Making remote selling as good as face-to-face

For those used to the vibrant world of face to face selling the new world of remote selling may seem highly alien at best. At worst, you may totally feel like a fish out of water. We feel your pain!

If your whole sales safety zone was live presentations, handshakes, and building personal relationships over drinks, it’s very understandable to feel slightly lost. And you may be experiencing much tougher times than most of us. Getting to grips with how to sell effectively in the new virtual world may seem very daunting. Your whole way of operating in business may have been completely turned upside down.

A whole different ball game

So as a great field seller how can you pivot effectively to building relationships, pitching, and presenting? How do you get to grips with a virtual sales arena? The long firm handshake that seals the deal has been assigned to history. So how do you build deep long lasting relationships without meeting face to face? It’s not the same, but in the most important ways, it kind of is.

More than ever, trustworthiness is everything

Building credibility and trust with clients is still key to effective sales and business development. That will never change. In the new virtual selling world being seen as trustworthy is even more important. You just have to approach it in a slightly different way. Here are some tips on how to switch from face to face selling to remote selling without the tears.

Technology is your new friend

There is no shortage of online sales tools available on the market. Do your research, ask for help, and get some demos to find the best ones that work for you, your team and your clients needs. The secret to making these new tools work is communication and collaboration, especially with team members. Write, chat and call much more than you normally would. Over communicate if necessary.

Although nothing really beats a face-to-face meeting, with preparation, practice and patience anyone can nail the virtual alternatives. Pick a video conferencing tool that you like and get to know it inside out. You need to feel confident using it and the more practice you have the better your outcome will be. Test and make sure everything works and practice, practice, practice. 

Outreach is a perfect match in virtual

Prospecting, connecting and networking are perfect partners in the virtual selling world and you may already be using Linkedin and other platforms. If you are working remotely you’ll have greater freedom in your calendar to cultivate and reach out to clients and prospects more. And on the flip side you’ll also be more available to your team and clients too.

Forget the old-school pitch formula

Meetings will continue and pitches will be won. But even though you can achieve great results from virtual pitches, don’t try to shoehorn them into the old-style pitch formula. It just won’t work. One thing to remember is that as we mostly still work from home, we’re still having to adapt to the new working environment. Things have naturally become a little more relaxed and accommodating. But that doesn’t mean your approach to your pitch should be.

Preparation is key to remote selling

Virtual sales meetings are normally tightly scheduled. You won’t have the added benefit of longer ‘meet and greets’ and ‘getting to know yous’ as with face-to-face appointments. Time is tight and attention spans are very limited. Relook at your sales decks, rework them if necessary to be shorter, more impactful and more easy to digest. Really think about how they’ll be viewed on the ‘small-screen’.

Encourage engagement with lots of questions

Attention spans are getting shorter. In a virtual meeting it’s even worse! So keep participants engaged by asking questions. Use their first name to catch attention and make it personal. Don’t forget the meeting is about them, you’re there to help. Ask questions throughout the presentation not just at the start.  

Remote selling conclusion

Being successful in remote sales is a skill that requires practice, just as much as its face-to-face counterpart. The good news is that your existing sales skills are easily transferable, and with the help of modern online sales tools your transition from face-to-face to virtual sales will be a breeze. 

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