So many people get caught up in talking, especially salespeople, about features. Someone comes into your store, or on the telephone, or across the desk, and you are so focused on what your product does that you don’t talk about the benefits they are going to get from it. So remember to talk about the features and the advantages of those features, and the benefits that your customer is going to receive.
We all love to hear more yeses and Yes is the key to more sales in any direct sales business. Here is a simple system to boost your number of yeses so that you can increase sales and make more money from home.
There is such leverage in high gross profit margins once a company is past break-even. Every dollar of gross profit falls to the bottom line, increasing net profit faster with each transaction. The point is that once a company is stable at or above the break-even point, one incremental unit generates robust increases in net profit.
Once you realize that your business needs the world’s largest purchaser (U.S. government municipalities) as a customer, the next step is to determine how to become a government contractor. The following is a framework for how to initiate this process.
Mindshare is top of mind (so to speak) in most marketing and sales conversations. How do we capture the hearts, minds and imaginations of customers? It seems, however, we are talking about the wrong thing.
Clearly identifying the customer is critical in focusing our sales and marketing where we have the greatest insights, where we have the greatest impact, and where we get the greatest return on our investment in time and resources. Doing this focuses us on the customer where we create the greatest value.
Customer testimonials help making selling your product easy. Potential prospects often want proof that your product works the way that you claim it does. Customer success stories help validate your product and your company in general. If a customer loves your product, you have an easy job on your hands.
In 2012, over 85,000 local, state and federal governmental agencies combined to spend more than $6 trillion—that equates to over $30 billion each workday ($30 BILLION PER DAY). The combined annual spend of these agencies makes governmental agencies in the U.S. the “largest purchaser in the world.”
Being in business requires that you keep great accounting records both for the IRS and general financial management. An equally critical tool is a good sales tracking system that monitors your sales activities and makes sure potential sales are not lost in the hustle of each day.
For most organizations, a sale is a multi-step, complicated process. So keep that in mind as you create your calls to action. You’ll have a lot more success getting people to take one baby step at a time. Just give them the steps.
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