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Inquires become sales. Are you getting your share?

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As a sales and marketing consultant who specializes in sales leads, I’ve had the opportunity to personally review dozens of research studies about inquiries or sales leads. All the research points to the same conclusions:

  • Nearly one-in-four inquiries result in a sale within six months.
  • Most inquirers don’t buy right away.

Consider a research study conducted for Cahners Business Information. It took a look at 40,000 inquiries from ads and press releases in magazines serving the manufacturing marketplace. The study found that 6 months after inquiring:

  • 23 percent had bought the product or service advertised from the advertiser or a competitor.
  • 67 percent said they were still in the market planning to buy.

And, looking back at older inquiries, they found that of those who bought:

  • 11 percent purchased within 3 months of inquiring.
  • 17 percent purchased within 4-6 months.
  • 25 percent purchased within 7-12 months.
  • 47 percent took more than a year to buy.

Unfortunately, despite the high number that eventually convert to sales, many salespeople believe that advertising inquires are not worth following up. Why? Probably because a majority of these inquiries are from longer-term prospects, and salespeople generally need more immediate sales in order to meet monthly or quarterly quotas and earn commissions.

As a result, if your company simply passes all inquiries on to your salespeople, reps, dealers or distributors for follow up, beware: They’re probably neglecting the longer-term prospects and, as a result, your company may be leaving as many as 8 out of 9 sales on the table for your competitors. “What can we do we get our share of those longer-term sales?” you ask. Simply follow these 4 steps to establish a sales-winning relationship with your prospects:

1. Show how responsive your company is by sending requested information immediately.

2. Use the phone to follow up with all inquirers to learn about their needs, authority, budget and timing.

3. Use ongoing direct mail, e-mail, faxes and telephone calls to keep in touch with your longer-term prospects. This will keep your company and its products “in sight and in mind” and allow you to “spoon feed” your prospects with information about the features and benefits of your products or services.

4. When you determine that specific prospects are ready to buy or meet with sales, get your salespeople involved.

To use an analogy, imagine your marketplace is like an orchard full of fruit trees. Your marketing people are the orchard tenders; planting, weeding, feeding and watering the trees. When the fruit is ripe, they call in the fruit pickers; your salespeople, reps, dealers or distributors. If enough trees were planted (advertising) and the orchard was well tended (follow up), there will be a bountiful crop of fruit to be picked (sales). If not, the pickings will be slim.

M. H. Mac McIntosh is described by many as one of Americas leading sales and marketing consultants and an authority on inquiry handling and sales lead management. Visit his website at http://www.salesleadexperts.com, email Mac at mcintosh@salesleadexperts.com or call him at 1-800-944-5553.

Inquires become sales. Are you getting your share?
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M. H. Mac McIntosh is described by many as one of Americas leading sales and marketing consultants and an authority on inquiry handling and sales lead management. Visit his website at http://www.salesleadexperts.com, email Mac at mcintosh@salesleadexperts.com or call him at 1-800-944-5553. WebProNews Writer
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