Selling Luxury: Connect with Affluent Customers, Create Unique Experiences Through Impeccable Service, and Close the Sale

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Praise for Selling Luxury

"Geneviève and Robin have brought together their talents to create a book that gives all Sales Ambassadors the fundamentals in selling and building customer loyalty."
Hamida Belkadi, CEO, De Beers Diamond Jewellers, USA

"Selling Luxury is filled with ways of exceeding each client's expectations through offering a service that surprises and delights."
Aaron Simpson, Group Executive Chairman, Quintessentiall

What does it take to sell high-end luxury creations to the richest clients in the world? In Selling Luxury, Robin Lent and Genevieve Tour, with thirty years of combined experience, share their savoir-faire. You'll also pick up tips from multi-million dollar luxury sales professionals who will help you understand the complexities of the universe of luxury. Selling Luxury will show you how a salesperson can acquire Sales Ambassador status by offering the impeccable service associated with the world's most prestigious brands.

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About the author

Robin Lent is Senior Consultant at AC3, a Paris-based company that specializes in training and communications. Robin has been working for eighteen years in the field of luxury. He can be reached at robin@ac3.fr.

Geneviève Tour is a Training Consultant at Cartier and a luxury specialist. She has spent many years as a Sales Ambassador in the United States and France. Geneviève has an MBA in luxury brands and twenty years of experience in marketing and communications. She can be reached at genevieve.tour@club-internet.fr.

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Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
May 27, 2009
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Pages
176
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ISBN
9780470498378
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Advertising & Promotion
Business & Economics / Customer Relations
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