June 13, 2013

3 Ways to Win Sales Using Social Media Monitoring

Capture Sales With Social MediaWhy do marketers get all the attention when it comes to articles and how-to’s about using social media to drive business? Today, we’re turning our attention to those who can reap immediate rewards from monitoring social media:  sales people and anyone in a sales function – like you business owners out there. You’re the forgotten ones who hit the (virtual or real) pavement day after day, walking both ways UP HILL, in the snow, carrying a large sack of goods to peddle.  Whether it’s on the phone, on email or on the street, we love the people who bring in the bacon.

If you’re in a sales function or even a business owner and you’re not using the data your social media management software gathers for you, you’re missing out on a lot of low-hanging fruit.  There are loads of potential customers right under your social media monitoring nose telling you what they want (and that they want it right now!).

All you need to do is find them. We’ve put together three tips for making social media monitoring actionable for sales: 

1Social Media Sales Tip #1:
Find Your Most Qualified Buyers

The easiest (and thus, first) tip we have for you is to monitor a few keywords that indicate a direct need for the solution your company provides.  For instance, if your company makes the unique Bad Mamma Jamma Specialty Kitchen Knives, you can set up a search with the specific keywords “dull knives”.  If someone is complaining about their dull kitchen knives, you can reach out with a message like this and offer a coupon to drive sales immediately: “Dull knives are no bueno! Want something sharp? Here’s a coupon for our awesome Bad Mamma Jamma XL!”

This is about finding people at their point of need and giving them a direct impetus to buy. It’s not necessarily brand- or relationship-building. Leave those conversations to your marketing people. One thing to keep in mind, if they’re just talking about cooking, pushing an offer for a knife comes across as creepy and intrusive – not the qualities you want people associating with your company.

On the other hand, someone asking “How do I sharpen a dull knife?” is basically asking “Does anyone out there sell a knife that won’t go dull so quickly?” Lucky for you, Bad Mamma Jamma does. Send them an article with tips on sharpening their knife from the Bad Mamma Jamma blog and pair it with a coupon code for a new knife at the same time. In essence, you’ve provided a valuable resource while offering them an alternative solution.

Bonus: Check out our recent blog post on how to filter out the noise when monitoring social media

2Social Media Sales Tip #2:
Beat Your Competition When They #Fail

You are competitive by nature — it’s what makes you good at what you do.  Here are three steps to help drive sales with social media monitoring and really beat the competition.

  1. Monitor social media for mentions of your competitors, specifically those mentions with a negative sentiment (i.e. customer complaints on Twitter, Facebook, etc…).
  2. Address it in your sales pitch as a competitive advantage.  Believe me, if you know what the competition is doing wrong, so does your prospect. Use their preconceived reservations and concerns to your advantage.
  3. When appropriate, reach out directly to people who are complaining about your competitor and tactfully (this word is particularly important, so we’ll repeat it and bold it: tactfully) offer a deal.  Keeping it tactful means keeping it very low-key and low-pressure.  For instance, if someone Tweets about a long line at a hotel check-in, the hotel across the street can reach out with a simple Tweet:  Sorry you had to wait so long.  Next time you’re in town, I hope you’ll consider staying with us. Here’s a VIP code for 25% off!

3Social Media Sales Tip #3:
Ride the Wave of Other Buzzing Businesses

Your marketing team is  working very hard to supply you with brand awareness and potential leads. By using your social media monitoring solution you can also find potential partnership opportunities  to take to your marketing team that will not only drive sales, but make you into a crossover sales & marketing rock star.

For example, let’s say you sell specialty running shoes which are only found online. You could search for companies that sell high-end sports ear buds because some of their customers are likely to be runners.  When their customers talk about running and ear buds, you can reach out to them with an offer for your running shoes.

But you can take it farther — work with your marketing team to reach out to the ear bud company and arrange a cooperative promotion to give away the ultimate runners combo (shoes, ear buds, a water-bottle belt and some music for their music player, for example). Your company and theirs will benefit from the crossover marketing, and you will have found a new way to drive sales. When done right, social media monitoring will empower you to take information to your marketing team that helps both them and you.

You’re in sales, and you want to have the tools you need to create and close sales, and that’s exactly why social media monitoring is important.  It provides the tools you need to drive sales, beat your competition and become a multi-faceted sales rock star.

Leave a comment below telling us about a time you turned a social media post you found into a sales opportunity.

You might also want to check out:

Free Trial of Rignite — software that’ll help you find and jump on sales opportunities on social media.

Free eBook — The Power of Social Signals: How To Drive Business Results By Monitoring Online Conversations

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About the Author
Glen Kosaka

Glen Kosaka is the CEO and Founder of Rignite. He’s the guiding force behind Rignite’s mission to help businesses grow through social media.