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  • Jan 03 / 2013
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Become a Certified Sales Professional Langara College Online Course

I wanted to personally introduce you to a program that can immediately help you boost your company revenues and personal career. It’s said that nothing happens until someone sells something. We teach a lot of companies how to use social media to build brand, community and drive leads to that business… but someone still needs to know how to sell to turn that into revenues.

Working with Langara College, international speaker Bill Gibson of Knowledge Brokers (South Africa) and our team here at Socialized we have put together the ultimate sales training program for new sales professionals and professionals that want to add a revenue generating toolkit to their repertoire. The methodologies in this program have been successfully used and implemented by major sales organizations including BMW, ABSA Bank, Gestetner, Vodacom, Siemens and Ford to name a few.

Here’s a quick video we shot where Shane Gibson (me) facilitator of the program  walks you through what you will learn.

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Our next program starts soon and here are the dates:

Successful Selling Strategies 
(50203) Jan. 14, 2013

Persuasion, Communication & Relationship Building
(50204) Feb. 12, 2013

Motivation, Closing & Keeping Clients
(50205) Mar. 11, 2013

Sales & Planning Toolkit
(50206) Apr. 8, 2013

Each course is 18 hours in duration held over a six week period and consists of weekly reading, presentations, group discussions and live webinars. If participants can’t make the date and time of the live-webinar there will be an opportunity to watch a recorded version. All courses have testing built-in and each participant must have a passing grade in all courses to be eligible for the certificate.

This certificate is awarded to students who have successfully completed all four online courses below.
  1. Successful Selling Strategies
  2. Persuasion, Communication & Relationship Building 
  3. Motivation, Closing & Keeping Clients
  4. Sales & Planning Toolkit
Students will have access to their course on the first day using the Blackboard learning system. For course descriptions of our offerings at Langara College this term, please click HERE  and then on the orange Course Title. Please note that the CRN is the course number forregistration.  If you have any questions at all, please email Lynn atlkitchen@langara.bc.ca

 

  • Feb 20 / 2011
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Social Media Assessment Part 1 of 7

Today’s social media podcast is part 1 of a 7 part series on assessment. Before any major endeavor we need to take inventory of our assets, attitudes, and liabilities. Working with everyone from one person businesses right up to fortune 500 companies I have developed a social media assessment process that helps take that inventory. It’s a work in progress and in it’s present form has already helped me develop strong direction and focus with my clients. I’m sharing this process to help my readers and listeners, and also of course to get feedback — what do you like? What am I missing?

This is a process we developed working with our clients at Socialized! and it takes an inventory of the following:

  1. Your existing website: Is it socialized with a blog, integrated with the major social networks and well optimized for search engines?
  2. Your social profiles: Are you maximizing the use of the major social sites that are relevant to your audience. This entails not just creating content but having relevant conversations and engaging?
  3. Social Media Policy: Do you have a personal or corporate social media policy that fosters a social culture and creates accountability?
  4. Social Media Plan: Do you have a strategic plan for launching and sustaining focused social media communications.
  5. Trained staff: Is your team trained in the rules of engagement and in the technical aspects of the tools they will use?
  6. Integration: Silo? Online/Offline? Bi-directional?: What best describes your social media use. If only one person or one department is using it then you will be faced with bottlenecks and a one dimensional communications strategy.
  7. Metrics, Monitoring and Measurement?: Are you using social media monitoring tools like Twitter Search, Post Rank, Google Alerts etc. to find business intelligence, identify stakeholders and get involved in the conversation.

Today’s Podcast is focused on part 1 of the assessment: Your Socialized Site or Blog and asks 12 major questions (covered in the podcast)

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1) Website/blog platform: Is it based upon a platform that is social ready?

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2) Is it easy to upgrade and keep pace with social media advancements?

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3) Does it offer multiple channels/media for two-way communications?

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4) Does it aggregate online conversations about your brand and industry?

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5) Does it provide a launch point to your social media outposts?

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6) Does it provide industry standard blogging capabilities and plugins?

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7) Is it search engine friendly?

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8 ) Does it allow community contribution of content, ideas or questions?

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9) Does it include multiple methods and media to learn about how you can help?

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10) Is it easy for visitors to share all of your content on the web?

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11) Are you proactively participating in communications and conversations on your site?

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12) Is the content consistently updated and current?

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The most important thing to realize here is that most of the questions are focused on how you are using your blog and site. Some of it focuses on basic functionality but most is about the application. I will be posting Part 2 “Your Social Profiles Assessment” in the next few days.

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  • May 26 / 2009
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Listening in Sales Day 9 of the 28 days to Better Selling

IMG_3571 Today’s focus is on listening. A big part of being good at all the steps in the sales process has to do with listening and being totally present.  I have put together (in PDF format) a brief self-assessment on listening for you to complete. A big part of being a successful communicator is self-awareness. Take time during and after this assessment to really look at yourself and acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses as a listener.

Your ability to be totally present during the sales process and to connect empathetically with the client can seperate you from your competition.  Clients often drop clues as to what they value and what they need if we listen closely enough.

Your assignment today is to be totally present and listen intently to everyone you interact with.

Download the listening self-assessment here

  • May 09 / 2009
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28 Days to Better Selling with Shane Gibson

Sales Podcast on Filling Your Sales Funnel in 2009Launches May 18th 2009

If you want to improve your sales and have been too busy to put a plan into place you’re not alone.

I have had many people in the sales community including sales professionals, senior executives and high tech entrepreneurs and bloggers who are all looking for ways to convert connections into long-term clients and relationships.

Their challenge is that most resources available are either one time training opportunities, or extensive and over whelming programs that are tough to implement. This program takes care of all of this.

The 28 Days to Better Selling program is completely free and is 100% content and 0% advertising or promotions. All content focused on helping you.

This concept was inspired by a 31 Days to Build a Better Blog program that Problogger.com put on for 12,000 other bloggers. As a participant it was very helpful for me. The concept is simple:

Here’s how 28 Days to Better Selling Works:

1) A daily task that you can easily implement to improve your sales and business
2) A succinct daily lesson to help you make the improvement

By the end of the 28 days you will have looked at 28 ways to fine tune and improve your sales process and business. The daily lessons will be in written, video or audio format and will take less than 10 minutes each to review.

To Register for the program please enter your e-mail address below:

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  • Apr 16 / 2009
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Social CRM The Future of Sales and Marketing?

I believe that CRM or customer relationships management software is going to be going through some major changes in the next 24 to 36 months.  Not all organizations will have a need for this change, but for those of us who will benefit from this next generation CRM it is an exciting development. Jeremiah Owyang was one of the first people I heard talk about it.

What I am talking about is real time, permission based data on clients that will have the potential to tell us everything from what time of day they are most likely to answer a twitter comment from us to what events they are attending and what brand of TV they prefer or “favorite.”

This data is available on most contacts you have if you are connected to them on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin but the challenge is managing the noise and the chaos to hone in on the events, preferences, and people that matter most to your sales, networking and community building efforts.

A comment made to me on Twitter just moments after recording this podcast was:

From: @Raize604 @shanegibson it’s also more high maintenance CRM which makes me wonder if its worth it

A properly engineered and formatted Social CRM can pull all of this data for you, filter it, help you focus on a target group and tell you when specific people or groups are most responsive to what messages in what mediums.  Here’s today’s sales podcast on Social CRM:

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