Overcoming Sales Objections for Small Business Networks

Written by Joshua Feinberg

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So while any of these factors can turn apathy into your opportunity, sometimes a little divine intervention steps in to help you in overcoming sales objections.

One day a lightning storm and blackout pushes your client's "server" overrepparttar edge. When power's restored,repparttar 136420 server cannot even boot up to its welcome or logon screen. So now,repparttar 136421 small business owner is scrambling withrepparttar 136422 internal guru at 2 a.m. trying to restorerepparttar 136423 company's corrupted contact management database, which contains 25,000 records and three years of data.

Fear of Catastrophic Data Loss and Overcoming Sales Objections

Situations such as catastrophic data loss, although horrible tragedies for those affected, are great motivators for combating apathy and overcoming sales objections. All of a sudden,repparttar 136424 small business owner becomes extremely receptive to your suggestions about your proposed networking solution, which of course features centralized security and data protection.

Discontinued technical support is another powerful counterforce for overcoming apathy-rooted sales objections, especially when you're talking about vertical, industry- specific software, such as niche applications designed for accountants, attorneys, physicians, realtors, auto body shops and restaurants.

After a certain point,repparttar 136425 independent software vendor (ISV) selling vertical, industry-specific software draws a line inrepparttar 136426 sand and stops providing technical support, annual updates, and patches for older versions of their product.

So if your client is an accounting firm that needs updated tax tables (they'd basically be out of business without them), your client is forced to upgraderepparttar 136427 tax software, which often in turn forces an upgrade ofrepparttar 136428 server. This results in a call to your firm to upgrade their server (and several related highly lucrative product sales and service opportunities for your firm), all as a result ofrepparttar 136429 "domino effect" from an ISV callingrepparttar 136430 shots.

With this kind of scenario, you don’t even need to do much ofrepparttar 136431 work in overcoming this sales objection. Your prospect’s, customer’s, or client’s vertical ISV has donerepparttar 136432 "heavy lifting" so to speak in overcoming sales objections.

So besides fears of unreliable systems and vendor-mandated upgrades, you can also overcome apathy by discussing your prospect's, customer’s or client's competition (without naming names, of course). If you work with many small businesses inrepparttar 136433 same industry, and you're seeing a software or more general technology trend that drastically altersrepparttar 136434 competitive landscape in your prospect's or client's industry, by all means call this to your prospect's or client's attention, as a means of overcoming sales objections.

The Bottom Line

If you sell and service IT-related products to small businesses, you need to develop your sales skills for overcoming sales objections. This article introduces you to three different major categories of small business IT sales objections and helps you understand simple anecdotal closing strategies for overcoming those sales objections... and most importantly, closing more big-ticket sales.

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Joshua Feinberg is a 15-year veteran computer consultant and an internationally recognized expert on computer consulting. He has appeared in dozens of business and IT trade publications including CRN, VARBusiness, Microsoft Direct Access, TechRepublic, American Express OPEN Platinum Ventures, Entrepreneur, Inc, and USA Today. To get more of Joshua’s proven strategies for overcoming sales objections, visit http://www.lan-wan-integration.com

Western Washington's Real Estate Boom

Written by Joe Giles

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I frequently need to point out to my first-time homebuyers that waiting say 6 months to pay off their car so that they can afford more house is not necessarily going to dorepparttar trick unless they have credit that is in need of repair. The $5,000 dollars that they put toward paying off their car comes withrepparttar 136255 added cost of aproximately $44,000 that home prices will have gone up during that 6 months.

Unfortunately, homeownership is slipping further out of reach for most but those who already own or expect their annual income to rise steadily by at least 17% until they are able to purchase.

To see current prices in and around Snohomish County, WA userepparttar 136256 free search tools at my website: www.JoeGilesRE.com.

Joe Giles has been selling real estate in and around Snohomish County, WA since the early Summer of 2001. He has also grown up in that area.

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