Six Things Every Sales Messaging Strategy Needs
Categories: Sales Transformation | Sales Conversation
If you’re a veteran seller, you likely appreciate a good sales conversation. So what makes a sales conversation stand out? One that’s focused on customer needs and the unique value your solution provides.
A well-defined sales messaging strategy drives these types of conversations and ultimately results in overall sales productivity and bottom-line revenue impact. We've seen it time and again. Without a framework to implement your sales messaging strategy, you run the risk of lagging sales, quarter after quarter.
Here are six components that every sales messaging framework should have:
1. Value Drivers
Most salespeople have the ability to speak about the benefits of a strong product all day long. However, when they're asked why a buyer should buy their solution over their incumbent or a close competitor of yours, less skilled sellers will uncomfortably jostle on price and features, rather than true differentiation.
To truly differentiate your offerings from competitors, your sales reps should be armed with tools that help them clearly speak to your company’s differentiation in a way that maps to the desired buyer outcomes. A framework with well-defined differentiators helps your salespeople clearly articulate how you solve buyer problems better and different than the competition.
3. Ability to Quantify Business Pain
If you spend time talking about features and functions that your prospect doesn’t need, two things will happen:
1. They will perceive your product as too expensive, or as more than they need.
2. They will feel like you don’t care enough to take the time to understand why they came to you in the first place
When your salespeople become accustomed to asking the right questions and listening to customer problems, they will be able to guide the sales conversation in such a way that the buyer can see how their admitted problems will be addressed. A sales messaging framework gives your salespeople a valuable tool to quantify business pains by helping them execute an effective discovery process.
4. Outcomes of Doing Business With You
We can’t say it enough. For a buyer to be truly convinced that your product or service can alleviate the business pain, he/she needs to be assured of the positive outcomes that come from working with you.
Effective proof points speak to the priorities and the perspective of your customer. If you’re going to articulate to buyers how your solution is better than your competitors, you need to make sure your proof points are solidly in place. A sales messaging framework should include these valuable references and make them consumable for the entire sales team.
5. Ability to be leveraged by the whole organization
An effective sales messaging framework should drive message consistency across the organization. For example, your sales team will leverage marketing more because their collateral is built with the same customer language. Your services department better understands the promises made to the customer in the sales process. A framework that is customized and built with the right inputs intrinsically aligns your entire organization behind those value drivers.
6. Executives who manage to it, inspect it, and reinforce its use
The framework is only as strong as the leadership’s ability to reinforce it. An effective sales messaging framework should have a plan for executives to drive adoption and front-line managers to reinforce the concepts.
Propel Your Sales Organization Forward with a Buyer-focused Sales Message
Sysdig’s sales organization recently put in the hard work to solidify alignment with their buyer. They created a buyer-focused messaging framework that their entire customer-facing organization uses. Their efforts are resulting in company-wide benefits including a 2x conversion rate and skyrocketing gross and net retention revenues. Watch the video to hear their CRO discuss how he operationalized a culture of buyer alignment.