Rapidly changing circumstances as a result of COVID-19 mean that many media salespeople are tackling the challenges of working remotely while concurrently dealing with clients that are facing extraordinary pressure on their budgets.

Hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson provide some guidance on this episode of Killer Media Sales about offering flexibility and empathy for the challenges being faced by your clients, communicating the value of maintaining a brand presence in this time, and taking hold of this opportunity to develop deeper client relationships.

They share their insights into effectively structuring your day whilst working from home, the benefits of maintaining an exercise regime, and staying informed about revenue available in your marketplace.

Live streaming technology has brought about a new channel for engaging your audience, and has enabled the chance for content creators to speak directly to their target market in a customised and focused fashion.

On this episode of Killer Media Sales, Hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson explore the differences between webinars and webcasts, the complexity of articulating the value of such products to your clients, and the caution that needs to be upheld when selling a live webcast.

Along with the opportunities, there are also a lot of pitfalls when it comes to selling ‘webcasts’ to your clients. Alex and Russ explore these possibilities and how to scale your product to cater to your prospective patrons. 

During busy periods, email can sometimes seem like a more efficient means of pitching opportunities, but according to your hosts, this ultimately leads to long-term shortcomings from a revenue perspective.

On this episode of Killer Media Sales, Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson advocate the importance of picking up the phone, whether it be with the intention of generating new business or servicing existing clients.

They warn against the dangers of becoming too reliant on digital communication channels, emphasise the advantages of phone calls in gauging interest and adapting pitches, and specify exactly how often you should be calling your clients.

Whether it’s a new event within an existing portfolio or an entirely new brand, launching a product can be an extremely daunting task.

On this episode of Killer Media Sales, host Alex Whitlock is joined by The Sales Leader’s Jim Hall to share the biggest hurdles sales professionals need to overcome in this space, why remembering fundamental sales techniques is critical when things might seem overwhelming, and how the sales process has changed over the last decade or so.

They also delve into the power of storytelling, how to identify which prospective clients to target first, and why it’s essential to always have more prospective buyers than assets to sell.

While you may have hundreds of clients on your database, chances are that you’re only effectively servicing a small proportion of those relationships.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, your hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson share their personal experiences around thinning out their own portfolios in order to generate better client relationships and ultimately, greater revenues.

They touch on the difficult nature of handing over existing accounts, how to analyse and identify which clients are soaking up too much of your valuable time, and the importance of recognizing when to pass on a client or opportunity to another member of your team.

In the fast-paced world of media sales, clients often expect instant gratification in the form of immediate returns on their advertising investments.

Hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson explore why clients might be hesitant about investing in long-term branding, deconstruct the success of the ‘Advertise or Die’ campaign, and break down the process of approaching a client with 12-month branding opportunities.

They delve into the potential dangers of hard-selling ongoing contracts with clients, the importance of establishing strong relationships and trust with your clients, and how to simply articulate the benefits of ongoing campaigns.

It’s easy to look down on your competition when you strongly believe in your product, but dismissing other bands can be very detrimental to your own success.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson explain the disadvantages of viewing your competition one-dimensionally, how demonstrating a superior attitude comes across as blind arrogance, and why having your competitor trash-talk you can actually be a good thing.

They share their insights on the importance of taking a neutral view of the strengths and weaknesses of your competition, why you should be complimentary on your competitors’ successes, and how to use your competitor analysis effectively.

Along with meeting targets and forecasts, a comprehensive knowledge of available inventory is vital to peak sales performance.

Your hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson discuss how to harness inventory awareness to generate greater demand and lower supply in this episode of Killer Media Sales.

They consider the differences between print and digital advertising, why salespeople should work towards filling all available revenue, and how to tactically apply discounts using remaining inventory.

A common mistake when pitching big sales is to overcomplicate things with over-the-top media kits and fancy trimmings under the pressure of high figure potential.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, your hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson propose that all deals with competent clients should be approached in the same manner – with clarity, confidence, and minus the “fluff”.

They break down the key elements of a concise pitch, provide examples of the sufficiency of a succinct email, and suggest the only exception to this no-frills rule.

In a radically changing media landscape, the role of securing successful sales can be a bit overwhelming for those entering the industry.

On this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson are joined by Jamie Wood, sales director at Australian Radio Network, to talk about the valuable, niche content delivered by his new podcast Media Sales Mastery.

They expound on the qualities of an exceptional media salesperson, the common pitfalls that tend to deter sales, and how integrating new tools into one’s kit can be both advantageous and detrimental to success.