Catalogs Are Selling MachinesWritten by Darren Hendricks
CATALOGS ARE SELLING MACHINES By Darren Hendricks
If you've got a mailbox, you're no doubt aware of popularity of catalogs. People love to look through catalogs, and more important, they love to buy from catalogs. But mailing catalogs can be expensive. You've got to send a lot of them out, and many of them are going to non-productive destinations-- in other words, most mailings don't just go to sure-fire customers. On other hand, there are lots of ways to get these powerful sales tools in front of all kinds of motivated, eager customers who want what you've got and are ready to slap some cash in your hand to get it. Catalog Distribution means exactly what it says: getting your catalogs out where they can generate orders. It isn't complicated; in fact, it's incredibly simple.
OVER 20 WAYS TO DISTRIBUTE YOUR FAR HORIZONS CATALOGS AND BROCHURES
1.Show them to friends.
2.Show them to neighbors.
3.Leave some with your dry cleaner, doughnut shop, coffee shop, laundromat, and anywhere else you're a "regular." (Offer owner a percentage of all orders)
4.Show one to your local PTA Chairperson (you could end up with a fund-raising campaign!)
5.Take them to work, especially around holidays.
6.Ask if you can leave one in your doctor's office. People love to browse while they wait. (Offer receptionist a free gift in return for holding orders for you).
7.Hand out lots of them on bowling night, or at lodge meeting, or any type of club gathering.
8.If you're familiar with neighborhood and feel safe, take a Sunday afternoon and go door-to-door.
9.While you're watching your child's soccer game, show catalogs to other parents.
10.In fact, be sure to show League Director. Again, you may end up with a lucrative fund-raising campaign.
11.If your job requires you to make deliveries to various homes or businesses, be sure to leave a catalog with owner, receptionist, or Receiving Department official at each stop. (Again, you can offer a free gift, or even a percentage of total orders).
FINDING POTENTIAL WHOLESALE ACCOUNTSWritten by Darren Hendricks
FINDING POTENTIAL WHOLESALE ACCOUNTS By Darren Hendricks
Every retail store is a potential user of specialty merchandise or gift items. That's a pretty broad statement, but it's true. And where some Wholesalers might make a mistake is to approach only obvious choices; gift shops, novelty and collectible outlets, general merchandise dealers and like. But what about a locksmith? Or a bookstore? How about stationary stores? More and more of them are featuring gift displays. So, local phone directory is a ready-made list of potential clients. Add to that retail stores you regularly patronize, and you're ready to go. While nearly every retail store is a potential client, those stores will generally fall into three basic categories: Mom and Pop, Small Chain, and Franchise or Major Chain.
SELLING TO "MOM AND POP" STORES The local stationery shop, liquor store, truck stop, convenience market, gift shop, and all those -her privately owned retail stores that line streets and strip malls of virtually every city and town are prime prospects for your merchandise. Here's why they should buy from you:
1.You offer fast, personal service.
2.Your prices are outstanding.
3.Your product quality is excellent.
4.You offer a tremendous selection.
5.Your product line is constantly updated with new items.
7.You're dependable, professional, and easy to work with.
Of course, that last reason is up to you, and it's CRITICAL! You've probably heard saying: "People do business with people they like." It's true! These types of stores are usually family-owned and operated, so in all likelihood folks working in store are ones you'll want to talk to. Start ... with a letter, phone call, or best of all a personal visit. Introduce yourself as a local wholesaler of popular gift merchandise, and ask to speak to person who handles purchasing. Make an appointment to show your line. Don't worry if you get turned down first time. Call again. And a third time. Don't stop until you get that appointment! Next ... show up for appointment on time, with samples, business cards, catalogs, price lists, and your order book on hand. Conduct a friendly, brief, yet thorough presentation. Explain how these products can increase THEIR sales - remember; they're interested in what you can do for them, not other way around.
SELLING TO SMALL CHAIN STORES Occasionally you'll run across small chains, where there may be several,even a couple dozen stores operating under same name. Often a single owner, who oversees much of purchasing for all stores, runs these. Again, you offer all same reasons this person should buy from you, and you'll follow same steps in making contact, handling a sales appointment, and filling order.
Payment: Try for identical terms you'd propose to a "Mom and Pop" store. Again, if possible, don't fill an order without at least a deposit large enough to cover your costs. Otherwise, you'll have to cover difference until they pay you balance.
"MOM AND POP" STORES
1.Easy to meet person in charge of buying.
2.Can be a friendly, less formal relationship.
4.Often immediate payment