Pitching Your Product as a Must-Have: Developing a Motion Sales that Works

Below are 5 things that can make or break a motion sales.

When prospects call us a ‘nice-to-have’ solution, it feels like a gut punch. Once they think of you that way, it means you haven’t created enough value in your motion sales conversations.

We had a problem with diversity at Ceros, which was that we sell an interactive digital canvas without developers. Our designers create animated content.

We knew we had to change the way that we talked about our product if it was going to become a “must-have” rather than just an extra.

We succeeded despite our obstacles. Here are the steps we took to make your motion sales work.

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Step 1: Change The Narrative

First, we created a new narrative for our motion sales deck. We stopped using the long-standing one that focused on product features and their benefits. Instead, it now focuses on changes happening in the customer’s industry.

We didn’t focus on what we offer, but rather the problems and opportunities that our company solves.

We modeled our new motion sales story after what Andy Raskin said about Zuora. It was a good fit because it’s visual and we sell to customers who know this is an important problem.

We go back to why we started

We realized that we are not just a company, but have an important story to tell. This made us stop thinking about our product and start telling the story of how marketers think differently now.

The big picture idea merged into more tangible and actionable stories that any marketer can relate to. As soon as prospects agreed with the information we were showing, they would find gaps in the market or new technology being adopted by other industries.

I found it much easier to get them on board with my idea.

Our story tells exactly why they should care

We also made our motion sales decks more interactive and dynamic. We incorporated feature-based anecdotes that would appeal to the client, depending on their needs.

It’s an easy story for prospects to understand. There will be winners and losers in the workplace, but there is also change happening.

Once we figured out what our audience would want to read, it was easier to get the nuances right.

Step 2: Redo Your Discovery Approach

We were asking all the wrong questions

The next shift was moving from discovery based on content to strategic, more long-term discoveries.

In the past, our motion sales discovery calls had mainly been about how well a company was doing with content marketing.

We asked the prospect a lot of questions about their marketing strategy.

  • What kinds of things do you write about?
  • How often do you create it?
  • Creating more visual content can be a great way to help your business grow.

When we were asked questions like these, it automatically made us seem less valuable to our company and more of a low-level tool for the marketing department.

They didn’t stand out in a market of more than 5,000 marketers. Our questions made them sound like any other marketing tool.

Questions about real goals in business matter more

We talked about what VPs are looking for in a Marketing Director.

Most small businesses don’t focus on experiential marketing like the big brands do. They’re usually focused on generating revenue and looking for ways to plug holes in their sales funnel.

When we asked generic questions about content, our prospects were unclear on how it would help their bottom line. So instead of asking those types of questions, we began to ask probing ones that related more closely with the business targets.

  • What are your goals for marketing in the next 6-12 months?
  • So far, what have you tried?
  • What gaps have you noticed in the company?

Now that we’ve shown them a clear connection between changing the content experience and revenue, they understand.

It’s forcing us to change our hiring process.

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Step 3: Add the Changes in Your Sales Training

We didn’t just change our approach overnight. We tried some things and once we saw they were working, we had to figure out how to introduce the changes without causing too much disruption.

How can we get all employees to tell the same story?

We knew what our reps should be doing, but when they were face to face with customers we weren’t sure if they actually did it.

Let your representatives make their own version of your story

We needed training on the new messaging, then we could see who was doing well and who would need help.

The first thing the executives did was introduce a new deck and message to Account Executives, Customer Success Managers, and Sales Development Representatives. Instead of talking about our product, they focused heavily on how it solves problems for people.

We realized that by having everyone tell their story, it helped the new messaging become more cohesive.

Step 4: Assess And Monitor Continually

Once the new messaging was launched, we wanted to know how it would land. That’s when Gong.io came into play.

We recorded all of the sales meetings in Gong.io and quickly reviewed them to see if our messaging was a hit or miss.

We wanted to make sure we did not disrupt the company by making new changes, so we had someone track how it was working and adjust where necessary.

Step 5: Coach For Consistency

In the final step, we used Gong.io to see which reps were telling a good story and which ones weren’t.

I can’t coach my reps for success just with anecdotal evidence.

Gong.io has helped us roll out our new sales story and discovery process, which helps to keep track of how it’s doing.

Conclusion

If you’re facing the same objection over and over again, know that there are a few ways to turn it around.

Get insight into the conversations your customers are having. The most important thing is to tell a story from their perspective.


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LeadFuze gives you all the data you need to find ideal leads, including full contact information.

Go through a variety of filters to zero in on the leads you want to reach. This is crazy specific, but you could find all the people that match the following:Ā 

  • A company in the Financial Services or Banking industry
  • Who have more than 10 employees
  • That spend money on Adwords
  • Who use Hubspot
  • Who currently have job openings for marketing help
  • With the role of HR Manager
  • That has only been in this role for less than 1 year
Just to give you an idea. šŸ˜€
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Justin McGill
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