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Sales Improvement – 6 Ways to Amp Your Sales Results on Zero Budget

Sales Improvement – 6 Ways to Amp Your Sales Results on Zero Budget

What is not having a system that delivers predictable sales results costing your business?

Every firm is seeking continuous sales improvement. They would like to achieve that on zero budget. Every firm seeks predictability and stability.

It’s the Holy Grail because once you’ve cracked that formula for your sales lead generation and closing, then you can simply plug and play and collect the cash. Simply put your sales process delivers great sales results consistently. Primarily due, to a large degree, to you removing many of the failing and costly variables in the sales process variables.

The result? Predictable sales growth, high level of sales stability, fewer peaks and troughs. Plus higher levels of confidence in the future…exciting times? You bet!

And it won’t cost you, because you’ve probably already got all the resources you need…it’s the application of those resources that’s causing the gap.

It why so many firms miss out on implementing the key elements of a predictable sales system!

It’s costing them, and maybe you, fortunes, every single day. Business is sitting on the table or even worse dropping into competitors laps way too easily…and what’s even worse is that margins are being compromised on sales that are landed.

Predictable Sales Results and Continuous Sales Improvement

I’ve completed two quite intense sales audits this month and something struck me as quite odd.

Whilst writing their respective and separate 30 day improvement plans, I saw more than a few common elements between the two firms problems. The common elements existed even though the sales teams operated in different industries, selling different products, each firm operated at different price points and are selling in to different decision maker levels.

What was even stranger was the key common elements existed even though one firm was doing ok, but had plateaued, whilst the other sales function was in a real long term sales dry patch.

Despite all of this the root causes were essentially the same.

The question is; are they the same for your business too?

So What Does That Mean?

Very few firms go from soaring success to total sales nose dive over night. Maybe occasionally if there is some disaster or unplanned legislative changes, so I can can accept that depressed sales performance is a spectrum that can slowly morph from a plateau to a dip to a dive to insolvency…

However, this doesn’t distract from the fact that there are critical success factors. It is the absence of these critical sales success factors that sets of the chain of events that see sales results start to slip and then dive…

Predictable Sales Results – Is Your Sales Function In Danger?

When you look at this list below, just remember that any sales function can address these issues immediately. Remember that providing your take quick action you’ll see some sales improvements.

I hope the list gives you food for thought, and also a cause to take action if you’re seeking predictable sales results and the huge benefits associated with such predictability.

How many of these easy to fix sales improvement options are available to your sales function, and what could your sales results be if you looked at implementing just a few over the next month?

Don’t try to do all of these at once.

You’ll get on everyone’s nerves and be the sales dictator that no-one signed up for. Just pick two or three and see what happens:

  1. Look at your sales management information at least half daily…personally I like hourly because that way there can be no slippage…but half day might work for you. This does two things. Firstly, you get an opportunity to praise high activity/high results success. You get to ask questions and unblock any issues with the rest of the team. Without a decent level of activity, everything else is meaningless. Get on top of activity and stay there. Which does not mean managing the team by numbers – any monkey can do that – look at their conversion rates, look at the meaningful outcomes, look at who is closing, advancing sales and who is simply going through the motions.
  2. Don’t confuse talk time or client facing time with selling time, review the selling process. Are sales execs qualifying hard enough? Closing soon enough? Educating, questioning, advancing the sale fast enough? Are they having an easy chat and picking the low hanging fruit?
  3. Get embedded in the team – the fastest way for any manager to change the sales performance of the team is to start a high intensity side by side sales coaching program. Don’t think you can do 3 or 4 hrs per day sat coaching the team? Of course you can! get your mobile device so you can work any where and simply plug in. Nothing better than someone listening in to really get a sales person to up the game, and you get the chance for immediate 1:1 feedback. Win!
What Next?

The top three issues should bump your sales results considerably…but there are three more I want to share with you:

  1. Pay attention who the sales execs are pitching to…the number of sales execs that pitch to gate keepers in the hope they will put them through is a shocker (but they need the talk time right? of course, that’s why side by side coaching is so important). It’s also important that your sales execs don’t try to be Idiot Converters
  2. Have a performance improvement plan for everyone, (I call it a sales coaching plan) and just as the doctor leaves your notes at the end of the bed during a hospital stay, fill in the daily report card on what needs to improve daily due to your coaching and guess what? You’ll see fairly rapid sales skills improvement, and the inevitable knock on affect of more sales, better quality sales…in less time.
  3. Don’t treat your performers and your non-performers the same…I’m not explaining this further, you’ll know what I mean by this
So Will You Get Predictable Sales Results?

You’ll be well on your way.

Building a business development, lead generation and sales closing system that delivers predictable sales results is not just 6 bullet point.

The points above are 6 key reasons why firms DON’T get semi predictable sales results, and are in a sales slump/dive.

Don’t ignore the obvious.

The market is no tougher for you than anyone else.

The buyers are no more exasperating with you than your competitors

The economy is not penalising you, it’s impacting all.

Don’t listen to it.

Take control of what you can control (click here if you’re totally out of control or heading that way…) and you’re well on your way to predictable sales results…

Happy Selling


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Why an Accurate Sales Forecast is the Key to Monthly Sales Success and Predictable Sales Growth

Why an Accurate Sales Forecast is the Key to Monthly Sales Success and Predictable Sales Growth

Any accurate sales forecast is a guaranteed gift towards your bank balance, your sanity, and your stress levels!

A truly accurate sales monthly forecast means you know where you’re going, and how you’ll get there. Easy sailing…

So why do so many sales people and business owners fail to use the monthly sale forecast to their advantage?

Accurate Sales Monthly Forecast – Urban Myth or Unicorn?

Most sales leaders I know like the idea of an accurate sales forecast, but genuinely doubt their team’s ability to deliver it.

And, by the end of the month, they’re just glad to have either a great sales month or a chance to do better next time!

But the truth is. you and I have all seen great sales monthly forecasts fall apart. We’ve seen them fall apart probably on more than one occasion. Often just one week before month end! That happens.

So, you might suspect that when you drop a prospect in the sales forecast that it’s a best guess…because that’s what lots of sales people do.

And that’s where it starts to go wrong. An accurate sales forecast is not a best guess.

It’s a document of record.

I guarantee if you start to think about it as such, you’ll find a huge difference in terms of you being able to predict your sales success. This means you’ll find it easier to hit your target and predict your sales growth…and take control of your earnings.

What Does an Accurate Sales Monthly Forecast Look Like?

Confirmed Order Details w Decision Maker Uncovered Specific Needs Solution Agreed Prices Agreed Budget Available Date to Sign Off Agreed Delivery Date Agreed Contract Sent Purchase Order Received Invoice Date Order Value
Acme Limited  √  √  √                
Jelly Bobble Inc  √  √  √  √  √  √    √      
APV Ltd  √  √  √  √  √  √  √        
dtx SA  √  √  √  √              

I like this format because it focuses the sales persons mind, and also, it’s easy to see the solidity of the deal at a glance.

I’m not only advocating this template as a formal document. I’ve seen it used very successfully as part of self management. It’s a great self reality check for how solid a deal is for both the sales person, the sales manager and the sales leadership function, but that’s not the most powerful part of this template.

By far the most valuable element is that it forces you, as the sales person, to ask those sales based questions that can often just pass the sales person by.

But, you see, it’s these very questions that make the difference between a sales forecast and an accurate sales forecast.

And that means the difference between solid stable growth, predictable sales performance and a stress free sales environment and a hand to mouth, peaks and troughs sales sea saw…so, which would you rather have?

Building an Accurate Sales Monthly Forecast = Asking Structured Questions

You might want to check out some of the recent BANT articles I’ve written here about how to qualify prospects.

Why Sales BANT is Not Enough and Has Anyone Seen My Buyer? 

These articles will give you a broader understanding of the value of asking those qualifying critical questions.

After all, and accurate sales monthly forecast is all based on how well you know the prospect. Based on how well you know the deal and how you’ve used your skill and sales questioning to ring fence the risks and deliver a sales order. A good accurate, stable sales monthly forecast means you’ve qualified the sales prospect well.

Good Quality Questions Create Accurate Sales Forecasts

Here are some of the key questions you might consider in qualifying your sales prospect and ensuring your sales plan comes good at the end of the month.

It’s important to look at the format, the detail and the accountability you are conferring to your prospect to work with you, honestly, openly and with a high level of transparency.

So following the template above, when you’re thinking about creating your accurate sales forecast it’s perfectly acceptable to ask and re confirm the following, through all the stages in the sales process:

  • You’re the person who will make the final decision on this? Who else needs to sign off on that decision? Who holds the budget for this purchase?  What part do they play in deciding who to buy from?
  • We agree that the costs associated with doing nothing provide a clear and definitive ROI using our solution/product/service?
  • That if, as discussed we provide you with the solution/product/service as discussed at $£X then you are happy to buy from my organisation?
  • And that budget is available now? /And that budget for this purchase will be signed off by dd/mm, so you can get delivery by dd/mm then we can agree I can go ahead and raise a contract so you can send me a purchase order by dd/mm…?
Accurate Sales Forecast – Why is this Important?

It’s important because you as the sales person gets to see where the variable or undecided factors are.

Otherwise you are a sales person operating in the dark. The sales person trying to read the mind of your sales prospect. There’s no certainty in that situation, for you or them.

Using these questions and the template above you know exactly how solid a prospect is. You’ll know what detail you need to chase down to convert a prospect to an order, also the sales prospect knows what they need to do if they want to buy your service.

What Else Contributes to Inaccurate/Accurate Sales Monthly Forecasts?

Think about these factors and reflect on the impact they could be having on your sales forecasting ability…

  1. Qualifying is not a one time event. Qualify and re-qualify as often as you need but especially when there are changes taking place. Be that shifts in time scales, new people entering the discussion, shifts in agenda etc
  2. Don’t rely on your sales CRM to forecast for you. In the main I’ve found sales CRM sales pipeline generation and management the cause of much distress and false hope. Use it, but have the reality check on high alert.
  3. Use your judgement. If a deal wobbles a few times, starts to drag, the prospect avoids your calls, then read the signs and re-assess, no real prospect is so busy they can’t stay in touch one way or another.
  4. Honestly is critical in your sales forecast. If you insist on fabricating, padding or listening to your ego, then you’ll find people losing faith in your pretty quickly. Your judgement is flawed and your word’s not to be trusted. That’s not a rep you want.
  5. You need to get smart about new business development. That way you’re not tempted to hang on to dead deals, and chasing prospects who’ve died on you.
  6. Accountability – state your numbers, commit your focus and own it. No shirking. Don’t be that sales guy!
  7. If things are going pear-shaped – go talk to someone. Don’t put your head in the sand…get a 2nd view and draw up an action plan. Don’t panic, or start discounting or give up…
Accurate Sales Forecast – Now Consider This

Dropping a prospect out of your sales pipeline is acceptable. It’s much better to do that than cloud a picture where you need absolute and razor sharp clarity.

You’ll find the clarity especially when it comes to working out your Sales Recipe

How to Generate an Accurate Sales Forecast
Gaining clarity in this area and generating an accurate sales forecast is the key to turbo charging your sales results and your sales bonus

If you can get clarity in this one area, you’ll find your ability to fully turbo charge your sales efforts, your sales results, and therefore your sales bonus!

So, in summary, an accurate sales forecast is neither an urban myth or a unicorn, but it is magical in terms of what it can mean for your business, your bonus and your sanity.

Happy Selling


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Anyone Seen My Buyer?

Anyone Seen My Buyer?

Chasing sales quotes, that all important following up the sales quote, now let me ask you this: how much of your very valuable time do you waste chasing sales quotes? 

How much does it wind you up that you even have to chase sales prospects to place the order once you’ve done all the hard work?

Why do buyers make sales follow up so hard for you?

Once you’ve gone though the whole sales cycle.

When you know the sales prospect has a reason to buy from you.

When you’ve done a benefits analysis.

Presented the Return on Investment for them.

Then they disappear.

No response to your sales follow up…


Straight off the face of the earth.

Plus, your sales forecast now looks like fiction. Better yet, your sales manager is looking at you like your desk belongs to someone else, or will do shortly!

All because the buyer didn’t play ball when you followed up your sales quote.

We’ve all been there.

It’s a reality with a real pain point for lots of sales people at some point in their career.

Following up the sales quote should be the easy bit…right?

Nope. Think again!

Consider this:

What percentage of your sales pipeline and your sales forecast just disappear into the sales black hole every month, or every quarter?

How many good solid deals sales orders you thought were nailed on,  actually just fail to make contact with you when it comes to signing and getting the order form back to you?

And how much time, and how many calls do you make chasing deals you know you should get, if only the buyer would do their bit as agreed?

And what would it mean to you to be able to get rid of this problem once and for all?


Read on, because chasing sales quotes should be the rarity not the norm. So if you do find yourself being ghosted by your buyer when chasing sales quotes, then something needs to change.


Chasing Sales Quotes: The Truth About Following Up the Sales Quote.

It’s a job you have to do. Chasing the sales paperwork is part of that job, but really, should you need all those phone calls, the emails, the conversations with their secretary?

But you console yourself because this is the final sales push, you simply have to do it because it’s the last thing you need to do before you get the order.

And, its a quick call. How much trouble is it to place a quick call to follow up that sales quote?

You’ve done all the hard work, you just need to clear the paper work and get the signature.

Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah…..

But you know what?

I hate it.

I hate it when a sales person tells me they’ve sent the quote and will chase tomorrow.

Even more, I hate it because at that point I know (and the sales person knows) that the buyer might just go AWOL.

And that the best follow up to the best sales quote might still come to nothing.

It happens.

Now, ideally, you’d have closed on the day (making the sales follow up redundant), got the order form signed, shaken hands and just scanned a copy to the buyer for their files. That’s how it should be done.

But, sometimes that’s just not possible.

So the buyer has a chance to disappear!

All you hard work hanging there…and you’re still chasing sales quotes, getting zero response.

It’s Not Always Bad News…

No, of course not. Some sales prospects do really get abducted by aliens. Others find a new religion. Some win the lottery and some even (I know this is tough to hear) will go with another provider…

But the truth is the disappearing buyer is such a pain because it’s cost so much to get the buyer to that stage of quoting.

You see, the buyer is bailing at the wrong end of the sales funnel. The expensive end!

By the time the sales prospect is at this stage in the sales cycle they have cost you a small fortune, plus lost time and depending on your average sales order value and the duration of your sales cycle, they may also have cost you an  unidentifiable sum in terms of opportunity costs…

It’s a nightmare.

The skill – to save time, sanity, money is to get the buyer to bail early on, so if you are following up sales quotes then you know your dealing with serious buyers, professional buyers who are on the same page as you, respectful of your time and efforts.

The second nugget…is give yourself the choice to decide the sales prospect is got of good character, likely to disappear, and attune your sales actions accordingly.

And make these decisions early.

The earlier the better.

Right at the beginning of the sales process ideally.

That way, you’ll know, that by the time you have the buyer at the chasing sales quotes stage, that you are actually both on the same page.

And you won’t need to do any chasing at all!

How to Avoid Having to Chase Sales Quotes EVER!

It’s simple.

Just put yourself in a position where you don’t need to be chasing sales quotes. Just stop it!

Check this out. It’s our Sales Improvement Workshop – How To Sell a No-Brainer – How High Performing Sales Teams Close More Sales

Because it’s the fastest way to discover how to avoid putting yourself in a situation where the buyer can give you the runaround. Ever again!

And listen up because this is a key area where sales people create their own living hell.

Stuck in a loop of following up sales quotes, chasing sales prospects who are avoiding you, distracting you from filling your sales pipeline, progressing good prospects through your sales funnel.

And, you can avoid this pitfall so easily, just by giving yourself sales information and choice.

For example, some sales people, not you obviously,  take sales prospects through the whole sales process, investing heaps of time, money and wisdom, when the prospect REALLY should have been rejected at the beginning of the sales process.

Yep, some sales people don’t ask the tough questions at the beginning of the sales process. The tough but fair questions that would define the QUALITY of the sales prospect.

For some reason, they feels it’s ok to load all the hard sales graft until the end of the sales process…crazy! Don’t put all your focus on having a great sales quote follow up process right at the end of the interaction.

Qualify that sales prospect in or out the sales funnel. Right at the very start of the sales process. Before it’s too late.

Don’t be one of those hit and run sales people who don’t use BANT as often, diligently, effectively as they should.

Because you know what?

Following up sales quotes is high risk. It costs lots of money. And it’s not always successful.

AND a serious buyer is expecting you to ask those questions in BANT!

As well as many other information gathering and sales profiling questions.

And you lose heaps of credibility with the sales prospect when you DON’T ask those questions.

If you’re not asking those qualifying sales questions of the prospect, you’re telling him you’re not serious about your role, so you’ve given him permission to not be serious either!

Think about that. You’ve given the prospect permission to yank your chain and mess you about!

You’ve given him permission to ignore you when your following up the sales quote.

Why would you do that?

At the very minimum, the absolute minimum, you should use BANT.

Sales people who don’t BANT, or they BANT weakly, which means just checking the prospect has a pulse! (for more details on BANT hit this link – More About BANT), typically complain the most about their buyers going AWOL during the sales process.

Sales people are masters of their own fortune…if only they chose to exercise that right! And that doesn’t mean chasing sales prospects who don’t think you even deserve a response!

Look, even when some sales people that do BANT, uncovering a less than perfect prospect, they will often put up with less than perfect answers because they fear what will happen if they get stringent with the sales criteria they use….oh no, an empty sales pipeline!!!


But have some self respect here. Protect you, your time, resources, skills.

So, instead of a night mare instead I prefer to look on it as a blessing, because now  we know that, we all focus our time and attention on Perfect Prospects and leave our competitors to pick up the ‘almost fits’.

Let the competition take the costly risky prospects and try and make them fit.

But some sales people see being choosy about who they sell to as bad news.

I don’t, I just see it as now I have free resource to invest in worthy prospects…

In a nutshell…if your prospect is going AWOL after you’ve done the hard work, then the buyer was never really a buyer. The prospect was never really serious about buying. And, all you’ve done is educate him.

Do you get paid for being an advice line? Is that how you earn your sales bonus?

You made a bad prospect call and you’ve wasted your time…and you won’t get bonus.

What more incentive do you need to change your mode of operation and get wise to the time wasters in your sales funnel.

Oh, and your sales pipeline is falling apart around your ears (sound familiar?) Well, it just adds insult to injury.

Sales Winner Don’t Waste Time Chasing Sales Quotes

Sales Winners close hard on the day and then leave it.

When sales winners close hard, they know that the buyer is onside and is serious about buying.

Plus, when sales winners close hard, their buyer is expecting them to close hard. The buyer is serious too, he expects the sales person to be the same.

Chasing sales quotes excessively is for losers. Just remember that.

Why would you want to sales stalk a prospect who had no interest in engaging with you?

Are you a Sad Sales Stalker?

Sales Winners read the signs and move on.

But you can only do that if you’ve closed hard all along the sales process.

Following up each of your prospect contacts with some level of mutual advancement towards the logical conclusion. An order.

Because a sales close doesn’t happen at the end of the sales process.

Closing a sale happens all through the sales process – from the first interaction and in every interaction. Moving commitment on at every step, sales advancement at it’s best (as opposed to ‘just touching base’)

You can only do a hard close if you’ve made one unshakable decision. You’ve decided and committed to qualify at every stage of the sales process.

This alone means you’ll never be left with handfuls of sales quotes to follow up.

Have you been closing hard all through the sales process?

Do you close at each stage so that the buyer understands what you’re doing?

Chasing Sales Quotes and Winning

This process of continual qualification relies on you knowing the following very early on in the sales process

  • That your buyer is the sign off guy and not the influencer/referrer
  • Your Buyer will line up the budget he needs to buy from you
  • The buyer is suffering from a problem you can solve, and therefore has a big need
  • That you have the skills and backup to solve this problem better than anyone else that the buyer is talking to
  • That the buyer’s need is sufficiently painful for him to invest money in having you provide a solid solution
  • Where they need to sort a solution within a predicted time span because the cost of not doing this would cause even more pain and increased financial cost
  • That they have an ideal time frame for solving the problem, and satisfying the need
  • When they have shared the decision making process with you
  • They’ve shared the buying criteria with you
  • So that you understand the stakeholders involved, their agendas, the potential competitors, and any external factors that could disrupt the buying process
  • Where you understand the criteria your solution will be judged against…and by whom, and when
  • That you understand what event/s could disrupt the buying/decision making process

Here’s a sobering thought…if your buyer is not prepared to share this information with you, then you’ve got yourself a tyre kicker. You deserve everything you get if you pursue the sale…feel free to wrap up as much wasted time as you like in following up worthless sales quotes

If you haven’t got the bottle to ask the tough questions…again, you will suffer the consequences of that course of action, so see above

Disappearing Buyers Go AWOL For a Reason

Don’t let the reason your buyer goes AWOL when you’re chasing the quote be because they used your proposal to batter down the quote from their incumbent.

Or they used you to yank their current supplier back into line

Maybe, they just wanted to pick your brain.

Or maybe the buyer wanted to pass your quote to a competitor.

Maybe even worse, just thought it might be interesting for you to pull together all the info they needed to inform the board regarding what solutions are out there…

Now if you fell for any of those buyer tricks – you really are a mug.

Get yourself booked on How to Sell – How High Performing Sales Team Close Business

If you’re investing in the buyer and the buying/selling process, make sure it’s not all one sided and you’ll never need to chase a sales quote ever again.

Happy Selling


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Final chance – Don’t Be a Creepy Sales Stalker … 

Instead spend your time chasing sales quotes that are worth it, and get rid of following up sales quotes just because you didn’t qualify hard and fast at the beginning of the sales cycle.

Why Sales BANT is Not Enough

Why Sales BANT is Not Enough

What is Sales BANT?

BANT is covered in almost every article on how to close good quality sales, appointments, demonstrations, meetings.

For those that haven’t come across it before here’s the basic premise – the person you’re engaging in the sales process needs to be qualified against the following profile

Budget – are they the budget holder? Is the budget available for this purchase providing the solution satisfied the need?

Authority – does this person have the authority to make the decision to buy? r are they a referrer, or person of influence?

Need – is there a need for what you are selling? Has this need been sufficiently quantified as being big enough to justify an investment

Timing – has the timing been agreed? Providing the solution is suitable to satisfy the need, has the sign date been agreed?

A typical BANT usage might be something like this…

Ok, Mr Buyer, just so I get some insight into how we’ll proceed can I just ask you, have you already got budget signed off for this purchase or does it need to go to the board? (Budget)

Great, and will it be your decision alone as to buy from me, or will you be making broader recommendations to the board? (Authoity)

Ok, understand, we’ve agreed that our solution can deliver what you need in terms of X, Y, Z, we agreed those are the critical and crucial criteria for you going ahead, and that our solution will alleviate the issues we’ve identified in X, Y, Z? (Need)

Excellent, and further to (the next action) you’ll be able to send the purchase order number across so we can get delivery for the week after next. (Timing)

Excellent thank you.

Obviously, this is a top line BANT summary. I encourage sales professionals to use BANT all though the sales process.

We cover it in more detail in all of our sales training courses and sales coaching programs. You can contact me for more details on carol@mortonkyle.complus it’s a subject we regularly reference in The Advanced Business Achiever – just hit the link for your free copy

Magnify the Power of Sales BANT

BANT is only part of the story. It’s an important part. However, on it’s own the power of BANT is very restricted, it’s a shout into the wilderness. It’s one hand clapping.

Very simply, BANT tells you that you are in the right position(or not) and you’re talking to the right person (or not) and you have some steer on the buying/decision making process. This is really important when you’re chasing quotes, really important. Ask anyone who has been randomly chasing the prospect who disappears once the quote has been sent. Hit this link  Anyone Seen My Buyer? – if you want to have buyers chasing you to buy from you

So how do you really amp the power of BANT?

You do this…

You combine BANT with Sales ROI (for more details on Sales ROI just hit this link to discover how High Performing Sales people work Sales ROI)

How to Combine Sales BANT and Sales ROI

Concentrating just on the Needs section in BANT.

Need is the most powerful motivator for change. Whether that’s to amend behaviours, persuade someone to buy a product/service or simply make different choices…

Those decisions are all driven by need. The bigger the need, the faster, easier, more compliant the buyer will be during the buying process

So, if you can create a powerful enough need with your buyer, then you have a huge motivator to use with your buyer to help them select to take action. To take action fast. That makes a big difference, especially if you’re working in a highly competitive space (and who isn’t working in a competitive market?)

8 Key Ways to Increase the NEED Factor in BANT Using Sales ROI

  • Fully explore the current ‘pain’ points associated with the current solution
  • Explore what those pain points have cost the buyer in the past
  • Extrapolate, realistically, what those pain points could cost the buyer in the future if nothing changes (this is the cost of doing nothing)
  • Remember that the pain could be pain other than financial. It could be stress, loss of clients, brand damage, reputation, ill will among colleagues who have to pick up and solve the same problems again and again or failure to comply with authority etc
  • Once you’ve fully explored the past and future costs, add them together…that can be quite the motivator in itself!!
  • Next, look at some blue sky thinking. Note – you’d be totally weakening your NEED factor if you look at the blue sky scenario building before exploring the pain, since people will typically do more to escape pain than seek pleasure.
  • Knowing the Pain/Pleasure Principle, check out some what if questions…what would it mean to your business if you could do X? What would it mean if you never had to deal with that again? How would you feel if you could illuminate that issue all together? What would that mean to your bottom line? What would that mean to your work relations? Your client relations? Whatever is relevant…
  • Next, go back to the pain position and summarise the cost of doing nothing.

So, when you come to ask your Need based questions in BANT, they might sound something like this…

Ok, understand, we’ve agreed that our solution can deliver what you need in terms of increasing your brand reputation with your customers after some of the issues you’ve had before, will allow you to have total confidence in the promises you make to your customers, and will really improve the relationships in the warehouse and customer service teams since they won’t be taking as many complaint calls… we agreed those are the critical and crucial criteria for you going ahead, and that our solution will alleviate the issues we’ve identified in losing the X account at Xmillion per yr, losing part of the Y contract at Y million per yr and having the Z tender going back out to review? 

See how powerful that statement is now you’ve fully quantified the prospects position if they do nothing?

(As a separate aside, just consider how easy it is to chase a quote once you’ve identified this level of need!)

Why Does Using Sales ROI with BANT Help You?

Because using one without the other is just one hand clapping. You’re going through the motions but nothings really happening, compared to what could be happening!

If you’ve gone to the trouble of speaking with the key decision maker, then the next task is to motivate them to take action. BECAUSE motivated buyers take action, they take action quickly, and they see value (which helps you protect your margins)

Some people might call it persuasion, and that’s ok, but either way, think of it as making it easy for the prospect to say yes! Making it easy for the prospect to make a decision. Making it even easier for the prospect to make a fast decision (because that means your competitor can’t sneak in at that last minute!)

That way you’ll be creating a real no-brainer sales proposition…and let’s face it, who says no to the no-brainer proposition?

What’s Next?

Try it out.

You’ll wonder how you ever closed without it. You’ll also start to understand why some of your sales didn’t close when/how they should.

Happy Selling…enjoy!


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Higher Sales Performers use Sales ROI – Do You?

Higher Sales Performers use Sales ROI – Do You?

If You’re Not Using Sales ROI….

When Sales ROI is such a powerful sales tool then you are a fool!

I wish there was an easier way to say this, because it’s not nice, but well there isn’t.

If you’re offended then hopefully you’ll think about working differently. Hopefully you’ll be offended enough to do something about it.

If not, well…

What is Sales ROI?

Great question. Forget about all the hot leads you wish for.

Those warm prospects.

The incoming calls and the warm word of mouth referrals because unless you flex your Sales ROI muscle, you’ll convert fewer than you should/could.

Even worse, your sales cycle will be longer than it needs to be, therefore your margin will most definitely be lower than it should be AND you’ll waste so much time.

Forget about reaching sales targets early, if at all.

Get used to the month end stress of shredding your sales pipeline just to get a zero margin deal in before month end!

Selling £1 Notes For 10 Pence

When I first started in sales, I quickly found out that some people just don’t want what you’re selling.

On that day, in that way, in that colour.

With those terms blah, blah, blah.

You know that type of buyer.

Those prospects who wouldn’t consider buying a £1 note for 10 pence an ok deal. You notice I said ok and not great.

So, I decided.

I wanted to avoid those sales prospects as often as I could.

I wanted to find serious prospects ASAP because those guys I could convert fast, with a high margin and with a total win-win solution.

Those buyers, they respected the value I bought to the table and I understood what they needed. Happy days.

Sales ROI and Risk

All I needed to do was to realistically prove that by buying my service/product they would GAIN GREATER RETURNS than whatever money they would ever spend with me.

The faster I got that PROOF out the way, the faster the close came because in many instances, prospects aren’t as worried about the cost of the purchase as they are about the risks involved in the purchase.

And guess what? As an added bonus, hardly anyone queried my prices because they didn’t need to any more, because they knew they were going to win, because I’d proved that too them before I asked for their business.

Sales ROI can do that because that’s what it’s designed to do.

56% of buyers claim that one of their key requirements for buying is that they enjoy the sales process.

Sales ROI ticks that box too…it’s the easiest and fastest way to engage the buyer in the process.

It ticks the logical box, it gives evidence to support their emotional decisions.

Why wouldn’t the buy?

You know, that is EXACTLY what my buyers used to say too!

Why Doesn’t Every Sales Person Use Sales ROI?

I’ve seen lots of sales people simply not be able to get their head around doing it…primarily I think because they don’t like talking about money (don’t ask)

Other sales people, well, they’ve told me they like selling how they are selling and that’s good enough for them. Good enough is such an interesting turn of phrase don’t you think…I guess their salary is good enough too, and they life, and their car, and their house…just good enough…

But let me tell you this.

The sales professionals that get it, try it, adopt the Sales ROI sales structure as their own, those guys that have some fun with it, that use it to reduce buyer defenses and so get rid of objections and boring and long sales processes, well those guys just never look back…AND their customers love them.

Discover Your Sales ROI

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Happy Selling


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