Wednesday, March 02, 2016
People who are in sales for a living realize that sales are extremely important (after all, they depend on sales for their livelihood!), but it is also great for people in every area of life to understand the importance of sales, as sales reach much further than just sales in business; regardless of what you do for a living - or what you do in life - here are a few things for you to keep in mind in order to become better at sales. One mistake a lot of people make is that they try to sell a product, but if the person to whom they are trying to sell the product has no connection with them (or worse, if they do not like them!), the sale will probably not be made; one of the most important things in sales is knowing how to sell yourself - recognizing that people are a lot more likely to buy something from you if they like you and trust you from the start. Many salesmen make over-the-top promises that they cannot keep (and that they have no intention of trying to keep), but instead of making promises that you will be unable to keep, you should instead make it your goal to always go over and above what the person is expecting of you; when you do this, you will give the customer a much more satisfying experience, and will bring you more business in the long run, as people are likely to spread the word about you if they have a good experience (in the same way they are likely to spread the word about you if they have a bad experience!). And as you keep in mind the realization that people are likely to talk to others about their experience with you, realize that it is up to you to fix any problems or issues the person to whom you made the sale deals with in the aftermath. In sales, one of the best things you can do is realize that your responsibility does not end when the sale ends - instead, your responsibility ends only when the customer is completely satisfied!
Not only are you familiar with Dilbert as a member of the business world, but as a boss in the business world, you probably even think that Dilbert is sometimes funny. After all, these cartoons are not making fun of you, right? But then again, it is easy to second-guess this sentiment when you start to see Dilbert cartoons tacked up on the cubicle walls of your employees. Of course, at first, it feels like you are just being overly paranoid to think that a cartoon strip could have any effect on the morale of your employees, but it is also difficult to shed from your mind those articles that talked about how Dilbert actually can have a negative effect on employees. And so the question becomes, are Dilbert cartoons bad for employee morale? First off all, one must remember that humor and laughter is good for morale. Certainly, these cartoons are posted on people's walls because they induced a laugh, so this is a sign in the right direction. The issue, of course, is that many of these cartoons induce laughs by poking fun at corporate culture. And when you see a cartoon on someone's wall where the boss is made fun of, it is difficult to keep your mind from wandering to the question: Why did this employee post this particular cartoon on their wall? But the solution to the problem might be more complicated than just banning these comic strips. After all, it is unlikely that banning these strips would have any effect except to make employees think that you are out of touch with the way they feel. Instead of reacting brashly and ordering all Dilbert strips to be taken down from cubicle walls, a better approach is to look at the strips yourself. Many of these strips are funny because they poke fun at the way businesses are run; if your employees think that these strips are applicable enough to be tacked on their cubicle wall, the problem might not be with the strip itself. The problem might be a whole lot closer to home; perhaps the problem is with your company and the way it is run! While some might think it is trivial to turn Dilbert into a topic of serious discussion, many businesses have, in fact, banned these cartoons from cubicle walls. If you are wanting to improve morale around your office, do not alienate employees by acting in this manner; instead, take a look at the way your business is run, and aim to improve morale by improving your business!
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Working in sales can be difficult at times, as you will not only have to do a good job selling your product to customers, but you will likely be under pressure to reach certain performance quotas for your company - as far as how much (and how quickly, and how efficiently, and even how profitably!) you are selling; of course, sales quotas are simply part of working in sales, but if you are wanting to eliminate some of the stress of working in sales and trying to reach your quotas, here are a few tips to keep in mind. First off, you should always make an effort to think of your quota as something that is supposed to be hit in half the time of what is actually supposed to be hit; for instance, if you are supposed to reach a certain sales goal in a year, you should make it your goal to try and reach that sales goal in six months instead, as doing this will set higher goals for you than simply what the company is giving you, and even though you may end up falling short of these personal goals you have set, they are likely to still help you reach the quota assigned by the company long before the set date! Plenty of people tend to get overwhelmed when it comes to sales because they look at the big picture of the sales numbers they are supposed to hit, which can seem like an insurmountable task, but a better way to look at the sales numbers you are trying to hit is on a day-to-day basis; this does not even mean that you should assign yourself a certain number of sales you should try to hit each day, as anyone who has ever worked in sales knows that your sales will fluctuate from each day, but it simply means you should narrow your focus to "taking care of what you can take care of each day." And lastly, recognize the fact that you are likely to get ahead of schedule when you incorporate these two approaches into your sales work, and as you get ahead of schedule, it will be easy for complacency to set in. Guard against complacency by always expanding your goals, pushing yourself to accomplish more and more in sales than you were aiming to accomplish before!
One thing that will be extremely important when you are using search engine optimization in order to propel your website higher in search engine rankings will be that you understand all the basic things you need in order to succeed in search engine optimization; after all, if you are doing your own SEO work, you may not lose any money if your results are poor, but you will lose time – and when you are running your own business, time can be just as valuable as money! Just as you would if you were advertising in a more traditional manner, it will be important that you know exactly who you are targeting in your search engine optimization efforts; by understanding who you are targeting, it will be much easier for you to know what keywords to use, as you will be able to gain a greater understanding of what keywords your target demographic is likely to search in order to find you. Once you know who you plan to target, you will also be able to start narrowing down your options of the best keywords to focus on; in picking keywords, you will want to take the time to make sure these keywords are both highly searched and low in the way of competition, as this will give you the greatest chance of moving higher up search engine rankings pages, and of bringing yourself new clients and customers as a result. And finally, you should know that your website itself will be one of the most important things in your search engine optimization efforts; because so much of SEO is focused on the keywords you are using, many people fail to also pay attention to what will happen once people arrive at their website, but realize that you will still need an appealing website that provides good information so that those who visit your website will eventually become customers. It can sometimes take a while to learn all the search engine optimization basics you will need to know, and to implement all these little things, but when you take the right approach, with this knowledge in mind, you will eventually see results, and your business will continue expanding because of this!