THE MONTHLY SELLING NEWSLETTER WITH IDEAS TO SELL MORE NOW
The Selling Quote for the Month
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Do you think this quote has nothing to do with sales? Think again. There are unfortunately sales managers who abuse their salespeople. I’ve heard too many business owners say, “My salespeople are making too much money. I need to change their compensation structure.”
What I found was that the least successful business owners often executed this poor strategy. What was sad was that their staff often accepted the abuse.
I know it’s hard to change jobs. At least, speak up if this is your situation. My most successful customer was thrilled when his salespeople made a lot of money. One of his top salespeople made over $400,000. My customer’s thrilled response, “When my salespeople make 16% (their commission) I make 84%.” So either find a manager who appreciates successful selling or speak up for yourself if you work for one who does not.
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Strategies to Get the Sale
You’re in the midst of a difficult sale. Your competitors are tough. What’s the best way for your prospect to pick you so you can close the sale? Here are strategies for you to get the sale.
Be the most credible. If you’re up against competition, if you only speak glowingly about your products and services, you come across as a phony salesman. Your job is to introduce reluctant testimony, or something small that’s a negative about your offering, but can be interpreted as a positive. Maybe your company is smaller than the competition. The negative is that you don’t have as many resources as your competitors. The positive is that you work harder than they do to deliver higher levels of customer satisfaction. Introduce the negative and make sure you showcase it as a positive.
Help him to avoid problems. It’s your job to show your customer that you’re the one looking out for his best interests. How can you do that? Help him buy. You know more than your prospect about the purchase, unforeseen obstacles and what can go wrong. If you don’t, you should. It’s your job to help him make a decision that fits his needs that also addresses any issues that might come his way. Show him how choosing you and your products will help him avoid those problems.
Show that you work harder. Remember Avis, the number 2 car rental company? Their slogan was We Try Harder. You need to demonstrate that. You also need to get the credit. Using some finesse, demonstrate what you do for your prospect or your value. For example, if you’re in a negotiation where your prospect wants more from management, you can say, “I don’t know if it’s possible, but I’ll propose what you want. I’ll do my best to make the case to get it for you. “ Be smart, too. Ask your prospect, “If I can get what you want, can we agree that you’ll buy from me?” That way, you get a commitment for the sale. When you do get what your prospect wanted, you call and say, “Good news. I was able to convince my management to agree to your proposal.” You look like the hero and you just got the deal.
Follow up. Too many salespeople selling too many products make their pitch and then vanish. Sure there are customers who say they need to think about their decision before they make it. Then there are those customers who really do evaluate their choices to make their buying decision. Who gets more points during their evaluation stage? It’s the salesman who follows up with legitimate questions to make sure the decision is moving forward. If you call to say, “I’m just touching base” you not only don’t get any points, you get a deduction. You’re not adding any value to the customer. Instead, ask if he needs any more data other than what you provided. Maybe he wants to discuss specific criteria that might impact his particular situation. These are legitimate questions to follow up. Touching base is not.
When a customer is truly evaluating his options to buy, your job is to help him pick you. After all, when you look out for his best interests isn’t that the best choice?
1. What reluctant testimony could you discuss with a customer?
2. What problems do you help prospects avoid?
Did You Know?
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3. How to get customers to come to you.
4. How to avoid wasting time on the wrong prospects.
5. How to be perceived as an expert so customers quickly trust you.
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