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The Center for Sales Strategy Blog

STOP Searching for Customers and START Searching for Customer Needs!

customer needsIf you want to be more successful in your prospecting efforts, you may first need to make a paradigm shift—rather than searching for new clients, focus on a client you already have, and then search for that customer’s true needs. 

Topics: customer focus Sales

You’ve Got the Appointment – Now What?

sales appointmentOne of the most difficult aspects of selling is getting the first appointment with a new prospect. That is a fact, but it shouldn’t be the only focus. Simply getting the appointment is not the goal; the goal is to get a good appointment.

Topics: customer satisfaction customer focus setting expectations sales performance Sales

A Leading Cause of Death for Sales: Donuts

customer renewalsIt started innocently enough. You had a planning meeting with the client that you knew would take a better part of the morning, so you stopped at the donut shop on the way to the appointment. A couple of weeks later, you wanted to make-up for failing to return a phone call, so you grabbed a bag of bagels. And before you knew it, you were hooked on the stuff.

Topics: customer satisfaction customer focus Needs Analysis sales strategy sales performance Sales

What Does Your End Zone Dance Look Like?

CelebrateWhen football players score a touchdown, it’s not unusual to see them celebrate in the end zone. Long-term traditions include player renditions of the dirty bird, the “dunking” the ball over the goal post, or the famous (infamous, if you’re from Minnesota) Lambeau Leap. In recent years, the NFL has become more strict about excessive end-zone celebrations, because of their potential to be interpreted as taunting, poor sportsmanship, and… well, class-less.  (Do I need to spell it out with a Sharpie?)

Topics: customer focus understanding target audience sales performance Talent Sales