AdMall and SalesFuel are proud to present the Sell Smarter® Awards. The awards are presented quarterly to qualified media sellers who have shared a recent story of their sales success in generating new business or significantly growing an existing account. Entries are judged by members of the editorial team at Media Sales Today and representatives of SalesFuel, Inc.
Media sellers who submit their success stories and are selected for a Sell Smarter! Award receive a plaque, a $50 gift card, and a chance to win an iPad in a random drawing at the end of the year.
We get it: change is hard, especially when it comes to new business ventures. So, when Account Executive Deby Okum approached a beauty and barber school in Daytona Beach, Florida, she was not surprised to learn that it was in dire need of a new lesson plan. Specifically, the school had never run a digital marketing campaign, and as a result, was losing out on tons of potential opportunities for growth.
In the world of media sales, one learns to have thick skin. That’s because for every sale made, there are twice as many lost. But such is the nature of the business. If all the pieces don’t fall into place, a solid pitch can often be DOA.
In a game of chess, true skill lies in the ability to look several steps ahead. The same holds true for advertising. Research data for previous and current selling periods is of limited value, whereas the best deals are made using foreknowledge. This is something John Canfield, an account executive for the Olympian, took to heart when he called upon a struggling property management service company.
Autumn is a tough time to sell advertising, when most companies have long since solidified their yearly budgets and are already looking to the next year. That didn’t deter Ashley Reetz, a Media Consultant for KOAA-TV. Reetz took a chance, along with a page from the AdMall playbook, when she decided to call a local performing arts company.
Beth Dock, an account executive for Comcast Spotlight, is no stranger to success. With AdMall’s help, she closed a sale with a car dealership earlier this year that was worth nearly $50,000. Hoping to go for a double feature, Dock next went knocking on the door of a local dental company specializing in dentures and implants.
Danielle McNeely, a multimedia specialist from the Statesville Record & Landmark, faced a tough challenge when approaching an outdoor power equipment dealer in her area. The company had been courted many times in the past by sales reps, but the owners were always quick to say no. This was due in part to the two-person ownership team, who were notoriously difficult to get through to.
Holidays are always a lucrative time of year for businesses and Valentine’s Day is no exception. As one of the biggest shopping days of the year, it’s a prime market for advertisers, not to mention the perfect time to approach new clients.
Brittany Smith was fairly new to her position as an account executive at the Statesville Record & Landmark when she approached a local furniture store about purchasing ads in her newspaper. It sounded like the typical sales call, but there was a catch.
When a company has been around for more than 60 years, it’s obviously doing something right. Such is the case for a Sunbury, PA-based furniture store, that carries three major lines of furniture, as well as the Sealy line of mattresses. Being the veteran store in the area, their name is well established, but new competitors have been popping up for some time. In this case, there are more than eight other stores in the immediate area.