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.

Hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson live and breathe sales, and utilise selling tactics in all corners of their lives. In this episode of Killer Media Sales that is perfectly demonstrated, with today’s topic being inspired by Alex trying to convince a colleague to ditch the healthy salad, and join him for a plate of noodles for lunch.

They discuss the art of persuasion, and how in any conversation there is a window of opportunity to truly influence someone’s decision, revealing the tips and tricks that you can use to your advantage.

From focusing on the sizzle (not of the noodles), to providing opportunities rather than options, Alex and Russ reveal how to declutter your message, and present your pitch in the best way possible.

You are well researched on your new prospect. You reach out. They seem like they are on board. Then out of nowhere what looked like a probable sale has turned into ignored phone calls and a change of heart. Where did you go wrong?

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson reveal why in many cases it may not be something that you did wrong, explaining why resilience is such an important trait in the sales game.

They share why you need to put yourself into the shoes of your prospective client, how changing your focus can often be the best move when a deal is struggling, and explain why sometimes you need to accept that there will be certain factors that are outside of your control.

As we approach the end of a year like no other, many are wondering how COVID-19 will impact the upcoming ‘quieter months’ that many salespeople are likely to face.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson break past the barrier of a quiet month being simply a case of ‘it is what it is’, and reveal how lower sales targets around this time can in fact lead to them being some of your most lucrative months.

They explain the importance of mindset, why working smarter is key to success, and how the current climate can present opportunities for both you and your clients.

You would never enter into an agreement with anything less than big expectations on the results that you can achieve for your client. But what if the outcomes don’t meet these expectations?

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson discuss the delicate issue of delivering bad news to a client. Be it an underachieving campaign, a missed article, or any other problem, they reveal the approach that they have seen yield the best results.

Alex and Russell discuss their thoughts on accepting responsibility, how to shift the odds back into your favour if you were unaware of the issue, and how well handled problems can in fact be a tool to building stronger relationships.

With COVID-19 having impacted how marketing dollars are being spent across the board, clients are focusing more than ever on the ‘value’ that they are getting from their campaigns. So how can you differentiate yourself from your competition who may be approaching your key clients with similar offerings?

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson unpack what it means to maintain your key accounts, explaining how going ‘above and beyond’ is often not an extra – but coming to be expected.

They discuss the importance of having more than one contact associated with each account, why being well intended is often not enough, and why wine filled lunches with marketing managers can often do more harm than good.

Having worked in real estate prior to his extensive media sales career, Russell knows all too well the importance of being the owner of your sales ‘turf’.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, he and host Alex Whitlock analyse this concept, looking at how you can apply this philosophy that is key to success in real estate to winning business and retaining clients in the media sales space.

They explain the traps that can lead to you losing ‘safe business’, why product confidence is very different to arrogance, and the best way to approach a client who has chosen to advertise with your competitor.

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.