Is Social Selling a Waste of Time for Business Coaches?

by | Jun 28, 2017 | Business Coaching Systems

Lately I’ve been hearing more and more about “social selling”–a sales technique that involves social networking, emailing, and researching…while fastidiously avoiding the phone. And it made me wonder: is social selling a waste of time for business coaches?

While I never recommend that coaches should cold call, I firmly believe that the telephone is and will remain one of the most powerful sales tools for business coaches. Then the other day, I stumbled upon this post by Tony J. Hughes about social selling. According to Hughes:

So many businesses and sales people have confused ‘social selling’ with ‘social marketing’. Social platforms certainly play an essential role for research and creating a strong personal brand that sets an agenda and evidences insight and credibility. But selling is all about engaging the buyer in a meaningful two-way conversation and the human voice is like nothing else for achieving just that.

I couldn’t agree more! While you can (and should!) use all kinds of strategies for lead generation and lead warming, you’ll never sell business coaching without a voice-to-voice conversation–usually a handful of them. Social/digital marketing is a supplement, not a replacement, for the phone.

Hughes continues:

The call you make should have been preceded by social marketing activities in the days or weeks prior where you ‘get yourself into the orbit’ of your prospects without any hard-sell. Then first thing in the morning, before the others snoozers arrive at the office, you’re hammering away with your COMBO outreach strategy:

  • Phone their cell/mobile and if you don’t get a live voice on the other end …
  • Leave a voicemail. Confident, to the point and without mentioning your products or solutions… just the value for them in having a conversation.
  • Then immediately send a LinkedIn InMail or connection request (with context, not ‘cold’)
  • Then send them an email.
Two to three minutes per contact maximum on your pre-prepared list. Ideally, you’re working from your CRM or ‘dialing software’ but a sheet of paper will do the trick. Never blame technology for your failure to drive the necessary level of intelligent activity required to achieve the success you need.
Bingo! You don’t need to make “cold calls” but if you don’t have a steady pipeline, it’s up to you to build one–and the method described above will work wonders. Hughes adds one more bit of advice that I think is crucial for business coaches:
I cannot tell you how many salespeople I meet who just won’t accept responsibility for the creation of their own pipeline. Treat leads from your website, channel, marketing or inside sales team as a bonus. You’ve gotta own your own success, fight for it, work for it, change inside to be worthy of it. Be your own SDR and time-block 2 hours EVERY day for proactive outbound prospecting where you focus on the phone. Use social media and LinkedIn to support your sales strategy but don’t use it to hide like a coward from the phone.
These strategies will help you become a business coaching sales machine. Check out the full post here. And for sales scripts, marketing techniques, and inbound lead generation strategies that have been custom designed for business coaches, get a FREE 30 day trial of our comprehensive business coaching system!

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