Some products and services require hard sales techniques but you may have more sales success is you use a soft selling approach. Utilize soft-selling techniques in both websites and in standard businesses to appeal to your customers. Include a specific call to action in your soft sell delivery so your customers respond by buying.
Establish yourself as an expert with the knowledge and skills necessary to help your customers as they use your products or services. Provide tips that will help customers use your products more efficiently and effectively. As you create these tips, you also create a desire in the consumer for your products. This is a very subtle call to action that often motivates sales.
Design Plans and Projects
Create special plans and projects and offer them free to existing and potential customers. The materials list for these projects should require at least one of your products. As customers wish to follow your designs and make the projects, they will be motivated to purchase your products. If you offer the projects on a website, make the necessary products link to your order form to facilitate convenient sales. If you offer the projects in your store, create a display with the printed project available and all the necessary products arranged conveniently for purchase.
Solve Problems and Troubleshoot
Extend your expertise by offering free troubleshooting service. On a website, provide an interface where customers can enter a specific issue and receive a personal answer from you or an employee. In a store, provide friendly and personal answers to questions when customers need help solving problems. When you provide this personal service, you build customer loyalty. When the opportunity arises during troubleshooting, offer additional products or services to help solve customer problems.
Offering samples can be an effective way to motivate a new customer or to upsell a current customer. Both online and in person, samples can entice people to make purchases. On a website, designate a sales threshold and offer samples and add-ons to customers when an order reaches a specific dollar amount. In a store, set up a small display near the register to entice customers to build their purchase up to a specific dollar amount to receive samples or add-on products. Another soft selling option is to provide small samples of products in addition to online orders and brick-and-mortar sales. When customers try the samples they receive, they may wish to purchase them in the future.