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How One Home Extensions Company Sent Their Sales Soaring by 160%
 
... Just by Tweaking Their Selling Techniques
By Kris Mills

One of the things that my partner Shane and I do is work with businesses helping them increase profits. Shane addresses areas like systems and sales and I overhaul their marketing.

One company that Shane helped transform was a Sydney-based home extensions company.

The business in questions was struggling to make sales. They were getting leads from their advertising but those leads weren't being converted.

Conversion rates in the building and home improvement industries are traditionally very low due to the nature and cost of the purchase. The industry average at the time was running at approximately 8% -10%.

This company's conversion rate was also at 10%. After making some changes to the sales process, Shane increased their conversion rate to 26% ... a 160% increase.

In real dollar terms this had a dramatic impact on profits. They made around $7,500 in commissions on every $100,000 building project.

Prior to the changes, out of every 100 prospects they saw, they earned $75,000. After the changes, the figure was $195,000 - an increase of $125,000.

Lets take a look at how Shane achieved these results ...

In most situations when a home owner is thinking about an extension they will telephone and arrange a "quote". Normally, the only questions they're asked during the initial call are "where do you live", and "when do you want us to come?"

Instead, Shane went through a specially scripted qualification process at the initial point of contact.

He'd find out their needs, their likes and dislikes and a bunch of other critical information, and he would also give them a little strategically engineered information which was designed to pitch the company as being head and shoulders above the competition.

This served three purposes:

1. It provided Shane with information which assisted in the sales process;

2. It qualified the potential customers or disqualified them so the design consultants wouldn't waste their time needlessly;

3. It pre-sold the prospect so they were virtually sold before the design consultant even visited them.

Shane then developed a comprehensive sales system which was followed to the letter each time a sales call was made.

The system addressed everything that took place from the time a potential customer first called until after the sale had been completed. It included:

 

  1. Initial incoming telephone script - most people will ring around for 3 quotes so by getting the initial dialogue right at the start, you're narrowing the odds in your favor;

  2. Initial information package - the quality of material;

  3. Follow-up telephone script;

  4. What to wear to an appointment to create the most favorable impression;

  5. When to schedule the appointment for so as potential customers are in the most receptive mood - time of day makes a big difference;

  6. What sales aids have the most impact - before and after photos, past designs, award details etc. etc.;

  7. How to pre-qualify prospects to eliminate tyre kickers;

  8. How to frame the sales person as a "guru" before the meeting - great way of eliminating the competition early;

  9. How to build rapport during the presentation;

  10. What to say to uncover their REAL needs and desires;

  11. How to demonstrate the product and/or service;

  12. How to identify who the competition is and what the potential customer thinks about the competition;

  13. How to sell your competitive advantages;

  14. How to sell the benefits of the solution;

  15. What the most common objections are and how to best handle them;

  16. How to gain commitment to the sale in a non-obtrusive way, and when to ask for the order without sounding like a "door to door salesman";

  17. When to ask for referrals and how;

  18. How to make it EASY for them to buy;

  19. What measures to take to ensure 100% customer delight before, during and after the sale;

  20. What follow-up processes need to happen after an initial meeting to ensure a customer stays interested.

The system was so comprehensive that someone could virtually walk in off the street read their sales system and start selling successfully. All sales people within the company adopted this system and all achieved an enormous and sustained increase in sales conversions as a result.

What can we learn from this?

It doesn't matter how effective your lead generation techniques are, if you can't convert them into sales you're pouring money down the drain.

Before increasing your advertising spend, it will pay huge dividends if you firstly maximize the return you're currently getting on your existing marketing dollar by enhancing the effectiveness of your sales systems.

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Copyright 2003 Words that Sell Pty Ltd

Kris Mills of Words that Sell Pty Ltd is a top selling copywriter, direct marketing consultant, and respected author of numerous publications. For more copywriting and direct marketing tips visit their website at www.wordsthatsell.com.au

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