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5 Ways to Handle Price Objection

17 January 2012 2 Comments

Many sales reps struggle with objections from their clients. One of the most common is that dreaded phrase: “I don’t have the money, and right now I just can’t afford it.” At this point, many sales reps give up and tell the client to call when they do have the money, which is usually never.

However, there are a few time-proven methods that sales reps can use to overcome this objection. Here are a few of them:

  1. Stop the objection from coming up in the first place. If the sales rep asks the right questions, shows passion, appeals to the client’s emotional hot buttons, demonstrates product knowledge and creates excitement, a lack of money will not be a deal killer. The funds will be found. Seldom is it that money stands in the way of people who really want to do something.
  2. Frame the price in relative terms. This begins by researching the market and seeing what the competition is charging. If the price your competitors charge is higher, contrast your price. If their cost is lower, emphasize the unique selling proposition of your product/service and quote a higher price than your product/service sells for – then immediately let your client know that they can purchase it for a reduced price. This approach will sound like a bargain…and who can resist a bargain?
  3. Drive home the cost of not buying your product/service. This means educating your client on the benefits of your product/service, and the rewards that they will reap by buying now. This begins with the sales rep having detailed product knowledge, then illustrating the savings of time and/or money that your product/service can offer your client.
  4. Know your client’s deepest concerns, and explain how your product/service will solve them. Become familiar with the business and industry your client is in. What keeps them up at night? How can they gain a competitive edge? How can your offer make their life easier? Once you have answered these questions, it is then only a matter of presenting your offer as a way of solving your client’s problems and thus making their life easier if they accept your offer.
  5. Remove the price from the conversation and qualify them again – “Let’s forget about the money for a second – do you see your company benefiting from this product?”

Keep these points in mind, and remember that it is all about the client – not you! If these ideas are presented correctly, many price objections will be overcome.

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