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!

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!

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!

Have you ever wanted to understand why you feel particular emotions, and how are these affecting your sales results? Would you like to know how to control your emotions and behaviours so you can fight adversity and thrive in your work environment? Even more, if you’re looking to hire and expand your sales department, do you want to know what the crucial aspects are that you should look for in your candidates?

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, Russell Stephenson talks to the founder of Frontier Performance Pancho Mehrotra about emotional intelligence, and the importance of training it, as well as how you can become more adaptable in your business environment by developing and enhancing this skill. Pancho also shares his knowledge on what are the key attributes that you should look at when trying to hire a salesperson, by explaining the “S.A.L.E. Personality”.

They also discuss the impact of the environment in which you were raised as a key factor in your future behaviour and how this can be re-wired for the better by working on yourself slowly but constantly. Pancho also shares the importance of having adaptability and balance within your team, people who can build relationships but also members who are goal orientated. This is an amazing episode that you can not miss. Listen 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!