Selling Your Best Of Ballot: 10 Tips for Prospecting

by Julie Foley Second Street

    • Create a list of your top 10-20 competitive business categories that spend money on advertising in your market. Think hospitals, legal, banks, real estate, auto dealerships, and home services.


    • Target businesses that would show up in three or more categories on your ballot. Those businesses are more likely to purchase a high-level sponsorship package. For instance, a local auto shop may show up for Best Auto Body Repair Shop, Best Auto Detailing, and even Best Car Stereo Installer.


    • From that, create a list of the top ten businesses in each of the industry categories you have defined. This will make a list of 100+ top prospects to prospect for ballot sponsorships.



    • Assign inside sales reps to make contact with businesses who are not on your top prospects list and have expressed interest in the ballot (such as downloading a sales kit or nominating their business.)



    • Set goals for how many of each package you want to sell in each phase. We created a Best Of Revenue Calculator to help you create your goals. Remember, while most revenue will come from your Winners’ Phase (primarily through thank-you ads), there is still money to be made in the Nomination Phase and the Voting Phase. There are plenty of businesses eager to claim that title.


    • Create sales materials to help advertisers understand how they are presented on the ballot. Make sure to list all relevant dates and deadlines, as well as a section explaining details of each of the sponsorship opportunities. We have examples for sales collateral here in our Best Practice Guide.


    • Keep your sales team focused to work towards your goal and report their progress every day. Try creating a wall in your office or a shared document online to track your progress. Make it a competition to keep your team excited!


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