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Loyal Clients: A Modern Sales Game Changer

Loyal Clients: A Modern Sales Game Changer

Today’s topic in The Modern Seller video series is client loyalty. It used to be that satisfaction was the highest measure of success, and it’s still what many companies measure. But in the new sales economy, satisfaction is merely table stakes. Gallup has done research in this space and found that only 29% of our clients are truly engaged with us. Loyal.

That leaves up to 71 percent of clients that range anywhere from very satisfied to completely disengaged. These are the clients that can be swayed to move elsewhere…even the satisfied ones.

Modern Sellers are what I call Ambassadors. They’re skilled at cultivating loyalty and building long-term value. Because they take this long view, it’s a game changer for sales growth. The likelihood of expanding your sales into an existing loyal client is between 60 to 70 percent. The likelihood of selling to a net new prospect is only 5 to 20 percent.

To cultivate greater selling power, there are three common loyalty traits that are worth building in your best clients. I discuss these more in this week’s video.

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Create Better Selling Opportunities with a Network Ecosystem

Create Better Selling Opportunities with a Network Ecosystem

Today’s topic in The Modern Seller video series is on how you can build a network ecosystem that creates better selling opportunities and results.

In the past, we could focus our sales efforts only on those buying our services. The risk with that approach is that we may be missing a relationship that’s key to earning a client’s business. In the new sales economy, we need to get beyond our usual silos to work across the organization, and sometimes even outside of it. Your network ecosystem will help you solve for that.

Your network ecosystem is the set of relationships you need to reach a specific sales or opportunity goal. The ecosystem will have a few major characteristics. There will be internal and external relationships. There will various levels of influence. There will be strategic and functional relationships. And often there will be multiple decision makers, depending on the opportunity and size of the organization.

An action step to take is building out your Network Ecosystem for a key client. In this video, I walk through four key groups you’ll want to prioritize in your relationship-building efforts:
– Decision makers
– Centers of influence
– Advocates
– Strategic alliances

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Grow Your Sales with 3 Ambassador Strategies

Grow Your Sales with 3 Ambassador Strategies

In modern selling, ambassadors are a bridge to prospects and clients, to their communities, and to their industries. The end result is that they have a stronger and more profitable territory or book of business.

But how can you and your team develop skills to become ambassadors? In this video I share three strategies that will help you build this important dimension of The Modern Seller:
1) To understand a Client’s Lifetime Value.
2) To Create 29 Percenters.
3) To Amplify Your Key Relationships.

After you watch the video, for more detailed information on these strategies, pick up a copy of The Modern Seller. The book include assessments that will help you to apply these strategies to your selling situations.

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Social Goal Setting Strategies for Modern Sellers

Social Goal Setting Strategies for Modern Sellers

We know that Modern Sellers are Social. Building this skillset requires goal setting. Social goals have an element that makes them stand out: significance. Significance to you personally, and significance beyond you — for your clients, your organization, or your community.

To help spark your goal setting, I share some ideas in this week’s short video. Hint: The most important ingredient I’ve found to help me with goal setting is to dig into my motivation behind it. It’s the internal motivation that keeps me going with these significant goals.

Watch now to learn more.

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Social Capital: A Mindset for Sales Success

Social Capital: A Mindset for Sales Success

What is social capital, and as a Modern Seller, why should you care? Social capital is the most valuable currency in the sales profession. I define it as the collective value of our networks, and the results we create with that value.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is just referring to your reach on social media. Social capital goes beyond today’s hyper-connectivity on social networks. It’s the strategic relationships that create mutual reward, results, and impact.

Now that you know what it is, let’s talk about building your social capital.

In The Modern Seller, I introduced a concept called the Social Framework. There are four elements to the framework: mindset, goals, network ecosystems, and habit. In this week’s video, we’ll learn about mindset piece of the framework, and three elements of that mindset: Leadership Identity, Trust and Generosity.

I invite you to watch it now.

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Thought Leadership For Modern Sellers

Thought Leadership For Modern Sellers

Thought leadership can help build your personal and business brand. When it comes to selling in the new sales economy, clients and prospects expect thought leadership to be backed by action and experience. It’s the intersection of strategy, deep subject expertise, and selling skills.

How can you take steps to be a thought leader?

I invite you to watch this week’s video to learn four key elements needed for modern sellers to elevate their thought leadership.

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Apply Supply Chain Thinking to Your Sales Strategy and Process

Apply Supply Chain Thinking to Your Sales Strategy and Process

Welcome back to the Modern Seller video series. Each week, I’m sharing strategies that you can put into practice as either a sales professional or sales leader.

Today I’m talking about something few sellers consider. How to apply supply chain thinking to your sales strategy and process. Underlying any successful organization are the systems to support it. Likewise, modern business environments and buyers require us to take a long view of the whole ecosystem. Supply chain approaches help us do that.

Watch this short video for two types of maps you can use to visualize your sales supply chain. 

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Sell Like the CEO of Your Book of Business

Sell Like the CEO of Your Book of Business

Do you consider yourself an employee, or are you the CEO of your book of business? For this next set of videos, I’m covering how modern sellers are entrepreneurial.

Entrepreneurs have the ability to envision, build, and scale a successful venture. Those same skills are critical to selling in today’s business climate. Watch this to learn strategies sales professionals can use to grow your sales territory.

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Pattern Busting for Better Sales Results

Pattern Busting for Better Sales Results

Our behavior patterns –or our habits– are largely unconscious. Yet they’re so powerful that they either make or break our success. When we know our sales patterns, we can more effectively apply them, or know when we should short circuit them. It’s all part of the dimension– The Modern Seller is agile. Watch the video below.

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3 Feedback Strategies to Drive Sales Agility

3 Feedback Strategies to Drive Sales Agility

Modern Sellers don’t hide from feedback. Performance conversations should be regular, expected happenings between a seller and leader. Those conversations are more forward-looking and drive better results. It’s all part of the dimension– The Modern Seller is agile.

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The new sales economy demands modern mindsets, skill sets, and tools to succeed. In The Modern Seller, Amy Franko explains the five modern selling skill sets that rise above the rest. As a special offer, download your chapter preview: The Modern Seller is Social.

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