The 5 Instantly Actionable Steps To Increase Your Sales

Are you looking for ways to increase your sales? An effective sales strategy involves a number of processes that you can follow. Here are 5 of the best from Jenny Cartwright at Sales and Telesales Solutions

 1. Build the Perceived Value

Getting the product in the customer’s hands is the job of a salesperson. Value creation will help predict the whole thing, as the following equation expresses it: No Value = No Sales.

You must engage with people to sell your product. You must look for ways to pique the interest of these people. That is why you must bring value. Here is a critical caveat; There is a difference between value and perceived value.  You can do that by adding additional services or products to the main product you are selling.  These additions can be things that do not cost you personally much  (eg e-books, a free coaching session, a dvd) but add massive perceived value to the main product or service  you are selling.

This is great news for startups in crowded, competitive spaces and/or the ones that are starting to develop their products. Build the perceived value to increase your sales. It makes it easier to sell your products.

2. Be Ruthlessly Organised

The golden rule of sales in 2021 is a sales action (email or a call) did not happen if it happened but you did not track it in a CRM.

It is impossible to keep all of the contact details, actions items, dates, next steps, email threads, and notes organised in your head. That is why CRMs are critical. If you work within a sales team, then these problems can scale enormously. Salespeople at small businesses and startups need to take heed. It is easy to scale quickly if you have a strict, set process in place.

For bookkeeping expert Peter Wilesmith, a failure to keep organised is essentially setting your business up to fail. “If you’re starting your own business, you’re basically in charge of everything. It is vital that you know where all contacts are, all your files are, basically everything. Losing one piece of the jigsaw so to speak will mean you’re never able to get it back, and it will all slowly unravel into total chaos.”

also use CRMs to track your sales performance and output. It is easy to know how your daily and weekly output looks like (in terms of deals progressed, deals created, emails sent, calls made) after using the CRM and you have a couple of weeks of logging information. It makes it easier to set goals for improving your metrics. Improve your metrics to get more deals and closes in your funnel.

3. Have A Next Step At All Times

Many people and most CRMs visualise sales processes in terms of funnels. The deals come in on the funnel’s left side. Then, they go through progressive steps to closing. Finally, they come out the right side of the funnel as a sale. That is why you must have a clear next step on each deal at all times. The step has to have a set date for action. The deal will just sit in your CRM if there is no next step. It will not go anywhere.

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Some Words Are Better To Use In The Sales Conversation

Some words are better to use in the sales conversation than others.  On the phone, words have 25% importance so avoid words that cause resistance. Below are a few common mistakes. 1. Never use the word ‘BUT’ to counter an objection This one little word, ‘but’, is often used when responding to an objection and … Read more

Find Phone Numbers and Email

How do you find phone numbers and email addresses for prospects easily? Prospecting has never been easier than it is now.  You can find anyone’s email and phone number using some very simple techniques that you may not have even realised..

I hear people bemoaning the fact that they cannot call someone on LinkedIn until they agree to connect with them .  My question to them is “Why wait to connect?” It could take days to get a reply if you get one at all.

1. Search on LinkedIn

First find a person you want to connect with on LinkedIn, then put their name in inverted commas into google, their state and (the words) phone number.  Up pops their phone number and if they have their own website, you can find their email address on the website.  If not you can search the person again plus the words  “ëmail address” instead of phone number. Then if you know how to do a telephone sales call professionally, you can save time and call straight away.

Sometimes you can enter a direct phone number into google and it will bring up the email or website too.

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How To Win More Sales Immediately – Three Easy Techniques

I do hope you had a lovely break and are busy building your sales pipeline and plan for 2019. My intention is to give you some quick and easy ideas each month to win more sales to keep you motivated and active. Remember I will never suggest you do anything that I do not do myself.  That way you know it works.

1.  To Win More Sales – Call all the people you did quotes for last year that you never heard back from .

(Note I said “Call” not email)  This may sound scary because you may think they rejected you or your proposal but you will be surprised to know that 50% of the people never took action or bought anything from a competitor and they are usually open to starting a conversation with you again. I find I can convert 25% of these, i.e. 1 in 4 calls , to do business with me this year. You can say something like ” Hi _____ We did a quote for you last year for ____ and I am curious to know whether the solution (or the product/service) you found has worked out for you. What did you like about it (if they bought elsewhere)? What stopped you from going ahead when you already felt you needed _____? “Just get into a conversation with open-ended questions. “How much has not taking action cost you, do you think?”

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Real Estate Selling Techniques

My husband and I have two investment units we want to sell in Auckland, New Zealand, one this financial year, and one next. My husband asked my advice which agent to go with and I said,“Well, who has impressed you with their real estate selling techniques? Who has been chasing you on email or phone for your business consistently in the last 3 years? Who has been sending you useful information over the years to stay in touch?” He had two agents who immediately sprang to mind so we contacted them both for their sales propositions to sell our unit.

They both had the same commission rate so nothing to differentiate  their real estate selling techniques one from another but then we were going to New Zealand in February for my Global Speakers Conference  and wanted to set up an appointment to meet with each one of them .  Unfortunately Ben, the subject of this newsletter was going away for 4 weeks on holiday and would not be there.  Therefore we met with Deborah, the other agent. She was intelligent, experienced and had proof that she had sold more units in our building than anyone else. She also had good rapport with the owner of the building so she had easy access to the building whenever she needed. We were quite happy to go ahead with her and signed the contract.

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Great Questions On A Telephone Sales Call

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.

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Calling Inactive Customers Creates Sales

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.

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Making Sales by Phone Can Be Marred By One Mannerism

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

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8 Lessons From A Horrible Retail Sales Experience

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 .

Here’s the full story of what happened

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How To Overcome Call Reluctance

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 … Read more

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