Category Archives: Sales & Business Development

Building new relationship, sales opportunities, and overall topics on business development.

Proposal Writing A to Z

Proposal writing is what makes your breaks your larger business to business sales. Are you able to convey your message in a persuasive way so that you land the sale.

In business to business selling there is a more formalized process of how the organization buys. Often there are;
– more than one person helping to make the decision
– other large organizations that are bidding for the business
– specific criteria that aids the organization in selecting how to proceed
– a process to be followed
– a huge amount of business to walk away with

To write and win this business, there is a different way to frame your message. Learn how to land this bigger business by following the right steps.

Contact The Expert

The Small Business Solver Team
info@smallbusinesssolver.com

Revenue Generation

Increasing our small business revenue generation is something that most entrepreneurs are concerned with. In this video we learn why all entrepreneurs need to make it the top priority and we walk through the 4 main things that we need to focus on to help our revenue grow.
 
1. Number of leads
2. Improve conversion rates
3. Increase the price of the average sale
4. Increase the number of sales per period
 
Plus we walk through all of the tools we have at our fingertips to help improve these 4 areas. Watch it now!
 

 
Contact the Expert
 
Gary Brown
FocalPoint Coaching
gbrown@focalpointcoaching.com
 
 

The Secret To Getting More Sales

The Secrete to Getting More Sales is all about following these 7 keys steps:
 
1. Do pre-contact research
2. Tell better stories
3. Ask better questions
4. Get commitment
5. Get broader agreement
6. Influence the influencers
7. Justify the cost
 
Great 35-minute video that will make a huge difference in how you look at sales!
 

 
Contact the Expert
 
Adrian Davis
adavis@whetstoneinc.ca
 

Cold Calling Basics (Part 2)

Cold calling is the most effective way to get new business to business prospects aware of what you are doing. But most small business owners and people in general dread the idea of picking up the phone.

Learn the more advanced tips of how to cold call with specific attention of what to actually say on the phone and what to do after that first phone call.

The tips that will be covered are;

1. Show them the money.
2. Minimize their commitment.
3. Maximize your credibility.
4. Appointment setting and closing.
5. Get a ‘no’ from them ‘yes’ man.
6. Have a goal.
7. Keep it simple.
8. First impressions on the phone.
9. Follow up tips.
10. Keep up your momentum.

Contact The Expert
Carla Langhorst
Carla@smallbusinesssolver.com

Like the Slides? Cold calling basics-part 2

Cold Calling Basics (Part 1)

Cold calling is the most cost effective way to develop new leads for a small business owner selling business to business (B2B) or business to government (B2G). Even with all social media options, search engine optimization, and so many other marketing tools available to a small business owner – cold calling and telemarketing still wins out.

 

Unfortunately it is also the most hated way to get business. People are often scared of even picking up the phone for the first call. But if it is the most cost effective way to get new business, it is important to learn how to improve your odds.

 

The top 10 tips that are covered are;
– how to be a human rather than a robot when telemarketing
– when in doubt, put yourself in your customer’s shoes
– why honesty is truly the best policy
– how to keep your energy and optimism up
– when to call your target prospect
– how often to call your target prospect
– what makes a bad lead list and what are the red flags that your lead list stinks
– what information should you be keeping and tracking about your customers?
– should you be scared of gatekeepers and tactics to get to the person you want

 

 

Expert Contact Information

Carla Langhorst
Carla@smallbusinesssolver.com

 

Like the PowerPoint? cold calling basics

 

Marketing Automation for Small Business

When we think marketing we often think advertising. But with business becoming more of a science, there are now marketing software out there that can help grow your business.
 
Obviously technology is more than just social media and your computer, and this is your opportunity to understand what some of those tools are that could help your business.
 
Marketing automation is one of the newest techniques out there. And it is becoming increasingly important as by 2020 it is estimated that 85% of a company’s customer interactions will be automated and through technology. This means that these marketing automation best practices are only going to become more important.
 
The 10 Commandments of Marketing Automation
 
1. Be 100% customer focused. What are your customers pain points?
2. Be pressure free. Gone are the days of the pushy sales person.
3. Support the internal sale. Remember that you are working with more than the decider when you are selling. There are influencers and other stakeholders you need to communicate with.
4. Marketing automation is part of your integrated inbound marketing strategy.
5. Drive repeat purchases. Keep them engaged!
6. Content driven. Have relevant new content to keep them interested.
7. It must be multi channel. Not everyone uses one communication channels. There are many and they are growing!
8. Reflect interest, not just action. Interest is important too!
9. Accessible no matter how someone is accessing the information.
10. Cross platform. The new normal is using different devices.
 
Find out more and what software is available through the video!
 

 
Contact the Expert
 
Andrea Orozco
andrea@think-kik.com
 

eCommerce 101

Ecommerce is more than the future – it is today!

It is currently a $600 billion dollar industry in Canada and the United States, with over 630 million active websites. Plus it is still growing at a massive rate of 47% annually over the last 12 years.

iDeal Advisor presents this topic with the idea of focusing on conversion rates, reducing abandonment rates, and increasing the value of your website through traffic and revenue. Throughout the video, topics are covered to help you with these three goals.

First it covers that a good landing page is critical. It needs to have;

1. Your logo, images, and branding
2. You need great copy and design pieces.
3. You need a headline that is catchy and simple.
4. A brief body of copy that is succinct and clear.
5. Testimonials.
6. A call to action. What do you want the visitor coming to your site to DO.

Second there is the new SEO (search engine optimization)

1. fresh content
2. social media
3. media releases

You can’t improve what you can’t measure. So make sure that you are using Google Analytics to understand your unique visitors, abandon rates, and conversion rates.

And finally, you need a way to nurture the leads. How do you get conversion from returning visitors or individuals who left your site.

Contact The Expert

The subject matter expert is Craig Hunt, the President of iDeal Advisor.
email: craigh@idealadvisor.com

www.idealadvisor.com

If you like this video, check out Simple Website Best Practices.

Sales Storytelling

Think about the excitement you felt when you first thought about running your own business. Did you dream of financial freedom? More time with your family? Travel to exotic places?
 
Where has all the excitement gone? Many small business owners experience incredible stress, time pressures and little personal time with loved ones. They realize that their business will collapse if they are absent from it. What started out as a dream has now become a cage.
 
The transition from a business that is a burden to a business that enables you to have the lifestyle that you dream of is not as difficult as you might think.
 
Learn to avoid:
 
•The stress from being the bottleneck in your business.
•The stress of poor cash flow
•The stress from not feeling in control
 
And how to achieve:
 
•Financial Freedom
•A business that works for you instead of a business you have to work for
•More time with your loved ones
 
If you would like to rekindle the dream, watch this video!
 

 
Contact The Expert
 
Adrian Davis
Adrian@adriandavis.com

Become A Networking Guru

Networking is a super way to get the word out there about your business. Especially if you are anxious about selling, this is a great first way to try your hand at the sales pitch.

 

This webinar covers the basics.  But more importantly, opens your eyes to many different tactics that might work better for you personally.

 

Specific topics include;

– where to network?

– your 30-second super pitch (are they dead?)

– reciprocity and being likeable

– your personal brand and ways to be remembered

– what not to do at a networking event!!

– what to do with those business cards?!

– follow up (the how, the why, the when)

 

Watch the video to find these answers and more!

 

Your Expert

 

Teresa Shaver, Executive Director

Business Advisory Centre Durham

PH:  905.668.4949 x222 . 1.866.632.5151

Email :  tshaver@bacd.ca    www.bacd.ca

 

Essential Reading for Networking Success:

Work the Pond – Darcy Rezak

Love is the Killer App – Tim Sanders

The Go Giver – Bob Burg

Never Eat Alone – Keith Ferrazzi

Enchantment – Guy Kawasaki

The Art of Mingling – Jeanne Martinet http://www.hellomynameisscott.com/

 

Apps/Software for Business Organization

Business Card Apps:

Evernote Hello ≈ Cardmunch ≈ CardCloud  ≈ CardFlick ≈ Bump

CRM Software:

Capsule CRM, Insightly, Batchbook. Highrise, Salesforce, Zoho, Sugar

Email Newsletter / Online Marketing:

Constant Contact, Mail Chimp, Email it!, Campayn, Aweber

 

Weekly To Do’s to build your network:

Send Four Cards a Week:

Handwritten notes every week to those in your network

Make Four Calls a Day:

Even if you leave a voicemail your outreach will be noticed and appreciated

Develop Four new Contacts a Week:

You never know when you’ll make a great new connection for you or for someone in your network.

Play Matchmaker:

The best networkers listen to others, understand their needs and share their resources.

 

Rules to Live By:

 

1. Help Everyone

2. Don’t Wait to Be Asked to Help

3. When You Are Asked, Don’t Miss That Opportunity

4. Compliment and Encourage

5. Introduce People

6. Be Friendly

7. Take a Chance

8. Be Open, Don’t Limit Your Friendships

9. Think the Best of People and Try Not to Judge

10. Be Grateful and Express It Often