How to Acquire Paying Customers Online without having to face competition using Target Market Social Media

How to Acquire Paying Customers Online without having to face competition using Target Market Social Media – Here’s a path that can work

Because the web is now the new and powerful “word of mouth” knowing how to leverage its many social media aspects to reach and influence the target audiences groups & discussions where your prospects “hang out” is critical for growing business.

Its also how, without any competition, you become the “go to guru” in the right target audiences, get called and acquire paying customers via the web.

I use the following with my clients to help them gain that all important “go to guru” strategic position with genuine prospects and the right target audiences:

While we all want to grow our businesses as painlessly as possible, there is some important homework to be done first in order to see the paths and avenues to take when trying to gain traction for a product, service, and build long term customers so sales can happen.

Look at these key issues in strategic positioning, messaging, understanding your target audiences and actual selling approaches that need to be addressed to get YOU sales: 

• Where is my target audience? Who are they? Where do they “hang out” online?
• What do they care about?
• How do they source?
• Where do they go for industry updates and information and how do you get featured “there”?
• How do I think from the point of view of my target audiences so I can relate and connect?
• What do I specifically “say” that can instantly capture the targeted audiences, prospects so they want to talk
• How do I differentiate myself from the pack so i get called?
• How does my target audience evaluate issues and solutions?
• How can I define my key audiences and position to be of service to each audience so they want what I offer?
• How do I become a featured speaker at events and establish my position as a go to expert?

That reveals where target audiences are, where their “influencers” are and where you should be active via articles, social media, blogs, email, newsletters to create a “go to” national presence and reputation.   

Next, using what you found, apply 2 key sales axioms as the road map for tapping into what you learned, using/leveraging each identified path and for messaging accordingly in each avenue you found that can create calls, buyers, get attention and position you as the go to source:

* Axiom #1: People do things for their reasons, not yours.

* Axiom #2: Imagine the prospect has a sign on his forehead that says “so what?”

These two principles guide the selling process, whether in letters, emails, your web page, blog or in person. If you remember these two axioms, your sales reach outs and what you say in them will come out as grabbers and connectors with issues and concerns that prospects interested buyers have, not as product pitches and then link/position what you “offer” as a way to solve those issues.

Understanding this thinking in target markets and constructing your reach outs based on the 2 sales axioms can get you the desired national presence and reach that you want plus the all important interested “real” prospect that you want.

Neil Licht, Managing Director, HereWeAre  (508)-481-8567

How Not To Hear “Sorry – No Sale”

How Not To Hear “Sorry – No Sale” 

By Neil Licht
In the globally syndicated BNET blog Sales Machine, Geoffrey James, the author, featured an article called “A Roadmap to Winning That “Yes!” by Neil Licht

Said James  “My friend (and frequent Sales Machine commentor) Neil Licht recently posted a comment that I think contains a very clear step-by-step roadmap for developing an initial B2B contact. I’ve minimally edited and reformatted his content, which appears below:”


Here’s a way to create a path to “Yes!”, based upon my experience in sales and with many clients:

STEP #1. Do some research and understand the target company, especially how and why your product or solution can help.

STEP #2. Next, make a short 30 second commercial based on your findings that can quickly and succinctly say what you do, create a reason for listening, relate pertinent issues, benefits and problems solved and let you ask if its something that the prospect needs or would adopt.

STEP #3. Next find and define who would be right to hear that commercial at the highest level of responsibility and authority, relate to it and give you a true assessment of need/value on the spot. Note: that’s usually not the CEO because the CEO is not focused on running their divisions or departments. Other folks are and can relate to what you have because of that fact.

STEP #4. Make the phone call to that person and use the 30 second commercial. After the commercial, ask for and qualify the possibility of need or value for what you have explained from the person you are speaking with. Ask it this way “Is this an idea that can benefit you and your company.” (While this is a “yes or no” question, its what you must know at this stage.)

STEP #5. If the answer is “no” skip to Step 6. If the answer is “yes,” start a brief discussion about how, why, reason, problems solved, impact, etc. This creates a link between you and the person that you have called for the sales process to begin that, if pursued properly, you have the basis of selling value/ROI and not cost and you know it has possibilities to yield a sale based on those criterion. Skip to step 7.

STEP #6. If no, or you get a weak maybe, stop selling, say thanks and move on to the next prospect. Don’t waste sales time on this one. Say: “Thanks for your time and your honesty. I can see that our solution isn’t applicable to you.” Then ask “Do you know of a colleague that could use my solution.” You might get a great prospect to call or even an introduction. If so, go back to Step 1 and start over.

STEP #7. Ask about the process for moving forward. Find out who else needs to be involved. Ask: “If we do have a worthwhile solution for you, who along with you would need to be involved in evaluating, adopting and purchasing.” Since your idea or solution has already been acknowledged as worthwhile by the prospect. using this question also lets you ask them for help in moving forward. IMPORTANT: Don’t ask: “Who is the decision maker?” That’s an insulting question because it says to your suspect that you consider him or her a peon.

STEP #8. After you have found out that they may want to buy your offering, state a rough cost right then to your suspect for the solution and ask if there is a budget for implementing the concept if it’s a worthwhile idea. Don’t even think of continuing the sales process without knowing the answer to this question. It tells you if you can proceed with your idea and also lets you ask and understand the company’s usual process for evaluating and ultimately purchasing your idea is.

STEP 9: Set up the next step, which will probably involve meeting (in person or on the phone) with other individuals involved in the decision or purchasing process.

READERS: Huge vote of thanks to Neil for sharing this. (Note: his original comment is in the post “The Fallacy of Calling High.“) Reach Neil at HereWeAre   1-508-481-8567 Eastern Time US

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