Three Types of Salespeople–Which One are You?

The three different types of salespeople are:

  • The Commodity Salesperson
  • The Price Salesperson
  • The Solution Value Salesperson

The Commodity Salesperson: 

This salesperson sells things which have features, but lacks in these key areas:

  • Fails to understand the problems of their prospects
  • Fails to make their company unique
  • Is an order taker rather than a true solution provider
  • Commodity salespeople are easy to find and the need is decreasing as businesses are ordering via the internet, saving valuable time and money. In addition, companies do not have to pay sales commissions
  • And, finally, a commodity salesperson’s commissions generally do not increase because they have not learned the techniques of cross-selling and up-selling to a prospect, thereby losing valuable sales

The Price Salesperson: 

This salesperson really sells on having the “best” (meaning lowest) price … and if they do not have the lowest price, they will drop their price in order to get the sale.  The price salesperson has these major flaws:

  • They do not truly understand that the vast majority of prospects actually want the best value, not the lowest price
  • A lack of confidence in themselves or their company results in trying to win a sale by offering the lowest price
  • They really do not understand that sometimes when a prospect says “your price is too high,” the prospect is giving them an objection to see how the salesperson will react and if they can overcome that objection
  • Again, there will be little demand for the price salesperson in the future business world. Companies need to have profitable margins to reach their corporate goals and selling low price does not usually meet these objectives.

The Solution Value Salesperson: 

The salesperson who presents solutions for the prospect’s problems is truly unique and probably represents only 10-20% of all salespeople. Solution salespeople do not sell things or commodities – but they sell customized solutions to their prospects – realizing that every sale is really a solution to a problem.  The solution salesperson also has these general characteristics:

  • Excels in the probing portion of a sales presentation, concentrating on finding problems that the prospect may have
  • Is very comfortable selling a service, realizing that is where the future growth is and that the commissions are generally higher than for selling most products
  • Realizes that by providing customized solutions, the prospect ends up buying vs. having the salesperson “close the sale”

Where would you place yourself in these types of salespeople? If it isn’t the Solution Value type, then you probably need some additional sales training to be more successful.