August 7, 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.