Why they won’t. What they want. The real secret

Why they won’t. What they want. The real secret

Written By Jeffrey Gitomer

KING OF SALES, The author of seventeen best-selling books including The Sales Bible, The Little Red Book of Selling, and The Little Gold Book of Yes! Attitude. His live coaching program, Sales Mastery, is available at gitomer.me.

Why they won’t. What they want. The real secret.

What are your biggest barriers to a sale?
Why what are the biggest objections to your sales?

Don’t tell me — let me tell you:
1. Your price is too high.
2. Satisfied with someone who we have.
3. Can’t get budget approval
4. The decision maker’s on vacation
5. Someone else makes the decision
6. We take the lowest bid
7. They won’t appoint you
8. Need home office approval
9. Our ad agency handles that
10. You need ISO certification
11. Prospect won’t return phone call
12. Prospect is in a business slump and isn’t buying
13. You can’t get to the real decision maker
14. You’re not on our approved list.
15. We tried you before and you screwed up
16. We can get it cheaper someplace else
17. We don’t know you
18. We don’t have the money
19. We can get it cheaper on the internet
20. Your price is too high
20.5 They won’t tell you the real reason

Is that enough of them? Did yours make the list? More than one of them?

Every salesperson has barriers to a sale and you are no exception. The question is how do you deal with them?

Traditional sales training says, when a barrier (also known as an “objection”) occurs, you have to “overcome” it to make the sale.

Wrong. So wrong.

A salesperson spending time trying to change a prospect’s belief is banging his head against the wall. Hard.

The answer is to look at barriers from a different perspective. The customer’s perspective. The only one that matters.
“Overcoming objections” went out with typewriters and 8-track tapes.

Think about it — you want to make a sale. OK. But, what does the customer want? What will the customer “buy?” Or better stated, what will entice the customer to buy. If the customer wants more productivity or greater profit (which he does), how does that fit into your sales pitch?

Let’s forget you for a few moments. What do you think the customer wants? Remember, I said forget about you. If you get right down to it, unless the customer has an imminent need for your stuff, they’re probably going to be concentrating on their stuff. Things that matter from their perspective.

There’s an aha!
No, there’s THE aha!

OK — so let’s examine the things your customer wants, needs and works for (hint: it ain’t your product)

The customer — EVERY customer and prospect wants:

1. Value to their business
2. More income, more sales
3. No problems
4. Answers to their major issues
5. More leads, more customers, more sales
6. Something to build their business
7. Greater productivity
8. No risk
9. No mistakes
10. Recognition
11. Profit
11.5 Fun atmosphere

Customers spend 99.9 percent of their time on their own issues. The average salesperson spends zero time on the issues of the customer.

See where the gap is?

How are you blending real customer needs into your product or service offering?

If they object to your price (the biggest objection in the book), and you are able to increase profit and productivity, your price issues diminish.

Here’s a game plan:

1. Identify (through research or questions) which issues are the burning ones from the customer’s perspective.
2. START your presentation addressing customer issues, not selling your product.
3. Create dialog that gets the customer to agree that you will help and they will buy as a result of it.
4. Walk away with the sale.

Now, it’s not that simple. BUT it’s an answer you are not addressing. And it’s an answer that will lead you to more sales and less objections. Customers will NEVER object to more profit. Customers will NEVER object to answers to their major issues. Customers will NEVER object to building their business.

Every salesperson thinks the customer wants a lower price. Well, if you are not meeting the customers needs, not addressing his wants, not helping them, you are correct — price is all that’s left.

Revamp your thinking.
Revamp your research.
Revamp your questions.
Revamp your presentation.
And the result will be less objections.

The secret is not to overcome objections, the secret is to eliminate them.

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Jeffrey Gitomer, author of The Sales Bible, and Customer Satisfaction is Worthless, Customer Loyalty is Priceless. President of Charlotte-based Buy Gitomer, he gives seminars, runs annual sales meetings, and conducts internet training programs on selling and customer service. Subscribe to his free weekly sales ezine at www.gitomer.com. He can be reached at 704/333-1112 or e-mail to salesman@gitomer.com

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