Social Selling: The LinkedIn “Who’s Viewed my Profile” Play

Before I go any further, I have an important announcement: On Thursday April 17th from 8:30-Noon is the Funnelholic Virtual Sales Summit feat. Jill Konrath, Jill Rowley, Matt Heinz, and Dan Waldschmidt. Please click here to learn more.

I want to start this post with a simple story that is a great use case on using LinkedIn. I am a strong advocate for sales (sales development and sales) to live in LinkedIn. One screen: CRM; One screen: LinkedIn. There is a lot of things you do in LinkedIn, but one that I love is to think about it as a personal inbound marketing machine. Let the story unfold and then I will come back to this point.

Dateline July 11, 2012:

Yes, July 11, 2012. Yes, a long time ago in internet years. While I haven’t written about it, the experience left a lasting impression and I mention it to clients all the time. Ok, so I look at the profile of Marge Bieler. At the time, I don’t believe she was a LinkedIn trainer, but now she is. As soon as she saw that I viewed her profile, she sent me this:

social selling, marge bieler, inbound marketing

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Social Selling 101: Random Acts of Business Kindness

I just had to share this story. Everyone asks me for use cases of using social intelligence in the selling process. Well, here is a perfect example — follow along.

I have a bone spur in my back right now and its killing me. Absolutely killing me. Anyway, this week was Marketo Marketing Nation and I was really excited for it….but just couldn’t get off my back. Brutal. People were asking me if I was there, so I tweeted the following:

 

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Introducing Content Scoring: The Metric That Will Revolutionize Your Marketing

Editor’s note: Today’s post is from Liz O’Neill from Kapost. Couple reasons I asked a Kapost writer to write again for the Funnelholic. First, the earlier post on managing an editorial calendar was awesome and got fantastic traffic. Secondly, they announced content scoring and I think it’s an exciting breakthrough in content marketing. Oh and they have great writers. Liz is one of those great writers as you can tell by this thorough and well-written post. Enjoy.

There’s no denying the imperative role content plays in propelling buyers down the funnel. 93% of B2B marketers use content marketing and 78% of CMOs think it’s the future of the industry.

Marketers are expected to publish content that results in a constant stream of valuable leads. While innovations like lead scoring offer insight into whether marketers are hitting lead gen goals, understanding exactly why they are — and what content influenced those leads — has involved a lot of “educated guessing.” Until now.

Content scoring is a process that reveals exactly how many leads and opportunities a piece of content generates. Unlike pageviews, uniques and shares, content score applies an actual numerical value (a “content score”) to the content an organization produces based on how leads, opportunities or closed deals interacted with that content.

The result is valuable insight into the true ROI of content, enabling marketers to make informed decisions about which content assets to produce.

How Content Scoring Works

So, how does content scoring work exactly? Put simply, it works backwards from a buyer’s journey to specified conversion stage, highlighting the content that buyer digested along the way.

Let’s explore by taking a look at the journeys of two marketing qualified leads (MQLs).

content marketing, demand generation,

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How to Turn Twitter into a Lead Gen and Social Selling Machine

social selling

By now you have probably heard a lot about the promise of social selling. Still, many find it hard to effectively utilize social networks as part of their sales pipeline. We have all gotten used to the scripts, conversion rates and process associated with calling and emailing that social media might seem like a hairy beast far out of our comfort zones. Not to worry! In this post we will outline a set of very specific steps that will help you create a social selling playbook which utilizes Twitter and Socedo to help you generate leads and close customers. [Read more...]

Social selling, content selling, and content marketing

Last night at dinner, my mom said to me: “I watched your videos on the eCornell site, you need to lost 10 pounds.” I also noticed that I have grey hair. Nonetheless, I enjoyed filming these videos and took on some topics near and dear to my heart.

How to Use Ofunnel to Get Introductions into Your Target Prospects

Relationships are incredibly important for salespeople to be successful. An observation we made early on was that salespeople had no way of knowing when people in their network were connecting to people that they may want to establish a relationship with—so we created OFunnel to help solve this challenge.

We’re honored to be featured by Craig and are excited to share a little about OFunnel with you.

The scenario:  The process we are about to describe will follow a sales person who has a set of target accounts to sell to. The first thing you do when you are assigned an account is search LinkedIn to see if you have any 1st or 2nd level connections you can use. The next thing you should do is set up your account in OFunnel to follow accounts and potential contacts so you can know of any new connections that you can leverage immediately to get introduced into the account.

Let’s begin!

Step 1: First you sign in to OFunnel

Note: Ofunnel has a Hootsuite app for the Hootsuite users.

Linkedin, sales, prospecting

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Successful Customer Outreach Through LinkedIn

Today’s post is from Robert Koehler, Sales Product Consultant for LinkedIn Sales Solutions.

At the county fair a few years ago, the carnie running the ‘knock over the lead pins with the baseball’ booth encouraged me to do better: “c’mon, you’re supposed to do more than tickle them!” In my obsession to win a life-size stuffed animal for my son that would sit unused in the corner of his room for years, I yanked our family over to the basketball area. My line drive shots clanged off the heavily fortified steel rim of the Dixie cup sized basket twenty feet above the ground. The evening degenerated into my screaming for my six-year old to beat the four year olds in the ‘shoot water in a hole to reach the top first’ contest so that I could leave with stuffed animal bounty.

This experience reinforced the following:

  • Some games are rigged; be aware before committing your time, money and effort
  • Select situations where you have a better chance of winning
  • Careful targeting is more effective than brute force and velocity
  • A softer arc and approach can sometimes net greater results

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The Guide to Social Selling Strategy: How to Use Social to Crush Your Number


What is social selling?: 22 experts answer the question

The sales content rush is on! I am  pumped about our upcoming virtual sales management summit on October 2nd — Please RSVP NOW. It’s going to be such a great event…Dave Brock, Scott Albro, Anthony Iannarino, Ryan Tognazzini….Join us!.

One of the events at the virtual summit will be on social selling. How to use Social Selling to Crush Your Number w/ Ryan Tognazzini from Sales Benchmark Index.

Ok, time for some content. I wanted a post on social selling and had some great content from Madlibs from some of my favorite experts — Voila! Crowdsourced!!!  I hope you enjoy…The way this works is: I start the sentence and the contributor finishes the sentence. In this case it was Social Selling is…Social Selling

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