All for-profit businesses have a product or service to sell. Businesses exist to make sales.
The sales management process monitors and measures each staff member’s ability to either support sales or do the actual selling to customers. An effective sales management strategy includes setting goals, providing sales support and training, creating or updating the sales strategy, and monitoring results.
You can easily avoid the sales peaks and troughs experienced by mediocre companies by building an individual selling system that will guarantee you results.
Without clearly defined goals, measured over a specific time frame, you will achieve very little. When setting your goals consider your income, lifestyle and requirements.
First aim to improve your last years’ income by a specific amount, or, if you are new to sales, aim to achieve as close to the top sales person in your team as you can.
The level of success achieved by salespeople will always be determined by the number of customers generated, that is other than floor traffic or telephone enquiries generated by your advertising.
Put a system in place to regularly find new customers from referrals, past customers etc.
Build up your database of loyal customers that you can sell time after time.
Qualifying is the factor which has the greatest impact on the management of your time. You have to become skilled in sorting prospects. The greatest stress in your career will come from working with unqualified prospects, be it someone who refuses to buy at a fantastic price or someone who is not ready, willing and able to buy at all.
The Sales Process
The key to a successful sale is the ability to build rapport and trust with each customer.
Meet, greet and build rapport, settle them on a model, garment or product to demonstrate.
All the time check by asking trial closing questions, then ask for their business.
Remember to sell the benefits of your product speaking in their own linguistic modality. For example talking to an auditory person about a car engine you would say.
“Listen to that engine, doesn’t it sound great?”… or to a visual person your could say, “You see how smooth that engine is”…
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This is the first step to the next sale to your customer or to obtaining referrals from them… First a thank you letter, then a 7 day follow up call followed by a call at least every 9 days. This will ensure a steady stream of referrals… All you have to do is ask
Remember… Do what you most fear to do, and you will have the results you most want to have…