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Selling to Unfinished Furniture Businesses

To be sure, unfinished furniture businesses are excellent sales targets -- and that presents an opportunity to vendors who have aggressive revenue targets. Here's the list of tips you need to boost sales to unfinished furniture businesses around the country.

As it turns out, unfinished furniture businesses play by the same rules as any other type of business; they respond to businesses that offer solid, affordable products.

For B2B professionals that sell to these companies, the industry's positive growth outlook makes the solid execution of fundamental sales principles more important than ever.

Industry Developments

Inevitably, unfinished furniture businesses are constantly adapting to the marketplace. Companies that sell to unfinished furniture businesses should likewise adapt their approach to meet changing consumer needs. B2B businesses that take an unfocused 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.

Internet Strategies

With unfinished furniture businesses going online in record numbers, it's becoming more important for B2B sellers to develop online sales strategies.

A user-friendly website is the centerpiece of all of your other online sales and marketing activities. However, it may also be worthwhile to integrate email advertising, SEO, social networking and other techniques into your sales and marketing mix.

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 unfinished furniture 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.

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