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Think Like Your Customer: A Winning Strategy to Maximize Sales by Understanding and Influencing How and Why Your Customers Buy Paperback – October 25, 2004
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"Even after thirty-five years in this business, I found Think Like Your Customer to be loaded with powerful and proven advice, which I began putting to use immediately. This is a very practical guide to better understanding how your customers think."
--Bill Zeitler, senior vice president and group executive, Systems and Technology Group, IBM Corporation
"Page after page, Stinnett manages to connect with your intuition, making you feel like his ideas are your own. The result is enlightening, compelling, and powerfully motivating. You'll want to stand up and go sell something right away!"
--Luc Wathieu, associate professor, Harvard Business School
"Think Like Your Customer offers a wealth of practical solutions for sales executives to develop more profitable relationships with customers. In this climate, where customer relationships mean everything, this book is a must read."
--Melinda Ligos, editor in chief, Sales & Marketing Management magazine
In Think Like Your Customer Bill Stinnett draws upon more than two decades as a sales professional and consultant to the Fortune 500 to offer you a powerful new approach for connecting with clients and building enduring, highly profitable customer relationships. This book arms you with the strategies and tools you need to:
- Identify your customer's most important business goals and objectives
- Tie your product and services solutions to the achievement of your client's goals
- Understand how executives think and how they make buying decisions
- Maximize profitability and accelerate your customer's buying process
About the Author
Bill Stinnett is the president of Sales Excellence, Inc. and is a highly sought-after speaker, trainer, and consultant in marketing, sales, and business profitability. His clients include General Electric, Microsoft, Verizon, EDS, and American Express.
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This isn't gobbledygook from some sheltered MBA professor. Bill presents his essential advice based on decades of practical experience as a highly successful sales rep as well as a consultant and speaker to the world's greatest sales teams. I was particularly drawn to the hundreds of personal anecdotes and stories Bill tells about winning (and losing too) that help to illustrate the points in the book. The book reads like the sales VP you admire most in the world taking you to lunch every day for a month and spilling all his secrets and stories!
This is a book you will turn to again and again. In fact, maybe you should buy three copies: one for the office, one for the briefcase, and one for home.
Once I "dug in" I began to see why so many people were willing to put their name on it. This book is fantastic!! The author has taken every aspect of a complex B2B sales process and presented it from the customer's perspective. I was particularly impressed with Chapter 4, which contains a very powerful but useful construct for understanding how customers see value, and Chapter 6, which redefines the role of the professional sales person as one who leads his or her customer through their own buying process . . . a powerful revelation. If you want to understand what's going on in your customer's head, this book is for you.
The author breaks the material down in two sections: Why Customers Buy, and How Customers Buy. The table of contents says it all:
Chapter 1 - What customers think about
Chapter 2 - What customers really want.
Chapter 3 - How customers perceive value and risk.
Chapter 4 - The cause and effect of business value
Chapter 5 - The value of customer relationships
Chapter 6 - The sales process - redefined.
Chapter 7 - Anatomy of a buying decision.
Chapter 8 - Reverse-engineering the buying process.
Chapter 9 - Elevating the buying process.
Chapter 10 - Accelerating the buying process.
The entire book is very well illustrated with at least two dozen "figures" depicting what the author is trying to convey, and dozens of key take-aways emboldened for emphasis and review. I have already recommended this book to several colleagues and would highly recommend it to anyone involved in acquiring or serving customers. I'm sure you'll love it as much as do.
Think Like Your Customer gives easy to understand processes and strategies for outselling your competition and becoming an invaluable asset to your customers. Unlike most books which share only cute strategies on getting a customer to say "yes," Think Like Your Customer spells out specific strategies on developing value and goodwill towards your prospects and customers. Each transaction must be mutually beneficial for both the customer and your company and often times many sales people forget this. Bill points out the extreme long-term value of developing this kind of approach and ultimately this kind of relationship with the customer and how it pays off in real dollar opportunity for you and your company.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is looking for that edge over competition and wants to truly develop a long lasting relationship with their customers. It is a book that is jam packed full of excellent information that will have the mind racing and your heart pounding to get out there and get to work. It is a book that I know I will be returning to over and over again for both inspiration and motivation.
I would say without a doubt this is a must read for anyone in the selling profession!