The mission of the Social Selling 2.0 podcast is to provide details and insights related to the strategies, techniques and technologies that will enable you to become fluent with proven Social Selling strategies and techniques and to help you and your company transition to a successful Social Selling organization. Why does this matter? Traditional sales, marketing and lead generation techniques have become obsolete. Buyers, not salespeople, are in control of the buying process and have become less and less tolerant of cold calls, email marketing, and hard pressure sales tactics. The modern world of sales and marketing revolves around building relationships with your prospects and buyers with the goal of creating demand and building trust. The backbone of these new sales and marketing strategies is what is referred to as Social Selling. Specifically, Social Selling is defined as “Strategies, techniques and technologies that leverage social and digital channels to create strong demand and develop strong relationships with prospects, partners and customers that ultimately lead to business related transactions''. The successful implementation of Social Selling will help you and your team have more visibility in the marketplace, become a trusted advisor with your prospects and customers, accelerate the growth of your pipeline and revenue, and attract top talent and become the employer of choice in your market and industry.
SS 2.0 #59 - How to Succeed in the Face of Change and Uncertainty
In this episode, Tom, Brandon, and Carson engage in a comprehensive discussion to provide insights and strategies aimed at transforming uncertainties into viable opportunities. The conversation delves into interpreting the impacts of global events, the intricacies of technological advancements, and the dynamics of economic shifts. A thorough exploration is conducted to underscore the significance of adopting a customer-centric approach and making informed decisions based on data analysis.
Further, the episode explores the varied effects of uncertainty across different generations and their respective approaches to work. It highlights the significant impact of technology on communication practices and team dynamics, alongside the evolving nature of the buyer journey. The importance of staying informed, adapting rapidly to emerging priorities, and cultivating resilience in the face of change is emphasized. Additionally, innovative concepts such as Social Selling 2.0 are examined, showcasing strategies like live shows and personal branding to enhance customer comfort and knowledge.
The discussion extends to strategies for forging robust relationships, developing effective methodologies, and comprehending the buyer's viewpoint to mitigate risks in their decision-making process. Practical advice is shared on planning a successful sales year, which includes analyzing past performance, focusing on high-value activities, and setting achievable goals. The concept of "intelligent hustling" is introduced, highlighting its critical role in achieving sales success in the contemporary B2B market. Join us for an insightful journey into the dynamic and unpredictable realm of B2B sales.
SS 2.0 - #58: Social Selling Simplified with Special Guest Mike Weinberg
In this episode we welcome best-selling author Mike Weinberg! As a top performer in sales, Mike has embarked on a journey from being a stellar salesperson to a triumphant sales management culture leader. His ride, filled with trials, triumphs and a treasure trove of insights, not only makes for an engaging tale but offers a wealth of wisdom on the importance of sales management and the challenges that come with its transition.
We traverse into the details of Mike's latest book and explore the process behind its creation and the impact it's making. Furthermore, Mike shares his expertise on the necessity of traditional sales principles and the importance of rewarding salespeople who bring new business.
In addition, Mike shares his candid thoughts on how social selling has found its place in mainstream sales, emphasizing the importance of offering value and building relationships. He also underscores the significance of using social as a channel effectively and strategically.
Finally, Mike guides us through the essentials of sales management, highlighting the importance of customer-centric sales approaches and spends time discussing the shift from forecast to pipeline. Don't miss an unforgettable episode filled with expert advice, valuable insights, and a bit of humor.
SS20 - #57: A Playbook for Setting Your Income and Owning Your Life with Kristie Jones
This week, we are privileged to welcome Kristie Jones, a distinguished expert in sales leadership, to share her remarkable journey from a career in retail to becoming an authority in sales leadership. We will explore Kristie's transition from a traditional corporate setting to a dynamic startup environment, highlighting her experiences in evolving from physical media distribution to digital e-learning platforms, and her progression from standard sales procedures to fostering meaningful client relationships.
Our discussion will encompass the evolving dynamics of the SaaS industry and social media, focusing on Kristie's successful strategies in building a vibrant social community and the critical importance of incorporating a personal approach in sales. Kristie will provide valuable insights into the synergistic relationship between marketing and sales, and discuss the vital role of artificial intelligence in enhancing both personal and professional efficiency.
Additionally, we will delve into the crucial aspect of establishing genuine connections with clients. Kristie will share her perspective on the effectiveness of tailored sales strategies, and the importance of data-driven decision-making, emphasizing the necessity of transcending mediocrity to achieve excellence. We conclude with Kristie's enlightening views on career transitions and the importance of self-awareness in realizing one's fullest potential. Join us for a thought-provoking and informative session that is set to significantly elevate your approach to sales.
SS20 - #55: How to use AI to augment and automate B2B Sales with Jeff Winter
Join us as we sit down with industry leader Jeff Winter, who transformed from an average LinkedIn user to a thought trailblazer in just two and a half years. Alongside Jeff, we welcome the return of Carson Heady, who updates us on his new role at Microsoft for Tech for Social Impact, and the noble pursuit of building a social selling engine for the global good.
Just imagine the possibilities when personal branding and content creation merge. Jeff gives us a crash course in authentic storytelling and shares how his personal brand has supercharged his company's visibility. But we're not just talking LinkedIn strategies - we delve into the powerful world of AI, examining how it's revolutionizing everything from lead prioritization to recruitment. And, if you're worried about automation taking over, Jeff shares his firsthand experiences of how AI can enhance and augment our creative efforts, rather than replace them.
In our final act, we go full circle, returning to the power of LinkedIn as a tool for personal brand building and sales. Jeff lets us into his tricks of the trade on how to utilize AI technologies, like ChatGPT, to increase visibility. This is not just an episode; it's a masterclass in building your brand, engaging your audience and harnessing the untapped potential of AI. So, why wait? Tune in and let us guide you into the exciting future of B2B sales.
SS2.0 - #54: How to Dominate the Newsfeed with Social Selling and Digital Marketing
Ever wondered why traditional cold outreach no longer gives desired results? Discover how capturing your audience's attention has drastically changed in today's digital age, as we move from not just capturing demand but creating it. With only 3-5% of ideal prospects actively looking to buy, we share innovative ways of getting in front of prospects early in their buying cycle, even before they're ready to make a purchase.
Turning your social media platforms from just a networking site to a powerful tool for amplifying your content and building brand awareness is no easy feat. Listen in as we discuss leveraging social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok to reach more prospects than ever before. We also explore the use of tools like Restream and Buzzsprout to create efficient, engaging content that can be shared across these channels. We shed light on the critical role of personal branding in social selling and how thought leadership can control or influence your reputation in the market.
Prepping for an event? We've got you covered! Unearth the secrets of maximizing event ROI through strategic pre-show planning, creating an engaging presence, and boosting your brand's reputation. Furthermore, we chat about the power of having the senior leadership active on LinkedIn, and how live events can accelerate business results. Get ready to dominate the digital space with your personal brand, thought leadership, and content. So, tune in, take notes, and revolutionize your B2B sales strategy!
SS 2.0 - #53: Advancing the Buyer Journey Through Videos and Events with Morgan J. Ingram
Join us as we chat with Morgan J Ingram, an expert in advancing the buyer journey through innovative techniques such as videos and events. Morgan shares his valuable insights on how documentation can be key in making your brand stand out and stay top of mind with potential buyers.
Morgan emphasizes the synergy between sales and marketing, and how the two can join forces to make the most out of events and reach potential customers. We also uncover the significance of educating buyers, creating demand, and the role of podcasts, videos, and live shows in establishing trust.
In our wrap-up, we explore the concept of community building within sales and marketing, and how virtual environments can be a game changer. How can you offer value and be a reliable source of information? It's not just about giving out swag, but about supplementing marketing messages with structured sales pitches. Lastly, we fast forward into the future, discussing how compelling events and understanding the buyer's journey will become crucial in enhancing the buyer's journey by 2024. Tune in to glean insights from Morgan's wealth of experience in B2B sales strategies and social selling!
Great People, Great Topics
I just recently started listening to this podcast and it has quickly become one of my favorites.
They are constantly bringing in rockstars in the Sales arena and they are discussing topics that are not only for newbies but also for experts.
Thank you Tom, Brandon, and Carson for giving your listeners some amazing content to sharpen their skills!