Midway through the sales process, you might find your deals stagnating because you’re just not talking to the right people. In today’s episode, our host Donald Kelly talks with Jakub Hon about connecting with the stakeholder who can make that final call. We’re sure you’re going to get a lot out of this interview. For more from Jakub, check out his webinar on August 2nd at 8 AM Eastern!
Recognize the Buyer
- The buyer is someone who can say yes, even when the team says no, or vice versa. They have the final say on where the budget is going to be allocated.
- If your “champion” at the organization is on board, your next task is to probe them for more information that will lead you to the economic buyer.
- Ask questions about the organization’s approval process so you can start mapping it out.
- Ask “numbers” questions about budget, revenue, etc. to find out whether your champion knows the answers or knows someone who does.
- Stay aligned with your champion all the way through the process – you still want them on your team!
Get Your Prospect to a Meeting
- If your champion doesn’t want you to bypass them to talk to their boss, ask questions they’re not able to answer and they’ll direct you to the person who can. If that doesn’t work, be blunt.
- It’s okay to give and take. Sellers like to give, don’t forget to ask for something in return! Offer things like demos and free trials in exchange for contact information for higher-ups.
- If you reach out to the economic buyer and they brush you off onto someone else, ask for a short meeting with them to discuss their perspective on where the business is headed. This won’t be a conversation about features – let them know that!
Encourage Them to Talk
- If there is information out there on the company, you should already know it. Don’t ask the economic buyer about their value proposition. Do your homework.
- Start or end the message with questions. Even if they don’t answer the question, it may spark interest.
- All communication should be relevant and direct.
- Keep your conversation about business and not about features.
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