Trust your customers to know what they want.  And when you sell to other businesses, those are mainly business-related achievements.  But businesses are still run by people, and people are ultimately driven by the WIIFM urge.  Saying “what’s in it for me” conjured too many negative stereotypes, so allow me to debunk this impression right…

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The answer is: it’s not about you.  So how do your customers buy? Deciding to buy something means knowing that choice is the best option; using the money there instead of somewhere else, hoping it will be a long-term solution, considering what else has to change to accept this new product and more.  The better…

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Your clients find you in different ways and for different reasons.  Sometimes they have an urgent need for your service, sometimes a friend recommends you, sometimes they just happen across your website, and sometimes it is something you said.  The more you know about your audience’s buying triggers — in other words, what prompts them to make…

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Your Ideal Client – as we determined in last week’s post – needs exactly the solution you provide. (Their need matches your service).  That post covers half of the matter… ok, maybe ¾ of it… the point is: it focuses only on the client.  But let’s face it: you have to serve the client. You…

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I have said it before and will say it again: Objections, in sales, are an opportunity for a conversation. When a prospect raises an objection, she is telling you something about what she needs. And that is an opportunity to ask more questions and continue the conversation. The Objection Conversation In a previous post I…

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“What should I do with this email list?” Not an uncommon question, and there are numerous strategies and tactics you can employ to make the most of your email list. But before you design your cadence, you must determine your governing strategy, which is more about your business than it is about your email list.…

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A recent project I had included writing a sales strategy for a company that sold an outsourced business service to larger business clients. In other words: B2B service sales. The trick was: their target clients were companies who did not currently have this function in house. Hence their need to buy an outsourced solution. Many…

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You’ve been reading this blog for a while, and have by now determined your market position and messaging. People know who you are, and they know both what you do and what’s in it for them. Now what? Do these people know what to do next? Do they know how to hire you? If you…

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Identifying competitors is not as simple as it seems. As I introduced in last week’s post: there are many reasons why a prospect may choose not to buy, and each of these is a form of competition. Another product that does the exact same thing may seem to be the same as a replacement, but…

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