Don't Sell Through Email! Face-To-Face Is 34 Times More Successful!
Yes, it's official ...
POSTED BY DEBRA STEVENS ON 25/04/2019 @ 8:00AM
We all use email to keep in contact with our customers or let them know of new ideas, special offers or for follow up, but be careful because it isn't as powerful or successful as meeting someone face to face ...
You can make a real connection with your customers when you meet face-to-face. With email, you can't!
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It can feel so much easier to email a client rather than pick up the phone or schedule a meeting with them, but think about how you respond to sales emails. Yes, it's easier to approach a customer, but it is also easier for a customer to ignore you or to say no.
Selling is a human interaction so we should use our human skills to do it; after all, if we are just sending emails it won't be long before Artificial Intelligence takes over.
There is nothing more powerful than a real person passionate about their business making a connection and putting forward a persuasive presentation. With email, you can't possibly get the same connection, or have a real understanding of your customer's goals and aspirations.
Here are 3 main reasons why face-to-face selling is still the best way:
Body language and social interaction
There is so much going on when we interact face-to-face or even on the phone. We can react effectively to personality types and read each other's no verbal clues, giving you the opportunity to get feedback, which you cant, do by email.
Becoming the trusted advisor
You are much more likely to build trust and have your ideas listened to face-to-face. If you want to be seen as a partner you need to give time to more human connection.
Involve your customer
If you are in front of them, they are more likely to engage with you, ask questions or raise concerns and objections which means you can deal with them in real time there and then. If you are selling by email it's too easy to disengage and ignore the message and look elsewhere f there are concerns.
In summary, in an age of automation you can stand out from the rest by including face-to-face meetings and phone calls in your sales process; after all your customers are worth it, right? Also, if you are a very email based company think seriously about how you can communicate more humanly with your colleagues and customers.
Difficult conversations are more emotional face-to-face and can make you feel more uncomfortable, but that's the point, isn't it? It's sometimes much better to deal with issues head on and if you get rejected, it's a small price to pay for all the other occasions when you customer sees your value and not just the information you offer them.
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If you'd like to talk further about anything I've mentioned here, then give me a call on 01908 511 062 or click here to ping me an email and let's see how I can help you.
Until next time ...
More about Debra Stevens ...
I'm the founder of DTS, which was established in 1996. A highly successful experiential training company specialising in facilitating behavioural change in all aspects of dealings with people, whether in customer service, sales, management or with colleagues and teammates.
I've managed large contracts such as Pearson Education, Coca Cola, Penguin Books, Accenture, and Santander for over 21 years and have built up excellent relationships with key sponsors of all aspects of the businesses.
I'm a successful trainer, writer and speaker with nearly 30 years' experience of training people at all levels.
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