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Cross Selling & Up Selling

What is Cross Selling & Up Selling. Keys for Crossing Selling and Up Selling.

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Cross Selling & Up Selling

  1. 1. Eight Ideas for Cross Selling Success Many early stage businesses that offer more than one product or service can do a much be tter job of educating customers on the different solutions they deliver. This type of cross se lling can be a highly effective tool for a small business. When you cross-sell, you offer the customer a product or service related to whatever they are already buying. It can be as simple as the waiter asking if you want a salad to go with y our main course. Up-selling positions higher priced products in a good/better/best progres sion. Both methods of encouraging clients to spend a little more can dramatically boost yo ur sales. But maybe you worry about irritating them with too many sales pitches to buy more. Don’t. Surveys show that most buyers appreciate being told about additional products or services that might better meet their needs or about new items that were not offered in the past. It’s a way of demonstrating that you are aware of their needs and care about their satisfaction. Here are some ideas to help you improve your cross selling success: Ideas to improve your opportunities for cross-selling and up-selling Let nature take its course. Many cross-selling opportunities arise naturally. If you are selling tennis racquets, for example, you can also offer a bag, balls, lessons and accessories. To gain the extra sale, you might simply have to mention that the other products or services ar e available. Stay relevant. If you overload customers with too many unrelated cross-selling suggestion s, you may blow it. Offering socks with shoes is certainly a good fit. But if your attempts to cross-sell are not closely related to the original purchase, they are far less likely to succee d. Post expert recommendations. One way to facilitate cross-selling and up-selling success i s to state specific recommendations from professionals, experts or other customers. This c ould be a chef’s recommendation on a menu, a doctor’s recommendation on a mailer, or li sts of related items that other customers have purchased on a website. When you buy a bo ok at, for example, the site automatically lists other books purchased by peop le who bought the same book you just ordered. Train employees in cross-selling techniques. The approach must be built around serving th e customer, not just selling more stuff. For example, you might describe how the additional products or services would complement the original purchase and further solve the custom er’s problem. Timing is important. Cross-selling and up-selling can occur at different times, depending o n the products and services you are selling. In some cases, the best time is while a custom er is trying something out. If they are looking at a low priced digital camera, for example, b ut seem disappointed in a lack of features or performance, they may really want a higher pri ced model. Or you could suggest a belt to go with a pair of pants while the customer is tryi ng them on. Other items are more appropriately offered once the initial buying decision has been made, such as an extended warranty. Leverage the cross-selling potential of your website. Position cross-sell and up-sell items t hroughout your site in places where they can help educate shoppers on the depth and varie ty of what your business offers. Try mixing and matching different items to see what works best.
  2. 2. Offer a range of prices. If you suggest three items to complement a product, try to offer a mix of price points. The lowest cost items are most likely to be picked up as impulse buys. But other items that meet the customer’s needs can also sell at higher levels. Try product or service bundles. Bundling has long been used as a way to entice shoppers t o buy not just a single item, but an entire group of items that go together. Offering a price break on package deals will help close the sale. Our Bottom Line: The key to successful cross-selling and up-selling is to focus your efforts on meeting the c ustomer’s needs, rather than simply pushing more products and services. This is one area of startup marketing where you may need to do a little experimentation in order to find just t he right balance, but you need to make cross selling a key component of your list of sales t echniques. Seven Cross-selling tips Choose correctly complementary products. Use an automated recommendation system based on past purchases. List best-sold products. Target your clients; Estimate which clients are suitable candidates for the cross-selling pro cess, create clients' behavior profiles and models. Provide your clients with good customer service. This will help repeat sales, when you have higher chances of cross-selling and especially up-selling. Inform your clients correctly about the opportunity to buy an additional product without forci ng them to wonder or search. Keep track of refusals to accept cross-selling or up-selling offers. Cross-selling online - things to keep in mind Suggest additional products and include a direct "add to cart" checkbox under the main pro duct picture. The function of the "add to cart" checkbox is to allow the promoted cross-sell ing products to be added to the shopping cart simultaneously with the main product. Also, the additional products should be familiar to the buyer. Because it is advisable not to have an additional page for the cross-selling product description, choose products that ca n be added directly to the shopping cart without links to other pages. It is very useful then to provide pictures and useful information in the cross-selling page. T he additional product pictures should be bigger than "thumbnails" but smaller than the main product picture. Try cross-selling directly in the shopping cart page but also in other pages of the site where you can help clients find more about your products. To see which product association is bringing you best results try as many product combinations as you can. In the product's presentation page add no more than three cross-selling elements; the addi tional products should be cheaper that the one chosen initially for purchase. Also you can u se a "Before you Check out" technique, including the additional products before the order p rocess is finalized. This technique is a good way to cross-sell add-ons for your software pr oducts.
  3. 3. Up-selling tips Based on the definition of up-selling, the additional product offered should be more expen sive that the main product. Carefully keep track of customer's behavior and needs because this technique is more risky than the cross selling technique since you are trying to sell som ething more expensive. Underline the added value of the expensive product, for example "Buy a two-year license a nd save." The up-selling offer should be recommended in the product presentation page, b efore adding the product to the shopping cart. Don't forget to use new releases. Point out against the suggested additional product (for in stance on the product's picture) that is "Just released" or "New version." Add a link on the p roduct image to a page with details; don't simply add it into the cart. The client must under stand the benefits of choosing the up-selling offer. Offer discounts and special promotion s. Another important aspect is helping the client decide to buy as a result of a pleasant experi ence. The website should be intuitive and easy to use, should inspire trust and confidence, should be functional (no dead links, fast loading pages) and provide enough product detail s. The Do's and Don'ts of Upselling and Cross Selling Penny Schneck -- Furniture Today, July 31, 2009 One of the easiest ways to improve your bottom line is, of course, to get existing customer s to increase their average order size. Are you taking advantage of every opportunity to up sell and cross sell your regular online customers? Up selling is defined as offering customers a product that is more expensive than the produ ct they are currently considering or to add options/features to the product they are buying. Cross selling refers to selling items that are complementary to the item they are purchasing. Not only will cross selling and up selling improve your bottom line, but their good customer service - as long as your suggestions are relevant and informative. Following are some do's and don'ts you can implement on your e-commerce site to boost order size: The Do's: • Do continue to sell on the thank you or exit page. The most common locations for a dd-on sales are the product page and view cart page. However, there are several other gre at locations for suggesting additional purchases. Typically, the thank you page confirms the
  4. 4. transaction, but be sure to include promotional copy at this point, too. Consider including a nother product image and description with a simple instructions on how to add the recomm ended product to the original order. Your customers should be able to purchase the additio nal item without having to go through the entire check-out process a second time. Even if y ou decide not to offer an additional product on the thank you page, this is a great place to ask customers to sign up for your enewsletter or emails on upgrades, new items and specia l offers. • Remember to add links to special offers in your email confirmations! • Do use your shopping cart technology to automate the cross selling and up selling process. • If you don't have the latest online shopping cart to cross sell, simply add links to si milar products on your product pages with copy such as "People like you who purchased th is product also purchased this product". You also can add bundled packages of goods to y our site catalog in addition to selling the products individually. Test bundles with different pr ice points. • Be sure highlight discounts for buying in quantity. • Sales appeal. Everyone is looking for bargains these days so be sure to highlight sal es, special offers and other discounts. • Discounts on shipping once a customer reaches a certain volume are a win-win for buyer and seller. You'll get the incremental sale and your customers will feel they've come out ahead. • If you want to sell a high-priced item you can first prepare your customer by selling several low priced items. I.e. create and market several low-cost items that lead the custo mer to purchase the high priced item. • Be sure to personalize your recommendations. "People like you who purchased this" works better than "Customers who purchased this". • Consider "top rated" or "bestseller" suggestions with reviews from other shoppers to help build credibility for your recommendations. • Stay relevant. Make sure the product you are trying to cross sell actually relates to t he product the customer is purchasing. Offering a reading lamp for a desk makes perfect s ense. • Do test your cross selling and up selling to see which strategy and combinations wo rks best for you. Try mixing and matching different items to find the combination that gener ates the most amount of revenue. Now for the Don'ts: • Don't interfere in the original purchase process. Wait until the customer has put so mething in their shopping cart before recommending additional items.
  5. 5. • Don't use the cross sell tactic to simply unload unwanted inventory. If the item is a discontinued item, be sure to let the customer know. • Don't try to cross sell a new product. The features and benefits of a new product ta ke time to explain. Cross sell purchases are typically impulse buys that are no-brainers for t he customer. • Don't be pushy when it comes to add-on sales. These should be recommendation s. Put your customer's interests first and view cross selling and up selling as a means to ed ucate your audience. In fact, Jupiter Media Metrix reports that online merchants also should be looking for cross-selling as a way to increase customer value over time. • Don't try to sell a big-ticket item as a cross sell. Generally speaking the incremental add-on should be 10-25% of the price of the original item already in the customer's shoppi ng cart. Adding additional items to the shopping cart process is similar to adding that maga zine, candy or drink to your shopping cart when you are in the check-out lane at the grocer y store. Finally, don't miss out on the opportunity to cross sell and up sell or you risk leaving revenu e and profit per order on the table!