The challenges that media sales people face in today’s environment are not the same as they were five, 10 or 20 years ago. So, as the media landscape evolves, so do the questions you make to your clients.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson talk about the importance of always asking the right questions, but also they invite you to challenge your questions as a media sales person and refresh them constantly. The duo discuss how things go awry in sales. Sales people don’t just fall off a cliff, but gradually downward spiral, for example missing targets more frequently, which may trigger confidence and in turn make the situation worse. These things happen over time and are actually because you can get a bit rusty at what you’re doing, therefore it is important to know your client and the market but also change with them.

If you want to know how to stay up-to-date with the sales and the market environment, this is an episode you can’t 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!

Creativity is something all human beings possess on different levels. But in the realm of sales, people can get very creative very quickly, as they look to convince a client to try new things and close the deal. However, this creativity can become a problem when you get a crazy idea and present it to your client without even trying it first.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson talk about the importance of understanding your limitation as a sales person, as well as knowing the expectations of your clients, when it comes to being creative. They also reflect on the question: Are you creating new things for the sake of doing things? Or are you actually thinking about the outcomes you’ll get with your new ideas?

They also talk about how critical it is for salespeople to control the process, as well as the importance of delivering ideas to a client which you have tested and you know are viable. Alex and Russell also discuss how to avoid this creative process”becoming a distraction and instead focusing on getting good outcomes from something that isn’t necessarily new but something you know will deliver good results to you and your clients.

You can’t miss this episode! Tune in now

Media is the way in which people interact with the environment. Understanding how people engage with content is probably the most important thing to know in media sales to help your clients make decisions, and shape their message to reach as many people as possible.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson talk about the importance of knowing your industry and your audiences as this will give you an invaluable insight, not only about the industry but about your own job as a salesperson. They explain that you don’t have to know every corner of media but having a clear understanding of the particular media you’re passionate about, will take you to another level in terms of the value you can offer to your clients.

They also explain that you don’t have to be the smartest person in the room, but when you give an invitation to talk about your industry and get handed the mic then you need to be knowledgeable enough to let your clients know what they need to know, so they will be more inclined to close that deal with you.

This is definitely one of those podcasts that you CANNOT MISS! Tune in 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 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.