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Prevent to the Objection, “Already have someone.” Strategy 4 of 5

ObjectionFreeSellingIconObjection 2 of 85: Already have someone

When does it usually occur? Initial contact.
Probable Cause: Prospect does not believe a need exists.
Objective: Establish a need.

You might make an initial call to find out who they're currently using so you can update your Competitor Analysis to ensure that when you call back, you're prepared to orient to three strong Unique Selling Points (USPs).

It's not uncommon for salespeople to take tours offered by tour guides, purchasing, and other decision-makers they're calling to get the opportunity to walk through their customer's storerooms, quality assurance checkpoints. During these tours, they can also talk to shipping and receiving people, prospect's salespeople, inspect the prospect's products, and use other means to identify their competitors.

More than one of our clients routinely purchased their competitors' products and hired firms to conduct customer satisfaction surveys.

Once you identify your competitors in a particular sales opportunity, you can update your competitor analysis, find your USPs as they apply to each of the different decision-makers. Then your can Research the prospect in the areas such as:

  • how they make their money, including how your USPs can make their products and services better and easier to sell
  • help them achieve their strategic initiatives
  • quantifiably or qualitatively improve their workflow and other business processes
  • help them carry out their business plan

When you say you can do something your competitor cannot, it's clear the prospective customer can't really say, "already have someone." If something shows up as a need or gap in their business needs, you can at least get the opportunity to conduct your sales interview. Remember, the sales interview is where the actual selling is done - see Value Selling Strategies P.R.O.S.P.E.C.T. Model (Amazon, B&N, BAM).


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