To Achieve Modern Sales Success You Have To Become A Modern Seller, with Amy Franko, Episode #90

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To Achieve Modern Sales Success You Have To Become A Modern Seller, with Amy Franko, Episode #90

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The modern sales environment is changing constantly. If you’re going to be successful in it, you’ve got to be growing and adapting so you can navigate the changes successfully.

My guest on this episode of #SellingWithSocial is Amy Franko. As a sales leader, Amy built a successful and lucrative B2B sales career with global tech giants IBM and Lenovo. She then pivoted 180° into entrepreneurship, launching a training firm – Impact Instruction Group. She has successfully built and scaled a book of business that includes some of the world’s most recognizable brands. Her book, The Modern Seller, has just launched – so in this conversation we take our cues from its pages to discuss how modern sales success requires that sales professionals learn what it means to become a modern seller.

To achieve modern #sales success you have to become a modern #seller. Learn what it takes from @AmyFranko. Join @M_3JR, #CEO of Vengreso for this episode of #SellingWithSocial. Listen Now! #SocialSelling #FrostSTAR @FS_EventsClick To Tweet

Join Vengreso at STAR, February 11-13, 2019 to mix and mingle with forward thinking sales executives and thought leaders. We’re extending a $250 savings to all Vengreso subscribers. For full details visit: frost.com/vengreso and use discount code MARIO at registration.

Self-Assessment. Are You Aligned With Amy’s 5 Dimensions Of A Modern Seller?

Amy’s new book – The Modern Seller – highlights the practical characteristics sales professionals in the modern sales environment must develop in order to succeed. In our conversation she highlights each of them in turn:

I was particularly intrigued by a couple of these – holistic and ambassador – and we took the time to dig a little deeper into each of them during our conversation.

Amy’s insights confirmed what I’ve been learning from my own experience: The way buyers are making decisions these days requires a more integrated overall approach to prospecting, lead nurture, sales, and ongoing relationship development than ever before. The modern seller is highly developed as an individual and employs a diverse skill set.

Listen to learn more about Amy’s 5 dimensions of a modern seller and to assess whether you measure up.

The Modern Sales Environment Is One Of Sameness – So Differentiate

Since Amy works with sales organizations in a variety of contexts I was curious to hear her observations about trends sellers are encountering these days. She pointed out that one of the most common mistakes being made by sales professionals and organizations alike is that their messaging doesn’t contain anything noticeably different than their competitors. She calls it a “world of sameness.”

She recounted her own experience when looking to purchase a new piece of software for her own tech stack. Every one of the services she considered could do what she needed it to do, and their overall messaging was the same. What did she do? She chose NOT to make a decision and waited. That is NOT what sales professionals want to happen, so find out how Amy suggests you can avoid becoming part of the world of sameness by differentiating your services and approach, on this episode.

The modern #sales environment is one of sameness. Learn to differentiate. Join @M_3JR, #CEO of Vengreso and his guest @AmyFranko to learn how on this episode of #SellingWithSocial. Listen Now! #SocialSelling #FrostSTAR @FS_EventsClick To Tweet

Learn to Leverage 90 Day ROI To Get The Attention Of Buyers

Here’s a very practical modern sales tip for you that is a nuance of a tried and true sales principle. To succeed, you’ve got to learn how to address what your prospects are truly concerned about – and the timing related to that concern. For example, every buyer you speak with will be concerned about return on investment relating to the purchase of your product or service. That’s nothing new. But what has changed in regard to ROI is the timeframes involved.

Amy told me a story of how a recent sales conversation she was engaged in taught her this lesson. After many conversations, she and the buyer had moved well down the path toward the sale. Amy expected the next meeting would be to work out the details so they could move forward and close the deal. What she discovered was something she didn’t expect.

The buyer wanted to have a 90-day ROI projection to present to her manager. 90 days. One quarter. That’s a common time frame companies are working within these days. As modern sellers, we need to be ready for it. Amy shares what she learned and how to apply it to your sales conversations, on this episode.

To Experience Modern Sales Success You Must Become An Ambassador

Buyers in today’s world are better informed and more prepared for sales conversations than ever before. That means the sales role has changed and Amy says the modern seller needs to take on the role of an ambassador as a result. It allows us to stand out in the “world of sameness” buyers are experiencing.

She says in order to serve your organization and your customers as an ambassador you need to do 3 things.

  1. Embody the values of your organization. This can be difficult if you don’t resonate with the organization’s values to begin with.
  2. Offer unique thought leadership. YOU have to stand apart as someone knowledgeable n trustworthy in your industry.
  3. Champion client wins. When your solutions work for a client, make the most of it. You can add value to them in a variety of ways that can result in lifetime loyalty.

Amy explains these in more detail in our conversation, don’t miss it!

To experience modern #sales success you must become an ambassador. Join @M_3JR, #CEO of Vengreso and his guest @AmyFranko to learn how on this episode of #SellingWithSocial. Listen Now! #SocialSelling #FrostSTAR @FS_EventsClick To Tweet

Join Vengreso at STAR, February 11-13, 2019 to mix and mingle with forward thinking sales executives and thought leaders. We’re extending a $250 savings to all Vengreso subscribers. For full details visit: frost.com/vengreso and use discount code MARIO at registration.

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Time for a self-assessment. Are you aligned w @AmyFranko ’s 5 dimensions of a modern #seller? Find out by joining @M_3JR, #CEO of Vengreso for this episode of #SellingWithSocial. Listen Now! #SocialSelling #FrostSTAR @FS_EventsClick To Tweet
Learn to leverage 90 day #ROI to get the attention of #buyers. Join @M_3JR, #CEO of Vengreso and his guest @AmyFranko to learn how on this episode of #SellingWithSocial. Listen Now! #SocialSelling #FrostSTAR @FS_EventsClick To Tweet

 

Mario Martinez Jr.

Mario is the CEO and Founder of Vengreso. He spent 82 consecutive quarters in B2B Sales and Leadership roles growing hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue annually.   Mario is one of 20 sales influencers invited to appear in the Salesforce documentary film “The Story of Sales” launched in 2018. He is recognized as the Number 1 Top Sales Performance Guru in the world, named 2018’s Top 10 Sales Influencers by The Modern Sales Magazine, 2018’s Top 25 Most Influential Inside Sales Professional and in 2017 listed as the 6th Most Influential Social Selling Leader globally.   As a renowned digital sales evangelist, Mario teaches marketing and sales professionals how to develop an engaging personal brand to attract today’s modern buyer using the digital sales ecosystem.  Mario is the host of the popular Selling With Social Podcast. He’s been featured in Forbes, INC., the Examiner.com and the Huffington Post. He’s a highly sought-after Keynote Speaker with brands such as LinkedIn, SAP, and Cisco. He is also known to open a speech with a Salsa dance.   Follow him on YouTubeLinkedIn, or on Twitter.

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