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Understanding the Sales Cycle: Your Client is Ready to Buy, but Are You Ready to Sell?

Oct 7, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments

 

What do you do when your prospect is ready to buy?

There’s a logical progression that occurs in every sale, whether it’s a 20-minute cell phone sale or an IT consulting gig that takes 10 months to close. It only makes sense to document that process and use it to your advantage.

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Outbound Marketing is Dead! All Hail Inbound Marketing

Sep 29, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Marketing, Sales  //  No Comments

The following was a guest post at TMR’s Direct Mail and Marketing Blog.

In their book, Waiting for Your Cat to Bark?: Persuading Customers When They Ignore Marketing, Bryan and Jeffrey Eisenberg say that …

…customers want to enter into dialogs with businesses, to establish relationships, participate in the conversations, and be more in control of the exchange. They expect a level of personal communication tailored to their needs and wants—relevance and context are their top priorities. (p 41)

That sums up the philosophy behind inbound marketing in a nutshell. Customers are in control. They TiVo past commercials, subscribe to commercial-free satellite radio, circumvent pop-up ads with pop-up blockers, opt out of receiving phone books, and use caller ID or the “do not call” registry to avoid telemarketers.

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What’s a Sales Cycle and Why Do I Need One?

Sep 28, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments

If you think a sales cycle is something you pedal to get to your next client meeting, think again. Having a step-by-step process will help you stay on track and keep control of the sales call.

Sales are won and lost on transitions. It’s the number one reason you need a clearly-defined sales process. It allows you to transition to the next logical step to bring the sale to a conclusion.

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What’s a Buying Cycle and Why Should I Care?

Sep 26, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments

Don’t be too quick to hop on your sales cycle and pedal over to meet with that “hot prospect.” Understanding the consumer buying process will save you time and energy.

Determining exactly where people are in the buying cycle can save you a lot of frustration and grief. It makes no sense to dress yourself in the appropriate business attire, then drive clear across town (or to an entirely different town) to meet with someone who’s merely “interested.” Ideally, you’ll want to meet with those who are in the “desire” or “action” stage of the buying process. But how can you tell?

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The Recession is Dead. Long Live the Recession

Sep 18, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, what’s been labeled “The Great Recession” officially ended in June 2009—at least in the U.S. Unfortunately, a lot of your clients and prospects may have missed that memo. To many, the recovery still feels like a recession.

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Sell Like a Third-Grader: How 2 + 2 Equals More Clients

Aug 30, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments

Still struggling to sell your services? Clients telling you that your price is too high? Here’s everything you need to know to overcome price objections.

Is $500 a lot of money? You can’t answer that outside the context of what you’re getting in return, can you? As a freelancer or business person trying to sell your services, you must put your price into its proper context. If you don’t, your prospects will.

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Proposals are for Wimps

Aug 15, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments

Proposal-writing is a common practice in many industries, but is it possible that you might never have to write another one to win business?

Imagine instead a world where you didn’t have to write a proposal to close a deal. What if you could close the deal on a verbal agreement, and then write up a proposal to finalize it?

Suppose the proposal merely documented everything you and the prospect agreed upon during your initial meeting and, by signing it, you were hired?

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Don’t Just “Propose”… Sell!

Aug 9, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Marketing, Sales  //  No Comments

Sometimes, “selling” is a dirty word to the those of us in the professional services industry, and we do everything we can to avoid appearing like that’s what we’re doing.

… I would do anything to avoid directly asking for the sale—especially if it meant I had to quote a price. Instead, I took the softer, gentler approach and buried the cost somewhere on page nine of my 10-page proposal. But after a few years, I began to grow weary of the “prepare a proposal and hope” strategy.

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Creating a Personal Brand: Too Late! You Already Have One

Aug 3, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Advertising, Business, Marketing  //  No Comments

 

Like it or not, you’ve already branded yourself in the minds of your customers. That can be a good thing or a bad thing…

When we think about commercial brands, we tend to think of a name, logo, or slogan … anything that is used to identify and distinguish a specific product, service, or business. But on a more basic level, a brand is an identification mark … like when a rancher or farmer uses a branding iron to mark an animal to indicate ownership. A mark can also be a symbol of disgrace or infamy …

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Prospects from Heaven; Clients from Hell

Jul 31, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments


Sometimes that “client from hell” is of our own making. Here’s two things you can do to prevent miscommunication and misunderstandings.

If prospects are the honeymoon, then clients are the marriage. And wherever fallible human beings are involved, assumptions and misunderstandings are sure to follow. So how do you prevent the relationship, much less the design, from going “straight to hell”?

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