Sometimes buying a product is difficult because of the variety of models--with options, add-on items, and services--the customer must choose from in order to obtain a complete solution. Promotional materials for these products must present the choices clearly and take advantage of opportunities for cross-selling and upselling.
Cross-Selling Adds More Items
Cross-selling promotes an add-on or accessory product or service that, when combined with the primary product, makes a better or complete solution. A classic example of cross-selling is the question, "Do you want fries with that?"
In many cases, cross-selling involves helping customers assemble a tailored product from a variety of options. An effective cross-sell presents these options clearly and makes it easy for customers to choose among them.
Upselling Adds More Value
Upselling promotes a more powerful or higher level model than the one the customer is considering. To use the fast-food metaphor again, an up-sell would be "The deluxe burger is not only bigger, but it includes the special sauce and only costs a little more. Would you like that instead?"
A product model that offers greater capabilities, flexibility, or capacity might be suitable for upsell. In this case, the seller's job is to make sure a customer is aware this model exists and to encourage consideration of both models before the purchase decision.
Both cross-selling and upselling can be done in print materials and on the Web. The following ideas can be used for print materials such as brochures, catalogs, and selection guides:
* Include a brief "Related Products" section that lists the names or model numbers of upsell and cross-sell products.
* Present a chart of available options, describing the target use or environment for each.
* Describe typical packages or product combinations, especially when a customer must purchase multiple components. This can be done with a simple bullet list that describes the content of each package.
Because of the dynamic links between pages, cross-selling and upselling are especially easy to implement on a Web site. For example, you can create links among catalog pages to show related products, or link to a services page from a product page. The navigation process you define for purchase transactions on a Web site can also guide a visitor through pages that present cross-sell or upsell options.
More Choices, More Sales
If handled correctly, cross-selling and upselling can help customers choose the best products for their needs and generate a stronger customer relationship for your company. And of course, more revenue too.
About the Author
Janice King is an award-winning freelance copywriter who helps technology companies around the world produce clear, compelling sales and PR materials. Learn more about Janice's copywriting services.
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