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Warm Up Why do you think so many retail salespeople greet customers as soon as they walk through the door, rather than waiting until the customers have.

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1 Warm Up Why do you think so many retail salespeople greet customers as soon as they walk through the door, rather than waiting until the customers have taken the opportunity to look around the store?

2 Possible answers: –Company policy –Security purposes – to let customers know they are being observed –Direction – to help customers find the right location in the store

3 The Steps of a Sale 1.Preapproach 2.Approaching the Customer 3.Determining Needs 4.Presenting the Product 5.Handling Questions & Objections 6.Closing the Sale 7.Suggestion Selling 8.Reassuring & Follow-Up

4 Step 1: Preapproach The preapproach is getting ready to sell. Good preapproach techniques improve the chances for a successful sale –much like studying for a test improves your chances for doing well Salespeople prepare for the sale by: –studying their products –keeping on top of industry trends –researching potential customers –developing familiarity with their companys policies and procedures –may also identify buying criteria, best time to call, decision makers in the company, etc.

5 Step 1: Preapproach Product information –Product knowledge is essential for success in selling… knowing how to use and care for a product is important when educating consumers and demonstrating a product Industry trends –Salespeople need to read publications related to their trade to gain insight into their industry Researching potential customers –A prospect, or a lead, is a potential customer –Prospecting is important in business-to-business selling situations but not necessarily in retail selling

6 Step 1: Preapproach Sources and Methods of Prospecting Employer leads Telephone directories Trade and professional directories Newspapers Commercial lists – mailing lists give you direct access to a target market Customer referrals – open the market to potential customers you might not have reached without a recommendation Cold calling – door to door selling

7 Shaking Hands Firm Grip, but not too firm Make Eye Contact Speak clearly Its nice to meet you. A pleasure meeting you. So glad to meet you.

8 Step 2: Approach The first face-to-face contact with the customer –Salespeople can make or break a sale during the first few moments with a customer; therefore, the initial approach is critical… customers who are turned off by the approach are difficult to win over later on Treat the customer as an individual, do not stereotype/generalize Be perceptive about the customers style Be enthusiastic, courteous, and respectful Show sincere interest by maintaining good eye contact and showing genuine friendliness Personalize the sale by learning the customers name Give the customer time and space to make a decision Begin the conversation with a reference to common acquaintances, a referral, or even the product.

9 3 methods of approach in retail selling: –Service approach –Greeting approach –Merchandise approach

10 Step 2: Approach Service approach method – the salesperson asks the customer if he or she needs assistance –Often best stated as How may I help you? –Effective is the customer is obviously in a hurry –However, is it often ineffective because it usually elicits a negative response, and you lose control of the situation In that case, you might say, Please feel free to ask any questions after youve had some time to look around. My name is Niki, and Ill be on the floor if you need anything.

11 Step 2: Approach Greeting approach method – the salesperson simply welcomes the customer to the store –This lets the customer know that the salesperson is available for questions or assistance –When greeting the customer, use a rising tone in your voice so that you sound friendly and welcoming –If the customer responds negatively, it is important that you smile and continue to act friendly –Although this approach does not highlight the merchandise, it does establish a positive atmosphere and opens the lines of communication

12 Step 2: Approach Merchandise approach method – the salesperson makes a comment or asks questions about a product in which the customer shows interest –Usually the most effective approach in retail sales because it immediately focuses attention on the merchandise Can only be used if a customer stops to look at a specific item –The opening comment should be appropriate to the situation and give the customer some information that is not immediately apparent to the eye –Notice what interests the customer, and make that the focus of your conversation… or if you have no indication of the exact interest, you can ask a question about the item

13 Select five (5) merchandise items that are/should be sold at the student store. Develop merchandise approaches for each item.


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