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.

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.

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.

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.

Sales has always been about building and fostering relationships, but with that in mind it can be easy to fall into the trap of communicating too casually with your clients.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson explain the importance of professional communication, why goal setting is key, and why it is still important to follow a ‘sales structure’ when dealing with long term clients.

They explain how casual communication could lose you the deal, discuss how the communication environment has changed over the years, and share their tips on approaching written communications that make the biggest impact.

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.

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.