Embrace Social Selling and Learn to Truly Connect

I attend numerous conferences, panel discussions, and webinars each year and often hear questions from the audience that go like “what is the most important social selling tool”, or “How should we get started with our social selling effort”, and even “Can you measure the ROI of your social selling efforts?” Although I don’t have the perfect answer to these questions, I would simply say that social should be embraced by your organization and sales reps.

Here are a couple tips I gleaned from Koka Sexton and Jill Rowley during an interview at Dreamforce which has helped me to simplify my own understanding around key social selling best practices:

  • Koka says – Make your LinkedIn profile more about your reputation than your resume. The point here is to not simply list your past jobs and titles, but to take the time to create a sense of who you really are, what matters most to you, what are your values, and how have you helped others advance their own careers.  This type of profile allows viewers to see the real you and the positive reputation and personal impact that goes along with it.
  • Jill says – Don’t think of your contact list as prospects, but rather future evangelists. The thought here is that sales people try to break through to prospects by pitching the value of their solution and getting their foot into the door with the hopes of securing a future meeting. By treating your contacts as future evangelists you will need to invest time in getting to know them and by being interested in helping them.
  • Mike Pierce (aka Antarctic Mike), a speaker at some AA-ISP events, notes that it’s critically important to be genuinely interested in the challenges and needs of others.  He goes on to say how he tries to offer assistance where he can when reaching out and getting to know people, especially as he is forming a relationship early on. By offering help or just an open ear to new contacts, they will gain trust and respect for you and what you do.

Bob recently discussed the “State of the Union on Inside Sales” on a webinar and shared findings from the 2015 AA-ISP Top Challenges Research along with his observations from hundreds of meetings and benchmarking visits with senior inside sales leaders. Watch again now.

as we discuss the “State of the Union on Inside Sales”.

Bob will share findings from the 2015 AA-ISP Top Challenges Research along with his observations from hundreds of meetings and benchmarking visits with senior inside sales leaders.

Several key inside sales trends will be discussed including the following:

  • How selling continues to shift towards a virtual/digital process
  • The explosive growth of inside sales and the challenges that this presents
  • The latest trends around selling models and why companies are shifting sales resources from the field to inside
  • The next “Tech Boom” and how these new solutions are accelerating an already efficient virtual selling process

After reviewing the AA-ISP research and discussing several key trends, we will open the webcast up for Q&A to allow you to share your own findings and ask questions on the topic covered or questions related to your own inside selling concerns and challenges.

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Bob Perkins
Bob Perkins

A nationally-recognized inside sales innovator, Bob Perkins has extensive executive experience building and leading highly successful inside sales organizations. During his career he has created unique inside sales systems and structures, including team selling models, compensation plans, rewards and recognition programs, performance management tools, and sales campaigns which have been adopted by many of the nation’s largest companies.

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