When and How to Re-approach an “I’m Just Looking” Customer?

My wife and I have been looking to buy a house over the last few months. And as I am sure you are aware, buying a house means buying new furniture! I might as well help out this industry that has been so good to me and my family.

As we have entered several furniture stores, we routinely say “I’m just looking” to each sales associate that approaches us. The process is a little different in each store that we go to, but one thing is the same. The re-approach is non-existent or unsuccessful.  Here is one way that a salesperson re-approached my wife and I…

We were walking through the showroom, just looking at pieces of furniture, not really showing any interest when we heard, “Hey, that chair right there is on sale. Let me tell you how much the sale price is.” Then, he pulled out his phone, opened is calculator app and typed in some formula to come up with a number slightly lower than the price written on the tag. I was not impressed. First of all, we had no interest in the chair. Second, why were the sale prices so cryptic? There is no need to make a long story short because we simply left the store empty handed. Continue reading “When and How to Re-approach an “I’m Just Looking” Customer?”

Power Statements for “I’m Just Looking” Customers

If you are anything like me, you already know that you do not want help as soon as you walk into a store.  Often times, I feel that I can trust my own knowledge and instincts more than I can trust a possibly dishonest salesperson.

BUT!  Maybe you have experienced a situation similar to this before…

You are in a store…any store.  You have been walking around trying to find a specific product and you just can’t seem to find it.  You know you need help, but you don’t want to ask.  Then, suddenly a store employee approaches and asks, “Can I help you find something?  That way I can help your time here be more productive.”  You then tell the employee what you are looking for, they guide you to the item and stay by your side and give you information and suggestions.  You buy the item and leave happy.

Why does this happen to us?  How is it that we can start off not wanting help, and then accept it eventually?  It is because the salesperson or employee became an EXPERT!  They were the expert and of value to the customer when they told the customer they could help them find what they were looking for…implying that they are an expert on product placement! Continue reading “Power Statements for “I’m Just Looking” Customers”