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Are You Ready to Change Up Your ‘Sales Techniques’ in 2013?

direct_selling_solutions“I want to make more sales, what more can I do?”

We hear over and over again how wedding business organizations need to make more sales and are struggling to keep up as the technology and marketing techniques are changing.  How do you stay on top of your marketing outreach?

Many ask ‘what’s the best way to close a sale,’ before they even know what the ‘game plan’ is.  In the wedding business many ‘voice’ how they get overwhelmed with all the changes and feel that the ‘sales industry’ has changed.  They want to confirm that they are on the edge of the changes.’

Comments & Questions we hear at Evans Sales Solutions:

  • “Am I doing the right thing in my marketing to the bride?
  • “The new technology comes faster than I can keep up.”
  • “The amount of change taking place, especially on Facebook. You think you have a system down and then they update the pages and we have to teach everyone all over again.”
  • “How do I close the sale when talking to a bride?”

You get the picture, it’s a ‘tug ‘o war,’ all different, but then…all the same thing!competition3

Even if a wedding business dedicates itself to understanding something in the ‘Social Media Marketing’ area, (say the new Google+ platform,) before they know it, it does a major upgrade and much of their hard won knowledge becomes obsolete!  So, do you think that when it changes all the time…does the end result (A SALE) change too?

As wedding business and sales experts, we feel that the consumer is just increasingly savvy, in the technology area—so that you have to stay in the game in multiple ways.  Consumers (brides to be) are not just more tech smart, but they also expect more and they want it quickly.  We also feel that another thing the internet has done-is broken down the pricing barriers and everyone has your (and your competitors) pricing in the palm of their hands.

What can you do about it?

First, we will have to get over it. Constant, relentless change is now a fact of life. We are going to have to adapt to it because the world won’t adapt to us and our needs. We will need to embrace this constant change and turn it to our advantage.

What do I mean? How do we do this?

I mean embrace continual learning and do it at a higher level than you may have planned. This means listening to CD’s or podcasts (audio recordings) as you drive or work out. It means watching less TV in favor of reading a book each week on marketing, sales or another type of business help.  It means watching webinars and going to seminars on a more regular basis.  It means following your favorite wedding business blogs each and every day so that you can keep up with, or even get ahead, of your competition. It means watching YouTube videos about things you don’t understand, but know you need to.

We believe that you can actually turn this whole thing to your advantage! The vast majority of people are not self-starters. By taking the bull by the horns here, and determining that you aren’t going to sit by idly as the wedding industry changes, you actually become much more valuable to your client, as you become the expert!  Many will fail to adapt and become less relevant, are you going to be one that suceeds ?

There are multiple things you can do today…… (and some are COMPLIMENTARY!!) click for more information!

Evans Sales Solutions is a team of wedding & sales experts that work to support those in the wedding industry grow their business!  As a solutions-based and results-driven ‘Bridal Marketing Concierge,’ we look forward to working together when you call: 805-222-5946 or email to: WeddingBiz@EvansSalesSolutions.com Chris Evans is a Public Speaker, Sales & Business Trainer, Author,  and trusted advisor to many organizations around the world. He has over thirty years of experience in creating, expanding, and running organizations with an unsurpassed success record. http://www.EvansSalesSolutions.com

Nationally Known Wedding Business Speaker Comes To Sacramento

Are you looking to get EDUCATION so that you book more visits, make more sales and are thrilled to be part of the Wedding Industry? Nationally known Speaker & Business Trainer, Chris Evans, will be highlighted in Sacramento on February 18 to Inform, Inspire and Empower those in the wedding industry!

Those that come walk away with an “I can do this” attitude!   As a LEADER in the wedding business, Chris has literally taught thousands of wedding professionals to grow their business and educates wedding professionals in sales, marketing and empowers them to move their business forward.

While Chris Evans speaks on a number of wedding business related topics, the sales industry is his background and his strongest suit. He worked his way up from a fledgling salesman to producer of one of the largest bridal shows in the country – he did this within four years and by the age of 29.  He provides a high energy style, yet with solid- practical, real life-sales information.  Chris speaks with authority, credibility and experience from his 3 books and wedding professional products!

Extraordinary companies make bold decisions and take action!

Join Chris at one or more of the following Bridal Business Boot Camps:

February 11: Buffalo, New York -Hilton Garden Inn

February 18: Sacramento, California -Courtyard Sacramento

February 25: Seattle, Washington -Airport Marriott

….or sign up for the NEW Webinars in the luxury of your own office: EvansSalesSolutions.com or call 805-322-4446

Evans Sales Solutions is an outsourced bridal business concierge that operates to support those in the wedding industry with products, live events, webinars, marketing techniques & business development training.  As a solutions-based and results-driven concierge we work hard to help you grow your business in this virtual world!  EvansSalesSolutions.comSAC_Promo_Sheet

Wedding Confidential….The Real Stories

Several weeks ago, ABC’s investigative reporter, Elizabeth Vargas interviewed wedding professionals from around the country on 20/20.  From the comments since, the ‘wedding industry’ as a whole’ did not feel that the report was by any way true and did not showcase the true essence of the hard work that is done to create a ‘dream wedding.’

Click here for full interview

Click here for full interview

“Watching the negative press and the discussions that have ensued since the report–has been very ‘eye-opening,’ and interesting,” said Chris Evans, of Evans Sales Solutions, (who was also interviewed to showcase his ‘Bridal Business Boot Camps,’ ) said,  “I think the easiest way to overcome bad publicity is to flood the internet with good publicity.  Anyone who has been in the wedding industry-for any length of time, knows that there is thousands of wedding professionals–doing GOOD  every day!”

The new website and blog ‘Wedding Confidential,’ (named after the show on 20/20,)  is dedicated to spreading the stories of success made possible by true wedding professionals.  Knowing that the vast majority of wedding professionals are hard working, dedicated individuals in companies that work each day to make the brides ‘dreams to come true,’ we want the world to know these incredible stories.

We encourage all wedding related businesses or (couples) those who have seen the good in our industry to showcase it on this website!

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Please either POST your stories, add pictures or send this to the email below if you need help.  Once approved, your story & pictures will show on the website!  At the end of each month, we will forward these incredible stories to all media and ask that you add this link to your website and send it on as well!  Check out: www.WeddingConfidential.org — and share this great information!

If you need help to post this story, please send submissions to: submit@weddingconfidential.org

The Five Star 5 – Key Phrases For The Sales Industry In The New Year!

Sell, Lead, Succeed!

As we start a new year, people in the sales profession get to “wipe the slate clean” and start all over again.

Last year’s results are in the rear-view mirror, and it is game on once again!

  • Here are five phrases that I focus on each year after “the ball drops” in Times Square
    1. “What Have You Done For Me Lately? – If you had a great year last year, more will be expected this year! If last year was a struggle, you will need to rebound and get back on track as soon as possible
    2. Optimism/Positive Outlook – This is the only way to go!
    3. The first quarter is the key – If you get out of the gate fast, it will set the table for the rest of the year. Don’t you dare drag your feet with the “January blues”; then you will be playing catch up

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Evans Sales Solutions & Tuxedo Junction Partner on ‘The Perfect Match’

Evans Sales Solutions, LLC, a National leader in wedding & bridal business promotion, is pleased to announce the partnering with Tuxedo Junction, Inc. showcasing the ‘Perfect Match,’ when planning your event

Tuxedo Junction ~Perfect Match Formalwear

Tuxedo Junction ~Perfect Match Formalwear

When your occasion demands something beyond the ordinary, ‘your perfect match,’ can be found at Tuxedo Junction, with locations across the country.  Tuxedo Junction is comprised of top named Tuxedos and Formalwear ready to make your event perfect in every way.  The team at Tuxedo Junction prides themselves on top customer service, wedding planning services, event support and most of all ‘step by step’ Formalwear customization…

ready to help you create the event of your dreams.

Evans Sales Solutions will serve as a partner in promoting Tuxedo Junction, Inc., who answers the call of the best dressed men across America.  The team of Evans Sales Solutions owned & operated by Chris & Rebekah Evans, bring experience from an extensive 30-year background in the wedding industry with business, marketing, trade show promotion, with an added plus-stemming from the ‘chamber of commerce field.’  In this new role as the ‘Bridal Marketing Concierge,’ for Tuxedo Junction, Inc., the Evans Sales Solutions team will identify market needs and support the outreach for this top Tuxedo & Formalwear Company.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with this announcement,” says Nancy MacDonald, Marketing Manager, Tuxedo Junction, “Chris Evans & his team, bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in the wedding industry,” said MacDonald.  “Their experience added to their marketing & sales knowledge, will support the efforts of Tuxedo Junction’s mission to serve the needs of a bride & groom planning their wedding or those getting ready for an event of the season.”

Evans, author, top wedding industry speaker & sales business trainer, produces the Nationally known ‘Bridal Business Boot Camps’ live workshops which Inform, Inspire, and Empower those in the wedding industry to think differently about their work, and to walk away with an “I can do this” attitude!  As a leader in the wedding business, Chris has literally taught thousands of wedding professionals to grow their business and improve their results while entertaining them in the process.  Rebekah Evans brings business savvy to the team as former President/CEO of the Malibu Chamber of Commerce and more.  Serving the community, she implemented ‘hands-on’ business growth for those in the hospitality, business services, tourism and the wedding industries.

Evans Sales Solutions, LLC is best known for their wedding industry and business growth training products and is a California corporation.  For more information on Evans Sales Solutions, LLC or Bridal Marketing Concierge and the full line of wedding industry professional support, please visit www.EvansSalesSolutions.com or call 805-322-4446.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed….

and Something Blue. 

In the wedding business this saying comes from the Victorian Era….but I’ve adapted it for 2013 AND for the professional in the Wedding Business!trumpet-mermaid Wedding Dress

Something Old.…what’s working for you right now that has been around for a long time?  Face to face visits!  I realize that it’s extremely easy to stop having those visits with our customers, however, one of the top wants of a bride and groom planning their wedding is…..a relationship.   Let’s look back: remember when the phone call was easier than setting up a time to meet face to face?  How about when the FAX machine was easier to contact the brides than a phone call…..then it moved to ‘the internet and emailing,’ and now it’s social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn).  However, the BEST OLD something….to close an actual sale, is to meet with your clients again!

Something New….let me hook you into some ideas that are WORKING!  Have you checked out: WedVu.com to create easy videos that help you in your rankings on line, plus are great advertisements for your company?  How about using PRWeb.com to get your press releases out in the community or PRnewswire.com?  At Evans Sales Solutions, we just started working with a company that helps you create an entire email follow up and follow through system–that will blow your mind!  We’d be happy to share it with you when you contact us for more information!  Email me: Chrisevansint@me.com (and ask for the f/u & f/through system)

Something Borrowed.…OK, this make sense to ‘borrow’ from the huge amount of ‘business background’ that our team brings to you.  Have you read the book, ‘How to Double Your Wedding Business in 12 Months?’  or have you attended a ‘Bridal Business Boot Camp,’ that gives you education to grow your wedding business?  Have you signed up for the FREE newsletter, video or ebook to grow your company through our website?  Do it now….www.EvansSalesSolutions.com  (Register today!)

and Something BLUE.….how about the Ocean?  It’s incredible in Atlantic City!   You are invited to participate in the Bridal Business Academy in May 2013–where you’ll hear from experts in the field of business and the wedding industry!  Sign up early for the discount!  Click here for more information and registration: Bridal Business Academy
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The Bridal Industry Today

Here’s a useful snapshot of the bridal world in the U.S.

With the popularity of wedding reality shows on networks like TLC and Style, weddings are in the spotlight more than ever. Here’s a brief overview of bridal stats gathered from theknot.com, Brides Magazine 2012 American Wedding Study, and weddingstats.com:

  • September is the most popular month for weddings; June is second. 20% of couples get engaged in December.
  • The average age of a bride is 27 and the groom is 29.
  • An average guest count is 140 and the length of engagement is fourteen months.
  • Blue, purple, and green are the biggest wedding colors.
  • 69% of couples had there own personal wedding website. 59% of brides used Pinterest to generate and organize wedding ideas.
  • The average cost of an American wedding is $27,000. New York City boasted the largest average cost of more than $65k, and Chicago was second at $53k per wedding.
  • Venue accounts for approximately 50% of a wedding’s budget.
  • The average cost of a bridal gown is $1355, and bridesmaids’ dresses average $145.
  • In this economy–exporting may be the way to expand your products.

To sum it all up, get yourself into Pinterest, focus on September and June themes, look into exporting into China and move to New York! Okay, maybe you should stay put –where you are–and use these stats to make the most of your business. For more great resources on the wedding biz, check out my site: EvansSalesSolutions.com or BridalMarketingConcierge.com

Have a great week, and do a little of your own research on wedding trends. It can only help propel you forward. As I always say, “Knowledge plus implementation equals power.”

Sincerely,

Chris Evans

P.S. Join us at the BRIDAL BUSINESS ACADEMY in Santa Monica on December 4 or get more information on the EASTERN SEABOARD Academy next May! 

Bridal Business Academy Comes To Southern California

The Bridal Business Academy is an intensive course in bridal business management, where wedding industry entrepreneurs gain hands-on familiarity with the fundamental skills needed in a successful business from the novice to the experienced.
The Bridal Business Academy features an intensive education program designed to strengthen the business acumen of wedding industry leaders. The workshop is designed for owners, managers, staff leaders and those looking to advance their wedding business.  Attendees range from the novice to the experienced as the Academy provides a strong foundation for wedding professionals who enjoy perfecting their trade.

Featured Trainer & Business Motivator, Chris Evans -Top Wedding Industry Specialist will be on hand to help you learn how to improve your business and grow your sales.

Additional top bridal business trainers will  teach information which focuses on practical concepts and tools to strengthen leadership capabilities in your wedding business.
Trainers include: Wedding Planner Alice Goetschel of Memorable Occasions, Susan Tellem, Owner of Tellem Worldwide Communications, Nick DiLello, Owner & Operator of the Phoenix Bridal Show and Daryl Bryant, Business Motivator & Owner of Total Entertainment.

As a bonus,  Wedding Coordinators/Planners can get a complimentary registration courtesy of the Sheraton Delfina Hotel.  Discount registrations are available for those in the Wedding Industry wanting to attend!

  • DATE:  December 4, 2012
  • TIME: 11:00-5:00 (Academy) 5:30-7:30 (Soiree’)
  • LOCATION:  Sheraton Delfina, Santa Monica
Call 805-322-4446 to reserve your seat (limited) or email to: Academy@EvansSalesSolutions.com   Go to: www.EvansSalesSolutions.com or www.BridalMarketingConcierge.com

Are you leading or just managing your wedding company?

Leadership is about taking risks and overcoming obstacles.  When Chris Evans, top speaker in the wedding circuit, left the wedding industry as a major bridal show producer, he decided to use his skills and teach wedding merchants ‘how to sell’ through workshops, seminars and more. However, there were a lot of obstacles in his way.  This included a massive brick-and-mortar system of getting the word out to those in the wedding industry via direct mail and advertising costs.  But he left his safe job and founded ‘Evans Sales Solutions, LLC,’ and stepped into the training and speaking circuit, changing the way many in this industry look at ‘sales and marketing.’

What is the key to assessing big decisions and overcoming obstacles that he used?  He didn’t want to waste his ‘God-given talent’ of teaching and then regret not doing it.  He would have regretted not joining the ‘speaking circuit,’ where he has met and trained thousands in the wedding industry to grow their businesses.

He had a clear vision of what he wanted to do, he knew the obstacles involved, set out to overcome them, knowing the whole time that there was a high failure risk.  He didn’t want to be 80 years old and regret what he could have done for this industry.   His theme every morning?  ‘It’s a Bright New Day Filled with Possibilities!’

Will you look back with regret at what could have been in your wedding organization?  Maybe you’ve owned your bridal business for a long time or been in an executive position for a few years, but are you leading or managing?

Leadership is about making the hard choices and living with the outcomes, good or bad.  Managing is more about ‘not doing the hard things-keeping all running smoothly’ thus making sure employees, vendors and customers are all happy.

Sometimes though, the path to a greater success requires you to ‘rock the boat,’ to the point of tipping it over.

The first step is to:  Know where you are going in this industry.   Too many bridal companies start with a ‘passionate idea,’ and then ‘just survive the ride.’  They are not plotting their growth plan; they are doing what they’ve always done, hoping that it’s enough to get by for another day.  If you are a leader, you won’t go for that.

Second step: Make a list of how you are going to make it happen!  List the easy steps, and list the obstacles.  By listing the obstacles, you can then go around them, through them, over them or simply get rid of them.  Most obstacles are going to fall into the category of people, products or the structure you have in place.    Ask yourself: Is this the right management team to get you where you want your company to be? Is your product on the ‘edge’ of what 18-36 year old brides are looking for?  Is your company structured to handle the challenges that lie ahead (yes, they are there) on your path to growth?

This is where leadership comes in.  Do you have the DISCIPLINE (consistency plus perseverance) or SELF CONTROL (the ability in the heat of the moment to take a specific action in the right direction) and COURAGE (Strength of purpose, to do your best and not swerve from your path) to grow your business?

None of these changes are easy.  But that’s the difference between a leader and a manager.  A leader says, ‘we are going a different direction and that means things are going to have to change.’  Your other option is to leave things alone and play it safe.  But get ready, Chris won’t be standing next to you at 80, when you declare, ‘I could have done so much more!!’

Evans Sales Solutions/ Bridal Marketing Concierge, leaders in the wedding industry with support products, business training, sales & marketing techniques to grow your business.  As a solutions-based and results-driven concierge we create opportunities to grow your bridal business sales and increase your profitability.  Reach us by calling: 805-322-4446 or go to:  www.BridalMarketingConcierge.com 

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Bridal Business Boot Camp

Next Bridal Business Boot Camp set for DETROIT -Hilton Garden Inn on August 27! Join other wedding professionals to learn more on growing your business. http://www.EvansSalesSolutions.com

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