Power User Spotlight: Ann Schrader, Amplience
My suggestion for a hack would be to search by different segments. For example, spend a day searching for only apparel companies, and then spend another day searching for book sellers, and so on. Going after the same type of products helps you get into a flow, and you can tailor your pitch to that industry.
Del Frisco’s serves the best steak I’ve had in Philly. They are located on the ground floor of the historic and beautiful Packard Building, which was previously home to First Pennsylvania Bank. Del Frisco’s also has a private dining room which is located inside an intact underground bank vault.
In today's prospecting world, we HAVE to know in detail what a potential prospect will need based on research and tie it to their product, balance sheet, competitors, etc. A modern-day prospector HAS to figure it out versus wasting time on the same general emails and voicemails these prospects are getting 10 times a day.
Papas Brothers Steaks. Dallas has tons of outstanding steak restaurants, but their attention to detail and perfect execution of your steak is second to none. Their sides are robust and always a delight.
My customers are etailers, and etailers are innovators. They are entrepreneurs and go-getters. Before I started my career in sales many years ago, I was a customer service representative. I was on the other end of that phone, usually fixing something my previous organization had done wrong. As a sales person now, it’s my job to think ten steps ahead and find creative solutions to my customer’s complex problems. Balancing my customer’s budget, their transit needs, and their customer’s expectations when shipping a package across the planet is a delicate matter – one that can be done with innovative ideas and the right team of people to make it happen. That’s where RRD makes that magic happen for our customers.
Mastros Ocean Club in Newport Beach is one of those amazing restaurants where the service and food are second to none. If you don’t mind a decent dent to your credit card, this place is fabulous for an amazing anniversary, birthday, or any special occasion. It’s on the coast of Newport Beach, and if you’re lucky (and early), you may be able to score a window seat with the view of the beautiful California coastline. My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here last year, and the meal was one we will never forget.
If you’re calling on small to medium sized businesses, lunch is often a good time to catch the owners. Just like salespeople, they work during times when most are taking breaks.
Tucci’s in Dublin, OH. It has the best patio and a small but well thought out menu. The buildings in downtown Dublin, OH are all from the 19th Century, which adds a nice touch. It’s also within walking distance to many other bars and dessert shops for after the meal. It’s my go-to for brunch, lunch, or dinner.
In this day and age, social selling is a huge tactic that I think all salespeople should use. In addition, do all the research you can beforehand to make sure you're reaching out to the correct contact at a company. If you're blasting multiple people at a company, not only is that time consuming, but you will most likely get put on a blacklist, and they won't even see emails from your company in the future.
My last piece of advice would be to personalize your messaging. Prospects don't want to hear robotic pitches or see template-like emails all day, especially when they're in an industry that gets these messages from thousands of vendors every day. Do something to stand out.
Also - the phone/cold-calling is NOT dead...
This is one of Moovweb's Core Values and something I try to represent in my work.
Sales is all about understanding needs and delivering value, and in order to do this well you need to align yourself with the customer's world and care about their success. Moovweb as a company works towards this goal from pre-sales all the way through to customer success. We develop strong relationships with our customers and strive to offer value at every step.
With this in mind, their success is our success and vice versa, so we get to share in victories together, all while strengthening our partnerships.