Unlocking Growth: A Practical Guide to Conquering the 4 Common Revenue Growth Blockers

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Today, I want to lift the curtain on something that could be the missing puzzle piece in your growth journey: Revenue Blockers. 💡

Picture these blockers as the invisible barriers standing between your business and the growth you envision. Let's uncover four common revenue blockers and arm you with practical tools to break through them. 

  • Leaving Sales to Chance - Marketing and operations alone won’t cut it.
  • Being Uncomfortable with Selling - Transforming the sales experience.
  • Selling to the Crowd - Building and engaging your core community.
  • Small Deal Sizes - Rethinking value and pricing strategies.

This is about paving the way for sustained, meaningful growth. It’s time to turn the key and unlock your business's potential. Let’s dive right in! 🚀


Blocker 1: Leaving Sales To Chance

The Active Approach to Selling

Creating an outstanding product or service with efficient operations is commendable, but it's not enough. Your product won’t sell itself. Sales is the driving force that actively steers your business towards its revenue goals and is essential for building lasting customer relationships.

Intentional Selling

The key here is intentional selling - a proactive and deliberate approach to sales. It's essential to have a team or a dedicated individual responsible for sales, marketing, and customer success. They must own this role and navigate the ship toward its destination.

Practical Tips for Effective Selling

Here’s what you can do to adopt intentional selling:

  • Establish a Sales Routine: Allocate time for engaging with prospects, following up, and continuously exploring new opportunities.
  • Set and Monitor Goals: Keep a keen eye on your objectives. Ensure they are measurable and remain at the forefront of your strategies.
  • Remain Flexible: Markets are ever-evolving. Stay adaptable to changing customer needs and emerging competitors.
  • Cultivate Relationships: Focus on building genuine relationships with prospects. Understand their challenges and offer your product as the solution.
  • Don’t Hesitate to Change Direction: If a strategy isn’t bearing fruit, don’t be reluctant to pivot. Sometimes, a new approach is just what’s needed.

Intentional selling is about steering your business with purpose and agility. Equip your team, stay focused on goals, be adaptable, build relationships, and have the courage to change course when needed.


Blocker 2: Uncomfortable with Selling

Outdated Sales Techniques

Gone are the days of the high-pressure, fast-talking salespeople. Today’s consumers are savvy and seek genuine interactions. They aren’t looking for a sales pitch; they are searching for value and authenticity. The traditional aggressive sales tactics have lost their charm.

Sales as a Service

Enter Sales as a Service. This modern approach views selling as an act of service to the customer. The goal is to help customers understand how your product or service can solve their problems or enhance their lives. This approach focuses on building trust and aligning your solutions with the customer's needs, transforming the process from ‘selling’ to ‘serving’.

Tips for Guiding Customers into the Sale

Now, here’s the gold – practical tips to gracefully guide your customers to a happy purchase:

  • Listen Actively: Pay attention to what your customers are saying. Listen to their words and the emotions behind them. This will help you understand their needs.
  • Build Trust: Be genuine, transparent, and honest. Customers can smell insincerity a mile away.
  • Ease the Tension: Make the process comfortable. A little humor, a warm smile, or even acknowledging their concerns can go a long way.
  • Educate, Don’t Dictate: Provide them with the information they need to make an informed decision. No one likes to be told what to do.
  • Customise Your Approach: Adapt your communication style to suit the customer. Some people prefer facts and figures, while others may respond better to stories and experiences.
  • Know When to Close: Recognise the signs that your customer is ready to make a purchase. Don’t rush it, but also don’t let the opportunity slip by.
  • Follow-Up Graciously: A simple ‘Thank You’ note or a follow-up call to ensure they are satisfied builds long-lasting relationships.

By focusing on serving your customers and addressing their needs with sincerity, you create a positive experience that not only leads to sales but also builds lasting relationships. You’ve got this! 💪🌟


Blocker 3: Selling to the Crowd

The Audience Circles Concept

Picture your audience as concentric circles. The outer circle represents the crowd – a broad spectrum of people somewhat familiar with your product or service. The inner circle is your community – a tightly-knit group that engages with your brand and truly resonates with what you offer.

Here’s the key: Focus on building and nurturing your community. They are the ones who understand your vision and are more likely to become loyal customers and brand ambassadors.

Tips for Building and Nurturing a Community

Okay, now you might be thinking, “That sounds amazing, but how do I build this community?”. Fear not! Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Be Authentic and Share Your Story: People connect with stories. Share your journey, the highs and lows, and let them see the human behind the brand.
  • Engage, Engage, Engage: Talk to your audience. Respond to their comments, ask for their opinions, and involve them in your decision-making process.
  • Provide Value: Regularly share content that educates, inspires, or entertains. Make them look forward to your posts.
  • Create Exclusive Experiences: Host webinars, live Q&A sessions, or community meetups. Make them feel special.
  • Leverage Social Media Groups: Create or join groups where your target audience hangs out. Participate actively.
  • Build Trust Through Transparency: Be open about your processes and decisions. Let them see you’re as real as they come.
  • Align Your Marketing with Community Building: Your marketing efforts should aim at building relationships. This might mean a shift from overly promotional content to more value-driven content.

Go, build that community and watch your business blossom! 🌺


Blocker 4: Small Deal Sizes

The Downside of Chasing Small Deals

Consider this scenario: you're selling an amazing product and decide to price it very low, hoping for more sales. This approach of low pricing to achieve volume can be risky, particularly for small and medium businesses. Not only does it require an immense volume to make substantial revenue, but it can also lead customers to perceive your product as low quality.

Let's contrast volume-based revenue (many sales at low prices) with value-based revenue (fewer sales at higher prices reflecting your offering's true value). The latter often paves the way to sustainable growth for many SMEs.

The Pricing Paradigm:

An Illustration Here's an anecdote to illustrate the point. Years ago, I imported MP3 players costing $1 each. I priced them at $5, but sales were stagnant. Then, I drastically increased the price and sales skyrocketed. This demonstrated that pricing communicates value, and higher prices can often signal higher quality.

Tips for Value-Based Differentiation

With the importance of pricing as a value communicator in mind, here are tips for setting prices that reflect your offerings' worth:

  • Understand Your Customer’s Needs: Know the problems your product solves for customers and how they value these solutions.
  • Highlight the Unique Benefits: Communicate the exclusive features and benefits that set your product apart.
  • Test Different Price Points: Experiment with various pricing strategies to gauge market response.
    Bundle Products or Services: Enhance perceived value by bundling products or including additional services.
  • Offer Tiered Pricing: Provide options with different levels of service or product bundles, catering to various customer needs.
  • Listen to Feedback: Take customer feedback on pricing seriously, but discern between valuable insights and outliers.
  • Educate Your Customers: Help customers understand the value by educating them on your product's benefits and justifying the pricing.

In summary, pricing is more than just setting a cost; it's a tool that communicates the value and quality of your product. Ensure that it reflects the story and worth you want your brand to convey.



Let's take a moment to review the 4 blockers:

  1. Leaving Sales to Chance: We talked about the importance of not leaving your sales to the winds of fate. Be proactive, engage in intentional selling, and keep those sails directed towards your destination. 🚀
  2. Being Uncomfortable with Selling: We’ve embraced the new era where sales is not a battlefield but a service ground. Serving and guiding our customers with genuine care is the way forward.
  3. Selling to the Crowd Instead of the Community: We learnt the art of community building and nurturing, focusing on creating meaningful relationships rather than chasing the faceless crowd. 🌱
  4. Chasing Small Deal Sizes: We discovered the power of value-based pricing, where the price tag not just reflects the cost, but communicates the value and essence of our products.

Now, the world of entrepreneurship is ever-evolving, and so should we. Adapting and aligning our strategies with the contemporary consumer's behaviour and expectations is not just wise; it's indispensable.

I urge you to take a step back and assess your own business practices.
Are any of these revenue blockers present in your business?
If so, it’s time to tackle them head-on and pave our way towards growth and success. 🌟

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