By Gary Schick
When the products and services you offer look pretty much like everyone elses products and services, what can you do to differentiate yourself?
If your only option is to stand out with price, you risk eventually cannibalizing your own business.
Thats not all. By focusing only on price quotes for the immediate transaction, youre leaving other unrecognized opportunities on the table.
So you need to resist the knee-jerk into a price quote and find ways to describe your value-add in terms other than price.
Start by getting your customer to talk about their business goal(s). What are they trying to accomplish? What business capabilities are they seeking?
The deeper this conversation goes, the more youll be able to recognize various ways todays technologies can meet your customers business needs. Each of those ways represents a potential opportunity, some with longer “tails” than others.
For example, you might be able to learn that what first appears to be just a voice-over-IP project can grow into a unified communications project, and its likely that soon enough your customer will be looking for cloud storage/backup/replication and then perhaps disaster recovery-as-a-service.
Of course, the deeper you delve into your customers needs, the sooner youll need a technology partner to help you fulfill them. And since keeping your customers happy is essential to keeping them coming back to you for their cascading technology needs, your choice of technology partner is critical.
So heres the short list of partner must-haves:
Now is the time to get out of the transaction mentality and gain long-term customers rather than only a deal for the day.
Gary Schick is director of sales
, with direct responsibility for partner sales, growth and customer satisfaction. He brings more than 30 years technology sales, management and channel leadership experience to this role. Prior to joining Quest, Schick worked in sales and management positions at Netigy, Amerivox, Epson and Toshiba. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and is a member of
the 2012-13 Channel Partners Advisory Board.
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