Today’s episode kicks off the latest Sales Evangelist series: differentiating from your competitors! As we move into this series, it’s time you learn three easy ways you can stand out from the competition. (Best of all, the majority of sales reps aren’t doing these things.)
But why is differentiating critical?
- You have so many other salespeople to compete against.
- When one person stands out from the other, they’re more likely to land the sale (even if your products do the exact same thing.)
- Be curious.
- Most salespeople go into a conversation and ask boilerplate questions. The problem? Everyone asks those questions, so you aren’t getting any more information than your competition.
- Sales reps should come to the table with information that leads to better questions, which means finding the right intel. Not only what the prospect and their company are doing, but why they’re doing it.
- Stay one step ahead.
- Determine how you can be one step ahead of the competition.
- Have an agenda when you go into the meeting. Send a recap email once you’re finished. If a prospect sees those things, they’ll see the effort and understand that you want to make positive changes for their organization.
- Especially when you have a meeting with a business executive, they might have 15 meetings a day. Sending an agenda shows these business professionals that you mean business.
- Be creative.
- Think outside the box! Find ways you can do something other people simply don’t do.
- Find some way to personalize a message. Handwrite a note. Send a small gift. Just try to make yourself stand out, and the prospect will notice.
And of course, a bonus tip: make them look good:
- Make the prospect look good, either internally or externally.
- Maybe you write a nice post on LinkedIn talking about them, adding a quote they said to show you were paying attention.
- Mention an article they published or were posted in, and share that with your audience. They’ll certainly appreciate the sentiment!
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