The Follow-Up Formula: Driving Sales Success in the New Year – Video 7 of the New Year Motivation Series

The Follow-Up Formula: Driving Sales Success in the New Year – Video 7 of the New Year Motivation Series

As we venture into the New Year, the key to propelling your sales, whether you’re a seasoned sales manager, a striving CEO of a small company, or an enthusiastic salesperson, lies in one critical skill: effective follow-up. My video series aims to arm you with best practices to ensure this year is your most successful yet.

A common pitfall in sales is failing to follow up swiftly and effectively. Every interaction with a client or prospect should be promptly followed by a thank you note or email. This small act signals your dedication and interest in the client’s needs. If you’re leading a team, make it a non-negotiable standard – a follow-up within 24 hours is a must.

A well-implemented CRM system is a game-changer for managing follow-ups. It should facilitate sending personalized emails with just a few clicks. If your CRM process is cumbersome, it’s time to reassess and streamline your approach. Remember, if following up feels like a chore, you’re not using your CRM effectively.

One of the golden rules in sales is to schedule the next one before ending a meeting. This practice helps maintain momentum and keeps you at the forefront of your client’s mind. It eliminates the hassle of tracking someone down later and significantly reduces the chances of being ‘ghosted.’

Consistency in follow-up is vital, but so is adapting your strategy to fit your industry’s unique rhythm. Whether it’s a few days or a month later, re-engage with clients who haven’t responded. This persistence shows your commitment to providing solutions. However, constantly tailor your follow-up timing to suit the client’s needs and industry norms.

Make following up a habit, not an afterthought. Whether you’re a VP of Sales ensuring your team adheres to this practice or a CEO looking to make a significant impact this year, diligent follow-up can be the difference between a good year and a fantastic one. Set reminders, use calendar alerts, and let your CRM be your guide in this journey.

This year, let’s resolve to excel in our follow-up game. It’s not just a sales tactic; it’s a fundamental aspect of building lasting relationships and driving success. Check out my other videos for more insights and strategies to kick-start your sales year with a bang. With the right approach, 2024 can be a year of remarkable achievements in your sales career.

Happy selling, and here’s to making this year not just great but phenomenal!

From Features to Solutions: Rethinking Sales for the New Year – Video 6 of the New Year Motivation Series

From Features to Solutions: Rethinking Sales for the New Year – Video 6 of the New Year Motivation Series

As we navigate the early stages of the New Year, the time is ripe for salespeople, managers, and CEOs of small companies to redefine their approach to sales. My mission is to guide you towards a robust start to the year. Remember, a sluggish beginning can set a challenging precedent, so let’s dive into how to kickstart your sales effectively.

At the heart of every successful sale is the ability to solve a problem. It’s not the product itself that’s key, but the solution it provides. Think beyond the immediate features of what you’re selling – drill down to the core issue it addresses for your client.

There’s a classic saying in sales: You don’t sell the drill, but the hole it makes. However, I encourage you to take this even further. It’s not just about the hole; it’s about what your client does with that hole. Your job is understanding and articulating how your product or service facilitates your client’s goals.

Your communications – proposals, emails, or presentations – should be framed around problem-solving. It’s crucial to showcase your understanding of the client’s challenges and how your product or service offers the solution. This approach makes your proposal resonate with your direct contact and with anyone else who might view it.

Documenting case studies where your product or service solved a specific problem can be incredibly powerful. These real-life examples prove your solution’s effectiveness, making your sales pitch more credible and compelling.

When drafting proposals, focus on the problem you’re solving. Avoid just listing product features or part numbers. Your proposal should narrate a story – the story of how you understand and can solve the client’s unique challenges. This approach is essential, especially when your proposal is passed along to decision-makers who might not know you yet.

In this New Year, your success in sales will hinge not just on what you sell but on how well you connect your product to the solutions your clients seek. Shift from a transactional mindset to a problem-solving approach. This is how you’ll differentiate yourself in a crowded market and drive meaningful, long-lasting client relationships.

Watch my video series for more insights and practical strategies to boost your sales this year. These videos will help you start strong and maintain momentum throughout the year.

Happy selling, and here’s to a successful and prosperous new year!

Monitoring Client News and Updates: Stay informed about client updates to address their changing needs  – Driving New Sales: Transforming Small Businesses into Sales Powerhouses – Episode 5

Monitoring Client News and Updates: Stay informed about client updates to address their changing needs  – Driving New Sales: Transforming Small Businesses into Sales Powerhouses – Episode 5

Welcome to the latest episode of “Driving New Sales: Transforming Small Businesses into Sales Powerhouses,” where we dive into the critical aspects of B2B sales. Today, Sean O’Shaughnessey, a seasoned consultant in sales organization enhancement, sheds light on the importance of staying updated with client news and updates. This episode is proudly sponsored by “Two Tall Guys Talking Sales,” a podcast by Sean O’Shaughnessey and Kevin Lawson focusing on boosting sales management and methodologies.

Key Topics Discussed

  1. The Power of Staying Attuned to Client’s Business World: Sean discusses the significance of being proactive and informed about clients’ activities and how this approach transforms sales teams into strategic forces in B2B sales.
  2. Practical Tools and Strategies for Monitoring Client Updates: Explore the utility of Google Alerts and the role of social media in gaining insights into clients’ strategic moves.
  3. Interpreting Client News as Opportunities: Understanding how to read between the lines of client announcements and news for potential sales opportunities.
  4. Context and Timing in Sales Outreach: The importance of timing your sales outreach to align with clients’ immediate needs or strategic goals.
  5. Leveraging Analytics and CRM for Comprehensive Understanding: How to use analytics and CRM software to analyze client data and market trends for a more informed sales strategy.
  6. Aligning Monitoring Efforts with Sales Objectives: Ensuring all gathered information is strategically used to drive sales goals.

Key Quotes

  • “Staying informed about your clients’ activities is not just advantageous; it’s essential.”
  • “Google Alerts is a straightforward yet powerful tool… It’s about maximizing efficiency and staying one step ahead.”
  • “Data and tools are only as effective as the strategy behind them.”

Additional Resources

Action Items You Can Do Today

  1. Set Up Advanced Google Alerts: Tailor your alerts with specific queries for each client to filter the most relevant information.
  2. Actively Engage on Social Media: Monitor and engage with your clients’ social media activities to build relationships and gather insights.
  3. Analyze Client Structural Changes: Stay informed about your clients’ mergers, expansions, or layoffs and adapt your sales strategies accordingly.
  4. Conduct In-Depth Report Analysis: Regularly review clients’ quarterly and annual reports to tailor your sales approach effectively.
  5. Perfect Your Outreach Timing: Use your insights to determine the best timing for your sales approach, making it as impactful as possible.

Conclusion

In today’s episode, Sean O’Shaughnessey has provided invaluable insights into how monitoring client news and updates can revolutionize your sales strategy. Remember, successful sales are not just about the transaction; they are about offering timely, relevant solutions that align with the client’s current state and needs. Stay tuned for more episodes to continue transforming your business into a sales powerhouse.

Sponsor

Two Tall Guys Talking Sales,” where Sean O’Shaughnessey and Kevin Lawson discuss a single sales topic.

Kevin and Sean together have about 60 years of experience in professional selling. This podcast helps people in sales, sales leadership, and business leadership or company owners realize the maximum value of their company by improving their revenue generation capability. This podcast is designed to help those people enhance their companies’ sales management practices, methodologies, processes, teams, and messaging.

Sean O’Shaughnessey and Kevin Lawson are Fractional Vice Presidents of Sales. They operate their own companies separately but have partnered for this podcast to advise salespeople and SMB companies on successful strategies and methodologies.

Kevin is the CEO of Lighthouse Sales Advisors. Lighthouse Sales Advisors is a sales leadership solution provider for small businesses. Lighthouse helps business owners navigate the potential pitfalls around sales growth, sales turnaround, or scaling up by leveraging sales acumen and decades of experience to build effective sales teams. https://www.lighthousesalesadvisors.com/

Sean is the CEO of New Sales Expert. He helps company owners realize the maximum value of their company by improving their revenue generation capability. He helps owners enhance their sales management, methodologies, processes, teams, and messaging.

Contact Sean

You can learn more about Sean O’Shaughnessey at www.NewSales.Expert. You can drop him an email at Sean@NewSales.Expert. You can connect with Sean on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/soshaughnessey/

Discover how to stay ahead in the competitive world of B2B sales with Sean O’Shaughnessey’s expert insights. This episode of “Driving New Sales” is an essential listen for any sales professional, manager, or small business CEO looking to elevate their sales strategy and stay attuned to their clients’ evolving business world. Tune in now for strategies that will transform your approach to sales!

Analyzing Customer Goals: Understand customer goals and their desire to achieve them to tailor your solution – Driving New Sales: Transforming Small Businesses into Sales Powerhouses – Episode 3

Analyzing Customer Goals: Understand customer goals and their desire to achieve them to tailor your solution – Driving New Sales: Transforming Small Businesses into Sales Powerhouses – Episode 3

Welcome to an enlightening episode of “Driving New Sales: Transforming Small Businesses into Sales Powerhouses,” where we unlock the secrets of turning sales into an art form, much like a tailor crafting a custom-made suit. Sean O’Shaughnessey offers a deep dive into aligning your sales strategies with a client’s multi-dimensional objectives. Elevate your role from a mere vendor to a strategic partner. Tune in to not only understand the theoretical framework but also to arm yourself with actionable steps for immediate implementation.

Key Topics Discussed

The Art of Sales and the Power of Alignment: Why sales is an evolving art form akin to tailoring and the role of ‘alignment’ in contemporary selling.

Understanding Multi-Dimensional Objectives: Breaking down your client’s surface-level goals into a complex tapestry of layered objectives.

The Role of Consultations and Research: Why consultations should not be one-sided show-and-tells, and the importance of comprehensive research in crafting a potent sales strategy.

Unlocking the Goldmine of Annual Reports: A thorough explanation of why and how to read and analyze annual reports to gain deep insights into a company’s goals and challenges.

From Vendor to Strategic Advisor: How to evolve your position in your client’s eyes, transcending from being just a vendor to becoming a strategic advisor.

The Pinnacle: The Final Pitch: Leveraging insights to make your final pitch an act of alignment that seamlessly fits into your client’s broader objectives.

Key Quotes

  • “Solutions explicitly aligned with a company’s goals have a 60% higher probability of being considered.”
  • “You’re not just identifying opportunities; you’re crafting a solution that aligns with multiple facets of the prospect’s strategy.”
  • “You’re proving that you understand the intricacies of their business ecosystem, thereby making your solution not just a ‘good-to-have’ but a strategic imperative.”

Action Items You Can Do Today

Prioritize Listening: Begin consultations by mapping out the intricate goals that guide your potential client’s strategies.

Research Deeply: Dive into annual reports, press releases, and customer reviews to understand your prospects better. Look for recurring themes, as these usually indicate a crucial goal or challenge for the company.

Engage with Stakeholders: Use the Power Matrix to identify and converse with critical people across the organization for a well-rounded view.

Ask for Feedback: Always ask for feedback after initial consultations or presentations to refine your approach.

Sponsor:

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Contact Sean

You can learn more about Sean O’Shaughnessey at www.NewSales.Expert. You can drop him an email at Sean@NewSales.Expert. You can connect with Sean on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/soshaughnessey/

When you listen to this episode, you are taking a transformative step towards redefining your approach to sales. Sean O’Shaughnessey delves into the intricacies of aligning your product not just with the apparent goals but the intricate, layered objectives of your client. Master the art of turning each sales pitch into a finely crafted solution, transforming your role from a mere vendor to a strategic partner in your client’s journey. Hit play to elevate your sales game today!

Two Tall Guys Talking Sales Podcast – From Salesperson to Trusted Advisor: The Art of Problem Solving – Episode 50

Two Tall Guys Talking Sales Podcast – From Salesperson to Trusted Advisor: The Art of Problem Solving – Episode 50

Dive deep into the heart of sales and sales leadership with Kevin Lawson and Sean O’Shaughnessey as they unravel the essence of problem-solving in the sales arena. This episode isn’t just about identifying problems but understanding the art of solving them. If you aim to transition from just selling a product to becoming a trusted advisor, this episode is your roadmap.

Key Topics Discussed:

  1. The importance of becoming a trusted advisor in sales.
  2. Building and maintaining long-lasting relationships with clients.
  3. The role of curiosity in understanding a client’s business.
  4. The significance of being well-read and informed about current business challenges.
  5. Networking is a tool for gaining insights and asking better questions.

Key Quotes:

  • Kevin: “How you become a trusted advisor is solving a business problem, not selling a product.”
  • Sean: “The key to the kingdom is to become a trusted advisor to your client. So that that advisor says, I wonder what Kevin thinks about this.”
  • Kevin: “Are you the person who’s reliable? Do you always cancel at the last minute? Do you put somebody to voicemail every time and forget to call them back? That’s a withdrawal from the trusted advisor list.”
  • Sean: “The key is don’t just show up as a salesperson. Don’t just show up as a vendor. Show up as an interested third party that is trying to figure out about their business.”

Additional Resources:

In this enlightening episode of “Two Tall Guys Talking Sales,” Kevin and Sean emphasize the importance of evolving from a mere salesperson to a trusted advisor. They discuss the nuances of building genuine relationships, the significance of being curious, and the need to be well-informed about the business landscape. Whether you’re a sales newbie or a seasoned professional, this episode offers invaluable insights that can transform your approach to sales. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to elevate your sales game. Tune in now!

Two Tall Guys Talking Sales Podcast – Revamping Your Outbound Sales Approach: Value Proposition, Touch Points, and Tactics – Episode 43

Two Tall Guys Talking Sales Podcast – Revamping Your Outbound Sales Approach: Value Proposition, Touch Points, and Tactics – Episode 43

Welcome to another exciting episode of Two Tall Guys Talking Sales with hosts Kevin Lawson and Sean O’Shaughnessey. This episode delves into the vital world of outbound sales in a post-COVID landscape. We discuss strategies for creating an effective outbound pipeline, reflecting on our experiences with trade shows, and how to nail your unique value proposition. Discover how to master omnichannel outreach and understand why persistence is key in today’s competitive market.

Key Topics Discussed:

  1. The Trade Show Experience: Kevin and Sean open up about the highs and lows of trade shows and how the pandemic has shifted the industry’s focus from this traditional method of sales and marketing.
  2. Creating an Effective Outbound Pipeline: Our hosts emphasize the importance of having a clear, unique value proposition and understanding how it can resonate with your potential customers.
  3. Omni Channel Outreach: Kevin and Sean highlight the significance of reaching out to prospects across various channels – emails, phone calls, social media, and even traditional mail. They discuss the need for persistence in reaching out and making numerous touches to get a prospect’s attention.
  4. Prospecting and Value Proposition: Sean shares insights on how a value proposition can differ based on the industry and target audience. They talk about understanding and tailoring your value proposition to your audience for better customer engagement.
  5. Leveraging Tools for Sales Outreach: The hosts discuss a range of tools that can assist in streamlining and tracking your outreach efforts, from LinkedIn prospecting tools to CRMs and even task management tools.

Key Quotes:

  • Kevin: “Trade shows in a pre COVID environment were the lifeblood of many sales organizations… But here we are in a post-COVID world, and what we saw in the midst of COVID was pipeline evacuation.”
  • Sean: “The first thing I tell everybody is, “What are you going to say, and what makes it unique and valuable to your prospects?”
  • Sean: “Your unique value proposition may be targeted to a specific customer and you might have a different one targeted to a different customer… but then you need to make unique messaging for every one of those and unique tries for each one of those.”

Additional Resources:

  • CRM Tools
  • LinkedIn prospecting tools
  • Task management tools (Asana, Trello, Monday.com)

Summary:

In this episode of Two Tall Guys Talking Sales, Kevin Lawson and Sean O’Shaughnessey offer a practical, insightful guide to successfully navigating outbound sales in our new normal. They share their expertise in creating a compelling, unique value proposition, omnichannel outreach’s importance, and persistence’s role in sales. You’ll gain a wealth of advice, from understanding your value in a specific industry to leveraging various outreach tools to streamline and enhance your prospecting process. Listen to this episode for a deep dive into the tactics and strategies that can reshape your approach to outbound sales.

Two Tall Guys Talking Sales Podcast – Selling Yourself: The Importance of Personal Branding in Sales – A Conversation With Megan O’Hara – Episode 26

Two Tall Guys Talking Sales Podcast – Selling Yourself: The Importance of Personal Branding in Sales – A Conversation With Megan O’Hara – Episode 26

Kevin and Sean continue to discuss the importance of staying relevant to customers and prospects.

In the first part of the podcast, Sean interviews Megan O’Hara of EasyIT about the challenges of reaching customers in the digital age, where everyone is bombarded with emails and messages. They discuss the importance of being authentic, providing value, and standing out from the competition. They also emphasize the need for salespeople to adapt to changing technology and stay up to date with new tools and platforms. They touch upon topics such as personal branding, content creation, and the role of social media in sales. Megan does this by sending out her video series called Mondays with Megan, and she goes into detail about how this helps her grow her business.

In the second part of the podcast, Kevin and Sean praise sales professional Megan for her effective approach to engaging with prospects and customers. They highlight the value of her short, actionable tips and tricks, which immediately benefit to her listeners. They also discuss the importance of constantly learning and improving, regardless of age or experience. They end the podcast by emphasizing the three things that every salesperson sells: their product, company, and themselves.

Overall, the podcast provides valuable insights and tips for sales professionals on how to stay relevant, provide value, and engage with customers in the digital age. It emphasizes the importance of authenticity, personal branding, and continuous learning and improvement. The podcast also highlights the potential impact of short, actionable content in driving customer engagement and business growth.

20 Activities That a Virtual Assistant Can Perform To Help a Sales Leader Be More Effective

20 Activities That a Virtual Assistant Can Perform To Help a Sales Leader Be More Effective

A Vice President of Sales plays a critical role in the success of a business by overseeing and leading the sales team to achieve revenue targets. To be effective in their position, the VP of Sales must be able to focus on strategic decision-making and high-level planning while delegating operational tasks to a capable team. One way to facilitate this delegation is through a virtual assistant, who can perform various functions that support the VP of Sales and the sales team.

A virtual assistant is a professional who provides a range of administrative, technical, or creative assistance to clients remotely. Utilizing digital tools, they can handle tasks such as email and calendar management, data entry, event planning, and more complex tasks such as market research and report creation. This remote support allows business leaders and teams to delegate routine tasks, freeing them to focus on strategic responsibilities and higher-level work. Virtual assistants can work with individuals or organizations across various industries, offering flexibility and efficiency that can significantly contribute to productivity and business growth.

A virtual assistant can alleviate the routine tasks that often sidetrack a VP of Sales from their pivotal duties. Such an assistant could oversee the VP of Sales’ agenda, arrange meetings, and undertake administrative tasks like managing emails and inputting data. This delegation of duties allows the VP of Sales to concentrate on higher-level tasks, such as crafting sales tactics and nurturing relationships with critical clients.

Administrative and operational support to the sales team can also be delegated to a virtual assistant. They can contribute to tasks like lead generation, research, and qualification. They’re also capable of assisting with creating sales reports, managing the CRM, and conducting follow-up engagements with prospective clients post-sales meetings. By rendering these services, the virtual assistant permits the sales team to devote their efforts to their primary responsibilities, including fostering client relationships, closing sales, and driving revenue.

Virtual assistants can also be instrumental in helping VPs of Sales maintain organization and manage their responsibilities effectively. They can aid in preparing for meetings, orchestrating events, and arranging travel. They can also lend a hand in managing expenses and delegating tasks. This support enables the VP of Sales to remain on top of their obligations, leading to increased productivity and effectiveness.

VAs can inform the VP of Sales about industry trends and market intelligence. They can perform market research and competitor analysis, scrutinize sales performance metrics, and deliver insights to facilitate informed decision-making by the VP of Sales. By supplying this crucial information, the virtual assistant empowers the VP of Sales to make strategic decisions that bolster revenue growth.

Most importantly, a virtual assistant can assist the VP of Sales in fostering a robust sales culture. They can contribute to training the sales team on industry best practices, product knowledge, and sales techniques. They can also aid in organizing team-building activities and other initiatives to promote collaboration and teamwork. Through these efforts, the virtual assistant supports the VP of Sales in establishing a successful and efficient sales organization characterized by a powerful sales culture.

20 productivity-enhancing activities that a virtual assistant can perform to help a sales leader be:

  1. Scheduling and managing appointments: A virtual assistant can schedule appointments, manage calendars, and set reminders.
  2.  Lead generation and qualification: A virtual assistant can help with research and identify potential customers, contact them to qualify them, and keep a record of progress.
  3.  Data entry and management: A virtual assistant can manage and organize customer data and sales records, keeping them up-to-date and accurate.
  4.  Email management: A virtual assistant can manage and filter email correspondence, respond to routine inquiries, and forward important messages to the sales leader.
  5.  Social media management: A virtual assistant can manage social media accounts, create content, and monitor engagement.
  6.  Sales report creation: A virtual assistant can create reports on sales performance, market trends, and competitor analysis.
  7.  Proposal and contract drafting: A virtual assistant can help prepare client proposals and contracts.
  8.  Conducting market research: A virtual assistant can conduct market research on industry trends, competitor analysis, and customer preferences.
  9.  CRM management: A virtual assistant can manage the sales leader’s customer relationship management (CRM) system, update records, and track sales activities.
  10.  Call screening: A virtual assistant can screen incoming calls, filtering out cold calls and telemarketing solicitations.
  11.  Meeting preparation: A virtual assistant can prepare meeting materials, including agendas, presentations, and reports.
  12.  Client communication: A virtual assistant can communicate with clients, respond to inquiries, and provide updates on sales progress.
  13.  Sales follow-up: A virtual assistant can follow up with potential customers after sales meetings, and track leads through the sales funnel.
  14.  Sales training: A virtual assistant can help train sales teams on best practices, product knowledge, and sales techniques.
  15.  Event planning: A virtual assistant can assist with planning and coordinating sales events, such as trade shows or conferences.
  16.  Travel arrangements: A virtual assistant can assist with booking flights, hotels, and transportation for sales trips.
  17.  Expense management: A virtual assistant can help manage sales expenses, keep track of receipts, and create expense reports.
  18.  Task delegation: A virtual assistant can delegate tasks to sales team members, follow up on their progress, and ensure timely completion.
  19.  Lead nurturing: A virtual assistant can help nurture leads and build relationships with potential customers over time.
  20.  Analytics and performance tracking: A virtual assistant can help track sales performance metrics, analyze data, and provide insights to help the sales leader make more informed decisions.

A virtual assistant can add significant value to the role of VP of Sales by providing support and assistance that allows the VP of Sales to focus on their core responsibilities. From managing day-to-day tasks to supporting the sales team, providing market insights and analytics, and promoting a strong sales culture, a virtual assistant can help a VP of Sales build a successful and effective sales organization.

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Tip #4 of 12 – How To Start The New Year STRONG! – Improve Time Management

Tip #4 of 12 – How To Start The New Year STRONG! – Improve Time Management

As we turn the page on a new year, it’s time for salespeople and sales managers to put their best foot forward by establishing efficient and practical time management habits.

Every successful salesman knows that prioritizing goals correctly, staying ahead of deadlines, and honing in on your target audience are hallmarks of a successful selling approach. By beginning the new year off with practical strategies for better utilization of time spent working, you can create more efficient systems that generate an increase in revenue.

We have all heard of the 12 days of Christmas. This post is part of my series of 12 posts on how to strongly start the new year and drive revenue for your company and you. No, you do not have to worry as I do not sing silly songs in this video.

This video discusses the perennial favorite resolution of improving time management. Some high-level thoughts:

  • Limit checking email
  • Stick to one task at a time
  • Schedule your day

What are your favorite time management tips? Leave a comment below and give some suggestions.

You can check out all of the 12 tips as soon as they are published here.