October 28, 2020  
 
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Selling to Proofreading Businesses

The word is out that many proofreading businesses are experiencing growth trends, and smart vendors are looking to drive incremental sales from this niche market. For businesses that market to proofreading businesses, the streamlined sales strategies discussed in this article can be the key to gaining a foothold in the industry.

There are no one-size-fits-all strategies for selling to proofreading businesses. The basis for success is the same as it is in many other industries.
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The process of moving proofreading businesses from prospects to satisfied customers isn't random. It takes intentionality from owners and managers to create a strategy that connects your products to your customer base.

Reaching Prospective Customers

Prospecting transforms contacts into qualified leads.

Networking can fine tunes prospecting performance and conversion ratios. However, it's important to make sure your sales force isn't so focused on conversation that they miss the point of prospecting, i.e. the identification of likely buyers, key decision makers and high value industry contacts. In other words, the type of people you meet is just as important as the number of people you meet when prospecting for proofreading businesses.

Lead lists are advantageous because they narrow the field for your team. Third-party lists from reputable vendors (e.g. Experian Business Services) arm your sales force with good leads, making it easier for your company to balance the quantity and quality demands that are prerequisites for effective prospecting.

Industry Developments

Inevitably, proofreading businesses are constantly adapting to the marketplace. Companies that sell to proofreading businesses should likewise adapt their approach to meet changing consumer needs. B2B businesses that take an unintentional approach to industry developments are at a significant disadvantage, especially in this industry.

Subscriptions to trade journals and networking can help your company stay abreast of developments in the industry.

Role of Owners & Managers

Owners and managers are active players in selling to proofreading businesses. Front line visibility is essential for large accounts, but your sales team can benefit from occasionally participating in joint sales activities with the owner or sales manager.

By periodically accompanying your reps in the field, you earn their respect and gain insights about your customers.

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