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Selling to Agricultural Engineering Firms
These days, unpredictability is the only constant for agricultural engineering firms. Don't forget that agricultural engineering firms aren't easy sales marks -- here's what you'll need to compete in today's market.
In recent years, agricultural engineering firms have become high value targets in the B2B sector.
In any B2B industry, one of the major factors in long-term success is the ability to expand your customer base. Fortunately agricultural engineering firms are plentiful, but the challenge is to acquire and retain new accounts.
It's also important to design processes for the review of your sales force and selling strategy. Internal review processes should consider individual performance statistics as well as direct input from agricultural engineering firms themselves.
If necessary, modify your hiring and/or strategy to accommodate changes in the marketplace.
Research the Market
Start with good market research, which is a prerequisite for profitability in this industry. High volume sales teams conduct thorough research on market demand, pricing and niche opportunities.
More importantly, they conduct research on the specific agricultural engineering firms that they want to add to their customer roster.
Since relationships can be critical in closing sales, meetings with agricultural engineering firms leaders and their staff often form the backbone of the sales cycle. These meetings can also provide information that can be leveraged to exploit weaknesses in competitors' sales models.
Direct Marketing Strategies
Direct marketing has many advantages for selling to agricultural engineering firms. The benefit of direct marketing is that it is an efficient method reaching qualified prospects with targeted messaging. From a selling perspective, direct marketing establishes a foundation for relationships with agricultural engineering firms that can benefit from your products or services.
The tricky part about direct marketing is lead generation. Since finding leads is time-consuming and difficult, we recommend using lead lists supplied by established third-party vendors. Over the years we've found that Experian is one of the best in the business with a reputation for supplying consistently reliable lists of agricultural engineering firms that produce high conversion rates.
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