You know what you are offering your client. You have spent time collating your proposal, figuring out how much the deal is worth, the outcomes that they will get from the campaign, but when your client starts to focus on the small details rather than the bigger picture the negotiation has likely lost its way.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson discuss keeping the sales process short and concise, explaining why the speed of the deal doesn’t need to be linked to the dollars associated with it.

They explain why it is important that you set the tempo for every conversation and opportunity, how to deal with a timeline that might be out of your control, and why focusing on the bigger picture is so important.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson look at methods and tactics for managing your workload.

Creating the ‘perfect storm’ scenario where a number of projects and deadlines fall into the same time frame, they explain why prioritising these demands based on client spend shouldn’t be your go to, and why it is so important to set realistic timelines and expectations with your clients from the beginning.

They reveal the one thing that should never be included in an email to a client when there are delays to deadlines, why a phone call is the best way to communicate when dealing with issues management, and why having a deluge of opportunity is always better than having nothing coming your way.

The COVID-19 pandemic came with an air of uncertainty around how it would impact the media sales environment. A little more than a year after the first confirmed cases in Australia, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson explore the impact that the health crisis has had on the sector, and how it has resulted in a more ‘level playing field’ for those looking to sign and retain clients.

With relationship building having shifted away from being about one-on-one entertaining, Alex and Russell explore how you can stand out against your competition. They explain the difference between articulating value and outcomes in comparison to ‘useless data’, how being a media consultant for more than your own brand can build trust, and reveal what it takes to be fundamentally successful in media sales.

Host of the Killer Media Sales Podcast Alex Whitlock can still remember when a boss told him that he needed to pass on some of his clients to a colleague. He was sure it was going to impact his bottom dollar, but what he didn’t expect was that his earnings would actually increase.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, he joins co-host Russell Stephenson (who actually took on some of those clients) to explain how a bigger client list doesn’t mean a bigger income.

They explain why it is important to understand why a client isn’t spending more, how to identify prospects for growth in your client list, and why listening is so important to ensure you are spending time on the right opportunities.

Your proposal has been read, the relationship has been built, you have discussed outcomes, time to close the deal right? On this episode of Killer Media Sales hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson explain why breaking the process down into these steps can in fact be detrimental to your closing success rate.

They explain why every conversation should be treated as a ‘mini close’, why there should never be uncertainty when a contract is sent out, and explain the importance of the verbal agreement – and why that should be your main focus.

The pair reveal the path that you need to take with a client that is fixing too heavily on the small details, unpack the trap that less confident salespeople can fall into, and explain why you should technically be in a position to ‘close the deal’ immediately following your first discussion with a prospective advertiser.

It is important to acknowledge that the ‘sales cycle’ for a large client will be vastly different to that of your smaller buyers.  So how do you set yourself up for success when trying to lock in that next level deal?

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson explain why you need to have realistic expectations of how long it will take to secure a big contract.  They discuss why rushing the process can be detrimental to your outcome, why preparation is key, and how your own personal brand plays such an important part in a successful negotiation.

They explain the biggest flaw that many make when negotiating with big clients, why a signature once doesn’t guarantee that they will buy again, and explain where your ‘small win’ clients fit into the process.

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.