Category Archives: Selling

Selling services is different from selling products

If you are a service-based business then the ability to sell is vital to your long-term success.  Selling professional services is however different to selling products.  You are selling your experience and skills in the form of billable time.  It … Continue reading

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Translate your features to customer benefits

Have you ever caught yourself thinking “so what” when somebody is telling you what makes their product or service so amazing?  This isn’t an uncommon reaction because most people are only telling you about the features of their product or … Continue reading

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Eeny, meeny, miny, moe – I’ll have that one..

How do you make your prospects choose you above your competitors?  What reason do they have to do so? There are lots of pitch stories out there but one that sticks in my mind is the very brave design agency … Continue reading

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There is something to be said for just being ‘good enough’

Sometimes, being the ‘best’ choice for a prospect isn’t what will ultimately decide whether you get the work. Sometimes, it may be important to be ‘good enough’ or even just ‘safe’. We can’t always assume that our prospects are motivated … Continue reading

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People buy people

At the end of the day, ‘people buy people’ is still a constant truth in business. The work does not always go to the best business on paper – sometimes it goes to the one who made a better connection … Continue reading

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“Send me a proposal” – music to your ears?

Or not?  Sometimes when a prospect says “OK, send me a proposal” we go into panic mode.  Whereas these words should be music to our ears!

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Write a great sales proposal

Tips for writing a good sales proposal 1. open with a situation summary – you are summarising your understanding of your prospect’s plight and demonstrating that you have a good understanding of the problems or challenges they face

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The reason why

Why should your prospects buy from you?  Why should they select your product over that of your competitors?  Why is it better for them?

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Are you maximising every point of contact?

Ask yourself this, ‘How many points of contact does my business have with potential customers?’ You might be surprised to see how few there really are: a business card, your receptionist, your office or showroom, your website, an email flyer, … Continue reading

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Cold calling – the hardest thing really is getting started…

The list is made.  You know exactly what you have to do.  You have 30 people that you want to contact with your great special offer.  They have been qualified so you know you need to make every call count. … Continue reading

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