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#465: Pricing Table Topics: 3 of Spades – People Who Are Easier to Prospect

This one is the 3 of Spades from the Selling Value card deck. 

Of course, salespeople, marketing people, we have to do prospecting. The question becomes, who do we look for as prospects to move into our sales funnel? 

Well, now that we know that people really have to solve problems, that’s the reason they buy our products. The question now is, do we think it’s easier to sell to people who already know they have a problem, or to people that we have to convince they have a problem? 

“It is so much easier for me to work with companies who come to me because they know they have a problem.”

– Mark Stiving

You often see advertising like this where people will say, “Hey, come solve this problem.” And now what’s happening is people are self-selecting and, “Oh, yeah, I’ve got that problem,” so they’re trying to find those people. On the other hand, sometimes we have to convince somebody they have a problem.

I find it interesting, I used to run a company a long, long time ago, and my cell phone number still is the phone number that I had when I had that company. And I’ll get calls from moving companies that the opening line is, “Hey, I heard that Home Director is moving.” Well, it turns out I don’t run Home Director. Home Director doesn’t exist anymore. Home Director’s not moving. But that was a way for them to quickly prospect and find out, “Hey, do I have a company and is the company moving?” Because if the answer that’s yes, I’ve got a problem. And if the answer that’s no, then they don’t have a problem. So they’re trying to figure out relatively quickly, am I somebody that they might be able to sell to or not?

So think about, when you’re prospecting, are you prospecting to people who already know they have a problem? Or are you looking for people and then trying to convince them they have a problem?

As a pricing person, I have to tell you, I think every single company has a problem. But it’s insane for me to try to go to a company and convince them they have a problem. And it is so much easier for me to work with companies who come to me because they know they have a problem.

We hope you enjoyed this example of Pricing Table Topics. What you just heard was done without a script. If you want to get better at speaking about pricing and value, grab a deck of our cards, pick a card, read the saying, and then talk for one to two minutes about what that card says. You’ll become a better speaker and expert.

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