by Cory Falter
Best practices reap best rewards. When it comes to sales, this is exponentially true. Except, for a hotel these days, what are the “best practices” in sales? With the constant evolution of technology and the overwhelming onslaught of tools, it can be challenging to discern what to use, when, where, why, and even how.
We have uncovered a sales technique that both uses best practices and can position you as a superhero. It’s called inbound sales and we are here to tell you more about it.
More often that not so many of our sales tools are founded on the same principle – a vague assumption that the people we’re selling to want our product. We’ve approached prospecting like a numbers game – the more people we can pitch to, the more sales we can close.
That’s a dangerous technique these days, because buyers have an unprecedented amount of control over which messages they do and do not wish to hear. If your hotel sales team is pushing your product(s) on an audience that may not need or want it, then not only will leads not prove fruitful, your prospecting has the potential to completely backfire.
What is the solution then? Stop assuming that the more people you can get in front of the higher your close rate. Why? Because now there are highly effective, modern tools available that can help you hyper-target who needs your product, and gives you super powers into how to convert them into a sale. It’s about identifying the right prospects and best understanding how to nurture them into leads and sales.
Pinpointing and attracting these authentic leads is commonly referred to as “inbound marketing,” and the special power to help close the sale is referred to as “inbound sales.”
Though it may be foreign to some hoteliers, the term inbound marketing has been making it’s way through the hospitality industry, becoming a familiar face. Inbound sales, on the other hand, is still the mystery guest at the party and we want to introduce you to this new and exciting concept.
SO, WHAT IS INBOUND SALES?
Essentially, inbound sales is an acute focus on individual buyers and their frustrations, pain points, needs, and goals. An inbound salesperson prioritizes the buyer’s needs before their own, every.single.time. When you approach the sales cycle from the place of being genuinely helpful, you will automatically be two steps closer than your pushy, non-relevant counterparts. Yet, it takes patience to develop your inbound sales system. Here’s how to get started.
First answer the why….
Inbound sales is answering the why before anything else. Think of yourself as the sales advisor, instead of the sales person. If you’ve done your inbound marketing homework, you’ll have your buyer personas, you’ll know exactly who your target audience is and what they need, want, and desire. Additionally, you understand the buyer’s journey – you know where your prospects are in the buying cycle and your goal is to provide solutions every step of the way.
All that’s left is to tell your target audience the why behind your product or service, and then guide them to the realization that one of their frustrations, pain points, needs, or goals are alleviated or achieved through your product. They have a problem. You have a solution.
When you implement the inbound sales methodology, it helps your team:
• prioritize the right buyers • understand the prospects’ real challenges • make a lasting impression from the very first call • write emails that convert • create a compelling sales conversation • and, makes every step of the process a long-lasting success
Next, no more cold calls!
No more assumptions. No more cold calls. No more leads gone to waste. Be the hero in the hospitality industry. Serve your guests as best as they can be served because you have already learned so much about them, have an understanding of their needs and how you can best provide a solution.
Inbound sales is your key to solid leads that have been nurtured from the beginning, which will then translate into happy and thankful reviews, which will then evolve into more of your target audience being reached.
Inbound sales is the good kind of domino effect, and who doesn’t need a little of that?