Use these six tips to make sure you’re not throwing sales leads in the trash.
When salespeople are prospecting, we’re in the zone. If you’ve got a solid prospecting schedule, you’ve blocked off time, and you’re giving it 100%. When you’re in the zone, those phone calls feel easy!
Many sales professionals, however, have an “Oh, crap” moment when one of their prospects returns their call. When a prospect calls you back, do you ever think, “I’m not ready to have this conversation right now?”
Just let it go to voicemail, right? Wrong.
An incoming call from your prospect might be the only chance you’ll ever get to talk to that person!
Let your prospect imagine the future—a future that includes your business.
Have you ever hesitated when you’re facing a decision? A big decision can be scary—and usually, that fear is from the unknown. Am I making the right choice? Will my decision lead to the outcome I want?
We’ve all felt that pressure!
If you’re closing a sale, your client is facing a decision. And their fear of the unknown could kill your deal. The Crystal Ball Close helps your client overcome that fear. When you use the Crystal Ball sales closing technique, prospects will feel like signing your agreement is a natural next step and not a stressful decision.
With the Crystal Ball Close, you’ll do two things:
Don’t let your sales proposal get in the way of your deal! Here’s how to avoid the most common mistakes.
Not every salesperson needs to write sales proposals, but if you’re in a relationship-based sales cycle, there’s a good chance your client expects to see a proposal. And, your entire deal may hinge on this single document! Where do you even start?
If you want to craft the perfect sales proposal, you need to:
Many salespeople enjoy the relationship part of relationship selling, but when it’s time to close, they suddenly feel awkward. Is this you?
If you’re nervous about closing sales because you don’t want to be “pushy” or don’t want to feel like a “closer,” I get it. We work hard to build relationships with our prospects, and we don’t want to turn them off.
Too many salespeople avoid the “close” step of the sales cycle —just because closing makes them feel like… well, a salesperson.
If you’re not asking for the business, you’re doing yourself—and your prospect—a disservice.
The truth is, your close (or lack of one) could be costing you thousands. If you don’t know how to ask prospects for their business, they’ll find a competitor who does!
Learn to focus on clients who care about more than price.
In relationship selling, we want to keep our clients happy. We don’t want to lose long-term relationships to a competitor who’s undercutting our prices. So, to keep our clients, we always need to win on pricing, right? Wrong!
Statistics show that 81% of customers are willing to pay more for a better experience. That means less than a fifth of customers think “the lowest price” is more important than anything else.
If your sales cycle is focused on price, you’re probably setting yourself up to lose. Don’t be lazy and fall into this trap! Instead, you need to:
Ever had an upset client? Here's how to have them say, “It’s no big deal.”
In the 1980s, an executive named Jean-Louis Gassée was chosen to head Apple’s operations in Europe. He quickly identified a flaw in their customer support: if a client reported an issue, it was usually blamed on the customer’s inexperience with new technology.
But dismissing people’s problems just makes them angry, and Jean-Louis knew that Apple couldn’t afford to have a bunch of disgruntled customers bad-mouthing his computers across the country. Apple had plenty of money to make things right for their customers—and the issues weren’t even really a big deal to fix!