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Buyer Beliefs 2 & 3 - Responsibility and Authority

Objection_Free_Selling_IconBuyer Beliefs 2 & 3 - Responsibility and Authority.

Frequently, people who have or share the responsibility to find and evaluate products can also have or share the authority for purchasing them. As such, the strategies and tactics for these two Buyer Beliefs (Responsibility and Authority) are so similar, that they are combined here to avoid repetition. When clear differences exist, they are provided for separately.

When these Buyer Beliefs are missing they cause the objections in this category.

Objections in this Category

7. My boss won't authorize anything.
8. It will never get through the system.
9. I have to consult with ________.
10. That's not my area.
11. That has value, but not for me.
12. Home office requires we use ______.
13. We have to use your competitor.
14. He/she isn't here anymore.

When does it usually occur? Mentioning what you sell or after the presentation.
Probable Cause: Buyer does not believe they have the authority.
Objective: Identify people who play the various decision-making roles.

In most B2B sales opportunities, six different types of decisions will be made. One person can make five of the six decision types, or there may be many people making just one type of decision. These different types of decisions are made by people in corresponding roles. You can tell which role they’re in by the questions they ask.

Key Decision-Making Roles

To better understand these roles, think about a customer you know well and put names to the descriptions.

  1. Final Authority: Interested in Return on Investment (ROI), Return on Assets (ROA), and Rate of Return (ROR). This role is responsible for all the budgets you impact and can move money from one budget to another. This is the right level to call on for most sales opportunities.
  2. Specifier: Interested in performance specifications and cost-justification. They are usually functional area managers, but they could also be consultants hired by the company to find and sort through potential products, services, and suppliers.
  3. Negotiator: Interested in the ratio of the number of Features to the quoted price. They are usually, but not always, found in Purchasing Departments where they may buy thousands of different items on a list. Because of this sheer volume and variety, they may not know anything about what they’re buying, but will often start the conversation demanding a discount. Using the multi-bid summary form is a consistently successful strategy for people in this role.
  4. End User: Interested in user-friendliness and functionality. This includes how easy it is to do business with your company and get support when needed.
  5. Coach: They are inside the buying loop and will guide you through the buying process. “Mentors” are coaches who are biased in favor of you and can become your “Champions.”  If they help you get the meetings, but not necessarily get involved with the decisions, they become your “Sponsors.” All three are coaches and allies, just different types.
  6. Recommenders: These people are outside the buying loop. They could be disinterested third parties with no stake in the outcome. They could be others who have used your products and services before or who simply know you and are willing to recommend you.

Note these first three decision-makers are interested in the money, but in three different ways. While it might even be the same person playing all three roles, it's important to provide the correct information in the correct way. The next three decision-makers all have "credibility" as a common denominator, but in three very different ways.

Decision-Maker Bias

Decision-makers are also biased for you, neutral, or against you.

In a future blog, you’ll learn how we use the Benefit Questions to move the person from negative to positive. Use the three-step method for defusing anger and other negative emotions to move a blocker to a more positive position. You can use the blog list button to select the 2020 blog # 11 that discusses this three-step method.

Here is a brief description along with the basic strategies used to move them toward a more positive bias.

  • Champions: Know you well and can run interference for you.
  • Favorable: Would prefer you but are not broad-based enough in their understanding of the Advantages and Benefits you offer to be Champions.
  • Neutral: Neither for you nor against you. What you’ve got or what your competitor offers is fine.
  • Unfavorable: Would prefer someone other than you.
  • Blocker: Could have had an unsettling experience with your company.

Starting with the next blog, we’ll present ways in which you can Prevent, Preempt, and Respond to each of these objections.  


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