Authorized Dealer Guide to
Authorized Dealer
Guide to:
Increasing Content on
Every Sales Call
Increasing Content on Every Sales Call
Introduction: Why use this manual? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Starting with Step One . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
What Do We Sell? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Selling Awareness Detection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Selling Lifestyle Enhancements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Selling Motion Detectors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Selling Glassbreak Detectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Selling Life Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Selling a Voice Siren Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Selling Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Selling Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
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Introduction:
Why use this manual?
We wrote this manual because you asked us to help you sell more content
on each sales call and to increase customer retention. The more YOU sell,
the more money you make.
If you are new to sales or new to the alarm industry you may not know the right
things to say in front of a prospect or how to overcome certain objections. Even if
you are an industry veteran, you may be reminded of certain things that you used
to say worked, but for various reasons have not used them recently.
This manual describes different products and services you can provide to your
residential and commercial clients. It is not intended to be a catalog of all the
products and services available, but it does highlight many popular life safety,
life style and other areas that are worthy of special attention because they help
you provide specific solutions, increase the content of a sale and provide
reasons for your customers to choose to do business with you – and just as
important – continue that business.
This manual also contains several suggested scripts to use during your sales
presentation as well as tips on selling the described products and services.
Scripts should be used as a guideline, a suggested approach to the sale.
However, that does not mean they will automatically work for you. We all have a
unique communication style and when we read a script or see a demonstration
of a sales technique, we tend to focus on the style in which it is written or
presented. If the style is in sync with our own, the script may be more easy to
implement. If the style is different from our own, however, it may be more
difficult to adapt because sometimes we resist what we are not familiar with.
Therefore, when reading a script, it is important to understand that the style, for
the most part, is the style of the writer. Focus on the technique and ask yourself
an important question: Is this a method that I can use with some modification to
make it fit my style? If the answer is “yes”, go ahead and make it your own!
Before you start making changes, read the script aloud several times using a
natural delivery. As you become familiar with the words, you may notice that
with practice the script becomes more and more comfortable. In short, you are
adjusting the script to fit your style – without making any changes in content.
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Starting With Step One...
If you have read “sales” books before you may have seen that there are five, six, seven,
or more steps to the sale. First Alert Professional believes there are six basic steps to
the sale, or six sales, because each step must be sold by you, the sales professional, to
give your prospect many reasons to buy. We believe that whether you are selling in a
residential or commercial arena you should follow this six step process:
1. Sell Yourself
2. Sell Your Company
3. Sell The Problem
4. Sell The Solution
5. Sell The Investment
6. Sell The Next Presentation (get referrals)
The details within each step are different for residential and commercial prospects,
especially if you are selling to a larger commercial one. Recognizing these details and
taking the time to refine your sales skills by rehearsing scripts, understanding features
and benefits and seeking new learning opportunities will differentiate you as a security
sales professional.
Although this manual does not discuss detailed sales skills, it is worth mentioning that
all the skills in the world may not make a difference if you fail to make a positive first
impression. Equally important is to listen more and talk less. You must understand the
product and services your company offers. Do not simply push product, you must
provide value added solutions.
Remember this:
NO ONE CARES HOW MUCH YOU KNOW UNTIL YOU SHOW THEM HOW
MUCH YOU CARE.
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What Do We Sell?
In 2008 Honeywell commissioned a consumer research project. Some very
interesting responses came to our attention as a result of the research. Some
of the highlights were:
Primary Reasons for Purchasing/Owning a Home Security System:
• To protect possessions and valuables
• To receive an insurance discount
• It came with the house
• They were burglarized at home
• They had crime and vandalism in the area
• Home invasions
• They had a burglary while they were home
In addition to this, when consumers were asked what products and/or services they
would like to see offered from their security dealer many responded:
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Smoke and fire detection
CO (carbon monoxide detection)
Voice siren drivers
Flood detection
Temperature detection
Keyfobs or other wireless methods of arming/disarming
E-mail notification
Video look-in
Automation control
First Alert Professional has built its reputation around the importance of selling LIFE
SAFETY. While we are still very passionate about life safety and feel it is an excellent
way for dealers to differentiate themselves, what is apparent from our consumer
research is that many people say that they are more concerned about protecting
their stuff!
Honeywell and First Alert Professional have many, if not all, of the above mentioned
products and services available. This manual focuses on the things a sales
professional should say to help a prospect make the right decision in protecting their
lives and property.
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Selling Awareness Protection
Awareness detection is defined as any sensor or other electronic security device
whose primary function is to provide annunciation of activity rather than detecting
a violation of a protected area. Examples of awareness detection are driveway
alerts, pool alarms, visitor chime, flood detection, temperature sensing, asset
protection, etc. Of course these sensors can also be used as additional layers of
protection and have many residential and commercial applications. These sensors
could be contacts installed on the liquor cabinet door, stockroom door or motion
sensors installed indoors and/or outdoors. Activating these sensors can result in
any combination of local sounding at a keypad or other sounder, activating the
system’s siren, central station report, tripping a camera or activating e-mail
notification via Total Connect.
Since “awareness detection” is not a unique product but a classification
of various products, suggested scripts will be reviewed as we discuss specific
solutions.
Selling Asset Protection:
Do you know the difference between burglary and theft? The FBI defines burglary as
when the offender has NO legal right to be on the premises. Theft is defined as when
the offender DOES HAVE a legal right to be there (such as a housekeeper, delivery
person, guest, etc.). One in ten homes experience theft every year.
Asset protection is a focused security solution designed to protect specific, tangible
assets. Usually these assets are things that people consider valuable, have a high
probability of theft or should not be tampered with.
Honeywell has a wireless asset protection solution called
the 5870API (API = Asset Protection Indoors). The
5870API continues to provide protection even when the
panel is disarmed – letting dealers protect against burglary
and theft at the same time. This is a key factor when
providing solutions in many commercial environments
such as hotels or colleges which require free-flowing
human traffic.
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Selling Awareness Protection (continued)
When investigating the needs of potential clients ask if they have valuables that they
feel are priceless to them such as coin or stamp collections, family heirlooms,
expensive electronics, paintings, etc. Also listen for important triggers that may require
an asset protection solution: “we have a maid service or cleaning service here on a
regular basis,” “I often allow my handyman or other service people in my home even
when I am not here,” or “I know who stole my baseball cards but I can’t prove it.”
Consider employing asset protection for office equipment (flat screen monitors,
computers, printers, copiers, etc.), any items that can easily “walk away,” toolboxes
on a job site and areas such as museums and art galleries.
API Residential Script:
“Mr. & Mrs. Johnson, as we walk through your home, I’d like to ask you a
few questions. Have you ever had a problem with the theft of valuables from
your home? You have? Was there a break-in? What was taken? Did you lose
things like computers, jewelry, flat screen tv or paintings? Many people don’t
realize the difference between burglary and theft. Theft is when things have
been taken from you by someone that you have allowed in your home, like a
housekeeper or service person. Have you ever wondered how to protect
your things from “growing legs?” Would you be interested in protecting your
home from the loss of those items? We have a solution, an asset protection
device, which can do just that. If it is important to you to have an easy
solution, almost transparent to the way you operate your system, then the
API is the answer. We will install it, program it and monitor it. Sound like a
plan? Let’s identify the specific assets you want to protect, okay?”
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Selling Awareness Protection (continued)
API Commercial Script:
“Mr. or Ms. Johnson, as I conduct a risk assessment of your business, I’d
like to ask you a few questions. Have you ever had a problem with the theft
of valuable items from your business? You have? Computers, monitors, copy
machines? Many people don’t realize the difference between burglary and
theft. Theft is when things have been taken from you by someone that you
have allowed in your business, like a cleaning service or the company that
supplies the snack machines, etc. Have you ever wondered how to protect
things from “growing legs”? Would it be of interest to you to protect your
business from the loss of those items? In the event of a loss of a computer,
monitor or copy machine, how much do you suppose that downtime would
cost your business? If I could show you how protecting your business from
losses due to downtime will also save you money and actually ADD to your
bottom line in production, would that be of interest to you? Of course it
would. We have a solution, an asset protection device which can do just
that. If it is important to you to have an easy solution, almost transparent to
the way you run your business, then the API is the answer. We will install it,
program it and monitor it. Sound like a plan? Let’s identify the specific assets
you want to protect and we’ll arrange for each one to have an API, okay?”
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Selling Awareness Protection (continued)
Selling Water and Temperature Detection:
Protecting lives and property is our mutual business. But did you know
the leading insurance property claim is water damage? Here are some
very interesting facts: water damage makes up 28% of homeowners’
insurance claims; 60% of water damage claims are caused by faulty
indoor appliances or plumbing leaks; 25% are caused by rain and
flooding; 11% are caused by sewers and sump pumps.
Basements, water heaters and sump pumps are at high risk for leaks and
damage. Dishwashers and washing machines are common sources of ruptured hoses
and other water-related catastrophes. Honeywell’s environmental sensors can help avert
costly structural damages stemming from a flood. When the presence of water is
sensed, our detectors can intelligently initiate a chain of events in response. The
security system can alert the central station – so action can be taken to help stop the
damage before it starts. The end user can also receive notification via e-mail or text
message through Honeywell’s Total Connect services.
Additional equipment needed:
WATER – Wireless, 5821 Transmitter & 470PB Probe – Wired, 470-12
TEMP – Wireless, 5821 Transmitter & T280R Probe – Wired, TS300 AlarmNet with
Total Connect
Water and Temperature Residential Sales Script:
“Mr. & Mrs. Johnson, what would you guess causes 28% of homeowners’ insurance
claims? It’s water damage! In fact, according to the Insurance Information Institute, 60%
of water damage claims were caused by faulty indoor appliances or plumbing leaks –
such as washing machines, hot water heaters and frozen pipes.
Mr. & Mrs. Johnson, have you or do you know anyone that has ever had water damage?
(listen to their story and discuss results and/or relate a personal story) Do you inspect
potential problem areas at least annually for moisture? Do you change your washer
hoses every five years whether you think it’s needed or not? Does everyone in the house
know where the main water shutoff valve is?” (Most people don’t inspect and that is
why you are going to recommend sensors. Make sure they do find out where their
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shutoff valve is.)
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Selling Awareness Protection (continued)
(residential script continued)
“Mr. & Mrs. Johnson, have you ever heard of environmental sensors? We talked about
how your new security system can protect your lives and property, but did you know
that your system can play an important role in safeguarding your home and valuables
with the use of environmental sensors? We place water sensors in areas of high risk for
leaks and damages. What do you think some of those areas are? (basements, kitchens,
bathrooms, water heaters, washing machines, dishwashers, sump pumps, etc.) When
the sensor detects water, it notifies your security system which can alert the central
station. And, with our Total Connect services, you can receive an e-mail or text message
so action can be taken to help limit the damage or stop it before it even starts. So which
would you prefer, a washer hose spraying water for eight hours or early detection?
(WFR = wait for response) Well I certainly agree. And Mr. & Mrs. Johnson, do you know
what can be a dangerous health risk caused by water damage? That’s right, mold. You’d
want to prevent the possibility of mold, wouldn’t you?
When we do our security survey we can identify some potential problem areas.
Fair enough?
Mr. & Mrs. Johnson, another environmental problem in your home may be significant
temperature changes. We provide sensors that alert you and/or the central station when
your pre-determined upper or lower temperature limit has been exceeded. Do you have
any areas in your home where a considerable temperature change would not be good?
(freezers, refrigerators, attics basements, boilers, where pipes are, wine cellars,
greenhouses, artwork, rare books, vacation homes, etc.)
Again, as we do our security survey, we will look for potential problem areas. OK?”
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Selling Awareness Protection (continued)
Water and Temperature Commercial Sales Script:
“Mr. or Ms. Johnson, have you or do you know any other business that has ever had
water damage? (Listen to their story and discuss results and/or relate a personal story)
Do you inspect potential problem areas at least annually for moisture? Does everyone
know where your main water shutoff valve is?” (Most people don’t inspect and that is
why you are going to recommend sensors. Make sure they do find out where their
shutoff is.)
“Mr. or Ms. Johnson, have you ever heard of environmental sensors? We talked about
how your new security system can protect your lives and property, but did you know
that your system can play an important role in safeguarding your business and inventory
with the use of environmental sensors? We place water sensors in areas of high risk for
leaks and damages. What do you think are some of those areas? (kitchens, bathrooms,
water heaters, pumps, liquid storage, etc.) When the sensor detects water, it notifies
your security system which can alert the central station. And with Total Connect
services, it can send you an e-mail or text message so action can be taken to help limit
the damage or stop it before it even starts. So which would you prefer, a hot water
heater leaking all night or early detection? Well I certainly agree. And Ms. Johnson, what
can be a dangerous health risk caused by water damage? That’s right, mold. You’d want
to prevent the possibility of mold, wouldn’t you?
When we do our security survey we can identify some potential problem areas.
Fair enough?
Mr. or Ms. Johnson, another environmental problem in your business may be significant
temperature changes. We provide sensors that alert you and/or the central station when
your pre-determined upper or lower temperature limit has been exceeded. Do you have
any areas in your business where a considerable temperature change would not be
good? (freezers, refrigerators, restaurants, computer rooms, research and test facilities,
boilers, where pipes are, wine stores, greenhouses, flower shops, museums, libraries
with rare books, pet stores, butcher shops, florists, medical labs, etc.)
Again, as we do our security survey, we will look for potential problem areas. OK?”
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Selling Lifestyle Enhancements
Lifestyle items include keyfobs, remote keypads, e-mail notification and video
services. Honeywell and First Alert Professional have many products and services
that fit into this category. The following section will review some features of the
most popular lifestyle items, list equipment that is required beyond the basic alarm
panel and keypad(s) and provide suggested questions or scripts to use on either
residential or commercial sales calls.
Keyfobs:
Honeywell has two-button, four-button and sixbutton remote keyfobs that can be used for arming,
disarming and other functions. Buttons can be
programmed to activate lights, open/close a garage
door or generate a panic or medical alert condition.
We even have bi-directional keyfobs that get
feedback from the control panel to indicate the action via LED or voice.
Additional equipment needed: 5804, 5804BD, 5804BDV, 5805-6, wireless receiver with
bi-directional capability
“Although the keypad we just discussed is very easy to use many of my clients have told
us they would like an even easier way to arm/disarm their system, maybe even from
outside the home. Would you agree with that? (WFR) Many clients have also told us it
would be convenient to carry a portable panic alarm of some kind around their home.
Have you ever thought about that? (WFR) As I have mentioned before, we at (your
company) take life safety and property protection very seriously but we also want you to
use and be comfortable with your system. So, we have several wireless keyfobs you can
add to your system today. You probably have a wireless keyfob for your car, don’t you?
Our keyfob has four buttons that we can program for you to arm, disarm or use as a
panic alert as well. Would that be of value to you? (WFR) We also offer a slightly larger
version you can keep with you or in your car that speaks the status of your system.”
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Selling Lifestyle Enhancements
(continued)
Video Services:
Yet another feature of Total Connect is the ability to view remote video. Up to six
cameras can be used with our video controller which is connected via a hardwired
Internet connection. Using the same Total Connect login to view their system status via
the Internet, the user can select to view these cameras as well. In addition, the video
controller can be programmed to e-mail video clips based on certain events.
Additional equipment needed: Remote service enabled device, Optiflex video controller,
Cameras, iPCAM-WI
• “Would you like to be able to view the cameras in your home from a remote location?”
• “Would it be beneficial to be able to keep an eye on the children in the outside play
area or pool when you are in the house?”
• “Would you like the ability to view the cameras in your vacation home or your parent’s
house to see if everything is okay?”
• “Would you like the ability to monitor your employee’s activity when you are at home
or otherwise away from the office?”
• “Would it be of value to you to be able to keep an eye on the secure areas of
your business?”
• “Would it be useful if you were not just notified that someone breached the secure
area but that our system send you an e-mail with video clips of that activity?”
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Selling Lifestyle Enhancements
(continued)
Wireless Keypads:
This type of keypad can provide more functionality than a keyfob but is still
wireless. These can be added in place of wiring keypads and there are even
versions with voice annunciation!
A similar script to the selling keyfobs can be used.
Additional equipment needed: 5828, 5828V, wireless receiver with
bi-directional capability
Remote Control:
Many people want or even expect to be able to communicate with their
security system via the Internet, cell phone or PDA. With the right
communications equipment installed, all the new Honeywell and First Alert
Professional control panels have this capability. Using our Total Connect
service, a user can access their security system via the Internet and use the
remote keypad option to view the system status, arm or disarm and even add
or modify users. Using the text messaging option, a user can arm, disarm or
view the status of their system by sending a secure text message.
Additional equipment needed: Remote service enabled device
“Mr. & Mrs. Johnson, have you ever left your home and were unable to remember if you
armed your system or not?”
“Have you ever needed to arm your system when away from your home?”
“Would it be convenient to be able to arm your system without having to return home?”
“Have you ever left your business and were unable to remember if you armed your
system or not?”
“Have you ever needed to arm your system when away from your business?”
“Would it be convenient to be able to arm your system without having to return to your
business?”
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Selling Lifestyle Enhancements
(continued)
E-mail Notification:
Another feature of Total Connect is the ability for the alarm dealer to program the
system to e-mail an end-user about specific events. For example, users can
receive notification that shows the system was armed or disarmed, that someone
has opened the gun cabinet or the liquor cabinet at home, etc. The dealer can
program up to eight events to send e-mail notifications to users.
Additional equipment needed: Remote service enabled device
• “Do you have people who come into and leave your home throughout the day?”
• “Would you like to know when your system is armed or disarmed when you are away
from home?”
• “Would it be important to you to know when your child arrived home from school?”
• “Suppose one of your children left the home later, would you want to know about that?”
• “Are there sensitive areas in your home that you would like to be notified about if
someone entered those areas?”
• “Do you worry about someone getting into your gun cabinet, even if that person
is not a burglar?”
• “Would it be important to you to know when your liquor or wine cabinet has
been opened?”
• “Do you have people who come into and leave your business throughout the day?”
• “Would you like to know when your system is armed or disarmed when you are away
from your business?”
• “Would it be important to you to know when your employees arrived and departed
from your business?”
• “Are there sensitive areas in your business that you would like to be notified in case
someone entered?”
• “Do you worry about employee theft at your company?”
• “Do you have chemicals or material areas that could be hazardous to someone’s health?”
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Selling Motion Detectors
Today, when we speak about motion detectors it usually refers to either
passive infrared motion detectors, microwave detectors or combination
detectors called DUAL Technology (DUAL TEC®). PIRs are very popular
in security applications because they offer affordable and reliable
functionality. The “passive” part of its name refers to the fact that it
does not transmit any power from the unit. The “infrared” part means it
detects a change in the background infrared level (ambient temperature)
of the monitored space. In contrast, a microwave detector is an active
device that transmits microwave energy in the monitored space and
uses the Doppler effect (or Doppler shift) to detect movement. DUAL TEC® employs
both the PIR and microwave technologies to provide reliable detection with improved
false alarm immunity for tough commercial applications and harsh environments.
PIRs can be selected that have specific applications, such as long range capability,
curtain or look down viewing for RTE (request to exit) used on access control systems,
outdoor protection and pet-alley lenses. It is very interesting that amongst the top five
reasons people say they have not purchased a security system is that they have pets.
Honeywell manufactures a wide range of PIRs and DUAL TEC® units in hardwired,
V-Plex and wireless versions. The following scripts focus on the new 5800PIR-OD
Outdoor Wireless Motion sensor. Residential applications include protecting a pool
area, a driveway alert, activating outdoor lighting and/or video system and providing an
additional layer of protection for people more sensitive to others looking in windows or
stalking. Commercial applications include protecting roof tops, used and new car lots,
cell towers and construction sites against copper theft, stores with dark alleys
vulnerable to break-ins, etc.
Additional equipment needed: 5800PIR-OD Detector, 5881 Wireless Receiver
Optional: Remote Service enabled device
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Selling Motion Detectors (continued)
Application: Pool area
“Mr. & Mrs. Johnson, I noticed you have a swimming pool, you must get
lots of enjoyment from its use. (WFR) It must be great on hot summer days.
(WFR) According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a
child can drown in the time it takes to answer a telephone. We at (your
company) take life safety very seriously and have developed a way to help notify you if
this situation is about to occur. We have an outdoor wireless motion detector that could
help prevent accidents by activating when someone is in the pool area. This could
annunciate the indoor keypad(s), indoor sounders, or used in conjunction with Total
Connect remote services, could send a message to your cell phone. Would this be a
benefit to you?” (WFR)
Application: Outdoor storage building
“Mr. & Mrs. Johnson, I notice you have an outdoor storage building (shed).
It must be handy to have a storage building right in your back yard. (WFR)
Would you agree that protecting your stored possessions from thieves
would be a worthwhile investment? (WFR) We at (your company) take
security very seriously and have developed a way to help notify you if an
unauthorized entry situation is about to occur. We have a device that could
detect someone entering this area. It could detect an intruder before the storage
building is entered, which could annunciate the indoor keypad(s), indoor sounders. Used
in conjunction with Total Connect remote services, a message could be sent to your cell
phone. Would this be a benefit to you?” (WFR)
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Selling Motion Detectors (continued)
Application: Boat
“Mr. & Mrs. Johnson, I notice you have a boat parked behind your house. You
must get lots of enjoyment boating. (WFR) Would you agree, protecting this
investment from theft or vandalism would be a smart decision? (WFR) We at (your
company) take security very seriously and have developed a way to help notify you
if an unauthorized entry is about to occur. We have an outdoor motion detector
that could detect someone entering your boat area which could annunciate the
indoor keypad(s) or indoor sounders. This could also be used in conjunction with
Total Connect remote services which could send a message to your cell phone. Would
this be a benefit to you?” (WFR)
Application: Outdoor trash compactor
“Mr. or Ms. Johnson, I notice you have an outside trash compactor, this must be a
very dangerous machine to operate. (WFR) Would it be of value to you to know
when someone is approaching the compactor area to prevent injury or
unauthorized use?(WFR) We at (your company) take life safety very seriously and
have developed a way to help notify you of this possible situation. We have an
outdoor wireless motion detector that could help prevent accidents by activating
when someone enters this area. This could annunciate at the indoor keypad(s),
indoor sounders or be used in conjunction with our Total Connect remote services
which could send a message to your cell phone. Would this be a benefit to you?” (WFR)
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Selling Motion Detectors (continued)
Application: Outdoor compressors
“Mr. or Ms. Johnson, I notice you have several refrigeration compressors
located outside. I imagine that trying to operate your business without them
would be difficult to say the least, would you agree? (WFR) I would also
imagine that safety would be a primary factor in restricting unauthorized
tampering with this equipment. Is that correct? (WFR) We at (your
company) take life safety very seriously and have developed a way to help notify you of
this possible situation. We have an outdoor wireless motion detector that could help
prevent accidents by activating when someone enters this area. This could annunciate
at the indoor keypad(s), indoor sounders or be used in conjunction with Total Connect
remote services which could send a message to your cell phone. Would this be a
benefit to you?” (WFR)
Application: Parked service vehicles
“Mr. or Ms. Johnson, I notice you have several service trucks parked behind
your building. Would you agree that protecting these trucks is a smart
investment? (WFR) If we could notify you of unauthorized entry to this area,
would this be of value to you? (WFR) We at (your company) take security
very seriously and have developed a way to help notify you of this type of
unauthorized entry. We have a device that could detect someone entering
this area before they have had time to tamper with your trucks. This can annunciate at
the indoor keypad(s), indoor sounders or be used in conjunction with Total Connect
remote services which could send a message to your cell phone. Would this be a
benefit to you?” (WFR)
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Selling Glassbreak Detectors
A glassbreak detector is designed to detect breaking glass. Older
glassbreak detectors were simple microphones that would activate when
hearing glass breaking. These were very susceptible to false alarms. Units
that combined shock technology and audio detection reduced false alarms
but were restricted in where they could be mounted. Because they needed
to feel the vibration as well as hear the glass break, they needed to be
mounted on the same wall as the glass being protected. Honeywell’s FlexGuard
series of Glassbreak Detectors offer uncompromised performance and unmatched
false alarm immunity. The FlexCoreTM signal processor utilizes an Application
Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) - processing sound data in parallel rather than
sequentially. This permits sound frequency, duration and amplitude to be analyzed
50% faster to minimize false alarms while maintaining the highest possible level of
detection. Available in hardwired, V-Plex® and wireless versions, Honeywell
glassbreak detectors make an excellent first line of defense.
Many dealers use the “first line of defense” statement when
choosing to sell glassbreak detection. While a motion
detector is good, the fact is the intruder must be inside the
home or business when the motion detector activates.
Glassbreak detectors are typically programmed as a
perimeter zone type; therefore, even when the system is
armed “STAY,” they are active and ready to detect and
annunciate as programmed.
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Selling Life Safety
DDG on Demand Volume 13 is dedicated to this concept and goes
into great detail describing 12 methods to inject life safety into your
sales presentation. You can find this learning module on the Dealer
Resource Zone, or you may contact any Honeywell or Dealer
Development Group (DDG) representative to obtain a copy for your
office. For this guide, we have summarized some of the key points.
Many times when we go into a home, people tell us that they are not concerned about
their personal safety; they just want to protect their “stuff” when no one is there. They
are afraid that someone is going to break in and take their valuables. They have little
concern about a criminal in their home other than concern for the safety of their property.
As security professionals, it is our obligation to point out that most intruders want to
enter and take what they can from an empty house – unseen and undetected. However,
we also know that face-to-face confrontations occur. The intruder enters thinking no
one is home when, in fact, someone is home or a homeowner enters while a break-in is
in progress. Either situation is very dangerous for homeowners. What is even more
frightening is the danger of a home invasion – the forced entry by criminals when
someone is known to be home. A home invasion is much more dangerous because
unlike traditional burglars, these types of intruders want a confrontation, often are very
violent and are not rushed to leave your home once inside.
We certainly don’t want to scare prospects into buying security systems. But we must
give them information on how a security system may help to better protect their family
members and “stuff.”
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Selling Life Safety (continued)
The following script will show you how to incorporate this life safety message. It can be
used somewhere before the walk-through and also works well when you talk about the
positive aspects and goals of your company.
“Mr. & Mrs. Johnson we will certainly protect all the valuables in your home. We know
that you have worked very hard for them and they mean a lot to you. But my company’s
highest priority is to protect each member of your family. As a matter of fact, families
that we do protect tell us they have a more relaxing vacation knowing their home is
protected. Business travelers tell us that they feel better on the road because even
though they might be hundreds of miles away, they know that they have taken the right
steps to help keep crime out of their homes and away from their family. Parents have
discovered that they can really enjoy an evening out together when they know that the
babysitter can get emergency help at any time with a touch of a button. And so many of
our clients have also expressed a concern about going into an empty house alone. Once
their home is protected that apprehension goes away. Last, and this is something Mr.
and Mrs. Johnson, we hear over and over again and this is wonderful, they tell us that
they sleep better knowing their home is safer than it’s ever been. These are some of the
benefits of what we do. Let’s see how we can help you live more safely in your home.”
(Conduct Walk-Though)
So what is the life safety message? We are showing them that a security system can
benefit people in many ways. Their “stuff” will be safer and their family will be safer with
a First Alert Professional or Honeywell Security System.
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Selling Life Safety: Fire Safety
When we are out in the world talking to residential customers, we learn
quickly that most of them have standalone smoke detectors. The purpose
of the standalone detector is very simple. When the smoke is detected it
will sound an alarm to alert the people in the home that there is a fire. In an
attempt to sell monitored detectors, some sales consultants explain,
“Unmonitored smoke detectors would be fine when you are home but
what happens when you’re not home? Your home could burn down.” Now
that argument is persuasive up to a point. But homeowners typically
respond by saying, “These are fine - they’ll wake me up! If there’s a fire
when I’m out of the house my insurance will take care of it!” We have
developed life safety information to help people learn the real difference
between the standalone and monitored
smoke detectors. Provide your customers our
residential or commercial newsletter on
smoke detectors. This newsletter explains the
difference between a monitored smoke detector and a
standalone one. This can be found on Literature XPress in
the Newsletter section.
Many security sales consultants in the First Alert
Professional network test smoke detectors as they
conduct the security walk-through as part of their life
safety program. It’s not difficult. They could say, “As we move through your home, I will
check your smoke detectors to make sure they are working properly.” For more
authoritative credibility they could add, “We do this because the National Fire Protection
Association tells us that one-third of homes with smoke alarms that experience fires
have smoke alarms that aren’t working, and hundreds of people die each year in these
fires.” Some carry a wooden dowel and use it to press the battery check button found
on most unmonitored smoke detectors.
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Selling Life Safety (continued)
Here’s an example.
“Mr. & Mrs. Johnson, many people think that they will be able to escape from a fire
because they assume that the smell of smoke will wake them up. What they don’t
understand, according to the National Fire Protection Association is that the toxic gases
created by the fire put them into a deeper sleep. When I learned this in my training to be a
security consultant, I was totally surprised. I thought I’d smell the smoke or feel the heat or
something would break and I’d hear the noise and simply walk out of my house. But what I
thought would happen was not just wrong – it was the exact opposite of what actually
happens! The toxins created by the fire put people into a deeper sleep but even if they
somehow managed to get up from that deep sleep they would be totally disoriented
because of the toxins and thick smoke. Firefighters tell us that people are often found in
closets, stairwells and laundry rooms because they thought they were exits. What does this
mean in terms of life safety? It means standalone smoke detectors may not wake you up!
Let me tell you what a monitored smoke detector does. First of all monitored smoke
detectors are part of a system. When a monitored detector senses smoke, the signal is
immediately sent to the security system which quickly turns on all the sirens in your home,
regardless of where the fire started, to give you the best possible early warning. At the
same time, the system sends a fire emergency signal to the central monitoring station to
get you the help you need. It is very important that you understand even when your security
system is not armed, our monitored smoke detectors continue to function and will
detect fire.
Do you see the difference in the way standalone detectors work and how monitored
detectors work? With a monitored system, all of this happens automatically. There is
nothing that you have to do. That means if a fire breaks out in your home, help is on the
way. Even if you are in a deep sleep and can’t get up; even if you are disoriented and
cannot find your way out; even if you are overcome by smoke or heat and even if you
cannot reach the phone for any reason, help is on the way automatically! And of course if a
fire strikes your home while you are on vacation or at work or simply out for the evening,
help is on the way – even when you are not there.
So Mr. & Mrs. Johnson do you see how monitored smoke detectors would greatly increase
the level of fire safety in your home?
(When they say ‘yes’ say) As we move through your home I will point out the areas that
would be recommended for monitored smoke detectors.”
In each of the preceding examples, the sales consultant communicated a life safety
message. This is an example of the give and get philosophy of selling. When you give
something valuable – you often get something in return. This can go a long way to
closing the sale and getting referrals.
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Selling Life Safety: Carbon Monoxide (CO)
Many people have heard of carbon monoxide but may not be familiar with
the dangers. First of all, carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless,
tasteless and HIGHLY TOXIC gas that results from the incomplete
burning of fossil fuels. In other words, when fuels such as wood,
propane, gasoline, charcoal and oil are burned with insufficient air,
excessive CO is produced. This can happen when flame-fueled devices
malfunction or aren’t properly ventilated.
Carbon monoxide sources can be found throughout any residential or commercial
dwelling, including homes, hotel rooms, dormitories, schools, hospitals, day care
centers and auto garages. The most common sources include car exhaust fumes,
charcoal grills, clothes dryers, gasoline engine powered tools, fireplaces, hot
water heaters, furnaces, space heaters, ovens, lanterns, lawnmowers, pilot lights,
portable generators and tobacco smoke – just to name a few.
Carbon monoxide is harmful in low concentrations over a long period of time or in large
amounts very quickly. Large amounts of carbon monoxide can overtake a person in just
a matter of minutes without warning, causing them to lose consciousness. It is
recommended that carbon monoxide detectors be installed within 10 feet of sleeping
areas or inside if the area contains a fuel burning appliance. They belong on every floor
of the home or building, near flame fueled appliances but not closer than 10 feet and
away from vents and the reach of children and pets. Please refer to the specific product
details for additional installation tips.
You may provide your customer with our carbon monoxide
newsletter which educates on the dangers of carbon
monoxide. You can locate this newsletter in Literature XPress
in the newsletter section. You may also customize a carbon
monoxide postcard which can be found on Promo Builder.
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Selling Life Safety (continued)
Carbon Monoxide Residential Script:
“Mr. & Mrs. Johnson, as we look around your home, I’ll ask you a few questions. Have
you ever had a problem with Carbon Monoxide or heard of any problems with CO in the
area? No? That’s surprising, according to the Journal of the American Medical
Association (JAMA), Carbon Monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning
deaths in America. 1,500 people die annually due to accidental carbon monoxide
exposure, and additional 10,000 seek medical attention. In the Ohio Valley in 2009, there
were a large number of deaths from CO poisoning after an ice storm that destroyed the
power lines for several weeks. I see that you have a gas furnace, a gas range, a gas
clothes dryer and a gas water heater, does that concern you at all? Let’s do this…I’ll
add a Carbon Monoxide Detector into our proposal, one for each level of your home.
I see you park cars in your garage. Of course protecting yourselves from CO in the
garage would be important to you. I’ll add a Carbon Monoxide detector for the garage
into our proposal as well.”
Carbon Monoxide Commercial Script:
“Mr. or Ms. Johnson, as I do a risk assessment of your business, I’ll ask you a few
questions. Have you ever had a problem with Carbon Monoxide or heard of any
problems with CO in the area? No? That’s surprising, according to the Journal of the
American Medical Association (JAMA), Carbon Monoxide is the leading cause of
accidental poisoning deaths in America. 1,500 people die annually due to accidental
carbon monoxide exposure, and additional 10,000 seek medical attention. In the Ohio
Valley in 2009, there were a large number of deaths from CO poisoning after an ice
storm that destroyed the power lines for several weeks. I see that you have gas heat,
and a gas water heater, does that concern you at all? Let’s do this…I’ll add a Carbon
Monoxide detector into our proposal, one for each level of the facility.”
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Selling Life Safety: Additional Life Safety Materials
First Alert Professional has created many additional sales and marketing tools that
reflect the life safety theme. In addition to Fire Safety materials there is information on
Poison Safety, Personal Safety, Home Invasion Safety, Identity Theft, Internet Safety
and Cyberbullying.
Sales consultants can use this information on sales calls as well. It would be
especially effective when you know that there are young children in the family.
Find a place to use it early in the sales call such as during the social warm up. It also
works well when you talk about your company and First Alert Professional.
These brochures encourage and promote life safety by presenting educational
information and tips to families. We recommend you that you read these brochures
thoroughly to become more knowledgeable and more persuasive in your discussions.
You may also want to consider using our Internet Safety DVD. Hosted by Lauren
Nelson, Miss America 2007, this DVD offers three videos that cover Internet safety,
cyberbullying and social networking sites. Educate families on Internet Safety by
sharing these important videos with them.
And remember, your commercial customers have employees who own homes and
have their own families. Use these booklets with commercial customers as well. It
can also help you! It sets you apart from your competitors because you will be
perceived as a different kind of sales person.
Selling Life Safety: Using Materials on a Sales Call
How can you use these life safety materials on a sales call? Simply giving prospects the
booklets may have very little impact, if any. We suggest you offer these booklets as a
gift from your company, but before you hand it over, talk about some highlights first.
This gives you the opportunity to show that you are a different kind of sales person. It
also helps to build a relationship with your potential customers as you share some very
important life safety information with them.
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Selling a Voice Siren Driver
The primary function of an alarm system is to detect, annunciate
and communicate. Systems provide annunciation through the
keypads and by installing additional sounders, strobe lights or
other devices that cause lights to go on or flash. Most dealers
install a siren which will yield a steady tone for burglary and a
pulsing tone for fire. A more effective method is to install a voice
siren driver that will announce in English or another language
exactly what condition exists.
Residential Script:
“Mr. & Mrs. Johnson, earlier we were discussing fire
preparedness and how important it is for your family to be
awoken and alerted in the event of a fire in the middle of the
night. Most security companies simply use the same siren for
both fire and burglary notification which makes it very difficult
to determine whether you are experiencing a fire or a break-in,
especially in the middle of the night. Instead we can install a
siren that actually announces that there is a fire or burglary,
that way your family will know exactly what to do. Is that a
feature that you think you’d like to have? (WFR)
Mr. & Mrs. Johnson, as we discussed earlier it is important to design, practice and
review a fire escape plan so that your family will know exactly what to do in the event of
a fire in your home. I have designed a system for you that includes monitored fire
protection that will locally sound a loud siren to notify your family of a fire emergency
and wake them up if they’re asleep. Some studies have shown that children, even those
as old as 15 and 16, do not hear the sound of sirens when they are asleep and fail to
wake up. However, tests have shown that they wake more readily to the sound of a
voice. As an alternative to a standard siren we can install what is called a voice driver
that will loudly announce the fact that you have a fire emergency. This will help in two
ways. First, your children are more likely to wake up when prompted by a voice.
Secondly, because they know that it is a fire emergency, they are more likely to put into
action the fire escape plan that you taught and practiced with them. I think this is an
upgrade that makes sense, don’t you? (WFR)
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Selling a Voice Siren Driver (continued)
Mr. & Mrs. Johnson, together we have designed a system that will protect your
family in the event of both intrusion and fire. There is one additional thing that I
would like you to consider. Depending on what kind of emergency occurs, fire or
burglary, your family will need to take different actions. For instance, if there is a
fire in the middle of the night you would want your family to follow your fire
escape plan. That might actually involve a route through the inside of your home
depending on the source of the fire. If an intruder broke into your home in the
middle of the night, running through your home is the last thing you would want a
member of your family to do. They might actually encounter the intruder which
could be a very dangerous situation. More likely you would want to protect
yourselves by locking/barricading yourself in your rooms until help arrives. Most
companies just install a standard siren for notification which does vary the sound
somewhat depending on whether you are experiencing a fire or intrusion, but is
still difficult to recognize the difference, especially in the middle of the night.
Instead we recommend something called a voice driver. In the event of a fire it will
actually repeatedly announce “Fire, leave immediately”. If an intrusion occurs it
will say “You have violated a protected area, the police were called, leave
immediately”. It would be abundantly clear to your family what kind of emergency
was occurring and they could take appropriate action. We believe that this kind of
notification makes your family much safer. Wouldn’t you agree?” (WFR)
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Selling a Voice Siren Driver (continued)
Commercial Script:
“Mr. or Ms. Johnson, together we have designed protection that I believe meets your
needs. In addition to the dispatch of authorities in the event of a break in, this protection
will sound a very loud siren at the premises to let the intruder know that he has been
detected and to let anyone in the vicinity of your building, including the police, know
that a crime is being committed. There is something that I would like you to consider
though. In today’s world there are so many sources of sirens that sometimes people
don’t pay as much attention to them as they should. For instance, car alarms can
sometimes sound very similar to the sound a burglar alarm makes and as a result some
people may dismiss it. As an alternative we often provide our customers with what is
called a voice driver. When we include that with your system, instead of a standard siren
sound, your system will announce “You have violated a protected area, the police were
called, leave immediately”. It is much more disconcerting to the criminal and anyone in
the area knows that this is not a car alarm or emergency vehicle. It makes sense to
include that with your system, don’t you think so?” (WFR)
Note:
Because of national and local fire regulations it is highly unlikely that a voice driver
solution will be used for fire applications in the commercial market. Therefore we
have left out any reference to commercial fire situations.
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Selling Communications
Honeywell has long been focused on providing leading-edge communications solutions
for the security industry. Alternative communication methods are critical in the
marketplace due to a multi-generational migration from POTS (the Plain Old Telephone
System) to the use of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and/or cell phones only. In
addition, many people want to receive more information from their security system and
expect their security providers to be the leaders of this technology.
Honeywell's AlarmNet has been the nationwide leader in alarm
communications technology since 1986. A reliable alternative for the
transmission of alarm signals, our radio network provides extensive
coverage in the United States and Canada. AlarmNet is a family of
communication services designed specifically for the security industry.
There are presently four types of network services available that utilize two
different fundamental technologies. The most popular services are
AlarmNet-i and AlarmNet-G.
Honeywell's AlarmNet-i gives you the opportunity to offer all of your commercial and
residential customers an incredibly secure, flexible Internet monitoring and VoIP
solution. It provides fully encrypted communication, works seamlessly behind firewalls
and installs in minutes by alarm technicians with minimal networking experience.
The growth of broadband use in homes and businesses has increased the viability of
Internet communications for security. In addition, digital radio networks are the future of
cellular communications. The AlarmNet-G network was developed to support new
digital technologies and services which were replacing analog networks. Our new family
of groundbreaking products utilizes GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications)
technology, which was designed specifically for digital wireless communication. We
have incorporated GSM’s two services–GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) and SMS
(Short Messaging Service)–into our products. This enables you to offer your customers
enhanced features such as remote control, alarm notification to a cell phone and
provides you with such cost reducing features as uploading and downloading to control
panels without the need for traditional telephone lines.
Many people in the alarm industry still think of these alternate communication
methods as “back-up”. With the rapid transition to VoIP, and the fact that your
monitored customer can make a change to remove their POTS line at any time,
why not install alternate communications equipment now as the primary method
of communication?
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Selling Services
When installing a new AlarmNet Internet and/or GSM communications module you
have the opportunity to also sell additional services. Total Connect is an AlarmNet
service that allows your customer to access and control their system remotely via
the Internet or Web-enabled device (cell phone, PDA), receive e-mail notifications
of certain events (system disarmed, stock room door opened), view live video
remotely via the Internet and receive e-mail of video clips triggered by certain
system events.
To understand the full breadth of capabilities, please ask your Honeywell representative
for a copy of the Total Connect Application Guide. Here we will highlight a few key
features of Total Connect:
Remote Control:
Many people want or even expect to be able to communicate
with their security system via the Internet, cell phone or PDA.
With the right communications equipment installed (GSM or iGSM), all the new Honeywell and First Alert Professional control
panels have this capability. Using our Total Connect services, a
user can access their security system via the Internet and use
the remote keypad option to view the system status, arm or
disarm and even add or modify users. Using the SMS option, a
user can arm, disarm or view the status of their system by
sending a secure text message.
E-mail Notification:
Another feature of Total Connect is the ability for the alarm dealer to
program certain events that would notify the end user via e-mail. These
e-mails can show the system was armed or disarmed, someone has
opened the gun cabinet or the liquor cabinet at home, etc. Up to eight
events can be programmed by the dealer to send e-mail notifications.
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Video Services:
Yet another feature of Total Connect is the ability to view remote
video. Up to six cameras can be used with our video controller
which is connected via a hardwired Internet connection. Using
the same Total Connect login to view their system status via the
Internet, the user can select to view these cameras as well. In
addition the video controller can be programmed to e-mail video
clips based on certain events. Honeywell offers wired/wireless IP
cameras than can provide remote video access.
The ability to provide these services for your clients accomplishes
several important things. It shows your customer that you are a
leading edge technology company and are ready to provide a
complete solution to satisfy their life safety and lifestyle needs.
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Summary
Meeting your company’s objectives may be a bit more difficult to achieve in the
changing world we currently live in. The tips provided in this guide are suggestions on
how to help you increase the content of every sale. Although this document covers
many topics, certain situations can arise that have not been covered in this guide.
Those cases will require immediate and individual attention.
If for any reason you have a question on any of the topics, or this guide in general,
please be sure to contact any Honeywell or Dealer Development Group (DDG)
representative for assistance.
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First Alert Professional is a Honeywell Company,
an industry leader in security technology and a name
you can trust.
First Alert Professional Security Systems and Honeywell
authorized dealers is the largest independent network
of security dealers throughout the United States,
Canada and Latin America. Twenty years since its
inception, the network continues to grow with the
most experienced and prominent dealers in the
security industry.
July 2009 FA/SELSTUFGDB © 2009 Honeywell International Inc.
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