Marketing Tips – Are you talking benefits?
Anyone can buy a tax return. Does anyone ever really want to buy an audit? If you are listing products in your proposals or in your contact calls, consider talking benefits instead. A lesson from a millionaire landscaper lends a lesson for us all. He said, “No one wants to hear about how great my grass seed is. They don’t care that there’s a lot of chemistry behind a premium grass seed. All they care about is GREEN grass.” First figure out what your prospect is really buying and then start talking about the benefit he/she will gain from working with your firm. Will they get peace of mind because they know they can trust your superior advice? Will they get advice in easy-to-understand language (vs. technospeak)? How about offering the benefit of a respectful partnership of equals (especially important to other professionals such as doctors and attorneys)? Figure out what you do best and make it your offering.
When you express your price, make sure the prospect understands the benefits you are offering. For example, if you are pitching a $30,000 consulting engagement that will save a company $50,000 the first year – say that! An owner can justify spending $30,000 if he/she knows it will be recouped the first year alone.