A Quick Guide to Selling More Books

Jake Michaels
September 1, 2020
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The Internet has changed the way businesses market and sell products. Thanks to the rise of shopping websites, consumers now expect a streamlined buying process, from product selection to checkout. However, only a few businesses possess the resources to make the necessary upgrades to their infrastructure. You need to adopt if you want to survive in the digital age.

The demand for books continues to rise, but selling them poses many challenges. Whether you sell magazines or children’s books, you have to continually innovate to stay a step ahead of the competition.

1. Connect with prospective customers online

Most transactions now occur online nowadays. If you want to expand your customer base, you need to harness the power of email to communicate with them. Start by collecting the email addresses of your existing customers. This will allow you to send regular updates and promotions for your products.

While it might be tempting to send a brochure-style marketing email to your email list, plain text emails look more personal and allow you to appeal directly to the reader. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable and earnest when writing the email.

Finally, use social media to your advantage. Research your customer’s reading habits and use that information to send targeted marketing emails. If your target clientele enjoys reading romance books, then you can center your next campaign on romance.

2. Use digital tools to improve your productivity

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Selling is all about building meaningful relationships with your target audience. If people trust you, they are more likely to become repeat customers. While many of the most effective sales techniques involve face-to-face interaction, digital tools can make your experience easier.

Your sales data might reveal patterns that you can use to streamline your selling process. If you know how much time you spend on cold-calling, face-to-face meetings, copywriting, and so on, you can better predict which activities provide the most benefit.

3. Optimize your sales pitch

A good sales pitch is the difference between a successful sale and a failed one. You need to spend time preparing different pitches for all types of customers. Refinements to your existing pitches can help improve conversion rates as well.

For starters, design your pitch in a way that allows your customers to ask questions. The best sales presentations involve two-way communication. A discussion is almost always more interesting than a one-sided pitch that your customer can’t wait to get out of.

4. Be firm when negotiation prices

Always stand behind your price list. If you’re too willing to give discounts, that sends a signal to customers that your books are overpriced. Only give out discounts for volume purchases of specific titles. Prestige titles should almost always be kept at the original price.

Selling is half-science and half-art, and these tips and tricks will help you improve your book business. Focus on building an online presence to target your customers better. Next, the right digital tools can help you build better relationships with your audience. Sales pitches are your bread and butter, so focus on honing your pitching skills. And finally, never sell yourself short.

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