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Instead of Discounting, Back Some Value Out of Your Proposal
Last minute discounting has become so prevalent that many companies have come to depend on it as their default sales strategy. Employing a go-to-market strategy of being the lowest cost provider is one thing, but dramatic, tactical discounting on every deal will erode your company's margins and leave you digging a deeper and deeper hole in which your company will ultimately bury itself.
: Value Out of Your Proposal Instead of Discounting, Back Some Value Out of Your Proposal Dave Stein - June 14, 2004 Read Comments Introduction Last minute discounting has become so prevalent that many companies have come to depend on it as their default sales strategy. Employing a go-to-market strategy of being the lowest cost provider is one thing, but dramatic, tactical discounting on every deal will erode your company s margins and leave you digging a deeper and deeper hole in which your company will ul
50 Questions for Every ERP Software Supplier
Download this white paper to learn the 50 must-ask questions for potential software suppliers that are critical to a successful enterprise resource planning (ERP) project. These questions will give your selection team a better understanding of ERP vendors' general business philosophies, organizational longevity, approach to ERP implementation and customer support, annual maintenance fees, software upgrades, and more.
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Vendors Beware! It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It.
A study from Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering suggests that the format and organization of a proposal can significantly affect a vendor’s chance of winning a contract. And we thought those university professors didn’t know much about the real world!
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Writing Cost-effective Documentation for Software Systems
As a business employing IT, you may have encountered situations where the software application you purchased didn’t come with a help file. With no time to write complete documentation yourself and no budget to hire a professional technical writer to do it for you, what do you do? By applying the basic principles of cost-effective documentation, your business can develop impressive documentation quickly—for a minimal cost.
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Seven Magic Questions: How to Improve Your Win Ratio by Selling Value Instead of Price
There are many consultative sales methods. Each has unique strengths and techniques, but they all try to focus on what matters to the customer. To improve your win ratio, there are seven questions you must first be able to answer.
: answers, make sure every proposal and sales presentation is based on them, and you ll win a lot more business. 1. What is the client s problem? Look beyond the obvious. Your contact in the customer organization may describe the problem in terms that are specific to his or her interests. An IT manager sees the lack of online access to customer account information as a data integrity problem. To the vice president of sales, it s a revenue problem, because it s keeping the sales force from separating good cl
A Case Study and Tutorial in Using IT Knowledge Based ToolsPart 2: A Tutorial
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Focus on Corporate Governance Requires a Business-Oriented Selling Approach
If you are selling products or services that are critical to your prospect’s success or for that matter, their very survival, your proposal will likely be elevated to the board of directors level for final approval. How do you sell at the board level?
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