Time to read: 2 minutes. “Can social media effect sales?” or “what’s the ROI of social media?” While you’re asking these questions businesses like Steelmaster Buildings and LogMyCalls are generating more leads and closing them faster with social media. They’re learning how to earn RESPONSE from prospects and close them—not guessing at the effects blogs or Facebook have on sales. Take these steps and make social media produce leads you can work with too.
Question: “What is my Facebook page’s impact on sales?”
Answer: It’s creating leads and sales.
That’s the answer being given by Steelmaster Building’s marketing team. Steelmaster is one of the best Facebook B2B examples I’ve seen.
It’s the answer being given by Rachel Farris of PetRelocation.com, Amanda Kinsella of heating and air conditioning systems provider, Logan Services and McKay Allen of B2B call tracking/recording service provider LogMyCalls.
So why aren’t you getting more leads and sales with social media?
Probably because you are still asking what the effect is—rather than structuring ways for blogs, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn to create what you want.
You’re thinking like a marketer rather than a sales rep.
Beware of self-appointed “social media experts” espousing hogwash like, “people aren’t on social media to be sold to.” That’s nonsense.
It sounds logical. But it’s a shallow understanding. It glosses over the opportunity staring you in the face.
Right now, your customers are using blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn in ways that occasionally direct them toward products. Think about how you use the Web.
Ever since humanity became connected to it we use it to find…
Every day, people are constantly becoming leads for businesses who use social media differently. Successfully. They are capitalizing on giving away shortcuts, solutions, free education and tips to customers hungry for them. In return they’re earning leads.
Don’t confuse “not wanting to be ‘sold to'” with a prospects’ desire to solve a nagging problem or taste a powerful, new experience.
There’s a difference between not wanting to be interrupted with a marketing message or sales pitch—and wanting to act on something important. The key is
The Web is exploding with people expressing need, their intent to solve a problem or experience something important to them.
Your customers are craving…
Are you listening, answering, being found on Google and capturing leads?
I’ve documented a ton of social media sales success stories. They all share the same common element that drives leads and sales.
They’re problem solvers.
Successful social sellers create leads and sales by solving customers problems in ways that connect to what they sell through a lead nurturing process. They don’t wonder about social media’s effect on sales. They’re too busy selling on social media. How?
They’re creating a sense of self-confidence in buyers that fosters trust in them/their business. They’re using blogs, video and other content to solve problems or give away samples of remarkable experiences they sell.
Ask yourself what…
Struggling to get response and leads with social media? You’re probably focusing on the message of what you publish on it—rather than structuring your words to:
Measuring social media effect on sales comes into focus when you stop and notice the common theme in social media sales success stories: connecting blogs, LinkedIn and such to the sales funnel.
Suddenly social media’s impact on sales is clear: leads and sales!
As George Bernard Shaw once said, “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”
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Jeff Molander is the authority on starting conversations with busy people. As founder of Communications Edge Inc. he teaches a proven, effective communications technique to spark buyers curiosity in sales outreach & marketing messages. He's a sought-after sales communications trainer to individual reps, teams of sellers and small businesses owners across the globe. He's an accomplished entrepreneur, having co-founded the Google Affiliate Network and what is today the Performics division of Publicis Groupe.Jeff served as adjunct digital marketing faculty at Loyola University’s school of business. His book, Off The Hook Marketing: How to Make Social Media Sell for You, is first to offer businesses a clear, practical way to create leads and sales with technology platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and blogs.