Whether you are in the process of launching a business or have been at it a while, one of the things that is an important factor in your success is the ability to covert sales leads. The more prestigious the prospect, the more pressure we feel to say just the right thing and win the other party over. But…sometimes the meeting doesn’t go as planned and you feel the opportunity slipping away.
Greg Digneo, the author of the blog Sales Leads in Thirty Days, recommends that, in order to become better at converting these opportunities consistently, you become a superhero. Surely you have seen the resurgence in movies about superheros of late. Why is that? Because we all want to believe that things will turn out rosy if we just had some hidden power that gave us an advantage. Just like Batman, or any other, superhero, you want to be able to save the prospect who is in distress from this situation and deliver them to the safety you can uniquely provide. How? Digneo recommends in an article that you find a superpower:
What’s Your Super Power?
I used to run a marketing agency where we helped B2B companies generate online sales leads in thirty days. Promising to get clients sales leads in thirty days is such a bold claim that it subjected me to a large helping of cynicism. That’s when I morphed from a mild-mannered marketing consultant into a superhero.
Here’s how it went down:
The prospect would be disengaged and skeptical. Then I would say: “I know you think what I’m proposing is impossible, but if I can get you sales leads by the end of this week, would you consider hiring us?” The prospect never believed we’d come through, so they usually answered “yes.” At the end of the week, when we had gotten the prospect sales leads, they were so impressed that hiring us became a no-brainer.
And you can do the exact same thing in your business!
The process to becoming a superhero, according to Digneo, requires the following 4 steps:
- Find the Ideal Prospect
- Identify the Problem
- Unleash Your Superpower
- Make the Sale
To find your ideal prospect, he recommends that you ask yourself three questions:
- Do you know who you want to work with?
- Do they need your services?
- Can they afford to pay you?
Only if you can answer “yes” to these three questions can you move on to the next step.
In order to identify the problem, one most overcome the objection to spend money with you. However, every prospect has a problem you can help them solve. Using consultative listening skills and asking poignant questions, you can develop a good understanding of the nature of the problem, what has been tried to resolve it, and how much a solution may be worth.
Your “phone booth” trick is your ability to solve what confounds the prospective customer. Think up several ways you can demonstrate impact/success for your prospect. Digneo offers two examples–If you have a book keeping service, you know your prospect wants help with cash flow management. Or, your heroic deed may be that you show the prospect how they can source parts cheaper, making an immediate impact on their bottom line. Find a way to be wonderful!
Making sales becomes much easier once we have established credibility and respect. Promising, then delivering on what it takes to solve problems sets the table for sales.