What Sales and Services Can Learn from Your Local Mall Santa

Posted by Steve Frost on 12/12/17 5:00 AM

This past weekend, I found myself at the mall doing some unexpected Holiday shopping. It was relatively uncrowded, which serves as a testament to the impact that e-tailers have had on the retail landscape. But, while there wasn’t much of a line at Banana Republic or Wetzel’s Pretzels, there was still a 45-minute wait to talk to Santa. I’m sure some of those families were just looking for the photo op, but the majority of the people were there to give their kids access to the one person who just might bring them what they want, and from whom they don’t have to pretend that they want something practical.

Last December, I talked about the lessons your B2B tech company can learn from e-tailers on how to “grow the shopping cart,” so this year, let’s take a look at what your Sales and Services teams can learn from your local mall Santa.

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Topics: services, sales, data analytics, expand selling, cross-sell, upsell, relationship equity

Relationship Equity: Why Services Can Go Where Sales Can’t

Posted by Steve Frost on 2/2/17 5:00 AM

Often times when we broach the concept of expand selling to TSIA member companies, the question is asked, “Why can't sales just do this for themselves? After all, upselling and cross-selling are, in fact, selling, and selling is what salespeople do.” Unfortunately, it's not that simple. Regardless of how hesitant they might be to join the revenue-generation party, expand selling initiatives have to be driven by the service delivery teams. In this post, I'll be digging deeper into why this is, beginning with the concept of “relationship equity”. 

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Topics: managed services, services, professional services, sales, field services, expand selling, relationship equity, trusted advisor

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