Meet these 4 Needs to Clinch Ad Sales!
Every client is different.
They come from different industries, company cultures, and geographic locations. Company size and budgets all vary across the board. But when it comes to a prospective client’s needs they can generally all be lumped into at least one of four categories: short-term needs, long term needs, perceived needs, and unrecognized needs. Understanding how their specific needs fits into one of the category allows us as the ad seller to provide clients with the most effective products for reaching their goal. Even better if you can provide solutions to meet all of these needs, here are some suggestions.
- What do they need right now, in the short term? Perhaps they have a conference and they need exhibitors or advertisers for the website or publication. Or maybe a seasonal sales promotion for a limited time. What can you do for them right now, today?
- These are less urgent, but still ongoing needs. How does your product help them stay top of mind with current and prospective customers, particularly if it’s seasonal. How will it help them stay competitive and generate recurring revenue? How is it relieving those pain points we found in the needs analysis. How is it positioning them for the future?
- How is the prospect currently perceived in the market? How would they like to be perceived? Find ad options that fit into that desired perception. Simple ad choices like opting for digital over print can make a seemingly old fashioned company appear more current. Consider featuring real client testimonials, referrals and reviews to add credibility.
- This is where understanding the client industry really comes in handy. What are the needs or threats they don’t know they have? Technological advances, new competition, new products, changing customer taste. Think ahead and show how your product help prepare them for the future?
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