By Jahnavi Singh
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To Sell [a Different Product or Service] to an Existing or New Customer or Client
Cross-selling is a sales approach that encourages customers to buy similar products in addition to their original purchases. When a customer adds an original item to their shopping basket, whether in-store or online, the strategy can be used. This enables you or an automated system to narrow down and recommend new things depending on their choices. When a customer shows interest in a suggested product, adds it to their basket, and checks out, you've succeeded at cross-selling.
This selling tactic has been shown to increase average customer lifetime value and retention rates, and it's easy to see why. People frequently don't know what they want until you show them, as Steve Jobs famously said. They're also more likely to buy a suggested add-on if they've already decided to spend. Furthermore, you may discover that many of your present customers are amenable to (and even welcome) individualised, helpful customer care during their shopping trips.
Cross-selling isn't a new concept. It happens whenever your Internet provider recommends bundling your WiFi with cable or when McDonald's suggests adding fries or a drink to your order. However, in today's environment, it is becoming a more effective technique. You may now propose more products based on comprehensive data, such as previous purchase histories, which helps you nail every single recommendation.
CROSS SELLING VS. UPSELLING
Though both cross-selling and upselling have the same goal of increasing the value of a purchase, they are not the same. While cross-selling aims to persuade customers to purchase related or complementary items, upselling aims to persuade them to upgrade their original purchase.
Consider how Amazon cross-sells its products. The ecommerce website presents items that are commonly purchased with whatever product you are viewing, as well as sponsored products related to the item, on practically every product page. These are suggestions for other things that a customer might purchase in addition to the item they were looking at.
When you visit an Amazon smart speaker's official product page, however, you'll find a section called "Compare Echo devices." This is an upsell. Rather than encouraging customers to purchase add-ons, it provides choices for the same item. The company does not anticipate customers to buy several smart speakers, but it will try to encourage you to upgrade to a more expensive device with additional capabilities.
When it comes to increasing a current customer's spending, both cross-selling and upselling are quite beneficial. Knowing which one is right for you will help you develop a stronger sales plan for your product or service.
EXAMPLES OF CROSS SELLING
1. Assist Customers in Resolving a Problem
When cross-selling does not assist your consumer, the buyer may perceive it as an inconvenient (and blatant) money-making ploy. Consider this: If you're buying a bag of dog food online, you don't want to be prompted to add cat litter to your order. Make cross-selling a natural element of a seamless experience if you want to improve or retain your existing levels of client happiness.
It's a good idea to offer a screen protector when someone buys a smartphone cover, for example. This is a complimentary device that can round out their phone protection solution. Before checkout, a brief tip from a team member or from your website saves your consumer the time they would have spent perusing your shelves or catalog.
When you cross-sell products that are intended to be used together, make sure they work together properly. If someone adds a Samsung Galaxy cover to their purchase, you don't want to lose their trust by offering a Google Pixel screen protector.
2. Make bundles for your Clients
Many businesses create packages to help clients save money. It's typical for retailers to give a discount if you purchase the entire package rather than buying each item separately. This not only increases the perceived value of a cross-sell, but it also has the potential to persuade clients to pay a few additional dollars for products they don't need.
Bundling comparable items is an excellent strategy to increase sales while saving clients time. This method encourages buyers who want to purchase many things to check out sooner. Bundling, on the other hand, can demonstrate the value of purchasing multiple items and imply that a bundle is in high demand by other consumers.
3. Keep your Suggestions Brief.
While it's tempting to list a lot of related products in the hopes that one would grab your buyer's eye, you don't want to overload them with options. Customers may become confused, making decisions more difficult, and less likely to listen to your ideas. A better option is to make a short list of carefully selected items—no more than five is a good starting point. Your cross-selling plan will feel more personalized and well-tailored to the existing customer if you limit your ideas. Furthermore, by making the add-ons more approachable, this form of cross-selling can improve the possibility that a buyer will purchase all of them.
4. Use data to your advantage
Finally, and perhaps most crucially, your cross-selling strategy should make use of the client data you already have. Customers relationship management (CRM) software, automated feedback systems, surveys, and other tactics are being used by businesses all over the world to learn more about their buyers, what they buy, and what persuades them to buy more.
You could want your data to answer the following questions:
What goods have previously sold well together?
What items do particular sectors of my customer base prefer?
When do customers respond the most to your marketing or sales efforts?
On average, how much are buyers willing to add to their shopping carts?
With each sale, you'll make more money.
You may optimize the potential value of every customer's shopping excursion by including an efficient cross-selling strategy into your sales operations. Cross-selling allows you to show customers other products that may be of interest to them. As a consequence, you'll be able to increase your income while also improving your brand's consumer experience.
Jahnavi Singh [PGDM]
AirCrews Aviation Pvt. Ltd.