Increase Your Sales by Knowing the Answer to this Question

You’re probably familiar with the old saying, “Sell the sizzle, not the steak.”

And a related one, “Features tell, benefits sell.”

Features, of course, are the characteristics of whatever it is you’re trying to sell. Benefits answer your customer’s biggest question, “What’s in it for me?”

If you want to make more money, it’s important to clearly understand the difference between features and benefits.

When you’re selling anything – your product or service, yourself for a job, a loan, or even to get a date this weekend – focus on emotions, not intellect.

Because people buy emotionally, and then justify rationally. People buy for two reasons – to stop the pain or to get the gain.

So paint a clear picture in your prospect’s mind of how wonderful things will be after they buy what you’re offering. To do that, you have to clearly understand the benefits of what you’re selling. And that’s not as easy as it sounds! We usually make two mistakes:

Mistake #1: Spending too much time on features and too little on benefits.
We know our product inside and out. The problem is we often don’t fully understand the difference between a feature and a benefit. We often think of features as benefits. But they’re not. We need to translate those features into benefits – how they help the customer.

Mistake #2 – Stopping before the real benefit.
Fortunately, there’s a simple question that helps you get to the real benefit of your offering. That question is …

“And that means?”

On the show, George and Mary-Lynn illustrated this by pretending to work for an insulation contractor. George played the part of the sales person and Mary-Lynn was his manager.

Isn’t that an exciting service to sell? See if you’re more excited after the discussion!

Mary-Lynn: Alright, let me hear your pitch.

George: Inadequate insulation is a leading cost of energy waste in many homes.

Mary-Lynn: And that means?

George: Your furnace and air conditioner will run more.

Mary-Lynn: And that means?

George: You may be spending too much on your utility bill.

Mary-Lynn: And that means?   

George: You could save money by adequately insulating your home!

Mary-Lynn: And that means?

George: You would have more money to do what you want!

Mary-Lynn: And that means?

George: If you insulate your home, you’ll pay for their next vacation!

Mary-Lynn: Bingo! Now that’s the real benefit!

Are you more excited about insulation now? Most people are! Even a product that seemingly has little sex appeal can be quite appealing!

So keep asking “and that means” until you get to the real benefit. The benefit for you is your sales will grow …

… and that means you’ll live the bigg life!

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Our bigg quote today comes from Dale Carnegie, who said:

“There is only one way … to get anybody to do anything.
And that is by making the other person want to do it.”

And that means – find the one thing that they really want that you can offer, and then show them how to get it.

Next time, we ask, “Are you smart enough to say it simply?” Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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3 replies
  1. Dianna
    Dianna says:

    I’ve been playing around with this question of yours today, and it’s really inspired some new thinking on my part! I’m in sales so your post title pulled me in. Great blog!!

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