BKBG Blog

Making Offers More Appealing
May 31, 2018
Making Offers More Appealing

At some point when engaging with a client or customer, you need to ask for the sale. And when you do, look through the lens of your customer. What can you say or do that makes your offer a no-brainer? Here are four ideas to help close more sales.

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No Ifs, Ands or Buts About It
April 26, 2018
No Ifs, Ands or Buts About It

Using the word if as part of a sales presentation is an absolute no-no because it sends the message to a client or prospect that they don’t know something. For example, if your sales professional proposed the following, “If your new housing project is going to sell quickly, the perfect solution for your bath is to depend on our ability to source products and deliver them on time and within budget.”

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How to Take Control of Negotiations
April 18, 2018
How to Take Control of Negotiations

The Black Swan Group will be leading a negotiation workshop at the 2018 BKBG Annual Conference at the Marriott Sawgrass Golf Resort and Spa in Ponte Verda, FL (Jacksonville). In a recent blog post, the company offered four steps for taking control of negotiations.

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Lessons from a Master Storyteller
March 29, 2018
Lessons from a Master Storyteller

Michael Lewis has penned numerous best-selling books, including The Big Short, Flash Boys and Moneyball. In a recent interview with University of Pennsylvania Professor Adam Grant, also a best-selling author, Lewis shared several keys to exceptional story telling that can help kitchen and bath showroom professionals better connect with their clients and prospects.

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A No-Fail Negotiation Strategy
March 22, 2018
A No-Fail Negotiation Strategy

Negotiating is a fact of life. Imagine how successful you could be with a no-fail negotiation technique. One of the nation’s premier negotiation trainers, The Black Swan Group, has a tip it says is almost always successful regardless of industry or context: To get to yes, eliminate the negatives up front.

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What Is It That You Actually Do?
March 18, 2018
What Is It That You Actually Do?

If you asked your customers what is it that you actually do, what would they say? If you believe that you provide kitchen design and renovation services, most likely you would be taking a very narrow view of your customer’s perspective. Some may believe that you come to my home, destroy it, leaving me without a place to cook or eat for longer than expected. Others may perceive your services will help create more quality family time, make meal preparation easier and more enjoyable and reduce stress.

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Flip the Funnel to Create Fans
March 1, 2018
Flip the Funnel to Create Fans

Have you noticed that customers will readily drop $20,000 on a new refrigerator for their kitchen renovation but balk at spending $500 on a new faucet. The fact that they may be without a place to cook for two months does not seem to bother them as much as a $200 change order. If you examined the things that drive your customers crazy, chances are they are not big picture items. Instead, it’s the small, pesky inconveniences that send them off the deep end.

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Why Sales Are Lost
February 8, 2018
Why Sales Are Lost

Many BKBG Shareholders complain about the Internet. They believe that the reason most customers don’t buy from their showroom is because their customers can buy for less someplace else. Sales Guru Bob Phelps argues that a lost sale is never about price or the product. A sale is lost because the sales professionals do not allay buyers’ fears. Phelps argues, “When you can remove risk or regret, your shopper is likely to buy.”

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A Recipe to Make Your Showroom the Destination of Choice
January 18, 2018
A Recipe to Make Your Showroom the Destination of Choice

Follow this four-step recipe to make your showroom a destination of choice:

First, understand your customer’s goals and showcase why your showroom is best suited to meet those goals.

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A Quick Guide to More Effectively Managing Email
January 4, 2018
A Quick Guide to More Effectively Managing Email

Think about it – you and your team spend an inordinate amount of time either preparing, reading or responding to emails. Imagine how much more productive you and your team could be if you could email under control.

Step one, determine what you will do with each email that you receive. That does not mean you respond to each email immediately. There are three main options:

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