me and we made it work. He grabbed my attention and we ended up recording with him on a day outside of our normal schedule. 

Disrupt the norm. Create good content that stands out. 

LinkedIn reach

My good friend Stephen A. Hart from the Trailblazers Podcast pointed out recently that there are 9 billion impressions on LinkedIn every week, which amounts to 468 billion impressions annually. Of those, only about 3 million users are creating content. That means there is a lot of space to create more free content. 

You can’t find that kind of visibility on YouTube, Facebook, or any other platform. Basically, there are a small number of creators and a huge number of impressions, so it behooves you to grab a piece of the video market. 

I happened to get into podcasting early when there were only a few sales podcasts. Now I’m a grandfather in the podcasting world. 

Much innovation seems to happen with consumers first. The business world moves more slowly because there are more considerations to think about. 

The marketplace dictates what it wants. 

Coffee With Kyles

Kyle previously collaborated with another guy named Kyle to launch a video podcast called Coffee With Kyles. Now he’s working on a solo style show that will primarily involve live video. It will allow him to eliminate a lot of the editing and create more interactive experiences. 

In the case of this podcast interview, our audience can’t interact with us right now as the interview is happening. When they are finally able to, it will change the game. 

The goal is to get more people engaged and online. When you go live, you can’t stop the show because something goes wrong. Kyle said he has gone live five times and has broken the system five times. 

Because of his persistence, he was one of the few to beta test LinkedIn Live, and it allowed him to connect with people and build relationships.

If you try to be known, you’ll miss the mark. If you create good content, you will be known. It’s all about who knows you. 

If you aren’t creating some form of content or interacting with content on social media, you are irrelevant. Figure it out quick. If you’re a writer, write. If you can do video, do that. If you can do audio, do audio. Figure out your lane and experiment. Every seller should create good content.

“Every Seller Should Create Good Content” episode resources

You can connect with Kyle on LinkedIn or at his website, www.catchcloud.com

If you haven’t connected with me on LinkedIn already, do that at Donald C. Kelly and watch the things I’m sharing there.

You’ve heard us talk about the TSE Certified Sales Training Program, and we’re offering the first module free as a gift to you. Preview it. Check it out. If it makes sense for you to join, you can be part of our upcoming semester.

You can take it on your own or as part of the semester group. The program includes 65 videos altogether, and we just completed a beta group that helped us improve the program and maximize the information in it.

If you and your team are interested in learning more, we’d love to have you join us. Call (561)578-1729 to speak directly to me or one of our team members about the program.

This episode is also brought to you in part by mailtag.io, a Chrome browser extension for Gmail that allows you to track and schedule your emails. You’ll receive real-time alerts anyone opens an email or clicks a link.

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Sales Material, Donald Kelly

TSE 1097: “Fatal Mistake – You’re Not Leaving Anything Behind”

 

Sales Material, Donald KellyIf you find that your deals are falling through the cracks or you’re losing your prospects to your competition, perhaps the problem is that you’re not leaving anything behind

You might be thinking of brochures and other leave-behinds, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. Instead, we’re talking about the things you should be leaving behind any why these things are so critical to moving your deal forward. 

Research phase

Unless you’re dealing with a referral, when you’re dealing with a prospect, that person is probably considering other people as well. Even if the prospect reached out to you and seems completely interested, that person is ultimately looking for the best deal. 

You must stay top of mind. Ensure that you stay relevant and always present without being annoying. You must give the prospect something valuable. 

Content

Consider leaving content behind that ties directly to what you’ve already discussed. Or leave content that helps the prospect prepare for the next scheduled meeting. 

Once you’ve done this a time or two, you’ll understand why it’s so important. 

Imagine IT companies in this situation that are evaluating service companies. You won’t be the only company they are considering, but you want them to forget those other companies and focus on yours. 

One option is to determine which other companies the prospect is considering.

Create landmines

Create landmines for the competitor. 

For instance, when I sold document management services, I had a competitor whose services were only good for one department. The competitor served that department very well, but the other departments hated their services. 

I planted the idea in our prospects’ minds that a tool that only benefits one department isn’t really a valuable tool for the entire company. My leave-behind was the idea that the competitor would only benefit a small portion of the company.

If it wasn’t a good fit, certain departments wouldn’t use it, which would result in wasted money because no one used the software. 

I suggested to the prospect that a solution that benefits everyone would be a better fit.

Format

In the past, that kind of content might have appeared in the form of a white paper. Now, however, your prospects are busy and many things are grabbing at their attention.

Instead, consider a LinkedIn post or article, or a podcast, or a video addressing the issue. Identify the top things that make your company a favorable choice. Highlight the challenges that your company can solve better than the competition. 

Educate your buyer before you return for the next meeting or demonstration. That way, when the prospect meets with the competition, they’ll know what issues to ask questions about. 

If you’re not leaving anything behind, the prospect may simply respond to the flashy, cool presentation. 

Notifications

Make this tool even more powerful by using tools that notify you when the prospect opens the message or clicks on the video. 

Consider, for example, that you send a video for your prospect to watch prior to the next meeting. Maybe it answers questions that frequently occur during the second meeting. 

If you send it with BombBomb, you’ll know when the prospect watched it, and whether they watched the entire video. It helps you know when and how the prospect is engaging with your content. 

Do something different

Everyone is leaving a business card, so you must do something that helps you stand out from the crowd. Make your company the obvious choice.

Position yourself as the trusted advisor and the one who is helping the prospect understand all the important considerations before making a decision. 

If you’re not leaving anything behind, your promising deal may disappear. 

“You’re Not Leaving Anything Behind” episode resources

If you haven’t connected with me on LinkedIn already, do that at Donald C. Kelly and watch the things I’m sharing there.

You’ve heard us talk about the TSE Certified Sales Training Program, and we’re offering the first module free as a gift to you. Preview it. Check it out. If it makes sense for you to join, you can be part of our upcoming semester.

You can take it on your own or as part of the semester group. The program includes 65 videos altogether, and we just completed a beta group that helped us improve the program and maximize the information in it.

If you and your team are interested in learning more, we’d love to have you join us. Call (561)578-1729 to speak directly to me or one of our team members about the program.

This episode is also brought to you in part by mailtag.io, a Chrome browser extension for Gmail that allows you to track and schedule your emails. You’ll receive real-time alerts anyone opens an email or clicks a link.

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Value, Education

TSE 1092: Building Interest In Something When The Customer Isn’t Looking

Value, EducationSellers who discover how to be successful without a marketing department, in a crowded marketplace, and when the customer isn’t even looking will be successful in almost any circumstances.

I got a question from a listener named Jon Billings who wanted to know how he could teach people who “don’t know what they don’t know.” For instance, if the customer isn’t looking because he doesn’t know he has a problem, how do I communicate that?

Especially in the case of sellers who don’t have access to a marketing department, how is that even possible?

Educate

Your goal is to educate your prospects so that they will look to you instead of your competition when they need help solving a problem.

Educating is the new sales. Regardless of the industry, you’re in, your marketplace is likely crowded.

  • How do you stand out from the competition?
  • How do you help customers recognize you as a differentiator?

You have to challenge the status quo, especially when many of your prospects already have solutions or they don’t realize the existence of a problem.

Build Community

Become a content producer.

Even if you have a marketing department, you should have your own individual brand. Take that brand with you wherever you go.

Even if you change industries, your brand goes with you.

Answer questions

Write down the top 10 questions that customers ask you or that prospects bring up in conversation. Whether they center around cost or service, answer those questions in the form of sharable content.

You can write a blog or produce a podcast. Even better, you can create a LinkedIn article or video.

Focus on the problem while you’re answering the question.

For example, what other issues could your prospect focus on if he outsourced his IT services to your company? What opportunity costs exist?

Differentiate

My friend Kyle invited me to do a LinkedIn Live with him recently and we recorded an episode with him for our show as well.

Kyle told us about how he started sharing videos on YouTube answering questions, and though the videos weren’t very fancy in his estimation, someone reached out to him from Coca Cola with an opportunity for him.

He’s in the tech industry, and though there are countless other tech firms out there that are sending out RFPs. Kyle decided to be different, and it grabbed people’s attention.

Tap into brains

You won’t want to pitch your prospects right away. Instead, connect with them and ask for their assistance. Maybe you’re looking to write a LinkedIn article about things that the directors of large companies dislike and you’d like input from people who are filling those roles.

Get one tip from 10 people, and then when you post the article, tag all of the people who contributed. They’ll see your post, they’ll likely see your profile, and they’ll likely see your website.

Now, when you ask for a chance to introduce yourself in the future, they’ll be more likely to at least give you a chance since you connected on LinkedIn.

Potential ideas

Even if you don’t have the benefit of written case studies, you may have some client testimonials or some stories you can tell. Talk about the problems your clients once had and highlight how you helped them solve those problems.

Now that you’ve written an article about the 10 things that directors of large companies dislike, you could also pitch podcast hosts with the idea.

You’ll be educating more people and becoming a thought leader. But you must create content around the things that people want to hear.

If you’re doing the same things every week and you’re seeing a diminishing return, put a little more effort in. You’ll be on your way to building interest in something when the customer isn’t looking.

“When The Customer Isn’t Looking” episode resources

Connect with me at donald@thesalesevangelist.com.

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Brynne Tillman, Donald Kelly, LinkedIn, Social Selling

TSE 1088: 4 Pillars to Leveraging LinkedIn for Business Development

Brynne Tillman, Donald Kelly, LinkedIn, Social Selling, 4 Pillars to Leveraging LinkedIn for Business Development

You may believe that social selling won’t work for your company or industry, but if you take advantage of the 4 pillars to leveraging LinkedIn for business development, you’ll be surprised at how it can help you expand your reach.

Brynne Tillman is the CEO and “LinkedIn Whisperer” of Social Sales Link and the author of The LinkedInSales Playbook and she has spent more than a decade coaching people to unlock the power of the platform.

LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn has its own social selling index so if you visit getmyssiscore.com you get your personal score, out of 100, that will rate your social selling acumen. Your LinkedIn profile is where that lies.

Sellers make the mistake of using their LinkedIn profile as a resume when, in fact, it should be a resource.

Corporate Visions reports that 74 percent of buyers choose the sales rep that provided value and insight early in the buyer journey.

Your profile is their first impression of us, so do it right.

Value

Prospects don’t care about your mission, your passion, or your years in business when they first visit your profile. That may matter down the road, but initially, they care about value. They care about how relevant you are.

Write your summary almost like a blog post. What kind of value can you bring from the first time they read about you?

Identify the challenges that your buyers are facing. Provide three to five insights that will make an immediate impact. Strive to make a “vendor agnostic” impact, meaning that you share insights they can use even if they never buy from you.

Sellers often create this as a pitch and we tell them how to buy from us. What we should do instead is attract them to us. We want them to ask themselves how they can work with us.

This level of value will increase your credibility and move you much more quickly through the sales cycle.

Challenges

If you sell office furniture, determine who your buyer is and what her biggest challenge is right now. Maybe many companies are expanding and the big challenge is the inability to trade in old furniture to get new stuff.

Determine what helps you stand out and then educate your buyer.

Teach your customer how to buy office furniture in a way that leans toward you as the solution, but provide insights that can help them make better decisions for the company as a whole.

Take advantage of the 4 pillars to leveraging LinkedIn for business development in order to move your prospects toward doing business with you.

Pillar 1: Establish your professional brand

Your professional brand is your profile.

By positioning your profile to provide insight and value to your buyers, you are gaining credibility and creating curiosity.

You’re getting them excited to take your phone call. If they can learn something just by visiting your profile, they imagine that a conversation with you will be even more valuable.

Position yourself as the subject matter expert and thought leader.

Pillar 2: Find the right people

How are you leveraging LinkedIn to find your buyers and your influencers? If it’s true that there are 6.8 people who are involved in every large buying decision, how are we identifying all the right people within an organization?

Instead of limiting our efforts to just the champion, who else do we want to touch? How are we finding these people and engaging them?

The prospecting piece and the relationship building piece are the same. It’s a combination of providing great value and leveraging our network to get introductions to our targeted prospects and buyers.

Develop search strings which are literally the title of your buyers in whatever geographic location or industry you choose.

Pillar 3: Engage with insights

How are we sharing content, commenting, and engaging with content? How are we using hashtags to find the right content? Are we feeding our network with really valuable information that moves them closer to our solution?

It’s more than just liking or sharing. LinkedIn wants to see you engaging and sharing and commenting.

Avoid “random acts of social.” Anything we do without intention or purpose is rarely going to see success. Certainly, it won’t succeed on a consistent basis.

Pillar 4: Build relationships

Connecting and forgetting is the equivalent of collecting business cards in a stack on the corner of your desk. How valuable is it? That’s not a network.

There’s more value in truly connecting with a few people at a networking event and having meaningful conversations than there is in collecting a business card from everyone present. Bring that same thoughtfulness online.

Start a conversation. Learn about people. Ask questions. Get to know people a little bit. When you do, LinkedIn will be your most valuable networking tool.

Strategy

Establish what your goals are for social selling. How will you measure success?

If your goal is to have one new client a month, you need four proposals a month. In order to have four proposals, you need to have eight conversations. In order to have eight conversations, you need to have 16 introductions to your targeted buyers.

That means I need four introductions to targeted buyers each week. I must look at my KPIs to see if my 16 is converging to become 8, and then whether my eight is becoming four.

If I need four introductions per week, I probably need to ask for 20. That probably means I need five a day, which could mean five from one person or one from five people.

I need a good network of referral sources and great relationships with my existing clients.

Reaching out

Once you’ve identified those clients who can connect you to other people, you can start this way:

Mr. Client,

It has been a couple of years since we worked together. I hope you’re still loving your furniture. 

I noticed that you’re connected to a few people on LinkedIn that I’m trying to get in front of. Would you mind setting up a 15-minute call where I can read names with you and get your thoughts on whether they might be a good fit?

Two things happen here. If your customer needs more furniture, this is a great way to re-engage without being salesy. You’ll also talk through the list of connections to figure out a way forward.

You can either ask for an introduction or ask for permission to name-drop.

Building engagement

You must continually build engagement with your customers so that you maintain those connections even after the sale.

If you’re looking for new contacts, start with your second-degree connections because at least you have some people in common.

It doesn’t feel quite as cold that way and there are things you can do to warm them up before you actually reach out. Look at the profile. Click the “more” button on the profile and click the “follow” button. The person will get the notification that you followed him.

Look at his recent activity. Read it. Engage with it. If there is something there, begin a conversation by engaging with the information he shared.

Now you’ve engaged, followed, and the person keeps getting notifications about you. He’ll likely be curious because your name keeps appearing.

It’s a little bit like flirting.

Provide value

Don’t jump in and pitch immediately. Provide value.

Build relationships. Get a consistent stream of great content that helps your prospect understand the importance of choosing the right office furniture.

Once you’ve developed a conversation, you can offer a pitch when appropriate.

Don’t just build a network that doesn’t know you. Create content, but realize that it doesn’t have to be a blog post. Consider native video, podcasting, and interviews.

Don’t just generate noise, though. Use the 4 pillars to leveraging LinkedIn for business development to make sure it’s worth their click.

“4 Pillars to Leveraging LinkedIn for Business Development” episode resources

The best way to connect with Brynne is on LinkedIn. Let her know that you found her on The Sales Evangelist podcast and she’ll send additional resources. You can also grab a copy of The LinkedInSales Playbook.

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TSE 1085: TSE Certified Sales Training Program – “LinkedIn Gold Rush”

LinkedIn, Sales Rep, Sales Training, Social Selling

There’s a huge prospecting opportunity right under your nose, and it’s a LinkedIn gold rush that can help you generate more leads and connect with more people.

Even if you have been on LinkedIn since 2016 like I have, it’s possible that you aren’t even scratching the surface of what it’s capable of doing. LinkedIn isn’t paying me to say any of this. I’m telling you because I know how much you can do with LinkedIn and I want you to do big things.

Statistics

My friend Stephen Hart, host of the Trailblazers.FM podcast, shared some statistics with me that made my eyeballs pop. When he appeared on The Sales Evangelist, he shared with us the importance of creating content that connects with your audience. He also emphasized the need to incorporate social selling into your existing efforts.

LinkedIn is designed to be more than a host for your resume. It’s created to be a community where people interact.

Content

The article 48 Eye-Opening LinkedIn Statistics for B2B Marketers in 2019 reports that there are 9 billion content impressions in the LinkedIn feed every week. Every single week, the content on LinkedIn is seen 9 billion times, which leads to about 36 billion impressions per month and 468 billion per year.

If you consistently take advantage of LinkedIn by producing content, you can take advantage of these statistics. You can even repurpose things you’ve previously created into LinkedIn content.

The article also reports that only 3 million people share content weekly. There are 500 million total LinkedIn users, and maybe half of those are active. Only 3 million of them share content weekly. That’s about 1 percent of the monthly users sharing content.

Three million users are getting 9 billion impressions per week on LinkedIn.

Try finding that kind of ratio on Instagram or Facebook.

Publishing

As you contemplate what to create, think about this. LinkedIn doesn’t want you to publish an article that has a link going back to your website. Like any social platform, LinkedIn wants your eyeballs to stay on the platform so you’ll see more ads and they’ll get more money from advertisers.

Post your stuff natively on LinkedIn. Publish a LinkedIn article, and make sure to include a picture. Then share it.

Long-form content gets more shares on LinkedIn. Dennis Brown mentioned this when he was on the podcast based upon research that showed that 1,900-word articles get the most shares. Aim to publish between 1,900 and 2,100 words in order to get more traction.

Consistency

If you’re thinking that you can’t write 1,900 words, I understand. Neither can I.

Instead, dictate your thoughts and hire a virtual assistant or someone from Fiverr to do the work for you. Or, use Temi to transcribe your audio into a written transcript that you can tweak and publish.

Don’t include links away from LinkedIn. Instead, trust that your website appears on your profile and as you appear in their feed, you’ll become the subject-matter expert.

Video

LinkedIn also has video capability now and I did my first LinkedIn Live last week with my friend Kyle who is involved in the Beta testing. Because it’s new, the engagement was amazing.

Many people will talk themselves out of using this tool because they don’t like the way they look on camera or they believe they won’t know what to say. But someone else in that 3 million will take advantage of it and they’ll see results.

Start. Right. Now.

You can record video directly to LinkedIn using the camera in the app. Our friend Tiffany Southerland who recently appeared on the podcast shared that she creates video content every week without doing any fancy editing using LinkedIn.

Nine billion impressions and 3 million people. It’s a gold rush.

“LinkedIn Gold Rush” episode resources

Check out the article 48 Eye-Opening LinkedIn Statistics for B2B Marketers in 2019.

If you haven’t connected with me on LinkedIn already, do that at Donald C. Kelly and watch the things I’m sharing there.

You’ve heard us talk about the TSE Certified Sales Training Program, and we’re offering the first module free as a gift to you. Preview it. Check it out. If it makes sense for you to join, you can be part of our upcoming semester in April.

You can take it on your own or as part of the semester group. The program includes 65 videos altogether, and we just completed a beta group that helped us improve the program and maximize the information in it.

If you and your team are interested in learning more, we’d love to have you join us. Call (561)578-1729 to speak directly to me or one of our team members about the program.

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TSE 1017: Don’t Treat Prospects Like a Number

Number Game, Prospecting, Bad Sales Person

If you’ve been guilty of bulldozing your prospects or being rude or uncaring, today must be the day you change your mindset: Don’t treat prospects like a number.

Although numbers are important to those of us who work in sales, we can’t let them become our primary focus. They can help us measure our success and determine our strengths and weaknesses, but we can’t reduce our prospects to a number.

Find the balance

Some organizations focus so little on numbers that they don’t have any way to replicate their successes. They have no idea how many calls it takes to get to the right customer. They have no idea of their conversion rate.

On the other hand, some organizations are so focused on the numbers that it becomes the primary focus of their work. As a result, they often sacrifice quality in the name of numbers.

Do not lose track of the people in the process.

My wife got a call from a traditional seller in a traditional selling situation last week: he knew nothing about the company except the name and the phone number. He didn’t know who he needed to speak to, and it was obvious he was calling from a call center.

The caller wasn’t prepared and he didn’t have a cadence to his call.

Dialing for dollars

Some companies have a single speed. They spend each day dialing for dollars and relying on phone calls to advance their numbers.

They fail to realize that today’s buyers are busy. They fail to approach selling from the buyer’s standpoint.

It never occurs to them that they could have brought value in an email. Or that they could have used multiple emails to share client testimonials or valuable tips or irresistible messages.

They overlook LinkedIn as a place to connect with prospects and they miss the opportunity to provide value. They forget that they could mail something to the prospect or research who they should contact within a company.

They overlook the strength of using multiple points of entry rather than just blasting the prospect with phone calls.

Control your emotion

When my wife told the caller that we weren’t interested in doing business with him, he got upset.

He’s no doubt frustrated because he’s doing the same activity every single day and not having much success, but it doesn’t give him a pass to get upset.

Sometimes you’ve brought value and done everything possible for your buyer, and they still aren’t ready to buy.

It’s ok to say, “Hey, I get this all the time. Sometimes people aren’t ready. Out of curiosity, is it because you guys already have someone in place or just that you’re not looking to buy right now?”

Once they give me an answer, I ask if it’s ok for me to send podcasts or videos in the future. If they say yes, then I’ve left the door open.

Instead of sacrificing my connection by getting angry, I keep opportunities open.

Develop processes

I’m a big proponent of making sure you have processes in place as you reach out to prospects.

If you’re treating them like a number and calling without doing any research, please stop. You’re treating them like a number and they’re going to respond accordingly.

Offer personal touches.

Take 2 to 5 minutes to go on LinkedIn and find out what the company does. Don’t eat up too much of your time, just find out the key players and the company mission so you can have an intelligent conversation.

Do work

If you’re trying to reach people the same way everyone else is, you’re probably not going to have a lot of success.

You’re going to have to do a little bit of work to grab our attention in a busy setting.

I recently got a video from someone as a form of outreach, and I complimented the person on the video. Then, I invited the person to be a guest on the podcast, and the show is going live soon.

It’s more work for you, but your job as the seller is to make the buyer’s job easier. Don’t add unnecessary complication.

“Don’t Treat Prospects Like a Number” episode resources

This episode is brought to you in part by prospect.io, a powerful sales automation platform that allows you to build highly personalized, cold email campaigns. To learn more, go to prospect.io/tse. It will help you with your outbound to expand your outreach. It allows you to set it and forget it. Your prospecting will never, ever be the same.

Previously known as TSE Hustler’s League, our TSE Certified Sales Program offers modules that you can engage on your own schedule as well as opportunities to engage with other sellers in other industries.

This episode is brought to you in part by mailtag.io, a Chrome browser extension for Gmail that allows you to track and schedule your emails. It’s super easy, it’s helpful, and I recommend that you try it out.

You’ll receive real-time alerts anyone opens an email or clicks a link.

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Donald Kelly, The Sales Evangelist Podcast, LinkedIn, Trust

TSE 965: TSE Hustler’s League – “Trust”

 

Donald Kelly, The Sales Evangelist Podcast, LinkedIn, TrustLinkedIn is an important resource for sellers and companies, but we hardly know our hundreds of connections. It doesn’t work to pitch people that we hardly know anymore. You must build trust.

On today’s episode of The Sales Evangelist, we talk about the importance of trust and the relationships and connections the result when we build it.

Building connections

Once we realize the importance of connections, we get busy connecting with everybody. We connect with everyone in our industry and everyone in our Gmail.

And though we’re connected to a lot of people, we don’t regularly communicate with most of them. They’re simply connections.

But connections don’t necessarily translate into business.

In fact, we all have people in our lives who are important to us, but who we wouldn’t recommend to a trusted partner. We don’t want to recommend them because it will be on us when it goes bad.

LinkedIn

Instead of working to get a huge number of LinkedIn connections, focus on building genuine connections with people you actually communicate with.

Call them. Email them. Share an article you think is relevant to them. Congratulate them on important events. Text them. Focus on personal touches.

Simply being connected on LinkedIn won’t generate revenue for your company, and your connections on LinkedIn won’t automatically turn into trusted allies.

You must build trust and become a trusted advisor.

Personal touch

We frequently talk about the fact that people like to do business with other people.

How can you create a personal touch?

Set time on your personal calendar to connect with people on LinkedIn. Respond to your new requests or send personal messages. Go alphabetically each day if it helps you break it into smaller pieces.

Instead of reaching out to people purely to sell them something, you’ll be building value. There’s a difference between connections and spam.

Share educational information like microblogs or other content you’ve created. When people see that you’re active and generating valuable content, they’ll begin to trust what you have to say.

Give before you receive

Find out what’s important to the people you’re connected with. Keep their information in the back of your head and watch out for new connections who might be a good fit for your existing connections.

If you know of a company that is hiring and you know of a good prospect, ask if you can make an introduction.

Focus on the simple things that will help your prospect be successful.

“Trust” episode resources

This episode is brought to you in part by prospect.io, a powerful sales automation platform that allows you to build highly personalized, cold email campaigns. To learn more, go to prospect.io/tse. It will help you with your outbound to expand your outreach and it allows you to set it and forget it. Your prospecting will never ever be the same.

We’ll use prospect.io in the upcoming semester of TSE Hustler’s League to focus on prospecting. We’ll give you insights and tools that will help you gain new customers. In addition, we’ll provide training and strategies that you can implement today to ensure constant flow in your pipeline.

Check out our new semester of The Sales Evangelist Hustler’s League. We’re taking applications for the semester beginning in January, and we can only take a limited number of people.

This episode is also brought to you in part by Maximizer CRM, personalized CRM that gives you the confidence to improve your business and increase profits. To get a demonstration of maximizer, go to the sales evangelists.com/maximizer.

Click on the link to get a free demo of what Maximizer CRM can do for you. It integrates your marketing campaign as well as your CRM, and it works whether you’re a small organization or a large one.

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Rebecca Brizi, Donald Kelly, Inbound Leads, LinkedIn

TSE 931: How To Use LinkedIn for Inbound and Developing Process

LinkedIn is a powerful tool for sales professionals, but you must have a strategy in order to use it well. If you have a plan, you can use LinkedIn for inbound and developing process.

On today’s episode of The Sales Evangelist, Rebecca Brizi, strategic consultant to small businesses and solopreneurs, talks about using social media to grow your business and how to use LinkedIn for inbound and developing process.

A place for business

When you enter LinkedIn, everyone knows why you’re there. There’s no ambiguity; it’s very specific.

People join LinkedIn because they want to connect with and network with people who are relevant to their businesses.

Rebecca’s husband is a great example of how LinkedIn can supplement your marketing efforts, especially for small businesses that don’t have a huge team of people.

Her husband doesn’t want to have to set up and run and manage a website, so he uses LinkedIn the way most people would use their business site. In fact, she said, he’s not asking people to visit an external site; he’s inviting them to find out about him in a place they’re already visiting.

LinkedIn can do everything for your business that websites can do. It can serve as an online brochure, an online messaging platform, and an online content platform.

Network with people

The best way to network with people is to help them know, like, and trust you.  Once you’ve done that, you’re on your way to a solid relationship that can create great opportunities.

Treat LinkedIn the same way treat your face-to-face marketing. Start with a focus on what you can do for other people. Begin by discovering what you can do to help people.

  • Who do they want to meet?
  • What do they want to learn?
  • What sort of information could be of interest to them?

Work to connect with people and stay transparent about who you are and why you want to connect with people.

You’ll be effective as long as you’re working to make your interactions positive for other people.

Great prospects

Once you’ve identified someone as a great prospect, consider trying to learn from him first. Determine whether you can make introductions that could be useful to him.

You have to know what your prospect wants in order to sell to him something. You have to understand what the prospect wants from life and how your product or service fits into that.

Effective sales is always about the buyer rather than the seller.

The Chet Holmes Buyer Pyramid says that at any given moment, only about three percent of your audience is actively looking to buy what you’re selling. Seven percent are open to whatever it is you’re selling.

The other 90 percent are split into thirds:

  • 30 percent haven’t even thought about it
  • 30 percent have thought about it but don’t think they need it
  • 30 percent are never going to buy from you.

You begin with 70 percent maximum reach every time. So do you want to capture the 3 percent or the 70 percent?

Well-crafted pitch

There’s a certain amount of subjectivity in each relationship that helps you determine the right moment to make your pitch.

A well-crafted pitch is a little like a marriage proposal. You’ve built up to that point and you expect the answer to be yes.

Success is much more about the buildup than about the final pitch. Once you’re facing that moment, you know when the time is right. You have the right solution at a fair price, so the moment develops clearly.

Using LinkedIn

LinkedIn is somewhat self-promotional, and businesses should use it to publish articles, post PDFs, list services, and share recommendations. Additionally, you’ll interact with other people and their articles, you’ll comment, and you’ll ask questions.

Rebecca’s husband focused less on selling and focused more on helping his prospects buy. He crafted his website so that people could see themselves in the content on his profile.

Remember that people who are on LinkedIn are there because they want to network. They want to grow their businesses and learn for their businesses.

Start by getting on LinkedIn and emulate what you see other people doing.

Make sure your profile looks good and start small.

Determine which interactions give you the most value and replicate those tasks. Work LinkedIn into your natural flow and don’t let it interfere with other things you need to do for your work.

“Use LinkedIn for Inbound” episode resources

Connect with Rebecca on LinkedIn or at her website rgbrizi.com. All her contact information is there, so you can message her, email her, and ask questions or share experiences.

This episode is also brought to you in part by prospect.io, a powerful sales automation platform that allows you to build highly personalized, cold email campaigns. To learn more, go to prospect.io/tse. It will help you with your outbound to expand your outreach. Your prospecting will never ever be the same.

This episode is also brought to you byMaximizer CRM. If you aren’t sure you have the right CRM, Maximizer CRM is a personalized CRM that gives you the confidence to improve your business and increase profits. Get rid of the boring CRMs and customize to your team’s selling abilities.

Click on the link to get a free demo of what Maximizer CRM can do for you. It integrates your marketing campaign as well as your CRM.

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TSE 930: TSE Hustler’s League-“Storytelling Questions”

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It’s tempting to think that when a lead contacts us first, the transaction should be pretty simple. We’ll ask about the company; about the challenges the company is facing; we’ll try to determine how we can help. But what happens when the conversation goes nowhere? You must make sure you’re asking storytelling questions.

On today’s episode of The Sales Evangelist Hustler’s League, we’ll address the questions you’re asking of your leads and discuss how storytelling questions will help him tell his story.

Maximize leads

Even when people land on your website looking for information, they may be a little shy about opening up. They may not immediately volunteer to share the problems they are facing.

So what do you do? How do you qualify the lead to determine whether you can help?

You have to begin by learning about the lead, and the best way to learn about your leads is through their stories.

Storytelling

I recently had Paul Smith on the podcast, author of Sell With A Story, and he talked about capturing attention, building trust, and closing a sale. He talked about the importance of stories.

We know that stories date back eons, and we’ve done countless episodes in the past about how you can improve your storytelling skills. What we haven’t addressed often is the fact that stories can help your buyer reveal important information to you.

When you need to understand his business and his challenges, you can do that by having him tell you a story.

In his book, Paul outlined 5 ways to get your buyers to open up:

1. Listen

Don’t be afraid of silence. Fight the urge to break the ice. Give your buyer time to process the decision.

Once you have rapport and relationship with a prospect, it’s ok to give him time to consider all sides of an issue.

Silence can be very powerful for both seller and buyer.

2. Ask

Ask the question that requires story. Use open-ended questions.

“When did you know you had a real problem on your hands?”

Unlike the question, “What is your biggest challenge,” this question prompts prospects to tell a story. When they do, they’ll include other characters, other situations, and specific instances that led to this moment.

Stories reveal a lot of information. They require people to recall a time something went wrong and identify all the problems that occurred.

That will help you identify true issues that will help you frame a demonstration or present a solution in a way that will help your prospect.

3. Research

Find out the prospect’s current role. Research on LinkedIn to discover what his position is and use that to build rapport.

Again, ask a question that prompts a story.

“How did you end up in your current role?”

You can bring up something you saw on the prospect’s LinkedIn and initiate a conversation. Ask the prospect to tell you about something you saw on the page, and it will lead to specific conversation and stories.

4. Meet

Consider having the prospect meet you somewhere outside of work. Go to lunch or dinner, or meet at a trade show event.

Get the prospect away from the office mindset and ask him to tell you a story.

In this setting, he won’t be thinking about his role in the company. He’s outside, and that allows him to share more freely.

Don’t use it as a fishing expedition. Do this with customers who have already expressed interest in the product or service you’re selling.

5. Share

Share your own story first.

Tell about a challenging situation you overcame. It may prompt him to share a similar experience he had.

Seed the story. If you sell office furniture, share your own story about office furniture to encourage him to share a challenge he has struggled with.

“Storytelling Questions” episode resources

Check out Paul Smith’s book Sell With A Story for more information about using stories to sell well.

This episode is also brought to you in part by prospect.io, a powerful sales automation platform that allows you to build highly personalized, cold email campaigns. To learn more, go to prospect.io/tse. It will help you with your outbound to expand your outreach. Your prospecting will never ever be the same.

This episode is also brought to you byMaximizer CRM. If you aren’t sure you have the right CRM, Maximizer CRM is a personalized CRM that gives you the confidence to improve your business and increase profits. Get rid of the boring CRMs and customize to your team’s selling abilities.

Click on the link to get a free demo of what Maximizer CRM can do for you. It integrates your marketing campaign as well as your CRM.

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Donald Kelly, The Sales Evangelist, Sales Tools

TSE 847: My Two Newest Sales Outreaching Tools

Donald Kelly, The Sales Evangelist, Sales ToolsThe odds are not in your favor. There are 100,000 ideal prospects in the U.S., but there are also 100 competitors. You aren’t sure when your prospects will be ready to buy. You aren’t even sure if they already have a solution to the problem you’d like to help them solve.

But what if you had a tool that would let you know when a particular prospect is ready to buy what you’re selling? Today on The Sales Evangelist, we’re talking about my two newest sales outreaching tools that will help you connect with prospects.

LeadGibbon

If you’re doing outbound sales and you want more information about your prospects, LeadGibbon can help you get the information you need.

Even if you have the paid version of LinkedIn, and you’re using it together with Sales Navigator, you aren’t guaranteed you’ll be able to get the information you need about your prospects.

LeadGibbon is a Google Chrome plug-in for your LinkedIn. With it, you’ll be able to pull individual information from a LinkedIn profile and gain more information about your prospect.

Say you’re looking at Donald Kelly’s profile. LeadGibbon pulls the company name, phone number, and email address for the profile you’re viewing.

You can save the information to a plug-in, and the plug-in can extract the information and add it to a Google Drive folder.

You do a search through Sales Navigator and you want to get a phone number. LeadGibbon can pull up the phone number for the organization or individual.

Although it isn’t 100% perfect, it does save tons of time, and it helps with marketing efforts because I have a list of my Dream 100.

I can add them to my CRM via CSV file. It helps me find publicly-available information about my prospects.

LeadSift

Imagine being able to narrow your contact efforts to prospects who had already “raised their hands.” Whether they visited a profile on LinkedIn, or visited your competitor’s website, they have indicated an interest in what you’re selling.

The LeadSift team will help you figure out the best keywords and the best strategies to find the ideal customers in your industry.

It will likely take a couple of tries in order to find the right combination, but once you find it, you’ll have leads pouring in.

Then, you can share LeadSift with your marketing team. You can craft a campaign that includes having your them reach out to your prospects on week 2 or 3.

“Sales Outreaching Tools” resources

The book Stop Selling & Start Leading: How to Make Extraordinary Sales Happen keeps salespeople from having to shoot in the dark. It prevents them from guessing how to build value, because buyers are telling us to stop selling and start leading.

There’s a reason I continue suggesting the book, Stop Selling & Start Leading from our sponsors at Wiley. It’s a fantastic blueprint of all the things buyers say they expect from sellers and want from sellers.

I’m so convinced of its message that I’m offering a free excerpt of the book so you can check it out.

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Dennis Brown, Donald Kelly, LinkedIn, Inbound Leads

TSE 843: How to Get Inbound Leads From LinkedIn

Dennis Brown, Donald Kelly, LinkedIn, Inbound Leads

LinkedIn has evolved to be a place for business prospecting. Though it was once assumed to be a tool for updating your resume, sales professionals now get inbound leads from LinkedIn.

Today on The Sales Evangelist, we talk with Dennis Brown about using social media to connect with your target market and find business opportunities.

The goal is to flip the script: instead of simply connecting with your target market, use LinkedIn to engage people and have your prospects come to you.

Become the hunted

There are several steps you can take today to make your LinkedIn work for you. Like any social-selling strategy, start with the basics.

If you aren’t making a good first impression, start there. Dennis’s blog has tons of information about optimizing your LinkedIn profile to make a good impression.

If people engage with your profile and you don’t have strong social proof with good recommendations, you can immediately ruin the opportunity.

  • Post relevant content regularly, preferably every day.
  • Post content that’s relevant to your target market.
  • Focus on educating, inspiring, entertaining and engaging instead of selling.

Engage with your engagers

Once you’ve posted relevant content, people will engage. Engage them back. Show appreciation for their time and effort. You’ll start getting inbound connections, and your goal is to continue the engagement.

If they engage with your content, you’ll show up in their feed more often. “Know, like and trust,” will kick in.

From there, there are three ways Dennis conveys them to leads.

  1. Prospects see his content and visit his profile, which leads to added engagement.
  2. Prospects respond to his CTA to schedule a free phone call.
  3. He engages with their content if he knows they are a prospect who fits his customer avatar.

Dennis works backward, knowing that his leads often evolve from prospects who ask questions, so he determines how to get them to the point of asking.

In each case, he leverages the power of his profile to influence his prospects, and he creates inbound leads from LinkedIn.

Generate content that generates leads

His content leads prospects to ask, “How’d you do it?” which allows him to reply with basic information and resources.

Most recently, he offered his book 7 Habits of Highly Successful LinkedIn Users free to prospects who responded with “7 habits” in the comments section of his profile. More than 100 new leads requested the book, opting in with their names and emails.

Dennis then led them through a drip campaign that nurtured them into potential leads.

Throughout the campaign, prospects had the chance to ask questions and engage with content that was super relevant, because only relevant content will create opportunities for engagement.

“Inbound Leads From LinkedIn” resources

Dennis has created a one-page cheat sheet for everything in today’s podcast. Visit askdennisbrown.com/TSE to find a summary of today’s conversation, as well as all of his contact information.

The book, Stop Selling & Start Leading: How to Make Extraordinary Sales Happen from our sponsors at Wiley is a fantastic blueprint of all the things buyers say they expect from sellers and want from sellers.

We’ve got a free excerpt of the book so you can check it out. You’re going to love it.

Check out the Video Jungle podcast, your source for marketing and selling your brand using video. Plan, create and share your way to better content and strategy. Video Jungle offers top-notch, state-of-the-art advice about video, which is a great way to offer relevant content on LinkedIn.

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Social Selling, LinkedIn, Donald Kelly

TSE 842: The Social Selling Experiment Part 3

Social Selling, LinkedIn, Donald Kelly

If you’ve been with us for the last couple of weeks, you know that we’re in the middle of a social selling experiment to determine whether connecting on social media improves our sales outcomes. Today’s episode of The Sales Evangelist will update our findings, and address a change we made in our program, as well as the reason for the change.

If you haven’t been with us for the last couple of weeks, we’re using traditional sales techniques such as phone, email and snail mail to connect with 40 prospects. At the same time, we’re connecting with 40 other prospects using all the traditional means, plus social media connections as well.

Over the course of the experiment, we’re reporting our findings to you so you can see the effects without conducting your own experiment.

The social selling experiment

Over the past two weeks of the experiment, I stumbled onto the realization that I’ll need more time than I originally thought to build effective connections on social media. Because some of our prospects don’t check their LinkedIn accounts every day, the connections we make often take more time than we might have assumed.

As a result, we’ve determined that our ramp-up period for social selling will be longer than we originally planned. Because of that, we don’t want to continue doing things that aren’t working.

Instead, we’ll adjust our plan to allow for the new discovery we made.

We realized that we aren’t the center of our prospects’ world, and they have obligations that prevent them from getting back to us right away.

We pivoted to increase the odds that we’ll connect with our prospects.

Dream 100 list

I read a book called How to Get a Meeting With Anyone by Stu Heinecke, and I recommend it for anyone seeking to connect with prospects. He addresses account-based marketing, and although it isn’t a new idea, he calls it “contact selling.”

It’s about your Dream 100 list; your list of vetted prospects that would be ideal customers for you.

Your goal is to capture their attention, and the best way to do that is through personalized contact. Personally connecting with your ideal prospects takes a great deal of work, but calling hundreds of prospects does, too.

Your Dream 100 clients are an ideal fit. Your goal should be to find the key contacts, get information and phone numbers from the website, and learn a little bit about them. Then you can determine what problems they’re trying to solve and address them specifically.

Gate-keepers and assistants

Receptionists and assistants have a lot of information about the decision-makers you’re trying to reach, as well as the organization you’re pursuing.

Stu recommends that we recruit those gate-keepers onto our team so they’ll help us influence the decision-makers.

As part of the experiment, we contacted the executive assistants who were connected to our decision-makers, and figured out the problems they were trying to solve. Once we had that information, we put together a package for each of the prospects we were targeting.

There was a ticket-shaped note with a hand-written message, along with popcorn, and a specific candy and drink. The whole package cost us about $10 per lead, but the ROI will be significant because it could net anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000.

After the packages are mailed, we’ll follow up with phone calls and emails. We’ll also send gift cards to the executive assistants to thank them for their help and to recruit them to our effort.

We’ll couple all of this with our social media efforts as a way to connect with decision-makers.

In the weeks to come, we’ll also update you on some new tools to help you find prospects and gather information about them.

“The Social Selling Experiment” resources

If all of this sounds great to you but you still aren’t sure how to start, check out The Sales Evangelist Hustler’s League, an online group coaching program that brings sellers of all levels and all industries together to share insights.

You can also join our Facebook group, The Sales Evangelizersto connect with sales professionals from all walks of life.

There’s a reason I continue suggesting the book, Stop Selling & Start Leading: How to Make Extraordinary Sales Happenfrom our sponsors at Wiley. It’s a fantastic blueprint of all the things buyers say they expect from sellers and want from sellers.

I’m so convinced of its message that I’m offering a free excerpt of the book so you can check it out.

We want to help you find more ideal customers. We want you to build stronger value and close more deals. Most importantly, we want you to do big things.

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Social Media, Amar Seth, Social Selling

TSE 838: Social Selling Practices That Will Drive Results For You Today!

Social Media, Amar Seth, Social Selling

Your buyers are exactly like you. Statistics suggest that at least 57 percent of the buying process happens online before any conversations ever take place. If you aren’t taking advantage of social selling, and if your prospects can’t find you online, you’re missing a huge opportunity to impact the sales process.

On today’s episode of The Sales Evangelist, we’re talking with Amar Sheth about why sales professionals must harness the power of social selling in order to stay relevant.

Make the most of content

Content offers the best opportunity to engage with your prospects. If you aren’t willing to provide information to your potential customers along the course of their journey, you have no choice of impacting them.

How do you communicate your value and your expertise in a 30-second phone call?

Instead of using sneaky techniques to reach your prospects, share material and you and your company and your knowledge of the industry. Instead of relying solely on cold calling, incorporate social selling into your day. Share information that educates your buyers.

Imagine this: I post content that you find intriguing, and you click “Like” on the social media platform. That single, simple action will trigger your entire network.

If you’re connected to 1,000 people on the platform, I now have access to a lot of potential eyes for my content. I can potentially reach second and third-level contacts because of a piece of relevant content.

That would never happen on the phone.

Employ simple tools

Plenty of free tools exist to help you connect with your prospects.

Begin on LinkedIn, and look in the top corner for something called Pulse. It’s a social content aggregator that will help you find content that’s relevant to your audience.

Use Twitter to query the search terms that matter to your prospects. Note the top 10 results you get. If the same names consistently appear in your results, make note of them.

Find content that matters to your buyers. Go to sources that you know your buyer relies on and get content there.

If you’re serious about engaging with your prospects, you must tap into social media.

Shift your mindset

Tony Robbins frequently says that anything you try to accomplish is 20 percent mechanical and 80 percent psychological.

Accept that the buyer has changed, and internalize it.

If you have difficulty getting people on the phone in cold call outreach, understand that it’s not you. The buyer has changed.

Think of it this way: would you rather spend 8 hours a day making phone calls, or attend one happy hour event where all the same people are gathered together after work? Spend all day cold calling, or spend one hour handing out business cards?

You can’t close a deal if you can’t first have a conversation.

Episode resources

Connect with Amar on Twitter or LinkedIn.

You can also become a leader to your buyers by presenting value and building relationships. The book Stop Selling & Start Leading, offered by our friends at Wiley, provides a blueprint for your customers and what they are seeking. Read an excerpt of the book here.

Once you’ve applied the concepts you heard here today, message me or email me and let me know what your results were.

Check out the Video Jungle podcast, your source for marketing and selling your brand using video. Plan, create and share your way to better content and strategy.

The podcast is part of our newly-launched Sales Podcast Network, designed to provide specialized sales content for sellers of all levels and all industries. To learn more, email us at SPN for more information.

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Donald Kelly, Social Selling

TSE 837: The Social Selling Experiment Part 2

Donald Kelly, Social SellingHere at The Sales Evangelist, we’re in the middle of a social selling experiment to determine how effective social selling is when it’s part of your everyday sales cadence.

I’ve selected a total of 80 companies that I’ve never had relationships with. I’ll use a traditional cadence of mail, email, and phone calls to build relationships with 40 of them. For the other 40, I’ll also incorporate social selling with the traditional cadence to measure whether it improves my results.

Traditional cadence

I chose to work in an industry I’ve never worked with before so I wouldn’t taint the results of the social selling experiment.

In the case of both groups, I started by building a list of prospects to work from.

For the traditional list, I started with Salesgenie, a lead-generation tool. It provides targeted sales leads by industry, with numerous mechanisms to help you filter your list.

I found the code for the industry I wanted to target, and used that to generate initial results. From there, I had the option to create lists of businesses or individuals. I also had the option to specify geographic information, company size, revenue, and other criteria.

The list I created was about 70 percent accurate.

My very first step was to send something in the mail to each of my prospects in an effort to capture their attention and provide awareness about me.

Social selling experiment

For the social side of the experiment, I first researched platforms to find out which ones were the most powerful, and LinkedIn was the clear winner.

Iinitiated a search on a basic LinkedIn account (not premium) without the help of any additional plugins.

I searched for the job title I wanted to target, and I searched for the industry. My goal was to find facilities whose COO or director I could connect with.

Once I had some results, I narrowed them by region, limiting them to primarily the southeast and Alaska.

In the case of this group, I sent them something in the mail, and I reached out to them on LinkedIn. If I discover that one of my prospects is connected to an existing LinkedIn contact, I’m taking advantage of that to build relationships.

As I progress through my cadence, I’ll continue to provide details about my message and my strategies.

We’re conducting this experiment so you don’t have to. We’re sharing this information to help you be successful, find more ideal customers, build more value, close more deals, and do big things every day.

Episode resources

The Sales Evangelist offers a business development service that develops cold leads for your business. We’ll generate a list and hand it off to your team who can work to close deals. Email me for more information.

I used the free version of Leadgibbon, a plugin that extracts public information for the people you’re trying to reach. It can also pull email addresses, phone numbers, and basic information about a company. That information can then be exported into a Google spreadsheet and used with your sales cadence.

We didn’t use LinkedIn’s Sales Navigator for purposes of the experiment, but it’s a great tool to help sales professionals tap into the platform’s network.

There’s a reason I continue suggesting the book, Stop Selling & Start Leading: How to Make Extraordinary Sales Happen from our sponsors at Wiley.

I continue because buyers hate it when sellers disappear as soon as the deal is done. You don’t have to be directly involved. You can simply lead the process by making sure that the customer is getting everything he needs.

This book is a fantastic blueprint of all the things buyers say they expect from sellers and want from sellers. Get your excerpt here.

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TSE 832: The Social Selling Experiment

Donald Kelly, Social Selling, LinkedIn, ProspectingWhen you’re not making the progress you know you’re capable of, you have a choice to make: do you continue doing the same things you’ve always done, or do you try something new? I believe it’s important to investigate new ideas, and I’m going to conduct a social selling experiment that will accomplish that very thing.

Today on The Sales Evangelist, I’ll share new ideas that have worked for me in the past, and I’ll explain how I’m going to put my reputation on the line to test it.

The problem

Buyers aren’t looking for typical salespeople. The landscape has changed, and buyers are seeking sellers who will take the lead. They want sellers who solve problems and conduct business differently.

The authors of the book Stop Selling & Start Leading compiled tons of research direct from buyers that helps sellers understand exactly what they’re looking for. The book is like a blueprint for sales professionals.

At The Sales Evangelist, we’ve found the same thing. We’ve begun offering services in business development that allow us to develop business for our clients. We find the buyers and set the appointments, and we’re discovering that many companies aren’t doing business development well.

We’re trying new strategies and exploring different possibilities to reach the prospects that can become long-term relationships.

The challenge

To demonstrate the power of it, we’re going to conduct a social selling experiment. We’ll connect with 20 people we’ve never done business with before using traditional techniques like phone and email.

We’re also going to use social media to connect with 20 different people that we’ve never done business with before.

For the social media group, we’ll develop a cadence model, and we’ll use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to grab the attention of people and make them aware that we exist.

I’ll invest 20 minutes each morning and 20 minutes each afternoon engaging with people on social media. As they respond throughout the day, I’ll also engage with them then.

We know social selling works, and we want to demonstrate the results to you so you can see for yourself. We’ll evaluate at the end of the week which method produced the best results.

The baby steps

Many of us say we want to try social selling but we’re also afraid that we’ll mess up publicly. We can’t simply trust bots to make our connections for us, because people can see right through that method.

Try one of our techniques and see how it works in your industry. Check in on The Sales Evangelizers on Facebook to follow our progress and interact with us as we conduct the experiment.

We’re doing this experiment so you don’t have to. We’re putting our reputation on the line to demonstrate the value of trying new ideas to invigorate your sales pipeline.

We want you to find more customers, build stronger value, close more deals, and do big things.

Episode resources

Pick up your copy of Stop Selling & Start Leading: How to Make Extraordinary Sales Happen from our sponsors at Wiley.

Check out a free excerpt of the book, Stop Selling & Start Leading: How to Make Extraordinary Sales Happen, and discover why some of the things you’ve been taught to do in sales may be the very things your prospect hates.

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Social Selling, Selling Online, Donald Kelly

TSE 823: You Call That Social Selling?

Social Selling, Selling Online, Donald Kelly

When I first discovered the idea of selling on social media, I wasn’t approaching it the right way. I assumed that social selling was as simple as posting something that would lead to a sale.

I realized, though, that social selling involves building relationships and guiding the prospects through a conversation that might lead to an appointment. Today, on The Sales Evangelist, we’ll discuss what makes today’s buyer different, and why outdated sales strategies won’t work.

Social selling and brand identity

Simply asking people to buy your product won’t prompt a transaction.

You must think differently about social selling.

The truth is that most sales professionals won’t stay in one job for 20 years. Most will switch jobs within about 3 years, although they’ll likely stay in the same industry.

By establishing a brand identity, you’ll allow your customers to follow you no matter where you move within your industry.

Make your social media pages reflect your industry and your knowledge about the it.

Amplify your message

Improve your ability to reach people with the following steps.

1.  Choose the right network. Do that by using the platform your customers use. Ask people in your industry what platform they spend time on.

Watch your prospects’ social media activity and use it to build relationships.

2.  Be consistent. Post regularly. When customers repeatedly see you online, and they don’t see your competition, they’ll begin to engage with you more.

3.  Establish expertise. Find information that’s relevant to your customers and find a way to tailor it to their situation. If you’re reading about Facebook privacy issues, figure out how that relates to your prospects.

Use mechanisms like videos or animations or blogs to establish yourself as a resource. Fiverr is a great place to hire help creating any of these resources.

4.  Engage with your audience. If a prospect got a promotion, or had a birthday, or changed jobs, use that as an opportunity to engage. Send a personal message.

Better yet, connect two people in your network. If one of your connections needs new office furniture and you know someone who handles office furniture, tag them both in a post with an introduction.

5.  Be the expert. Share content. Post on LinkedIn. Write blog posts. Create a podcast using Anchor.

Start by finding your customers’ top 10 frequently asked questions and answer them in one of the methods above.

Pick one of these  and start working to build value today.

We want you to be successful; to find more ideal customers. We want you to build stronger value and close more deals. We want you to do big things.

Episode resources

You can hire specialists to help you with video or animation projects or other gig-type work at fiverr.

You can also become a leader to your buyers by presenting value and building relationships. The book Stop Selling & Start Leading, offered by our friends at Wiley, provides a blueprint for your customers and what they are seeking. Read an excerpt of the book here.

Use Anchor to start your own podcast as a way to establish yourself as an industry expert.

Then, check out the Video Jungle podcast, your source for marketing and selling your brand using video. Plan, create, and share your way to better content and strategy.

The podcast is part of our newly-launched Sales Podcast Network, designed to provide specialized sales content for sellers of all levels and all industries. To learn more, email us at SPN for more information.

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Linkedin, Donald Kelly, The Sales Evangelist, Podcast

TSE 377: How To Turn Your LinkedIn Profile Viewers Into Leads

Linkedin, Donald Kelly, The Sales Evangelist, Podcast What do you do to people who land in your LinkedIn profile? I’m telling you, LinkedIn is a source that a lot of sales professionals lack in. If we don’t follow up on those profile views then there could be a lot of money being lost.

Today, I’m going to share with you some great tips to connect with your LinkedIn profile viewers and how to turn them into great leads.

The Different Categories of LinkedIn Profile Viewers:

  1. Networkers
  2. Passersby
  3. Prospects or clients
  4. Recruiters
  5. Competitors

Maintaining your anonymity:

Turn on the anonymous settings to prevent other people from seeing you view their profile.

Tips to turn LinkedIn viewers into leads:

  1. Focus on those easier to connect with (passersby or prospects):
  2. Don’t get connected with them right away.
  3. Look at their profile to learn something about them.
  4. Send them a message.
    • It can be a canned, generic message but make sure it’s a “personalized” canned, generic message. What does this mean?
    • Use their name and spell it right.
    • Lead them into a conversation (maybe say things you both have in common)
    • See if you can schedule a time to go on the phone to chat with them.
  1. If they have an interest in what you have to offer, it will emerge in that conversation naturally.

Today’s Major Takeaway:

Don’t sleep on those LinkedIn views. Reach out to those folks who view your profile and say hello. Look at their profile and send a personal message. Say something back to them.

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Bobbie Foedisch, LinkedIn, Donald Kelly, Social Selling, The Sales Evangelist Podcast

TSE 318: Leveraging LinkedIn For Networking With Bobbie Foedisch

Bobbie Foedisch, LinkedIn, Donald Kelly, Social Selling, The Sales Evangelist PodcastThere are practical, basic stuff that we tend to forget when we get online. Today, we’re bringing in Bobbie Foedisch as we touch on this topic plus more social selling strategies, specifically leveraging your online presence on LinkedIn.

Bobbie is the founding partner and chief social selling officer at All About Leverage, where they develop social selling, lead generation, networking processes. Bobbie has been in the business development space for most of her career. Seeing the power of leveraging social media, they have cultivated a lead-generating process which they offered to clients as a voluntary benefit business.

Presently, there are 413 million people on LinkedIn. Find out how you can use it as a driving force to your business as well as how you can leverage on the intersection between online and offline marketing.

Here are the highlights of my conversation with Bobbie:

LinkedIn strategies to get more leads and grow your business:

  1. Putting a profile picture.

You don’t have a relationship with a logo, but you have a relationship with people. Make sure your photo is recognizable and looks like you. Oftentimes too, your profile picture is your first impression so you want to make sure it reflects the professional that you are.

  1. Customize your message.

Generic messages show that you didn’t even take just 10 seconds to make that extra effort to personalize your message and show them that you care enough to do that.

  1. Be yourself on social media.

Who you are on social media should reflect who you are face to face. And how you represent yourself face to face should be how you want to represent yourself online.

  1. Build your online network the right way.

Have the right network of people. Have a reason to be connected. Know why you’re there. What’s your purpose? From there, you can then know how to build the network and which processes you can do.

Building a social selling process:

  1. Put your content out there.

Are you creating your own content? Are you curating content? Are you putting out content that your network is interested in reading about? You want to resonate with your network but you also want to tie it back to your subject, job, or expertise.

  1. Start up conversations.

Take the content being a thought leader, use it through your LinkedIn publisher, and post it. Get it out on your homepage for your network. Tweet it out a few times and put it on your Facebook company page.

  1. Put out content based on proper timing.

Put out content on the right days of the week, at the right times of the day depending on the social platform to strategically reach at least 60% of your network.

  1. Leverage LinkedIn groups for content and networking.

Groups allow you to reach out past your network. Put the right amount of content. Leverage the groups for live, face-to-face networking events. Search LinkedIn groups for specific details based on companies, job titles, and geographic location, etc. to narrow them down. Then message these groups at no cost.

  1. Advanced and saved purchase

When you save your purchase based on your ideal client profile, LinkedIn will send you a lead generation list every week.

  1. Leverage your first degree connections.

Leverage your network of referral partners. Look at all those connections and narrow it down in under a minute based on exactly who you want to know. Meet with your different referral partners every week and get an average of five introductions. Statistics show that as of last year, this type of warm lead generation has a 60% conversion rate.

Other parts of LinkedIn you can leverage in:

  • Thought leadership
  • Content marketing
  • Face-to-face networking
  • Online and offline social activity
  • Reaching people right in your background and across the world

How you can change the way you cold-call:

  1. Narrow the list down.
  2. Go to recent activities and comment on things you care about.
  3. Engage in conversations and get them to engage back.
  4. Move from connecting online to connecting offline.

More insights from Bobbie:

  • You have to be physically visible and available in order for people to know about you each day. Your LinkedIn profile is the first thing that pops up when somebody searches your name.
  • You have to match the sales process to the buying process if you want to be successful and stop thinking about it as just sales.
  • It’s no longer sales but guiding people through and you want to be there to influence them to that 67% that they’re already through by the time they decide to go with you. It’s all about influencing, not selling or closing.
  • Only focus on people who are interested, much more targeted.

Bobbie’s Major Takeaway:

There’s no magic to it. You have to invest in the relationship especially in a relationship-based business (which is every B2B business out there). Don’t expect things to happen overnight. Take the time. Make mistakes as long as you figure out what’s right. Success is measured by the amount of times you fail.

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Dennis Brown, The Sales Evangelist, Sales Podcast, Social Selling

TSE 285: LinkedIn Strategies For Success

Dennis Brown, The Sales Evangelist, Sales Podcast, Social Selling One of the most common mistakes salespeople make on LinkedIn is they use it as their resume. Another big mistake is they use it to somewhat “cold call” people, sending generic connection requests immediately without initially following the right process. That’s why I invited Dennis Brown on the show today to show how you can fully maximize your LinkedIn presence to help you generate leads and sales through following a system that has been proven to work.

Being an entrepreneur for over 20 years, Dennis has a LinkedIn consulting and training business where he teaches his LinkedIn Marketing System to business owners, which is the same system he uses to generate over $20 million in new business in just 6 years.

Here are the highlights of my conversation with Dennis:

Typical hiccups for people when starting to use LinkedIn to sell:

  • Fear of the unknown
  • Fear of making a mistake
  • Intimidation by some high level influencers
  • Lack of direction

Strategies to Social Selling:

  1. Transitioning from a hunter to a farmer mentality

Be patient. Nurture opportunities. Nurture relationships earlier. Opportunities start when you identify a target not after they show need or want for your product. Do not lead with your pitch which is one of the biggest mistakes many salespeople or entrepreneurs make.

  1. Having a system

Start with a process very early on. Dennis’ LinkedIn Marketing System incorporates social selling and LinkedIn marketing techniques and tactics as well as a simple, basic tracking system through a Google doc template tracking piece.

Dennis wrote a book which you could access for free called The 7 Habits of Highly Successful LinkedIn Users. Simply go to LinkedAcademy.com.

Cold-calling versus the farmer approach:

You get 10x the results with the social selling approach versus cold calling. That means, you turn 2-3 phone calls into 20-30 of those phone calls.

  1. Quality over quantity

It’s not about how many sales you have, it’s about how many conversations with your target audience you can have through email or phone. Focus on these types of dialogues. Build relationships with people than just dialing the phone.

Effective LinkedIn Tactics:

  1. Optimize your profile.

It shouldn’t look like a resume. LinkedIn is not a resume. It’s more of a reputation management tool. It’s a branding tool, a positioning tool. And you have to optimize your profile to do that.

  1. Have a very clear target audience.

People spend 90% of their time with people who can’t even be their customers. The great thing about LinkedIn, as well as other social media platforms, is that you can get very granular. There are so many ways you can target people on LinkedIn by:

  • Industry
  • Title
  • Skills
  • Geography
  • Company size

Be very specific. Define exactly who your target audience is.

Targeting CFO’s? That’s too broad. Be specific. It’s better to have a thousands results than a million generic results. Less is more.

  1. Have a basic understanding of how to find them.

Connect with them at some point. Engage with them in some dialogue or have a customer connection request (like what Dennis did when he reached out to me!)

  1. Make a follow up.

Go to their LinkedIn profile and see if they published any content. Read it, review it, like it, share it. Do something. Mention them in an update. Share their content. Use other social media platforms. Make yourself visible to them. If you do this, you’re going to be on their radar.

If they don’t respond to you in a week, then withdraw that request. Wait a day or two and send another connection request with a slightly customized invitation. Keep engaging them through other platforms until they engage. Be persistent especially with your high-value targets.

Connect with Dennis on LinkedIn and Twitter @askdennisbrown.

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TSE 231: Learn To Use LinkedIn & Sell More!

LinkedIn Selling, SalesPeople, Prospecting, Donald Kelly, Kristina JaramilloSince a lot of people are now setting goals for 2016, I’d like to know if one of them is sharpening your tools in social selling?

Many people may have been in sales for say 10, 15, or 25 years, but social selling is still something that they’re not very comfortable with. And while many salespeople may have their own LinkedIn or other social media accounts, not everyone is really able to fully utilize these tools to help them generate leads, build relationships, and ultimately generate sales. Worse, people think that LinkedIn is just a numbers game. But it’s not.

How can you use LinkedIn to generate more referrals, grow business, and be more effective in social selling?

Today’s guest is LinkedIn marketing expert Kristina Jaramillo and she brings valuable information to the table today as she shares some of her insights to help fast-track your success through social selling, get to the right people, generate more referrals, and determine primary metrics to really look into when measuring success in social media – all necessary to help equip you in reaching your goals for 2016!

Here are the highlights of my conversation with Kristina:

Reasons people and professionals are not generating sales on LinkedIn:

  • Not using or utilizing it correctly
  • Not understanding that social media is used for prospecting, nurturing, and relationship building
  • People go for the sales call right away

Strategies for Maximizing Your LinkedIn Profile:

  1. Use your profile to pitch yourself.

Don’t use your profile as a resume or a cover letter. It has to be a sales or marketing tool that you can use to pitch yourself to prospects.

  1. Give your full business value.

Communicate what kind of value your company can offer in order to make a connection. Say exactly what you offer them, why they should learn more about you, why maybe they should take the next meeting with you and your team.

  1. Understand your buyer to be able to give an upfront value.

Demonstrate that you understand the buyer’s specific business issues, challenges and clearly articulate how you’re going to solve them, how you’re going to help them get over that hurdle, and share insights they haven’t considered before.

Mistake that people and professionals are making on LinkedIn:

  • Using the wrong social metrics

So what primary metrics should you use in measuring success in social media?

  1. Next step actions on the click, like and share

What are people doing after they’ve liked your content or article? Are they signing up for something? Are they learning more about your company or you?

  1. Marketing qualified sales opportunities

Are these people ready to be spoken to? Can they take a call from you and not waste your time?

  1. Measuring revenue generated from social media

¾ of the people have connections but no leads or have some but are not consistent.

What is a sales hunter?

They’re after a quick sale or revenue opportunity. They make a connection with someone and if the person doesn’t bite, they move on to the next. It’s more of a numbers game for them.

Reality is…

B2B buyers on LinkedIn are not there to be sold. They want a relationship that is based on value, trust, and information. What you need to become is a fisherman.

How do you become a fisherman?

  • Create thought provoking discussions and content that is going to challenge and approach an idea in your industry to shake it up a little
  • Use that content as the bait, grab the prospects with that, and wait until they bite.
  • Approach LinkedIn as a relationship nurturing and building platform. How can you enhance the relationship so you can move forward?

What kind of content should you use?

  • Take the challenger’s point of view by bringing the problem to their attention
  • Use white paper in conjunction with other content.

On using LinkedIn groups:

  • Think about how your buyer thinks and those are the kinds of groups you want to be in.
  • Be the person they want to reach out to when they have a problem

How do B2B buyers want to be sold on LinkedIn?

  • LinkedIn is more of an educational platform. People are using it to educate themselves.
  • Educate your buyers first.
  • Build that trust and relationship up then you can invite them for one-on-one calls

More strategies to effectively utilize your LinkedIn account:

  • Know your buyer’s persona. Touch upon their pain points and what makes them tick.
  • Focus on quality connections, not quantity.
  • Focus your time and energy on decision-makers.
  • Focus on upfront value.
  • Align every action you take with revenue goals.
  • Have a thought process of how you’re going to turn the connection into a client.
  • Consider how you differentiate from the rest, on the discussion you’re creating, and how you’re moving from the discussions to your blog, and to learning more about your company
  • Integrate LinkedIn into your everyday sales activities and programs
  • Comment on people’s post and share and better strategize on how to reach out to that connection.
  • Give referrals to gain more referrals.

Connect with Kristina on LinkedIn.

Episode Resources:

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TSE 208: Should I Connect With The Competition on LinkedIn?

LinkedIn, Competitions, LinkedHacks, The Sales Evangelist , Donald Kelly Should I connect with my competitors on LinkedIn? This is something many sellers have an internal battle with. For one, if you do so, are you going to be opening up your customer base with them? Will they start stealing business from you, etc?

Well, I personally believe that there are a lot of business opportunities out there and I have the mentality that if this one does not work, I can find others. I’m also confident in my ability to offer value and superior service compared to my competitors. I focus on offering tremendous value and don’t limit myself to worrying too much if someone will see who my customers are.

If they truly want to find out, they will seek a way to do so. I’ve seen this “fear” mentality hold companies back from truly progressing because they think the competitors are watching them online. Don’t let this hold you back.

Now with that said, LinkedIn does offer some options if you are really concerned. Here are some of the ways you can limit what others see. (Listen to episode for all the information)

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I hope this help you in some way. As always, I want you to be successful, most importantly, I want you to go out and DO BIG THINGS!

 

 

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TSE 152: Do NOT Do This When Prospecting On LinkedIn!

LinkedIn, Referrals, Prospecting, The Sales Evangelist, Donald Kelly According to Neilsen’s, customers are 4 times more likely to buy with referrals from friends. Naturally, this means that the more referrals we get, the better our business will be. We also learn that LinkedIn is a great place to find new business opportunities and referrals/introductions. There is only one problem though… how does one do it exactly? Well, lucky for you, in this episode I share what NOT to do based on my experience and I offer you a step by step approach to effectively use LinkedIn to prospect and get referrals/introductions.

Here is the proper process you should follow:

Step One: Be prepared by researching the company to see that they truly have a need you can solve. Also, make sure to research the proper decision maker before you request an introduction. Here is a secret, learn something personal about the individuals.

Step Two: Ask for a personal invitation from a trusted, mutual friend once you’ve completed step one. Make sure you ask for a “specific reason for the introduction.” Reasons may include anything from them having a pain you can solve to you wanting to learn more about the industry from an expert or about a company. Whatever the reason, make it clear so that your mutual friend (source) knows exactly what to say in the email introductions. Another little secret here too, ask to be cc’d on the email!

Step Three: Once you have the introduction, thank the person who introduced you. Express appreciation to the person you were introduced to and set a specific date/time to meet or speak on the phone. Remember when you meet, make sure you do what you asked for in step two (to help solve a pain or learn about the business). Whatever that is, make sure you stick to that in your meeting.

Step Four: Demonstrate that you did your research throughout your conversation and especially when you bring up the pain you can solve for them.

Step Five: Post the meeting, send a thank you note to the person who introduced you and the person who you were introduced to.

Step Six: Seek out opportunities to return the favor and introduce your mutual friend to those you know and that they could benefit from meeting.

It’s that simple! But as you listen to this episode, you will hear how I messed it up lol. Listen above and let me know if there is something you would do different. Send me a message here on our FB page. I look forward to hearing from you. As always, remember to go out and DO BIG THINGS!

 

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TSE 127: The Need for LinkedIn Recommendations & How To Get Them!

Donald on Bench With the rise of social selling, LinkedIn has become a powerhouse online for sales professionals to find potential business opportunities, and grow their network. However, with such an overwhelming sea of profiles, how do you distinguished yourself so that opportunities can come to you as well? During in this episode I share why LinkedIn recommendations are so important and how to get them.

Here are few reasons why you need to have them:

  1. They showcase your expertise and validate what you claim you are good at
  2. Offer instance reference and credibility
  3. Elevates you for possible promotion opportunities
  4. Helps you stand out to potentially interested parties
  5. Here are the four main things you should do to write powerful recommendation.
  6. 1. Attention grabbing:

Just like with emails or blog post, it’s important to grab the attention of you readers right away! You want them to read your recommendation and not just pass over it right? Well, have an amazing attention grabbing one-liner at the start of your recommendation.

Say something like….“Talented is an understatement when talking about Jim’s work.”

or “One of the best designers I ever worked with”

2. Identify who you are and establish your credibility:

Think like the reader, they are reading your recommendations to evaluate the person you are recommending. Since they may not know the individual you are writing the recommendation for, it’s important for them to know you are a credible source right off the top. What qualifies you to write this recommendation? Here are a couple examples:

“I had the honor of working for John while he was managing the North American division of Global IT”

“For 7 years, David served as our account executive, while his company was contracted as our IT vendor”

3. State a specific reasons why you are recommending the person. Support that recommendation with a reason (stats) that tells a story (people love stories)

There is nothing more disappointing than to read a recommendation, which is it expected to offer key information or insights, but leaves you empty because it’s bland without the suitable points of recommendations. To avoid this with the recommendations you write for your friends and colleagues, make sure to incorporate the following:

  • Offer a brief story that gives meaning to your recommendation
  • Be specific and use metrics or statistics if applicable
  • Offer a glimpse of the personality for the individual you are recommending
  • Keep your recommendation short and concise (under 200 words)

Here is example you can refer to

“David is a genius when it comes to photography! I hired David two years ago to take some pictures for our companies new website, but I had no clue what exactly to do to pull off a professional modern feel. He understood our dilemma, sat with us, listened to what we wanted, shared some ideas and came back with more some awesome concepts. We went with some photo concepts he recommended based on our desires and saw amazing success! Our home page is now more eye-catching, our conversion rate has increased 30% and we receive compliments daily from clients and visitors. David’s creativity and his keen ability to exceed his clients expectation separates him as a photography genius in my book. If you are looking to for a high quality creative, professional photographer for your business, I would highly recommend you use David, hands down the best.”

4. Encourage them to take actions on what you recommended them this person for.

The final part of your recommendation is to encourage the reader to take action on what you are recommending. However, remember this is not a sales pitch just an simple one sentence encouragement would do. Here are a few examples:

“I thoroughly recommend that if you think Barbara might be able to help you or your business, that you pick-up the phone sooner rather than later-you will not be disappointed.”

“I would recommend her to anyone looking to have a professional website created.”

“If you are looking for a quality sales professional for your organization, I encourage you take a look at Richard.”

Now that you have a better understanding of why LinkedIn recommendations are so important and how you can do them, start writing recommendations and increase your social selling factor. The more you do, the better off you’ll be able to gain new opportunities and start doing BIG THINGS.

 

TSE 072: Social Selling Practices That Will Drive Results For You Today!

TSE 071 Amar ShethIn this episode I interview Amar Sheth who is a Principal at Sales for Life. Amar has over a decade of digital marketing experience and currently educates sales professionals like you and me how to effectively use social media to generate leads. There are many sales professionals who have a LinkedIn and Twitter account, but they are not using them properly to connect with qualified prospects. Why? Because they don’t know how to start. Amar shares with us the basic principles on how to take advantage of social media TODAY!

Here are some of the major take aways from our conversation:

  • Sellers should go in with value FIRST! Learn to deliver value first and then you will have the right to ask for the sale.
  • Social selling allows us to deliver value more than ever before and more consistent than ever before.
  • Sales is human to human interaction, not a transactions between brands.
  • 57% of the buying process is done online before the buyer even contacts the sales professional (corporate executive board). Buyers today are just like you and are doing research online.
  • If you are not online or doing social selling this will inevitably happen to you:
    • You will be engaged at the late stage of the game.
    • You will have no opportunity to add value because you are not the first to bat.
    • The discussion will generally move onwards price and commoditization very quickly.
  • Best way to engage with buyers today is through content (information).
  • Sellers can share content (information) on LinkedIn and other social media platforms.
  • “The guy that hustles the most, is the guy that catches the loose ball” -Will Smith.
  • Find content that matters to your buyers and repurpose that information. Find the industry leaders, follow them and share the content that they share.
  • Be consistent with the information you are sharing online.
  • Best practices for Twitter:
    • Follow your top 10 best prospects.
    • Follow individuals in the organization.
  • Use creative techniques to get access to buyers
  • Center your LinkedIn profile to your buyers. Check out Amar’s LinkedIn page below:

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TSE 058: How To Use LinkedIn To Sell with Josh Turner

Josh TurnerWell, we have all heard that we should use LinkedIn to sell more; but the problem is many people really don’t know how to exactly do this. In this interview I had the great privilege of speaking with Josh Turner and learned from him some of the most powerful ways we can used LinkedIn to sell.

1. How can sellers use LinkedIn to sell?

One of the easiest things most sellers can do is utilize the “Advanced People Search” feature in LinkedIn. Here, sellers can easily pinpoint searches for individuals who fit their ideal customer description. For example, you can search for CEO of companies with 100 or more employees, who are in the same groups as you and who are one degree of connection away from you. This is a powerful feature to take advantage of.

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2. How to maximize your LinkedIn profile? 

Most sellers on LinkedIn have a headline that screams “I want to sell you something”. Josh suggests that you soften that by talking about how you help your clients as oppose to “sales person”. Generally people are turned off when they feel that you are just going to try and sell them.

Look at Josh’s LinkedIn headline and see how he describes what he does. It is a great example.

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3. How do you grow your LinkedIn connection? 

  • Use the Advanced Search feature.
  • Connect with folks you meet at trade shows, local events meetings etc.
  • Tie your emailing system to LinkedIn.

4. How to take a cold call into a warm call? 

One of the strongest things that you can do is nurture a relationship with messages. Then strategically position yourself properly. When you feel that you have done so, asked for a meeting through LinkedIn or just pick up the phone and reach out to the prospect. This process no longer makes it a cold call, but a conversation between friends or aquiantances. Josh teaches this processes effective to clients at LinkedSelling.com.

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5. How to be perceived as an “Industry Expert” on LinkedIn?

Post relevant information and be consistent at it. Also, repurpose those content in the groups where your prospects are. Don’t spend all your time posting that content in groups where your competitors are and other sales people are hanging out. Go where your prospects spend their time.

6. Do you actually sell on LinkedIn?

You don’t want to use LinkedIn to do a hard sell. You want to build the relationship and then to connect offline to do your business transaction.

7. How to leverage LinkedIn Groups as a seller?

One of the best things a seller can do in relation to LinkedIn groups is to form your own group. Don’t say I will wait for marketing or my company to do it. You must take charge! Also, look at ways to engage with prospects in conversation by commenting and speaking to things that you know. Reply to others and open the communication dialog.

8. Are there automated services that you can use to automate your post?

Yes, you can use tools like Hootsuit and Octopost. Also, seek to create your content.

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