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10/11/2019

027 Using Your Solutions to Create Competitive Advantage (Full)

Presenter: Tim Underhill

Date: Monday, March 9, 2020

Time: 1:00-4:30 pm

Level of Complexity
: Intermediate

Course Description: Positioning yourself as a solution provider can create a true competitive advantage.  Why?  Solutions can impact four key issues for your customers: 1) Objective Attainment, 2) Improved Operating Profits, 3) Improved Performance, and 4) Reduced Risk. This workshop will walk you through identifying your customers’ needs, then determine what solutions you provide to help meet these needs, the impact your solution has on the four key issues above, and why you are the best supplier to provide these solutions.  Create a plan you can leave with to position yourself as a solution provider.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to position yourself as a solution provider
  • Identifying how you impact issues critical to your customer’s needs
  • Using a four-step process for selling solutions

Tim Underhill

aeaTim is president of Strategic Business Solutions.  His focus is to help distributors and manufacturers develop the skills and tools to document their value, develop account penetration/retention strategies, and create unique selling propositions based on total cost. Some of his clients have been able to document total cost savings of 20% or more compared to the annual purchase/sales price involved. 

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Relevant Selling

Jaynie L Smith

Research Proves Customers Value More than Just Price

Relevant Selling, the sequel to best-seller, Creating Competitive Advantage, challenges the all-too-familiar price issue. Many companies lament that price pressure has destroyed their margins – but when customers are surveyed in dou­ble-blind studies, we learn that more than 90% of the time, price is not the most important buying factor. This book will teach you how to uncover what is relevant to your market and stop caving in on price. Without relevance, successful negotiation is seriously hindered. More than Just Price

    bookDifferentiators are not competitive advantages if they are not relevant to the customer.

    Companies must not only sell value, they must also sell what is specifically of value to the customer.

    The majority of marketing and advertising efforts rely too heavily on creativity instead of relevance.

Relevant Selling shows you the importance of learning what is most relevant to your customers, your prospects and your different target markets, noting they almost always require tailored messaging to be relevant. You will learn how to obtain and use that valuable information.

Each chapter is loaded with actual case studies and research that demonstrates how companies achieve remarkable results when they sell what is relevant. Many companies are leaving profits on the table each day simply because they lack the research described in this book.

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