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Why You Should Know The Pain Levels Of Your Customers

Do you know why some people buy with a real sense of urgency? You know the ones — they want it; they want it now. Quick sale — no problem.

Then there are others — you know they need your stuff, they could be benefitting from it right now if only they’d get a move on. Yet they drag their feet; they stall; they say they’re interested but don’t commit. Of course some of these do buy eventually, but it all takes sooooo long.

How do you explain away these slow coach buyers? Internal procedure at their end? Too many stakeholders? Budget constraints? Price too high? Timing not right?

The real reason they don’t buy
For me, the real reason they don’t buy from you quickly no matter how brilliant your offering is, is because
they are just not hurting enough.

They are not in enough ‘pain’, distress, call it what you will. People in pain buy quicker and are less price sensitive. They have a problem, it’s become urgent and they want it solved. These people are heaven sent!

Why you have to make the sale
The challenge for you is that, when you meet a potential customer who is in pain or distress, you have to make the sale — because if you don’t your competitor will.

If your potential customer doesn’t buy from you, they’re still extremely likely to buy – from someone else. And if you lose that sale to the competition, you will probably lose all the follow up sales too — very costly. Oh and whilst we’re at it, the person who bought from the competition instead of you is now recommending your competition to their friends and network too – more sales gone begging. Concentrates the mind doesn’t it?

So how do you find out how much distress a potential customer is really in?
In a B2B environment there are three levels of pain you need to remind your customers that they have! In B2C scenarios there are two levels (miss out the middle of the three levels of pain covered below — and reword some of the example questions)

1st Level of pain — Technical pain.
What trouble are they experiencing? You’ll need to elicit statements which acknowledge the distress they are in. By the way it has to be an area of distress that you have a solution for — and good open questions will ascertain this.

Questions to elicit technical pain statements…
1) What’s the biggest challenge you’re facing right now in the area of ….?
2) Tell me about the problems you’re experiencing with….
Use follow up open questions as required.

2nd Level of pain — Business impact of the pain.
Get them to relay the impact that this distress is having on the organisation, especially from a business/financial standpoint. Getting them to quantify the issue is crucial. What’s the financial cost of the problem? What else is it costing them?

Question to elicit business impact statements…
What would you say the overall impact has been on your business?

3rd Level of pain — Personal impact of the pain.
This is usually ignored by the sales person and yet is crucial. Home in on what the overall personal and emotional impact is of the above. Lost sleep? Holiday interruptions? Working so late they are not getting to see their kiddies before bedtime? Who knows? But remember, if you can get your potential customer to associate into the personal impact of not buying from you, you’re much more likely to make that sale.

Questions to elicit personal impact statements…
1) How important is this to you personally?
2) What makes this so important?
A painful lesson

Whether you sell B2B or B2C why not run some of your recent scenarios through this model?
Running through this process with your distressed potential customers will help them associate into the true costs of not taking action i.e. buying from you — and make for an even quicker sale than would have been the case. And it will make sure YOU get the sale and not your competitor.

It’s all about sales psychology.

Until next time.


About the author

Hi I’m Leigh Ashton of The Sales Consultancy

Whether you’re a small business or a leading brand, an area manager or a Chief Executive, whether you’re new to sales or an experienced sales professional. Even if you’re not in sales at all but want to understand it, you’ve come to the right place.

The World of Sales is changing.

Today’s conventional sales training doesn’t address the psychological barriers that get in their way.

My approach takes your sales team through a process that:

* Helps them identify their psychological barriers and gives them the tools to overcome them
* Teaches them how the mind works so they can keep motivated and stay focused
* Gives them the ability to identify the psychological patterns of their clients and prospects so they connect with them at a deeper level and close more sales

And at a higher level…

* It creates more success in other areas of their lives so they are happier generally…and happier sales people generate more sales

Wherever you are on your personal sales journey what’s the best course of action for YOU.

– Sales Training – that actually gets results
– Leadership and Management
– Personal Coaching and Mentoring
– Sales Mentoring Programme
– NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and how it can help you accelerate your success
– Keynote Speaking