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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Cold Calling – How Do You Make It Work?

Cold Calling Is Dead?

Cold calling – “Is it really dead?” I am frequently asked this question, and my answer is a resounding “NO”. However, processes have changed and cold calling is simply practiced in a slightly different way than it used to be.

My trainings have always advocated techniques to make a cold call a warm call by starting with :

  • A referral
  • Something you know about them, e.g.  I understand you have ……. is that correct?
  • Commenting on an action they made that you saw
  • Noticing a comment they made on social media
  • Having a connection with them on linked in
  • Commenting on an article they wrote in Google News

There is so much information about companies now online, that there is no excuse not to find out something of interest about your prospect before you call.

What Is The Most Popular Way To Get Leads Nowadays?

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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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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 Engage A Prospect In A Conversation

As the leader in telesales training in Australia I am constantly looking for more effective ways to do cold calling and telephone sales generally.  I was blown away by the information I learnt from a speaker called Sam Richter at the National Speakers Association  conference in San Diego which I attended a couple of weeks ago. I can’t wait to share this with you as it can relate so well to sales.

1. You know, if you have read any of my newsletters,  that  I advocate finding out something about the prospect before calling so you can make a cold call a warm call. Well, now it’s easy to find out about a company or a person by using google filters.
For example search in google for a company name like “Trend Micro”.  If you write it in inverted commas it will come up top and save you time going through all the irrelevant searches that come up.  Then click on “News” at the top, then click on “Search Tools” at the top for most recent news and all the latest articles written about the company or by the company will appear.  You can then start your call with “I just did a google search on your company and saw your latest article about _____.  That’s really interesting.  I’m curious, how did that affect you?”  or “What happened exactly?” Often the prospect has not even seen the article himself and will be asking you more about the content. You are then engaged in a conversation about them which is just what you want to build rapport.

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Nobody Wants to Sell anymore – Is this really happening?

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 … Read more

Never Delete People Off Your Database

Happy New Year! I hope you made some good New Year’s resolutions.

One of my major messages to people I train is “Never delete people off your database”. You see, you never know when people are going to be ready to buy from you in the future.  Their situations change and they are going to do business with the salesperson who keeps in touch with them, the salesperson who shows they care about them, the salesperson who demonstrates consistency so they know they can rely up them.

Let’s look at the idea of a telesales person selling new cars calling 10 people. Probably only one person is interested in looking for a new car right now and the other 9 are not.  However if this person were to call the same people in 6 months time, they might get another person interested out of the remaining 9. If they were to call again in 12 months time, yet another person might be interested. It is worth keeping all these people on the database then isn’t it?  That’s how telemarketing works. My favourite saying is “No” means “No, not now, not forever”.

When I was working in the seminar industry promoting Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Tom Hopkins and Jim Rohn I worked in a team of 10. Everyone except me used to delete people off the database if they said “No, not interested” on the first call. I was aware that they might not want to see the speaker I was calling about but I realised that there would be other speakers to offer them in the future that might interest them.  I was in business for the long term so why delete people with whom you have already started to build rapport? You can put your initial “Nos” into a separate folder in your database to be brought out for the next time you have something to offer. 

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How To Handle Objections

Do you ever find yourself struggling when someone throws up an objection and you find yourself saying “Oh, Okay then goodbye”, instead of trying to overcome their objection? The best sales people are masters of objection handling.  Here’s how.   PART 8 QUICK VIDEO TIPS – HOW TO HANDLE OBJECTIONS If you prefer to read … Read more

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