The economy is not the only thing that has changed, so has your relationship with your clients. If you want to attract new clients and expand existing relationships, then you need a new approach to selling and a new sales funnel.
Traditional sales techniques and the traditional sales funnel were the right tools when the market was hot, the selling cycle was short, and you had more influence and control over the buyer. But let’s face it, the market has changed. Increased competition, globalization and advancements in technology have put the consumer in control. They decide where, when, and how they are going to buy. Trust and value have become the new return on investment (ROI) making what we sell a commodity but HOW we sell it our competitive edge!
The sales cycle is much longer now than it used to be. clickfunnels special offer In an economy where trust and value are the ROI, sales cycles naturally lengthen as we have to build trust and establish value before we can even start to sell. That takes times. Clients will buy our services once they trust us, and they will buy our products when they understand the value to their business…
In an overcrowded market consumers are overwhelmed with choice. I actually believe they are looking for reasons to reject us and limit their field of options. Sales people and marketing gurus are inundating them with opportunity and messages of what, where and who else to buy products and services from. If you want to hold on to your client, then you have to understand the real selling begins once you’ve closed the first sale. Creating a sales funnel or sales cycle that looks far more like a martini glass then a funnel.
Let’s take a look. To establish trust you have to spend a lot of time at the top of this funnel. Target the right client and begin to invest in a relationship. Build the trust and watch them slowly move into the top of your funnel. During this phase you are going to deeply invest in them. Developing relationships and establishing trust takes time, so expect this phase to move slowly and understand you are not in control of when the consumer is ready to buy. They will move through your funnel at their own pace and only when they are ready. The more you push the more likely you are to lose the client to a competitor. That is why it is critical to overfill your sales funnel. Once you have targeted the right client and established your prospect list, then overfill your funnel with your target client. Overfilling ensures you have enough volume giving you the patience to allow sales to close on the clients schedule not yours.