The Selling Quote for the Month
“I will play Stockhausen only on two conditions. One, there will be no rehearsal and two, the performance is conducted at gunpoint.”
–Flautist James Galway on his contempt for avant-garde composers
Galway is pretty clear on what he doesn’t want to do. I see a lot of salespeople who lack that same clarity for what they shouldn’t do. They are unclear about which prospects are worth their time–and most important which ones are not. That knowing what not to do frees your time. You’re not wasting it on low probability prospects. Take the time now to identify who your best customers are. Find more prospects like your best prospects. After all, they’re the ones most likely to buy from you.
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The Selling Ideas for this Month
Help a Customer to Buy
You may have worked with customers who needed some help if they were going to buy from you. They were overwhelmed and didn’t have the confidence to make a buying decision. Even if your customer is strong enough to decide, part of your selling strategy should include helping your customers to buy.
Create the opportunity. One of the most important questions to ask a prospect is how they’re going to make a buying decision. Whether you hear “I’m going to get three bids,” or a specific list of options they’re looking for, you have an opportunity to influence how they buy. Unless you ask the question, you will be unable to introduce your buying criteria to your prospect. You have a great sales opportunity if your customer is unable to articulate how they’re going to make their buying decision or even start the buying process with going out for bids. Why? If they have no ideas on what to do, you get to suggest them. No matter what you hear, be ready to offer your suggestions on what should be their buying criteria.
Tell them what to look for. When you offer buying criteria, you have to be careful that you don’t appear to be attacking your competition. You don’t want to say, “Competitor X uses inferior materials. Stay away from him.” That may be true. Instead, start the conversation with a comment, “Well, I don’t know who you’re contacting. So, you might want to know about some of the things that I’ve come across in the market.” Let’s say you sell a system that is more expensive than your competition. It’s made from superior components and outperforms the competition. Getting the business on price is going to be a problem if that’s all your customer is going to be looking for.
Start educating your customer about the effects on performance of a system composed of different materials. You might say, “Well, I do know that some competitors use plastic components. While they do cost less, the pipes often crack. So if you’re looking for a system with a longer life without higher maintenance costs, you should be looking for a system with nylon 12 tubing. That will cost you a lot less over the long term.” Offer as many suggestions as you can which distinguish you from your competition. You don’t have to mention a competitor’s name. You certainly can point out your strengths and a competitor’s deficiencies. Just make sure the customer understands how the differences impact his operation, his job or total cost of ownership.
Don’t offer so many choices. When you do submit your bid, if that’s what you’re forced to do, offer no more than three options. Too many options can immobilize a customer. Customers can compare a low, medium and high offer. They can select which one appeals to them. If you only offer one option, it’s difficult to compare. That paralyzes some people as they can’t get context for what the offering is worth.
My definition of selling is helping a customer make a great buying decision. Sometimes that’s exactly what you’re doing in sales.
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1. What decisionmaking criteria can you offer that make your offering the preferred one?
2. What 3 offers can you make as you sell?
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