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Lee Broxson

Lee has been successfully selling communications to business for over 18 years. Lee spent over 13 years at Griffin in a variety of sales roles and was Head of Sales when the company was sold in 2012. Lee developed several successful sales programmes at Griffin based on unique processes. These were designed to help salespeople better understand and meet business communication needs and they were fundamental to the success of the company. Lee won the prestigious Comms Business industry award for Sales Person of the Year award in 2009. Lee’s career in the channel began selling computer components and peripherals for ASL through a channel of IT resellers and selling Internet services for The Internet Advertising Corporation. Before starting with Jola, Lee was working as Product Director for Daisy Communications focusing on Ethernet.

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Selling in 2024

Posted by Lee Broxson on 17-Jan-2024 18:20:16

The B2B buying process has undergone significant change in the last 10 years. Surveys have shown that when SMEs are buying ICT they 1. Research the web 2. Approach existing suppliers 3. Ask peers for recommendations. Unsolicited approaches by phone, email or IM are disliked, ineffective and may actually hamper your chances, especially when used in isolation. Your salespeople are your most expensive resource. Stop wasting their time and expertise by forcing them to make hundreds of cold calls, most of which end in failure or rejection.

For quality run-rate leads you need a 5-touch inbound marketing strategy that combines direct mail, social media, PR, SEO and events. For larger prospects, you need an ABM (Account Based Marketing) programme that integrates the sales and marketing departments. It’s easier to sell to existing customers, so build an effective cross-selling programme using product specialists where justified.

The biggest waste of your time is the deal you don’t win

The best test of a new supplier is conversion rate and margin. Good Account Managers help you identify and qualify opportunities. They give you the questions to ask to uncover problems and needs and they help you close deals. A channel-only vendor growing rapidly with a lot of partners is a good sign because it means their partners are closing lots of large contracts. Most vendors say they have a channel programme but there is little substance behind the fluff. Ask for evidence and references. Pull their accounts!

Don’t let new products damage the relationship with your customers

Make sure your vendor has properly developed products that can be easily productised and billed. They should be provisioned, managed and supported through a mature, well-established, API-enabled, real-time, self-service portal. Ask for evidence that the products are reliable and easy to support. Make sure you don’t lose control of the process and the relationship with your end users. Your salespeople will be reluctant to sell anything that might damage the rapport they have with their customers and/or puts core product lines at risk.

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Topics: mobile data

Why are estate agents choosing Jola for hosted telephony?

Posted by Lee Broxson on 24-Apr-2015 11:37:13

Estate agents are often out of the office showing property. When driving to and from appointments they need to be in contact with the office to get updates on sales in progress and to take new appointments. 

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Topics: Hosted telephony

Need more funding for your customers' connectivity?

Posted by Lee Broxson on 09-Apr-2015 10:30:00

Club together to fund faster connectivity to your business park 

The BDUK voucher scheme allows companies to club together the £3k grant available if it means getting fibre to them collectively.  A Jola Partner had a customer who wanted faster broadband but it wasn't available at a reasonable cost due to the extra work needed digging up the road and laying cable. He saw this as an opportunity and went round to all to units to let them know about the voucher scheme and the quandary his customer was in, our partner managed to sell the idea of collectively bringing fibre into the business park setting up a multi tenanted access network to 15 of the 20 units.

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Topics: Connectivity

Funding scheme for faster connectivity extended

Posted by Lee Broxson on 09-Apr-2015 10:17:00

What is the scheme?

The Broadband Connection Vouchers scheme is a grant run by the Government to help SMEs upgrade their broadband to faster, better connectivity. The scheme provides financial support (up to a maximum of £3000) to businesses for the purchase of superfast Internet connections and has just been extended to over 50 cities across the UK. 

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Topics: Connectivity

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