Ten Ways Twitter has Completely Changed the Sales Process

Ten Ways Twitter has Completely Changed the Sales Process by Pat Kitano (@pkitano) on May 21st, 2009:

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Pre-Twitter [or lets say Pre-Sales 2.0] Post-Twitter [or lets say with Sales 2.0]
Sales opportunities run through channels and pipelines Sales opportunities also arise out of cloud, provider and client find each other via “shared business interest”
Sales happen closer to where the sales force is physically based Sales can happen virtually anywhere with priority based upon size of opportunity
Relationships and networks facilitate execution Sure, relationships matter, but older networks usually don’t facilitate new opportunities. Twitter builds new networks quickly via search, target and network
Referral-based networking systems conducive to building business connections Sure, referrals work, but credible online reputation will now serve as a “self-reference”
Scheduling conference call three weeks in advance (frankly, I always thought this was arrogant) Instantaneous, and serendipitous conversations happen
Hard to get noticed by decision makers Retweet decision maker, compliment, and comment. Easy to start a conversation.
Dealing with the “gatekeeper” Twitter facilitates direct communication between relevant parties
Sales calls limited from 9 to 5 On Twitter, business conversations can happen any time (if one so chooses), because Twitterers are generally on 24-by-7
Closing requires face-to-face Twitter, social media and the recession facilitates closing by most economical means possible
Tedious sales support based on phone tree systems and locating the right resources Twitter begins to replace the phone system with new support and CRM tools (note Salesforce is integrating Twitter)
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4 thoughts on “Ten Ways Twitter has Completely Changed the Sales Process”

  1. “Retweet decision maker, compliment, and comment. Easy to start a conversation.”

    I think that’s the blocker as real decisionmakers at typcial endcustomers like F500 from VP level up won’t use twitter. What do you think?

    regards
    Achim

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    1. Hi Achim
      I would agree with you that at this point in time not too many real decision makers at Fortune 500 companies from Vice President level and up are using Twitter but maybe the ones who influence the decision makers monitor Twitter or tweet what they are looking for.
      Maybe more and more people will discover the power of real time search via 3rd party apps and sites or just see Tweets via Google. Then you would also be able to raise awareness for your product or service amongst non Twitter user.
      The blog post above is just citing what Pat Kitano (@pkitano) wrote on May 21st, 2009 at http://mediatransparent.com/2009/05/21/ten-ways-twitter-has-completely-changed-the-sales-process/

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