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15 Tech Deal Closing Strategies

5 Tech Deal-Closing Strategies

Hardware vendors are expected to be among the hardest hit by the recession. So it’s not a surprise to see them come up with some creative tricks to boost sales and help their solution provider partners close more deals. Here are a few tricks tactics that you can use to get customers to open their wallets.

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Offer Evaluations Deals

Fujitsu and Acer say their channel partners have gotten some traction lately by putting try-it-before-you-buy-it equipment on customer sites. Fujitsu is running its program with storage devices and reports an 80 percent close rate on deals.

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Get Stimulated

Fujitsu reports it is digging into the Obama administration’s stimulus package to look for funding for deals. The trick is for the channel partner to actually write the proposal to win the grant from the government.

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Zero-Percent Financing

If your customer says he doesn’t have the cash for those new systems that you both know that he desperately needs, why not spread the payments out? Several vendors-including Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Microsoft and Cisco Systems-are offering zero-percent or low-interest financing on various types of hardware. Dell has even rolled out such a program for certain notebooks.

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Run a Contest

Acer is running a contest in the education market that will award a fully equipped computer lab to the winning school, and a trip to the Bahamas to the channel partner who places the products in the school. Maybe that’s why 1,200 schools have bought in so far.

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Try Netbooks

While other hardware system sales are expected to decline, those cheap little netbooks remain a hot little item. And while the pricing on netbooks doesn’t leave much room for margin, offering them could gain you access to accounts where money is tight. Plus, there could still be money to be made on the total solution, integration and maintenance.