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Build confidence through demonstrations

Sales demonstrations may sound like a relic from the days when drummers peddled their wares from door to door, but the technique is as powerful as ever at convincing prospects of the value within what you offer. Back when the APL container ship line was trying to convince shippers of the many advantages of double-stack […]

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MEET YOUR SILENT SALESPEOPLE

What is a brochure? An ad? A radio commercial? A website? You get 5 points if you said they’re all marketing communications channels. But they’re also something more. You can’t be everywhere, and that includes everywhere your prospective customers are. So you develop materials such as ads and brochures to stand in for you. In […]

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HUCKSTERS ARE GOOD TEACHERS

Whenever I visit the State Fair or any kind of exposition such as the Flower and Patio Show, I always gravitate to the booths where the people we once knew as hucksters are giving demonstrations. I genuinely enjoy their sales pitches, and they provide some excellent reminders for my professional life. What does someone selling […]

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WOULD THEY STEER YOU WRONG?

The men and women who sell advertising are among the nicest people you will ever meet. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll also tell you that I’m a salesman’s kid, so I have a soft spot for good salespeople. Many of them have a genuine interest in you and your company’s success, and want […]

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SOME PROFIT-BUILDING RASPBERRIES

Looking for ways to increase your overall sales? Maybe there’s a way to increase the size of each sale you already make. One effective technique is suggestive selling, which fast-food restaurants do exceedingly well. “You want fries with that?” “Would you like a drink with that?” They don’t do it to annoy you; they do […]

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ADVERTISERS, DON’T GIVE IN TO GUILT

Nearly every local newspaper publishes special editorial sections and pages like the Spring Sports Review, the Home Improvement Preview, or the Celebrate America’s Freedom tabloid. I call them “guilt sections” because many sales reps use guilt to sell the space. “You don’t want to support high school basketball? You don’t think Independence Day is important? […]

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VESTED INTERESTS

Most business owners and managers are eager to find good advice – and that makes sense. If someone else has expertise, why not borrow it (or at least consider it) when you’re making an important decision? But when you ask for that advice (or when it’s handed to you without a request), stop to ask […]

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