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  1. 1. Presented By: Lisa Young VP of Zing Consulting Group Compliments of our sponsors:Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  2. 2. Kick The Year Off Right!How to Successfully Sell & Market Your Business Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  3. 3. The Art of Selling“There is only one way to get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it.” - Dale Carnegie Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  4. 4. Selling is so simple … even a baby could do it. Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  5. 5. Give them value! Value Added Selling Includes: • Customer Service • Product/Service Quality • After Sales Follow UpValue Added Selling • RelationshipsValue Added Selling is a sales technique that relies on • Customer Conveniences – Residentbuilding on the inherent value of a product or service. It is Only Featuresselling the benefits – not the price! Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  6. 6. LeaseLabsSteven Ozbun | Business Development 2870 5th Avenue, Suite 202 San Diego, Ca 92103619.233.4700 | steven@leaselabs.com www.leaselabs.com | Zing Consulting Group ©2011 www.leaselabs.com www.zingcg.com
  7. 7. Did You Know?• According to a study in Sales and Marketing Management Magazine, two-thirds of sales managers claim that selling value is the most difficult problem facing salespeople today.• Two independent studies reported more than ½ of all salespeople fail to differientate their solution from the competition. Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  8. 8. According to Tom Reilly, author of “Value-Added Selling”,there are 3 Types of Competitors & 3 dimensions of value:3 Types of Competitors: Equalizers: • These companies want to be as good as everyone else in their industry. They constantly try to close the gap between them and their competition. • If a competitor offers a unique product or service, they will soon mimic it. Differentiators: • These companies want to be better than the rest and are constantly looking for ways to stand out. They want to expand the gap between them and their competition. Equalizers: • These companies rarely focus on the gap between them and their competitors – they focus solely on the customer’s needs and wants. • They defeat the competition by serving the customer better Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  9. 9. According to Tom Reilly, author of “Value-Added Selling”,there are 3 Types of Competitors & 3 dimensions of value:3 Dimensions of Value: Product / Service • What does your product/service do for the customer? How does it solve a problem for them? • Example – you offer complimentary business services (fax, copy, free Wi-Fi) for residents that work out of their home. Company • What value added features does your company offer? • Example – you offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee Self • What do you do personally for the customer that makes you stand out from the competition? • Example – You are an expert on your neighborhood features, including school information, entertainment recommendations, etc. Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  10. 10. What kind of things can you sell?Keep in mind – value added selling is • In Home Washer/Dryer not what you deem valuable … it is • Dog Walking Serviceswhat your customer deems valuable! • Easy Access to Public Transportation It is not a one-size-fits-all sell! • Extra Storage Space • Resident Benefits Club • Pay Rent Online Service • “Walkable” Neighborhood • Resident Activities & Events • Furniture Rental Service Find out what’s important to them! Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  11. 11. CORT FurnitureSteven Ozbun | Business Development 2870 5th Avenue, Suite 202 San Diego, Ca 92103619.233.4700 | steven@leaselabs.com www.leaselabs.com | Zing Consulting Group ©2011 www.cort.com www.zingcg.com
  12. 12. Activity 1. Make a list of a potential customer’s needs, wants and fears 2. Circle possible “pressure point” features (the items that would affect their purchasing decision). 3. Determine how you would sell a value-added feature to them in order to keep the sale. Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  13. 13. Find out what they need! Examples of Need Base Sales Questions:Need Base SellingNeed Base Selling is a sales approach where the salesperson • Can I ask you what specifics youhelps the prospect or customer make an informed purchasing are looking for in your new home?decision based on their identified needs. • What don’t you like about your current home? The right questions will create curiosity in • What is standing in the way of the prospect that will lead them into moving forward with the lease wanting your services! today? Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  14. 14. But, what if they say no?What to remember about sales objections… • Dont be scared of them! • Objections are a sign that the prospect is serious about their purchasing decision • Objections allow you to better understand the consumer and what they need. • Objections can help you build a stronger relationship with the consumer • Objections occur for numerous reasons – the consumer could be looking for more information. • Objections are just another step in the sale process – embrace them! Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  15. 15. Sales objections show interest and enable thesalesperson to give more information to theprospect.T here are 3 types of sales objections: Conditions Stalls True Objections Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  16. 16. Conditions Something that prevents the person from purchasing until their stipulation is met. Example: “I need my roommate to see if before I can make a decision.” Ask questions to determine the nature of the condition and try and schedule a set time to re-discuss the sale, once the condition is met. Example: “You mentioned your roommate would be in town on Tuesday, can we set up a time that I can give you both a tour?” Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  17. 17. Stalls When the prospect is putting off making a decision Example: “I want to think about it.” Let the prospect know that you understand and accept their hesitation, but ask questions to find out what the real problem is. Example: “I understand this is a big commitment, are you concerned with the lease terms?” Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  18. 18. True Objections When the prospect has a genuine reason to make a purchase Example: “I don’t have enough money.” Let the prospect know that you respect and appreciate their objection and offer other possible options. Example: “I understand our one bedroom is out of your budget. Would you be interested in being put you on the wait list for the studio apartment?” Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  19. 19. Any ways to eliminateHow to prepare for objections: objections? 1. Don’t go on the defensive • The consumer’s objection means something to • Learn everything you can about the them. Don’t dismiss it or make them defend it. consumer, your business, competitors and industry. Develop a broad range 2. Restate the objection of knowledge and you will be • Restate their objection in your own words to show prepared to squash objections before the consumer that you listened and understand they happen. their concern. • Match the consumer with the 3. Reframe the question product or service they need – don’t • Reframe the objection in terms of how your try to sell them something they didn’t product or service will overcome it. ask for. • Fulfill all the steps of the sales process in order (i.e. don’t ask for the sale without building a strong rapport first) Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  20. 20. Now that you have sharpened yoursales skills … Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  21. 21. How do you get motivated?Ian Dickson (an internationally known sales coach) believes that there are 7 motivational techniques an indivudal uses in otder to become motivated. Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  22. 22. Sales Motivation 1. Motivation through Challenges: Individuals are motivated when working towards personally meaningful goals. In order to do so, they must complete challenging, but attainable activities – they want the challenge! “Enthusiasm is 2. Motivation through Curiosity: Individuals are motivated when in an environment that excitement with stimulates their interest to learn and do more. Present these individuals with something to do that connects their current inspiration and a knowledge skill set with skills at a more desirable level if that person were to engage in a specific activity. pinch of 3. Motivation through Control: Individuals are motivated when they feel like they are in control creativity,” of their future and what happens to them. To stay motivated, individuals must understand the cause and effect relationship between an action and the end result. 4. Motivation through Fantasy: Individuals are motivated when they feel like they are in control - Bo Bennett of their future and what happens to them. To stay motivated, individuals must understand the cause and effect relationship between an action and the end result. Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  23. 23. Sales Motivation 5. Motivation through Competition: These individuals gain a certain amount of satisfaction by comparing their performance to that of others. 6. Motivation through Cooperation: Individuals are motivated when they are cooperating with others or if they believe they are helping others achieve their goals. 4. Motivation through Recognition: Individuals are motivated when their accomplishments are recognized by others. However, unlike motivation through competition, you do not compare their achievements to those of others. Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  24. 24. Motivation Works! Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  25. 25. What kills motivation? Motivation can be lost when an individual loses focus, becomes discouraged, feels overwhelmed, procrastinates or isn’t where they want to be (both professionally or personally). Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  26. 26. How do you stay away from motivational drainers? Activity:• Be specific with your goals – You will be more motivated to“increase my sales by 5%” than by just “increase my sales”. 1.Write down 5 “career values” that are important to you in your career.• Have a plan of attack – Create an action plan, so you alwaysknow what your next step will be. When you don’t know where 2.Prioritize those values in order ofto go, you can’t get to where you want to be. importance (1-5, with 1 being most important).• Surround yourself with positives – Make sure that youeliminate self-criticisms and negative thoughts about yourself.Surround yourself with upbeat and enthusiastic people. 3.Write down how your current job satisfies those career goals.• Be committed – Commit to your goals on a continual basis andlimit distractions.• Recruit – Recruit your family, friends and coworkers to hold youaccountable for your goals. Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  27. 27. Motivation is also about personal accountability. Personal accountability is doing what you say you will do and being answerable for your actions or lack thereof. Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  28. 28. Consider this… Here is a story about four people named: EVERYBODY, SOMEBODY, ANYBODY and NOBODY who all work at the same company. There was an important job to be done and EVERYBODY was sure that SOMEBODY would do it. ANYBODY could have done it, but NOBODY did it. Now, SOMEBODY got angry because it was EVERYBODY’s job. EVERYBODY thought ANYBODY could do it, but NOBODY realized that EVERYBODY would not do it. In the end, EVERYBODY blamed SOMEBODY when NOBODY did what ANYBODY could of done. Had EVERYBODY agreed to a common goal and SOMEBODY volunteered to take ownership, ANYBODY would have been happy to help complete the task and the results would have been very different. Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  29. 29. How do you achieve personalaccountability in the workplace? Personal Responsibility Personal Empowerment Begins with the employee taking full Employees must be willing to take ownership of a task and its outcomes. personal action to see that the end They must have the belief that they can results happen. and will get the tasks completed. Clear Agreement Personal Accountability Once employees are willing to take Employees must be willing to answer responsibility, a clear agreement must for those outcomes – good or bad. be in place between the giver and the receiver. Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  30. 30. “It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.” - MoliereZing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  31. 31. You know how to sell… You are excited to start selling… But how do you get customers to sell to? Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  32. 32. Word-of-Mouth or Referral Marketing • 53% of Americans are highly likely to believe in the credibility of a recommendation from a family member or friend. • 51% are highly likely to pass the information along to others. • 48% are highly likely to make a purchase based on these type of recommendations. *According to the American Marketing Association Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  33. 33. Referral Marketing Referral influence is greatest when buying a product for the first time or if the products are relatively expensive. Word-of-mouth recommendations cut through the “noise and fluff” of marketing campaigns. They give you credibility without much cost.According to Jacques Bughin (author of the McKinsey Quarterly),there are 3 types of word-of-mouth marketing: • Experimental – This results from a consumer’s direct experience with a product or service that goes either above or below their expectations. • Consequential – This results in marketing efforts that trigger word-of-mouth. Consumers receive the marketing messages being put out to the public and pass them along. • Intentional – This occurs when marketers use celebrity endorsements or public influencers to trigger positive buzz about a product or service. Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  34. 34. What has the digital age done to word-of-mouth marketing? Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  35. 35. Technology’s Effect on Word-of-Mouth Marketing “It’s a consumer-driven world”• Conversations are no longer an intimate conversation• Consumers now write online consumer reviews – immediately after having their experience•• Opinions are now shared and seen by hundreds through social networks, consumer Opinions are now shared and seen by hundreds through social networks, consumer blogs and review websites blogs and review websites•• Word-of-mouth messages can now be seen throughout the world, instead of Word-of-mouth messages can now be seen throughout the world, instead of “locally” through close networks “locally” through close networks• Consumer reviews don’t disappear – they are available 24/7 Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  36. 36. A study by McKinsey Research found… How do you gain referrals?• The content of the message must address • Ask potential customers to “try” your product or service to build excitement and important product or service features in genuine recommendations. order to influence consumers. Hold open houses and invite neighbors, local business owners,• Example: a mobile phone’s design is more chamber members, etc. “buzz worthy” than its battery life. • Give out surveys or ask your customers Skincare ingredients and packaging had for their opinions more word-of-mouth potential than the way it made women feel. •Provide a forum for influencers to talk about you – consider a consumer blog.• Companies need to outperform on • Provide quality products and services – features that matter to consumers and will people WANT to talk about their provide more consumer referrals experiences •Develop a referral program that rewards your current customers Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  37. 37. RentMineOnline Ed Spiegel| CEO415.829.2892 | sales@rentmineonline.com www.rentmineonline.com | Zing Consulting Group ©2011 www.cort.com www.zingcg.com
  38. 38. You didn’t think we couldtalk marketing withoutbringing up social media,did you? Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  39. 39. Social Media Marketing Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  40. 40. Social Media Marketing *Social Media Marketing Industry Report What are the advantages to using social media?• 85% of businesses using social media said it generated exposure• 63% said it helped increase traffic• 56% said it aided in building new business partnerships Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  41. 41. Why use Social Media? • Brand Building • Relationship Management • Product Development • Reputation Management • Customer Interaction • Customer Feedback • Customer Support Social media should offer users engaging content, helpful information, streamlined • Community Building service and constant user incentives. • Increase SEO Ranking - Inc. Magazine Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  42. 42. What can you use social media for?• Host an online game or contest Have users submit pictures of themselves throughout your community or at neighborhood hot spots. Other users can Conversations about vote for their favorite photos and the winners can win a special prize. your business are going to happen,• Give consumers a say whether you take part Solicit ideas from your social media networks regardingwhat or not. Embrace it. new services they would like added to your community.• Show consumers around Film a video of your community, pointing out uniquefeatures and amenities and upload it to YouTube.• Use “check-in” feature to promote your business Location-based social mapping services (foursquare, Google Latitude, Loopt, Facebook Places) allow consumers tobenefit from their influence. Some retailers give discounts to those who “check in” to their store. Users can also find friends, share their locations, send updates, tips, photos & comments. Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  43. 43. What to consider ...• Target Audience: Who are your users going to be? How to they prefer to communicate?• Goals: What do you want out of your social media campaigns? Are you looking to attract new prospects? Increase your customer retention? Grab buzz for new products or services?• Measurement: How will you know if you are successful?• Competition: Are your competitors using social media? If so, what are they doing?• Content: What type of social media content will you use? Audio? Video? Text?• Offer: How will you convert users/participants into customers?• Tools: What social media sources will you use? Twitter? YouTube? Facebook? Blogs?• Resources: Can you invest time into your social media campaigns? How often will you update? Will you have one point-of-contact or a team of contributors? Should you use a third-party service? Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  44. 44. Community Sherpa | Apartment Finder Fran McManus| Publisher 650.994.2247 fmcmanus@apartmentfinder.com www.community-sherpa.com | Zing Consulting Group ©2011 www.cort.com www.zingcg.com
  45. 45. How do you know what people are saying about you? Online Reputation Management is the practice of monitoring the Internet reputation of a person, brand or business.Online conversations should be monitored on acontinual basis to ensure you know what is beingsaid about your brand. However, due to the sizeand speed of the Internet, it is a difficult processthat requires a variety of monitoring resources.The first step to online reputation management is to monitor the online conversations manually. Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  46. 46. What tools monitor online conversations?Brand Mentions• Google Alerts: Choose specific keywords (your brand, company name, key executives) and Google will email you a list of websites, blogs, articles, etc. where those keywords were mentioned.• How Socialable: Measures your brand’s visibility on the social web by searching the top 20 social networking sites and ranking its performance.Blogs• Google Blog Search: Just type in the keyword you are looking for and Google will search all published blogs on the internet that mentions that keyword.• IceRocket: An invisible tracker that will count your blog visits and gather statistics on your blog visits.Twitter• Twilert: Sends users regular email updates of published tweets that contained your brand, company name, product or service.Trends• Google Trends: Allows you to enter up to 5 topics and see how often they have been searched on Google over time• Serph: (Still in BETA) A “buzz” tracking tool that searches various online social media sites to find the lastest buzz on the web.Message Boards• BoardTracker: Search all message boards for specific keywords related to your brand or company Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  47. 47. Social Media is Relationship MarketingRelationship Marketing is an approach that emphasizescustomer retention and satisfaction rather than focusingon sales. It’s all about the relationship with the customer.• The cost of acquisition occurs at the beginning of the customer relationship, so the longer the relationship, the lower the cost.• Long-term customers are less price sensitive• Long-term customers tend to initiate word-of- Relationship Marketing mouth referrals extends communication far• Customers are more loyal to a specific brand or beyond traditional company when they have been a long-term advertising and customer promotional messages.• Increased customer loyalty makes the employee’s job easier and more satisfied. Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com
  48. 48. The Relationship Ladder of Customer Loyalty The Relationship Ladder of Customer Loyalty ranks customers, according to their level of loyalty. In relationship marketing, the goal is to take the customer as high up on the ladder as possible. Zing Consulting Group ©2011 | www.zingcg.com

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