For every different sales call, the seller is responsible to provide information to help a buyers success within their own work situation. Working together means providing information and knowledge beyond the specs of a product and may include the buyers own customer base. The more a salesperson can help the buyer be successful, the more likelihood of the sellers success.
I was on my way to a meeting with a new client, one of my first. When I arrived, I was kept waiting for 5 minutes while a series of staff entered and exited the clients office. I was then ushered into an office that had various citations on the walls for quality control and many reports were stacked on the client desk. She had a very serious demeanor and when I looked around the office for clues as to who this client was, I could not find any personal mementos so I dove into my usual sales pitch regarding our cell phone products. She apologized for starting the meeting late and keeping me waiting. I told her that it was no problem and decided to skip the small talk and get down to describing our products. After listening about 5 minutes and leaning back in her chair, she asked me,
How would your cell phone products help us to relate to our customers since the majority are senior citizens?
When I responded, I was not that specific and instead said that our brochure had much of the technical information the client might want. But I quickly added that I would be glad to give her a personalized tour of our plant and that we were always amenable to adapting to the clients needs. In fact, we had a booth reserved for the upcoming Technology Expo where a select list of guests would be privy to upcoming innovations we were pioneering and we would enjoy entertaining her there as a prospective future client. After all I said leaning forward and giving her my undivided attention, I knew she would want to be kept up to date regarding new developments.
She said she appreciated my suggestion and asked would I add her to the list of guests. Then she expressed a need to attend a department meeting and asked if she might show me out.
I realized that was my cue to depart and I rose quickly in response.
Based on the scenario provided, describe the social style of the buyer and the seller. Explain your reasoning.
What kind of sales presentation did the sales person make?
What could the salesperson have done differently to improve this sales call with the potential client without making the client angry, based on your identified client social style?
Provide the pertinent data necessary to answer the clients question.
Analyze how this data will be useful for the client in relating to their customers.
Explain the type of communications between the seller and client and present successes and failures of this meeting.