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What are some of the most profitable words used today?

Do you want fries with that?

Are some of the most profitable words in history. Those six little      words are responsible for millions of dollars in revenue each year for McDonald’s.

Okay it’s not the words that are relevant to you, I think your customers maybe a little surprised if you offered fries with their purchase, or maybe not, if you’re in that industry. It’s the action, the intent, the fact that they’ve asked.

What do I mean?

It’s asking for the up sell, which leads to the increase in sales, the moving of more product and the increase in profits.

McDonalds, as with many others, have successfully mastered the art of asking for the up sell. The “super size”, the “do you want fries with that”, as I’ve said, it’s delivered them many millions in increased revenue and profits, by just asking for it.

Are you using the up sell to increase profits?

This simple but highly effective tactic can be used to increase turnover and profits dramatically in a short space of time.

It can be as simple, as I was reminded with my coffee order the other day and no it wasn’t from McDonalds, as being reminded that you have an add-on product available, in my case it was a muffin.

That simple add-on of a muffin took the sale from $3 to $7.50, over double my initial intended purchase price! But it was relevant and asked for at the right time, at point of sale.

In this case these are small numbers, but doing this consistently, without sounding like McDonalds, will lead to higher turnover and increased profits.

Don’t have fries to up sell?

This tactic to drive sales and profits isn’t just restricted to the fast food outlets or café’s. Most businesses have or could have an add-on product. Here’s a few quick examples:

  • Mortgage broker – would you like insurance with that, life or income protection? (this can be sold via an affiliate with commission paid to you for referrals).
  • Air conditioner / white goods / TV and so on purchase – would you like a maintenance plan with that?
  • For an extra $5 per month we can offer you a higher spec product / plan / service.

The list can be endless but gives you an idea. Just stop think about what you do or offer and what you can add to it that’s complimentary. Think about how you can effectively introduce it to your customer at the point of sale. But don’t make it sound like McDonalds!

Look for things that will benefit the customer, not what would just benefit you.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post, and I always look forward to your comments.

Thanks, Tim.

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  1. Pringler
    September 13, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Would you like 3 tubes or 4? Supersize me thanks!

    • September 13, 2010 at 6:43 pm

      Thanks Pringler for your comments. You sound like you are looking at the blog from the benefit point of view as a large consumer, possibly of Pringles?. Just the type of win win the business and the consumer is looking for. Happy purchasing, happy profits for Pringles.

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