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.
When a new salon moved in downtown, Brittany Smith, an account executive at the Statesville Record and Landmark, heard that it was off to a rocky start.
Growing a business is only sustainable when there’s substance to back it up. Bigger isn’t always better. Digital sales specialist Michael Kupniewski, of the Erie Times-News, was well aware of this when he reached out to a local real estate attorney.
Name recognition goes a long way and will attract customers far and wide. So how can smaller, local businesses hope to compete? Jordan Estes, of the Statesville Record and Landmark, had this question on her mind when she approached a motorcycle dealer in his town. The owner had been losing clients to big box retailers in the area, but Estes had a plan.
Danielle McNeely, of the Statesville Record & Landmark, was doing her due diligence as a salesperson when she happened upon an unexpected sales opportunity with a local civic center.
Account Executive Danielle Bernard, of the Hickory Daily Record, understands the importance of standing out, especially when many similar businesses compete on the same playing field. Such was the case for a local family-owned funeral home that just couldn’t seem to break away from the pack.
When a small business goes through a dry spell, it oftentimes just takes the right person to come along and dust off the cobwebs. Meet Michelle Rutledge. The Journal Star representative likely had cleaning on the brain when she approached a local HVAC dealer that was stuck in a rut.
Closing a deal isn’t the end of a sales relationship. A good relationship can last for years, with needs and opportunities evolving as the market does. And so, when Tiffany Marchand, of the Tri-County Times, discovered co-op advertising dollars for one of her current clients, she picked up her phone right away.
Jordan Estes has only been in media sales for a year and a half, but he already has a good grasp of the industry. Recently, he took his talents to a financial planner in the area who had been struggling to make a name for himself in the local market.
Having word-of-mouth credibility on your side is invaluable for a small business. Building that kind of trust and credibility in one’s market is no easy feat, and it’s what keeps people coming back time and again. But in a digital era of online marketing, consumers are making more decisions based on what they see on their computers and smartphones and fewer based on what they find out in face-to-face interactions.