The AIDAS theory of selling is one of the widest known theories and is the basis for training materials across numerous organizations. AIDAS stands for Attention, Interest, Desire, Action, Satisfaction. The AIDAS theory simply states that a prospect goes through five different stages before finally responding satisfactorily to our product. thus he should be led comfortably through all five stages.
Attention - Gaining attention is a skill and and just like any skill, gaining attention can be improved upon with practice. A common phrase applicable over here is “First impression is last impression”. The initial attempt of the sales person must be to put the customer completely at ease. Casual conversation is one of the best openers after which the sales person can gain customer attention by leading him onto the sale. to know more about gaining attention read my post on how to gain customer attention.
Interest - Once you have gained attention, it is very important to maintain interest. Some sales people are very good in the opening but as the technicalities take over, they become uncomfortable while explaining the product. Whereas others who are strong in the product department might open bluntly but create interest in the second stage. Maintaining interest is a crucial part of the sales process and hence is included in the AIDAS theory. Read more on how to maintain customer interest.
Desire - Have you seen the commercials wherein you just have to get out of your house and get the product? Perhaps a car, an ice cream or a house. The same has to be done by the sales person in personal selling. He has to create enough desire in the customers mind such that he immediately has to buy the product. Imagine an aquaguard sales man or a tupperware sales person. They highlight the product in such a manner that you might be thinking “Why didnt i buy this product before”. Thus kindling that desire becomes an integral part of the AIDAS selling theory. Read more on how to create desire for the product
Action - Although there may be desire for the product, the customer might not act on it. He might want to buy the product but he might NOT buy it. In such cases the customer needs to be induced. There are various ways to induce the customer such that he buys the product. It is important for the sales person to understand whether to directly induce the customer or whether to push subtle reminders that you are there for a sales call . Both methods work, but you need to know your customer.
Satisfaction - What would you do after the customer has given the order? Will you stand up, Point at him and shout “Fooled ya”. I dont think so. The customer has just parted with his money. Just like you part your money and expect good service, he expects the same too. So even after he has bought the product, you need to reassure the customer that he has made the right decision. The product is good for the customer and you only presented the product. It was his decision and he is right about it. These small cues post the sales process really give confidence to the customer and he then looks forward to your product rather than thinking whether or not he has made the right decision. Learn more about measuring customer satisfaction.
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