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.

Today’s marketplace is different to what it used to be, and in order to engage prospective buyers from the outset, you need a product or an initiative to sell – you cant just sell ads!

Join Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson as they explore how and why they go about creating new opportunities through solution-based selling.

They show how you can take your offering from basic ad space and editorial to a full service project or initiative. They also reveal their secret method for conveying urgency to buyers.

Tune in now to hear all of this and much, much more in this episode of Killer Media Sales.

Sales is a personality-driven career, but often finding the line between personality and professionalism can be a difficult one and can get you into trouble.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson address this “line”,  discussing times that they have seen it crossed within their sales teams, why mirroring a client should only be done to a certain extent, and why drinking with a client should be the exception rather than the norm.

Tune in now to hear all of this and much, much more in this episode of Killer Media Sales.

After a short break from episodes, Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson are back for another episode of Killer Media Sales, this time analysing the importance of a part of the sales job that many struggle with across the board – the written aspect of the role.

They will reveal how a strong sales call can fall down as a result of a poorly worded and poorly timed follow up email, the mistake that a lot of salespeople make when approaching these emails, and some tips on coming across confident, precise and keeping the “spark” alive in written communication.

Tune in now to hear all of this and much, much more in this episode of Killer Media Sales.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, host Alex Whitlock is joined by his Momentum Media business partner Phil Tarrant to discuss the opportunities that can arise from industry events.

Having recently attended an event that he originally looked at as a “chore” Alex shares how a shift in his thinking saw him garner three new business opportunities from the gathering.  Phil will share his top tips for starting conversations at events, how the tone of dialogue being shifted from a more formal gathering can be used to your advantage, and how you can flick the switch from being a passenger to being a driver at your next gathering.

Tune in now to hear all of this and much, much more in this episode of Killer Media Sales.