What Is An Emotional Selling Proposition & Is It Better Than A Unique Selling Proposition?

Written by Sean McPheat | Linkedin thumb

23 April, 2019

Two silhouettes with heart and brain. Logic and emotion concept. Emotional Selling Proposition – have you got one?

We all know that sales are based mostly on emotion and the decision is backed up with logic.

That’s the law of the salesperson! So, do we often come up with emotional selling points in our proposals? Do we develop our emotional selling propositions as well as our unique selling propositions?

You’ve heard of a USP right? i.e Unique Selling Proposition – well, these are the benefits that your prospects and clients can look forward to receiving when they purchase your wares.

They could be called “THE LOGICAL BENEFITS” of doing business with you.

Your Sales Manager and Sales Director will most likely ram USP’s down your throat so you can discuss them with your prospects.

But based upon what we said earlier, your prospects will make their buying decisions based upon emotion and will back that decision up with logic and not just logic alone via your USPs. Are USP’s really USP’s any longer? Everyone seems to have the same USP’s!

Therefore, you need to work out what your ESP is! So your emotional selling points can often take centre-stage for your prospects. Now we’ve mentioned emotional selling propositions a number of times, so let’s ask the question:

What is an Emotional Selling Proposition (ESP)?

Of course, your USP will provide logic and reasoning as to why someone should select you, but their primary reason will be an emotional one.

Here’s an emotional selling proposition definition: Your ESP’s are your products/service/companies’ emotional levers that help the prospect to buy. They are the “beneath the service” triggers to creates emotion.

So, think about the feelings and the emotions that you want to stir up with your prospects and clients and use this in your sales. Can your product/service make the prospect:

* Feel important
* Feel valued
* Feel part of a unique group or select band of people
* Feel whole
* Feel remembered
* Feel attractive
* Feel trendy
* Feel hip
* Feel safe
* Feel accepted

You get the picture!

You can find out more about this and other subjects by visiting our sales course page at: https://www.mtdsalestraining.com/sales-training-courses

Ask different types of questions

One way you can generate emotional feelings in your buyer is to ask different types of questions. You could divide them into positive and negative ones. A positive question would be like ‘How do you see your sales improving in the next three years?’ or ‘What benefits do your customers achieve from your services?’

Negative questions can also drive your emotional selling proposition, but in a different direction. Something like ‘What’s your biggest concern in your market place right now?’ or ‘How long has your business had these problems?’ point the emotional direction in a negative direction.

You emotional selling proposition drives the customer into thinking about how they feel about the situation they are in. Think of them as your emotional selling points and highlight them whenever you are asking your prospect to make a decision to move forward.

So, next time you are revisiting your USP’s make sure you take just as long if not longer on your emotional selling proposition too.

Happy ESP!

Sean

Sean McPheat
Managing Director

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