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Steps To Increase Your Sales
Remember the old
trains? Coal would be shoveled into the engine in order to keep the
train moving. You took action and got a result.
But what do you think happened as soon if the shoveling stopped? You got
it! -- the train stopped moving. Itís the same thing with marketing.
While you're actively marketing, you get results. But if you stop
marketing -- your results stop too.
A good salesperson has got to be proactive to keep new prospects coming
and your sales growing. But not all action is effective. It's important
that you know 'what' to do before you start doing it. Otherwise you may
find yourself shoveling for nothing -- a lot of action, but no results.
Here are five proactive steps you can take to increase your sales.
1. SET MONTHLY & WEEKLY SALES GOALS
Before you can get somewhere you need to determine what your destination
is. I know, you've probably heard this before, but it's very true.
If you don't have any idea of how much money you want to make each month
from your business, it will be very difficult to make it.
Do you want to make $1,000 a month? $4000? $10,000?
Whatever the amount is, it's important that you set it as your goal.
Once you know how much you want to make each month, then you can figure
out how much you need to make each week. Want $4,000 a month? You'll
need to make $1000 each week.
Set your goals, and then compare your actual weekly and monthly results
with them. Don't worry if you don't make your goals right away. As long
as you are proactive, each week and month you will get closer and closer
until you eventually meet them and then exceed them. The system really works!
2. SET MONTHLY & WEEKLY PROSPECT GOALS
In order to achieve your monthly sales goals, you're going to also have
to meet monthly prospect goals. The more prospects you attract to your
business, the more customers you will have.
There's no getting around it, you can never stop attracting prospects
to your business. If you do, your sales will eventually begin to
The reason you need so many prospects, is because not all prospects will
become paying customers. Only a percentage of prospects will convert.
All business conversion rates differ but by knowing what your conversion
rate is you can easily figure out what how many prospects you need to
reach your sales goals. If you convert 10% of your prospects into paying
customers, then you need 10 prospects to generate one new customer.
You'll need 100 new prospects to create 10 new customers.
Know your conversion
rate so you can easily figure out what how many prospects you need to
reach your sales goals.
3. CREATE AN EFFECTIVE PROSPECT GENERATOR
In order to attract prospects to your business, you'll need to give them
an offer that coincides with your product or service. You'll have to
create an offer to entice prospects.
If you are a insurance company maybe a free information kit on how to
buy insurance, a dry
cleaning business may offer a booklet on cleaning tips or you can try a
discount coupon book for products or services.
It doesn't matter what kind of business you're in, you need to attract
new prospects with an enticing lead generator and then you need to
follow-up with those prospects to convert a percentage of them into
paying customers. You are creating a relationship with the prospect and
that's the best way for a business to grow and succeed.
4. GENERATE MORE NEW CUSTOMERS
Once you have established a consistent method of attracting new
prospects to your business, you need to follow-up with those prospects
over and over again to convert them into customers.
Your prospects will buy from you only when they are ready to buy -- not
when you want them to buy. Some of them may be ready to buy now or
within a week. But many more will not be ready to buy for a month, or
six months or perhaps a year.
If you are not uppermost in your prospects' minds when they are ready to
buy, they will most likely buy from one of your competitors rather than
How do you follow up?
There are many ways to follow-up with your prospects. But you want to
make sure that you follow-up as a welcome guest, as opposed to an
If you follow-up with an annoying approach like, 'Are you ready to buy
yet? Are you ready to buy yet?' you will convert very, very few of your
prospects into customers. When they see you coming, they'll run for the
One way you can follow-up with your prospects is with a newsletter
offering valuable tips to your prospects. Of course, along with your
tips, you will include information about your product or service, along
with a special offer.
Always provide your prospects with useful information that is related to
your product or service, and you will be welcome and not avoided.
You can follow-up periodically in-person, by phone, by fax, by postcard,
by letter, by e-mail, etc.
With enough prospects on your prospect follow-up list and a solid offer,
you will convert a certain percentage of your prospects into customers
5. GENERATE MORE SALES FROM YOUR CURRENT CUSTOMERS
Your golden list is your list of customers. These are the people who
know you, like you and trust you. They are the easiest people to sell to
again and again. People put trust in you and you now have to
capitalize on that trust.
Make sure that you have back-end products or services that you can sell
to your customers in the future. Find more ways that you can help them
achieve their goals with better products and services.
Provide your customers with special offers that they can't resist.
Preferred Customer offers, Frequent Buyer Discounts, Volume Discounts,
If you want your customers to buy from you again and again, treat them
right. People want to feel special and important, and they like to do
business with people who make them feel that way. Treat your customers
like gold, and they will reward you with their business in return.
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