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10 Rules for Using Social Media to Prospect

The Sales Hunter

Don’t think social media is going to replace traditional prospecting methods. View social media as another tool to help you prospect. Most of all, never allow yourself to take the quality time you devote to prospecting and spend it doing social media. Biggest mistake you can make is thinking all you need to do […].

5 Mistakes Salespeople Make Using Social Media

The Sales Hunter

Sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and others can be powerful tools to help you prospect more effectively. In my new book coming out this September, “High-Profit Prospecting,” I share insights every salesperson needs to know. Here are 5 mistakes far too many salespeople make with social media: 1.

Prospecting Using Social Media: What Is Your Strategy?

The Sales Hunter

We can’t just say we’re going to use social media to prospect and think the world is going to be wonderful. Social media is ONE of the prospecting […]. Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting high-profit prospecting prospect prospecting sales prospectingWe have all heard about the need to be “social selling,” and yet those two words used wrong have caused a lot of salespeople to go hungry.

Social Media vs. Traditional Prospecting: Which is More Effective?

The Sales Hunter

Every day I get minimally 3 – 5 emails from people proclaiming to me how effective their social media plan is for getting new customers. Blog Breakthrough Sales University Cold-Calling Consultative Selling Phone Sales Tips Professional Selling Skills Prospecting breakthrough sales university phone sales tips phone tips prospect prospecting selling skills Each one claims to know exactly why others fail and why they have a plan that works perfect. Along with the emails are the numerous articles on the web about how old school […].

LinkedIn InMail: A Salesperson’s Secret Weapon for Engaging Prospects


Connections are made with prospects in social channels rather than over the phone. The post LinkedIn InMail: A Salesperson’s Secret Weapon for Engaging Prospects appeared first on Pipeliner CRM Blog. For Sales Pros social media social sellingMany salespeople complain about having to make cold calls, especially because they are increasingly ineffective. If you have to […].

Prospecting: Do You Think Social Media is Your Answer?

The Sales Hunter

There are 10 reasons that most prospecting plans don’t work. Number 6 on my list is Thinking Social Media is Your Answer. For some reason, there is a belief in the sales world that if you spend enough time on social media, you’ll have all the business you […]. This one absolutely drives me nuts.

Social Media Pitfalls When it Comes to Prospecting

The Sales Hunter

Just because you can send out a blast of information via a social media site doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. When it comes to prospecting, the social media blast is many times the worst thing you can do. To prospect successfully you need to be able to create the one-to-one relationships that […]. Blog Prospecting high-profit prospecting prospect prospecting sales prospect sales prospecting

10 Things You’re Doing Wrong on Social Media


Social Media is a good thing. It´s a great place for prospecting, listening, having some great conversations, and building relationships. The post 10 Things You’re Doing Wrong on Social Media appeared first on Pipeliner CRM Blog. There is absolutely no doubt about that. The primary focus of a social seller should be engaging with people and achieving brand awareness.

Prospecting Has Changed, But Have You?

The Sales Hunter

Social media is nothing more than the telephone. It’s simply a way to make contact — nothing more, nothing else. A few years ago, people were touting the benefits of social media and how the more aggressively you used it with regard to posting content, the more successful you’d be. Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting prospect prospecting sales prospecting

Prospecting Is a Marketing Activity

Increase Sales

Confusion abounds about what is prospecting and what is marketing.  This confusion continues today especially because of these two facts: Internet especially social media. In other words, prospecting is an operation within marketing. You would not be marketing if you did not need new sales leads or prospects. People who prospect well are also market well. 

Social Media Without Social Connection is Social Stupidity

The Sales Hunter

Is your social media effort really making a difference? Recently, I discussed with Jack Kosakowski of the Creation Agency the problem too many people are making when it comes to social media. Social media without social connection is social stupidity! In my new book, High-Profit Prospecting, I talk about social media and how it […]. Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting prospect prospecting sales prospecting

Relying on Social Media to Prospect? Does this Fantasy Derail Salespeople?

The Sales Hunter

Recently I received from a salesperson an email saying he wasn’t having any luck prospecting. He wanted me to reach out and tell his boss that prospecting doesn’t work. The salesperson took a sales job knowing it would require prospecting. Blog Prospecting breakthrough sales university prospect prospecting sales prospecting social media

How To Find Buying Signals on Social Media


Social media has changed the way buyers buy and sales reps sell. Each and every day, your prospects are [.] The post How To Find Buying Signals on Social Media appeared first on Pipeliner CRM Blog. Traditionally, consistent and real-time communication amongst seller and buyer did not exist. Social Selling buying signals social selling

Effective Social Media Marketing Educates

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With social media, much of the marketing focus has shifted away from what makes basic and good marketing.  Yet having read this social media marketing post on LinkedIn Pulse , much of what the writer states is just as true for basic education based marketing. Currently I have two new qualified sales leads in my funnel, along with 10 prospects and one confirmed speaking engagement. 

How to Link Social Media Profiles to Your Contacts


Today’s buyer uses social media, social networking and a host of other online sources as part of their buying process. It’s important for your salespeople to be present everywhere your prospects are. Pipeliner CRM enables you to directly connect the most popular social media channels directly e.g. Twitter for Pipeliner CRM, Facebook for Pipeliner CRM […]. Tips and Trick

Prospecting Using Social Media: Does it Work Effectively?

The Sales Hunter

One of the most frequent questions I get from people at all levels is whether or not social media is an effective way to prospect. My response to the question varies based on the type of prospect you’re trying to reach. Recently, I was asked to participate in a study regarding social media and […]. Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting prospect prospecting social media

This Is the Biggest Lead Generation Mistake on Social Media

No More Cold Calling

He’s Cold Calling on Social Media. Sales reps abuse social media to the extent that I typically delete more LinkedIn invitations than I accept. (No, I’m not a snob; I just don’t have time for cold calling nonsense.) The problem: Just because someone agrees to connect on social media does not make that person a qualified sales lead. It happened again. Really? Period.

3 Top Social Media Questions from CEOs

Sales Benchmark Index

We often hear from CEOs that they don’t see the ROI for social media. Many CEOs still question the legitimacy of social media in their space. Social Selling CEO CEO Resources Gamification Social Prospecting In case you’re wondering, these people are wrong. will address three common questions/comments we hear from the C-suite and sales leaders.

If Social Media Works for Passive Job Applicants, Why Not for Passive Sales Prospects?

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Social media is now the primary marketing channel to reach those passive and reluctant skilled workers. This study revealed three other interesting facts regarding the use of social media by recruiters: 97.3% of the recruiters favored LinkedIn as their primary social media site in 2012. 98.2% of the recruiters used social media in 2012. Share on Facebook.

Prospecting Is The New “Prospecting”

Partners in Excellence

I’ve been involved in a number of discussions on prospecting recently.  One sales exec complaining to me when I suggested he and his people needed to be prospecting. In another, I saw a tweet, “When are people going to realize that publishing content is the new prospecting… ”  My thought was “Well, yes… but… what happens when that doesn’t generate enough?”  Or even if your customers are hanging out on social, what if you aren’t getting enough qualifies prospects through your social prospecting?

Prospecting is Your Job

No More Cold Calling

Prospecting is not the job of your marketing department. They bring prospects to our websites, nurture relationships, conduct research, create demographics, write case studies, and build social-media strategies. Associations Enterprise Small Business Marketing prospecting sales sales strategy It’s your job. And it’s your most important job. Don’t get me wrong.

When Prospects Go Silent – 4 Tips For Follow-Up Campaigns That Work!


Here’s a scary fact: Sales professionals spend over 40% of their productive time in following up with their prospects. While the most popular media have been email and phone call, hit rates are just not as high as they should be. Tim Wackel and I recently presented a webinar, “When Prospects Go Silent – Creating [.] The post When Prospects Go Silent – 4 Tips For Follow-Up Campaigns That Work! appeared first on Pipeliner CRM Blog. Sales Effectiveness

Prospecting: Fill your sales pipelines now!

Your Sales Management Guru

The Telephone Is the Most Powerful Sales Prospecting Tool. By Jeb Blount, author of Fanatical Prospecting. KEN: This blog post is from my friend Jeb Blount, his new book is a must read for your sales book club: Fanatical Prospecting. For thousands of salespeople, picking up the phone and calling a prospect is the most stressful part of their life. Disproving the Myth.

VIDEO SALES TIP: Is Social Media Killing Your Sales Success?

The Sales Hunter

I’ve heard of too many salespeople pouring too much time into social media. If you are defaulting to social media as your primary strategy to boost sales, then I want to challenge you! Sure, social media can be part of your selling strategy, […]. You need to use your optimal selling time to get out and sell.

Social Media Marketing: 6 tips for running a valuable LinkedIn group that attracts prospects

B2B Lead Blog

Especially on social media. Participation needs to be written into their contracts really, and become a new performance KPI,” advises Tom Skotidas, Founder of Skotidas , a B2B social media lead generation agency and the LinkedIn B2B Social Media Lead Generation Group. We meet, we discuss LinkedIn and social media, and we get to know each other in a real way.

Are You Really Prospecting?

The Sales Blog

Prospecting is difficult. It isn’t easy to open the new relationships that create new opportunities. A lot of things that are supposed to be prospecting don’t do enough to open the new relationships or the opportunities. If something is easy, it probably isn’t prospecting. Prospecting requires that you ask for the commitment of time. If what you are doing doesn’t require you dream client to make that commitment, then it isn’t likely that it is really prospecting. Prospecting results in you hearing the word “no” a fair bit. The first meeting is exciting.

A Social Media Connection Is Not a Sales Lead

No More Cold Calling

Sales reps abuse social media to the extent that I typically delete more LinkedIn invitations than I accept. The problem: Just because someone agrees to connect on social media does not make that person a sales lead. Qualified prospects are actually interested in your product or solution. Then, and only then, do they have any chance of converting connections into prospects.

The Disconnect Between Social Media Spend and Business Impact

Igniting Sales Transformation

With spend on social media channels expected to increase to a 20.9 In a C-Suite Study conducted by IBM, they reported that almost half of Chief Marketing Officers feel that they – and their teams – still aren’t fully prepared to meet the challenges of operating in social media channels. There is no clearly defined social media strategy that aligns with core business objectives.

Using Keywords When Prospecting

Tom Hopkins

We use keywords when prospecting on social media sites and when searching for information on potential clients. The post Using Keywords When Prospecting appeared first on How to Selling Skills. Related posts: Prospecting, Being a Valued Resource. The Survey Approach to Prospecting. Strategies for Finding New Business.

Social Media Marketing Automation Dos and Don’ts

Vertical Response

Using social media automation tools can help you maintain a consistent social media presence without sacrificing the rest of your work. Here are some dos and don’ts on how to integrate social media automation into your online marketing. Automation is not a solution for all of your social media needs. Don’t: Automate messages during inappropriate moments.

Is There a Dehumanizing Impact From Social Media?

Sales and Management Blog

Certainly much of the above has existed for quite some time in the realm of political and sports discourse on social media, but slowly over time this self-centeredness and rudeness seems to be creeping into the normal everyday discourse including, on occasion, sales discourse—and not just between sellers but with customers or potential customers also. Are we slowly losing our human-ness, at least as we’ve known it?  Is there really a dehumanizing impact to social media and communication technology? technology social mediaWorse, I’ve noticed a gradual coarsening of language.

How NOT to Prospect on LinkedIn

The Sales Heretic

Sales business LinkedIn prospect social media valueI recently received this message in my LinkedIn mailbox (the names have been changed to protect the guilty): Eric Miller Junior Sales at Tuttle and Hobart Integrated Supply Howdy! I was checking out your linkedin profile and was impressed. would love to network with you. Do you think your company could use a promotional [.].

The Last Word On Cold Calling Versus Social Media

The Sales Blog

The Last Word On Cold Calling Versus Social Media is a post from: The Sales Blog | S. believe that the tool kit that is social media has made the world much smaller, has given us an easier way to learn about our clients, and has provided a much easier way to both connect and nurture relationships. Social media and inbound marketing are helpful and sometimes effective tools.

Four Social Media Tips

Tom Hopkins

I don’t profess to  be an expert in social media. I do profess to be an expert on the subject of selling. That being said, let me give you four social media tips for sales pros. Related posts: How Social Media is Impacting the Sales Process [VIDEO]. Make Social Media Sell for You by Provoking Response by Jeff Molander.

4 Social Media Marketing Predictions for 2014

Vertical Response

This year social media will do more than introduce the masses to a royal baby and the peculiar dance moves of Miley Cyrus. In 2014, social media will continue to be a necessity for small business marketing, not just a fad that will fade away. “The small businesses I work with know that social media has a lot of marketing potential,” she says. In fact, the U.S.

Are you in Social Media Denial?

Sales Benchmark Index

With a more narrow focus, we can pinpoint social media. If you’re truly a student of buyer trends, social media should be your focus. Not sure whether your social media skills are keeping pace? Are you in social media denial? These individuals deny that customers use social media to do research on potential purchases. They are researching on social media.

VIDEO SALES TIP: How To Use Social Media the Right Way

The Sales Hunter

Are you using social media the right way in your sales process? Unfortunately, many salespeople are not!  I meet too many salespeople who spend too much time trying to communicate with prospects and customers through social media – when they really need to be reaching out to those people on the phone or in person. Be […].

Guest Article: “Using Social Media for Sales Prospecting,” by Anita Campbell

Sales and Management Blog

Using Social Media for Sales Prospecting. Social media offers the ability to reach out to people who are already talking about what you’re selling. Not only would it be easier to turn prospects into leads, but you’d be saving everyone’s time and energy by reaching out to people already in the market for your product. That’s what social media can do for you, and your potential customers. Just like LinkedIn Answers, Quora offers great opportunities for using questions and answers to reach prospects and encourage sales. by Anita Campbell. Twitter. Quora.

White Noise of Social Media

Increase Sales

Their ability to tune out all what does not get them closer to their goal to increase sales is beyond critical in today’s social media and mobile technology market place. ”   Sometimes it appears everyone is seeking immediate gratification through social media and mobile technology. Crazy busy sales people experience a lot of white noise every day. Share on Facebook.

How Social Media is Impacting the Sales Process [VIDEO]

Tom Hopkins

Today’s sales environment has definitely changed and professional salespeople are learning to adapt by embracing social media as an effective way to connect with prospects and customers. From sparking a conversation on Twitter, to connecting and sharing resources with someone on LinkedIn, social media has armed us with new ways to research, prospect and add [.]