So, your prospect delayed purchasing. Sales objections come in many forms – especially in the form of a delay.
“That sounds great, but I don’t have any budget right now.”
“We’ve planned our projects for the rest of the year, and this doesn’t fit in.”
“Can you give me a call next quarter? We’ll be working on next year’s budget then, and I’ll see if we can fit this in.”
Sound familiar? Well it’s “next year,” “new quarter,” or even “next week” now. So, all of those deals should close right away, right?
Prospects who are actually interested in your product or service might still push a call back. Similarly, prospects who aren’t comfortable telling you no will do the same thing.
These sales objections tend to be related to two primary issues:
- and urgency.
If your prospect saw a significant ROI, he’d be more likely to move forward immediately. And if your prospect felt that a problem were urgent, she wouldn’t push the solution back.
Your Prospect Delayed Purchasing: Now What?
So, what can you do to fix the delay and make sure it doesn’t happen again?
First, remember that sales objections related to value or ROI aren’t necessarily about cost. When we think that’s the issue, we may be tempted to discount.
Instead, go back to the beginning. The key to successful consultative selling is asking great questions to diagnose problems you can solve. Did you get deep enough?
You need to know the value of the problem so you can match it to your solution.
For some prospects, it may be best to do a reset.
Schedule a meeting with the key stakeholders and start your problem-probing process from the start, or from the highest-level problem you identified the first time around.
For other prospects, you might be able to look through your notes from previous meetings for the information you need. Then it’s just a matter of framing your solution to show how it addresses the problem.
Once this happens, your prospect will see the value of your solution. And with that, delaying purchasing will seem like a bad idea.
The most important thing to understand about urgency is that if a problem is big enough, or a solution is valuable enough, it will always move to the top of a priority list.
Would you buy a bucket of water right now? What if your desk were on fire?
For communicating value, the strategies above are the first step in establishing urgency. If you can expose a significant problem and offer a clear solution, urgency won’t be a problem.
If you’ve identified a solid problem and communicated your solution, yet the prospect is still hesitating, don’t push.
Continue to stay in touch, and reference the problem and your solution in each communication. You never know – maybe there’s another situation even more urgent that they are handling, and you need to be top of mind when they are ready.
Find the “No” – And Fast!
Sometimes, regardless of what you do, the opportunity won't happen.
It’s always best to get to a “no” as quickly as possible. This way, you can focus on winnable opportunities.
But, how can you do that when prospects keep delaying?
If you suspect that the delay is really a rejection, go for no.
Be up front with your prospect and ask them to clarify. They may be relieved you were the first to bring it up and confirm that you’re not a fit. Alternately, some may have just lost focus and your reminder will get the opportunity back on track.
Ultimately, there can be many reasons why your prospect delayed purchasing. Before you start overthinking it and panicking, keep what you just learned in mind. Similarly, think about your own experience working with vendors at work.
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