Don't Let Time Be a Deal Killer. Network Effectively.
1. Determine which person is the best connection.
Since people have so many connections, it’s sometimes difficult to determine the most relevant and important ones. Knowing the strength or quality of a relationship can help you score more meaningful introductions and hopefully more collaborative sales.
2. Know that the best contact may be beside you.
Most companies have databases of their employees’ skills and expertise and staffers have long lists of professional and social relationships.
Thus you might not even need to consult a social networking platform to learn that a colleague the next cubicle over used to work with a decision maker at the company that's a sales prospect.
3. Figure out who knows what on the home team.
Many sales opportunities require a team approach due to their complexity. This is common for bidding processes requiring a request for proposal or request for information.
Knowing which of your fellow employees has specialized knowledge to address questions in a bid can mean the difference between winning and losing a contract. If people within your company possess critical knowledge, make it possible for the sales team to quickly identify who they are.
4. Use the right tools.
Using the right discovery engine can be a powerful tool in helping you better curate and catalog the people you know. Collaborative software tools help companies evaluate “who knows whom” and “who knows what” and understand the full scope of the workforce's capabilities.
If used correctly, collaboration can be a real deal maker. And at the end of the day, that's what successful selling is all about.