Let’s face it. Nothing is perfect. Except for Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson who join you on this episode of Killer Media Sales to explain why even a ‘perfect’ product is going to have flaws, and how you can navigate those possible bumps in the road when negotiating with clients.

The pair explain why belief in a product starts with the salesperson, how that belief can be used to your advantage in convincing clients, and the importance of knowing what your potential customer is trying to achieve from their campaign.

They tackle the possible risks involved in ‘sweetening the deal’, how being a respected brand gives you an edge against your competition, and the impact of keeping the urgency ball firmly in your court.

Does a signed contract always mean a sales success? Hosts of Killer Media Sales Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson don’t believe so.

In this episode of the podcast they explain why, deep diving into how a salesperson can analyse success and failure, learn from that process, and understand what they could have done differently.

They reveal why conversion rates are your best success measurement tool, how the mentality of moving onto the next task without reflection can be detrimental to growth, and explore why being ‘busy’ doesn’t mean you are being productive.

While a proposal is an important part of any sales negotiation, there are three things that you must know before presenting options to your client.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson reveal these three key factors, and unpack the importance of knowing how much revenue your client is likely to bring in.

They explain the trap that you can fall into where a proposal can instead be a roadblock in your negotiation, why knowing your competition in the market is so important, and why the word ‘budget’ doesn’t necessarily represent a client’s spending limit.

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.

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.

This episode of Killer Media Sales deals with the constant challenge of finding the right balance between selling your inventory and providing your client with the solutions they desire.

Hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson outline why it’s sometimes critical to give the client exactly what they’ve asked for, whereas other times it’s more beneficial to use tried and tested marketing initiatives to help your clients reach their ideal outcome.

They outline how to go about challenging the thought process of a marketing manager, the importance of identifying which clients to pitch which campaign to, and how to approach your line manager with a more effective means of selling.

This episode of Killer Media Sales unpacks how to steer the tempo and direction of a conversation to minimise time wastage and maximise the potential for your desired outcome to be reached.

Hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson outline why it’s critical to set the tone from the outset, how to control the beat without coming across as too pushy, and what tactics to use when your prospect is stalling.

They explain how to apply the appropriate tempo to a particular selling scenario, whether the pace usually increases as you get closer to closing a deal, and why you should always have the bigger picture in mind.

Salespeople can sometimes fall into the trap of thinking that they cannot perform at their peak due to external circumstances, but according to Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson, outstanding salespeople are not hindered by market conditions.

Tune in to this week’s episode of Killer Media Sales as they break down the fundamentals for ensuring that you’re consistently bringing in the maximum possible revenue by making the most of the factors you can control.

Alex and Russell explain how to set achievable targets that still push you to your limits, how to go about monitoring commercial activity in your marketplace, and why it’s critical to maintain a holistic view of what’s ahead.

Conversations around money are critical to any negotiation, but also have the potential to completely derail a sale, should the buyer sense a lack of confidence in the seller.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson discuss some of the root causes of inhibitions around money talk, the common red flags that give away a salesperson’s uncertainty, and the tactics that buyers frequently use to stress test a product’s value.

Alex and Russell outline the next steps to take when a buyer questions the price, the dangers of discounting too soon, and the key attributes that communicate a seller’s confidence in the quality of their product.

While slumps are a rather inevitable experience for any media salesperson, the remote working circumstances triggered by COVID-19 mean that many people don’t have as much access to their usual in-person support systems.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson talk about some tactics for dealing with the current circumstances, switching up your mindset, and making the most out of what you can control.

They explain the importance of starting small, patrolling all areas of your database, and providing value to your existing clients.