Joining the Chamber of Commerce...again?

I was just directed to join the Chamber of Commerce...again. Now, I've worked in several industries "industry agnostic" and in return have joined several chambers in different parts of the country b/c my DR had big hopes of generating sales from the chamber...this never happened...ever. Almost everyone in the networking sessions seemed to be looking to "sell" something themselves or was retired and had a connection or two to give that never really happened either.


I was just asked by the board to assign one of my AEs to join the local chamber and act as our rep in hopes of leading to many sales.


I'd love to hear about any experience in working with local chambers in a sales effort?!

Selling to the local chamber network - how many annual deals have you done?

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Too many to count!
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69%
Zero!
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Filth
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Live Filthy or Die Clean
WASTE OF MONEY & TIME. So many open & free networking events that have much better opportunities. Good on you to challenge the value.
CuriousFox
WR Officer
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I agree with Filth. This also could be dependent on what you sell.
oldcloser
Arsonist
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CR๐Ÿ’€
Yeppers. Highly dependent on what you're peddling. Enterprise software? Hard no. Corporate incentives/vacations? Probably not. Mail chimp? Sure.
Fenderbaum
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Retired Choirboy๐Ÿช•
What'd you call me?
oldcloser
Arsonist
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CR๐Ÿ’€
My bad. Typo. I meant what's on sale? Pimp.
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VP of Business Development
LOVE IT! TY!
Kosta_Konfucius
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Sales Rep
I was told the same thing when I first started in payroll sales, it was one of those things leadership told you to do. But every top rep said its a waste of time.

However, whenever the prospect was a member of the chamber. I would use that to get approval on more favorable terms since "they will be bragging about us and referring us to his huge network"
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VP of Business Development
Interesting way to bring it back around to the membership. Thank you for your feedback!
Pachacuti
Politicker
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They call me Daddy, Sales Daddy
I went to 1 Chamber networking event years ago and never went back. Complete waste of my time. They tried to hard sell me on joining but I laughed and left.
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VP of Business Development
Thank you for your feedback!
Maximas
Tycoon
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Senior Sales Executive
Zero,I believe it's a complete waste of time,tbh!
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VP of Business Development
TY!
IndianaShep
Politicker
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Director of Sales and Marketing
For the sales side, yeah youโ€™re selling to a bunch of people who joined for themselves. However in my marketing hat it has provided good leads that I have pushed through both funnels to eventually close. Itโ€™s not as bad as cold calling, and sometimes you get a free meal.

But we joined because my board wanted us to. If I had to make cuts itโ€™s among the first to go. I personally think there are better opportunities to pursue with those time and financial resources.
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VP of Business Development
TY for the feedback!
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