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It’s not uncommon to have unresponsive prospects. In situations such as that, what is the best sales strategy for engaging unresponsive prospects?
Engaging unresponsive prospects
- Fred Freundlich is a one-call closer and while he could write a book on different strategies, he thinks that unconventional closing is not for him.
- Fred suggests for salespeople to relax and stop stressing themselves out looking for the right strategy and method.
- He uses the acronym WIIFM or What’s In It For Me. This is his magic in selling anything to anybody.
- Nobody wants to be sold but everybody wants to buy. You need to first and foremost figure out what your prospect wants.
- As salespeople, we need to stop looking at prospects as prospects; we need to start looking at them as potential friends.
- Most salespeople are educators because they need to show the prospects why the service or product is to their benefit.
- People who want what you have won’t run from you.
- Every salesperson needs to have an elevator pitch. Your elevator pitch must be something that will attract attention.
- Salespeople often make the mistake of not investing in prospecting. They invest in other things such as clothes and sales but they forget to invest in prospecting.
- If you do prospecting correctly, you will close unbelievably well.
- Remember that a decision-maker is a person. No matter how big the company you are selling to, you will still talk to the decision-maker.
- Look at the gatekeeper as the decision-maker to get past the door.
- Closing the sale doesn’t always mean that the deal is done. It may also mean other things such as being able to cut the cycle in half.
- It is very important to just be yourself and to create a plan for every meeting and every phone call.
- Always keep your elevator pitch ready to grab people’s attention.
- Find something that you have in common with the person you’re talking to on the phone. Talk about it with them to keep them in the conversation.
- The more personal you can get, the deeper rapport you are able to build.
- Fred’s mentor, Zig Ziglar, said, ‘Forget the canned presentation, go with a planned presentation.’
- In whatever sales presentation you do, always ask what’s in it for you and then put yourself in the prospects’ shoes. Think of the things that they want to hear and go from there.
“Prospecting: What’s the Best Sales Strategy for Engaging Unresponsive Prospects?” episode resources
Connect with Fred Freundlich via his website.
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