Category Archives: Insight Selling
Avoid the Content Marketing Scrap Heap through Personalizing Insights for Prospects
The business world is being over-run by content marketing. Prospects are being overloaded with information, and e-mail response rates are in the tank. If you succeed in getting the attention of your prospect, your next challenge is to grab them with something that will keep them on the phone and engaged long enough to warrant a deeper conversation. Upon picking up the phone, inevitably, your contact’s guard is up while giving you only a portion of their attention as they wait for you to give them an opening to say, “No thanks, I’m not interested.”
9 Common Traps of Selling with Insights and How to Avoid Them – Part II
In part I of 9 Common Traps of Selling with Insights and How to Avoid Them, I introduced the first 5 traps to avoid when selling with insights. To review, they were:
Preparation Trap – Don’t be cavalier; thoroughly research the insight and target client to be ready. Paralysis-by-Analysis Trap – Research is critical, but don’t undertake PhD-level examination on the topic; once you have enough to get the dialogue going with confidence, act on it. Credibility Trap – Make sure that the insight is legitimate and that you are capable of resolving the issue or taking advantage of the opportunity. Arrogance Trap – Especially when introducing an “unknown” insight, be sure not to come across as superior and condescending; if you want the client to trust and hire you, then you need to be someone they feel comfortable with. Dialogue Trap – Following the previous point, be sure that you don’t show up to lecture the client; structure your insight in such a way that it raises points and promotes healthy discussion.
Each of the above traps may seem obvious, but following through – or more specifically, avoiding them – is often easier said than done. Here are the remaining common traps and suggestions for avoiding them.
9 Common Traps of Selling with Insights and How to Avoid Them
Selling with insights successfully should markedly separate you from your competition. This more sophisticated sales tactic goes well beyond the transactional approach (or lack of approach) of “We sell widgets; how many can I put you down for?” to one that is more meaningful and substantive to both the buyer and seller.
Big Data: How should a sales rep approach a customer with potentially sensitive data?
The availability of information provides many opportunities for sales and marketing to analyze prospects and create needs that they might not even know they have. However, sales reps must approach the conversation in a way that does not make the customer feel exposed or exploited. Join David DiStefano, President and CEO of Richardson, as he offers advice to sales reps about how to take valuable, but sensitive “big data” and present it to a client in a way that addresses their business challenges.
Sales Dialogues – Provoking Needs, Can you do this?
When engaging in a sales dialogue with a prospect or client, it is important to acknowledge their current needs before approaching them with new needs. To provoke a need, sales reps can establish credibility by sharing insights and asking questions to better understand the client.
Improve your Sales Effectiveness with Insight and Dialogue
Selling with insight is all the rage now. I get why. As Brian Fetherstonhsugh of OgilyOne has alluded, selling needs to evolve because buyer behavior has fundamentally changed. While the impact of this is felt differently and more deeply in some industries and verticals than others (context and nuance always matter), the need for most selling organizations to evolve is clear.
Why Selling is a Joke
A young executive was leaving the office late one evening when he found the CEO standing in front of a shredder with a piece of paper in his hand.
“Listen,” the CEO said, “this is a very sensitive and important document here, and my assistant has gone for the night. Can you make this thing work for me?”
“Certainly,” said the young executive. He turned the machine on, inserted the paper, and pressed the start button.
“Excellent, excellent!” said the CEO, as his paper disappeared inside the shredder. “I just need one copy…”
Are Your Sales Reps Taking a “Show-up and Throw-up” Approach to Sharing Insights?
Leverage our Insight Blueprint to Engineer Your Path to Success
“The antithesis of selling with insight,” as one of my colleagues so colorfully describes it, “is to show up and throw up.” This negative metaphor illustrates the tendency to join a call or meeting with a prospect (or in trying to broaden an existing relationship) and overwhelm the listeners with information about your business and capabilities, which may or may not be of interest or even relevant to the purpose of the meeting.
Dario Priolo, Chief Strategy Officer for Richardson reviews the importance of not just “presenting” insights, but actually communicating insights during the sales conversation.
Video Blog from Richardson’s CEO David DiStefano, Sales Transformation: Can you take Control of a Customer Conversation?
In this video blog post, Richardson’s CEO, David DiStefano, discusses which resources sales reps should be leveraging to successfully navigate resistance from a client.
Leveraging insight in sales calls is a very popular strategy in this age of the empowered customer. Our clients often ask us when in the sales conversation their sellers should lead with insight versus lead with questions. The simple answer to this question is, “It depends.” I’ll provide some further guidance in this post, but I suggest you start by downloading our Sales Insight Call Strategy Checklist and share it with your sales reps.
Connecting Dots in the Sales Performance Ecosystem
We’ve written a few times about the Sales Performance Ecosystem. It can be a daunting concept. While many people can relate to what’s included, either the sections or individual elements, how to actually intertwine and align the elements (or “connect the dots”) is often less clear.
5 Strategic Applications of Richardson’s Selling with Insights ®
Since launching Richardson’s Selling with Insights® program just over a year ago, we’ve seen incredible excitement and uptake from our clients, and we’ve learned a few things along the way. Selling in this era of an ultra-prepared buyer requires a seller to be even more skillful and prepared than ever. While interpersonal, communication, and consultative selling skills are still relevant and important, sellers need new skills to share value-creating ideas that shape and create opportunities with buyers. Sellers also need insightful content to share, which requires even greater alignment between the sales organization and other functions that may be the keepers of subject matter expertise, such as R&D, Product Management, and Marketing.
Selling With Insights: When is the Best Time to Provide insight?
Insights can be provided through any phase of the sales process. Today, selling with insights is about the value you are able to bring to your client or customer through the solutions you offer. Your sales team members need to become a source of ideas and insights for their customers to add value while building credibility and awareness of how they can help. In this video blog, Richardson’s Dario Priolo, Chief Strategy Officer, talks about some of the best times to provide insight and how to do so when that moment presents itself.
Is Email on Life support as a Sales Effectiveness Tool?
A few months ago, I did a blog post on the Top Ten Disruptive Sales Technologies. I did not include email because it was pretty much a given, considering its serious blow to postal mail and phone tag. But it’s worth considering the question: Has the influx of new and more personal technologies put email on life support as a sales effectiveness tool?
Let’s look at two examples that suggest email may be on the way out for developing new clients and building relationships with existing clients.
Video Blog – Selling with Insights: How Specific Should Insights Be?
We are living in an age where we are overloaded with information. It is now no longer good enough for a salesperson to simply forward on a whitepaper or piece of data. Please join Dario Priolo, Chief Strategy Officer of Richardson, in this short video clip as he walks us through the process and importance of aligning specific insights to your customer’s challenges. This is a third in a series including: Selling With Insights: How can sales provide more value to clients? and Selling With Insights: What are the barriers to Selling With Insights?
Selling With Insights: What are the Barriers to Selling With Insights?
In our last blog, How Can Sales Provide More Value to Clients, we discussed how sales provide more value to clients through insight selling. But what are the barriers to Selling With Insights? There are several barriers that sales reps encounter when trying to Sell With Insights to their clients, including finding the most relevant insight for the customer. In his video blog, What are the Barriers to Selling With Insights, Dario Priolo, Chief Strategy Officer, discusses what is required of sales and marketing teams to bring value to the buyer from Selling With Insights.
Selling With Insights: How Can Sales Provide More Value to Clients?
In preparation for a conversation with the client, sales reps must be aware that the client already knows a lot. To differentiate the business, sales reps should bring new value added ideas to the discussion. In this video, Selling With Insights: How can sales provide more value to clients, Richardson’s Dario Priolo, Chief Strategy Officer, offers practical advice to sales about the process of providing value to highly informed clients.
Selling Advice for Bankers, Consultants and Solution Providers from NASDAQ’s CFO
It is not every day that a senior executive candidly discusses how he or she likes to be sold to. So, if you are a banker, consultant or sell high-value solutions to senior-level executives, then you should find the selling advice in this video very enlightening.