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B2B Tips for Sales Professionals: How do you revive a stalled deal?

As a sales professional, you begin with a spark of excitement, identifying a promising prospect that could lead to a significant deal. You meticulously navigate through the stages of prospecting, skillfully qualifying and gently advancing the deal, building consensus among various stakeholders. Your enthusiasm builds with each positive interaction, fuelling your hopes for a substantial opportunity. But then, unexpectedly, communication from the customer ceases, leaving you in a void of uncertainty. This sudden halt, akin to being ghosted, transforms anticipation into disappointment, casting a shadow of doubt over the deal’s progress. The momentum you’ve carefully built seems to hang in the balance, challenging your resolve and testing your patience.

In such cases, have you felt like there is no light at the end of the tunnel and this isn’t worth pursuing? But giving up isn’t the best option either.

Reviving a stalled deal, especially in the context of an existing sales cycle, requires a strategic approach that combines understanding the customer’s needs, re-evaluating the value proposition, and effectively communicating to realign interests.

“It is important to find out why a deal was stalled. Sales professionals should go back and check with the customer what the reason for stalling was and whether that reason is changed now. Ask the customer, “Is this the right time to restart the discussion?” In some cases, the customer might not be able to remove the reason for stalling if he does not have the influence. That is when we think about how to work around the issue? Take the Ant strategy and find a way to walk around when there is a rock int their path OR go up the value chain/ hierarchy and who has the power to make the decision,” says Harsha Ramaiah, General Manager, South Asia of Tripura Multinational says:

Here’s an elaborate step-by-step guide of what how you can come up to the point where you find an alternate strategy:

1. Identify the Stalling Point

Begin by asking the customer exactly where and why the deal stalled. Was it due to budget constraints, a shift in the customer’s priorities, or perhaps a lack of decision-making consensus within their organization? Understanding the root cause is critical for formulating an effective revival strategy.

2. Re-engage with Key Stakeholders

Re-establish communication with the key stakeholders. This could involve setting up a meeting or a call to discuss the stalled deal. The objective here is not to push the sale, but to reopen lines of communication and build trust.

3. Listen and Learn

During re-engagement, focus on listening. Understand any changes in the customer’s situation or requirements since the deal stalled. It’s crucial to demonstrate empathy and a genuine interest in their current challenges and goals.

4. Re-evaluate Your Value Proposition

Based on the insights gained, reassess your value proposition. How does your product or service align with the customer’s current needs and priorities? Adjust your proposition to address any new pain points or objectives the customer has mentioned.

5. Present a Revised Proposal

Craft a revised proposal that reflects the updated value proposition and addresses the reasons why the deal stalled. Ensure this proposal is tailored to the customer’s current context and demonstrates a clear understanding of their needs.

Also Read: Mastering the Art of Persuasion: Convincing Sales Customers of Product Value

6. Leverage Case Studies or Testimonials

To reinforce your proposal, include case studies or testimonials from similar customers. This evidence can help alleviate concerns or objections by showcasing successful implementations and outcomes.

7. Offer Flexibility

Be prepared to offer flexibility in your terms, whether it’s pricing, payment plans, implementation timelines, or customization. This flexibility can be crucial in addressing barriers that caused the deal to stall initially.

8. Involve Decision-Makers

Ensure that the decision-makers are involved in the discussions. Sometimes, stalled deals can be attributed to misalignment or communication gaps among the decision-making team. Direct involvement can help in achieving consensus more quickly.

9. Follow-Up and Maintain Communication

Regularly follow up with the customer but avoid being overly aggressive. The follow-up should be a balance of persistence and patience, keeping the lines of communication open and positive.

10. Learn and Adapt for Future Cycles

Regardless of the outcome, use the experience to learn and adapt your sales approach for future cycles. Analyze what worked, what didn’t, and how similar situations can be handled more effectively in the future.

Reviving a stalled deal is often about timing, understanding, and adaptability. It requires a delicate balance of assertiveness and empathy, combined with a willingness to listen and adapt to the customer’s evolving needs. By breaking the existing pattern and introducing a renewed, customer-centric approach, you can effectively rekindle interest and move towards closing the deal.

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Author:
Chandrani Datta works as a Manager-Content Research and Development with almost a decade’s experience in writing and editing of content. A former journalist turned content manager, Chandrani has written and edited for different brands cutting across industries. The hunger for learning, meaningful work and novel experiences keeps her on her toes. An avid traveller, Chandrani’s interests lie in photography, reading and watching movies.
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Editor:
Sripriyaa Venkataraman is the Founder and Director – Innovation at Tripura Multinational. She is an ICF certified coach and focuses on Executive Coaching and Cross-Cultural Diversity Coaching. She leverages her background in Indian classical dance and theatre to help leaders tap into the power of Archetypes to develop Emotional, Cultural and Creative Intelligences. She believes that leaders must tap into their self-belief, which led her to launch the Global Campaign called #LittleMeInspiringMe.

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