When Buyer and Seller Act as Partners, They are Building a Bridge to Profitability

Jonathan Farrington

Partnership does not mean eliminating the tension between buyer and seller; it means that top-performing salespeople know how to strike a balance between achieving immediate results and developing the relationship fully. As I have said on numerous occasions, sales success today demands a radical shift from the “peddler” mentality of merely demonstrating products and expanding on their features. It requires treating the customer as a participant.

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When the Buyer and Seller Act as Partners, They are Building a Bridge to Profitability

Jonathan Farrington

Partnership does not mean eliminating the tension between buyer and seller; it means that top-performing salespeople know how to strike a balance between achieving immediate results and developing the relationship fully.

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Trending Sources

Smart Marketers Acting Stupidly

Partners in Excellence

Moral of this story, “Buyer beware,” too many list providers intentionally or sloppily seem to provide more crap than real lists.

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[STUDY] What Do B2B Buyers Want?

DiscoverOrg Sales

In which departments are B2B buyers more likely to give upstart products a chance? Which selling style do B2B buyers prefer? When should a salesperson challenge a buyer’s assumptions about a product, and which industries don’t like to be challenged? B2B buyers are not immune to such influence, either – but much less research has been conducted on the influence on B2B buyers and purchase decisions. Research goals of the B2B buyer study.

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Why Your Buyer Personas Are Obsolete

Sales Benchmark Index

We have seen a tremendous rise in the interest and use of buyer personas since 2002. The year I first introduced the methodology for creating buyer personas specifically for marketing and sales. It will serve no purpose to rehash how much buyers have changed since then.

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The Shoe on the Other Foot: Salespeople Must Think Like Buyers

Pipeliner

It’s all about the pitch—selling points that they’ve seen work before, and using those to convince that buyer to purchase. One vital element in the sales-buyer relationship has radically changed: the buyer. Today a buyer is learning a considerable amount about a product or service before that first contact with a salesperson. To the degree that due regard for buyer actions is taken, the sale is succeeding.

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What Compels Buyers

The Sales Blog

What is already motivating them to act is the sweet spot for getting things done. If you want to compel people to act and change, help them with what is already compelling them. The post What Compels Buyers appeared first on The Sales Blog.

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The Real “Buyer’s Journey” or, the reason selling doesn’t cause buying.

Sharon Drew Morgan

After years of ‘understanding’ and ‘qualifying’ prospects, getting appointments and networking, presenting and following up, I thought I understood buyers well-enough to become one. As a buyer, the very last thing I needed was to buy. THE JOB OF A BUYER.

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Inside Sales Power Tip 101- Guide Buyers

Score More Sales

In selling there is a lot of big talk about closing deals, as if the act of “closing” is a verb and is something to do TO your prospective client or customer. Gain control of these feeble buyers, right? Guide your buyers by creating value for them.

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How to Anticipate the Next Compelling Event of the Buyer Process

Sales Benchmark Index

Your Buyers face their own compelling events. To know a Buyer’s compelling event is critical. Because this is the real reason the Buyer is buying. Compelling events are the engine of the Buyer Process. Where in the Buyer Process do you identify a compelling event?

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Sales & Marketing Trends to Act On in 2014

Buyer Zone's Lead Generation Blog

“This year will be owned by the quickest to act,” says Roger Donoghue, National Sales Manager at BuyerZone. In Ian Altman’s post, 2014 Trends in Sales and Business Development , he explains that buyers want more than product information – they want expert insights.

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Sales Tips: Do Your Buyers Have A Sense Of Urgency?

Customer Centric Selling

Sales Tips: Do Your Buyers Have a Sense of Urgency? In stark contrast, buyers frequently drag their feet before making decisions to spend money. This discrepancy in decision timeframes can cause sellers to close prematurely, offer discounts to accelerate decisions and pressure buyers.

Franky my dear, I don’t give a damn. 5 reasons why your buyers don’t care.

Julie Hansen's Sales Blog

If you’ve been selling for more than a week, you’ve already heard plenty of excuses from buyers: I need to think about it. The details may vary, but the reason buyers aren’t anteing … Continue reading → ACT Like a Sales Pro Tip Sales Presentation Uncategorized first impressions Julie Hansen presentation skills sales sales presentation sales skills sales training

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5 Acting Fixes for Your Boring Web Presentation

Julie Hansen's Sales Blog

Salespeople and prospective buyers don’t always see eye to eye, but there is one thing they typically agree on: On-line presentations have all the sizzle of a week-old soda.

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The Pipeline ? Talking Long-Term ? Acting Short-Term ? Sales.

The Pipeline

Talking Long-Term – Acting Short-Term – Sales eXchange – 109. Specifically, the tendency to talk long-term, but act short-term; the effect of which is usually negative on results. But in ways that sabotage the sale but scaring and/or alienating the buyer.

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Mr. Buyer – Please, Object!

The Pipeline

But assuming you are looking for revenue, growth and success, the above is not the strategy for you, you are much better off dealing with or managing buyer objections as they come up.

Help Buyers Buy: Facilitate The Buy Path, Then Sell

Sharon Drew Morgan

Your solution is the last thing a buyer needs. The problem is that buyers don’t buy the way we sell. To understand how buyers buy, we must understand systems and change. And sales acts as if the buyer’s problem were an isolated event. It’s time to help buyer’s buy.

Rapport Building – Step 8: Act Relaxed

Tom Hopkins

Practice strategies for putting yourself at ease so you can pass that along to your buyers. It's important to appear relaxed in selling situations even when you are new and a little bit (or a lot) nervous. Related posts: Rapport Building – Step 6: Finding Common Ground. Rapport Building – Step 7: Giving Sincere Compliments. Rapport Building – Step 2: Remembering Names.

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Rapport Building – Step 8: Act Relaxed

Tom Hopkins

Practice strategies for putting yourself at ease so you can pass that along to your buyers. It's important to appear relaxed in selling situations even when you are new and a little bit (or a lot) nervous. Related posts: Rapport Building – Step 6: Finding Common Ground. Rapport Building – Step 7: Giving Sincere Compliments. Rapport Building – Step 2: Remembering Names.

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Forecasting closed sales: how you will know when a buyer will close

Sharon Drew Morgan

CAN WE KNOW WHEN A BUYER WILL BUY? Until or unless everyone who will touch the solution has added their 2 cents to the criteria for solution selection, and an entire change management plan has been developed, a buyer cannot buy.

How building a Buyer Persona from our CRM data skyrocketed our sales

OnePageCRM

If the answers to these questions aren’t at the top of mind, it’s time to re-evaluate your company’s buyer persona. What is a Buyer Persona? Most of us will have heard of the term, ‘buyer persona’, in some context or another. Buyer persona, also known as customer persona, are fictional representations of your ideal customers. Buyer persona are compiled based on real life company data relating to customer demographics, lifecycle and buyer behaviour.

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Don’t Spook Your Prospects: 5 Sure-fire Ways to Keep Your Prospects From Fleeing in Fear

Smart Selling Tools

Listen and hear: Listening is not the act of waiting for mental cues that you can build your sales message around. Listening is an act of learning. Help your prospect understand the objections they might face from internal buyers. We live in a scarey time.

You Are Losing New Customers Before You Ever Talk To Them

Fill the Funnel

Key points to understand and act on: 77% of Executives are using their smartphones to research your product or service. Marketing Web Tools buyers executives mobile purchasing smartphones Are you spending your sales and marketing efforts in the wrong area?

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Forecasting closed sales: how you will know when a buyer will close

Sharon Drew Morgan

CAN WE KNOW WHEN A BUYER WILL BUY? Until or unless everyone who will touch the solution has added their 2 cents to the criteria for solution selection, and an entire change management plan has been developed, a buyer cannot buy. CAN WE KNOW WHEN A BUYER WILL BUY?

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18 Objections Buyers Have That Kill The Sale And How To Overcome Them

GKIC Blog

“The wise copywriter anticipates unspoken objections and answers them before they can be voiced.” ” – Jerry Buchanan.

Why your Upselling Strategy does not make sense

Babette Ten Haken

The seller offers buyers an array of upgrades, add-ons and expensive bells and whistles. Buyers are skeptical. Every B2B buyer you sell to is a “retail” buyer in their real life outside of work. Buyers know how vulnerable they are to upselling strategy.

How to Improve Your Sales Presentations

Pipeliner

Why do some salespeople seem to effortlessly captivate their buyers, while others struggle just to keep them awake? What an ocean of research has identified is that the way something is presented shapes how it will be perceived and whether it not it will be acted on.

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How Chaos and a Fallible Sense of Truth Impact Sales Opportunities

Smart Selling Tools

What and how your prospect thinks, does, and acts is also supposed to be within your purview. Salespeople want to control the sale and buyers want to feel that they are in control. Buyers are ultimately, always in control.

Balancing Your Buyer’s Two Fundamental Needs

The Sales Blog

Balancing Your Buyer’s Two Fundamental Needs is a post from: The Sales Blog | S. As you move closer to a commitment that would mean the client is required to act, the human needs for certainty and risk avoidance start to take precedence over other needs. A Balancing Act. Anthony Iannarino.

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Announcing: Call for Submissions for the Top 40 #B2B Marketing Tools

Smart Selling Tools

Reach buyers where they live in social networks and online communities. Marketing Sales Tools/Product Reviews Act-On B2B CallidusCloud Chiefmartec DiscoverORg Hushly KnowledgeTree Marketing Technology Roadmap Scott Brinker ShowPad

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Tom Hanks, Credibility and Sales

Performance Sales and Training

When trust is low, as it is at the beginning of most salesperson-buyer relationships, your every statement is subject to scrutiny and skepticism. Acting tips credibility opening presentation skills

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Sales Tips: 8 Signals That Your Buyer Is Ready to Close

Customer Centric Selling

Sales Tips: 8 Signals That Your Buyer Is Ready to Close. Prematurely asking for the business puts undue pressure on buyers. Even if successful, sellers often have to discount or make other concessions to incent buyers.

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How Chaos and a Fallible Sense of Truth Impacts Sales Opportunities

Smart Selling Tools

What and how your prospect thinks, does, and acts is also supposed to be within your purview. Salespeople want to control the sale and buyers want to feel that they are in control. Buyers are ultimately, always in control.

Is Automation the Key to Modern Selling?

Smart Selling Tools

With a large percentage of buyer’s now beginning their search for solutions on the internet, and with more and more marketing content being delivered to those buyers, sellers have a lot more inbound leads. A completed webform doesn’t by itself signal a qualified buyer.

Write Content That Facilitates Buying Decisions

Sharon Drew Morgan

Content is written with different reasons in mind: for Buyer Personas to learn about your solution as early along their decision path as possible; for brand recognition; to gain followers; to make a sale. And how many possible buyers reject it because they’re not ready yet?),

How Technology is Influencing the Mortgage Experience

Leads360

Many borrowers today do not fill out mortgage applications online, however, even when they have the opportunity — and that includes millennial buyers, whom we assume prefer an online mortgage experience.

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The Science and Art of Selling

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Your prospects aren’t in pain

Sharon Drew Morgan

When I hear sellers say that buyers have ‘pain’ I ask how long it would take them to get to the hospital with a broken arm. But buyers don’t buy ‘immediately’ and have had their problem for a period of time. It’s time to help buyer’s buy.

Forecasting closed sales: how you will know when a buyer will close

Sharon Drew Morgan

CAN WE KNOW WHEN A BUYER WILL BUY? Until or unless everyone who will touch the solution has added their 2 cents to the criteria for solution selection, and an entire change management plan has been developed, a buyer cannot buy. Sellers can’t control the buyer’s decision journey.

Your prospects aren’t in pain

Sharon Drew Morgan

When I hear sellers say that buyers have ‘pain’ I ask how long it would take them to get to the hospital with a broken arm. But buyers don’t buy ‘immediately’ and have had their problem for a period of time. It’s time to help buyer’s buy.