We’re all short of time these days. With more ways to communicate and new technologies emerging to help us perform better, increasingly more is being asked of us. So if you’re looking to increase your productivity but aren’t sure where to start, here are the six time management strategies that I find useful: Read More
I’ve been saying this for years. Cold calling is dead. Warm calling is the future. And, today the UK Government put one more nail in the cold calling coffin as they announced a clamp down on companies who are cold calling in the UK.
The Telegraph reported today that changes to the law will make it far easier to punish offenders. Furthermore, that the directors of firms using such techniques would be liable to personal fines of £500,000, according to the Daily Mail.
The world is getting bigger and busier. Opportunities abound. Technology is in momentum and it’s changing everything including the way we work. True performance based businesses embrace this. They always operate in a state of readiness. They see opportunities when others don’t. They take measured risks, act fast and want what’s current. They put better above cheaper, and revenues ahead of costs. And they are leading the way with social.
In 2015 smart, savvy business owners are following suit. They’re re-evaluating their sales approach and modernizing it as a result. They’re going social, inspiring their teams and incorporating it into the business.
They know that they’ve got their work cut out. Change isn’t always welcomed especially when hard graft and mindset shifts are involved.
To be successful they’re now going to have to wear many hats. For example, they’ll need to know how to sell their services, plus how to brand, market and mine data. However, when they get this right they’ll increase their opportunities by 45% and reduce their prospecting time by 75%. This obviously enables more revenue, faster, and with less cost. And, a happy sales force ensues.
2015 is almost upon us and if you’re using social platforms to grow your business or sales there’s plenty of good news. For example, social audiences continue to grow worldwide and modern business development methods, such as social media marketing and social selling are becoming more widely accepted as ways to deliver exponential growth when implemented correctly.
So, let’s look at the six top business development trends to watch out for in 2015 and how you can leverage them in an ever-evolving social business ecosystem.
Social media is a lot like coffee. You’ll either love it, consume a lot of it and get energized over it, or you won’t. Instead, you’ll hate it, sweat over it and become exhausted.
Whatever it does to you, be aware. Social media, just like coffee, is big business and it’s here to stay.
So if you want to keep your client base happy and attract others, you must know how to use it effectively.
This 11-page report that’s entitled 7 Dumb Mistakes That Smart Business Owners Make With Social Media, has been compiled due to popular demand. Repeatedly I see the same mistakes being made when business owners pursue social media as a tool for business development. Repeatedly too, I get asked how to spot social media fakers, rectify their shoddy work and advise on implementing it strategically and intelligently.
In Part 3 of What Is Social Selling and Why Should You Care, I discussed how you can move opportunities through the pipeline faster, free up yourself (and your sales team) to move on to new prospects, and lower acquisition costs.
In Part 4, (the final in this series) I’ll be going through how you can achieve greater client lifetime value, make bigger deals and retain more clients.
In Part 2 of What Is Social Selling and Why Should You Care, I discussed how you can get more and better leads. In Part 3, I’ll be looking at how social selling methods will help you shorten your sales cycle. I’ll be going through how you can:
- Move opportunities through the pipeline faster
- Free up your sales team so you can move on to new prospects
- Lower your acquisition costs
In part 1 of ‘What is social selling & why should you care?’ I wrote about how buying has changed and how you now need to sell in a different manner if you’re going to build a strong sales pipeline and exceed your revenue targets. In this post I’m going to expand upon this and show you how you can get more and better leads.
As you now know much of the buying process occurs before your buyer reaches out to a salesperson. However, what you may not be aware of is that it’s not happening behind closed doors. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Buyers are in your sight-line and good leads are there for you – in full view.
Yes, your buyers are on social media. And, there they’re talking about their business needs, asking questions about issues in their industry, revealing intelligence about their own companies and reaching out to their peers for advice.
So, the question begs. If they’re doing all of this, why aren’t you there too? Why aren’t you socially surrounding them and recognising their buying signals so you can be of help?