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Sales pipeline grows to $1.45M in 7 months on LinkedIn [Case Study]

Lori Carr didn’t have to think long about the impact that Top Dog Social Media and Melonie Dodaro have had on her sales efforts. “I keep track,” Lori said. “I’ve had 26 conversations with qualified leads, I have $1.45 million in my pipeline, I’ve had four in-person meetings and I’ve closed two deals. In my world, that’s really good stuff in terms of lead generation and I attribute it directly to the consulting I received from Melonie.” Armed with an already-enviable list of brand name clients and a proven track record, Lori, president of Lori Carr & Associates, had come to a point where she knew she needed to ratchet-up her outreach and tell her story to more of the high-level (and hard to reach) senior executives who needed her consulting skills. “I looked around for someone to help me with my LinkedIn strategy and I actually talked to three different people but I ultimately decided on Melonie for two reasons: she was very professional and she immediately understood what I was after in terms of focusing on prospects in large companies,” Lori said. Like many of Top Dog’s clients, Lori described herself as a savvy LinkedIn user before she […]

Social Selling Case Study: Doug Ales of ABB

A 25-year veteran with a large power and automation technology company, ABB, Doug Ales helps people achieve dependable, justifiable, and safe electrical systems. His employer markets their products through a network of electrical wholesale distributors, so not only must Doug compete for his customer’s business, but he must also vie for his distributor’s attention. Using a “solution sales” strategy that was two decades old, Doug wanted to see if social selling could accelerate his growth. The Challenge In Doug’s industry, the local electrical distributor provides the customer’s connection; Doug provides the application experience. By working together, they grow their mutual business. Could social selling help Doug accelerate networking, build relationships, and grow sales? After deciding to give social selling a try, Doug polished his LinkedIn profile and optimized it for specific keywords. He then began posting regular status updates, engaging in LinkedIn Group discussions and growing his network with people who were engaging on social media. However, he soon discovered that the industrial executives that he needed to connect with were mostly inactive on social media. Doug learned how to gauge a person’s activity on LinkedIn and then found that the connections he wanted most usually had a LinkedIn profile […]

Social Selling Case Study: Eric Mitchell Success Story

Eric Mitchell is the head of sales and marketing at Mobitor. Before Eric introduced social selling to the Mobitor sales team, they focused on cold calling and using other old and outdated sales tactics that were not yielding sales.  Challenge While Eric has been using LinkedIn since the platform’s early days, he started in sales using traditional sales methods such as purchasing lists and cold calling. The cold calling in particular he found bothersome, as he felt awkward calling up prospects and starting up a conversation like they were old friends. He called this the carpet bombing approach as he was hitting everyone in a company looking for the right person and hoping that if he contacted enough people in the company that he would eventually get a hit. It was always a challenge finding the right person in the company, rather like finding a needle in a haystack. It all came to a boiling point. He was very frustrated and decided he had had enough of calling a prospect with the “till they buy or die” approach and suffering through sales leaders quoting Boiler Room, Wall Street and Glengarry Glen Ross. He knew there had to be a better […]

Social Selling Case Study: Scott Logan of inContact

Before using social selling, Marketing Campaign Manager Scott Logan and his sales team from inContact used popular lead generation tactics for sales teams. These included sending out regular emails then following up on inbound leads via phone as well as cold calling. The Challenge Over time Scott started to notice that his team’s email efforts were not producing the result they once had. They were increasingly challenged with finding true qualified leads, being able to reach the decision makers, and connecting with decision makers without annoying them. The Solution Scott decided to do some research. He looked at a variety of information that he found online as well as a slideshow called The Evolution of LinkedIn and discovered something called social selling. This piqued his interest. The more research he did, the more he realized the powerful potential of social selling and LinkedIn. Scott knew that he needed to be ahead of the game and get a handle on the concept and process of social selling. He also knew that he had to have a well-documented reporting process showing a clear ROI. Scott created a social selling process from scratch using the results of his research and the AB split […]

Social Selling Case Study: Darrel Griffin of Social4Sales

Darrel Griffin is a Western Australia-based Signage Adviser with over 20 years of experience in B2B sales, predominantly in the UK. Due to the exceptional success of his social selling efforts, he has also launched a consultancy, Social4Sales, aimed at training fellow sales professionals in the art of social selling.  The Challenge Prior to using social selling or LinkedIn, Darrel was selling using a combination of cold calling and email prospecting. With little to no information about the companies he was contacting, he generally found himself resorting to calling the business to get the name and email address of the person he needed to contact from the gatekeeper. In the rare instances where this tactic did pay off, he would email the person and then follow up a few days later. The process required a lot of time and work with a very low to moderate return. Darrel knew he needed to find a better way to prospect for new leads. The Solution Darrel moved to Western Australia with his family in 2012. Starting from scratch and with no professional connections, he decided to immerse himself in social media as a way to build business relationships. He decided to focus […]