How to Create a Year End Sales Blitz
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How to Create a Year End Sales Blitz
by: Drew Stevens
For you and many others the year has been very difficult. Between the lack of
spending form clients and the rhetoric of Capital Hill many cannot wait until
the end of the year. But can you?
Just yesterday Kathy called me crying that revenues were down that she would not
meet her quota. I answer calls like this frequently. Early this week Ron
mentioned that he does not understand how he will meet expenses this month!
If this sounds like you then advice is on the way!
One of the largest issues that many sales professionals and entrepreneurs deal
with is that when you are busy working, you are too busy not marketing and
creating visibility; and when you are not busy, you are busy with everything
else but marketing. Procrastination is the order of the day. What you need to
realize is that busy or not, client or not, revenue or not, priorities or not,
every day is a marketing day! You must be active everyday soliciting business.
Okay you gave me the riot act for the future but what about now?
So by now you are in panic mode and thinking what if anything can I do to
salvage the year. Yes there is still time. Here are five things you need to do
right now to closer business before year-end.
- Get out of the stands and into the field of play. If you ever want to know the
difference between the successful individual and those that aren’t simply look
at the workload. Successful people are always busy, constantly adhering to their
mission and vision. This requires that you get busy being busy. I am not
speaking of the inappropriate things that waste time – only those that point to
revenue. This requires that you begin to network aggressively meeting new
individuals and passing out your business card. There should be a goal in mind
such as meeting 4 new people per day or writing out one new proposal this week.
The busier you are the more successful you will become. And, when you are busy
there is less time to think about issues, ponder depression and waste the day!
When you are busy you are working on a better future. As an action step sign up
for two new networking events where you know no one and meet four new people!
- The Art of the Referral – The sweetest sound anyone can hear about their
business is the endorsement from a happy customer. Happy clients are your
greatest assets because they tell others. This helps value, brand and future
client attraction. Think here about Apple, Facebook and many other organizations
that never, and I mean never use advertising. The reason- they have happy
clients tell the story. The problem here is twofold 1) you never ask enough and
2) you ask too late. It is important that you remain in constant contact with
clients and always seek out useful referrals. As an action item today, solicit
four referrals from everyone in your database. You will be surprised by the
- A Complimentary Offer – Clients today are very persnickety because they have
access to a wealth of free information. Clients and consumer behavior have come
to expect some complimentary offering. What do you have that have some value
that you might provide to clients? Might you provide a free webinar, a one day
credit something that creates enough action that makes movement. Remember it is
all about value and sometimes this requires a bit more of a push. Giving
something away might help prompt the sale.
- Third Party Endorsement – While watching the news recently there was a story on
the six degrees theory. You know the notion of it’s a small world! However, in
recent analysis of 721 million active Facebook users and their over 69 billion
friendships found that any two individuals in the world are connected, on
average, by just 4.74 acquaintances. With the proliferation of social media we
are more connected then ever. Well if that is the case all you need to do is
seek within your electronic Rolodex of individuals of who knows who at the
account you are attempting to close and ask for help. You do not ask then you do
not receive! Therefore it is important that you do not even complete this
article and seek immediately within your circles to gain access to people that
know of others that can help you close business.
- Cut the cord and get with the right person – This hellacious environment altered
the individuals you believed to be decision makers and those that think they
are. If you really want to close business- and I mean now, then stop conversing
with those that are not economic buyers. Only concern yourself with a person
that can right a check, sign a contract or letter agreement and has the
approval. Stop pondering with budgets, organizational politics and senseless
bureaucratic refuse. Ask the right questions, meet the right people and you will
notice less time wasted and more responsiveness to your value.
- Those that get busy today adopting these principles will notice an increase in
activity. The requirement today in this crazy busy world is to be consistently
and relentless involved with client activity. Action makes you visible and
memorable. Action creates motion, and motion creates revenue.
© 2011. Drew J Stevens PhD. All rights reserved.
Drew Stevens Ph.D. President of
Stevens Consulting Group is
one of those very rare
sales management and business development experts with not only 28 years of
true sales experience but advanced degrees in sales productivity. Not many can
make such as claim. Drew works with sales managers and their direct reports to
create more customer centric relationships that dramatically drive new revenues
and new clients. He is the author of
Split Second Selling and the founder and coordinator of the
Sales Leadership Program at Saint
Louis University. Contact him today at 877-391-6821.
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