Is being underestimated a competitive advantage?

Written by Jamie Irvine | 2.5-minute read

Is being underestimated a competitive advantage?

Yes, I believe so. Continue reading “Is being underestimated a competitive advantage?”

HOW TO DO SOCIAL SELLING THE RIGHT WAY & THEN SCREW IT ALL UP!

Written by Jamie Irvine | 3-minute read

This week I met with a supplier.

My roles, as both a Sales Professional and an Entrepreneur,¬†allow me to often be on “both sides of the desk” as it were in sales situations.

As the potential customer for this supplier, I observed several things that I thought were interesting and reminded me of how to do it, and simultaneously how NOT to do it.¬† Continue reading “HOW TO DO SOCIAL SELLING THE RIGHT WAY & THEN SCREW IT ALL UP!”

Interested in Starting Your Own Business

Written by Jamie Irvine | 5-minute read

Starting your own business is a noble goal as it provides you with the platform to create and accomplish amazing things. It is also a journey that is full of danger and adventure.

If you’re really serious about starting your own business then I invite you to allow me to be your guide on this journey. Let’s get started. Continue reading “Interested in Starting Your Own Business”

The Emotional Side of Sales

Written by Jamie Irvine | 3.5 Minute Read

If you care about your career, your business, and the people you do business with then regardless of whether you are willing to admit it or not there is an emotional side to sales.

All the sales training tells us that when we are selling we need to put our heart and soul into our sales process but then when we are rejected all the sales training tells us to not take it personally.

How can you do both? Continue reading “The Emotional Side of Sales”

Social Selling – 10 Steps to Making a Sale (3-minute read)

Learn about a social media strategy that actually produces results.

Social selling is a buzzword term but it has become so much more than that. I don’t think you are going to see people use the term social selling in the future, it’s just going to be called selling. The reality is that outbound B2B salespeople should be using social media accounts now and if they are not, they will be, if they want to stay relevant and profitable. These social tools, like smartphones, email, and CRM software will become standard tools for all salespeople.

For now, we can define social selling this way:

Social selling is when salespeople use social media to interact directly with their prospects. Salespeople will provide value by answering prospect questions and offering thoughtful content until the prospect is ready to buy.” – HubSpot

Now that we understand what social selling is let’s discuss how you can use it to influence your revenue to grow.

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7 Secrets to Being Booked Two Months Ahead All Year Long! (5-minute read)

Learn how to always have work booked in advance and remove the stress and strain of earning enough money.

When you start a service business it is very stressful to struggle to find work. Going days or weeks between jobs can create a range of emotions from panic to depression. When a customer finally calls, in our eagerness to book work we may actually put the would-be customer off by sounding and acting desperate.

My contracting business is booked 2 – months in advance with the exception of during our one seasonally slow time where we drop down to being booked only 1 – 2 weeks in advance. We have 6 trucks so when I say we are booked I mean every truck is booked 2 – months in advance.

The best part about this is that our system can be replicated. Here is how we do it.

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Social Media – 2 Mistakes I’ve Made Recently (3 minute read)

Learn about the mistakes I’ve made using social media for business and the solutions that have worked for me.

I’ve been an entrepreneur since 2009 and social media has not been part of my contracting businesses marketing strategy. Our contracting business has seen consistent growth year after year using Google Organic Search Results, Google Business Listings and Google AdWords to drive traffic to our website. We have a regional focus and our customers have never once in all these years asked us about social media.This, of course, will change as our target demographic changes but that is a subject for another post.

Now that I have started to BLOG, social media is part of my marketing strategy. Being new to using social media in business I’m learning as I go and I have identified 2 mistakes that I have been making.

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