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Use Behavioral Economics to Increase Sales

Nov 11, 2014

Written by: Walter Ruckes
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As the leading authority on behavioral economics, we understand the psychological triggers that turn sales professionals into sales rockstars. 

Risks and sales

Selling has always been a risk-reward business. Since the recession hit in 2008, salespeople have become increasingly risk-averse. Endless PowerPoint word slides offer middle-of-the-road recommendations, CRM systems provide regular, faceless contact with customers who pay little to no attention, and RFPs dumb-down solution-based and strategic selling to the point where everyone involved – both customer and sales team – often wonder if the best ideas are chosen and ultimately implemented.

But is it fair to blame our risk-aversion on a recent economic downturn? Or are salespeople – and people in general – more afraid of risk than they need to be? The science of behavioral economics tells us that YES – when it comes to economic decisions, losses loom larger than gains. This makes us less likely to take chances, even when the analytical side of our brains tells us that the odds are in our favor.

If you are involved in the sales process – and who isn’t these days – this concept has some exciting implications. The fear of taking risks could very well be holding you back from reaching your maximum potential and achieving ongoing success. The more we learn about what drives our actions from behavioral economists, the more we are able to apply those insights on a daily basis.

So let’s take a look at some behavioral economics theories and then suggest the types of risks that are worth taking.

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Walter Ruckes BI WORLDWIDE

Walter Ruckes

Vice President
Sales and Channel Engagement

As Vice President of BI WORLDWIDE’s Sales & Channel Engagement Group, Walter Ruckes' primary focus is to develop sales and channel engagement strategies and solutions that change the behaviors of sales people, distributors, dealers and channel sales representatives. An expert in sales incentive strategy, he educates sales professionals around the world on how to best engage their sales force through sales engagement strategies, solutions and best practices.