Business owners who are at the coal face struggle to generate new leads because they just don’t have the time. Does that sound like you? Maybe I can help…
Shot this video as welcome to SMD site but it says what I want to say so no point in risking a new take! Anyway the shirts in the wash and it’s raining today so the lighting will not be as good 😉
After 30 years in sales & marketing the environment has changed beyond recognition. There were no mobile phones when I got started and you had to go knock on physical doors to say hello.
Today you have all manner of channels open to you but the chances are, you’d never get to the person you want to talk to via a physical door these days, you’ll struggle to get past the reception desk on foot or by phone in 2017 so you have to work smarter.
Marketers will preach about inbound, let them see your tweets Mrs… is that really going to cut it? Probably not but hey, you can be a “busy fool” all day long if you want. I’d suggest working smarter.
Having a up to date presence on social media makes complete sense, fresh content will add power to your elbow when someone goes to check you out… but you still need to reach out to say hello, I’m here…
Here is my formula:
Story Telling + Common Sense + LinkedIn Navigator = New Business Leads
Firstly you need to come up with stories to fit the task… are you saying hello for the first time? Are you connected and looking to share more? Are you just nudging them?
To my mind this is blending sales & marketing… sales is the physical reaching out, marketing is the message… and I refer to myself as a “Sales Enabler” which means I’m not necessarily closing the deal for you but opening the door for you to share your wisdom.
I have come up with 3 logical service options for your consideration.
Story Telling “Meal Deal” – £250
I produce a series of 3 emails to be sent out to prospects. Obviously I’ll need to gain an understanding of what your business is, how you approach it, what is your style and who are the perfect customers in order to serve up the meal deal! This takes time…
Starter – short <300 character message that says why they should connect to you on LinkedIn.
Main Course – a more rounded, clear message sharing what you can do for them with an invitation to follow up in real time by phone.
Pudding – a few days later, following up to see if they’ve had chance to digest the main course and asking if a real time phone call would be sensible next step.
Sales Enabler – £250 per day
We approach people within the organisations that we have determined will make for ideal customers within the geographical area that makes sense.
No guarantees as to response rate but realistically a 100 people a day can be approached and I’ll be looking for a 25% acceptance rate with 20% of those moving to a conversation.
After an initial trail happy to set agreed targets for longer term contract.
Sales Team Coaching – £750 per day
I come in and share my experiences and work with your team to get them thinking about stories they can share which would get them closer to their prospects.
This could be an initial half day to tell a few stories and expand out over a few days to ensure each member gets up to speed with this way of business lead generation.
So what would you like me to serve up?