You Ask, I Answer: Objections to Marketing Data Science?

Amanda asks, “So what sort of objections do you come across when you go and work with company, or your talk into a company?”

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In today’s episode, Amanda asks, So what sort of objections do you come across? When you go and work with a company? Or you or you talk into a company? Okay? It depends.

Just the answer to pretty much everything these days for the work of data science, a lot of the time, and this is something that we all struggle with a lot of the time.

When we get objections, it is around results.

Right? It is around, what am I going to get from my money? Price is relatively a relatively minor issue, because price is an indicator that in the selling process, we have not communicated enough value.

If we communicate enough value, if we understand the person’s pain that they’re in, and we can help them solve their pain, there’s a good chance that price as an objection gets diminished.

Not it doesn’t entirely go away, right? If somebody has 5,000 in the budget, you can make a great case for a25,000 project, but they physically still only have 5,000 in the process.

So there is a hard limit to pricing.

But if you can communicate, the value that you get price tends to diminish because very often does cover it’s it’s a smokescreen for a person saying I don’t understand what I’m buying.

Right? If I have a box, and I’ve say the inside this box is100 worth of value, I’m selling you this box of 50.

That’s not super appealing, if you have it.

But what’s in the box? I mean, I might give you50 For that box, but not if you don’t tell me what’s in it.

Like what am I getting for my money? What am I getting? What, what’s what’s the value? If I open up the box and show you a sick hamsters, you’re like, I don’t want hamsters.

Right? Well, you may you might, but in the context of analytics, that’s not helpful.

Right? So then the pricing objection is is valid, like yeah, that’s, that’s not worth my money.

I don’t need a box of hamsters, I need x instead.

So objections a lot of the time are because we didn’t communicate enough value.

And we didn’t communicate enough value as often, because we didn’t focus on the results.

Instead, we focused on the process.

Now, for risk averse buyers, they do want to see the process, they want to understand what happens to some degree.

But for a lot of non risk averse buyers, they care less about the process and much more about the results.

Am I getting the thing, right? If I give you $40,000, and you give me a vehicle, does this vehicle do what I want them to do? Right? Do they care how it was assembled? Really.

They might make some token statements about sustainability or labor conditions or whatever.

But for the most part, most people when they’re buying something like a vehicle, it always comes down to am I getting good value for my money? And does this thing do what I want it to do? And so when we’re talking about selling analytics, are talking about objections? Most of the time, it’s around that it’s around Well, what exactly am I getting for my money? If we go with you, what exactly you’re going to do.

And we have to tie it to the three things everybody wants, right? People want more time.

They want less effort.

They want bigger results, better numbers.

And if we can tie ourselves to at least one of those, ideally, through all three objections tend to go away pretty fast.

Right? We’ve, for example, in the work I do with my company, Trust Insights, a lot of we do a lot of stuff with Google Analytics 4.

And we sell audits and configurations and stuff help people just do the thing.

And what we’re selling there is not the process of upgrading somebody to Google Analytics 4.

We are we are selling the you don’t have to think about it.

We are selling the it’ll get done right.

In a reasonable amount of time.

We are selling

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we will not stretch your internal resources at all, because we can do this with a minimum of hassle.

And so we’re really selling time we’re selling peace of mind.

We’re selling fee feeling of security.

And when you figure out what it is that somebody actually wants to buy, then the objections, the objections are pretty mute, right? Again, there are still some hard limits that you run into, particularly around pricing.

But beyond that, it’s just proving value.

So that’s that’s where I see the objections most.

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