Value Selling. Customer Insight. Buyer Alignment. Sales 2.0. Sales 3.0. Challenger. Provocative Selling. Hypothesis Selling.
There are myriad names for selling the most effective way. Unfortunately, the answer to the question posed above, “are your sales efforts and buyer decision-making linked?” is mostly no.
As in, no 90% or more of the time according to B2B buyer surveys.
Horrendous. No other area of business puts up with that kind of performance.
And the pain that goes with? 40% loss to No Decision (see this great read by Kurt Laug, Selling to Dr. No), 56% forecast loss, deal slippage, discount degradation, missed quarters and more.
But there is good, check that, great news!!! The problem can be fixed, and with enormous impact on our businesses. Impact at the Board of Director and Executive Committees level. Harvard Business Review thinks so, check this out:
As you can see from the HBR graphic, increasing sales volume by 5% boosts profit by 20%. Even better, reducing discounting by 5% increases profit by 50%!
This isn’t about cutting sales expense, it’s about selling the right way. The best way. The highest performance way. How we all want to sell.
A great way to stay on top of (and contribute to) the future of B2B value selling is to participate in the newly formed “Value Selling and Realization Council”. No charge to join, the Council is a global, non-profit organization established by leading practitioners of value selling (providers) and realization (buyers). Members include organizations that execute value selling in their businesses, provide value selling solutions, do world-class research, and/or consult and train. The purpose of the VSR Council is to globally network as well as share best practices, thus helping to overcome the 2 biggest barriers to effective value selling…scalability of value resources and adoption of value approaches.
Thanks, and good value selling!