In this episode of Killer Media Sales, Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson talk to all of those who would like to change careers and become a sales person, or anyone that’s always been interested in sales but doesn’t know if they have the skills needed to be good at it. The pair discuss communication skills, strong presentation, the way you carry yourself, and how you present information are just a few of the skills and qualities that make a good sales person.

They also mention that one of the core fundamentals in sales is that you have to be “fairly fearless” when it comes to talking about money. They mention that being likable is really important in sales but emphasise that “this is not enough” to be good at sales. They highlight that talking about money is key, and probably the most important thing in sales is you have to be able to close a deal and not only be pleasant with a client.

According to the duo, salespeople can lack certain qualities and skills and still be good at it, however they give one single and powerful piece of advice to anyone that is moving into sales or trying to get a job in sales that will help you discover if this career is for you. Do you want to know what it is? Don’t miss this amazing episode and find out! Tune in now!

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you can’t make a decision, so you end up picking the “easiest” option (no matter good or bad) so you just end your mental conflict? That’s called cognitive dissonance. You may think, “how is this related to my sales?”.

Well, in this episode of Killer Media Sales Russell Stephenson is joined by the director and owner of Frontier Performance Pancho Mehrotra to talk about cognitive dissonance and how this can impact the negotiation process with your clients. They discuss the importance of knowing what your discovery process is as a sales person, in order to identify the needs and desires of your clients, so you can make better decisions and avoid this cognitive dissonance in your sales pitch as well as in your client thought process.

The duo also talk about the power of people’s beliefs and how sometimes our decision making process is not always the right one, and that as a sales person, being aware and knowing when your client is having two conflicting thoughts is key in the sales process, so you can make “decision making” smoother and easier for them.

If you want to know more about how to avoid this cognitive dissonance to improve your sales, this is an episode you can’t miss, listen now!

There are many ways to improve relationships with your clients but probably one of the most enjoyable are the cocktail parties, lunches and dinners with them. Many people, however, see them as a way to get free drinks and they are missing out on what hosting and entertaining a client actually means.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales Phillip Tarrant director of Momentum Media, joins Russell Stephenson to talk about the importance of entertaining your clients when hosting a party or event. Phillip mentions that this is an ability and a skillset that needs to be developed, and emphasises the fact that it is not solely about having a couple of drinks with your clients and being friends for a night, but it’s about being professional and being mindful of your ‘why’.

He also says that as the host in these types of events, you’re the brand ambassador of your business, therefore you have to make sure your clients are having a good experience, and that you understand the benefits of this, and most importantly you do not lose focus of what’s going on , especially if you’re a new media sales person. The pair also talk about the importance of networking in these parties, what’s the objective of them and what it is that you want to achieve in order to control the outcome of these events.

If you want to know more, this episode is definitely a must listen! Tune in now!

Ten years ago, a media sales professional probably wouldn’t consider implementing a loyalty program due the fear of ending up lowering the value of a marketing campaign. However, the world has changed now and eight of every ten companies have a loyalty program.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson again raise the subject of loyalty and rewards programs and what the best strategies you can implement to improve your client relationships through them are. They discuss how you can use these rewards programs as a way to compete in the media sales industry and not only as a way to give away “money” or “gifts” to your clients. They put a special emphasis on why the best reward you can give to your clients is a “tangible reward”.

They discuss the importance of framing the real value of the money that your clients are spending with you, by rewarding them with something like digital advertising, interviews, or broadcasts. They mention that “the discount disappears” and it doesn’t get recognised, but the tangible inclusion of those additional things you do for them is what will make a difference. Should you be rewarding all your clients? Or only your premium ones? What about attracting new clients through loyalty programs? Well, if you want to know more about this interesting topic, listen to this episode and find out! You can’t miss it!

The value of recognising loyalty with your clients has never really changed, it is only the way in which you go about it that makes a difference. Recognising this loyalty is important in the sales-client relationship, and should never go away. Most businesses nowadays have membership and rewards programs as a way to demonstrate to their clients how important they are to the business. But is this something that the media industry should do, too?

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson discuss if a rewards program is something that media sales people should implement with their clients and if so, what this reward should look like? They talk about how the first thing you should do as a sales professional is to ask yourself, why are you rewarding your clients? Is it because you “like” the client or is this reward only a part of a “business strategy”?

They also chat about how you have to be cautious when telling clients that you’ll be rewarding them, as you never know what will happen in the future, and you can end up with a mad client. Finally, they also mention that having lunch, dinners or a few drinks with a client are not always the best way to build a relationship with them, as those things tend to disappear. Instead, they recommend for you to go and look for growth opportunities and focus on building long-term relationships with your clients, as your aim should be to have few larger relationships than a lot of short term ones.

Do you want to know more? Don’t miss this episode, tune in now!

We have all heard the old saying “the client is always right” and this is a great topic for a debate. If you’re a client you expect to be treated well, if you’re a sales person you might think otherwise. Customer service can be a bit problematic for sales people in general, but in media sales, this gets particularly tricky when dealing with clients that are hard to please.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson talk about the importance of taking ownership of the relationship you have with your clients and how understanding their needs and truly listening to them will set up the ongoing nature of the relationship and how you will be able to manage it in the future.

They discuss how you have to be conscious of the fact that not everything in this client relationship will be rock solid guaranteed. And for this reason, as a media sales person your key to success in this customer service relationship is when your client feels like “they are your only client”.

The duo also talk about one of the most common mistakes with sales people that is “the easiest client can often be forgotten” and how you can neglect them and their needs while being busy trying to please the hardest clients. They also explain why accountability and communication are critical in this relationship and how you can deliver the best service and outcomes by understanding the importance of the value of the money your client is spending.

One more episode that you cannot afford to miss! Tune in now!

Relationships are hard. Whether they are romantic, at work, in your family or with friends, no one escapes from having to face problems or misunderstandings. However, in a professional sales environment, dealing with issues, especially with your clients, can be particularly sensitive, and not knowing how to approach them can end up in a “breakup” and is the last thing we want to see.

In this last episode of 2021, Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson talk about the ramifications and consequences of having a big problem with a client. In this Killer Media Sales chapter, Alex shares a personal experience where he explains how the small things are those that can cause a problem with your client relationship, but how “big gestures” and the use of common sense are what will solve them.

He explains that the key factor to solve a misconception on the client side is acknowledging the problem, and that in letting your client know that you understand why they are unhappy is a very disarming way to approach it. Alex highlights that this has to be done sincerely. He also describes how he approached a very difficult situation doing this, and warns the listener to not let their ego take over the circumstance. He adds that the worst thing you can do is try to “justify” things as you’ll build up many barriers to negotiate effectively.

The pair also talk about why making a sincere apology, and showing that you’re there to reconcile the differences while recognising and acknowledging that something went wrong (if it did) will help you find common ground to build, and to move forward with your client.

A great episode to end the year and a must listen to all sales people, listen now!

We all know how important language is in all aspects of communication in life. Language is more than just words, it has a currency of meaning. That’s how we make sense of the world around us. But what about the use of language in sales? Is it really good to be the most knowledgeable person in the room and show it off to your client?

In this episode of Killer Media Sales the founder of Frontier Performance Pancho Mehrotra is back to talk to Russell Stephenson and dig deeper in the S.A.L.E. Personality. They focus on the use of language and the importance of adapting it to the different sales scenarios and needs you may encounter with your clients.

Pancho also explains why the worst thing you can do as a salesperson is to make friends with your clients, and highlights the importance of knowing what to say and what not to say in your sales speech, and how flexibility is key when it comes to avoiding the “friend zone” with your potential clients. This is another amazing episode you can’t miss. Tune in now!

The desire to be liked is inherent to the human condition. But as a salesperson a deep understanding of what it is like to be “likeable” is extremely important in the sales process. However, wanting to be liked and please can become a barrier to closing a deal with your client, and as a sales person you have to understand what being “liked” means in a professional relationship.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson talk about the differences between being liked as a sales professional and being liked as a person. They talk about the DNA of what it is like to be “likeable”, how to avoid becoming a “pleaser” and why relying on your charming personality might keep you away from asking hard questions that can help you identify your client’s needs.

They also discuss how important it is to be liked within your team and your business, and why sometimes it is better to fit in and be part of a team rather than just be liked for the sake of it. The duo also talk about why being respected and being respectful can be more important than being likeable.

Another incredible episode that you can’t miss. Tune in now!

The media sales industry is constantly changing and with this in mind, using the same pitch each time isn’t going to work, because data changes all of the time. Sales people have to adapt quickly to these changes if they want to keep moving forward successfully.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson talk about why it is important to recognise your “now moment” in your sales pitch and why you have to be able to identify the two types of “now” in media sales.

Alex and Russell share the key elements you have to consider as a sales person in order to find the perfect time to reach your audience. They also explain the importance of considering those two types of “now” in isolation if you want to capitalise on both.

Another amazing episode you can’t miss. Listen now!