I can hear it now “Buyers are treating us as a commodity”, “It’s all about price, price and more price”, “We don’t have anything unique to offer”….. This can all be prevented!

The modern buyer is better equipped than ever to drive salespeople toward commoditization. Prices have become increasingly transparent, comparisons are easily available and today’s technical differentiator is tomorrows “me too”.

Most buyers don’t really care about your company or your product, however; what they do care about is if you can help solve their problems and bring measurable value to their business. Unfortunately, too many reps start off conversations by using outdated old school tactics such as talking about themselves, their company, their product or their features. How’s this working? I bet it’s not!

Do you all know why you get beat up on price? Plain and simple… It is your fault!

BREAK OUT OF THE COMMODITY BOX

Commoditization happens when the buyer does extensive research on prospective suppliers, you; then narrows down the field to the top 3 or 4 thus treating you all as commodities as you get whacked with the price hammer.

In a 2016 study conducted by Hubspot, they found that sales representatives are acknowledging the shift in buyer behavior.

“57% of salespeople agree that buyers are less dependent on sales during the buying process compared to a few years ago.”

Don’t allow this to happen to you. Inspire the buyer to make a decision in your favor based on new insights and new ideas raised within your sales messaging.

Enhance the level of your conversations to break out of the commodity box.

3 VALUE BASED SALES CONVERSATIONS TO ENGAGE THE MODERN BUYER

Sales reps need to think about offering real value to buyers by solving pressing business problems in every conversation. True differentiation in today’s complex business world shouldn’t be limited to having the best solution; value needs to be created by each individual sales rep themselves. Successful salespeople consistently add quantifiable value by educating buyers about their business, market trends and business drivers as they become seen as trusted advisors.

CONSIDER YOUR BUYERS PERSPECTIVE

The art of creating added value starts with the ability to see your business through the eyes of the buyer.

Consider what’s important to them and how your product or service will benefit them. What problem does it solve, how will it help them overcome obstacles to do their job better? Shift your focus to providing educational content. Provide examples and stories of how you helped others. Start focusing on your buyers’ needs and start helping!

Conduct a thorough analysis of their buying behaviors which can lend insight into what is most important to them. This “IS THE ONE THING THAT MATTERS”; a helpful tip… buying behaviors can be uncovered by conversing with your current clients as well as some of their clients.

“Successful sales professionals not only understand their specific market sector and business critical issues but also help their clients visualize how they can solve their issues by using their products and services,” 

Harrington Starr , a London based company.

CONSIDER BUSINESS VALUE

Sales reps must discover what business problems are troubling buyers and then offer them sound advice. A true sales professional is always helpful. Instead of pushing buyers to buy, they offer advice and best practices within their area of expertise. By showing how valuable their knowledge can be for their business, buyers soon start to trust sales reps as a resource they can turn to.

Sales reps should zero in on a specific business challenge the buyer faces that they can in turn address and solve. You must be able to demonstrate you understand their issues and prove other companies successfully overcame similar situations thanks to your expertise.

Conduct a thorough analysis of their buying behaviors which can lend insight into what is most important to them. This “IS THE ONE THING THAT MATTERS”; a helpful tip… buying behaviors can be uncovered by conversing with your current clients as well as some of their clients.

“Successful sales professionals not only understand their specific market sector and business critical issues but also help their clients visualize how they can solve their issues by using their products and services,” 

Harrington Starr , a London based company.

CONSIDER BUSINESS VALUE

Sales reps must discover what business problems are troubling buyers and then offer them sound advice. A true sales professional is always helpful. Instead of pushing buyers to buy, they offer advice and best practices within their area of expertise. By showing how valuable their knowledge can be for their business, buyers soon start to trust sales reps as a resource they can turn to.

Sales reps should zero in on a specific business challenge the buyer faces that they can in turn address and solve. You must be able to demonstrate you understand their issues and prove other companies successfully overcame similar situations thanks to your expertise.

For sales reps to become more successful, they must become obsessed with being curious. Your sales growth is going to come from helping the buyer grow their businesses. The only way to effectively do that is to constantly be curious. Never be afraid to ask why they are doing business a certain way. Get nosy, pry a little, ask great questions and win big.

TO CONCLUDE

A value added buyer centric conversation focuses on:

  • The challenges the buyer faces
  • The pain points these challenges present to them
  • How much, in quantifiable numbers, remaining in a status quo mindset will cost them and their company

Allow me to leave you all with this…

If you don’t know the value you bring to your current clients then how can you engage in a meaningful value based conversation with a prospective buyer?

I understand, I get where you all are coming from. Every day, I walk in your shoes. I am fully committed to helping your sales team integrate social aspects and modern strategies into your current sales process to grow new business. I want you to get results. This is why I am passionate about doing this the right way, the genuine way, the authentic way!

In 2016, I was recognized by ENX Magazine as, “The Difference Maker,” as someone who is making a difference inside the B2B office technology sector. I am passionate about helping sales reps succeed in creating their online brand image

You can find more advanced training material inside the Social Sales Academy website.

I appreciate getting the opportunity to share my LinkedIn stories. Integrating the use of LinkedIn was my “game-changer” in the highly competitive copier world. With great pride I transform, challenge, coach and inspire Sales Teams to grow new business by helping them tell their story and communicate integrating the use of social media. You can follow me on LinkedInTwitterSocial Sales Academy and on my podcast at Selling from the Heart.

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