We are now going through the biggest communications revolution in human history. Nearly every single person on the planet has a smartphone in their pocket and your potential customers are instantly engaged 24/7 to the companies they want to do business with. The problem is that sales VPs and sales managers typically learned how to sell before the revolution and many insist on managing their teams based on the old rules that worked for them.
Prior to the ability for consumers to research products, services, people, and companies on the web and social media, salespeople needed to be the expert. The buyer didn’t have the ability to go online and conduct independent research; an important aspect of the sales process was the buyer’s education by the seller.
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Today I got a direct mail advertisement from the local office of Sotheby’s International Realty. Normally I just throw my junk mail into the recycle bin, but the headline of this particular piece struck me as missing the mark. “As a Top Producing Agent” is what it said.
You have a printing press, television studio, photo lab, and radio station in your pocket right now. Your mobile device is an amazing sales and marketing tool and it is available to you 24x7. A few decades ago, such a thing was science fiction. Now it is science fact.
Sales on social networking sites like LinkedIn can be tricky for people who are accustomed to the typically aggressive interruption style approach because online communities disdain overt commercial messages. Over the past several months, I’ve collected some of the ineffective ways people have used LinkedIn messaging to reach me and I include 12 of them here together with commentary on each.
“I’m fed up, and I won’t tolerate this anymore!” People just don’t want to be sold to. I’ve heard many variations on this theme from buyers in recent years.