Is InMail worth it? LinkedIn wants you to think so. But is it a good investment for you, in your specific situation? Sometimes yes, other times no. Here's a quick checklist to make a smart assessment that leads to an educated decision. Think twice if you:
You're consistent. Diligent. You spend your hour a day on LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ or Twitter. And then you get back to something that might actually generate a lead or sale. Like cold-calling. You know, that "dead" strategy that is difficult these days—yet still gets you paid!
What can a regional supplier of HVAC products and services teach you about Facebook? Plenty. I've already explained how Steelmaster Buildings gets leads on its Facebook page using a similar strategy. Today I'll give an update on how Amanda Kinsella, of residential HVAC provider Logan Services, is getting along. She is continuing to generate leads and tracking ROI to the penny on Facebook. Yes, Facebook.
Good LinkedIn sales trainers help sellers produce measurable increases in sales—not better proficiency at using the tool. Are you considering investing in a LinkedIn trainer or LinkedIn training for your reps? Ineffective training will cost you dearly. Here's a quick guide to hiring a LinkedIn trainer that will help sellers set more appointments, faster.
The Web can be an unreliable place to get sales tips. Most advice we "Google" doesn't work. LinkedIn profile tips are no exception. Most advice focuses on superficial face-lifts. Want to get more appointments, faster, using a LinkedIn profile? Follow these three tips:
Want to sell with your webinar? Actually go for the close at the end or generate an appointment for your reps to follow-up immediately? Stop wasting the audience's time with blather about your speaker.
The new LinkedIn InMail changes are in effect—leaving sales reps and managers upset and confused. InMail just got much more expensive for average B-to-B sellers. However, you can now access a nearly unlimited supply of InMail credits under the new policy—by making one small change to how you craft InMail messages.
LinkedIn Sales Navigator can be great investment. But recovering the money you invest means having an effective, repeatable way to get buyers asking about your product/service.
Tired of getting so few leads from your LinkedIn profile, investing in LinkedIn Sales Navigator or needing to generate leads with email faster? You'll need more than a pretty photo on your profile. You need a summary section that creates urges in prospects—provoking them to connect, email or call.
Prediction: 95 percent of sales reps and distributors will invest time in LinkedIn best practices that fail to generate leads in 2015. Be sure you're not one of them.
The "experts" say executive officers aren't open to being pitched via email and LinkedIn InMail. But they're wrong. You can you spark conversations with chief executives. Discussions about them. Their pains, fears and ambitions ... and bold public statements they make. Then, gently ask permission to connect that discussion to a new solution-what you sell.
This social selling best practice is actually the worst—causing frustration and failure. I'm talking about "becoming a thought leader in your field." This idea is poison. It's a social selling lie we like to hear because it's so simple. Here's how to keep it from sabotaging you.
"It is easier for the world to accept a simple lie than a complex truth." The words of 19th centrury historian, Alexis de Tocqueville are even truer today. But not only in the realm of politics. What's keeping you or your sales team from generating appointments and leads with social selling? Bold, eye-grabbing fibs told by technology vendors and sales trainers whose livelihood depend on adoption of their false inventions. All based on a social media revolution that does not exist.
Ninety-five percent of sales reps using LinkedIn are getting few—if any—appointments. They're using premium services, Sales Navigator, sending InMail, joining groups, spiffing up their profiles. And yet they're chronically underperforming. All because they're making three easily correctable mistakes when firing up their Web browsers each day.
"Your LinkedIn account temporarily restricted." It's a common message for sellers these days. It's easy to be restricted or even banned by LinkedIn—simply for requesting connections with prospects you don't know.