Future of Selling“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” -Wayne Gretzky

I know it’s not hockey season but as a Canadian I had to pay dues to the “Great One”. This quote from the great Wayne Gretzky is meant to push you off your status quo and get you thinking about what daily activities you’re doing that are producing little to no results.

Think about it, technology is arguably the biggest force in our economy today and has profound effects on how companies and consumers interact. The industrial revolution changed the entire organization of society. New millionaires were minted almost overnight. Fast forward to the late 90’s and early 2000’s; we can see how in the world of music, for instance, the business model for record companies and artists has completely changed. Record companies were forced to evolve and get with the digital times.

Similarly, in the world of B2B sales the evolution in technology has completely changed our buyer.

Take yourself back to the world of the telephone and how mastery there allowed early adopters of that technology to supercharge their ability to get in front of more buyers. Those that didn’t adapt were quickly crowded out. The rest of us followed suit to stay relevant.

Here we are again. As sales professionals, we are living in very interesting times. Some may call it the best of times; others, the worst of times. With the advent of internet technologies, we are no doubt exposed to more content than we can process. But the fundamental change today is that buyers are doing more and more research online. Google estimates that nearly 82% of all B2B buying queries begin at Google.com. Other studies reveal that 70% of the buying process is now done online. Whichever stat you go with, it doesn’t change the fact. It’s a significant number either way.

If you’re not online accompanying your prospects at different stages of their buying process, you’re truly missing one of the greatest opportunities of our time. The overwhelming majority of sales professionals won’t take any action in learning about Social Selling. The results data about Social Selling, however, shows incredible evidence of success. Here is a snapshot of things we’ve observed with some of our clients:

If you take a small leap of faith and take that first step, with a little bit of daily practice you can literally start to dominate over the competition.

The Bottom Line

This is what Gretzky did. He practiced harder and longer than his peers and developed the ability to go where the puck was going to be. Get started with the first step needed to become a Social Seller – the future of selling. Schedule a time with me and I’ll give you some live tips you can implement immediately. It’s time for you to go from good to great.

To learn more about the topic of social selling, don’t hesitate to reach out to me by clicking on my below calendar link to book a phone call. In the meantime, check out our blogs our 10 Steps to Building a Social Selling Machine.

Amar Sheth


Jamie Shanks

Author: Jamie Shanks

Jamie Shanks is a world-leading Social Selling expert and author of the book, "Social Selling Mastery - Scaling Up Your Sales And Marketing Machine For The Digital Buyer". A true pioneer in the space of digital sales transformation, Jamie Shanks has trained over 10,000's of sales professionals and leaders all around the world.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Blogs

Sep 20, 2019 1:04 pm
Social Media for Sales vs. Social Selling: What’s the Difference? [Infographic]

For years, the above has been a recurring question that I’ve received from sales executives, business owners, and sales leaders. They often misunderstand the word ‘social’ in ‘social selling’ by connecting social media with what their children do on Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram, instead of correlating ‘social’ as a mechanism to do two important things:

Aug 30, 2019 1:00 pm
Train The Trainer: What Most Sales Enablement Strategies Are Missing

After seven years of working with 350-400 customers, it recently dawned on me that there’s a fundamental flaw in the sales training industry. For context, consultants like us typically go into market and provide sales leaders with basic training on how to be a coach of modern, digital sales skills. We then train the sellers … Continue reading “Train The Trainer: What Most Sales Enablement Strategies Are Missing”

May 28, 2019 2:04 pm
Let’s Talk Sales!

This Podcast is about the inspirational journey of Jamie Shanks, the CEO of Sales for life who has trained over 100 thousand personnel across various verticals in sales. He provided training in six continents in organizations such as Microsoft, Oracle, American Airlines, and many more! He has also authored highly acclaimed books such as Spear … Continue reading “Let’s Talk Sales!”

May 16, 2019 4:57 am
70% of Your Pipeline from Social Selling? Arzoo’s Story

 I’ve just returned from a successful business trip to Dubai, and while I was there I met up with one of our customers, Arzoo Edroos. Arzoo is an account-based seller for Refinitiv and Thomson Reuters, and we’ve been working with her for the last seven years.