Profit Planning Revs up Results Part II
Identify New Products and Prospects
Profit with sales this year. Explore new markets, new prospects and new products and pitches. This year, the three Ps of marketing your business are: prospects, products and pitches. All three may need to change a bit to get you to a profitable year.
You can do it. Surround yourself with mentors who you can talk to plan for success. It’s amazing the difference it makes just talking through your ideas. Think of planning as preparing yourself for success with a clear profit picture in mind.
As you review your business plan, ask yourself where else you can sell your product or service. Go back to those customers who have not bought from you in a while. Have a compelling reason for them to buy from you now, such as improved service, different products or greater customer satisfaction just to name a few. Does it make sense to enter new geographic markets? Have any competitors in that market left or ‘retrenched, waiting for better times’?
Update Your Offerings
After reviewing your business plan is it necessary to change or update your product or service offering? Will product or service changes or additions allow you to sell more to your existing customers? An “update” here could mean a redesign of your web site, starting a blog, joining a social network. Essentially any way you can expand your reach to potential customers. The reason newspapers across the country are closing is due to lack of readership. People are moving to the internet for their news and information…and to find your business!
Improve Your Pitch
Thoroughly understand your product and service and why someone should buy it from you. Use written testimonials from some of your satisfied customers.
Tell your story in five minutes or less.
Use demos to illustrate your story.
Practice to perfect your pitch “before” the sales call.
Listen well. Ask questions & really listen to the client’s needs and concerns.
The bottom line is practice makes perfect. Be a dedicated practitioner in client connection. You are the owner. Your time, care and connection in the sales process will bring results. In these times, you can be tenacious & focus on seeking out new opportunities. Meet with a SCORE mentor to review your updated sales plan. You might even practice your sales story with him or her as well.
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