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Working with the Customer!!. Landscaping starts with a Sale Landscaping is a called a service industry. Where the landscape company provides the client.

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Presentation on theme: "Working with the Customer!!. Landscaping starts with a Sale Landscaping is a called a service industry. Where the landscape company provides the client."— Presentation transcript:

1 Working with the Customer!!

2 Landscaping starts with a Sale Landscaping is a called a service industry. Where the landscape company provides the client with a a well planned design, a professionally installed landscape or maintenance of the clients landscape.

3 The Sales Process 1 st the landscape must persuade the client to purchase the service. Landscape projects begin with the sales process. Sales is the exchange of goods or services a price mutually agreed upon by the parties involved

4 The Sales Process Who is the best landscape employee in the best position to make a sale? The designer is!!

5 Five Steps to a landscape Sale The five steps are : 1 st Preparation 2 nd The Opening 3 rd the Presentation 4 th The Closing 5 th the Follow -Up

6 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 1 Preparation This involves a number of factors before the sale is actually conducted. Many customers learn of the companies from the telephone book, advertisements, newspapers, word of mouth, fliers and by the companies signs.

7 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 1 Preparation Cont… Once the contract is made you need to set up an appointment with the customer usually at the customers home. The designer must also be prepared to explain the landscape goods and services available for sale to the customer

8 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 1 Preparation Cont.. Other things that the designer must do have is: Develop knowledge of landscape services Prepare a portfolio Secure an appointment Develop a sales strategy

9 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 2 The Opening: The opening of a sale is the first meeting of the designer and the customer. The opening of the sale has two primary purposes: 1 st is to develop a strong rapport or a relationship or agreement and harmony with the customer

10 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 2 The Opening Cont.. The 2 nd purpose is to define the needs of the customer through carefully planned questions

11 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 2 The Opening Cont.. This meeting is very critical as it provides the first impression of the designer and the company Remember First Impression are lasting impressions.

12 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 2 The Opening Cont.. Effective Communicating requires that both individuals participate in exchanging information This gives both parties an opportunity to get to know each other. In this meeting it is helpful to probe the customer of their needs

13 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 2 The Opening Cont… Probing is a practice of thoroughly investigating a customers wants, needs, and problems. So knowing the needs of the customer allows the salesperson to adjust their sales efforts to address those needs

14 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 2 The Opening Cont… Landscape design is very complex Therefore a written family inventory survey is a useful tool in the probing process. The family inventory is a form on which the customer provides information on factors that affect the landscape project

15 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 2 The Opening Cont… There are three ways to complete the family inventory 1 st it is helpful for the designer to be present 2 nd is to have the family compete the survey as the designer is analyzing the site. 3 rd is to let the family complete the survey on their own time and then return it to the designer before the design work begins

16 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 2 The Opening Cont.. So the steps to take in this area is: Develop a strong rapport Define customer needs Complete family inventory survey

17 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 3 The Presentation This is where the designer introduces the services or product that meets the customers needs identified earlier in the sales process

18 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 3 The Presentation: The presentation should do three things: Introduce the service or product of the landscaper can provide to solve the landscape need Should convince the customer that the plan suggest by the landscape company will work. Should create a desire in the customer to buy goods and services offered by landscape company

19 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 3 The Presentation: Supportive materials are extremely useful during the presentation. A portfolio of design work and photos of previous landscape projects can be shown to a customer

20 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 3 The Presentation: After viewing the portfolio materials and contracting references, the customer feels more confident in the services they are buying It is very likely that the customer will want to discuss the cost of the project too.

21 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 3 The Presentation: So the steps in this area are: Introduce services to satisfy the customer needs Use portfolio to determine quality of work Answer questions about work to be done

22 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 4 The Closing: The closing of the landscape sale interview is the agreement between the customer and the designer to begin the work on the design. This will happen after the designed has reviewed the type of work the company has done and offered some ideas for the customers landscape.

23 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 4 The Closing: There should be a detailed proposal of the service and the cost that are going to be agreed upon. Followed by the landscape Contract which will then need to be signed off by the customer to start the process of the design

24 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 4 The Closing: So the areas that are cover in this section is: Secure an agreement with the customer to purchase the service.

25 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 5 The Follow Up After the sale is compete is it very important to keep in touch with the customer. This helps to retain customer loyalty and to achieve future sales

26 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 5 The Follow Up To create a positive influence and build a strong relationship with the customer certain activities should occur: Work is completed as scheduled Bill are handled in a timely fashion Advice on plant care is given Installation work is completed properly

27 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 5 The Follow Up: The customer is frequently asked if they are satisfied with the work Care is taken to avoid disturbing or damaging nonlandscaped areas and features

28 Five Steps to a landscape Sale Step 5 The Follow Up: The steps to remember are: Reinforce customers decision to purchase service See that installing and billing are timely Provide advice on care of landscape materials Strengthen relationships with customers

29 The End Any Questions!!!


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