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How to educate your team about product knowledge


It is important that your team has a good knowledge of your products and the value your customers will get by after purchasing these products. It is easier to encourage customers to become loyal to your brand when they perceive that your organization has a good knowledge of the changing markets and how to modify your products to meet their needs. Customers who feel that an organization understands the value they need to get after patronizing the business will regard purchasing from your business as less risky. This is because there are higher chances that their needs will be met.

A sales and marketing team that has extensive knowledge of your products will bring about the following impact on your business:

  •  Encouraging the customers to trust your brand
  • Employees will feel confident to handle customer inquiries without seeking assistance from their supervisors
  • Customer complaints will be resolved faster
  • Increase in sales
  • Good public image due to positive reviews from satisfied customers

These benefits and more can be attained when your team has an in-depth knowledge of your products and services. The following ideas will help you ensure that every member of your team that interacts with the customers has the right information to help your customers have a wonderful experience every time they patronize your business.

Regular Training

It is important that all your staff that interacts with customers undergo regular training programs to update and refresh their information about your products and services. These training programs must be engaging and focused on ensuring that the right information is passed along to the participants. After training, the participants should be tested to find out how well they have understood the information communicated during the training session.

Allow a first-hand experience

Your sales team will be in the best position to provide all the assistance your customers need when they come into your shops by getting a first-hand usage experience of your products. You can offer them samples to use at home or within the office area depending on your business. Encourage your team to provide useful feedback regarding their experience with the products.

The importance of role play

Role play involves staging a transaction scene where one of your staff poses as a customer who needs to make a purchase. Your team will be faced with a real-life situation during which they will have to make a purchase, giving them an opportunity to use the knowledge and skills they have just learned during the training program.  For example, options such as cash back shopping can be offered to customers through their virtual shopping portals. With this training, intelligent and challenging questions asked by customers can be satisfactorily addressed.

The effectiveness of this training is due to the chance it gives your sales team to practice their skills in real-life settings.

Through role-play training, the level at which the product knowledge has been internalized and understood can be determined.

Employee appreciation

Hard work and excellent results should be rewarded. It is good to create an incentive program such as the use of points to grade the customer's experience with particular employees.

Employees who score consistent high ratings obviously have an excellent idea of your products, and they are helping your customers make better decisions. The earned points can be equated to different kinds of rewards which can be presented at the end of each month.

You can effectively increase business sales by ensuring that your employees have excellent product knowledge. This valuable information will help them encourage your customers to make better buying decisions. Moreover, satisfied customers will return to buy again; they will also encourage their friends and family to use your products.

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