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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:

We can never understand a buyer’s buying environment
Monday, 30 Jan, 2012
We can never understand a buyer’s buying environment

Sales people get confused when I suggest they can’t ‘understand’ the buyer’s needs if they approach a sale with this outcome. Without everyone on board who will lend their voice to a possible solution, buyers cannot understand it themselves. And using the sales model, we can’t help: we’ll never understand what’s going on behind-the-scenes as they figure out who should be involved, what must be […]

Help Buyers Choose the Buying Decision Team: a case study
Monday, 16 Jan, 2012
Help Buyers Choose the Buying Decision Team: a case study

Would you buy a house without discussing it with your wife or family? Would you even know all of the buying criteria without their input?
Would you bring in a leadership training without getting the buy-in from the people who would be trained? Or know their criteria without their voices?
Would you choose a web designer without […]

Buyers don’t sit and wait for sellers
Monday, 19 Dec, 2011
Buyers don’t sit and wait for sellers

Around 85% of a buyer’s pre-purchase, back-end decision issues get addressed privately

The differences between the solution sale and the buying decision: let’s go to a wedding
Monday, 24 Oct, 2011
The differences between the solution sale and the buying decision: let’s go to a wedding

Let’s say you were going to a wedding. You had the gift, decided on the outfit, picked a time to leave to get there on time, decided to use your car rather than you’re spouse’s, because it was more comfortable. Then you had to plug in the directions to your trusty GPS system.
What does your […]

How does social networking help make the sale?
Monday, 17 Oct, 2011
How does social networking help make the sale?

These days we all use some form of social networking: it’s delightful to go onto LinkedIn and find colleagues from Europe who might have interest in a program with me for when I travel across the pond – colleagues that ‘know’ me well enough through my various on-line profiles to be eager to

dialogue with me,
discover ways […]