Seven Deadly Sales Sins

 Making mistakes is a common occurrence, but certain errors can have a greater impact. Specifically in sales within a small business, a mistake can determine whether you meet your monthly financial needs or not. It can also determine whether you secure a valuable, long-term customer who will consistently provide income or lose out on that potential revenue. Below is a compilation of seven mistakes to steer clear of when involved in sales.

Selling without having knowledge of your customer

Clients desire to purchase from individuals who possess vast knowledge not only about the product being sold, but also about the broader industry and their specific needs. Would you approach selling in the same manner when dealing with a financially struggling young family with only one source of income and four children, as compared to a well-off couple with lucrative professions and significant disposable income? By dedicating time to listening attentively to your customers and asking relevant inquiries, they will provide you with the necessary information. Understanding your industry is crucial, while being well-versed in your product is imperative, yet comprehending your customer is of utmost importance in order to achieve successful sales.

Preventing Unhappy Clients

If you choose to distance yourself from individuals who are not pleased with you, you are missing out on the chance to establish trust and loyalty with those customers. Rather than avoiding dissatisfaction, view it as a chance to exceed expectations. Make every effort possible to rectify any issues with these customers, and you will foster long-lasting loyalty.

Ignoring Small Orders 

Each and every customer holds significance. It might be unappealing to handle small orders or ones that generate little profit, but the potential future purchases from that customer are uncertain. Moreover, the positive treatment of a customer could lead to referrals and the negative treatment could drive others away.

Using the Same Old Pitch

Returning to your customers with the identical sales pitch is a major error. It is crucial for people to perceive you as innovative, imaginative, and at the forefront of your field. It is important to frequently rejuvenate your sales presentation. Utilize diverse illustrations, varied approaches, cater to different behavioral styles, and provide different incentives. Demonstrating creativity is essential for achieving successful sales.

Failing to make use of sales training opportunities

You might believe that you are the top salesperson on your team (and you very well could be), but the most successful salespeople always strive to continually enhance their skills. Make the most of any sales training opportunities that come your way. You will always benefit, regardless if you learn something new from the instructor or not. There is always something to gain from the experiences of others in the room, and you can even provide guidance to those who are less experienced. Incorporate lifelong learning into your sales strategy.

Being a Cheapskate 

Every action you take leaves a lasting impact on your customer. Will you show your gratitude for a client's business by treating them to lunch every couple of months? Do you cover the expenses when meeting a potential client over coffee? Do you express acknowledgment to those who offer free advice or refer business to you by sending a note or a gift? These seemingly insignificant gestures make a significant impression.

Going for the Popular Vote 

Instead of focusing on gaining respect, it is important to always behave with honesty and sincerity when interacting with others. Although it may be tempting to belittle your competition in order to prove your superiority to potential customers, this strategy will not benefit you in the long term. While people may like you momentarily, especially if you possess charisma and the ability to persuade, once you are gone they will reflect on what you said about yourself and others and will not trust you. In the end, integrity always prevails. A useful approach to dealing with competitors without badmouthing them is to analyze their strengths and weaknesses. Then, highlight your own strengths in relation to their weaknesses. By doing this, you can expose their vulnerabilities and demonstrate why you are superior, all without mentioning them directly. By avoiding these seven mistakes in sales and incorporating these principles into your sales approach, you will not only increase your sales, but also gain recognition and appreciation from your customers for your ethical business practices.