68+ Sales Tips for SaaS Founders to nail their initial sales
Read a curated list of the best Sales tips for SaaS founders with examples from Sales experts and SaaS founders to grow your SaaS.
Table of Contents
- 1. We're All In Sales
- 2. Sales Is Not A Trait
- 3. People Buy Emotionally
- 4. Questions > Answers
- 5. Once You Find Pain, Stop Selling
- 6. Go For No
- 7. Always Have A Goal
- 8. Focus On The Experience, Not The Sale
- 9. Get Out Of The Way
- 10. Manage The Internal Noise
- 11. We all sell.
- 12. People want to believe you.
- 13. Selling happens before you ask for the sale.
- 14. It's easier to handle obstacles than objections.
- 15. Expect and plan for NO.
- 16. If you didn't get a gasp from the price tag—
- 17. Selling correctly is the first step to helping your prospects.
- 18. Selling is helping prospects make decisions to help themselves.
- 19. Prioritize helping your prospects—
- 20. Seek to understand, not argue.
- 21. Closing is a dance, not a fight.
- 21. Selling is a transference of belief over a bridge of trust.
- 22. You can only build trust if you genuinely want to help.
- 23. Belief and trust are continuums, not binaries.
- 24. Closers ask hard questions—
- 25. The person who cares the most about the prospect wins the deal.
- 26. Record your sales calls. Always.
- 27. Power is the ability to direct or influence people or events.
- 28. Build rapport
- 29. Establish roles
- 30. The Pain
- 31. Budget
- 32. Fulfillment
- 33. The Decision
- 34. Next Steps
- 35. Set goals in writing
- 36. Establish trust
- 37. Build value
- 38. Inform/educate
- 39. Provide solutions
- 40. Inspire
- 41. Create urgency
- 42. Overcome objections
- 43. Ask for the sale
- 44. Improve their GTM strategy
- 45. Be Realistic
- 46. Own the room, on day 1
- 47. Recruiting
- 48. Transparency
- 49. Basic structure you should use for your sales page
- 50. Follow this structure for your sales funnel:
- 51. Ask How Are You?
- 52. Make Small Talk
- 53. Interrupt The Prospect
- 54. Too Much Energy
- 55. Not Give The Client A Way Out
- 56. Talk About Yourself
- 57. Talk About Features
- 58. Come Across Desperate
- 59. "Possibly"
- 60. "Just"
- 61. "Probably"
- 62. "Try"
- 63. "I think"
- 64. "To be honest,"
- 65. "I'm sorry"
- 66. "Buy"
- 67. "Haven't heard from you in a while"
- 68. "Contract"
We curated the best sales tips for SaaS founders from experts to nail their initial sales. Let’s GO!
Note: SaaSwrites is a curated growth marketing hub and resource built to help SaaS founders grow their products. We sincerely thank all our experts for their constant value addition to this world.
Updated on: 10/05/2022
We know sales is difficult for SaaS founders but it is also the number one and most important channel for growth. We curated a list of sales tips from sales experts for SaaS to help you skyrocket your sales numbers.
Stop denying it.
Whether you are:
- Running a company or a household
- Raising money or raising children
- Writing a novel or a resume
You are selling. Every day. You can't sell effectively without adopting this mindset. Accept your role.
The traditional view of sales is personality-driven. Salesperson = BIG personality.
I have tons of charisma...and failed. That's because people buy from people they trust and are comfortable with.
Adaptability > Charm
Listening > Talking
Buying is not a rational exercise. As humans, we don't like to admit this. It makes us sound intellectually weak. So we feign objectivity. It's a ruse. Don't fall for it. Stop selling features, benefits, and technical details. Start selling feelings.
You want to prove your credibility to a prospect. So, you start talking. You just lost the sale. People are buying your ears not your mouth. Instead of talking, listen. Ask questions. Let the prospect talk. Show how smart you are by shutting up.
2 things motivate people to buy: pleasure and pain. Pain is more powerful. Ask questions to uncover pain. When you find it, stop selling anything else. Focus on relieving that pain. People buy their pain and your confidence you can fix it.
People don't like being pitched. There's a natural distrust, a fear that they're getting taken advantage of. Want the immediate trust of a prospect? Tell them why it's not a fit. Let them tell you why it is. Your "No" = Their "Yes"
Most people wing it when they sell. Never pick up the phone, send an email, or start a conversation without a clear goal. And your goal should rarely be closing a sale. Instead, script incremental wins at each step of the sales process. Build momentum.
My team won a big sale last year with a new customer.
- Great meeting with a prospect
- Prospect didn't buy (not a fit)
- Told a friend about the experience
- Friend called and bought
Bad experiences are just as powerful.
No one responds well to pressure. If you're trying to pull someone toward buying, you're literally standing between the prospect and the sale. The single most powerful thing you can do is get out of the way. Depressurize. Make it okay to say "no."
Your most difficult customer is always the one inside of you. Self-doubt and imposter syndrome are real. Their voice says:
- I'm a bother
- They don't like me
- They don't need what I'm selling
Ask: What if the opposite were true?
Let's do it better
- Accept your role
- Focus on skills, not personality
- Tap into emotions
- Shut up and listen
- Sell pain relief
- Go for no
- Script incremental wins
- Provide a great experience
- Don't block the way
- Silence the voice of self-doubt
Alex Hormozi shares 17 lessons you must learn to be a top 1% sales machine:
They inherently want to buy.
You need to help their logical brains justify that emotional decision.
Closing begins after.
Obstacles are when YOU disagree with the prospect.
Objections are when THEY disagree with you.
Diffuse obstacles early, so they do not become objections and blow up the sale in the close.
It is not failure; it is expected.
If they could decide without you, you would be unnecessary.
No is the job.
Stop being surprised.
You didn't go high enough.
Raise your prices.
Your first impression and the expectations you set will dictate the relationship.
The objective is not to get them to buy but to get them to decide.
Not the sale.
It's not about you.
You cannot influence someone you do not understand.
Therefore, you must have the belief first, then build trust to transfer it.
Why? Because humans are exceptionally good at sniffing out intention.
No 'hack' will replace the trust built from a genuine desire to help.
It's not WHETHER they trust or believe you, but HOW MUCH that dictates the sale.
Everyone in their lives lies to them, especially themselves.
You must ask the profound truth questions they are afraid of answering.
Stop selling and start caring.
You cannot improve what you do not get feedback on.
The process of influencing people is selling.
If you desire to be powerful, you must learn to sell.
Developed in the '60s by David Sandler. The Sandler Selling Method focuses on acting as a consultant, rather than a pushy salesperson. It shifts the focus from closing the sale to simply qualifying the lead.
Before I get on a call––I look for a point of personal connection to the prospect.
- Find them on social media.
I go into every call with at least one unique point to relate to. Instead of "how's the weather?" it's "Ah I grew up near X location too."
I start by giving the backstory on me as a founder & what services my business offers. This does 2 things:
- it begins to form a bond (they know my story)
- it gives me credibility
Next, I listen to what they need help with. As they talk, I'm identifying which services of mine directly solve their problem. I'm not forcing a solution onto them that "kinda" fixes it. If I find I can't solve their problem––I tell them it's not a good fit.
Being a straight shooter is a superpower. People will respect you for not wasting their time. Straight up ask them what their budget is. Transparency is a two-way street so be prepared to share your ballpark pricing as well.
Now that you know their problem & budget, Propose your service as the solution to their problem. Make it obvious you are only selling them what will solve their problem. If they suspect otherwise, trust will deteriorate.
Understand what YOU can do to make the decision a no-brainer.
A. Who has the final say (the CEO, the board, etc) B. What info can you provide to make the decision easy. C. When do they want to make a decision by.
Help them help you.
Before leaving the call, present a concise timeline for what the next steps look like. Send a follow up email delivering on your promised timeline. This will allow you to:
- prove you're accountable.
- get the ball moving on the deal.
Learning how to sell is intimidating. Sticking to a framework like this will help you find your confidence & natural style.
Before you sell anything there needs to be a plan. Create the plan and make your goal big! Remember, you are not just an designer, writer, marketer, programmer. If you are in this sales industry you are supposed to close deals. This is the end goal.
Can you sell things without trust? Sure. will you do it! Consistently? no! Pay attention to everything. Use all the information. Take your time building the sale. Your client is not in a rush and if they are, slow them down. Lead them. Be yourself.
Be an expert in your field. Show them why your product is the best. Don't tell them, show them! Be a trend-setter. Do not be like every other salesman. People want a good deal, so help them find one. But do it on your terms.
This is the part of sale I think most overlook. Lets face it, most customers do not know your product as well as you do. It is your job to teach them. If you are in sales, you are an educator, you are a teacher. What makes your product stand out? Why?
Find options that will lead to fixing their problem. Have multiple things to sell, always provide all of your options. Being able to fix people problems is priceless. Learn how to promote your solutions in a way the client can understand.
This is the stage the literally can make you a millionaire. People buy from people who inspire them. Show you want to help them, be genuine. Now is when you use all of the information have to create excitement and motivate your customer into buying.
Why should they buy now? Well most times the customer cant answer this, so its your job to tell them why. Strategically position yourself to do the job when you want to. Urgency closes deals more than anything else. Be a master urgency creator.
Expect objections. Be prepared. Do not fear objections, use them as a tool. An objection is not a "No", it is merely a defense mechanism. Learn softening/reverses. "I hear that a lot, but wouldn't you say its time to stop putting this off?"
Sounds simple right? It's not. The customer is talking to you for a reason, it is not because they love talking to strangers. You have spent this process selling yourself. That was the plan all along. That was your goal. Now ask for the sale.
- restructure parts of their strategy & explain why.
- have strong opinions on what success looks like because they’ve seen it.
- make changes FAST with under- performing people & strategy.
- religiously crunch historical data to understand the inputs & outputs that need to happen.
- give you a forecast they know they can hit. Even if you're not happy with it.
- earn everyone’s respect, quickly.
- don’t let people “stay in their lane.”
- move everyone over to what they KNOW works. If folks don’t flex, no matter how good they are, they move on.
- bring in fantastic sales reps, and quickly— typically folks who worked for them in previous roles.
- have a great rolodex.
- understand not having butts in seats creates unnecessary risk.
- spend a TON OF TIME recruiting.
- They make all the inputs & outputs INSANELY TRANSPARENT. Bad salespeople hide behind corners.
- Good ones create a dashboard/spreadsheet on day 1 that shows the whole team:
- Are we hitting our inputs (ie daily activity requisites)?
- What are the resulting outputs?
Good sales leaders know if a quarter is going to be missed long before anyone else can see it—and they’ll make that known.
- Hook - reel them in
- Lead - create desire
- Body copy - handle objections
- Offer - what you sell
- Bonuses - sweeten the deal
- Guarantee - risk reversal
Play with the order.
- Here's what I’ve got.
- Here's what it'll do for you.
- Here's how it works.
- Here's what I want you to do next.
- Here's why it's safe and smart for you to do.
With a good offer and good targeting you can't lose.
Want to make yourself sound fake? Ask how are you with "oh great" after it to someone you don't know.
They know you don't care. Also what if things were bad? What if their dog just died? You going to buy them a poodle? Never say How Are You
"Oh you are from Seattle oh my god I went on holiday there once" You think the client cares? You think they are going to hand over 10 - 100k to you because you went to seattle once. The small talk doesn't build rapport it makes you look like a suck up.
"Oh absolutely" "hmmm hmmm" "Couldn't agree more". Again just more desperation to make yourself look like you understand the client. Best way to understand someone is to listen and then ask question to go deeper once they are done. Not interrupt them
Imagine walking into a Doctors office and the Doctor was super pumped up trying to sell you something. You would run out of there faster than usain bolt in his prime. Chill out, you are in control, the one in the control never goes over the top. Ask questions
Only desperate sales people want to sell to everyone and anyone. Professionals want to make sure they are a fit and if they are not they are prepared to let them go and the client can feel that energy
Me, Me, Me I did this once. Again another sub-concious desperation play to get the client to think you know what you are doing. They don't care about you. They want their problem fixed and that is it.
They don't care how your product works. They care about you fixing their problem and how that is going to look and what the result was going to be. Everything else is just noise
Both potential clients and Women can tell when a Man is desperate. There is a smell in the air that you cannot get rid off. Like that "gilly needs a sale" guy from the simpsons. Nobody buys from him. Be in control and be confident.
Do not ask them if they would *possibly * be interested in hopping on a call. No one wants to give their time of day to someone who is uncertain of their value
"Just following up", "Just checking in" No! Stop. You are downplaying the importance of your message & you are exuding an aura of self-doubt. You are not "just" following up, you are simply following up
"I can probably get that done for you". Don't say anything until you are certain. If you are uncertain but need to tell them something, you can always under-promise & over-deliver. This will help shift their perception of you from a seller to a reliable advisor
"I'll try to get that for you". This is business. There are no participation trophies. Trying doesn't put $ in the bank. All this says is that you are not confident in your ability to deliver And if that's the case, who would want to buy from you?
Instead, you can say something like "That is not something we usually do for reasons XYZ. However, I will make a case for you & let you know if we can make an exception". This comes across as professional and confident while making them feel like they are getting VIP treatment.
Do I really need to explain this one? Remember, a great seller is simply an advisor & a problem solver. You're an awfully shitty problem solver if you "think" you have a solution. Instead, you will position yourself as an information quarterback
"Let me check in with our solutions engineer & I'll get right back to you"
"That's a question best suited for our XYZ Expert. I'm going to get in touch with him & circle back with you"
But position yourself as someone with access to the knowledge of industry professionals & demonstrated that I'm only willing to share high-quality/verified information. You cannot tell them right away. Then they feel good about your reliability & that's all that matters.
Why do you need to say that? Are you not always honest? If you were always honest, you wouldn't need to say that. So you're not honest. Seems a little risky to buy from a liar. Leave that out & just get straight to the point.
Apologizing is necessary sometimes. But "sorry" is a low-energy word. "My apologies, but I'll need to reschedule today's call". You are a valuable asset & shit happens, move on. Also, never apologize for selling.
"Sorry to bother you" says you don't have anything of value to offer, If you truly had something of value, why would you be sorry? You're doing them a favor. If they feel bothered, it's their loss - move on!
Yes, you are selling them something & they are going to "buy". But when you say buy, they feel pain. No one likes spending. They like the results, "would you implement this solution if it could produce XYZ results?" Induces a positive reaction to the same question.
No shit, they're avoiding you. Do you think reminding them that they are avoiding you is going to help the situation? You need to flip it around & get them engaged again. Hit them with a new value or something that induces FOMO.
"When do you think you'll have the signed contract?" Like "buy", they feel pain when they hear a contract. If you've been on the receiving end, you know it's a painful process. Remember you always want to induce positive emotions with your language.
- Ask the same question, that makes them feel good about the results they'll get. "When do you anticipate the MSA arriving? My team is on standby and ready to begin XYZ immediately upon receipt.
MSA = Master Service Agreement = Contract
The difference? - "MSA" doesn't sting quite like a "contract" does and you have again made them feel good thinking about the results they desire.
You want to exclude all words that convey doubt or uncertainty. Avoid phrases that remind them of the painful parts of the process. Rephrase to remind them of the benefits they will reap and use words that portray confidence, trustworthiness, and reliability.