Vistaprint, Bad Sushi and Five Angry Calls a Day
Car salesman are given a bevy of questions to ask a prospective buyer. The worst is, “How much are you looking to spend?” The best is, “What are you looking for in a car?” One of the more commonly asked questions is, “What else are you looking at?”
Many years ago, I was car shopping and jockeyed between the Nissan Maxima and a BMW 3 Series. Both reps asked me that last question. The Nissan sales rep ripped the BMW and made faces like he’d just eaten some bad sushi. The BMW rep, however, replied by patiently describing the differences between their car and his.
Classy. Guess which I bought.
I was alerted by a reader that Vistaprint is running an ad campaign on national television touting its services while trash-talking the competition. One segment has an actual customer saying how everything Vistaprint does for him is perfect and another who says when she used the local printer down the street, “nothing was right.”
That’s funny to me because I was in a coaching call with a Sales Challenge customer recently whose company name is very close to Vistaprint. He told me that he gets five angry calls a day from people who call his shop, but think they are calling Vistaprint. In addition, he got a call from the Better Business Bureau telling him that there were 5,000 complaints against “his” company, a matter that was cleared up when the name difference was explained.
Now, Vistaprint is a fine company and it has a very successful business model. I use it myself for checks and have never had a problem. But does it really need to lower itself to such a level? I mean, is the printer down the street that much of a threat to the company?
Bill Farquharson is a partner at Idealliance. As a print-specific sales trainer, Farquharson applies a fundamentally-sound approach to his coaching, online programs (found at sales.epicomm.org), and live presentations. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or (781) 934-7036 to discuss your sales challenges.