Upselling Strategies1

Snappy upsells that REALLY work:

A few weeks ago, I stopped into a new local Wawa gas station to gas up my truck.

Wawa is a chain of convenience stores and gas stations that’s headquartered out of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.

Over the last few years, they’ve been opening them up down here in Florida – and I must say, they are gorgeous stores.

Everyone of them I’ve been in is spit-shine clean and you can practically eat off the floors. Which says a lot for a convenience store gas station with tons of foot traffic.

And the layout is thoroughly organized. Food and snacks are lined up on the shelves with military precision.

On this particular day, while I was waiting for my truck to fill up, I ran inside to use the restroom.

On the way out, this is what I saw on the front of the ice cooler:

Upselling Strategies

Let me explain why this simple sign is so effective.

You see, the best time to sell someone “something else” is when they’ve already decided to make their first purchase from you.

And asking “Is one bag enough?” – as opposed to telling someone “Why not buy a second bag?” does this brilliantly.


The answer is simple.

For starters, down here in Florida, most people are always running out of ice. And it’s a huge pain in the ass to always have to be running around to get more of it.

Especially since, the moment you realize you need more, is typically when you want to have a nice cold drink.

And who wants to stop what they’re doing, and delay that nice cold drink… just because you’ve ran out of ice?

Not many people, I assure you.

In fact, the only thing I’d change here is maybe add in the word “really.” As in “Is one bag really enough?”

Because now you’re adding in a layer of potential doubt for people to consider.

“Is one bag enough?” allows the customer to answer “No,” too easily.

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Adding in that word “really,” gives them reason to pause and think for just a split second. And to potentially experience a slight sense of regret if they don’t buy.

And this “regret” is what typically makes your sale. Or in this case, it makes your upsell to a second bag.

I can’t begin to imagine how many more bags of ice they sell because of this little question they put above the ICE sign. They have over 600 stores, so I’m sure it’s in the millions over a year. Florida stores typically sell over 200 bags a day, alone.

This is why post-sale upsell pages are so effective online, by the way.

You’re asking people to do something they’ve already committed to doing, at the same time they’ve committed to doing it.

It’s like your kids asking you for an extra $10 dollars to eat, after you’ve already given them $25 bucks to spend at the mall.

Easy come, easy go, right?

Now go sell something, Craig Garber

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About the Author

Craig GarberAuthor of "How To Make Maximum Money With Minimum Customers, " and publisher of Seductive Selling - an offline marketing newsletter currently read in 15 countries, world-wide. In a nutshell, I do two things: 1. I show you how to attract a reliable, steady stream of pre-qualified leads who are ready to do business with you NOW... 2. And I increase your net profits and cash-flow, by increasing your customer, client, or patient value -- often, dramatically. How do I do this? By developing, and helping you implement, unique, personalized lead generation and marketing strategies... using compelling sales messages that push your customers emotional buy-buttons. I've worked with over 300 clients in more than 104 different industries, since March of 2000, and I really enjoy what I do. I'm a stable, reliable, happily married family guy with three kids who loves life and always follows through on my commitments and promises. I love to listen to music, workout, read, travel with my family, take pictures, and go bass fishing. I always say "Yes," when it comes to good cigars, good books, and good coffee :-)