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Sales Rules: How Can I Sell Better?

9 easy ways to get your brand recognized
Saturday, 12 May, 2012
9 easy ways to get your brand recognized

To get clients, you either reach out to them directly, or have them find you. Here are a few ways to help clients find you.
BLOGS ‘Everyone’ has a blog. So simple to set up. So simple to maintain. Use a template or hire a designer. Get WordPress. But do it. Just do it. Start writing a few times a week. Even if it’s […]

The 5 selling mistakes that lose business
Monday, 27 Feb, 2012
The 5 selling mistakes that lose business

1. Starting the sales process by attempting to get an appointment.
I know that Dale Carnegie told you to meet face-to-face. But what else are you doing that was initiated in 1937? Oh. That’s right. The typical sales model of focusing on solution placement.
Buyers only buy when their entire Buying Decision Team is on board and […]

The Steps to Buying: remembering the human element
Monday, 6 Feb, 2012
The Steps to Buying: remembering the human element

There are two distinct categories involving buying decisions: the behind-the-scenes issues buyers must manage internally to get stakeholder buy-in for change and for going outside their status quo for a solution and the solution-choice issues.
We are all very familiar with the latter: that’s what sales handles so well. But sales does not handle the former at all:

First Contact: What to Do, Why, and How to Get Better Results
Friday, 4 Nov, 2011
First Contact: What to Do, Why, and How to Get Better Results

Depending on the selling approach you’re using, you are closing between .6% – 7% , regardless of size of solution or industry.
These numbers are far lower than they need to be: so long as your primary focus is on making a sale and you focus on needs assessment and solution choice (factors which are the buyer’s final considerations), and ignore the […]

How to use competition to win business
Friday, 30 Sep, 2011
How to use competition to win business

Your best business driver is your competition. They keep you awake, aware, honest, and creative. You want them, you need them, and they are worthy opponents. Without competition, you won’t strive to stay ahead of your field, and you won’t have a way to measure your success/failure.
Too often, we position ourselves according to what we […]

Don’t make your issue the customer’s problem
Friday, 9 Sep, 2011
Don’t make your issue the customer’s problem

I use the USPO to pick up items people buy from my on-line store. It’s a simple process: I push a few buttons, and the package is scheduled to be picked up at my front door in about 3 minutes or less.
Yesterday, I left the office and noticed a mailer sitting there: it was to have been picked up […]