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Profit Improvement Challenge

by Victor Antonio

Sales Consultant, Victor Antonio, Value Centric Selling

I have a challenge to my B2B salespeople reading this post.  In order to prepare yourself well before your next presentation, here’s what I’d like you to do.  I would like you to take a moment and list out, in detail, how your product (or service) can help improve your client’s margins.

If you offer a new technology product or service, list out every way you can conceive of that the product can either INCREASE the client’s revenues or REDUCE the client’s direct costs or operating expenses.  No soft science here!  I’m looking for you to qualify the area of improvement and quantify by how much you can improve on it.

Here are some examples that might stir some thinking:

  • If you offer a product that could help the company sell more, describe by how much?
  • If you can help the client sell more, faster, by how much will that impact their inventory turnover time?
  • If you can reduce the client’s production cost, quantify by how much?
  • If you offer a service that will allow the company to outsource or automate, how much will that mean in savings and/or revenues?

If you can demonstrate how you can improve the client’s margin, take that information and put it into your presentation.  There’s nothing more powerful in selling than showing a client how they will win if they buy from you.  The most vital part of the sales process is the presentation.  Don’t blow it by doing what the majority of salespeople do; a product presentation that ends with, “What do you think Mr. Client?”

Winning the deal means taking the time to research, understand, and socialize your client’s business problems and integrating those concerns into a presentation that details how your products or services address those concerns.  A great B2B sales presentation has the following ingredients: one part understanding their business, one part knowing which products (or services) to suggest and one part analysis on Return On Investment.

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B2B Sales Training Video #1 : ROI and Circulating Capital

by Victor Antonio

Whether selling a product or a service, one of the keys to positioning yourself as a “sales partner” it to be able to understand the client’s business, but moreover understand what are some of the key pressure points you may be able to impact or improve on.

In this video, I cover the basic pressure points most manufacturers have to deal with.   The goal of the video is to make you, the B2B salesperson, cognizant of where you might be able to help your client which in turn will lead to a sale.


Ram Charan’s Book: What the Customer Wants You to Know: How Everybody Needs to Think Differently About Sales

Victor Antonio Recommends:

Ram Charan‘s Book:  What the Customer Wants You to Know: How Everybody Needs to Think Differently About Sales

Amazon Description:  Ram Charan skillfully and efficiently offers a tutorial on upgrading the productivity of any size company’s sales force. His answer: evolve salespeople from order takers to knowledgeable ambassadors who approach customers armed with cost-saving solutions they will be happy to pay for Charan’s method involves Value Creation Selling, which at a broad level means reconfiguring a sales force’s orientation toward customers’ profitability before its own success. The author recommends fostering in salespeople the skills and mindsets of a general manager and equipping them with a value account plan, or the document that defines the value proposition and the business benefits the customer can expect to get from it. Charan walks readers through the process of fixing the broken sales process with a combination of diagrams and anecdotes from real companies, all while applying the concepts and actions to a booklong case study of a fictitious software company, Sturgis Corporation. The book serves as a practical guide to competing with aggressive price-cutters in today’s market. (Jan.)

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