Define Your Best Customer
To be more effective at developing relationships, one should always take time to describe their best customer. This is the customer that gives you the biggest bang for your buck.
Creating Your Perfect Pitch!
Why should you describe your business to others in 5 to 10 seconds?How long do you think you have to get anyone's attention? 5 minutes? 2 minutes? 30 seconds? It is actually 10 seconds. I know it does not seem like a long period of time but you will be amazed what you can say in 10 seconds.
The History of Sales: Dale Carnegie is Still with Us
I've recently been hearing sales companies talk about how they are 'helping their buyers buy' with a system that is the 'next thing' after Consultative Selling. After becoming familiar with their concepts and methods, I've come to believe they are correct: they are definitely on to the next iteration.
Stop Talking - Start Selling
Selling is not talking. It's listening.
Save Your Breath: How To Sell In Trade Shows Without Pitching
You stand there, in front of your great presentation material, wearing just the right suit or logo shirt, handing out some gimmick with your company name on it, wearing just the right smile or look of professionalism. You might even have a fishbowl at the table - or some type of contest material - to collect business cards of passers by for later use in your sales process.
When I ask salespeople to define what a gatekeeper is, I generally hear: "Someone who keeps out people who will waste the boss's time."But gates are two-sided - they open as well as close: a gatekeeper's job is actually to make sure the boss gets to spend his/her time efficiently.
Selling the Difficult: How to Sell What People Dont Understand How to Buy
I'll play a seller, using conventional selling methods, selling something difficult to understand; you be the prospective buyer. As we go through the process together, note your reactions, how your beliefs are being challenged, what 'objections' and emotions come up for you as I try to 'sell' you.
The Trusted Advisor Relationship: What Is It, and What Should It Be?
For the past months, maybe a year, I've been hearing sales groups talk about the need to become Trusted Advisors (I'll call them TAs). I suspect that the problems cropping up in the sales arena these days - the increased length of the sales cycle, the increased levels of competition - are leading sales management to base their initiatives on being of true service to prospects, as a way to seem different from the competition.
Going Global: Communication Across Mental Boundaries
A completed communication consists of a sender and a receiver. If there is just a sender - like in a pitch, or a lecture, or a commercial, or advertisement, or even a newsletter - it's not a communication, but an assertion, or a monologue, or an opinion.
What is a Pitch?
I've been training in countries outside the U.S.
The Struggle to Decide: The Paths Customers Take to Solve Problems
Usually my essays discuss the issues that the 'sales' method initiates, methods such as over-long buying cycles, product and brand differentiation problems, price competition, and objections. This article focuses on the buyer: what, precisely, is the real problem they face; and how you lose differentiation/competitive edge/time through your faulty assumption that a sale can be achieved through a clear-cut equation:problem + appropriate product + professional sales effort = sale.
Is Sales Profession an Oxymoron?
If you are in Sales, you have probably heard these before:Q: "How can you tell a sales person is lying?"A: "His lips are moving."Q: "Why do lawyers like sales people?"A: "They give them someone to look down on.
Sales Letters - How to Write Them
You could just send out your brochure to potential customersbut it's much better to personalise your mailing with a wellwritten sales letter.Personalise - Using the person's name in a sales letter willgive you the greatest success.
The Relationship Between Colour & Sales
Make no mistake that emotions are the driving force behind sales, and customers making buying decisions can be influenced through visual elements towards a particular behaviour or emotion that will encourage more sales.Not convinced? Have you noticed that a lot of restaurants are decorated in/heavily feature reds and/or oranges? Still not convinced?Pizza HutFrankie & BennysBurger KingLittle ChefTGI FridayBella Pasta (one of the few to focus on Orange rather than red)These major players understand the psychology behind colour and its relationship to marketing which dictates that red and orange specifically encourage restaurant patrons to eat faster; thus yes you guessed it - increasing sales within the same period of time.
An Ideal Selling Situation
The largest sale that I ever closed was negotiated over hot dogs and a soft drink at a refreshment stand, just off the exhibit floor, at a Superintendent of School Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. I met an educator who was interested in the summer study abroad programs that I was selling at the show.
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A Look at Child Mannequins
Not all mannequins are made to look like full-grown adults. Child mannequins are also common in many clothing stores.
Quotations Tell... Proposals Sell!
The traditional "Quotation" was originally devised during the Industrial Revolution of the 1850's and has changed little to the present day. It is a totally Dickensian format and absolutely out of date in a situation where supply so completely outstrips demand.
Doomed Before You Dial?
Several weeks ago, I conducted a "Mastering the Cold Call" seminar for the Printing Industries of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. At the end of the seminar, a participant came up to me and said, "Thank you! I learned so much! I learned 'Don't Take No for an Answer.
Selling Strategy - 5 Ways To Success
Web sites exist for essentially two purposes. The first isto provide information.
Cold Calling Reluctance
Most salespeople I know consider cold calling a dreadful, but essential activity in our profession. Even those who are good at it rarely like it.
How to Set Appointments
The Importance of setting appointments is crucial to running a business. They are the key to a successful business.
Hurrican Selling Styles
As I prepare this issue of this Newsletter, at 37,000 feet on my way to Greenville South Carolina, the east coast is being battered by a Hurricane.All hurricanes seem to start out as a blip on a distant radar screen.
Money Does Talk!
When buying something, you can buy in one of two markets. The first is buying on terms in the retail market and the second is buying in the wholesale cash market.
Open Your Introduction With A Firecracker Moment
The number one requirement, whether you are a business owneror an employee, is to be able to say what you do, and say itwith influencing results. Through testing, I have seen,experienced, and received feedback that an elevator speechno longer works.
10 Amazing Product Selling Formulas
1. Sell your products at a wholesale price to retailweb sites.
Hi,I'd like to discuss the most powerful words you can use during the selling process.Quote: Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind.
Can Barter Help Increase Cash Sales and Visability for Your Small Business?
Barter is becoming an increasingly popular method of commerce. The U.
Get the Most Out of Your Current Customer
The customers you already have could be your biggest lead source, and you may not even realize it.Think about it this way, every customer you have, most likely has brothers, sisters, parents, cousins, and friends, so why not tap into it.
First, Fast, And Foremost . . .
First - being before all others. Fast - moving or able to move quickly.
I Don't Want To Be Sold; I Want To Buy
I went shopping for clothes today.My plan was to buy a navy blue sports coat, a couple of shirts and ties and maybe a pair of black shoes.
Winning Sales Proposals
Your proposal is selling for you when you're not there, so it must reflect your standards of professionalism.Like it or not, sales proposals are a tool of the trade, and writing a well-crafted proposal can mean the difference between winning and losing a client's business, especially if you are selling to major accounts.
The Wall of Defensiveness: 7 Ways to Tear It Down
Have you ever gotten frustrated when you realize that your prospects keep stereotyping you as a "salesperson"? And because of that, they don't give you the trust and openness that you deserve, and that are essential if you're going to help them solve their problems?That's what's been happening to Michael, who calls companies to set appointments with decisionmakers. "I have a great product that I'm passionate about," he told me, "but when I call prospects, they immediately start treating me as just another salesperson who's trying to sell them the same type of product that others have tried to sell to them in the past.
Health Insurance Lead and Health Insurance Leads
Health insurance lead generation systems provide a stead stream of potential clients for health insurance brokers. Health insurance leads are considered to be people who may need health coverage to supplement the health coverage provided by their employer.
Everyones Favorite Topic - 3 Tips for How To
I believe that everyone understands that no matter what business you are in- Real Estate, Financial Services, Teaching, Auto Sales any other profession, we are all in the PEOPLE BUSINESS. It's been said that fully 85% of your success in life is directly related to your ability to effectively work with people.
An attractive woman has a decided advantage as sales representative over her male counterpart. This "selling edge" is primarily due to the existence of the "glass ceiling" found in most business organizations today.