Digital engagement is one of those things we all know we need to be doing, but that we don’t always dedicate time to. But if we can get over the hump and do it consistently, the benefits can be amazing.
In this episode of #SellingWithSocial, Mario asked his friend and partner, Kurt Shaver to guest-host and to speak with one of his friends, Jenn Walsh about how to use LinkedIn and other platforms for better digital engagement. Jenn is a seasoned sales professional in the insurance industry and has recently started her new consulting company, Genuine Shift.
In this conversation, Kurt and Jenn discuss how sales teams can approach “team selling” using social networks like LinkedIn, why digital relationships matter, how LinkedIn can be used proactively to bring in new talent, and wrap up with some easy wins on LinkedIn that can ensure you’re ready to engage digitally. Don’t miss this great conversation.
Learn how to use #digital engagement on #LinkedIn to #sell and hire, with Jenn Walsh (@BenefitsLady) and @KurtShaver on this episode of #SellingWithSocial. Listen now! #sales @M_3Jr #DigitalSalesClick To Tweet
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Digital Engagement Isn’t Only A Solo Approach
Much of the way sales is done using social media has to do with sharing content that builds your reputation as an authority in your industry. A big part of that is utilizing the social media resources your company provides. But there’s more that can be done within sales teams – not only to leverage company resources but to tag-team digital engagement with prospects. Jenn refers to it as “team selling.” In this episode, she explains what “team selling” can look like on LinkedIn and how it can change the way you think about digital engagement, on this episode.
Old-Style, Long-Lasting Relationships Matter – But Digital Relationships Can Be A Shortcut
The 20th-century approach to sales was based on the belief that long-standing relationships are the only way that trust is built. In that model, there is no substitute for time. I’m definitely not going to say that long-standing relationships are irrelevant in the digital age, but I will agree with Jenn’s premise that digital engagement makes the possibility of a shorter timeline for building trust a reality. In this episode Jenn describes how you can leverage your digital assets – from your LinkedIn profile to your company’s resources – to make it possible for modern buyers to check you out, come to trust you, and feel comfortable buying from you in a fraction of the time it takes to build one of those long-standing relationships that were so important in the past. You won’t want to miss her advice.Learn how #digital relationships can be a shortcut to new long-standing business connections. Join Jenn Walsh (@BenefitsLady) and @KurtShaver to learn how on this episode of #SellingWithSocial. Listen now! @M_3Jr #DigitalSalesClick To Tweet
How To Use LinkedIn To Be More Proactive Finding Talent
LinkedIn is a powerful channel sales organizations can use to find and court new talent for their organization. But many companies are not taking full advantage of the opportunity. Jenn says you need to realize that the young, fresh, hungry candidates for your sales positions are digitally savvy. Among other things, that means what they see online has a tremendous influence on them. That’s why your social media profiles need to be modern, current, and aligned with the freshest approaches in your industry. In this way, you’ll demonstrate that you (and your company) are forward-thinking and can be assured that the younger candidates you’re engaging with will feel supported and empowered working with you.
Print Out Your LinkedIn Profile To Discover the Glaring Things That Need Updating
A few times in this conversation, Jenn mentions the importance of updating your LinkedIn profile. But what exactly does that mean? Jenn highlights a number of things you can do to update your information and position yourself in a more impacting way. But one of the most practical and helpful things she mentions is the power of printing out a hard copy of your LinkedIn profile. There’s something about seeing it in black and white that enables you to notice things you overlook on the screen. You can even hand the print-out to a colleague or friend and ask them to look it over and make suggestions. Jenn shares many practical tips just like this during this conversation, highlighting how you can leverage your digital engagement for more sales, so don’t miss it.Print out your #LinkedIn profile to discover glaring things that need updating. Hear more great #SalesTips like this from Jenn Walsh (@BenefitsLady) and @KurtShaver on this episode of #SellingWithSocial. Listen now! #sales @M_3JrClick To Tweet
Outline of This Digital Engagement Episode
- [1:22] Who is Jen Walsh – she helps high-level experts get unstuck
- [6:27] More and more sales are happening through team selling
- [11:47] Why relationships matter and how LinkedIn can accelerate trust
- [16:33] Getting into the flow of sharing content and engaging in dialog on social
- [24:38] How companies can use LinkedIn to bring in new talent
- [27:25] Making the time to engage digitally on LinkedIn
- [32:50] The 3 stages of content sharing on LinkedIn
Resources Mentioned in this Digital Engagement Episode
- Jenn on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/walshjenn/
- Jenn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@benefitslady
- Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert: http://dilbert.com/about/
- Jenn’s favorite movie of all time – The Blind Side: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0878804/
- Social Business Engine Podcast – Bernie Borges
- You can also check our best sales book and best sales podcasts lists.
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