How ADP Is Netting Big Leads With Twitter and LinkedIn
Business process outsourcing (BPO) provider ADP is leading the way in creating leads and sales with social media prospecting. ADP's sales force is using social media to discover and then solve prospects' problems in ways that break down barriers and bypass those doggone gate-keepers. Once they've broken though the noise sales people are quickly moving the discussion off of social media DIS-engaging. Here's how they're doing it and how you can do the same.
ADP's sales staff is getting more first-time meetings, more often, by giving prospects distinct reasons to invite them in for a presentation. They're proving themselves as being worthy of consideration by giving prospects a high degree of confidence in their ability to offer value.
Breaking Through Barriers with LinkedIn and Twitter
Doug Plourd is a major accounts sales executive at ADP who is successfully using LinkedIn for business leads. Yes, his approach uses a relatively new social platform (LinkedIn) to research key decision makers but how Plourd is netting leads and accounts isn't new at all.
He also is using Twitter—another relatively new social platform. Yet, again, the reason Twitter is so effective at generating new business leads for him is not technical nor new.
Plourd is using relatively new, "social" tools in combination with a very old, effective idea.
Solving problems for customers.
In the above 2 minute video you'll hear how Mr. Plourd is gaining access to key decision influencers and decision makers by:
1. Listening for his prospect to express a pain he could remedy (or a scratch he can itch)
2. Acting—actually proving that he can provide relief to the prospect; thus, transferring confidence to him/her
3. Asking for the appointment (the opportunity to demonstrate his ability to eliminate other, related business pains)
Jeff Molander is the authority on making social media sell. He co-founded the Google Affiliate Network in 1999, and has been selling for 18 years. Jeff is adjunct digital marketing faculty at Loyola University’s business school, a social sales trainer and author of the first social selling book, Off the Hook Marketing: How to Make Social Media Sell for You. Most social selling trainers teach the value of engaging customers and providing relevant content. Then they demonstrate the technology. But no one tells you exactly how to produce leads and sales—using a proven, systematic approach to content. Until now.