We're a major cultural institution in a big tourist city which would like to find out more about selling tickets in bulk. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by TurkeyMustard
on Aug 26, 2014 -
I just became the Marketing & Sales Director of a startup even though I've never done sales in my life. The company has exactly one salesperson on the other side of the country and he is trying to sell a pricy (4K) piece of B2B hardware. Before this he worked at a phone service company.
The company only just starting producing enough units to sell. The entire staff is counting on the two of us to magically sell machines and I don't know what to do. We're being asked for sales projections, etc. and I have no idea where to even start. Snowflake details follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 31, 2014 -
Someone close to me has inherited a Yamaha grand piano, appraised by knowledgable tuner around $45,000. The owner needs as much of this money as she can get. How do we sell it? Is Craigslist okay for very-high-price sales? This is in the Washington DC area. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten
on Jul 22, 2014 -
I run a small media company with a staff of five (two people on sales, two editors, one social media person). The salespeople have a low salary, high commission salary structure, and advertising deals are generally in the low-mid 5 figure range. Our social media person is interested in getting into sales, or more specifically, getting compensated for introductions that eventually turn into sales. We're happy to accommodate her but have no idea how to structure things. [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb
on Jun 28, 2014 -
We are currently using Business Contact Manger as our CRM software. We are having problems when having to re-install (computer crashes, etc) at this point and are looking to either upgrade to Office 2013 (which will allow us to use Business Contact Manager 2013) or to find a new CRM.
The preferred option (long-term) would be to get a new CRM, as BCM (Business Contact Manager) does not meet all our needs, and is essentially defunct, but it would need to be less than the price of buying Office 2013 for the 4 users who use it (around $2100). [more inside]
posted by Laura in Canada
on Jun 2, 2014 -
My girlfriend has a whole bunch of jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, earrings) that we'd love to get rid of. We'd love it even more if someone wanted to pay us for it in Albuquerque. How do we find that someone? [more inside]
posted by cheerwine
on May 31, 2014 -
I'm looking to watch clips of sales pitches that appeared in movies or television - anything over the past 50-60 years but the more recent the show or movie would be better. Think of something like a scene in Mad Men where Don Draper absolutely nails the sales pitch to the client. [more inside]
posted by extrabox
on May 21, 2014 -
I'm selling comics on ebay and have no idea what to put for shipping. Media mail seems not to allow comics, flat rate box seems good for 25+, but the padded envelopes seem like overkill for small batches, I'm just not sure what to put. [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher
on May 19, 2014 -
I'm tying to help a family member sell a bunch of stuff. He lives in rural Northern California and I don't particularly want to deal with ebay myself. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by latkes
on Apr 21, 2014 -
I have a new Kindle, I have a Goodreads account with dozens of books I'd like to read. There are probably hundreds of books I'd buy for the right price. What is the best way to track ebook temporary sales and price drops? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus
on Feb 11, 2014 -
Hi helpful friends!
I asked you how to get this amazing entry-level marketing job a few weeks ago and it worked! Well...I have a third interview! Thanks so much and expect a "how to do well in group interviews" question later :)
I'm a business management student majoring in marketing. I'm pretty lucky for a soon-to-be-graduate...I have a couple of very exciting opportunities that could really shape my career. However, I'm confused as to which way to go. [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen
on Jan 28, 2014 -
Help! I'm crippled with anxiety over promoting our business and selling our services!! Looking for tips and tricks from seasoned sales professionals. [more inside]
posted by SheIsMighty
on Jan 11, 2014 -
I run a promotional merchanding company. We are fully registered as an LLC in the state of NJ. We have a tax ID number and are officially a re-seller. We recently did an order for a client located in the state of California. The vendor who manufactured the items for us is also located in the state of California. When our final invoice came, we were charged tax and were told when the vendor and final destination were inthe same state (or at least in CA), then we are due to be charged tax on the merchandise......We have done plenty of orders with the same scenario (produced in CA and shipped to CA) without being charged tax....... We are confused. Should we have to pay tax or not on this order?
posted by TwilightKid
on Jan 3, 2014 -
about an IBM sales executive earning AUD $295,000 with a bonus of up to $1 million after allegedly earning $9 million in revenue for the firm, has made me really curious. In my industry, salaries top out around the low six figures. What does a job like this look like? [more inside]
posted by t0astie
on Dec 17, 2013 -
Anybody had a good experience selling a diamond engagement ring on consignment in Toronto? Or if you've got quite a lot of knowledge on the subject, is there a better way to maximize the price of one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 9, 2013 -
I'm looking to gather data on the top selling laptop and desktop models for each year (preferably over the past 20 years and with total units sold each year in U.S. and in world). Does anyone know of a source or would be able to point me in the direction of one? Is there an industry newsletter? Ideally, I want something like "2003's Top 10 Bestselling Laptops: 1) Gateway 450: X million sold; 2) Dell Inspiron 8500: x million sold" etc, but I'm not too picky, any leads would be better than what I got now.
posted by jng
on Oct 25, 2013 -
This only really started to get on my nerves lately, but i realized that every sale i've made in the past few months are closing for mostly
depressing prices. Occasionally i get a great price, but it's mostly crap... [more inside]
posted by emptythought
on Oct 6, 2013 -
Long story short, I graduated two years ago and broke into a prestigious industry with high pay and high stress that I thought I would at least find interesting
Very soon after joining, I quickly realized the job was not interesting at all. I believe my role does not have as big of an impact as I initially thought it would, and most of all, I don't believe in the industry anymore.
I'm tired of the politics and I started off on the wrong foot, which ultimately tainted people's perception of me early on.
As a result, I've had motivation issues from early on and my performance has been average. I am one of the few people in my class of hires who was not promoted this last cycle.
Oh, and I had been dealing with social anxiety and depression for the longest time, which had a huge, huge, huge impact on my performance. [more inside]
posted by 6spd
on Aug 13, 2013 -
I have little to no experience in sales; I'm a writer with a successful podcast. I am trying to sell ads on it. One of my customers/advertisers has decided to stop advertising with us after just 2 mos. How do I recover and keep the client? [more inside]
posted by arniec
on Aug 5, 2013 -
I may soon be entering a field where sales will become an important part of my income. I am looking for book recommendations for how to approach this challenge. I am not looking for super advanced sales "secrets" or any type of mumbo-jumbo, just the basic sort of business texts a beginner should absorb before taking a job where closing sales is a major part of the challenge. I am a dummy, but I am looking for a bit more than a "For Dummies" intro to sales could deliver. I want the state of the art for a beginner with an open mind and a willingness to work.
posted by Drinky Die
on Jul 1, 2013 -
I have a small assortment of rather choice* vintage clothes, textiles and miscellany. I would like to sell it all. I'm already eBaying a large volume of other stuff, I am an average photographer with an average camera and honestly, eBay doesn't seem like the best place to sell these things - a couple are rare collector pieces.
What are some good ways to do this besides eBay and what are your experience of them? Also, how can I figure out what is a reasonable price if I do sell to a dealer? I'd be glad to hear from you as a dealer or as a skilled amateur. [more inside]
posted by Frowner
on Jun 25, 2013 -
A co-worker/friend is selling me his old car as he's upgraded to a newer model. What are things I should be aware of and get checked out early so I don't accidentally buy a lemon and ruin the friendship? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish
on Jun 18, 2013 -
I'm starting a new job for a telecom giant at a call center and to make the most money I need to make sales. I have worked for a call center before, and I guess you could say I sold things, but I didn't really sell things. Where can I learn to sell? [more inside]
posted by trogdole
on May 28, 2013 -
My best friend has $10,000 to invest and she wants to open up a business selling shoes for people with wide feet that are greater than the sizes that are usually available in stores (one of her friends has this as a great need) or an online store that sells adult toys.
Are any of these worthy endeavors for me and her to pursue? If not, what is the best way to make money with a $10,000 investment?
posted by antgly
on May 16, 2013 -
Which sectors or industries are surprisingly underrepresented online? We all know books, games, music, etc are all extremely well represented online but are there any industries that aren't.
They may be business to business or business to consumer.
What gaps if any or left. Or is it only niche areas?
posted by trashcan
on May 13, 2013 -
I'm back in the web software development world after about 7 years selling already developed software. Mobile software development barely existed the last time I talked to a client about development projects. I understand the web side of things just fine still. Mobile I'm clueless on.
Is there a good book or maybe website(s) that will help get me up to speed, and stay there? I'm running sales, so I'm not going to be writing any code. [more inside]
posted by COD
on Apr 9, 2013 -
This group has apparently been invited to speak at our office for a free "lunch and learn" seminar. On the surface it looks all legit and something our company's HR department set up to promote health and whatnot. But my spidey-sense is tingling the more I look at the flyers and try to find out stuff on the web. Best I can tell now is that this is some kind of fluffy good-health seminar backed by a heavier sales pitch at the backend. Any thoughts? What I've found is below the fold... [more inside]
posted by JoeZydeco
on Mar 11, 2013 -
My small financial services firm needs to keep track of our customers and how much progress we have made selling them different investments. [more inside]
posted by otto42
on Mar 8, 2013 -
How can a nice guy like me, who aims to please in most cases, stop wasting time hearing sales pitches? I hate disappointing others, but am sick of feeling like I'm to blame when I sit through someone's sales pitch and decline at the end. [more inside]
posted by bosco_costanza
on Mar 7, 2013 -
Groupon and Dropbox used to have great 2 minute animated videos on their sites explaining how their products worked, the problem they solved, and why you should get it. (On Groupon I am talking about the Groupon Works site where they try to get businesses to sign up.)
I went to go look at these today-- I am trying to write a script for a short video explaining a product I am building-- Uggg, these cool videos have been replaced by a sales page with no video. What does it all mean??
posted by limitedpie
on Mar 4, 2013 -
I'm a photographer by hobby and by interest, but not for money. I'd like that to change, but just a bit. What are some good ways to sell my photos? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Feb 28, 2013 -
I recently accepted a sales position within a company that sells laboratory equipment. (i.e. centrifuges, GC's, HPLC's, Thermal Cyclers, etc) I have no previous lab or science experience, so learning about a myriad of highly technical products/methods is a quite challenging. My main challenge comes from the fact that I need to engage in conversations with scientists, chemists, biologists on a daily basis. With no previous lab experience, I've been having a hard time talking to them on technical level. [more inside]
posted by AMWKE1984
on Feb 8, 2013 -
I need to market my software and my friends told me about a couple of PR websites but I can't recall them now. [more inside]
posted by usermac
on Feb 7, 2013 -
I'm approaching the dreaded moment that I need to buy a new (used) car. I hate the idea of negotiating with a salesperson. I love the idea of no-haggle. But I also hate the idea of getting a lemon. I've read loads of reviews of Carmax online, but they're so mixed, I don't know what to think. Can you offer insight? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad
on Jan 23, 2013 -
How do I find a salesperson? How do I pay them? What kind of freedom do I give them? How can I make it worth their while so it can be a long term relationship? I believe there are people out there interesting in helping me, but I've never been able to figure out how to find them. One man bands do everything but seem to burn out faster, and I don't want to do that. I need help. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind
on Jan 10, 2013 -
After posting here several times about my job search and post-MBA malaise, I have been offered an Account Manager position. This wasn't what I wanted to do entirely, but I want to be great at it, so I can move into a position I would want in a year or so. How do I be awesome at my job? [more inside]
posted by hrj
on Dec 19, 2012 -
You've seen sales companies that bring you in, train you to sell for them, and after a certain amount of time train you to manage a team. Is this a viable pursuit or is there a catch? [more inside]
posted by Autumn
on Dec 8, 2012 -
In 2013, I want to put out a monthly zine-esque short publication and charge $1 each. I want to sell them online. What is the best way to do this? I have no experience with selling things online whatsoever. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 5, 2012 -
Recourse filter: I probably have none, but thought I would check with the hive mind. I purchased a rug online from Target that was a GREAT deal ($150 for a 9x11 wool hooked rug). I received the email that the item shipped but noticed that it wasn't updating in the UPS system after 2 days. I called UPS & they said they hadn't received it from the shipper. UPS told me to call the shipper. I called Target and they said to wait it out. They tell me to wait 5 more days. 2 days go by and it still hasn't updated so I call UPS again & they tell me that they haven't received it yet. I call Target again (at this point it is past their listed latest estimated delivery date)- they tell me to wait again until the 21st. On 21st, the 6th day after it should
have arrived the item is listed as sold out online. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas
on Nov 26, 2012 -
Please recommend some up-to-the-minute and engaging thinking, videos, reading, or anything else about sales and marketing that, if digested in full or in part, won't result in more work for product development. (Bonus round: Results in reward for them, too!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 15, 2012 -
A young man I know has had some bad luck this year with medical issues. He's on the mend, but is out of a job. I need your best ever advice for how a personable 30-year-old who is bright but not an egghead, liberal without being extreme, a born salesman, and a masculine man can get a job with some sort of future to it. [more inside]
posted by Jenna Brown
on Oct 16, 2012 -
My girlfriend has applied for work as a sales associate at two upscale New York City department stores and has been offered a variety of clothing departments to work in at both. She wants to work through the holiday season and to earn as much as she can in that period via commission. Assuming that all departments offer the same rate of commission, can anyone advise us as to which departments would have the highest sales in Oct/Nov/Dec? Or point us to any internet resources with such info? I've been unable to dig up any on my own. Thanks!
posted by laswingkid
on Oct 15, 2012 -
How do you handle the labyrinth of New York State sales tax? I'm launching an online business that sells goods (some clothes, some non-clothes). We're located in New York State. We need to collect tax in New York State... gorey details inside. [more inside]
posted by Muffy
on Oct 11, 2012 -
What are the best
books and other DIY resources for learning about logistics and supply chain management, especially with regard to international sales?
posted by Sticherbeast
on Sep 26, 2012 -