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.

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.