In this episode, Mark fields a listener question and decides to dedicate the show’s topic to the inquiry. The question comes from a recently hired sales rep who is beginning their career at a craft brewery.
Listen in on how Mark suggests a weekly planning regimen for the newly minted rep. He also goes into detail on how to build rapport with accounts while cultivating relationships at both the account and wholesaler level. In this episode, Mark reveals his “Funnel Technique” on how to probe account buyers while listing three “Must Do” corollaries. He also talks about how to manage a sales geography and prioritize “A and B” level accounts. On this topic he stresses the critical importance of routinely visiting these accounts – in person. This recommendation goes against the grain as more and more reps opt to text their accounts. This physical contact becomes the sales rep’s Key Differentiating Advantage while serving to further build relationships which Mark characterizes as “stock investments” that grow in value with each visit.
Even the savvy sales executive will learn something new in this episode as Mark introduces yet another, “Mark-ism” which he describes as, “favor banking.” He also reveals his strategy for leveraging Experiential Event investment and how to tap into networking groups that will lead to repeat placement and volume increases. A must listen for anyone looking to sharpen their selling skillset.