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How to Make Consultative Selling Work for Your Business

How to Make Consultative Selling Work for Your Business

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Sales as a profession can contain many dangers.

Some seen, some heard and some even from personal experience. There have been many recorded instances of sales people being treated very badly by customers just because they carry the tag of sales people. Most of the time, the harsh treatment is mainly down to customers who have been on the receiving end of a poorly planned sales process.

This brought about a new revolution in selling, where certain words are attached to the end of job titles in an attempt to show the public its professionalism. Words such as specialist, consultant and even newer concepts were being coined to give customers the feeling that they were dealing with more than just salespeople.

SMEs face the challenge of placing these titles onto their staff simply because of the perceived gulf in class between consultants. However there are few easy ways to find out if you can incorporate these selling styles in your current organization.

First, you have to understand your current sales process in your business. Is the sales person required to present a long list of features which can be tricky for your customers to grasp initially? Do your customers mainly already know what they want and the role of the salesperson is simply to provide assistance? Generally, the consultative selling process works better for organizations that provide services.

Service based businesses demand that their sales people are able to recognise the MAIN challenges of a customer, and the ability to match what the organization can provide to their current needs. Having said that, there are many product-based businesses who have adopted a consultative approach and are now enjoying the rewards.

If you have decided that the consultative selling model is for you, and would like to apply it into your business, here are 3 simple steps on how you can apply it into your business.
 
Lead Management – Leads can move into your business from various sources; online sources, referrals, flyers, etc. When you have obtained a lead, how you manage this lead will sometimes determine whether you win the business.
The critical step over here is the INITIAL call. During this call, the sales person will not only be booking an appointment, but also asking more about the main challenges that the lead hopes to overcome.

The sales person must also be very clear about the reason that the lead has left their details with the particular company. All in all, this call also helps to build the rapport that is essential in a consultative selling model.
 
Presentation – You have done all your ground work and are now sitting in the meeting room of your customer’s office. It is now time to present your solution to your customer and you want to launch into telling him why you are the best company to provide solution and even at the best price possible.
Consultative selling is not like that. It is made up of a series of questions within the presentation process and having the spotlight on the face of the customer instead of your own. All you are trying to do in these presentation sessions is to ask the questions so that your customer tells you the exact reason that he needs the solutions for.

The ability for the sales person to ascertain those concerns will influence the success of the sales process. After that, you simply show your customer the solutions that you can offer that solve their challenges and why you are a credible company to deliver on those proposals.
 
Follow up – There will be instances where the sales person is unable to close the sale on the spot and this step will be required. Following up with your customers whether or not they continue your services will ensure that you remain in their thoughts and considerations.

Maresa Ng Business Growth Specialist

Maresa Ng – Asia's Top Business Growth Specialist

As Entrepreneur, Author, Investor, Professional Speaker, and ActionCOACH Asia Master Coach Trainer, Maresa has grown several of her own businesses and has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, business owners & CEOs to succeed in turning around their businesses. She is the author of MPH Masterclass Guide to Starting a Business. Having spoken in over a dozen countries regionally, her business-building-seminars have touched the lives of thousands of business people and entrepreneurs. Maresa had achieved Top 3 Firm Builder in Asia Pacific in year 2015, and maintained Top 100 Global Coach in 2012 and 2013. One of her businesses was awarded SME100 Fastest Moving SMEs by SME & Entrepreneur Magazine in 2012. Her track record of both successes and failures has led her to be one of the most prominent business speakers and experts in the region. Described mainly as businesses secret-weapon, Maresa has the strategic and tactical ability, energy and passion to take entrepreneurs and businesses to the next level. Visit www.maresang.com and transform your business today.

 
 
 
 

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