Monday, November 24, 2008

S&MM SoundOff: A Tool to Help with Reference Selling

Unless your sales method provides processes, tools, training, and measurements for leveraging existing customers as references, you are probably leaving money on the table. ...

One way savvy salespeople can leverage referrals is through the online service, a business networking site. This company provides an invaluable tool to many of their 6.8 million members.

... Your reps can learn where their targeted prospect worked before and with whom. The rep can then see whether the target connects with anyone in his or her business or personal network. There may be people within your company with connections to the target executive.

LinkedIn shows you those connections. The site eases the rep's pitching duties and is less intrusive for the prospect. It makes getting in contact much easier from the rep's point of view and much more acceptable for the prospect. LinkedIn is one technology helping salespeople sell more effectively.

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Posted by dsteinSMM in Business Technology, Marketing Strategy, Sales Strategy Permalink

S&MM SoundOff: A Tool to Help with Reference Selling

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