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Social Selling: How Small Businesses Are Growing Sales

Although this post is sponsored by Microsoft Office, all opinions are my own. Lead generation can be challenging, especially for many small businesses. Unlike large companies with entire teams devoted to generating new leads and sales, such tasks in a small business usually fall on the already time constrained owner or marketing/sales personnel in the company. In many cases, a small business owner must wear all the hats (marketing, production, administration, lead generation, sales etc.) to make their business run. This does not leave a lot of time for lead generation. Yet without new leads and prospects, there can be no new sales. So how can your small business generate new leads efficiently and effectively with the time you have? Using a technique called social selling. What is Social Selling? Social selling refers to using social media platforms and other digital tools, and processes to find and connect with potential prospects to increase sales. Basically, social selling comes down to building relationships with potential prospects. But why should you put your time and effort into using social media to find and connect with prospects? Today, 74% of B2B buyers conduct more than half of their research online before making an offline […]

3-Step LinkedIn Social Selling & Lead Generation Process

Does social selling seem too difficult or time consuming to include as part of your daily routine? Do you need an effective daily lead generation plan that produces results and is designed for your busy schedule? Social selling is just another way of saying lead generation. It is an essential part of every business strategy to find your ideal clients and build a relationship with them, so that when they need what you offer, they will come to you. But why is LinkedIn social selling so important? Because today, a sale is a journey, not an action. Today companies choose who to work with based on who has become part of their buying journey. Your ideal clients are doing independent research and looking for information to help them make an educated choice about how they will spend their money and ultimately they will choose the company/person who has assisted in their buying journey. The good news is that you can find these ideal clients, build a relationship with them and establish yourself as a trusted expert on LinkedIn. Here is a daily LinkedIn social selling plan broken down into three manageable steps to help you effectively and efficiently manage your […]

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 […]

B2B Lead Generation With LinkedIn: 72.8% More Sales For Social Selling Teams

Are you skeptical that social media can be an effective lead and sales generating tool for your company? Many B2B companies aren’t seeing the benefits of social media to generate leads. While social media may be fine for personal use and has been shown to be of benefit in business to consumer markets, it has no place in the B2B business world…or does it? Businesses are owned and run by people. And it is people that make the buying decisions. But can social media really provide a systematically repeatable and measureable increase in leads and sales for your B2B company? This is a valid concern. In fact, according to a report by Gleanster [1], 93% of B2B marketers have ranked “measuring the return on social media campaigns” as their number one challenge with respect to social media marketing. The answer to this question is yes, but only if you do it the correct way. Some of the biggest B2B companies in the world have been using social media successfully for social selling such as ADP, CISCO, IBM and XEROX. In fact, in another report from Gleanster [2], they state that 85% of top performers had indicated that social media is a […]

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