At this writing, there are over 400,000 books on selling available on Amazon.com. What does that say? It says that no one has cracked he code. Buyer needs change, technologies emerge, economies ebb and flow. But what will never go out of style is how your buyer and/or buying organization chooses to purchase what you and your competition sell.
So why fight it? Effective selling skills are always in fashion, but a need exists for a validated sales process that helps you sell to your customers in the way they want to buy. The essence of buyer-based selling is this – use process over your product to generate dialogs that put you the salesperson in the position to make an intelligent recommendation. Yes, you have to make the sale, hit quota, meet profit targets. But your best business is going to come from opportunities where you leveraged your knowledge up front to shape a conversation strategy that moved a buyer and their stakeholders to a place where they see the incontestable value of your solution.
The term intelligent recommendation comes from the fact that you’re combining your pre-pursuit research and buyer spoken words about solving their problems to make a recommendation for your product or service. It’s not about features and benefits - rather it’s about alignment of your solution with the issues at hand. Features and benefits act as reinforcement for how it works and validates that your recommendation is sound.
POINT: Meaning more to customers is about adding such rich and deep value that your relationship transcends the product.
Bill Walton Sales Training has over 60 years of collective Fortune 500 company experience in Sales, Sales Training and Field Sales Management. Our specialty is preparing individuals and organizations to present their value propositions in a way that results in higher close ratios. Our team are un-blurring the lines of differentiation between their client's fiercest competitors.