Monthly Archives: April 2019

Ask Deeper Questions-Get Deeper Answers!

All too often in media sales, the conversations with clients or prospects are about our industry, our stations, our formats, our coverage areas, our demographics, our promotions, etc., etc., etc.!

With any sales training at all, we know that our conversations should be more about the client and their business and less about us and our stations.

The real information, the good stuff, and where you build credibility with your client, is when you start to ask questions that they have never been asked before.  The questions that go deeper than normal and touch their emotional hot buttons; questions about their hopes and dreams, questions about what keeps them up at night, questions about them and their customers, questions that, frankly, make them feel like you really care about them and their business. Ultimately, questions that confirm that you are a professional and not just another media rep looking for a quick sale.

When radio doesn’t work, the overwhelming reason is that the message was bad. If you only ask the surface questions, the same boring, you already should know the answer to questions, you’ll only have the same answers as every other rep.

Once you start learning how to ask deeper questions, then and only then will you get deeper answers. Deeper answers, help create better ads and ad campaigns. Better ads equal better results for your clients, and better results equal happier clients and longer-term contracts for you and your stations!

One of the best compliments you will ever get from a client or prospect is when they say, “You’re different than the other media reps. You ask some really great questions”!

Start asking Deeper Questions and start getting Deeper Answers!

ENS Media works with media companies to help brand and train media sales teams on how to become marketing and advertising professionals. If you are considering outside training for your sales team and would like to visit about our revenue generating programs, click here or give Rick a call at (605) 310-2062.

Location – Location – Location

If you’ve been around long enough or you have taken a marketing class, you’ll know the 4-P’s of marketing are Product, _________, Price and Promotion. If you didn’t automatically say it, the second P is “Place”.

In the by-gone days of business, the best “Place” was at the corner of Center and Main. Location, Location, Location! Having a business located in a great location is still a good option. However, in today’s New Media world, the best location … is in the “Mind”.

As we have quoted so often, digital marketing guru Seth Godin says, “It’s better to be sought than found”.  In a recent article by Search Engine Journal, they agree with Seth and wrote, “Brand recognition is critical to getting clicks”.

In that same article, they sighted research from Search Engine Land andSurvey Monkey. According to their data of over 400 consumers, “nearly 70 percent of U.S. consumers said they look for a ‘known retailer’ when deciding what search to click on”.

That survey verifies our TOMA surveys conducted in over 160 markets which suggest the same thing. On average, 72.5% say they would click on a business they are familiar with lower on the page rather than a business they have never heard of at the top of the page.

Here’s the real kicker, according to the Search Engine Journal article, “Brand awareness users are 2 times more likely to purchase from a business they are familiar with”. They also stated, “Branding is the only way to do it, and it’s the most viable SEO strategy on the market today”.

Explaining to our clients that today’s best “Place” is in the Mind is critical to making sure they are getting clicked on. Otherwise, it’s a crap-shoot!

There are no other mediums that can create Top of Mind Awareness like Radio and TV. If you would like to learn how ENS Media‘s TOMA Surveys and Seminars can teach your prospects, clients and your sales team on how to create TOMA, click here.

Can You HELP Me?

We’ve all been there before. You’re out prospecting, walk into a business and there sits the “Office Gatekeeper”. Your job is to find out who the decision maker is and if possible, meet them! Part of the Gatekeeper’s job description is to “protect” the decision maker.

Let the game begin!

You have three strategic alternatives to getting past these sales preventers:

1.) Go around them.

2.) Wait until they die or leave the company.

3.) Win them over.

In reality, option three, winning them over, is your only viable option. The process of winning over the Gatekeeper begins with respect.

Before you even introduce yourself, say these words…“I’m hopeful that you can help me”, then pause … and wait for them to reply. Once they commit to helping, you’re halfway there. See, people love to help other people, and if you ask for their help, chances are they will do what they can.

The Gatekeeper can actually be a great supporter of you. Depending upon how well you treat them, they can play a major factor in determining if you get to see the decision maker. They can also answer many questions for you, and you are more apt to get an answer if you ask for their help.

Show them respect, ask their opinion, and above all ask … “Can you help me?”

…and on your way out, ALWAYS say to the Gatekeeper, “Thank You for your HELP”!

Q1 is in the Books – It’s Time to Evaluate

Q1 is in the books and regardless of how it went for your individual reps or your team, there’s absolutely nothing that can be done about it now. It is, what it is!

If you met or surpassed your goals, look back and see what was done to make it a great first quarter, take advantage of the synergies, celebrate the victory, and then … get back to work!

If it was less than expected, it’s time to analyze and figure out where and why they came up short. Was it that they didn’t prospect enough, make enough presentations, or maybe they didn’t approach renewals in the right manner and lost some.

I suggest having your reps write down what was “out of their control” and what was “in their control”. By doing this, if they are honest, they will see their own shortcomings and know exactly what they need to do to get better. They will also see that in some cases there is absolutely nothing they could have done differently, but in the future, they need to prepare for this. Prospecting!

If they are not honest and blame it all on something or someone else, you have a whole different fish to fry.

Together, plan how they can improve in the areas they are lacking …and then get back to work!

The end of each quarter is a checkpoint. Take advantage of this opportunity to evaluate each individual rep and the team as a whole …and Good Luck in Q2!

You’re a Genius, but Wait to Prove It

Here’s a scenario. You’re in a meeting with a potential client, and like magic, you come up with a “BIG IDEA” that you know is the answer to helping the client make a ton of money, no less yourself. In your enthusiasm to show the client how smart you are as a marketing and advertising professional, you blurt out your “BIG IDEA”!

You’re a genius, right? Wrong!

If you do have a good idea, as in this situation, and you throw it out spontaneously, the chances of it being excepted are greatly diminished.  There’s a much better time to reveal you’re a real genius. It’s when you make your presentation!

Ask yourself this question. Do you think your client would put more value on a great idea that someone came up with on the fly, or one that took a week or two to come up with after much consideration and brainstorming? The client will think, “Wow, they really put some time and thought into this idea!”

Instead of blurting out your “BIG IDEA” during the first meeting, say something like, “I think I may have some good ideas, but I want to do some additional research and give some extra thought to these ideas before deciding and making our recommendations”.

While most good ideas take time to develop, we also know that occasionally we get lucky and come up with that GREAT idea on the spot.

It’ll take discipline, bite your lip, but whatever you do, WAIT, and don’t give away that “BIG IDEA” so quickly!