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A buying decision is a change management problem
Tuesday, 24 Sep, 2013
A buying decision is a change management problem

The sales model focuses on needs assessment and solution placement. Buying is a change management activity.

Solution Selection: do we know how buyers choose one solution over another?
Wednesday, 10 Oct, 2012
Solution Selection: do we know how buyers choose one solution over another?

Your solution matches the buyer’s need perfectly. You like them, they like you, you’ve had coffee/a meal/a powerful meeting or two. They talk about implementation and how they need to add your other product next year. And then they buy from someone else. Or not at all.
What happened? Are they stupid? Did they lie to […]

Your prospects aren’t in pain
Sunday, 15 Jul, 2012
Your prospects aren’t in pain

When I hear sellers say that buyers have ‘pain’ I ask how long it would take them to get to the hospital with a broken arm. “Immediately.”  Why? Because they’re in pain. But buyers don’t buy ‘immediately’ and have had their problem for a period of time.
If your buyer had pain, they would have fixed the problem […]

Do you really understand how your buyers buy?
Saturday, 23 Jun, 2012
Do you really understand how your buyers buy?

For decades, salespeople scrunched their faces when I mentioned “how buyers buy”. I heard comments like: “I know what they need.” or “I understand exactly how they buy: price, price, price.”
But sellers only close 7%  of their prospects (and far, far less if using marketing automation).
If you understand how buyers buy, why do you have less than a 40% […]

Fighting for Failure: why modern sales practices are illogical
Tuesday, 15 May, 2012
Fighting for Failure: why modern sales practices are illogical

Logic would tell us that our modern – post Dale Carnegie – sales processes are failing. Given the facts, there is no logical reason to believe that a purchase will follow from our selling behaviors. We close at such a miserably low rate that it’s quite stunning no one even consider that  maybe, just maybe, something should be done about […]

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 […]