10 Foolish Things Vendors Do

1 of 12

10 Foolish Things Vendors Do

2 of 12

10 Foolish Things Vendors Do - Feature Focus

Market products based on features rather than the pain points the customer has.Nothing shows the customer that the vendor doesn't have a clue more than a conversation about speeds and feeds.

3 of 12

10 Foolish Things Vendors Do - Hide Add-ons

Hide the need for expensive add-on services that are needed to make a product work.Essentially, this amounts to fraud in the eyes of the buyer.

4 of 12

10 Foolish Things Vendors Do - Strategic Cold Calling

Make cold sales calls in the early morning or late at night to do an end run around assistants.IT people will tell a person anything to get off the phone.

5 of 12

10 Foolish Things Vendors Do - Special-Offer Spam

Inundate the customer's e-mail systems with special offers.Spamming the customer is never a good idea (especially when selling storage products that all that e-mail is filling up).

6 of 12

10 Foolish Things Vendors Do - Price Games

Quote lower prices on vendor Web site than what is available from vendor's partners.The partner does all the work selling the product, but purchasing rules require multiple bids. So, if there is a lower price, the vendor alienates the partner and unnecessarily complicates the deal for the IT department.

7 of 12

10 Foolish Things Vendors Do - Up Sell

Try to sell more products directly to the CXO.As soon as that executive moves on, chances are there will be new contracts out for bid.

8 of 12

10 Foolish Things Vendors Do - Spurious Advertising

Highlight allegedly successful customer accounts that received massive discounts in return for agreeing to help the vendor sell the product.Needless to say, you won't be getting those discounts.

9 of 12

10 Foolish Things Vendors Do - Pushing Obsolescence

Give salespeople additional incentives to push products that everybody knows are about to become obsolete.The cost of owning the product will far exceed any benefit to the customer.

10 of 12

10 Foolish Things Vendors Do - Product Lite

Dumb down complex products for small and midsize businesses by making the products easier to install.While making things easier to install is nice, if they are still complex to manage, it doesn't really help the customer.

11 of 12

10 Foolish Things Vendors Do - Train in Vain

Charge for training.In an age when customers can't find enough skilled IT talent as it is, charging customers for the privilege of learning how to use a product so they can then actually buy it only adds insult to injury.

12 of 12

10 Foolish Things Vendors Do - See More Slideshows Like This One

<img src="/imagesvr_ez/b2bezp/2016/05/10_things_it_mgr.jpg?alias=original" alt="thumbnail" /> Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do <img src="/imagesvr_ez/b2bezp/2016/05/10_cool_crm.jpg?alias=original" alt="thumbnail" /> 10 Cool CRM Developmentsby Renee Boucher Ferguson <img src="/imagesvr_ez/b2bezp/2016/05/8_q_saas.jpg?alias=original" alt="thumbnail" /> Eight Questions to Ask When Evaluating SAAS Vendors <img src="/imagesvr_ez/b2bezp/2016/05/best_it_advice_i_ever_got.jpg?alias=original" alt="thumbnail" /> The Best IT Advice I Ever Gotby Deb Donstonillustrated by Brian Moore

Top White Papers and Webcasts