Strategic selling makes the sales process more predictable and you can apply strategic thinking to these five important steps in the selling model.
Strategic selling works because it helps make the sales process more predictable, as opposed to non-strategic selling which can become stressful when sales do not go as planned. Sales people who follow a more strategic selling model are able to adapt more quickly to prospect needs and demands because strategy allows sales people to plan ahead in the sales process. Here is how you can apply strategic thinking to five important steps in the selling model.
A strategic approach to the selling model is based on finding the ideal customers, those who are positioned, ready, and eager to buy. Working strategically through the selling model requires that sales people give thought to who the ideal customers are and pursue these individuals through lead generation. Define the ideal customer by considering:
In the strategic selling model, sales people must think of sales in terms of specific objectives. An objective to convince the prospect to buy is not specific enough to suffice. Instead, objectives for each prospect should be viewed in a strategic model similar to the strategic models used in generating leads. Define sales objectives strategically by:
No sales can happen if prospects do not move further down the sales pipeline after initial contact, so your first contacts with your targeted customers should be focused on moving prospects to the next steps to achieve your objectives. Be sure that your prospects move down the sales pipeline by:
Asking for the sale is always part of a strategic selling model; after all, prospects will rarely initiate a close on their own. When taking the strategic approach to sales, it is important to analyze the situation when determining whether the time is right to move forward in closing. Consider the following:
If you can answer yes to these questions, you can move forward and ask for the sale.
If you are approaching the selling model strategically, you should plan responses to buying objections well before those objections arise. If you are working strategically with objectives that dovetail with your prospects’ own objectives, you will find that many prospects willingly become part of your selling model. Anticipate prospects’ objections by paying close attention to their personalities, buying styles, and budgets so that you have responses ready and can assure the likelihood of a close.
Claire has 4+ years of experience in sales and recruitment. As a Director of Client Services, her main objective is to connect great people to great companies by building strong relationships with both top clients and candidates in the sales industry. She specializes in sales roles of all seniority levels for both enterprise and start-up clients North American wide. When Claire isn't networking with top talent, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling and spending time with friends & family.