An Easel-Style Flip Book is Ideal for One-on-One Sales Presentations

Flip Book with Die-Cut TabsIn the world of sales, particularly consumer sales, it is quite common for a salesperson to meet with just one decision maker, or possibly a couple. Presenting a product or service to a limited audience, as opposed to a roomful, actually provides a better opportunity to focus the conversation on the client’s specific needs.

To further enhance this conversation, many salespeople use some sort of flip book to help educate and persuade the client. Also known as a presentation book or pitch book, a flip book is a bound document that helps the client visualize and better understand all the important points made by the salesperson.

What is an “Easel-Style” Flip Book?

An easel-style flip book is different from a typical presentation book. An easel-style book is able to sit upright on a tabletop, counter or desk using a self-standing A-frame base that is bound into the book. Also, most easel-style flip books are created with either the spiral coil or wire-o binding method along the top edge. Both of these binding methods allow the pages to turn very easily and stay put once turned. In addition, the cover and pages are often laminated to increase rigidity and durability.

The two-sided construction of an easel-style flip book allows the pages seen by the salesperson to be printed somewhat differently than the pages seen by the clients. For example, the salesperson’s side may display key questions, additional points, reminders, or other prompts to stimulate conversation and gauge understanding. These prompts and suggestions are not visible to the clients.

An easel-style flip book provides a cost-effective way to develop rapport and increase professionalism. Though a flip book could never replace the expertise of a seasoned salesperson, it is an extremely practical method for enhancing communication during a presentation.

What are the Benefits of an Easel-Style Flip Book?

Flip Book with Laminated PagesCan Be Used Anywhere
Easel-style flip books are completely self-contained, lightweight, and portable. They can be used virtually anywhere, by anyone, and at any time. They work equally well on a retail counter, on a desk in a prospect’s office, or on a kitchen table when conducting in-home consumer sales.

Controls the Pace of the Presentation
Because each page of the flip book focuses on one thought or concept at a time, it helps regulate the flow and tempo of the information being presented. This not only adds structure, it ensures that all essential points are made during the presentation…nothing is missed or forgotten.

Makes a Memorable Impression
It is a fact that people retain more information about what they see than what they hear. Because a flip book adds a visual component to the presentation, it makes a more lasting impression than the spoken word alone. A flip book helps people remember you, your company, and your offerings.

Simple and Low Tech
Modern technology is truly amazing, but nothing will derail a sales pitch quicker than an uncooperative laptop or iPad. With a printed flip book, there are no concerns about software glitches, hardware problems, or operator errors. Also, unlike an electronic presentation – such as a PowerPoint slideshow – a flip book requires no electric outlet or batteries. Your flip book will always work as intended.

Improves the Interaction with the Client
When using a traditional book format (or computer screen) during a presentation, the salesperson must sit alongside the clients so everyone can properly view the content at the same time. This can create awkward positioning for the client and has the potential to make them feel crowded. However, an easel-style book stands upright and has two distinct sides…one side can be seen by the clients while the other side is seen by the salesperson. This allows the salesperson to sit across from the clients, which is a much more comfortable position for all involved.

Provides a Competitive Advantage
The salesperson that is most prepared is often the one who gets the sale. Though a presentation book is not a substitute for a knowledgeable salesperson, it is a highly effective supplement to the sales experience. When designed properly, a professionally-printed flip book builds trust and improves the image of both the company and salesperson. It is a very functional way to highlight the unique value your company has to offer.

Who uses Flip Books?

Virtually any business that gives presentations to one or two decision makers at a time can greatly benefit from the use of an easel-style flip book. Here’s some common examples…

Companies that perform In-Home Sales
Easel-style flip books are perfect for any sales presentation that takes place in the consumer’s home. This includes all companies that offer home-improvement products and services, such as windows, doors, siding, roofing, landscaping, HVAC and so on.

Businesses that have Retail Counters
Stores with retail counters are a natural fit for selling with the aid of an easel-style flip book. These include jewelry stores, fashion eyewear, cosmetics, skin care products, cameras and more.

Businesses that operate Showrooms
Vehicle dealerships, furniture and appliance stores, piano and organ dealers, and similar big-ticket retailers direct the majority of their sales efforts toward walk-in prospects. This scenario is an excellent fit for the always-ready flip book.

Providers of Professional Services
Medical and dental offices, real estate and insurance agencies, legal and financial service providers, consulting and accounting firms, and other specialists all have the need to explain their detailed services and programs using a simple and visually-oriented presentation.

Businesses that conduct Outside Sales
Easel-style flip books are convenient and travel well, so they come in handy for any organization that employs a team of reps to make sales calls at the clients’ place of business. This includes product manufacturers, wholesale companies, rep agencies, distributors, etc.

Needless to say, easel-style flip books are a great way to supplement your sales presentation. If you have any questions about easel-style flip books or have an upcoming flip book project, give Formax a call at 866-367-6221. Or, simply click here to access our easy quote form. We look forward to assisting you!

Take care! Keith

About the Author

Keith Beaty is the owner of Formax Printing Solutions in St. Louis, MO. Formax provides a complete array of offset and digital printing services. Specialty areas include full-color printing, all types of softcover books, laminated printing, plus fulfillment and mailing services. If you ever have a printing question or project you would like to discuss, Keith is always happy to help. He can be reached at 314-434-5500 or 866-367-6221. Keith and Formax have been providing worry-free printing and related services for over 30 years.

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