Maximize your probability of success by avoiding these common print assessment mistakes too many Managed Print salespeople make in their hopes of securing an MPS contract!
MISTAKE #1 – FAILING TO ENGAGE AN EXECUTIVE LEVEL SPONSOR
As you can appreciate, there will be plenty of people in middle management looking to take you up on your assessment offer. However, without an executive level sponsor engaged before you perform the assessment, you may find yourself doing a lot of work for a so called “decision maker” that can only say no. Make sure someone at the top knows what you are doing and agrees to meet with you to review the findings.
MISTAKE #2 – THINKING THAT A PHYSICAL WALK-AROUND ISN’T NECESSARY
As great as your data collection software may be, a picture still says a thousand words. Only by physically walking around your prospect’s print environment will you truly get a feel for device positioning, workflows and supply cabinets and also have the chance to engage directly with end users. This type of direct access to the entire printer fleet and some of the power users will prove to be very beneficial when you look to optimize the fleet or suggest employee productivity improvements.
MISTAKE #3 - PRINT ASSESSMENTS ARE FREE
Although your client may not receive an invoice for your assessment service, assessments aren’t really free. Both you and your customer are looking at an investment of time and effort. In some cases, if a top performer establishes a value for the assessment but the prospect selects another vendor, the salesperson reserves the right to invoice the client for the agreed upon amount.
Too many salespeople fail to place a value on their time, or create a perceived value or trade-off for the service they are providing, because it’s “free”.
MISTAKE #4 - THE COMPETITION IS DOING AN ASSESSMENT SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO
As you should know, it’s likely that many of your competitors will offer print assessments as a way to engage new MPS prospects. In the event that a competitor has completed a print assessment for the prospect, try to do one yourself as well if you believe a true sales opportunity exists. Stats indicate that the vendor who performs the assessment has at least a 30% better chance of winning the business because of their familiarity with the print data and the environment. So when possible, offer your prospect a second opinion so you can showcase both the professionalism of your assessment capabilities and collect the information yourself.
MISTAKE #5 - AVOIDING DEVICES THAT ARE NOT NETWORKED PRINTERS
When you perform a print assessment, you need to take an inventory of every device that puts marks on paper. Every page counts if you are trying to build a solid business case for Managed Print. Too often MPS salespeople tend to focus only on printers that have an IP address (network connected) and fail to identify offline devices or even fax machines that should be considered in an overall print strategy. If you really want to grow your TCO and truly optimize your client’s print environment, include all devices that have a paper tray.
Establishing the customer’s current print-related spend is a critical component of any Managed Print sales cycle. That’s why awareness, and the ability to avoid these common print assessment mistakes, can often be the determining factor in achieving success with a solid MPS prospect!