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Personal selling of high technology products : the solutions selling imperative

Sharma, A. and Iyer, G.R. and Evanschitzky, H. (2008) Personal selling of high technology products : the solutions selling imperative. Journal of Relationship Marketing, 7 (3). pp. 287-308.

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Traditional focus on the study of high-technology firms and products has practically ignored the importance and potential contributions of the sales force, especially in business-to-business marketing. This article suggests that traditional sales force strategies associated with high-technology products have been supply driven (i.e., driven by the strategies of the marketing firm). We suggest that in order to enhance the success of high-technology products and services, firms need to be more demand driven in their sales structures (i.e., driven by the strategies of the buying firm). We suggest that it is imperative that high-technology firms adopt "solution selling" to enhance high-technology adoption as well as enhance competitiveness. We describe this change in focus and draw out its various managerial and academic implications.