On this episode, a sales rep asks: I always find myself facing this question from prospects “Why should we buy from you and not the competition?” A common sales objection, and in this video we share some ways you can tackle this challenge.
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That’s a great question. From the customer's perspective, that's a very reasonable question.
The fact that they're asking you this question means you may not have demonstrated enough value to make buying from you compelling. Customers are looking for the best value and not the best price.
Value is based on the total benefit you bring to the customer less the cost of your solution. As such, it's essential that you best address the buyer's needs, so that you can show the greatest value.
But often salespeople focus on the features of their solution, and they miss the point of selling, which is to align your solution with the customer's needs.
Since many solutions look similar, the buyer may ask you the question, "Well, how are you different from the competition?"
To be in a better position to answer this question, you want to take the time to plan for the call. Find out who are the key stakeholders, and prepare questions to understand their needs.
The best salespeople do a tremendous amount of call research, particularly if there's a lot of value associated with the opportunity. They also prepare questions that get to the essence of what their needs are.
Remember that those needs may be different.
Imagine we're selling a CRM system to a corporation and one of the influencers or decision makers is the CFO.
They may be very interested in the price and the cost associated with maintenance, IT, or reliability. But then you have sales who is more interested in the actual functionality, ease of use, and the training of the CRM system.
To identify those needs, you need to do your research, understand who the stakeholders are, prepare questions, and actively listen. If you're actively listening, you're going to start asking clarifying questions. Clarifying questions are great because it shows the buyer that you're listening with the intent to understand their needs.
To ensure that you understand their needs you might recap what you've learned from them, and see if they have anything they want to add. Then based on what you’ve learned, you can now prepare a solution that aligns with their specific needs.
That's the essence of consultative selling.
If you've established the benefits associated with your solution, you're now in a better position to respond to the question about “why they should buy from you as opposed to your competition.” Otherwise, you might end up defending your price or your service terms.
What we've found is that the solutions that best align with a customer's needs are typically the preferred solutions. It's a lot easier to respond to the idea that, "Hey, we're actually the best solution" as opposed to "We're the lowest price" or some other concession.
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