- libraries sell to patrons
- educators sell to students
- bloggers sell to readers
- hospitals sell to patients
Just as we change the way we do business over time due to changes in technology, we must change how we sell to customers. In order to reach customers, you must reach them where they are and how they like to be reached. Pay attention to trends in the marketplace. Study changes in the industry. Look at what your competitors are doing to reach customers. If any of these sources are successful, find ways to add them to your sales strategy. One of the most important lessons an entrepreneur can learn is that she does not have to reinvent the wheel, instead, she can get in a car take her business where she wants it to go.
When thinking of ways to sell your products be sure you are using methods geared toward your industry. In the example above for example, libraries and hospitals would use different sales techniques. Additionally, don’t be afraid to experiment. Use the scientific method:
For example, using the scientific method might look as follows:
- question – how can I reach customers who want to buy what I have to sell
- research – read articles on blogs, in newspapers, talk with others in your industry
- hypothesize – pick one method to try
- experiment – try the method you selected
- analyze – see how the method works, does it help you get the sales target you established for yourself
- conclude – do you want to continue with this method or try another
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It is thrilling to look at your business and learn some new sales techniques that help kick profitability up a notch. So, the question for you this thrilling day is, what are you going to do to kick things up and make more money with your business?
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Business owners who work in law, medicine, pharmaceuticals and similar fields constantly pay attention to the latest developments in their fields. These business owners watch what is going on in their industries, they know who the new players are, what the new products are, what new regulations are going to impact heir bottom line. This is how every business owner should be. It is important that you take time out on a regular basis and devote time specifically to finding out what is going on in your industry.
When you notice that what you were doing before is not working and your business is beginning to take a turn for the worse, you must take action. There is nothing to be gained by continuing down an unsuccessful path until the absolute last minute. It is crucially that you watch your business cash flow, receivables and all financial indicators on a weekly basis at a minimum. Paying close attention to the numbers will alert you to changes in your business’ status in sufficient time to make the necessary adjustments and changes.