Taylor Armstrong’s 7 Best Practices for Navigating Solar Sales Success in Saturated Knocking Areas

By Sam Taggart

3 Min Read

Last Updated: February 26, 2024
A young professional, Taylor Armstrong, shares his strategies for Solar Sales Success in the competitive San Diego market, as highlighted by D2D experts.

How to ensure  Solar Sales Success in San Diego and win in an insanely competitive market? 

The solar industry is as vibrant as the city itself in the bustling streets of San Diego, where the sun kisses the earth a little more intimately. Yet, with vibrancy comes competition, and with competition, the challenge of saturation. It’s a scenario where “You’re the seventh guy who’s come to the neighborhood” is a greeting more common than “Hello.”

Living in a city with the second-highest utility electric rates in the country, San Diego residents are no strangers to the constant influx of solar sales representatives. 

I recently had the privilege of conversing with Taylor Armstrong, a seasoned solar sales professional, who shared invaluable insights into thriving in such competitive terrains.

Given the steep utility rates, the high-risk, high-reward nature of selling solar systems in these neighborhoods is apparent. However, according to Armstrong, this saturation paves the way for lucrative opportunities.

Watch our discussion below or keep reading for detailed insights:

7 Best Practices for Navigating Solar Sales Success in Saturated High-Cost Neighborhoods

  • Research and Target

San Diego’s solar market is flooded with competition, making strategic research essential. Identifying areas that haven’t been extensively canvassed allows our team to gain a competitive edge. By understanding the neighborhoods and their unique characteristics, we tailor our approach to maximize effectiveness.

  • Know Your Customer Avatar

Successful solar sales hinge on understanding your ideal customer. You can tailor your pitch and marketing efforts by identifying characteristics that resonate with potential clients. Like in the alarm industry, recognizing the type of homeowners you work best with can significantly boost your success rate.

  • Putting in the Reps

For newcomers, putting in the Reps is crucial. Just as one cannot identify their ideal customer on day one, you won’t immediately know what neighborhoods work best for you. Like going to the gym, start with the small weights, hit the doors, and build up your experience. Over time, patterns emerge, revealing the types of customers and neighborhoods where you excel.

  • Adapt and Evolve

Avoid falling into preconceived notions about certain neighborhoods. Remain open-minded and neutral, allowing your resonance and personality to guide you. As you evolve in your career, your preferences may change. Embrace this evolution and adapt your strategy accordingly.

  • Patience Pays Off

Success in solar sales requires patience. In a market where some might give up after a few days, let alone months, staying the course is key. Assessments should be made after putting in the necessary time and effort, not based on hasty judgments.

  • Balancing Act

While it’s essential to recognize your strengths and target specific customer groups, don’t fall into the trap of pigeonholing yourself into one area or customer type. Give different neighborhoods a chance, and don’t let initial challenges deter you from potential success.

  • Strategies for Less Saturated Areas

Once you’ve honed your skills and identified your ideal customer, it’s time to explore strategies for targeting less saturated areas. This might involve leveraging online tools, community events, or door-to-door canvassing in specific pockets where solar awareness is lower. In conclusion, succeeding in the saturated high-cost neighborhoods of San Diego’s solar market requires strategic research, adaptability, and perseverance.

By putting in the necessary reps, understanding your ideal customer, and staying open-minded, you can navigate the challenges and unlock the potential for significant success in the ever-growing solar industry. As the solar industry continues to evolve, let us remember that saturation is not a barrier but a test of our resolve, ingenuity, and commitment to meeting and exceeding our goals.

Speaking of saturation, at the upcoming sales summit in Arizona, we’re talking about theory and actionable insights that drive results. We’ve got you covered, from leveraging the latest online tools to impacting community events and optimizing your door to door canvassing strategies. This is your chance to learn from the best, refine your approach, and unlock new opportunities in less saturated areas.

Remember, in the rapidly evolving solar industry, saturation isn’t a dead-end—it’s a challenge that calls for our best strategies and a steadfast commitment to success. Let’s rise to the occasion together, armed with the knowledge and skills to navigate the complexities of the market and emerge victorious.

Sam Taggart

I knocked doors since I was 11! Never bought into the whole hourly normal job, and used direct sales to be the vehicle to create MASSIVE success. I Started the Direct Sales division for Solcius as their VP building it up to have 70+ sales reps nation wide. In 2018 I left to pursue a greater mission to unify and uplevel the Door to Door industry and founded the D2D Experts.

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