The Key Question for Successful Qualification | Sales Tip

February 10, 2017


We’ve already talked about how the more time you spend doing a thorough qualification means you’re going to win more business. You now know what the most often missed question in the qualification phase is: the decision-making criteria, specifically the priority of that criteria.

Sellers will often ask how the decision is going to be made and who is going to be making the decision, but they don’t ask what is the priority of that decision-making criteria.

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For example, if the customer says, “well, it has to be a product that gives me a return on investment. It has to meet my technical specifications. It has to be delivered within 30 days and I need proof that it works in the marketplace.” The seller’s next question should be which of those is the most important to the customer?

Does it have to be the best return on investment if I can overload you with proof? If it doesn’t meet all of your technical specifications but it gives you a great return on investment and I can prove that, well, which of those is most important? That is the key question because that most important piece is the compelling reason why a customer will buy.

So make sure you don’t miss that question during your sales qualification.

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One response to “The Key Question for Successful Qualification | Sales Tip”

  1. Camille says:

    This is a great tip and one that I have often missed until much further down in the process. I would love to hear more about qualifying questions in future posts.

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