Some small B2B firms never actually do anything about price-driven market challenges. Year after year they eke out marginal success by squeezing their prices and margins, repeatedly trying to sell to the same hard-nosed customers, continually targeting the same markets and agreeing to be victimized by abusive procurement conditions. There are ways to reduce the effects of these challenges
In the early days of my consulting practice I would give a talk at venues where CEOs convened to hear about specific topics of interest. I would give my talk and folks would walk up to me afterward, hand me a business card, and say, “That’s real interesting stuff. I think it might be able to help us. Please give me a call to arrange a time to get together and talk.” Those introductions led to client engagements. Engagements led to client successes, and successes led to CEO-to-CEO referrals. QMP's business is still largely maintained through talks and referrals.
Over the 20+ years of working with sales teams in a wide diversity of industries, we have compiled Six Common Sales Myths, a series of posts published on our QMP Insights Blog. Open this post and selectively read those that intrigue you.
Recognizing the critical role the lead client executive plays in a consulting success, we conducted an analysis of the last ten years of QMP engagements. That analysis brought us to this conclusion: The personality type of the highest client executive involved in a specific consulting engagement, not simply his title or position, is the best predictor of an engagement’s ultimate success and the longevity of economic benefit received by both the client and the consultancy practice.
Where does one begin the search to find new markets? The good news is: new high-potential market opportunities are typically discovered closer-in than you would imagine. Some await discovery hidden in the clutter of your current customer list. Others find you, not the other way around. In either case, your task is to recognize and quickly assess their viability.
After many years of both conducting sales training workshops and personally selling, I have come to recognize six popular misconceptions about selling. And, I must say, every time I broach those myths during a sales training session I get push-back, disbelief, the wagging of heads and several audible "No Way!'s".
When we ask groups of salespeople in our workshops and talks to raise their hands if they have ever lost to an inferior offering, they always, almost universally, raise their hands - even though we have told them ahead of time, "It's trick question." The truth is: No one ever loses to an inferior offering. Read why this is true.
It's a Relationship Business! That four-word phrase is probably the most common statement we hear when we talk to sales people about their business. Read this QMP Insights blog post to understand, and avoid, the hidden risks associated with that belief.
Between the banks pushing for higher prices and margins on your products to generate improved cash flows (or you lose financing), and your big customers pushing for lower and lower prices, what’s a manufacturing firm to do? And, how does a sales person make a living if he isn’t price competitive. Isn’t some margin, albeit low margin, better than losing a customer?
Let's start this discussion with a stipulation that all successful sales have to go through some sort of closing stage. Nothing happens until a customer or client agrees to pay your company for the delivery of a service or a product. So, in the strictest sense, I guess we can call that a "close". We can also imagine that all commerce in the world would come to a screeching halt unless some kind of transaction closing happened. So, good closing techniques are essential - right? And if that's so why am I targeting closing techniques as a myth?