There is no doubt that there has been a steady increase in the individuals involved in making any kind of decision in most businesses. There are now more committees or boards that have to be somehow integrated into the decision making process. According to CEB, a global best practice insights company, there is on average 5 people that have to formally sign off on purchases. With this in mind and with the fact that you are paid on the ability to get the prospect to make a decision, purchase or not, does it not make sense to have a clear understanding on how that decision would be made?
During a recent session of The Action Suite, we were discussing how to make the ‘First Contact’ easier and with greater success than that of the past. ‘First Contact’, also know best as, ‘Cold Calls’ have a couple of brothers that like to hang around. The first is ‘rejection’. The ugly brother that comes along for the ride is, ‘failure.’
“I got a referral!” Not so fast! Before you celebrate, do you know what to do with that referral? You’re probably sitting there thinking: “Sure, I’m going to call them up and make an appointment and get a new client.” Again, I say: “Not so fast. Are you sure that is the best way to proceed?” I bring you back to why people in The Action Suite have success. As a reminder, it is because they are D.U.M.B.; Different, Unique, Memorable and Believable.
More and more business is being done from the comfort of home while wearing an old pair of sweat pants, t-shirt and favorite slippers. However, in my opinion (three words that always get me in trouble), I have noticed not only the proliferation of the number of emails that I get offering me programs and training but that people are trying to have a verbal conversation, digitally. Newsflash; you are annoying your potential customer.
That was a question asked of me recently during one of my sessions of The Action Suite. “Maybe they shouldn’t.” was my reply. Total silence was the reaction.
You cannot ‘get’ anyone to switch to your product or service. Studies have shown that once customers feel that they are being pushed, their emotions will take over, and they will resist with more vigor even if it means that if they did make the switch, they would be better off.
Really? Are you actually going to do that? Lets’ face it, we have all done it and some of us are still doing the: “Okay.”
Really? Are you actually going to do that? Lets’ face it, we have all done it and some of us are still doing the: “Okay.” To compound this, we sincerely believe that they are a hot prospect that will be calling you back ‘any day’ now with the purchase order. If you look at the days of the week, there is no ‘Any day.’