Why Ask Questions?
It is important to ask great questions on a telephone sales call to build rapport early. That way you find out people’s needs before you start telling them what you have to offer. Ideally they should begin with What, Why, Where, When, How, Which and Who so that the customer has to expand on what they want and they cannot answer “no”. They should create pain with the customer or give them pleasure because those are the two reasons people want your services.
Inactive customers are people who may have bought only once from you or placed a small order. Never think they are not worth calling. It is a vital sales strategy to stay in touch with these customers as well as with your existing customers because you will be able to make more sales from them. Here’s how …
Maybe at the moment inactive customers might not justify a face to face call but you can certainly pick up a phone to stay in touch. You might be afraid to call them because they might tell you that they have gone to another supplier or they had a bad experience with you.
Making sales by phone requires skill. One of the main reasons some staff (particularly new staff) fail at prospecting is that they do not sound confident . Well, if you are new, understandably you may not feel confident so you might need to be trained in some simple techniques how to sound confident. You might have to fake it till you make it. This is so important as no-one is going to buy from someone who is not sounding confident in themselves or their product or service. Your job is to generate such confidence in your product or service and transfer your energy to the prospect on the other end of the phone.
When making sales by phone, here are 5 simple techniques to sound confident
1. When you call someone with an offer and they say “NO,” you can call them again because the next time they might be in a different space. Persistence does work if you do it in a nice, non pushy way.
2. When negotiating, don’t drop the price too dramatically just to get the sale. It makes it look like you were trying to rip the client off in the first place and makes the client suspicious that the products have much less value.
3. Do not lie to get a sale. Offer the client the right option for them even if you lose a bit of commission.
4. Pay the client a compliment when you first meet them . Comments and criticism do not build rapport.
5. People like to know the name of the person they are dealing with so provide it.
6. Do not be too familiar with new clients. Not everyone likes hugs and kisses from a stranger.
7. Do not make the customer call you about an error on delivery. You call them as soon as you find out.
8. If a client complains, acknowledge the client straight away before they tell thousands of people .
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I would like to invite you to download a free e-book “Motivating Your Mind, Inspiring Your Spirit” and check out page 25 for my tips on “How to Overcome Call Reluctance”.
The E-book is the brainchild of one of my long term colleagues, Rob Salisbury, who has invited a number of speakers and trainers in our community to contribute. There are some great articles for salespeople in here so don’t keep it to yourself, pass it on to your colleagues and enjoy your own read.
JENNY CARTWRIGHT – Motivating your Mind – Inspiring your Spirit for 2015-Jan2015 (2)
Managers are worried that their sales and telesales team is forgetting basic sales/telesales etiquette and using language that is too casual. In case you are guilty of this, here are some alternative words you can try using instead.
Sales and Telesales Etiquette
1. Calling customers “Mate”.
If you are calling people and they call you mate first, then it is okay but some people take this to extreme and use the word every sentence. Whenever you think of saying “mate”, simply use the person’s name. It is more professional and builds rapport.
2. Yep, Yep – “Yes” is more professional!
3. Someone asks you how you are, you say “Not Bad”. Instead be more positive and say “Fantastic” or “Excellent” . It sounds much more enthusiastic.
4. “Cheers” – say “Thank you for your call” or “Good-bye.”
5. “No worries” – “That’s okay”,”That’s great”, “That’s fine”, “Excellent”, “Brilliant”, “That’s good”. Remember we only use positive words in sales.
6. “Bear with me” say “Would you mind holding for a moment?” (Wait for the customer’s answer).
7. “I have a good deal for you.” – a good offer is more professional.
Remember you only get 15 seconds to make a first good impression on the phone. Let it be a positive one.
Sales Etiquette For Face to Face Sales People
A postcard from Stephen, a salesman at Mcgrath Real Estate arrived the week before Father’s Day with a competition to win a $500 prize. “Write in 25 words or less why your Dad is the best”. I let my 2 sons know and asked them to do the competition. My younger son did it straight away and after 4 days of reminders, my older son had not done it. I asked him if there was a reason why he had not done it and he said, “Oh, it will just be an excuse for the real estate agent to keep ringing us or mailing us because they will want us to give our phone number and email.” I pointed out that the reason for doing it would be to win a prize for Dad and that he could easily unsubscribe from any information that was sent by the real estate agent in the future. He then sent his submission in but I feared it would have missed the deadline of 5pm Friday before Fathers Day.
As my older son predicted, sure enough, at 9.30 am on Saturday, the phone rang and it was Stephen from Mcgrath Real Estate.
In the last two weeks, I seem to have had a series of bad sales experiences and, honestly, if you have people in your team doing this, they will be losing you business big time. They need to be trained (or fired), whichever way you think best. But if you are a Manager, maybe you are not aware of what your staff are doing (or not doing) on their sales calls. Do some phone calls and face to face calls with them and check out what is happening.
In the space of 2 weeks, here is what happened and what you can do about it:
I emailed 5 floor tilers to get quotes for a kitchen floor. Three did not reply, one replied asking me to call him. I called him, he asked no specific questions to clarify my needs and gave me a random figure over the phone. Another one rang to say he could not quote without coming round to see the job first. Obviously I went for the last person because, if he could be bothered to come round and see the job first, he was going to be bothered to do a good job for me. He was the only one out of five who went the extra mile.
I was in a shopping mall and was asked to sample a new skin cleanser. The sales assistant said I should keep it on for 5 minutes so I said I would go to the ladies and come back. My skin felt great so I decided I would buy it. When I got back to the shop, the girl was nowhere to be seen. A guy was busy with another client and told me my sales assistant had gone to lunch! That was one lost sale for sure forever.
I tried to book a holiday house down south. The real estate person said she would email me the details. I never got the details so I rang back. She said she would send them again. Once more I did not get the details. I rang back and was told it was her day off, I would have to ring tomorrow. Needless to say, I went to another agent to find a house,
I got a leaflet from a chiropractor offering his services at half price for the first visit. I rang for an appointment and he said he was busy with a patient, and asked if he could ring me back. I gave him my number but he did not ring back. Another lost sale because I certainly did not ring him back.
I see people like this abusing the profession of sales all the time these days. To be the best you can be, I recommend you stand by my 3 principles, as they have been the making of my own sales success over the years
1. “People don’t care how much you know, they want to know how much you care” (show them you care by staying in touch, addressing their problems until they are resolved, following up quotes and information you send out to them.)
2. Never say, “I don’t have time to do that” . Ask yourself a better question “How can I make some time to ensure I do that?”
3. Follow up every enquiry by phone that comes in via email and web. You can end up selling more than was originally requested and more importantly you can build a relationship with the customer.
Follow up inactive customers, you will be surprised that you will be able to revive 25% of them back to doing business with you.
Sorry if this is a bit of rant but truly, let’s raise the bar and make sure we are always performing like professional salespeople so we can proud of our profession.
So how many of the sales emails that you write get deleted before they are read? If the subject line doesn’t grab your prospects immediately, it will certainly get deleted.
A recent survey resulted in the 2013 Adestra Subject line Analysis Report . It reviewed over 2 billion corporate emails and discovered the words in the subject line that are most likely and least likely to have your emails opened. Here they are below :-
Words that increase the open rate of corporate emails
Free Delivery Forecasts
News 10% (i.e. specific figure) discount
Words that decrease the open rate
We were sitting at the Port in Buenos Aires last week having a coffee and a street seller came up to me to show me his wallets for sale. I interrupted my conversation with my husband to say “No thank you”. He then proceeded to bring out some bracelets and again I said “No thank you”. He then took my arm and put one of these bracelets on my wrist. I said to my husband, “Oh, wow, that is nice” and had to ask how much it was. It was so cheap I ended up buying 2! You see, when selling, if you don’t take rejection personally and try again with a different approach, you can often win a sale.