How can you generate more sales? One of the best methods is to read your customers’ minds. In other words, you have to know your customer so you can provide them with a better solution than anyone else.
If you’ve ever been a salesperson, you know how important it is to understand your customers’ wants. The most successful salespeople get in a conversation and ask their prospects what they desire before attempting to sell to them. They are trying to identify whether they have a solution that would meet those needs.
You have to do the same thing. If you just ram your product down their throats, you won’t make money. You first have to identify customers needs, and then tailor your product to meet those needs.
Here are four tips to help you know your customer:
Get in Their Heads
This is actually a method the world’s best copywriters use. All you do is put yourself in your prospects’ shoes, and imagine how they live their lives.
Think about every detail. This will help you speak to them better, because it enables you to know what they want. In order to do this, you have to know your target customer. So figure this out before doing anything.
What are Other Businesses Emphasizing
One of the best ways to determine your customers’ problems is to read other sales letters. Notice what benefits they are emphasizing. If you see multiple sales letters all emphasizing the same points, then you know it’s something important. Then focus on creating a better solution than anyone else.
Do a survey
This is one of the simplest strategies, but it works. Asking your customers what their main problems are and the more conversational you make the conversation the more you’ll learn. Then you have to figure out how to provide the best solution.
As long as you ask a reasonable amount of customers, you will have a good idea of the primary problems your target market is facing. As a matter of fact, it’s a great idea to make this a habit. Customer needs change and to know your customers and to be able to provide the best solutions, you need to learn their “pain”.
Here you will see the main problems people are talking about. This will also help you to know what to focus on with your product. If you see certain questions coming up again and again, you know this is something you want to emphasize.
The Bottom Line
Identifying your prospects’ problems is very important. Implementing these four tips is how to quickly identify the problem. Then you simply have to come up with a better solution than any other business. If you genuinely want to help people solve their problems, making money is the inevitable result.
Strike up conversations with your customers and ask them what their frustrations are and different solutions they have tried. Once people feel you are interested in helping them, the conversation starts to flow and you’ll know your customer better than you ever thought possible. Then you can provide them with the best solution.
If you would like a little more guidance in how to know your customer to provide the best solution, we’ve have an entire series (with workbook) to help you put together a Simple Business Plan. And of course, you can send me an email if you have any questions.