For many, this past week was their return to work after the holiday break, but how do you get the wheels back in motion when you have already lost a third of the month?

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson wake up before 11am for the first time in three weeks to help you navigate the post holiday blues, and get those sales back on the board at a time when your clients might not be ready do deals.

They share their strategies and tactics for kick starting revenue in the new year, explain why resurrecting the ghost of the ‘failed deal from last year’ can be a bad move, and reveal why now is the time to look at your goals for the coming months.

When setting goals for the year ahead many salespeople place a focus on financial benchmarks, but as Russell Stephenson and Alex Whitlock explain in this episode of Killer Media Sales, ‘goals’ are very different to ‘targets’.

They unpack the differences between the two, explaining how goals can be the vehicle to help you achieve your targets, break down how well planned goals can set you up for long term success, and discuss when these goals should be reevaluated.

They explain why goals should be activity based, why it isn’t always a ‘win or lose’ when striving for those benchmarks, and touch on the risks that come with unrealistic goals, while offering advice on how to stay accountable to the parameters that you have set.

In a time of year when targets can be increasingly difficult to achieve, Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson explain how a lot of salespeople cause long term damage to relationships in an attempt to hit monthly targets.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales they stress the importance of organising your time, why that final push toward target should put you into ‘performance mode’, and why a quick conversation with a client still needs to be well researched and planned.

They reveal the one client type on your list you should never approach when making that last ditch effort to hit target, the questions to ask to secure those final dollars, and even explain why sometimes falling slightly short of your goal may in fact be better use of your time and resources.

Killer Media Sales host Alex Whitlock mentioned in a previous episode that he was working on a sales deal that had spontaneously presented itself and had an urgent deadline. Keeping that spontaneity alive, in this episode of the show co-host Russell Stephenson sidesteps from the planned discussion and decides to grill Alex on how that deal played out.

Listen as Alex reveals the outcome, how he approached the client, and why he placed so much importance on a concise client proposal. Alex explains why the first sentence of any proposal is so important, deep-dives into the structural mistakes that so many make when writing their proposals, and why urgent deadlines can be huge opportunities to offer exceptional service to your clients.

As the saying goes ‘we have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.’ Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson believe this to be not only great advice for being a good conversationalist, but also a sales technique that too many overlook.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, they explain why leading with a question is imperative to a successful sales call. They stress the need to bring the client into the conversation as soon as possible, and why the belief of ‘the more information I can get out the better’ can often be opposite of the truth.

They reveal what you should be focusing on in your sales calls, explain why jargon is your enemy, and why you need to have a genuine interest in both your product, and the business that you are trying to appeal to.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson explain why they believe that the secret to winning is as simple as having a winning mindset. But how do you build this mindset and why is it so important?

They deep-dive into the positive mentality killers, explain why a ‘to do list’ should in fact be called a ‘daily win list’ and explain how small wins can set you up for a successful day.

From listing priorities in order of magnitude, to why ‘making your bed each morning’ is so important, Alex and Russell focus on the need to understand your working pace, and why sometimes chasing just the deal can be fraught with danger.

Depending on the product that you are selling you may have freedom to negotiate pricing with your clients – or you may not.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson explain why price compromise can often be a red flag in your sales negotiation, but how it can also be a tool used to your advantage.

They explain the perception around ‘discounted’ rates, how you can understand a client’s budget prior to that initial conversation, and explain why premium products should never be discounted.

They also reveal where to take the conversation if price negotiations come up too early in the discussion, how competitors pricing may come into play, and why it is so important to anchor everything to value.

Let’s face it. Nothing is perfect. Except for Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson who join you on this episode of Killer Media Sales to explain why even a ‘perfect’ product is going to have flaws, and how you can navigate those possible bumps in the road when negotiating with clients.

The pair explain why belief in a product starts with the salesperson, how that belief can be used to your advantage in convincing clients, and the importance of knowing what your potential customer is trying to achieve from their campaign.

They tackle the possible risks involved in ‘sweetening the deal’, how being a respected brand gives you an edge against your competition, and the impact of keeping the urgency ball firmly in your court.

Does a signed contract always mean a sales success? Hosts of Killer Media Sales Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson don’t believe so.

In this episode of the podcast they explain why, deep diving into how a salesperson can analyse success and failure, learn from that process, and understand what they could have done differently.

They reveal why conversion rates are your best success measurement tool, how the mentality of moving onto the next task without reflection can be detrimental to growth, and explore why being ‘busy’ doesn’t mean you are being productive.

While a proposal is an important part of any sales negotiation, there are three things that you must know before presenting options to your client.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson reveal these three key factors, and unpack the importance of knowing how much revenue your client is likely to bring in.

They explain the trap that you can fall into where a proposal can instead be a roadblock in your negotiation, why knowing your competition in the market is so important, and why the word ‘budget’ doesn’t necessarily represent a client’s spending limit.