Direct Sales Representative – Overcoming Competition

There has been a major increase of individual direct sales representatives over the past couple of decades. The reason for this increase is because people are looking for ways to avoid a traditional 9 to 5 job and want to control their own income. Direct selling and sales is a way to avoid dealing with a boss or a set schedule, and a way to work from home and even love what you do!

With this increase of individual direct sales representatives on the loose, selling has become more competitive. The good news is that there has always been a huge market for direct selling agents. The convenience and quality of using the direct sales method to purchase products or services has created this market. Techniques that worked well for direct sales two decades ago still work today, but the popularity of the internet and other information delivery vehicles have given direct sales representatives new ways to accomplish their sales goals.

Mail marketing, print ads, and bulletin boards can still do wonders for your direct selling business, but there is competition out there and it is increasing. It is imperative that you stay creative in your marketing and try new ways to get yourself into the public with your products or services. Sure, you can just use the old techniques you have always used, but you may notice your sales go down, and the sales of your team go down slowly. Creativity can be what puts you above the rest in your area and creates the success you are striving for.

The internet has become the best way to market your team and recruit a solid group of direct salespeople under you. With some work and creativity, you can build a team across the world that is making you money. 20 years ago, it was rather difficult to build a team without filling your own territory with tons of competing salespeople. Now, it is easier than ever. Myspace, Facebook, Twitter and all the other social networks online today can be one of your greatest assets when building a team. If you are already using these services, great! You have a jump start on the competition. If you are not already utilizing these services then start now, they are free and they will help immensely.

If you are in direct sales already, then you must remember that as the world advances and new technologies are introduced, you must embrace them and utilize what they have to offer. If you don’t use these new ways to promote yourself, your products, or your team, you are missing out because other people in direct sales ARE going to use them and leave you behind. Learn to adapt to your environment, whether it be technology or mentality. Use what you can to improve your marketing and sales generation no matter how new or old the methods are. Results are what matters and you should do whatever it takes to create more sales and more leads each and every day.

Why Lawyers Fail With Their Marketing So Frequently

This problem is so common and so prevalent that I can almost guarantee that every solicitor reading this article has this problem in their practise to a certain degree. If you do not take the time to understand the problem and correct it with yourself, your staff, and all of your marketing communications, it will constantly damage your business. This article is here to help you make the changes and to reap the rewards for doing so many times over.

This problem revolves around the common quotation:

“Enough about me, what do you think of me?”

This quote is used to talk about somebody that loves to hear the sound of their own voice and stories about them and how well they are doing. We all know someone like this. However, it is also a serious problem for solicitors in relation to all of their marketing communications.

If I can give you an example, I once received an email from a firm of solicitors looking to join a Personal Injury Panel. We first need to consider and understand the position that this firm of solicitors is coming from; they wanted me send them more clients.

You would assume that any approach would involve a review of the website of the company that they are approaching to at least find the name of the person that they are approaching for referrals. This is the email I received.

Dear Sirs,

We have recently taken on a new fee earner with specialist knowledge in the area of asbestos claims. Therefore, we are looking for more work. Please can you tell me how we can receive some work from you.

Yours sincerely

Enough about me, what do you think of me?.

If we look at this email in more detail, it sums up very well the problem I am talking about with law firm marketing.

Dear Sirs

Comment: My name is easy to find on the website yet this firm did not even look for it. This is a solicitor looking for referrals and they did not even have the time or inclination and are not prepared to make the effort to find out the correct contact name. A poor start…. and unfortunately it did not improve.

“We have recently taken on a new Fee Earner”

Comment: The start of their email should relate to how they could have helped me, not their firm and their needs. It should explain how they have reviewed the website, found it to be of interest and believe that they could be of benefit to our clients. Instead, the communication is all about the law firm and what matters to them. Whereas that is of course the reality of their situation, it is totally, wholly, absolutely and completely irrelevant to the person that they are approaching for referrals, on this occasion me.

The rest of the email has little to be said for it. However, the next major flaw with the email is that it was the only form of communication that I received. If you have any knowledge of direct marketing then you will know that you need to send more than one communication and you need to use different methods of communication to have the best prospects of success.

The email could and should have been followed up with a telephone call (although, as they did not have a name to speak to they would not have got very far) and in addition, a letter. They should persist until they finally manage to speak to me. Even if I had said there were no opportunities at that time moment, they should make a diary note to contact me again in three months. Persistence is vital as one communication only is unlikely to lead to referrals. I cannot stress this point enough. If you are approaching a business for referrals you should make contact at least seven to ten times to stand a chance. If you only send one email or one letter, you will rarely succeed.

Where Else Is “Enough about me” Endemic In Solicitors Marketing?

1. Websites.

The next place that this problem is commonly seen with law firm marketing is on websites. The home page of the website and each page within the website frequently starts with information about the law firm, their experience and how long they have been in business. Where it should start is from my position, i.e. my position as a potential client.

If I land on a Family Law page, how am I feeling? What concerns do I have running through my head? Am I looking for a divorce solicitor or a solicitor to provide me with contact for children?

If I land on a Will page, am I concerned that my family will receive everything they are entitled to?

If I land on a Personal Injury page, am I in hospital or immobile? Have I been prevented from returning to work due to my injuries and therefore am worrying about being able to pay the next bills?

This is the position you must start with on your website; hHow has your client arrived there and what are your client’s concerns?

If I land on your website, I am not interested initially in hearing about you, what I want to know is how you are going to help me!

Once you have thought about my position, and answered my initial concerns, you can then move on to explain how the experience in your firm puts you in the best position to help me from where I am now to where I want to be, but if you don’t take the time first of all to explain that you understand where I am now, why would I think you can help me?

Applying this test to your website could increase your new enquiries by at least ten fold. I have tried this with many law firms and it makes an incredible difference. Apply the test to your website now through fresh eyes and see if you are talking about your clients position or your firm’s needs.

2. Advertisements.

Another huge problem here. Many solicitors fail to consider what their client needs. 99% of solicitors’ advertisements start with the practise name at the top followed by a list of service and contact details. Whereas this is the perfect and only advertisement you should place in the Yellow Pages (where 62% of people visit just to obtain your phone number when they already know your business name – figures confirmed by Yell.com), in a newspaper advertisement you should only be placing a direct response advertisement. These are advertisements that give people a reason to read and contact you.

They do not want to hear your firm name and a list of your services, that is all about you and what you are trying to achieve. They want to hear how you can help them. Examples of headlines that you are welcome to use (but will need to adapt to fit your needs).

Conveyancing.

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Wills.

Will your family get what’s coming to them?

Personal Injury.

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Business Services.

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In all of these advertisement headlines, not once have I mentioned the firm or the firm’s needs. You must be thinking about your client and where they are starting from and not about your firm. By taking this action in all of your advertisements you will dramatically increase the response rate and the amount of business you obtain from it.

Summary. Always ask the question “What does the referrer or potential client care about”? If you find yourself starting an email, advertisement, website page with your firm’s name or information about your firm, you can be confident you are starting in the wrong position. As the famous quote goes when asking for directions, “Well, if that’s where you want to get to I wouldn’t start from here”.

5 Kitchen Tips That’ll Make You Want to Redo Yours

In every home, the kitchen is primarily designed for cooking and every aspect of meal preparation. In some homes, the kitchen is the most used room because aside from the living room, it is the next place where everyone converges. For instance, in a home of three occupants with three different bedrooms, it is expected everyone will have their private bedrooms, but having a single kitchen is common in most home designs.

For the New kitchen to look efficient, some appliances must be on the ground. These kitchen appliances include a blender, dishwasher, cabinet, sink, knife, etc. With these appliances and utensils, the art of cooking and meal preparation becomes an easy task. Having all these appliances and utensils is a fantastic idea; however, if your kitchen is not well organized, you may end up not getting the desired result from your kitchen investment.

So, if you are looking for kitchen designer space info, congratulations because you are on the right page. In this piece, we will discuss how you can redesign your existing kitchen setup for greater efficiency.

Start with the tile and kitchen floor

The floor of your kitchen is a critical part of your kitchen redesigning. Sometimes, when visitors or evaluators want to consider the uniqueness of your kitchen, the assessment starts from the floor. To make your kitchen floor look glamorous, you can start by painting the tiles with a catchy color to make them look more attractive.

Work on the kitchen lighting

The last thing you want to ignore when you are redesigning your kitchen is the light setup. If you ignore this essential part, you must be prepared to cook in the dark. Lightening up your kitchen is not necessarily about fixing new bulbs or LEDs. All you need is to make sure the lights are well-positioned.

Position extra chair around areas of the kitchen with low traffic

Although the kitchen setup is quite different from the living room or bedroom in terms of design, having a sofa is expected in the living room or bedroom. But you can make provisions for extra chairs in your kitchen also. Sometimes you or those assisting you may want to rest a bit. Instead of living in the kitchen for the living room or walkway to relax, they can also rest by sitting down comfortably on the chairs in the kitchen. The best way to get the best out of this kitchen design is to ensure the chairs are positioned with less traffic in the kitchen.

Hide ugly sight with stained glass

No matter how neat and organized your kitchen can be, some items should be hidden from sight. Instead of disposing of this item, you can be creative by using stained glass to make it look artistic. For instance, if some of the mirrors of your kitchen door are broken, you can replace the broken segments with stained glasses for a better view instead of replacing the whole door.

Shaken up a bit with storage units

There is a high chance you will run out of storage units in the future. Instead of tearing down some part of your home or disposing of some items, all you need is to repurpose a dresser or armoire. With this method, you will be able to create an additional storage facility.

Conclusion

Your kitchen is that part of your home where the magic of food making takes place. To make your kitchen more productive, you will have to redesign the entire space to experience a breath of fresh air. Some of the areas you need to work on include the kitchen floor, cabinet, and other outlined areas above. In some cases, you can try out doing it yourself, but if you don’t have the time, hiring a professional kitchen designers gold coast that you can share your idea is a perfect idea.