10 of My Favorite Ways to Increase Fees

Here are some ways to increase fees without penalizing your clients. Measure risk – Impact and likelihood, of a disaster, jointly place a value on it and set your fee accordingly. Look for problem areas that consistently show up across the companies you do business in.  Come up with solutions and use this material to […]

When More Deals Lead to Bigger Loses

Traditional thinking says that more sales will lead to a higher income.  Here is one more example demonstrating the deception in this type of thinking.  I frequently come across sales people working for smaller VARs, selling into small mom & pop companies.  These customers don’t spend much, so the deals are smaller, yet the VAR […]

Vendor to Adviser

If you missed my teleseminar last week on moving from Vendor to Adviser…Here are some examples of how I’ve turned mundane deals into profit-rich, consultative relationships: A firewall upgrade opportunity referred by a vendor/partner turned in large profit and product.  Rather than going in with quotes and features, I presented cybercrime trends to an executive […]

More Low Margin Product Deals

It seems like most sales opportunities start out as product sales.  We’ve become dependent on lead sharing, referrals, and opportunities already in process.  It is extremely difficult to move from this type of selling to that of creating business opportunities from nothing, however, the latter deals lead to more high-end business, architectural sales, assessments, and […]

Justifying your Fee

My son has never had pizza!  Can you believe it…you should know by now that I eat pizza at least once a week, and that’s a bad week for me.  Why have I deprived me son?  Be cause he is allergic to everything.  Gluten (which knocks out just about every restaurant bread), wheat, corn, dairy…that […]