The need to understand what top-performing reps are doing that their average performing colleagues are not drove Matthew Dixon, Brent Adamson, and their colleagues at Corporate Executive Board to investigate the skills, behaviors, knowledge, and attitudes that matter most for high performance. And what they discovered may be the biggest shock to conventional sales wisdom in decades.
Based on an exhaustive study of thousands of sales reps across multiple industries and geographies, The Challenger Sale argues that classic relationship building is a losing approach, especially when it comes to selling complex, large-scale business-to-business solutions. The authors' study found that every sales rep in the world falls into one of five distinct profiles, and while all of these types of reps can deliver average sales performance, only one-the Challenger- delivers consistently high performance.
Instead of bludgeoning customers with endless facts and features about their company and products, Challengers approach customers with unique insights about how they can save or make money. They tailor their sales message to the customer's specific needs and objectives. Rather than acquiescing to the customer's every demand or objection, they are assertive, pushing back when necessary and taking control of the sale.
The things that make Challengers unique are replicable and teachable to the average sales rep. Once you understand how to identify the Challengers in your organization, you can model their approach and embed it throughout your sales force. The authors explain how almost any average-performing rep, once equipped with the right tools, can successfully reframe customers' expectations and deliver a distinctive purchase experience that drives higher levels of customer loyalty and, ultimately, greater growth.
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No Thanks, I'm Just Looking gives anyone the inside scoop on how to skyrocket their selling career with a system of easy-to-learn practical money-making steps. By saving countless hours of trial-and-error experience, readers will be able to focus on the things that really work. Considered to be retail guru Harry J. Friedman's personal collection of proven selling techniques, No Thanks, I'm Just Looking includes all the tips and humorous anecdotes that have made him retail's most sought-after consultant.
No Thanks, I'm Just Looking delivers the tricks of the trade from an international retail authority.Author is the most heavily attended speaker on retail selling and operational management in the world These groundbreaking high-performance training systems have been used by more than 500,000 retailers, from small independents to the likes of Neiman Marcus, Cartier, Billabong, La-Z-Boy and Godiva, to routinely deliver more sales Friedman created the number one retail sales and management system used by more retailers than any other system of its kind in the world
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"Selling for the Long Run stands head and shoulders above the run-of-the-mill sales books. If you're in the business of selling complex products or solutions, it's a blueprint for business success. Don't just read this book--use its principles and strategies every day, and it will fundamentally improve the results you achieve." -- Donal Daly, CEO, The TAS Group
"This book provides a fresh, unique, and contemporary perspective on the welldocumented subject of selling in a complex business-to-business world. Wendy Reed gives the reader a contemporary road map for the modern-day, buyer-centric sales philosophy. Read it and learn an approach that most certainly enables sales success." -- Richard E. Eldh, Co-President, SiriusDecisions, Inc.
"The fact that buying behavior has changed dramatically is clear to all sales professionals; how to change the way you sell in response is not. Selling for the Long Run offers new insights into how to develop and enrich relationships with clients to not only close more business this year but become the partner of choice going forward as well." -- Jim Dickie, Managing Partner, CSO Insights
"Selling for the Long Run provides an easy-to-follow road map to the kind of customer collaboration that can dramatically change the relationship between buyer and seller and lead to deeper, more successful, and enduring partnerships." -- John Golden, CEO, Huthwaite
"Until more universities offer degree programs in sales effectiveness, this book is required reading for anyone carrying a quota." -- Peter Ostrow, Research Director, Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Co.
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Selling for the Long Run provides the key principles for acquiring and maintaining satisfied, repeat-buying customers. How is this achieved? One word: relationships. At first glance, the answer seems simple—but is any relationship simple?
Wendy Reed, CEO of the global sales training firm InfoMentis, helps you make the transformation from an average salesperson who simply presents products to a great salesperson who serves as a collaborative partner with the customer. It's the best sales approach for good economic times, and it's the only one that works when times are tough.
When the buyer perceives you as an advocate for his or her needs, trust is created--and great things follow. Outlining a strategic plan for building customer focus and collaboration into every stage of the sales cycle, Reed provides an insider's perspective to help you:View the sales process from the customer's point of view Align your offering with the buyer's needs Perform proper due diligence before creating your strategy Gain clearer vision into revenue pipelines and forecasts Deliver on all promises made--both explicit and implicit
Selling for the Long Run is a blueprint for reenvisioning and retooling your sales cycle to seize the competitive advantage--and keep it. Like any customer in any industry, your prospective buyer's number-one concern is value--bottom line. In the end, he or she wants to make a purchase from a trustworthy partner--which is why you have to stop looking for that one magical "sales technique" and start building the kind of relationships that generate results. Take your first step with Selling for the Long Run.
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Written by Neil Rackham, former president and founder of Huthwaite corporation, SPIN Selling is essential reading for anyone involved in selling or managing a sales force. Unquestionably the best-documented account of sales success ever collected and the result of the Huthwaite corporation's massive 12-year, $1-million dollar research into effective sales performance, this groundbreaking resource details the revolutionary SPIN (Situation, Problem, Implication, Need-payoff) strategy.
In SPIN Selling, Rackham, who has advised leading companies such as IBM and Honeywell delivers the first book to specifically examine selling high-value product and services. By following the simple, practical, and easy-to-apply techniques of SPIN, readers will be able to dramatically increase their sales volume from major accounts. Rackham answers key questions such as “What makes success in major sales” and “Why do techniques like closing work in small sales but fail in larger ones?”
You will learn why traditional sales methods which were developed for small consumer sales, just won't work for large sales and why conventional selling methods are doomed to fail in major sales. Packed with real-world examples, illuminating graphics, and informative case studies - and backed by hard research data - SPIN Selling is the million-dollar key to understanding and producing record-breaking high-end sales performance.
In their acclaimed bestseller The Challenger Sale, Matthew Dixon and his colleagues at CEB busted many longstanding myths about sales. Now they’ve turned their research and analysis to a new vital business subject—customer loyalty—with a new book that turns the conventional wisdom on its head.
The idea that companies must delight customers by exceeding service expectations is so entrenched that managers rarely even question it. They devote untold time, energy, and resources to trying to dazzle people and inspire their undying loyalty. Yet CEB’s careful research over five years and tens of thousands of respondents proves that the “dazzle factor” is wildly overrated—it simply doesn’t predict repeat sales, share of wallet, or positive wordof-mouth. The reality:
Loyalty is driven by how well a company delivers on its basic promises and solves day-to-day problems, not on how spectacular its service experience might be. Most customers don’t want to be “wowed”; they want an effortless experience. And they are far more likely to punish you for bad service than to reward you for good service.
If you put on your customer hat rather than your manager or marketer hat, this makes a lot of sense. What do you really want from your cable company, a free month of HBO when it screws up or a fast, painless restoration of your connection? What about your bank—do you want free cookies and a cheerful smile, even a personal relationship with your teller? Or just a quick in-and-out transaction and an easy way to get a refund when it accidentally overcharges on fees?
The Effortless Experience takes readers on a fascinating journey deep inside the customer experience to reveal what really makes customers loyal—and disloyal. The authors lay out the four key pillars of a low-effort customer experience, along the way delivering robust data, shocking insights and profiles of companies that are already using the principles revealed by CEB’s research, with great results. And they include many tools and templates you can start applying right away to improve service, reduce costs, decrease customer churn, and ultimately generate the elusive loyalty that the “dazzle factor” fails to deliver.
The rewards are there for the taking, and the pathway to achieving them is now clearly marked.
The purpose of this book is to give you a series of ideas, methods, strategies, and techniques that you can use immediately to make more sales, faster and easier than ever before.
It’s a promise of prosperity that sales guru Brian Tracy has seen fulfilled again and again. More sales people have become millionaires as a result of listening to and applying his ideas than from any other sales training process ever developed.