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1 Product-Selling Strategies that Add Value
Selling Today 10th Edition CHAPTER Manning and Reece 7 Product-Selling Strategies that Add Value

2 Positioning and Differentiation
___________ involves those decisions and activities intended to create and maintain a certain concept of the firm’s product in the customer’s mind ____________ refers to your ability to separate yourself and your product from that of your competitors. It is the key to building and maintaining a competitive advantage

3 Value Proposition The set of benefits and values the company promises to deliver to customers to satisfy their needs A well-informed customer will usually choose the product that offers the most value

4 Redefining Products in the Age of Information
Products are problem-solving tools People buy products if they fulfill a problem-solving need Today’s better educated and more demanding customers are seeking a cluster of satisfactions

5 Product Selling Model Today’s product Today’s salesperson
Meets and exceeds expectations Better quality, larger selection Today’s salesperson Acts as partner More trustworthy, knowledgeable Today’s company Acts as team to provide Delivery, training, credit, service

6 Product-Selling Model

7 Competitive Analysis Effective selling is based on a comprehensive analysis of the competitive situation Table 7.1, on the next slide, provides a template for competitive product analysis

8 Competitive Analysis Worksheet

9 Product Life Cycle Stages

10 Product Positioning Options
Position new versus established products Position with price strategies Position with value added

11 Selling New versus Mature Products
Nature and extent of each stage in product life cycle determined by: Product’s perceived advantage over available substitutes Product’s benefits and importance of needs met by product Full spectrum of competitive activity Changes in technology, fashion, and/or demographics

12 Product-Selling Strategies for Positioning

13 Selling Products with a Price Strategy
Low-price emphasis Consequences of low price tactics E-commerce impact on pricing

14 Various Forms of Discounts
Quantity: lower price for high quantity or dollar amount Seasonal: price adjusted by time of year Promotional allowance: give special price linked to special promotion or advertising campaign Trade/functional discounts: given to wholesalers for special services

15 Consequences of Low Price Tactics
High/low involvement buyers? High emotional involvement with brand Low-involvement buyers focus on price Importance of quality? Role of price—quality relationship in sale Importance of service? Many buyers, particularly business-to-business, rank service above absolute price

16 E-commerce and Price Transaction orientation: online sales persons mostly transaction-oriented, little value added Buyers often well informed: online buyers visit a number of Websites Adding value: again, adding value is very important

17 Value-Added Selling Progressive marketers add value with intangibles
Increased service and courtesy Prompt deliveries, more innovations Value-added approaches yield unique niche and competitive edge

18 The Total Product Concept

19 Four Product Dimensions Generic Product
Generic product: basic product you are selling, describes product category such as hotels, MP3 players, or insurance Example: Every Smith Hotel offers guest rooms, meeting rooms, and other basic hotel services

20 Four Product Dimensions Expected Product
Expected product: Everything that meets the customer’s minimal expectations beyond generic product Example: Every Smith Hotel offers not only guest rooms—but the rooms are very clean and spacious

21 Four Product Dimensions Value-Added Product
Value-added product: Salesperson offers customers more than they expect Example: Every Smith Hotel recalls your newspaper preference, wake-up time, and that you require wireless Internet access

22 Four Product Dimensions Potential Product
Potential product: What remains to be done, what is possible, anticipating customers’ future needs Example: Every Smith Hotel plans to offer complete office support services

23 Value Creation for . . . Transactional buyers Consultative buyers
Involves emphasis on eliminating costs, avoiding delays Consultative buyers Involves custom-tailored solutions to deliver more real benefits Strategic alliance buyers Requires leveraging the full assets of the company; investments go well beyond the sales force

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