Social Selling - what's that?
The digital age, its disruption and speed of change has changed the sales and marketing landscape forever.
A company’s products and services are easily researched online, buyers turn to social media to make buying decisions.
A social media strategy is crucial to align with sales and marketing activity to reach prospective customers. The opportunity to influence buyers through their buying journey and ultimately drive sales is too big an opportunity to ignore.
The old ‘sales’ model is dying, sales staff will inevitably reduce in numbers. The transformation to the new ‘norm’, the buyer shift and the variety of channels on offer.
Current models of ‘company to person’, for example Linked-In company page, Twitter page, Google+ page, Facebook page, Corporate blog etc. don’t have the same conversion rates as a ‘person to person’ selling model.
Social networks are designed for person to person contact, business to business relationships are also person to person - people buy and rely on people!
To give you some perspective on Linked-In membership and its potential to influence: 1,200,000 LinkedIn in NZ, 6,400,000 LinkedIn in Australia, 25-34 age group 24%, 35-44 age group 23%, 45-54 age group 17% - over 40% of LinkedIn users are either ‘regular’ or ‘addicted’ users
The process to utilise Linked-In for example as a ‘social selling tool’ is really quite easy and manageable.
1) Prospect list build
2) Profile building (inbound social selling)
3) Connection building (1st degree contacts)
4) Content marketing (making content relevant and interesting - not directly selling!)
5) Outbound lead generation
The first two parts of the process are detailed here to help you formulate a social selling strategy . . .
1) Prospect list build:
Identify decision makers
List company names
List job titles
2) Profile building:
Who can see your activity feed
What others see when you’ve viewed their profile
Who can see your connections
Viewers of this profile also viewed
Your profile is what defines you - It contains resume-type sections that provide education, experience, interests, published content
Main purpose of your profile is to provide answers for solving your target audience’s needs
Google search is now showing results against industry keywords
First impressions count – the only image of who you are
Use recent photo, muted background, chest high, 45 deg – with a Mona Lisa smile!
Don’t use grainy, pixelated, poorly lit, party pics or inappropriate pics
Positions your name against core keywords describing expertise
Positions your profile higher in LinkedIn search results
Best practice: multiple titles – create a headline that displays keywords
What does this social seller stand for?
What does he/she sell?
What can he/she help you with?
Up to date – so connections can get in touch
Add Twitter account
Add web links
Aids in LinkedIn search results
Section has highest character account
Used to provide a strong narrative of your experience and expertise to your audience
Write in the 1st person
Introduction and focus on your prospects’ pain points
Detail your experience helping your clients in the past
Detail your company’s experience in helping your prospects business issues
Call to action
List 10-15 of your hard skills (expertise and value propositions) that are relevant
The more endorsements you have the more experienced you appear to your prospects
Add your company’s marketing assets for the purpose of information distribution, brand building and demand generation
Add links to articles or videos that your business has been quoted in or contributed to
Links to online publications you are mentioned in
Links to White papers, PDFs etc.
Expand your network and create more commonalities with your prospects
Groups that are relevant to your prospects
Criteria for selecting: prospects job titles and location
Ask your connections to recommend you
The process is a proven methodology to improve sales pipelines, its conversion rate extremely high compared to traditional methods - if you would like to explore the rest of the process we would love to explain and demonstrate - give Paul a call on 021 1977 400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.