Don't Believe the Hype. Manipulation Creates Missed Sales Opportunities

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Don't Believe the Hype.  Manipulation Creates Missed Sales Opportunities

In every sales situation there are trigger points that once hit on they allow people to purchase goods and services.  When I sold internet marketing products to real estate professionals I was trained to find and hone in on these trigger points. 


Old School Sales Skills

1.  I Will Give It To You Today And Take It Away From You Tomorrow- You can have this product for this Can I take that money off your hands for you? Here's 5 reasons why I shouldprice today, but tomorrow it will be a different price.

2.  Flattery Will Get You To Buy- I can see you hold such and such designation and you have been in the business for so many years, so certainly you will do well advertising on our website.  Why wouldn't clients choose you over the other agents who are advertising?

3.  All The Top Real Estate Agents Are Doing It- I have been speaking with Bobby Smith in your area and will be speaking with him again tomorrow.  He is very interested in this product.  Do you know Bobby Smith, the top producing agent in your area?  Yes, well he was impressed with the quality of this product (Shouldn't YOU be?)

4.  Exclusivity Is Key-  There are only x number of real estate agents we can take in this area. Let me show you where you would appear, it is prime internet property and again, I only have x number of slots (dim lights, open red curtain, hit spotlight button NOW).

5.  Your Membership is Paid.  Can I Squeeze You for An Upgrade?- Dear valued member, I know your membership has been paid for the year, but don't you think you need this newfangled widget that will make you even more money by producing more leads for you.  C'mon, you know you want it....will that be Visa, American Express, or Mastercard....oh wait, I think I have your old card on file.

Guess what?  These five simple triggers sold the sale more times than not.  Some salespeople were better than others at push marketing goods.  Some of the sales talk could have played ball with the best playas out there. Some of the claims were so outlandish that I couldn't even believe the words could escape the mouths of the salespeople...I couldn't believe their mouths allowed them to utter the words.

What have you been sold lately?


But they did....and man did they cast and reel.

Can I claim that I did not use any of the five tactics taught to me?  No dear readers, I cannot.  What I can tell you is that despite the popular saying, sometimes people can change.  What I can claim is that I changed my sales tune and though my numbers weren't as high when I did, I still fed my family.

It was like switching to chicken soup for the sales soul.



Sales Training

I learned something very simple.  I had a pretty cut and dry product.  There were some real estate agents who could benefit from my product.  There were a number of real estate agents who didn't NEED my product. 

There were other real estate agents who wouldn't take the time to use the tools and so my product would essentially be shelved next to the power point presentation software, sales books and cd's that were collecting dust in their offices.

  • I had to find my target market- The agents who would benefit from my product.
  • I had to present my product- The elevator pitch and it had to be quick.
  • I had to shut up and listen- This involved questions and answers.  I had to ask the questions and let them answer.  No interrupting, no puffery, no posturing.  Just shut up and listen.

At the end of the day and possibly 100 calls dialed I would have many, many no's....a few maybes....and 1 or 2 yes's.  BUT the yes's were solid.  They could use my product, they would benefit from my product and yes they made the decision to buy my product. 

These closed transactions were the sweetest high imaginable....they just felt good 'cause they were right on the money.



The ROI of Sales


Today with my own business it is even sweeter.  How do I find my target market?  I research.  I network.  I blog.  I write transparently about myself and my real estate marketing principles.  I use keywords and I try to make each topic timely, sometimes timeless, but always USEFUL. 

I don't want professionals to be tethered to my concepts, but to develop the concepts to work for THEIR marketing needs.  I don't suspect I will ever have many long term clients.  Hopefully they will be able to fly free on their own.

That's my goal.

And when people do call me I go back to square one....albeit with a twist.

When Prospects call many tell me they found me online.  Many of them have read my real estate marketing blog.  They tell me what connected with them, why they resonated with my words, and what made them pick up the phone to call me.

Prospects ask me questions about my services- Do I do xyz? Should they start xyz? How would they do xyz? What do I charge for xyz?

Sometimes we close.  Sometimes we wait.  It depends on the situation.  Sometimes, honestly, they don't really need me.  Sometimes they do.  Sometimes they have to back up a few steps and start with square one and I refer the business out in the right direction.

I owe my sweet sales to blogging.  Blogging has given me the perfect medium to broadcast my value and I am truly grateful.  Blogging gives life to my business and Google archives my messages so they are never thrown away like a scroll in the dead sea.  Professionals type in words in Google search and come across my blog, my services, and get a window into me.

All Manipulation Free.


Don't Believe the Hype.  Manipulation Creates Misses Sales Opportunities

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Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

Excellent points Rebecca, and your 3 bullets of:

•I had to find my target market- The agents who would benefit from my product.
•I had to present my product- The elevator pitch and it had to be quick.
•I had to shut up and listen

...are terrific !

Good post as always :o)

Cheers !


Jul 01, 2009 02:46 AM #1
Dan Quinn
The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate - Silver Spring, MD
Dan Quinn

The first line I almost fell for (35 years ago) was, "Look, there is going to be a price increase on this product in 3 months.  If you buy it now you will save yourself a lot of money."  I remember going back 6 months later only to discover the price never increased.  I found a different salesman in the same business (one of his associates in the same department) and bought over $35,000 in goods from him in the next 15 years.  I recommended all my friends to the second salesman.  It never pays in the long run to use the sales lines, savvy clients will move on and those are the best prospects IMO.

Jul 01, 2009 02:59 AM #2
Judy Jennings
Top Agent Plus - Middleboro, MA
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Rebecca - I can't remember because my eyes glaze over and I pray for a power outage when I get trapped on a high pitch sales call. LOL

I think I have heard all five, including "your sales will increase by xx%"

You are wise to allow professionals to seek out your services, those are much more valuable and serious clients. Great post.

Jul 01, 2009 09:12 AM #3

Very helpful blog.

Thanks for the post..

Very much valuable..

Idaho Real Estate


Jul 02, 2009 12:21 AM #4
Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI
Sheldon- Thank you sir. It's easy to write of experiences and lessons learned. Dan- Great story to share, thank you. Boy, I am sure that first salesman was VERY disappointed. Judy- Thank you and yes, these are the best clients I have EVER had. Krishna- Thank you and thanks for coming by the blog, stop by any time.
Jul 02, 2009 06:57 AM #5
Dan Quinn
The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate - Silver Spring, MD
Dan Quinn

I walked past that first salesman after that first encounter for over 20 years every time I visited their store and would go over to the second salesman (who was indeed a pro).  And look, I am still telling the story about him today! 

Did I mention the referrals I gave to the second salesman during those years?

Oct 22, 2009 11:45 PM #6
Leanna Putman
Shanna Selections, LLC - Enfield, CT

You're a very good blog writer, Rebecca! 

Great job writing on a too-common occurrence.  I really don't know anyone who doesn't just rankle up when they start hearing the pressure tactics.  It's like an innate protective measure - definitely not the way to get satisfied, repeat sales!

May 21, 2010 04:51 AM #7
Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI

Dan- People remember...your story just goes to show that....they remember the way you make them feel.

Leanna- Thanks for your kind words.  I know the immediate reaction is to pull back, but these tactics are still used unfortunately.

May 21, 2010 04:36 PM #8
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