Using sales decks as a conversation tool
Sales decks are often just static presentations, but are most valuable when they encourage an open dialogue. See how we built a deck to engage, learn from, and persuade prospects through discussion.
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I’ve written before about how sales decks are more than just a presentation to be talked over.
Instead, your sales deck is a prop.
When sales reps use it as a conversation starter, they’ll be able to engage, learn from, and persuade the prospect.
But to do that, you need to encourage your team to ask questions, listen, and use that to frame or reframe your product in the best light.
In this post, I’m going to walk through a sales deck I created in a previous role, along with the the framing used by sales reps and the questions asked throughout to keep the conversation on track.
Recap: SPIN questioning
We trained sales reps to use the SPIN framework to navigate the conversation.
Situation: how they are doing something today
Problem: the challenge that arises
Implication: the impact of their incumbent solution
Need-Payoff/Value: the impact that a new solution that solves the challenge would deliver
In the case of a demo, we would ideally be armed with enough information from the discovery call to know the prospects top three challenges. This would provide enough framing for the call from the get-go.
Example: Kayako sales deck
This deck was used as the Kayako sales demo deck from our relaunch in 2016, where I led go-to-market strategy and execution, including positioning, messaging, customer development, inbound marketing, and sales strategy/enablement.