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  • Jul 25 / 2009
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Guest Blogger Cindy King on International Sales from Social Media

This blog entry was submitted in support of my 24 hour blogathon for the Vancouver Food Bank (donate here to help feed hunger and poverty). Thank-you Cindy King for all of your support. What an eye opening and incredible blog entry and video. Thanks!

Here it is:

Can You Use Social Media To Get International Sales For Your Business?

As a small business owner based in France targeting North American clients, social media makes good sense for me. And it works my business. Why? Because there are no significant barriers created by cultural differences between the social media I use and the people I connect with.

If you want use social media to develop your international business, there are two things you need to remember.

Sales Techniques

You will need to develop strong international sales negotiation techniques.

This comes with practice. But you must be willing to put in the personal effort needed to develop these skills.

Adapt Your Business

Have a look at the 5 different cultural scales outlined by Geert Hofstede:

· High versus Low Power Distance

· Individualism versus Collectivism

· Masculinity versus Femininity

· High versus Low Uncertainty Avoidance

· Long versus Short Term Orientation

What are these scales? They are an attempt to categorize and explain cultural differences.

I will not go into them here, but click through the link above. It is a very interesting table. You will see scores for a long list of countries for all 5 of these scales. And you can choose your country and another one to see how the two sets of cultural differences compare.

Although these 5 scales seem complex and they have their limitations, it is easy to understand why you need to approach people from different cultures differently.

And International Social Media?

Read the news and open your ears. Social media has hit the world everywhere. Here are a few points to remember:

· There are different social medial platforms in different countries

· What is popular in one country may not be popular in another one

· People use social media differently

It is not easy to get international social media statistics. And I am not sure I would even begin trying to get a comprehensive world vision of social media.

I suggest another approach…

Instead of taking on the whole planet, simply because social media is “free’:

· Keep your business in mind.

· Choose one country and jump into their social media environment.

Do not start with social media marketing. Instead:

· Start with social media networking

Get to know how people use social media in their country and then work on finding out how to adapt marketing your business in this new country.

There are some international social media networking scenarios where it is easy to create business relationships from a distance.

If you have any international social media stories to share, I would love to hear them. Please leave a comment below and tell me how you have used social media within part of your sales process.

Cindy King is a Cross-Cultural Marketer & International Sales Strategist based in France.  She uses her dual background in sales & marketing to help businesses improve their international sales conversion and develop country-specific international sales guides. Connect with her on Twitter @CindyKing

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Blogathon 2009 for Vancouver Food Bank

Blogathon 2009 for Vancouver Food Bank

  • Jul 25 / 2009
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Blogathon 2009, Events and Seminars, Internet Marketing and SEO, Marketing and PR

Mom and FaceBook Greg Kettner Comedy Video

A bit of a warning: there is some profanity in this video. This is Greg Kettner’s (@gregkettner) stand-up comedy segment on FaceBook. I know he’s working on a Twitter one as well.  Although comedic in nature this bit does bring to light some of the challenges of Facebook, friends, drinking, and of course having your Mom see it. Here’s Greg’s comedy act:

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Blogathon 2009 for Vancouver Food Bank

Blogathon 2009 for Vancouver Food Bank

  • Jul 25 / 2009
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Blogathon 2009, Internet Marketing and SEO, Marketing and PR, social media, social media tips, social media training

18 Social Media Tips Under 140 Characters

18 Social Media Tips Under 140 Characters

1.     Use http://www.backtype.com/ to search blog comments about you, your blog or a topic.

2.     Social media is too new for Gurus. We’re all amateurs! That’s what makes it fun and open.

3.     Social Media Phases: Adoption, Population, Pollination, Aggregation, Splintering, Commercializing, and Globalizing.

4.     Social media is here to stay and has more relevance and power everyday.

5.     Embracing and understanding how to use social media is a core life skill, leadership skill and career building skill.

6.     Social media is social. It’s about helping people connect to people using technology, it embodies truly what the internet was intended for.

7.     Social media is not just about technology, it’s a new way of leading, thinking, and connecting with other people.

8.     Social media belongs to all of us. An ordinary consumer, a front line employee, a political activist in Iran all have access and a voice.

9.     You need different messaging for client retention than you do for attraction.

10. Statistics tend to be a history lesson. Growth and human behavior are rarely linear. Listen to customers and staff.

11. Use social listening tools: http://www.collecta.com/ http://www.twitority.com/ http://socialmention.com/ http://www.twazzup.com/

12. Develop a social media policy and set of guidelines to keep your team on track and on message.

13. You can force someone to be social, you can only give them the tools and training.

14. Worry less about selling and more about connecting and rapport.

15. Read Free the Future of a Radical Price before launching your next marketing campaign.

16. Read “Ignore Everybody” by Hugh Macleod if you want to tap into your social media creativity.

17. Spend time each day promoting and contributing to another blogger’s success.

18. What works for you now will only keep working until it is no longer unique. Keep innovating.

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Blogathon 2009 for Vancouver Food Bank

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  • Jul 25 / 2009
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Dave Kahle Sales Blog Guest Entry on Keeping Track of Names

Sales Best Practices: Keeps track of all the names, titles, and positions of all the key contact people within every account.

This is so basic, you would think everyone would be doing it. Not so.

I was sitting across the desk from the operations manager of the company for which I had worked a number of years earlier. We were reminiscing, and he told me this story.

In the time after I had left this company, it had been swallowed up by a large national company. Now, at number two in the nation, it was again being merged with number three. The government got involved, and mandated that every salesperson fill out a form for every account doing over $100,000 in annual business.

The operations manager described how he looked over the forms as he assembled them to send back to the government. As he did so, he got a sick feeling in his stomach. It seems that on many of the forms, the names listed were nicknames, and there was no title indicated.

He told me that he realized that his salespeople didn’t know the full name and correct title of the key contact people in their largest accounts!

While that may sound like an exception to you, I have since discovered that it is the rule, not the exception. The sad truth is that few salespeople have systematically collected and stored the full names and accurate titles of their key contact people. As a result, their proposals and correspondence are amateurish and they look unprofessional to their customers.

Such a simple little thing!

Yet, over and over again, it’s not the big things that separate the Top Gun performers from the pack. It’s the methodical, disciplined adherence to excellence in the little things.

I know there are thousands of salespeople who are reading this right now, thinking “I already know that.” Yet, most of them aren’t methodical and systematic in their execution of this practice. It’s not what you know that makes you into a Top Gun performer, it is what you do.

That’s why the best practices are called “practices.”

About the author: Dave Kahle is one of the world’s leading sales training educators. Since 1988, Dave has worked with over 400 companies, helping them to increase their sales and develop their sales people. He’s been published over 1,000 times, writes a weekly Ezine (subscribe for free at http://www.davekahle.com/mailinglist.htm), and has authored seven books. Dave’s website is available at http://www.davekahle.com, and you can follow his sales blog at http://www.davekahle.com/salesblog.

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