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Where does selling begin? Activate the buying journey immediately
Tuesday, 3 Apr, 2012
Where does selling begin? Activate the buying journey immediately

Where does selling begin? Why do we begin a buyer conversation by focusing on finding needs?

Sales As A Spiritual Practice
Monday, 2 Apr, 2012
Sales As A Spiritual Practice

The sales profession focuses on placing product. While some would disagree and claim it’s based on ‘meeting a buyer’s needs’, it comes down to the same thing: how to get a product placed. And, after being in every aspect of the field since the 70s, it seems to me that placing product, or understanding needs, […]

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:

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

Behaviors aren’t rational
Friday, 2 Dec, 2011
Behaviors aren’t rational

Science, sales, negotiating, and the prison system – not to mention neuromarketing, neurosciences, and decision making sciences – have a base-line belief  that there is a ‘rational’ way to recognize choice –  rationality assumed when the ‘appropriate information’ is available to decide with.
In other words, when choices are made that go against what the world […]

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 […]