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.

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.

The quiet beginning of a new year is the ideal time for a deep spring clean to prepare you for a productive sales cycle.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson outline why an organised desk sets a positive tone for the new year, how to go about tidying up the assets in your database, and the importance of refreshing the figures you use to make sales.

They also share why you should reengineer your proposal technique, the benefits of updating your professional wardrobe, and how reinvigorating your personal brand can positively affect your client relationships.

Starting a new year is the perfect time to be setting personal goals, which are critical in helping you achieve what you believe to be possible.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson dive into the learned habit of goal-setting, outline how this practice differs to working towards a target, and explain why goals are not simply about revenue.

They discuss whether goals should be kept to yourself or shared, why goals should be both ambitious and achievable, and the importance of breaking goals down into bite-sized portions.

Christmas is almost here, and while you are gearing up for a well-deserved break your clients are likely to be doing the same.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Russell Stephenson and Alex Whitlock reveal why this time of year is crucial in setting yourself up for the sales year ahead.  They reveal the one question that you need to ask your clients before they go away for their break, why it is important to finish the year strong, and the importance of taking a “proper break”.

Russell and Alex also discuss the trap that many salespeople fall into in the new year, break down how you should be spending those first few days back in the office, and reveal what you need to know to achieve sales success in the year ahead.

Sales has always been about building strong relationships with your clients, but when that fine line between ‘client’ and ‘friend’ starts to blur a number of problems can arise.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson discuss the basics of building business relationships, and explain why setting ground rules early on is imperative to how a business relationship will develop.

They reveal the trap that many sales people fall into which can see them in ‘non-productive’ relationships, explain how to deal with the pitfalls of a relationship which is becoming problematic, and explain why all catch ups with clients should be business focused and have a purpose.

Smaller contracts and deals may seem like a time-waster when you are chasing the big dollars, but by neglecting smaller clients you may be ultimately missing out on big opportunities.

In this week’s episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson delve into why setting short-term goals will help you reach the bigger ones, and how those smaller deals can grow into larger contracts if managed correctly.

They also discuss the importance of seeing the bigger picture, why it is important that you are the master in your own destiny and why all salespeople need to approach the game with an open mind.

 

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, Momentum Media head of editorial Katarina Taurian, joins host Alex Whitlock to reveal her top tips for sales teams working in collaboration with journalists. The pair discuss the need for open lines of communication and why each understanding their role in the sales process is paramount to strong working relationships.

Katarina reveals the importance of those initial conversations to ensure you are working towards the same end goal, and shares the pitfalls to be weary of when setting expectations.

 

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, Andrew Scott once again joins host Russell Stephenson to reveal his key tips to calling potential clients, identifying the correct person to speak to, and overcoming the obstacles that may result from a “sales” call.

He delves into the power of open format questioning, the importance of strong branding, and how to measure campaign success in a way that keeps your clients passionate and excited about the sales process.

Sales person Andrew Scott believes that there is one tool which will help you make money, build strong client relationships, and support you during a slump in business.  The part that he struggles to believe is that this is a tool which too many salespeople are either not using, or not using effectively.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales Andrew joins host Russell Stephenson to reveal the power of best utilising your database, the issues that many will face when using theirs, and what can be derived from a data analysis of your recent activity.

They will reveal the question to ask a client which can result in new leads, the traps that many sales people fall into, and why strong processes are so important.