Social Selling: Why Twitter is a Powerful B2B Sales Tool

JulioVisko
Julio Viskovich Social Selling Advisor & Strategist, NexLevel Sales

Posted on September 16th 2013

Social Selling: Why Twitter is a Powerful B2B Sales Tool

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Twitter has came along way from a social network in which people told you what flavor of ice cream they were eating to a powerful platform for inside sales teams can count on for success.

Twitter Lists

Lists allow you to filter out all the noise and organize important people. For example, creating a list for industry influencers to help you establish yourself as a trusted source and thought leader by sharing their information and networking with them. Also essential is a list of your current prospects that are in Twitter. Monitor this list to listen for trigger events, or to get to know your prospects and establish some value for your next formal touch point. Also essential is a competitors list for you to gain insight into their positioning, their problems, and who they’re talking to.

The Personal Touch

Twitter gives you a glimpse into what your prospects personal life, likes, and interests are. This information combined with their professional LinkedIn profile will give you a 360 degree understanding of what makes your prospects tick. Knowing their personal lives allow you to immediately build rapport on your calls or email, and have context to have a great conversation. As sales moves toward a more buyer-centric model, this personal information will be going in to your CRM system in order to raise success metrics across the board. 

#Hasthags

Twitter is unique in that it is almost an entirely public social network where you can find information from and interact with people whom aren’t a part of your network. This means the mount of information available is incredibly higher than most, if not  all social networks. By following hashtags that your prospects may be using, you may be able to find an entirely new set of people to sell to. Another great use is to follow the hashtags of events your prospects are attending, or even perhaps you would like to attend. You’d be surprised, following an event or conference hashtag on Twitter is like being right there. It gives you some interesting opportunities to engage with them during the conference and gives you some great ammo to have a great call with them afterwards. 

If you have some other successful ways you’ve used Twitter as a sales tool please share them in the comments.

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JulioVisko

Julio Viskovich

Social Selling Advisor & Strategist, NexLevel Sales

Julio is a Forbe's top 30 social selling expert, was one of the pioneers in the social sales space. and currently acts as the VP of Marketing at social selling powerhouse platform rFactr. He created the social selling program at HootSuite before launching one fo the tops social selling training and strategy companies, NexLevel Sales. Julio published his first book called Sellarketing this year and speaks globally onbehalf of the Global Social Media Institute and holds Adjunct Professor roles in Digital Marketing at UBC and Sauder School of Business. Julio has been involved in social business heavily since about 2010 when using Twitter as a way to engage and train Microsoft Partners, further entrenched after pioneering social selling at HootSuite and since working with fortune 500s on implementing sales and marketing alignment strategies for social selling adoption.

 
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Comments

LilMissGolden
Posted on September 16th 2013 at 1:38PM

This article is very interesting. Twitter helped me a lot in past 2 years. I tweet my new blog posts, my interests and of course my designs. Many people from around the world found me on twitter. Now I have 2 twitter accounts and they are helping me with my promotions :)

Ryan Riley
Posted on September 16th 2013 at 2:38PM

In school right now I am taking a professional selling class and recently we have been looking at relationship selling. Like you said, we are shifting from a transactional selling to a more buyer-centric model. So much time is spent developing an understanding of the customer's needs and desires and I never thought how that could be discovered through Twitter but you're totally right! I especially like what you had to say about tracking hashtags. That's a great way to not only find new prospects, but also a way to begin developing an understanding of them by seeing how they interact/engage on Twitter. 

davidvcoyne
Posted on October 3rd 2013 at 3:35PM

Good points here, Julio. Also when it comes to "Pesonal Touch," you should always respond to a new follower with a "Thank you for following,[FOLLOWER'S FIRST NAME]." Also, provide a link to additional resources that might benefit your new Twitter follower. In the B2B realm: case studies, white papers and special reports are perfect to link to in a Twitter "Thank you" message.

Mary Savery
Posted on October 9th 2013 at 1:57PM

Twitter cannot go unlooked as an essential tool to getting your business the attention it deserves. CableONE's The Wire wrote an article at http://thewire.cableone.net/turbocharge-your-tweet/ discussing this as well.