5 Tips to Help You Master Boutique Selling
The difference between your sales process and the sales process of discounters is night and day. You’re not closing the sale by adding pressure. You’re not negotiating. You close every sale the opposite way. You close sales by doing so many things to please the client from the first interaction to the last encounter.
To get started on the path to mastering boutique selling, follow these five tips:
1. Overcome price objections in the first conversation by focusing on benefits
Price becomes a major issue only in the absence of value. Make sure that, in your first connection, you build value through education. At Sarah Petty Photography, we build rapport by asking many questions about their needs. We tell customers why our business is different and how everything we do benefits them. We educate them on why we only use high-end materials, even though it requires more time, work, and attention. We then share prices. By then, they know if we are the right photographer for them.
2. Be confident in your prices and your value
Much of the perceived value you create with customers is in presenting your prices in a positive way. It may take some practice if you’re just starting out, but much like dating or interviewing for a job, your demeanor with clients has to be nothing less than confident. Don’t apologize for your prices.
3. Be willing to walk away from a client
It’s a hard lesson to learn, but when you spend time on the wrong clients, they wear you down and make you lose your passion. And, worse, you start making decisions on price and service based on the wrong buyer! We see this all the time when boutique businesses sell via Groupon or other coupon services. All of a sudden, you have swarms of new, price-sensitive clients vying for attention and service. The next thing you know, you’re making business decisions based on the needs of the wrong customers. Your brand suffers.
4. Don’t wait for the phone to ring to sell
Because you have relationships with your clients, you can go create the sales when times are slow. You have the advantage of creating demand by selling to your current customers, co-marketing with other businesses, or working with a charity to add new clients to your database.
5. Be honest
As a boutique business, you have to have a strong moral compass so that you will always be able to do what’s right. If something goes wrong, you need to do the right thing to remedy the situation.
To get more tips on pricing, marketing, and small business strategies, download a free chapter of my New York Times Best Selling book, Worth Every Penny: Build a Business that Thrills Your Clients and Still Charge What You’re Worth at: http://www.joyofmarketing.com/our-book/try-a-chapter/
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