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Editor’s Note: Trace Shelton: Turn ‘That Type’ Into ‘That Client’

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If they’re in your store, they want to buy, but each requires a different approach

This article originally appeared in the November 2015 edition of INSTORE.


The Just Looker, the Discount Demander, the Frazzled Franny … you’ll see them all over the next several weeks, along with every other stripe of client. And because the holiday selling season is so hectic, it’s easy to fall into bad habits or become impatient and even dismissive with difficult customers. Sometimes, you may hurry your presentation because your sales floor is busy and wind up underselling an Unassuming Millionaire or even a Sullen Scrooge who would have purchased several items for the folks on their Christmas list.

In other words, the time to prepare yourself and your team to deal with every possible customer who may walk through your doors is now.

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To that end, we’ve polled our Brain Squad for their experiences with problematic clients and asked the experts how to make the most out of those sales. If you’ve ever wondered how to best deal with the Know It All who brings his Internet printouts with him, or the Desperado who shows up on Christmas Eve asking for that item his wife said she wanted six months ago (but which you sold three weeks ago), you’ll find those answers and more in our lead story.

But don’t just read it: Role-play it. Practice not just the lines but the can-do attitude that inspires and comforts even the most demanding customers. If you put in the time and training now, you’re less likely to become the Sorrowful Salesperson and more apt to transform into the Happy Holiday Hero by Dec. 25!

Wishing you the very best business,

Trace Shelton

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Wilkerson Testimonials | Zadok Master Jewelers

Stick to the Program — And Watch Your Sales Grow

When Zadok Master Jewelers in Houston, Texas, decided to move to a new location (they’d been in the same one for the 45 years they’d been in business), they called Wilkerson to run a moving sale. The results, says seventh-generation jeweler Jonathan Zadok, were “off the charts” in terms of traffic and sales. Why? They took Wilkerson’s advice and stuck to the company’s marketing program, which included sign twirlers — something Jonathan Zadok had never used before. He says a number of very wealthy customers came in because of them. “They said, ‘I loved your sign twirlers and here’s my credit card for $20,000.’ There’s no way we could have done that on our own,” says Zadok. “Without Wilkerson, the sale never, ever would have come close to what it did.”

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Editor's Note

Editor’s Note: Trace Shelton: Turn ‘That Type’ Into ‘That Client’

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If they’re in your store, they want to buy, but each requires a different approach

This article originally appeared in the November 2015 edition of INSTORE.


The Just Looker, the Discount Demander, the Frazzled Franny … you’ll see them all over the next several weeks, along with every other stripe of client. And because the holiday selling season is so hectic, it’s easy to fall into bad habits or become impatient and even dismissive with difficult customers. Sometimes, you may hurry your presentation because your sales floor is busy and wind up underselling an Unassuming Millionaire or even a Sullen Scrooge who would have purchased several items for the folks on their Christmas list.

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In other words, the time to prepare yourself and your team to deal with every possible customer who may walk through your doors is now.

To that end, we’ve polled our Brain Squad for their experiences with problematic clients and asked the experts how to make the most out of those sales. If you’ve ever wondered how to best deal with the Know It All who brings his Internet printouts with him, or the Desperado who shows up on Christmas Eve asking for that item his wife said she wanted six months ago (but which you sold three weeks ago), you’ll find those answers and more in our lead story.

But don’t just read it: Role-play it. Practice not just the lines but the can-do attitude that inspires and comforts even the most demanding customers. If you put in the time and training now, you’re less likely to become the Sorrowful Salesperson and more apt to transform into the Happy Holiday Hero by Dec. 25!

Wishing you the very best business,

Trace Shelton

Advertisement

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SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials | Zadok Master Jewelers

Stick to the Program — And Watch Your Sales Grow

When Zadok Master Jewelers in Houston, Texas, decided to move to a new location (they’d been in the same one for the 45 years they’d been in business), they called Wilkerson to run a moving sale. The results, says seventh-generation jeweler Jonathan Zadok, were “off the charts” in terms of traffic and sales. Why? They took Wilkerson’s advice and stuck to the company’s marketing program, which included sign twirlers — something Jonathan Zadok had never used before. He says a number of very wealthy customers came in because of them. “They said, ‘I loved your sign twirlers and here’s my credit card for $20,000.’ There’s no way we could have done that on our own,” says Zadok. “Without Wilkerson, the sale never, ever would have come close to what it did.”

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