We all buy stuff all the time. Some things are habitual buys and others are more impulsive and spontaneous but they are linked by the same driver DESIRE!
A product doesn’t have to be sexy for us to desire it, we just have to directly link it to a need, goal or problem we have and it becomes desirable. Take rubbish bins for example, not sexy but desirable! The more needs something meets and problems it solves the more desirable it becomes.
People don’t always know what they want to buy but they always know the problems and needs they have. I see many examples of sales and marketing material that is too self-promoting, banging on about the company’s products and processes and not the buyer’s needs and goals. Continue reading
When salespeople tell me they are still cold calling I ask them ‘When did you last buy from a cold call?’ Almost all say never!
If they want training on how to get passed gatekeepers I ask them ‘How would you feel if someone tricked their way passed your gatekeeper? Would you want to build rapport and buy from them?’ Guess how they answer that one!
We have a wealth of knowledge about how people buy because we all buy stuff all the time. If a fancy sales trick doesn’t work on you then it probably won’t work on anyone like you. Continue reading
No company owns a customer. At best you get to ‘caretake’ them until they no longer need you or a better offer comes along.
Most customers are like cats; they come when they need something, have little loyalty (and several ‘owners’) and are easily tempted away by a more tasty meal. They know you need them more than they need you and that there is always a better offer to be had somewhere else.
Now dogs on the other hand, they are so loyal it hurts. You can shout at a dog and it still looks at you as if you are the most magnificent and lovable thing in the world. They don’t eat anywhere else or have several ‘owners’, in fact they will bark to defend you and scare off any threat to your union.
When it comes to customers, we need more dogs! Continue reading
…And what you can do about it.
Have you ever wondered why some sales are easy and others take ages or never convert?
Of course you have! It’s all down to desire or lack of it!
Grabbing attention and building desire is a fundamental part of the sales process.
Buyers buy when they see a direct link between a need, goal or problem they have and your product or service AND they will only buy from YOU if they feel confident that you are better than your competitors. Continue reading