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ed, and containing all the talking points, if sent both to the salesman and to the salesinan's customers, will, through the effect of the double attention gained, stimulate the salesman to better work on that proposition.
The customer's indifference is overcome by the printed page, and it is this attitude of indifference, assumed by most dealers, which acts most favorably upon the salesman's mind.
Personal letters to salesmen stimulating when praise is given for work done, yet if not carefully worded praise will do harm rather than good.
The most effective method of correcting error and directing attention to shortcomings, is by the use of an impersonal printed form. It is employed by many houses with the very best results.
The purchases of a buyer are influenced more by a personal inclination than by a price, and in all matter addressed by the house to its customers, a "touch of human nature" in methods of expression must be considered a paramount need.
It is not difficult for the house to secure a close "human touch" with nearly every dealer by proper construction of advertising matter. The usual form, with plain cold-blooded figures, is not enough to arouse among the trade a feeling that they have an actual living acquaintance with the house.
They must be interested and their interest sustained by pulsating heart to heart method, which brings them near in sentiment and opinion.
opinion that friendship was no longer a factor in trade getting. I contend that it is as strong a determining power as it ever was.
Friendships in business are not necessarily born of personal acquaintance of those engaged in transactions, in fact, stronger friendships are often formed where they are not too well known to each other, but the attachment may spring from a recognition of up-to-date methods, fair dealing, and considerate treatment. The SOcalled prestige of a house is simply an advantage which is measured by the number of its friends.
I believe that at least fifty per cent of the salesmanship of the salesman is dependent upon the prestige of his house. If prestige is to be measured by numbers, then the house man who neglects to make his house favorably known to the required number is responsible to that degree for the inefficiency of his salesmen.
The employer is prone to blame the salesman, and to place all the burden of poor business upon his shoulders, when the truth of the matter is that salesman is not properly sustained and led.
A salesman cannot be driven. Selling goods is an art, not a mechanical process.
It is a psychological problem and its solution is dependent upon a careful regard for the laws which govern human thinking.
You cannot attempt to teach the salesman the science of salesmanship and hope for a perfect exhibition of the art. Science is tradition, heavy, cumbersome, and retarding in action. Load the salesman down with rules, and while he is trying to discover a rule to meet a contingency, the opportunity is lost.
The science of salesmanship may be mastered by the man in the house, however, and his work based upon the knowledge gained.
Precept is of little value, example is worth its weight in gold. Show a salesman that you are doing it and like the baby in the wash bowl reaching for the soap, "He will never be happy 'till he does it too."
An artist works best when the work is a joy; a salesman is an artist. It
One spasm of printing is almost worse than useless. I have learned that the business of selling goods is usually the result of a succession of efforts. The human mind is brought to respond by repeated assertions, where a single statement falls unheeded.
When there is created for the salesman an interested friendliness for his house, he becomes a tenfold power. He sells the goods and has little trouble in securing a fair price.
I have recently heard expressed an
I have emphasized the fact that ideas offered for the salesman's stimulation whether, through his trade or for his own reading, should be printed, not on the typewriter, but upon the printing press,
because printed matter is impersonal, and you can say what you please in the way you please and strike home without offending.
If an employer desires to arouse his own enthusiasm so that it may be communicated to those in his employ, Jet him sit down, write out his ideas as forcefully as he may, then print them, and if he doesn't do anything with them but read them himself, he will make every man under him a better and a stronger man-by the example which his own increased power will offer.
You cannot make a salesman. You can arouse him to do his best-but you can only arouse by reaching him on his human side.
The human side of trade and salesmen can be reached, in advertising, without great expense. Elaborate colored advertisements are not absolutely essential-simple, plain type will do the work. It's not the style of setting so much as what you say, and how you say it! I think the house journals wherein the personalities of the firm members are impressed, are of wonderful force in strengthening prestige. It gives a “human” side to the business, take: away its coldness and harshness and makes customers feel as if they knew the house intimately.
There are other and simpler methods of revealing the human side of
You cannot teach a salesman to be original, if he is not so by nature, but you can teach him the value of ideas, provide him with them, new, ready made, and he will profit by them to a very large degree--if you show him how, in the right way.
A jobber's customer, after he has
been induced to purchase may be con and direct his energies into right
We can almost afford to ignore all
direct stimulation of our own sales-
men, if house influence is brought to
bear forcefully upon the dealer.
I do not for one moment believe
that we can send out any kind of a
man and get equal results simply be-
cause we conduct our house affairs
energetically. I recognize the need of
I further know that not more than
one salesman in twenty is a good one.
I believe, however, that good sales-
men can be made better, poor ones be
atit stare. It is a very loweeted, handel, erimprid
One of the modern methods in teaching the proper use of language is by
We will pursue a different policy in our attempt to educate along advertising
It is said that it is easier to criticize than it is to originate; therefore we feel
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production of a series of an unusually large number of in-
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see. Lay your hand over
five advertisements and the sixth
THE FARMER'S FENCE
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Address Factory Omroe No. 2
PEERLESS FENCE COMPANY, (Ltd.) ADRIAN, MICH.
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Peerless Fence Co., (Ltd.) Adrian, Mich.
The originals of this series of six advertisements are double column, and designed by
The Long-Critchfield Corporation.