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LinkedIn Lead Generation Foundations

If you don’t want to build on sand it’s essential to put the right LinkedIn Lead Generation Foundations in place.

The reasons for this are many, including:

  • avoid being qualified out by potential customers – if your profile and page are weak
  • engage with potential customers who have a look at your profile – whatever the route they found your profile
  • be easy to refer on, by customers, peers, network colleagues and more
  • invest in your profile, market position and network for the long term – you never know when you might need it!

Your daily routine already includes answering the phone, checking email and opening the post. As more buyers use Social Media to find suppliers, and your activities online and offline create interest, many people, including potential clients, will have a look at your LinkedIn profile.

Here’s a quick guide to the LinkedIn Lead Generation foundations that will underpin many if not all of your lead generation, business development and sales activities.

The LinkedIn Social Selling Index

There are mixed views about the SSI, but I’m a strong advocate of its merits at the foundation level.

If you’ve not come across the SSI before, it’s a quick, easy and free online calculation that LinkedIn provides.

Get your SSI Score for Free here

A high score in itself does not guarantee lead generation success, but it’s a very useful progress tracker.

In particular the FOUR areas that make up the Index are of good value, to identify where time and attention should be allocated.

1. Establish your professional brand

Complete your profile with the customer in mind.

For lead generation, be clear who your ideal customer or client is, and especially what their questions, issues and aspirations are.

It can be a time saving and a way to achieve a better result if you work with a specialist to develop your profile.

2. Find the right people

Identify better prospects in less time using efficient search and research tools.

With 500m+ user profiles and 12m+ company pages it’s relatively easy to identify people and companies using Search.

There are ways to accelerate the process, by building a larger network of 1st Connections and using LinkedIn Premium Services for example.

3. Engage with insights

Discover and share conversation-worthy updates to create and grow relationships.

This is an ideal way to raise your profile as a specialist, having first decided what your specialist topic is going to be.

By sharing on-topic content from quality sources that others will Like, Comment on and Share you will stay visible to existing contacts and attract new contacts.

4. Build relationships

Strengthen your network by connecting and establishing trust with decision makers.

Relationships with decision-makers don’t reliably start and develop by chance, although there are always exceptions.

Having a contact plan for decision-makers and other influential people is the way forward to make LinkedIn a reliable source of quality leads and referrals.

The Fortune is in the Follow-up

Maybe your value proposition and message is so compelling that people beat a path to your door, desperate to pay you lots of money for what you do.

More likely they may look at your profile, comment on your articles and updates, or just lurk in the shadows.

Developing a routine to follow-up is the way to avoid missing opportunities that come by.

This primarily means reaching out to people who look at your profile – looking at their profile, and finding a way to make contact.

LinkedIn Lead Generation Foundations short-cuts

If only there was a silver bullet that would magically increase results, increase lead quality and save time.

In truth the best short-cut is in the preparation, specifically in 3 areas:

Identify your Identity

Be clear about your value to prospects, your track record and evidence of delivery

And consider this in 3 parts -Your Personal Brand, Your Products and Services and your Company – even if you’re not responsible for all 3.

Master your Market

Clarity about who your ideal client really is, what they are looking for, when and why.

Who they associate with, look up to, are influenced by, and where they congregate

Be Systematic about Lead Generation

The foundation level is an ongoing activity to regularly use LinkedIn – 3-5 times a week if not daily

 

This is where the SSI really pays off, as it encourages the right activity, although we do need to take action to capture leads by reaching out to people appropriately.

 

LinkedIn Lead Generation Foundations Review

Many people find it helpful to talk through LinkedIn and lead Generation with a specialist. This increases clarity, confidence and results, and saves time in the learning process and in doing the wrong things or even doing the right things badly.

Why not book a review call with me, Mark Stonham, today and let’s talk soon.

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LinkedIn Lead Generation – Essential Strategies for B2B Business Development

If you sell to other businesses and want to increase sales and grow your business you’ll want to find out all about these Seven LinkedIn Lead Generation Strategies.

Using LinkedIn for lead generation, business development, marketing, selling and customer loyalty processes is incredibly beneficial. By connecting with your clients you’re a huge step closer to your next customer.

To grow your business you almost certainly need one or more of these lead generation strategies.

But it’s also easy to waste time in unproductive activity, following the wrong strategy, or failing to execute effectively.

Many business owners, independent consultants and sales professionals use LinkedIn to find new clients. They know LinkedIn isn’t just for job-seekers and recruitment.

These strategies have been developed and refined through the training I’ve developed and delivered over since 2011, and overhauled after the LinkedIn changes early in 2017.

Which of these strategies will create new opportunities and add new clients to your business?

SEVEN LinkedIn Lead Generation Training modules

Which is the best fit for what you need to achieve?

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1. LinkedIn Lead Generation Foundations

This strategy covers using LinkedIn effectively to support online and offline marketing and selling activity.

When buyers are looking for and short-listing potential suppliers it’s important to be found and also to not to be eliminated for lack of presence.

It’s ideal for people starting out or needing a refresher for LinkedIn. This module underpins all other modules, because if this area is weak the other activities will be less effective.

This module reflects the LinkedIn Social Selling Index (SSI) as a solid and measurable foundation on which to build other lead generation campaigns and activities.

  • LinkedIn Introduction / Refresher –  what’s available in LinkedIn, and their value for business development.
  • Navigating around LinkedIn – key areas in LinkedIn and what function is available where (especially in the new UI).
  • Profile – completing the essential areas of your LinkedIn Profile and optimising for skills, keywords and customer focus.
  • Network – finding and connecting with the right mix of people to support lead generation and other goals
  • Content – what to share on a regular basis to build profile, visibility, reputation and trigger conversations.
  • Conversations – how to engage with people on Linkedin and develop sales related conversations.
  • Processes – developing effective routines, systems and using tools for sales productivity.

Takeaway – LinkedIn Foundations Checklist and Activity Planner for daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly activity.

2. Social Prospecting using LinkedIn

This LinkedIn strategy focuses on finding and making contact with new people to build a prospect list at scale.

Most Consultants, Business Owners and Salespeople will need to do this to boost their sales pipeline at some time or another.

It’s about identifying and reaching out to say 100 people, connecting and starting sales conversations with 15-30 of them. Then rinse and repeat with another 100!

  • Search – Smart ways to use LinkedIn Search to find people and companies
  • Engage – 7 ways to reach out to people and contact them
  • Positioning – Profile update tips to improve engagement and conversations
  • Follow-up – Tips for organising and following up contacts and list building

Take-away – LinkedIn Prospecting Campaign Planner

3. Account-based Marketing (ABM) Growing Key Accounts

How to use LinkedIn to go wider and deeper in larger and higher value client and prospect companies.

Opening and growing Key Accounts can create very large rewards, but it takes careful planning to get the strategy right.

It’s about expanding into a major company through LinkedIn, identifying multiple entry points and engaging with purpose. Then rinse and repeat with another major company!

  • Research & Listening – using LinkedIn to build up a comprehensive understanding of major businesses
  • Relationships – getting closer to key people through LinkedIn
  • Account Penetration – gaining introductions to the right people via existing contacts
  • Complex sales – using LinkedIn through an extended sale/purchase cycle to improve win rates.

Take-away – LinkedIn Key Account Planner

4. Advanced Personal Branding through LinkedIn

Raising our profiles and growing our networks by being more active in focused ways creates more enquiries and opportunities to follow-up.

Ideal for Subject Matter Experts (Consultants, Business Owners, Salespeople) with a specialist skill or in a niche.

It’s about attracting buyers and prospects by building authority and visibility, becoming a go-to person in your sector or niche.

Key techniques covered include:

  • Being Distinctive – with Advanced Positioning and Profile techniques
  • Boosting Credibility – building social proof and a powerful network presence
  • Increasing Visibility – Curating, sharing and creating content to develop your specialist positioning.
  • Building Relationships – Joining discussions, starting conversations, generating interest.

Take-away – LinkedIn Personal Branding Planner

5. Developing Referrals through LinkedIn

Word of Mouth, and Word of Mouse, are important sources of business that many people overlook, or could be more structured about.

Whether the referral and partner channel is informal or formal the development techniques are similar, even if the reward structures differ.

This module focuses on tips and techniques to develop an effective referral channel through LinkedIn

  • Identifying – people who could become referral partners, formally or informally
  • Recruiting – How to approach people who you’d like to refer and introduce you
  • Educating  – Making it easy for people to refer you, and reminding them regularly
  • Rewarding – Identifying, offering and delivering appropriate rewards to referrers.

Take-away – LinkedIn Referral Campaign Planner

6. Article and content-based lead generation

Writing Blog posts and Articles is not only good for credibility but, with the right structure, promotion and distribution can also be great for lead generation.

A good lead generation article will engage the emotions of the reader, provide learning and rational proof, and lead them towards wanting to take action.

This module focuses on using Articles on your LinkedIn Personal Profile for Lead Generation

  • How to design the Customer Journey to increase lead generation through your profile.
  • Key elements to include in your Lead Generation Article
  • How to promote your article to increase views
  • The Call to Action and your response – What to offer beyond the article.

Take-away – LinkedIn Article based Campaign Planner

7. Using your LinkedIn Company Page to generate leads

For those in a position to create and develop a LinkedIn Company Page there are several ways to use it to generate leads and enquiries.

This LinkedIn Training module focuses on using the LinkedIn Company Page to generate leads

  • Company Page optimisation – for keywords, call to action etc.
  • Status Updates and sharing of news and educational content
  • Sponsoring Updates and how to use them effectively
  • How to get more Followers – ways to organically grow the number of page followers
  • Ways to increase engagement – encouraging people to like, comment and share your content
  • How to generate leads through the Company Page – different lead generation techniques

Take-away – LinkedIn Company Page Promotion and Campaign Planner

Hopefully at least one of those will be relevant and attractive to you.

Which LinkedIn Lead Generation Strategy is top of your priority list?

If you’re not sure (and it’s a difficult choice to make) let’s have a chat.

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Social Selling Matrix – the Business Development Blueprint for Consultants

Many people have an official or unofficial role as a consultant.

They are Trusted Advisors who make recommendations based on their knowledge and assessment of a particular situation.

Medical Consultants are a great example. They assess complex situations. They also educate and advise their less experienced colleagues.

In Business most disciplines and functions have people in consultant roles, going through a similar work pattern.

– Business Consultants
– Management Consultants
– Sales Consultants
– Marketing Consultants
– IT Consultants
– HR Consultants
– Technical Consultants
– Legal Consultants
– and so on

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 Trust is Critical

Successful Consultants are Trusted in their area of expertise. The advice the provide has significant implications on the recipient.

In a medical context it may be the difference between life and death, with huge implications on the patient and their loved ones.

In business it may be the difference between growth and profit of the client, or missed opportunities, liability, fines, or worse.

Reputation is Key

As a patient or client we probably don’t know enough to judge whether one consultant is better than another.

So we rely on third parties to verify and validate the consultant credentials.

Have they passed relevant exams? Are the respected by their peers? Who are their clients? What results have they achieved?

Multiple Clients

Senior advisors within an organisation will have established channels through which they gain opportunities to add value.

Independent Consultants need to gain multiple and regular opportunities to contribute – to have a bank of clients who seek them out.

The Hybrid Network – Off-line and On-line

The rise of the Internet, websites, search, social media and more has extended the options to develop a network considerable.

While the principles of attracting clients and finding new customers still apply there are far more choices that can be used.

At Wurlwind we’ve developed an end-to-end, joined up, full-cycle approach to business development for Consultants.

This reflects the subtle and significant ways BUYING IS CHANGING

And in response Marketing, Sales and Business Development is CHANGING TOO.

It is the Internet and access to information and the ability to publish that lies behind this disruptive change.

And in the Business to Business (B2B) market it is the LinkedIn platform, network and community that is providing a means for independent consultants to respond.

Why we developed the Social Selling Matrix for Consultants

To help consultants to understand, plan and implement changes at strategic, operational and tactical levels we’ve developed the Social Selling Matrix.

The Matrix is grounded in 30 years B2B sales experience plus deep understanding of LinkedIn and participation in the evolution of Social Selling.

There are 10 elements to the Social Selling Matrix which encompass all the areas of business development that are essential.

Each of the following 10 pages introduces that section or topic.

The top of each page provides highlights and quick actionable tips – with the lower part providing additional tips if that’s where you want to drill down.

The Social Selling Matrix sections:

To put the sections into a logical sequence for someone approaching this for the first time:

1. Goals and Objectives

Four Foundations
2. Ideal Client
3. Value Proposition(s)
4. Personal Brand and Profile
5. Company Brand and Page

Three Stages of the Sales Funnel
6. Attracting and Finding Clients
7. Gaining Agreement
8. Nurturing Clients and partners

Supporting Resources
9. Content
10. Technology – Apps and Tools

Where’s the payback?

There are some quick win highlighted throughout the matrix. The Worksheets and Toolkits are the way into these.

The main payback is a change of mindset, culture, sales operations and resources.

This is a journey. And it may take 3-6 months for people to make appreciable progress.

Do you want to Develop your Consulting Practice and Win more Clients?

If so – Click here to Start Your Journey into Social Selling with me, Mark Stonham, Founder of Wurlwind.

 

Or, if you’d like a chat first, send an email to me, Mark Stonham at mark@wurlwind.co.uk, and I’ll be in touch asap.

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Customer Appreciation pays dividends

Wurlwind Social Selling - Customer Appreciation

Quick Tips:

1. There are many ways to show appreciation in public to customers through LinkedIn. Liking, commenting and sharing their content is one way, giving them endorsements and testimonials is another.  and other Social Media. Introducing them to other people pro-actively is a third.

2. Connecting with your Customer and /or Clients on LinkedIn should be a high priority.  Make it a priority to connect with all your current and historical customers, as well as colleagues and ex-colleagues, business partners and others you know offline.

Explanation:

1. Customers are a source of renewals and repeat business, case studies and reference calls, referrals and introductions. Showing appreciation, directly to them, and visibly to others, is a fantastic way to staying front-of-mind. Find reasons to thank your customers in many ways so they really know that you appreciate their business, and them as individuals. Visible appreciation through LinkedIn and other Social Media has huge power, as it shows that you are generous, and people are more likely to offer help, or respond positively if you ask.

2. LinkedIn is quite good at prompting and suggesting ‘People you might know’. Being pro-active, by going through your previous address books, your phone, email list, CRM, will build a powerful foundation network from which to grow. If you work in a sales team and with company colleagues you get extra leverage by connecting with them and then their contacts are 2nd level contacts for you. You should only need to do this catch-up once in your career, so why not do it now, rather than later.

Recommended Action:

Schedule time to go through your historical contacts and invite them to Connect on LinkedIn.

Additional Customer Appreciation Resources

To be added

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LinkedIn Ladder – how well are you Connecting LinkedIn with Sales?

LinkedIn Roadmap to Social Selling from Wurlwind

From the LinkedIn briefings and training courses I run it’s amazing how little most people know about what can be achieved through LinkedIn.

For some people, a little is sufficient. For others they can really benefit from using the full range of LinkedIn capability.

However, there isn’t some magic switch, and to access the full range means building progressively through successive levels.

I’ve developed the LinkedIn Ladder or Roadmap graphic below to help people like you to identify where you are now, where you could aim for, the benefits obtainable at each level, and the behaviour that goes with it.

The LinkedIn Ladder (or Roadmap) helps you to Connect LinkedIn with Sales

There are essentially THREE elements that the Ladder considers:

  • Your LinkedIn Profile and Personal Brand
  • Your network of connections and how you build relationships
  • How you leverage your profile and network to attract, find and create new sales conversations.

I hope it provides some clarity and helps you to see how you can improve the way you use LinkedIn and optimise your efforts by:

  • Assessing where you and your team are now, based on your LinkedIn personal profiles, contact networks and LinkedIn activity
  • Identifying which level you’d like to get to, based on your role, and the outcomes you seek, your customer relationships and your sales goals
  • Helping you to plan the steps you need to take, and the progress you need to make, and the time needed to make and sustain those steps
  • Providing a means to monitor and review progress of you and your team, and identify potential improvements.

If you’d like to discuss this please do get in touch with me, Mark Stonham at Wurlwind.

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The FIVE levels on the Wurlwind LinkedIn Ladder

There is actually a sixth level, the first being people who haven’t yet registered with LinkedIn, but for those who have here’s a quick tour guide.

As you read through, consider where you are, and also where your team members and colleagues are, and where you would like to get to.

Level 1 – Basic LinkedIn Profile – potentially damaging for lead generation and sales

A high percentage of LinkedIn profiles are still at this stage. The LinkedIn account was created and the current role was added. Maybe there were good intentions to return to add more details. But for whatever reason the profile has been neglected. On the one hand there are missed opportunities for business owners and professionals at this level. On the other hand a neglected profile might well have a detrimental and negative impact, on you, and on the company you work for. It’s surprising how little it takes to be passed over and not contacted, if for example you’re trying to call prospects and you want them to return your call.

Level 2 – Professional LinkedIn Profile – eg. for Account Managers & Fee Earning Specialists

Adding a good photo, updating all the contact details, completing details about each work position, education etc. makes the profile look much more professional. This might take a couple of hours, so is something that can be done in an evening or over the weekend. This is perhaps equivalent of having your CV online. Activity at this level is about connecting with the people you already know offline, with colleagues, customers, business partners who you deal with regularly. If you’re an account manager with no new-business responsibility this level may be adequate, for now. Connect with your customers and keep in touch regularly offline and online, and share valuable content with them.

Level 3 – Engaging LinkedIn Profile – eg. for New Business Sales and Consultants and Business Owners

Getting to level 3 takes more thought, but pays greater dividends. It’s about shifting your focus from ‘About me’ to ‘About the value I deliver’.  It’s about starting to show your knowledge of and experience in your customers markets. Let me illustrate the difference. Profiles of sales people I review are frequently focused on results achieved for their employer – how they hit targets, over-achieved and so on. That has little value for customers and prospects. It might even be harmful when trying to secure a meeting. Including examples of problems solved, benefits delivered and impacts made on previous customers businesses has far more impact. It shows your expertise and that you have value to offer, in exchange for time with a prospect. It also helps them realise they will need to spend less time bringing you up to speed with their sector and their business.

You’ll find tips to help you think about your personal brand and profile here.

If your role is new business then this should be the minimum level to aim at. By including and optimising keywords in your profile you are more likely to be found by prospects. By including benefits delivered you are more likely to win some time with key people, for example for that initial phone call. You’re also in a stronger position to connect with people through LinkedIn discussion groups and use that as a lead generation opportunity, to start conversations with people who could become customers or introducers.

Level 4 – Social LinkedIn Profile – eg. for Business Owners developing Business by Referral

This refers to being socially engaged – in a professional sense. It’s equivalent to finding common ground with people in person through your respective backgrounds, life experiences, even hobbies and interests. It’s a way to move beyond the formality, and build emotional connections through shared interests, values, concerns etc. If you took a client out for a drink what sort of mix of topics would you discuss? What part of your life would you also feel comfortable chatting about? In moderation, that side exists on social media and even in LinkedIn. However, moving swiftly and seamlessly through to sales conversations is essential. One technique is to mentioning 3-5 trigger events that previous prospects were going through that led to them becoming a customer.

Having developed an engaging profile, and a larger network, it’s worth committing time to reap the benefits. Keeping on-top of who’s viewing your profile, emails, invites, and notifications from discussions you’re part of is pretty essential.  Groups can be a rich source of new sales conversations, so it’s worth investing time in them. Using LinkedIn as a social prospecting system does take time commitment, of perhaps an hour a day, but for new business with high value clients this can be a lot more effective than alternatives. If you attend business network meetings you’ll know it’s useful to take a referral strategy, seeing who people can introduce you to, rather than trying to sell directly to the room. This approach on LinkedIn is very effective too, as you are develop work of mouth marketing and lead generation.

How to create a Success Community

If you run or work for a larger business, consider the benefit if your head of customer services or your delivery team were operating at this Social level, individually, or through your LinkedIn Company Page or your own discussion group.

Their ability to identify and share tips on how to use your product better, how to implement and get to the value and payback more quickly and to answer questions in public will pay huge dividends. The content shared here will be valuable to many people such as:

  • to your sales team directly, keeping them up-to-date with news and stories to share in phone conversations, meetings and presentations
  • for them to share with customers and prospects online, either by Liking and Commenting, or by sending specific links to individual contacts
  • for your referral circle, introducers, channel partners and of course your customers, keeping you front-of mind again with stories and tips to share
  • and of course to your customers, to keep them engaged with what you are doing and how to gain more benefit
  • and then your prospects, who will see not just the information and engagement but also the success community that you have created.

Getting to this level will take some planning, change, investment and time. However, do you think it could really accelerate your marketing and sales?

Check out the Wurlwind Social Selling Framework for an outline of a structured approach to achieve this.

Level 5 – LinkedIn Influencer Profile – eg. for CEOs, MDs and Senior Solution Specialists

This level is more applicable for business owners and sales directors, rather than members of a sales team. It does take a certain mindset, methodology and commitment to become a thought-leader, to provide insight and educational content, and to be very publicly visible. Being geared up to handle inquiries in volume and being able to deliver in scale means that the resource commitment to LinkedIn and other social media and lead generation activity can be translated into significantly greater revenue for you, your team and your business.

There is also a benefit in developing what I call a community mindset and co-operation culture, where customers, partners, staff in other departments etc. contribute to creating and sharing content. For example, it might be customers or customer services who are adding hints and tips about how to get the most from your product to your LinkedIn Company Page or discussion group.

With the right proposition, community and content the percentage of inbound leads should increase handsomely, and allow outbound lead generation to diminish. Progressing prospects through the sales funnel is still necessary, although having structured customer journeys in place, using tools such as marketing automation, can result in a steady stream of well qualified warm leads.

LinkedIn Ladder – and the benefits of moving towards Social Selling

LinkedIn is creating opportunities for sales leaders and business owners to move their marketing and sales to another level.

If you’re wondering whether time spent using LinkedIn is worthwhile, or whether training is a good investment, these are the benefits to weigh-up.

  • Increasing reach – for vendors (and buyers) to engage in business outside their traditional geographic area
  • Increasing choice – to find customers (or suppliers) who might not previously have been considered
  • Moving towards ‘perfect knowledge’ – being able to research businesses far more thoroughly than before
  • Reducing risk – being able to verify the track record of individuals and businesses in ways that were not previously possible
  • Reducing time –  for those who want to, they can move more quickly, and reduce the elapsed time from need to solution

Meanwhile there are organisations who are changing their approach to Marketing and Sales in ways outlined here, in order to become much more competitive.

If you’d like further guidance to help you plan your LinkedIn journey and Connect LinkedIn with Sales then please get in touch with me, Mark Stonham, and let’s start a conversation.

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Social Selling Training – Foundation Course

Social Selling Foundation TrainingDeveloping new and stronger relationships with buyers using Social Networks (particularly LinkedIn) is the heart of Social Selling.

If you run a business or a sales team and you want to get yourself and your team up to speed with Social Selling then this half-day course is designed for you.

You and your team will learn how Social Selling can help you to create more sales opportunities and win more sales, and how to go about it.

This course covers specific Social Selling strategies, techniques and tactics to find and build stronger sales relationships, generate leads and referrals and increase customer loyalty and advocacy.

Target Audience:

The half-day course is designed to be run in-house on client premises with 4-6 attendees from one company.

It is ideal for a team comprising the business owners and/or sales director, sales professionals and marketing support people.

Social Selling Training Course Objectives and Outcomes

The benefits to individual attendees are:

  • clarity about why and how to develop your individual Social Selling approach.
  • how to find and use resources from elsewhere to increase your value add to clients and prospects.

The benefits to the company are:

  • clarity about how to develop Social Selling as a team to increase sales.
  • identification of new campaigns for lead generation and customer appreciation.
  • what support to provide to sales professionals to enhance their productivity and effectiveness.

Social Selling Training Foundation – Topics covered:

Introduction to Social Selling – the new Relationship Selling model

  • What is Social Selling, and why it has evolved in response to changing buyer behaviour.
  • Who are the pioneers of Social Selling and what results have they achieved so far.
  • The three pillars of successful Social Selling

Personal Branding for Sales

  • Why your expertise and customer value proposition matters.
  • Beyond a Professional LinkedIn Profile – how to make it engaging.
  • The value of keywords so you get found by potential buyers.
  • Trigger events and how to engage with potential customers.
  • Social Proof that makes you a peer of your target contact.
  • Strategies to develop your Personal Brand in LinkedIn.
  • The value of being a Sales Challenger.

Making Connections and building sales relationships

  • Why your network matters – and how to build strong foundations.
  • Why the networks of your colleagues matter too, and how to leverage them.
  • How to organise your contacts in LinkedIn using TAGs, and how to use them.
  • Search strategies to find people and how to engage and make new connections.
  • Finding Companies and strategies to drill down to find useful connections.
  • Strategies to leverage LinkedIn Groups to build a lead list and engage.
  • How to find shared interests and topics in order to start conversations with people.
  • How to use LinkedIn to prepare for Meetings, Presentations and Proposals.
  • How to keep top-of-mind with your LinkedIn connections.
  • How to develop a referral network for introductions.
  • Ways to ‘pay it forward’ with prospects and introducers.
  • How to leverage third party content sources.
  • How to leverage content created by your company.

Social Selling Support Resources to you’ll find useful

  • Your LinkedIn Company Page.
  • Thought Leadership Content to support Campaigns.
  • Apps and Tools for social productivity and insight  eg. Hootsuite
  • Apps and Tools for the Sales Funnel  eg. CRM, Email Marketing, Website etc.

Course Pre-requisites

  • Sales professionals attending this course should already be familiar with the LinkedIn Foundation course topics.
  • Senior managers and marketing support should be familiar with LinkedIn.

NB. This course covers intermediate and advanced sales strategies using LinkedIn and other Social Networks. Some preparatory work may be appropriate to get some people up to a level where they and the team can cover the topics at speed. Alternatively the course content can be customised and covered over a number of sessions.

Course Costs

The Social Selling Training Foundation Course for up to 6 attendees is £595.

*This includes a brief review of the LinkedIn profiles of attendees, the LinkedIn Company Page and Website Resources.

**Additional costs for travel, room hire and customisation may apply.

 

Our Social Selling Review and Action Plan is strongly recommended as a pre-requisite in order to tailor the content accordingly.

Our LinkedIn Profile Rewrite Service is strongly recommended for senior people to provide a strong example and sales leadership for the team.

 

How to arrange a Social Selling Foundation Course

If you would like further information or to discuss specific LinkedIn Training needs please contact me, Mark Stonham, and let’s schedule a call.

LinkedIn Success Stories

LinkedIn Success Stories Wurlwind #LinkedWinWe know it’s always interesting, insightful and valuable to find out about other people and companies who are using LinkedIn. As we find LinkedIn Success Stories that we feel are valuable we’ll add them here.   If you find something that you feel would be worth sharing please let us know.

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Social Selling – evolution or revolution?

Social Selling ImageSocial Selling has become one of those phrases that generates some pretty strong reactions:

  • It’s a new band-wagon for people in the sales training and sales solutions market to latch on to – (guilty)
  • It’s an evolution in the sales approach, based on strategies and techniques to incorporate social media information and channels into selling activity.
  • It’s dismissed with some vigour by people who think it’s just a fad and it will some disappear without trace and business will continue as usual.

Social Selling evolution

Over the last 4 years I’ve seen a rapid evolution that i trace through to Social Selling

  1. First there was Social Media – pure form teenage craze to share social news – the origins of Facebook.
  2. The development of Social Media for Business
  3. The departmentalisation of Social Media for Business into various forms:
  • Social Media for Sales – effectively Social Selling
  • Social Media for Marketing
  • Social Media for PR
  • Social Media for Research
  • and so on.

Social Selling maturity

As the social media march matures so I anticipate social selling will settle down too.

Social Selling will be a subset of sales and marketing. Social selling will become part of lead generation, customer acquisition and customer retention programs.

It will become part of direct sales, field sales, channel sales, and particularly inside sales.

 

Social selling does not exist in isolation

In the same way we use face to face meetings, online meetings. the telephone, email and more, so we will use Social Selling alongside email marketing, the website and more.

It will work alongside and support events and activities such as trade events, lead generation, product launches and more.

I had many opportunities to raise awareness and educate business owners, consultants, business leaders and sales teams about Social Selling.

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