Book Review: “High-Profit Selling, Win the Sale Without Compromising On Price” by Mark Hunter

  The battles over price are as old as selling. Can you picture the first dirt farmer negotiating for some livestock? Learning how not to flinch when a customer claimed “Your price is too high” took mentoring and practice. When I finally understood that price complaints are to be expected and a sign that the game’s afoot, my reflexes changed. … [Read more...]

Are You Selling to Phantom Buyers?

Imagine you’re running a retail shop. Twenty or thirty times a day, your front door opens and the entry bell rings “ding-ding.” You trace the path of depressions in the carpet and see products shuffled around your shelves. Most of these journeys through your store end with an invisible departure. This is what internet marketing looks like. Marketers view internet analytics and see which … [Read more...]

Marketing Creates Lousy Sales Presentations

Guest post By Mark Hunter Too many marketing departments are still living in the 1990s with how they feel salespeople should be making presentations. Marketing departments are notorious for making slick presentations that do nothing but extol the virtues of how wonderful their company is.  I call these “capabilities presentations.” Really they should be called “look at me – I think I’m … [Read more...]

Pistachio Nuts and Sales Opportunities

Sally and I love pistachio nuts. We always race for the meaty ones bursting out of the shell. They’re the easiest, best tasting, and give the most for the least effort. When the best picks are gone, we fish through the bowl and pick the promising nuts. They take a little more work for a little less meat. Finally, only the tough nuts are left, the airtight sealed nuts that take more work. Out … [Read more...]

Are You Selling Value Proposition or Cost Benefit?

Sally recently learned the difference between value proposition and cost benefit when one of her dance students did not return this fall. Jenny had been studying at her school for two years and was ready for a more advanced level. Sally told Jenny’s mother the exciting news and penciled her in the schedule after their conversation. But Jenny dropped out. … [Read more...]